Green Chef Review (Pros/Cons, Pricing, and More)

Green Chef Review

As a registered dietitian, I’m fascinated by all of the meal delivery services on the market! After trying two different meal delivery services with varying experiences, I was curious about Green Chef. In this article, I’ll give you a review of my first experience with Green Chef, focusing on preparation, nutrition, and flavor of the meals, as well as how it compares to other meal delivery services.

Green Chef Deal: Get 40% off your first box OR $75 off your first 3 orders

What is Green Chef?

Founded in 2014, Green Chef is a healthy and flavorful meal kits delivery service that features organic ingredients in every meal that fits most diet and lifestyles. The company promotes its delivery service by using certified organic produce (unless specified).

Though I personally purchase both conventional and organic produce (guided by research from the Environmental Working Group), I was excited to see that Green Chef also sources locally. Honestly, I consider this to be more important than the organic label.

Creating a Green Chef account

Unfortunately, I quickly discovered that Green Chef does not have an app. However, I did find the website was very easy to navigate. Upon landing there, I created an account, set my dietary preferences, and scheduled my first delivery.

Green Chef makes it easy to select meals by providing a calendar with meal plans and options for the month ahead. Furthermore, you can schedule delivery every week, every two weeks, or every four weeks. You can also choose to skip weeks, pause meals, or cancel your subscription online at any time (which is nice).

As an added bonus, the website also provides food and cooking safety tips.

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Green Chef Keto meal
Source: greenchef.com

What meals does Green Chef provide?

If you have dietary restrictions and are looking for meal variety, you’re in luck! Green chef provides the following meal plans:

  • Omnivore
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Pescatarian (focused on fish & seafood rather than poultry or red meat)
  • Ketogenic
  • Paleo
  • Heart-healthy
  • Gluten-free
  • Lean & clean
  • Mediterranean

Many of these meals fit more than one category. Other allergens that the company takes into account are soy, tree nut, peanut, dairy, and gluten.

Although I do not personally have any diet restrictions, I decided to try the vegetarian option for my first box. Although the company does everything they can to ensure food safety with delivery in their refrigerated box, I still hesitate to have meat delivered to my home. I live in Charlotte, NC and knowing that the box may sit outside of my house for 5 or 6 hours before I get home makes me uncomfortable.

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Eco-friendly packaging

My box arrived in eco-friendly packaging before I got home from work on my scheduled delivery day. All packaging is potentially recyclable. Most of the packaging was cardboard and paper, and the box insulation is made of plant-based fibers. The plastic bags that some of the food comes in may or may not be recyclable depending on your city’s availability (#4 plastic).

One of the reasons that had deterred me from using meal delivery subscriptions in the past had been that it was more waste than I normally produced per meal, so I did appreciate the packaging for Green Chef.

Organized ingredients and recipe cards

Each meal was labeled and in an individual paper bag, so ingredients wouldn’t be confused or mixed up. I really liked that feature as it eliminates having to sort through ingredients and speeds up preparation time.

Every meal also came with a recipe card, with an overview and a large color photo of the prepared dish on the front, and preparation steps on the back with color photos of each step. The card lists calorie content, cook time, additional items that you will need, and allergens. This is especially helpful for someone learning how to cook or expanding their skillset.

Recipe cards are also on the website, as well as a general list of items (cookware, utensils, and potential ingredients) to have on hand before you make your first meal. The only unprovided ingredients that you might need are salt, pepper, olive oil, and another cooking oil of choice.

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Green Chef Vegeterian meal
Source: greenchef.com

Green Chef nutritional highlights

From a nutritional perspective, I found my meals to be balanced and healthy. I made a tamari tofu noodle bowl, stir-fry with mangoes and vegetables, and butternut squash chili. I did add an additional protein source to the stir-fry, but I was pleased with the protein options (tofu and beans) in the other dishes.

Satisfying portion sizes 

All of my meals had at least five different vegetables and were full of fiber. For the meals I received, each portion was around 700 calories, although the portions are larger than what I am used to eating for dinner.

In-depth nutritional analysis

The website provides in-depth nutritional analysis that is not provided on the cards including grams of protein, carbohydrates, and fat content of the meals.

One thing that I noticed while cooking was that the ingredients on the sauces provided were not listed on the packaging. They are however listed on the website.

Flexible dietary preferences 

I liked that Green Chef allows you to choose your dietary preferences each week, so you can choose vegetarian meals one week and paleo the next.

I thought that the portions were generous and the flavors were delicious. I liked that the sauces came already prepared so that it sped up preparation time.

Easy to prepare meals

The recipes are easy but helped build my confidence in the kitchen.

Also, most of the ingredients came with the exact portion that you would need, and would specify if you would only need part of an ingredient. For example, I was provided an onion, but only needed half of it for the particular meal I was cooking.

Organic comes at a price

The only downsides I can see to choosing Green Chef would be that the pricing is more expensive than a delivery service that uses conventional produce and that you have to access the website for details about the nutrition.

I would also be interested in Green Chef being able to provide the farm information where they source their produce and/or meat.

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What people are saying…

From Green Chef

  • Variety – A wide variety of meal plans to suit your lifestyle including Keto, Paleo, Omnivore, Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten-Free, and Pescatarian.
  • High-quality meals –  Enjoy restaurant quality meals that are quick and easy to cook. No meal planning, recipe hunting, or grocery shopping required.
  • Organic ingredients – Organic ingredients in each box have no GMOs, toxic pesticides, irradiation, sewage sludge, antibiotics, growth hormones, or steroids.
  • Prepped ingredients and signature sauces – Ingredients come pre-measured and prepped along with pre-made sauces, marinades, and spice blends. More flavor, less time.
  • Easy recipes – Recipes are quick and easy, with step-by-step instructions, chef’s tips, and photos. Ready in just about 30 minutes.
  • Thoughtful packaging – They carefully hand-pack all ingredients so they have a happy, cushioned, cool journey to your door.

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Green-Chef-Gluten-Free-meal
Source: greenchef.com

Is Green Chef right for you?

Pros

  • Organic produce benefit
  • Able to change menu options each week
  • Variety of meal plans to fit your dietary needs and preferences
  • Environmentally-friendly packaging
  • Ingredients sourced locally
  • An easy to alter delivery schedule

 Cons

  • More expensive than non-organic meal delivery services
  • Full nutritional information and sauce ingredients not listed on recipe cards
  • Local farmers’ information not listed

How much does Green Chef cost?

Pricing of Green Chef depends on what type of menu you choose.

For example, pricing ranges from $9.99 to $12.99 per serving and is shipped in boxes that contain either 6 or 12 servings for the week. This depends on the number of people you plan to cook for (from 1 to 4) and the meal plan you choose. You can generally choose between five to six different meal options each week.

Compared to its competitors, the pricing is slightly higher than other meal delivery services. However, I would say that it is a fair price for the organic benefit.

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Final thoughts

Overall, I would recommend Green Chef and plan to receive more deliveries in the future. As a dietitian, I enjoyed the variety of vegetables in the meals as well as the quality of the food provided.

Green Chef offers options for a variety of diets and preferences and is suitable for anyone with basic cooking skills. Nothing beats a nutritious, home-cooked meal!

Have you tried GreenChef before? What did you think of it? Share your feedback in the comments below 🙂

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Summary

I would recommend Green Chef and plan to receive more deliveries in the future. As a dietitian, I enjoyed the variety of vegetables in the meals as well as the quality of the food provided. Green Chef offers options for a variety of diets and preferences and is suitable for anyone with basic cooking skills. Nothing beats a nutritious, home-cooked meal!

Pros

  • Organic produce benefit
  • Able to change menu options each week
  • Variety of meal plans to fit your dietary needs and preferences
  • Environmentally-friendly packaging
  • Ingredients sourced locally
  • An easy to alter delivery schedule

Cons

  • More expensive than non-organic meal delivery services
  • Full nutritional information and sauce ingredients not listed on recipe cards
  • Local farmers’ information not listed

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Meredith Byrne, RD, LDN, CNSC
Meredith Byrne is a clinical dietitian at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, NC. Her focus is on cardiac, maternal, and oncology medical nutrition therapy, as well as disease-preventative nutrition. Meredith graduated from Virginia Tech with a degree in dietetics in 2006. She also completed her dietetic internship at Virginia Tech. Outside of work, she is an avid runner, backpacker, and loves international travel. Meredith lived overseas in eastern Asia for a year before moving to Charlotte in 2008 and had the opportunity to spend several weeks in Burkina Faso to help diagnose and treat pediatric malnutrition in 2013. She has completed six marathons including Boston and NYC. Meredith is passionate about helping others adapt their lifestyle to improve their health and knowledge of nutrition.

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