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Wow! My husband cooked me dinner last night. Working mamas, you need Green Chef in your life. Hey mamas, I get it. You are working hard, you are putting in time on your side hustle and building your empire and in the meantime, you have a family to feed, laundry to do and you haven’t had your hair colored or a massage in weeks (or months.) The time management struggle is real. What I love so much about services like Green Chef is they absolutely save you time in the kitchen so you can focus on what matters most. When you don’t have to spend hours in the kitchen, you can focus on the meal and your family and actually enjoy yourself. While we certainly aren’t strangers to meal delivery subscription boxes, I was thrilled when Momsmeet asked me to review a Green Chef meal delivery. I have had my eye on Green Chef for a while and I can’t wait to share what I thought.
When the box arrived, we were super impressed with the packaging and the compostable padding. Green Chef is by far one of the most eco-friendly, green and sustainably marketed services of any of the meal delivery services we have tried before. The inner padding protecting the ingredients was put out in our compost. I loved the color coded recipes and the ingredients were well packaged. Each corresponding ingredient had the color matched sticker to the recipe it went to.
The produce was vibrant and fresh and the proteins were well packaged and had great color. Everything arrived at the perfect temperature and went right into the refrigerator for the week. Easy peasy. Dinner was planned for the week and I only had 2 days to fill in. It was a huge relief to not have to think about and scramble to answer the dreaded question, “Mom, what’s for dinner?”
One of the things I love about Green Chef is that they offer so many different kinds of meal plans. They have Omnivore, Carnivore, Vegan, Gluten-Free, Paleo and Vegetarian. The organic and locally sourced ingredients are really important to us. We try to eat plant-based and as organic as possible, so this was a real treat to us. We opted for Carnivore meal plan for 4. Anxious to dive in and see what recipes we had for the week, we were excited to see what delicious meals GC had planned for us.
Meal 1: Creole Steak with roasted butternut squash, red beans and rice.
This was the meal we had first. I was in charge of making this dish and I love the photo instruction recipe cards that come with each dish. I usually love Cajun and Creole flavors but I am a little unsure of this combination, it seems dense and starchy to me but I am excited to give it whirl.
Prep time: easy to medium considering you have to de-seed, peel and chop a butternut squash. Not a huge deal for me, but I could see this being a challenge for some that are not used to this vegetable because it is extremely dense and can be difficult to cut through. The red beans and rice was super easy and the steak was easy enough to prepare.
Value for the money: at around $12 per meal, I think its a great value for the organic ingredients and the delivery service.
Taste: The butternut squash tasted delicious and I love the spices and seasonings that came with it. The red beans and rice and steak were not my favorite because the steak was tough and not flavorful at all. The red beans tasted a bit bland to me but the kids loved it. I could have spiced it up but going by the recipe alone, I was not a huge fan.
Meal 2: Tandoori Chicken with almond-raisin quinoa and garam masala sweet potatoes
The next dish is inspired by Indian flavors and I am super excited. Quinoa, almonds and garam masala sound absolutely amazing to me and I can’t wait to try it.
Prep time: another easy to medium recipe to prep. Green Chef scored major points for having the sweet potatoes already diced. There is just enough to do to make me enjoy cooking and the fact that I didn’t have to go to the grocery store or market to collect all these ingredients is a huge plus. The seasonings, spices and sauces make my kitchen smell incredible and for a moment, while cooking, I actually pretend I am Martha Stewart. Oh yea baby, I can do this!
Value for the money: this dish was a great value for the money because of it’s restaurant quality ingredients
Taste: Once again, the veggies and quinoa were out of this world and the tandoori yogurt sauce was over the top buuuuut once again, the protein left me unsatisfied. The chicken was tough and rubbery tasting even though I followed the instructions on the recipe. Not sure what happened here I was really bummed about the chicken.
Meal 3: Shrimp Linguine Alfredo
Hooray! We made it to Friday and the hubs took over in the kitchen to chef this up. I love that I don’t have to worry what he is going to cook because I know it is already pre-prepped for him.
Prep time: since my hubby made this, it was super easy and loved using the skewers to grill the shrimp. The veggies were so fresh picked from the garden and colorful on this recipe and there really was not much to do. Major score for the ease and appeal of the preparation of this recipe.
Value for the money: at around $12 per meal, amazing value for the quality and freshness of the ingredients in this recipe. It seems like something you could get at a restaurant.
Taste: Soooo, this dish was hands down our absolute favorite. We put the kids to bed early and had this together with a glass of Sauvignon Blanc, YUM! Date night at home and we ate like royalty. The veggies were so fresh, the shrimp so succulent, the sauce and seasonings were spot on. We were so pleased with this recipe and this dish, we can’t wait to have it again.
What’s not to love? I highly highly recommend trying Green Chef. The convenience, the value, the quality of the ingredients and freshness are hard to beat. When you have so many balls to juggle, this is one of my favorite ways to build more time into your day. At $12 per meal, it may be a little expensive for some and the prep time seemed to vary across dishes. Despite not loving some of the proteins of some of the dishes, I still would sign up for this service again.
Want to try Green Chef for yourself and see what the hype is about? Green Chef has a special offer for Lucky + Lovely readers to try it out. Head to this link and get $50 off your first box: bit.ly/LuckyAndLovely. I can’t wait to check out your dinners, tag me on instagram #livebeautifully #luckyandlovely so I can see what you made.