This post contains a referral link. If you click through my link and make a purchase, you will save $30 on your first order and I’ll get a $30 credit on my next order, too. Win-win. 🙂I’ve never really been into cooking. I don’t know what goes with what, most recipes seem to be overwhelming, and it costs an arm and a leg to buy all the ingredients for one meal. Being a vegetarian, I had dismissed home meal delivery programs because I just assumed they would mostly be for meat eaters and I thought they’d be super expensive.
About a month ago, I saw an offer (like this one) for $30 off of my first order at Home Chef. I decided to look to see what types of meals they had to offer and I was pleasantly surprised to see that they do offer vegetarian meals. I tend to be on the picky side and the meals aren’t what I’d call “weird,” either. They looked pretty darned good, actually, so I figured I’d give it a shot. I work full-time, so I was concerned about how long the deliveries would be safe on the doorstep, but Home Chef’s website states the items are well-packed in ice and don’t require immediate refrigeration. Another plus.
The deliveries arrive on Fridays, which works perfectly for my family so we can have nice weekend dinners together, something we aren’t always able to do during the week. Our first box arrived and I was very pleased at how well it was packed. The interior of the box is lined in padded insulating packaging and there are several non-toxic reusable and recyclable ice packs inside. Despite being on the porch for a couple of hours, the contents were nice and chilled.
The first delivery comes with a vinyl recipe binder and each meal comes with an 8.5″x11″ full color recipe card. The front of the card features a large photo of the completed meal, plus a list of the ingredients in your box and what you’ll need from your own kitchen. They even tell you which pots and pans you’ll need. Each meal is packaged separately inside the box and includes items like fresh produce, sauces, pasta, etc.
My first two meals were Creamy Tomato Rigatoni and Avocado Farro Detox Bowl. I love pasta, so I chose the make the rigatoni first. This meal came with all the ingredients to make the sauce, the pasta, and cheesy croutons for the top. I’d never made croutons before, but they were so good that it definitely won’t be the last time.
The sauce was made with cream, tomato paste, garlic, sautéed mushrooms and red peppers. Oh em gee, it was amazing! How can something so simple be so good?! I felt like a gourmet chef. 🙂 My husband loved it and the portions were actually a lot bigger than I’d expected. We ordered the meal for two, but if you were to serve salad and bread with this, it would easily be enough for three or four.
I bet you’re thinking this must be really expensive, right? Before I finally decided to try Home Chef, I had assumed it would be way out of my price range. I was wrong. It’s only $9.95 per serving! You could easily spend that going out to a fast food place and if you went to the grocery store to buy all the ingredients, you’d spend a lot more. The ingredients are all fresh and pre-measured, and you don’t even have to leave the house. It’s like it was made for me. 🙂
What are you waiting for? Use my link to save $30 on your first delivery. You can opt to skip weeks, you can choose your meals, you can choose only vegetarian meals, or gluten-free meals, or no red meat, and more. You can even choose low calorie and/or low carb. Only get the foods you’ll like.
After you try it yourself, come back and let me know what you think. 🙂