Home Chef Reviews

January 14, 2021

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By Brittany Whelan and Alison Chew

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Kitchen table moments matter to the team at Home Chef. When you come home after a busy day, you deserve to spend quality time with yourself and others wherever you eat dinner. We love a couch supper just as much as we love this ingredient prepped meal service. With thirty-eight customizable options at prices starting at $6.99 a serving, the Home Chef menu gives you all the variety and foresight you need in a week full of cooking without a grocery list. Simple and delicious, Home Chef meals come with the exact amount of all the essential ingredients needed to craft amazing dishes in under an hour. What’s not to love?

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What We Liked

  • Customizable proteins including Impossible meat substitute; Protein Pack add-on’s available
  • Free shipping on orders over $49
  • Nothing unused! The only leftovers are what you can’t eat, not what didn’t make it in the mix.

What We Didn’t Like

  • Time limit! All the recipes in my box came with the recommendation that they are cooked within three-five days.
  • Delivery skip weeks! Home Chef will automatically send you each week’s box if you do not skip the delivery yourself. This is great for those looking for weekly deliveries, but if you want to space things out a bit more, pay attention!
  • Packaging – as with most meal kit services, there is a lot of packaging with each delivery

Home Chef Reviews: Easy Prep Meal Kits

Home Chef has just released a line of new meal kits called Easy Prep.  To make these meals all you have to do is assemble the pre-portioned ingredients, add seasoning, and cook in the microwave or oven.  Best of all you can use the tray that is included to heat in the oven or the microwave which leaves you with NO clean up!

For our second set of Home Chef reviews, we are trying 3 recipes from their new Easy Prep Meal Kits section.  This section includes both their Oven-Ready and Fast & Fresh meal kits.

  • Fast & Fresh: Fast & Fresh meals assemble quickly and heat in the microwave in minutes.
  • Oven-Ready: These kits arrive with pre-chopped ingredients and cook in the included oven-safe tin.

 

We selected the Fast & Fresh Beef Fajitas Chili Lime Rice Bowl with Mozzarella and Sour Cream, the Oven-Ready Italian Sausage Penne with Sun-Dried Tomato Cream and Sweet Corn, and the Oven-Ready Green Chile Meatloaf with BBQ Sauce and Green Beans.

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First up we made the Oven-Ready Italian Sausage Penne with Sun-Dried Tomato Cream and Sweet Corn.  This oven-ready meal came together with no chopping and minimal prep.  Simply add the pasta, cream cheese, corn, and water to the provided tray.  Take the sausage out of the casing and add that to the tray and bake for around 20-22 minutes.  Then stir in the pesto sauce and cheese and top with crumbled croutons.  That’s it!  This comfort food dinner was easy to make and tasted yummy.

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The only drawback to comfort food dinners is that they are often not super healthy.  And while we loved this meal, it did pack in the calories.  Be mindful of this when selecting your recipes if you are on a diet or watching your weight.

Next, we tried another comfort food classic the Oven-Ready Green Chile Meatloaf with BBQ Sauce and Green Beans.  This meal, like the first, was very easy to make.  Add the greens beans to the included tray with oil and garlic salt and place in the oven for 10 min.  While the beans are in the oven, make the mini meatloaves, then add those and the premade mashed potatoes to the tray.  Cook for another 20 min or so.  Remove from the oven, add bbq sauce and crispy onions, and serve.

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We loved this dinner!  The meatloaf was tasty thanks to the green chilis and garlic salt, the mashed potatoes were buttery and creamy, and the green beans with garlic salt tasted great.  It’s good to mention that clean up is a breeze!  No pots, not pans, just the tray that was included that you can throw in the trash or rinse out and recycle.

Our final meal of the week was the Fast & Fresh Beef Fajitas Chili Lime Rice Bowl with Mozzarella and Sour Cream.  Making this Fast & Fresh meal was a simple as opening the ingredients and layering them in the included microwavable dish, cooking in the microwave for 5-8 min, then garnishing with sour cream and optional hot sauce.  That’s it!

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The Beef Fajitas tasted good and are another comfort food favorite in our house.  We would’ve loved some guacamole in addition to the sour cream.  This meal, like the others, had no cleanup and this one had zero chopping!  The Fast & Fresh meals are perfect for busy nights or nights when you want something quick and don’t want to break the bank on takeout.

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Home Chef Reviews: Meal Kits

For our first set of Home Chef reviews, we filled our box with the following:

  • Scallop Scampi Campanelle with Creamy Parmesan Sauce
  • Pretzel-Crusted Tilapia with Honey Mustard
  • BBQ-Ranch Steak Flatbread

 

Scallop Scampi Campanelle with Creamy Parmesan Sauce: There are a lot of moving parts with this dish, but they’re all timed perfectly when getting everything together. I was most nervous about getting the sauce at the right consistency, but the directions were outlined really well and it ended up being my favorite part of the dish! The garlic bread was also fun to make. I sprinkled some of my own cheese over the garlic when I put it in the oven!

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Pretzel-Crusted Tilapia with Honey Mustard: I don’t normally cook with fish, so this recipe was the hardest for me. I’m also not a huge fan of squash, BUT this was delicious. The Dijon honey mustard definitely helped balance out some of the stronger flavors.

BBQ-Ranch Steak Flatbread: I made this with a friend and we haven’t stopped talking about it. It was the easiest and the best tasting dish out of the three for me. The steak and barbecue sauce went well on the naan, especially once the caramelized onions were added to the mix. I only wish they had given more cheese in the original package!

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A few tips for enjoying your Home Chef meal kits!

  • Olive oil! All of my recipes called for it. They also generally ask for a few other ingredients, so make sure you have those handy before cooking.
  • Clear Space! The meal kit recipes generally only take 30-45 minutes to cook, but you’ll be using several pots and pans. Make sure you have enough room to maneuver through all the moving parts.
  • Save your recipes! They come three-hole punched for a reason.

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Tips for selecting your Home Chef meals:

  • The Home Chef menu is accessible only after you sign up and set up your account. Once those details and delivery preferences (number of meals, dietary preferences, and serving sizes) are worked out, you’ll be introduced to the weekly menus. The options listed initially are just suggestions.
  • Want to know more about what kind of work these recipes require? Click on them! The chefs who designed them provide an overview, customizable alternatives, and the details of the cooking process right there for your convenience.
  • Want to look for new dishes? Increase the serving size? The number of meals delivered for that week? Click edit meals and browse through your options! Once you’re satisfied with your Home Chef menu, logout. Your delivery is set and ready to go.

How much does Home Chef cost?

The Home Chef menu cost varies depending on the number of meals, dietary preference, and serving sizes selected.  Meals start at $6.99 per person and all orders over $49 ship free.

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Home Chef Reviews: Bottom Line

Normally I’m a pretty simple cook, but after trying out the Home Chef meal kit menu I feel much more confident in my abilities. The directions contain helpful visuals and are easy to follow. I got to see how all the ingredients should look measured out for future reference. I was even able to cook some of this with a friend! My first Home Chef box was a success.

The Easy Prep meals are just that, easy to prep.  There is no chopping involved, no pots, not pans, just mix the ingredients together, pop in the oven, and 30 minutes later dinner is served.  Plus, clean up is a breeze!  If you love comfort food classics and are looking for homecooked meals with minimal prep, try out the Easy Prep meals.  You won’t be disappointed.

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Enjoy!

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