Home Chef Review + Coupon

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I Tried Home Chef for a Month

I’m just going to admit right now that I don’t really like to cook. I can cook, I’m a halfway decent cook, but it’s not my favorite thing to do. One of the last things I want to do after a long day of work is pull tons of ingredients out of the pantry and fridge, chop, saute, and bake, and then have to clean it all up after we eat. Here’s the problem: I like to eat. Eating out every night is not possible, financially or health-wise. Several friends have tried at-home meal kits, so I thought I’d try one, too. I chose HomeChef after looking at their menu because my family and I liked so many of their meal options. I ordered 2-3 HomeChef meals a week for the past month now, and today I’m sharing my experience. Plus, you’ll get the chance to get $90 off your first order this January!

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How Home Chef Works

It’s so easy. To order from Home Chef, you just set up your account and pick your meals. It’s a weekly subscription meal kit service, but you can skip a week or change the number of meals you want to receive anytime. My delivery day is Monday, so I can make changes for the upcoming week up until the Friday before. Their website is super easy to navigate, and you can customize everything from the number of servings to the type of meat or fish (or tofu) in the recipe. They have different menus (vegetarian, low carb, low calorie), too. They make recommendations for you each week, but you can swap out their suggested meals for others available that week. You can even order additional protein packs.

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When the Box Arrives

My Home Chef box comes from about an hour away by delivery. It’s boxed and packed in recyclable packaging with enough ice packs to keep the contents nice and cool. Everything is fresh, nothing frozen. The meal kits are bagged in sets of 2 servings (2 servings per bag); so since I order 4 servings, I get 2 bags for each meal kit. Meats are bagged separately again, since everything is fresh and uncooked.

Everything you need is packaged individually in the exact amounts you need, so there’s no need to measure (and no wasting anything!). This is HUGE for me because I love being able to use up all of the ingredients for a meal and not have extra fresh things sitting around going bad in the fridge.

My refrigerator with Home Chef meal kits on the shelf

I can fit two or three meals’ worth of kits on one shelf in my side-by-side refrigerator, so they don’t take up tons of room.

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Each meal kit comes with a recipe card. All of the instructions you need for the entire meal are listed on the card in sequence, so there’s no guesswork in having your dinner all ready at the same time. The instructions are clear and simple, and each recipe has a time estimate as well as a difficulty estimate. You can view the recipes online before you order a particular kit to see how involved it is.

Everyday Teacher Style Home Chef prepared meal Barbacoa Steak Tacos and Cilantro Rice

The first meal I prepared was the Barbacoa Steak Tacos, and I included some photos of it here. I found the timing and difficulty estimates to be spot-on with this meal, as well as with all of the others I’ve tried so far.

You do need to have your own olive oil, salt, and pepper for many of the recipes. But other than that, everything right down to the seasonings is included in the kits.

Types of Home Chef Kits

As I mentioned before, all of the Home Chef kits are customizable. On top of that, there are “regular” kits, which include a little more prep work in terms of chopping veggies. Although, steak and chicken are always pre-sliced/diced when the recipe calls for that. This ALONE is worth its weight in gold in my opinion! Then there are “15-Minute Meal Kits” and “Easy-Prep Meal Kits.” Both of these require little to no preparation work and time. In fact, the Easy-Prep Meal Kits are usually prepared by dumping a few things in the provided tray, then popping it into the oven. We’ve tried a few of these, like the Jalapeno Popper Pulled Pork Cavatappi with Corn and Queso Fresco pictured below.

Jalapeno Popper Pulled Pork Cavatappi with Corn and Queso Fresco

How Do They Taste?

So far, we have really liked everything! My kids like the meals, and my husband and I do, too. A big part of that is the ability to choose what you like and swap out ingredients that aren’t to your taste. All of the produce and meats we’ve received have been REALLY fresh, and I am very picky about my produce. Get this: even the avocados have been perfect, and if you buy avocados, you know that’s no easy task.

What Does Home Chef Cost?

Most of the meals we have gotten have ranged from $6.99 – $8.99 per person. The prices are upfront, showing right on each menu item as you browse. We get 4 servings each time, so that’s an average of $32 per meal. That is definitely not cheap, and definitely not as inexpensive as doing the grocery shopping for yourself and preparing meals. However, for the convenience of having everything packaged up and ready to go (and not having to go to the store, yet still getting REALLY fresh produce!) is worth it to me, at least 1-2 times a week. Lucky for you, if you want to try Home Chef during January 2021, you can gat $90 off your order! That’s insane, y’all.

Is Home Chef Worth It?

For our family, yes. Especially during times when we’re trying to eat at home more. Home Chef saves me time because it streamlines the cooking process. It eliminates having to make a grocery list and then either shop for groceries or order them online and go pick them up. If you compare it to eating out, it’s at least the same, and more often, cheaper, for our family. Plus, the food is a lot healthier than we’d get eating out. We order 4 servings each time, and we are able to feed our family of five easily. Most of the meals are enough for six if one of the boys has a friend over.

I do plan to continue my Home Chef subscription, at least through the rest of the school year. It saves SO much time! It’s nice to have fresh, delicious home-cooked meals several nights a week without having to do a lot of the legwork.

Hit me up if you have any other questions about Home Chef. I’ll also do a follow-up post at some point to let you know how it’s going.

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Daily Harvest Review #2: Quick & Health Comfort Foods

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Comfort Foods CAN Be Healthy!

When we think of comfort foods, we think of warm, hearty, stick-to-your-ribs kinds of meals. Lots of times comfort foods involve fat-laden sauces and gravies and very little in the way of fiber and veggies. My most recent Daily Harvest box has shown me that comfort foods can be both health AND delicious! In this Daily Harvest review, I’ll be covering their Mint + Dark, Melty Cacao Chips Scoops; Brussels Sprouts + Tahini Harvest Bowl; Artichoke + Spinach Flatbread; Cauliflower Rice + Pesto Harvest Bowl; Lentil + Cremini Soup; and the Vanilla Bean + Cacao Smoothie. Many thanks to Daily Harvest for sending me these delicious options to try. If you’d like to try Daily Harvest yourself, you can get $25 OFF your order by using promo code TEACHERSTYLE and/or shopping through any of the links in this post.

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Healthy Holiday Eating

I don’t know about you, but between Thanksgiving and New Year’s, my plans to eat healthfully take a bit of a dive. It’s cold, it’s dark so early, and there are so many warm, comforting goodies to nosh. Well, there’s help! Daily Harvest sent me some items from their fall menu, along with a couple of classics, and they have been helping me stay on track with clean, healthy eating during the holiday season. I always have trouble getting in veggies, but Daily Harvest makes it a treat (plus, they give me extra energy to boot!). Here are the items I tried and what I thought of them.

Mint + Dark, Melty Cacao Chips Scoops

Okay, I’m starting right off with what I tried first: SCOOPS! Daily Harvest Scoops are a great alternative to ice cream. The mint is fresh and bright, and the cacao is dark and rich — not too sweet. It reminded me of a classier, more grown-up version of mint chocolate chip ice cream. I’m going to be honest here…I nibbled on this off and on straight out of the container whenever I wanted a sweet treat. It satisfied my sweet tooth in a much more healthy way, and I will definitely be ordering more flavors of DH Scoops to try.

Daily Harvest Mint + Dark, Melty Cacao Chips Scoops Ice Cream Review

Brussels Sprouts + Tahini Harvest Bowl

I was a little hesitant to try this one because I’m not a big fan of squash and this Harvest Bowl contains butternut squash. However, I’m happy to report that the delicious flavor of the tahini (sesame paste) and seasonings and the hearty lentils, along with the perfectly cooked brussels sprouts, were what I could taste. I loved the spicy, exotic taste, and it was perfect for a warm lunch at home on a cold, rainy Sunday.

Artichoke + Spinach Flatbread

This is one of the items I was most excited to try. I love spinach-artichoke dip, and I wondered if it would be just as good on flatbread with broccoli (and more healthy!). I have to say it was really good! It wasn’t the same experience as spinach-artichoke dip: not as gooey and cheesy. But, the flavor of the artichoke and spinach shone through, and the flatbread was crisp. It really filled me up, too! I ate it for an after school snack, and I was still full hours later. They have several other types of flatbreads, and I want to try them as well. These would make a good meal all in themselves, just like the Harvest Bowls and Soups. My photos weren’t very good, so this is a picture from Daily Harvest’s website.

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Cauliflower Rice + Pesto Harvest Bowl

This. Was. Delicious! It tasted just like pesto pasta: lots of basil and garlic flavor. This was filling and satisfying as a school lunch. This is another photo from their website since my desk was a mess the day I had made this in the school microwave and wolfed it down.

Daily Harvest Cauliflower Rice + Pesto Harvest Bowl
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Lentil + Cremini Soup

I love Daily Harvest’s smoothies, oat bowls, and chia bowls (see my first Daily Harvest review with several of these items), but I hadn’t tried their warm veggie Harvest Bowls and Soups until recently. The soups all sounded really good, but I like my meals to have a little more protein than most of these had. The one I selected to try was their Lentil + Cremini Soup. This one almost fit my 2:1 carb to protein ratio, and it only had 180 calories, so this made it a great afternoon snack. It was warm, and I loved the seasoning!

Daily Harvest Lentil + Cremini Soup Review

Vanilla Bean Cacao Smoothie

I love every single Daily Harvest smoothie I have tried: they’re flavorful, filling, and such a treat! Some are closer to my 2:1 carb to protein ratio than others, and those are the ones I like best because they’re a filling snack or dessert, but they’re also not a “cheat” item. This smoothie is a little high in the carbs and calories (57 carbs, 18 grams of protein, and 530 calories), so it’s great as a filling snack (or breakfast or lunch!) on a hard workout day. It tastes DELICIOUS, almost like oatmeal cookie dough (but like with the Mint Cacao Scoops, not quite as sweet). I am a fan of the “not as sweet” sweets in general, so this is definitely going to be added to my reorder list. Obviously, this is another photo from the DH website: the smoothie itself is smooth and tan/ivory.

Daily Harvest Vanilla Bean + Cacao Smoothie

Save $25 on Daily Harvest

If you use promo code TEACHERSTYLE and/or shop through any of the links in this post, Daily Harvest will take $25 off of your order! I’ve found Daily Harvest to be a perfect way to boost your intake of veggies and fiber. Those things tend to go by the wayside when there are holiday cookies and candies everywhere you look, so having a healthy, delicious, filling option handy makes all the difference. Daily Harvest isn’t cheap, but I like to keep a few on hand for those times when I’m tempted to fall off the healthy eating wagon. I look forward to them as a healthy treat, and if there ever was a time to treat yourself with something healthy and good, it’s 2020. Check out my previous Daily Harvest review, which features several other types of smoothies, oat bowls, and chia bowls.

Happy holidays! Now excuse me while I head back to the fridge to grab a few bites of my minty chocolate DH Scoops….. πŸ˜€

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