- Jul 2, 2007
Wife and I have been subscribed to Green Chef since a few months now. Not cheap. $84.95/week for one box which contains three meals for two (six servings). We are on the keto menu simply due to it's the lowest cost. It gets us cooking together three nights a week and it's a fun thing to do with your spouse, partner, significant other etc. On avg takes about 30 - 40 minutes to fix up. It's all raw, and all certified organic, so it needs rinsed if veggies, but the meats come vacuum sealed. They Ship it in an insulated box. There is a huge ice pack at bottom, then the meats are on top that and a 2nd huge ice pack on top of the meats, and the recycleable insul blanket around all box walls. Sitting on top that assembly is the bag which contains veggie ingredients each in a sealed individual plastic bag, and various spice/seasoning packets. Those items all get their chill off the huge ice pack they sit on top of. We have been getting a box like this once per week delivered in the summer heat (90+) usually in afternoon (MyUPS app tells when) and have not yet received anything gone bad/spoiled/flaccid. The meats are always still cold, and the vegs are still chilly. The recipes aren't real difficult but some can be slightly involved with several things to have going at once, usually at least two pans on range and something in the oven. The food finishes out pretty remarkably good tasting, we've only tried a few recipes that we we agreed we'd not order again and it wasn't the quality of ingredients it was just we didn't care for that particular dish (seasoning, etc). The keto menu is just right for her and she still spoons a small amount of "I'm full" remnants from her plate to mine, and I at times add a couple slices of bread and butter to fill me in a little better (Dave's Killer Bread- organic). It works out cheaper than a full service restaurant meal by about 1/2 and about $10 more per person than fast food. Yep, you gotta cook it up, but that's half the fun, and the quality of ingredients is pretty good, about same as the organic selection at any grocery. The way they keep you from just straight up copying their recipe is they ALWAYS have one of the main parts be a Secret Sauce of sorts-- a blend of stuff in a bag that you put in that helps give it that right flavor. The bag might say "Ginger and turmeric apple cider twango-bango drizzle" I made that up but you get the idea. There are other competing brands, Blue Apron, Hello Fresh, and more. This is the one we're trying. Mainly on account of the keto menu-- we feel it makes for a light supper that doesn't weigh you down. Only three times a week for us though. Other nights we fix our own more conventional recipes or we might go out.