This is a review of a weekly organic meal kit called Green Chef. Each week they offer the choice of the following menus: Keto, Paleo, Gluten Free, Vegetarian, Vegan, Omnivore and Carnivore. They also offer the Omnivore and Carnivore in a larger size for a family with enough for four rather than two. We chose Keto this week since Hubby has gone back on a low carb diet. All three meals we received are Keto, Paleo and Gluten Free recipes. For our eighth delivery, we gave one recipe four out of five stars and two recipes three out of five stars. The carbs ranged from 17 g to 27 g. A lot of customers have been complaining that the carbs are too high. Hopefully they are listening, but so far most recipes continue to be too high to be true Keto recipes. The calories ranged from 400 to 440 and preparation time listed range from thirty to thirty-five minutes. Actual preparation time ranged from fifty-eight minutes to over an hour.
Caraway Meatballs, Braised Fennel, Cabbage, Parsnip & Rosemary
We gave this recipe three out of five stars. Our main complaint was that it was too tart. The mixture of onion, garlic, celery, fennel, cabbage, parsnip, rosemary and caraway spiced apple cider vinegar was overly bitter since it included too many ingredients that are sour. The meatballs were tasty, but I would have liked more of them and much less of the cabbage and parsnip. This one has 27 grams of carbohydrates, 7 grams of fiber and 9 grams of sugar. The calories are 420 with a listed preparation time of thirty-five minutes. The actual preparation time was fifty-eight minutes. This was a very filling portion with lots of vegetables left over that were thrown away since we found them too tart.
Chicken Fajita Salad, Bell Pepper & Creminis with Cilantro Lime Dressing
We gave this recipe three out of five stars. This would be better suited for a summer time recipe than in the fall. I'm ok with a cold lunch, but at dinnertime in the winter and fall I prefer a hot meal and seasonal vegetables. There wasn't enough romaine lettuce nor enough of the cilantro lime dressing which is really important in a salad. The dressing was tasty, but a bit light on the cilantro and since it was such a small portion the flavor was diluted even further. The cuban spice blend on the chicken was delicious. I was disappointed that they sent us only part of the green, yellow and red peppers especially since this is one of the most expensive meal kits available. The competition sends the entire pepper and suggests we use the leftovers in an omelet or some other meal. It just appeared ungenerous to me. Also, we were sent only part of the red onion. The competition sends the entire onion and suggests we use as much as we prefer. I don't think vegetables are as fresh when they are cut up in advance, so I found it to be disappointing. This one has 17 grams of carbohydrates, 6 grams of fiber and 6 grams of sugar and 440 calories. It states a preparation time of thirty-five minutes yet actual preparation time was over an hour. It was a healthy portion of food.
Fennel Mustard Tuna, Cauliflower, Sauce Vierge, Kale & Pine Nuts
I gave this recipe four out of five stars and Hubby gave it three stars. Hubby didn't like the fennel mustard blend spice on the tuna. At first bite I agreed, but then it grew on me. The kale was not fresh and the shallots were dirty. We made this recipe the day it arrived, if we had waited an additional day the kale wouldn't have be fresh enough to use. The tuna was very tender, but Hubby complained that it didn't cut very well so he thought it was a lower quality than we have come to expect from Green Chef. It was a very filling meal yet it comes in at only 400 calories. It has 27 grams of carbohydrates, 9 grams of fiber and 5 grams of sugar. Hubby skipped the tomatoes to lower the carb count. Their preparation time listed is thirty minutes while actual preparation time was over an hour.
It wasn't the best week of recipes we have received from Green Chef, but for the most part the meals were enjoyable. Lately, their recipe offerings haven't been as appetizing as they have been in the past. We were quite shocked to receive some produce that wasn't fresh and overly dirty. That's not what we've come to expect from Green Chef. Awhile ago they changed their website so that you couldn't see the other category offerings in order to perhaps change your plan that week based on the recipe choices. They just changed it back to the way it was prior with a bit of a different layout but allowing you to see the other category's recipes. They are now showing four weeks of recipes in advance whereas they were only showing two before. I'm more likely to order now that I can see all of the recipes again and four weeks worth. The prices are higher than most of the completion, but they do offer organic ingredients. They also prepare the sauces and dressings in advance for you. Costs per meal are as follows: Vegetarian $10.49, Omnivore & Vegan $11.99, Carnivore & Gluten Free $13.49 and Paleo & Keto $14.99, Family Omnivore $11.99 and Family Carnivore $12.99. They also charge for delivery unlike the competition, an additional $9. If you use my coupon, you'll get four free meals of your choice, so you'll only be paying for two meals and shipping.
Check out my Green Chef Pinterest Board to see the other recipes we have made. In addition, check out my reviews of Blue Apron, Green Blender, Hello Fresh, Home Chef, Marley Spoon, Plated, Sun Basket and Terra's Kitchen. Do you subscribe to any meal delivery services and which of the above recipes looks the tastiest to you? Don't forget to enter my Blue Apron Meal Kit Giveaway before you go.
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