Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Food Hussy Review: Green Chef Meal Delivery

Green Chef provided products free of charge but all opinions are my own.

I'm semi-obsessed with these meal delivery services - it's nice to not have to plan dinner - to just come home and have everything ready to go - just open the fridge and start cooking! 

This time I tried Green Chef - which is Certified Organic which means no synthetic pesticides, no GMOs, no artificial ingredients, no growth hormones and no antibiotics.

They have quite a few options for their menus - you can choose from the "normal" omnivore, carnivore, gluten-free, vegan, paleo or vegetarian. The prices are comparable to restaurants - ranging from $10.49 - $14.99 per meal per person. If you get 3 recipes - it's just under $90 for the "carnivore" version.

I chose three recipes and got a big box with a thick insulated blanket made of recycled materials on the inside.

Everything was labeled with color coded stickers so it was really easy to know which ingredients went with which recipe!

First up was the purple - BBQ Pork Meatballs - they also provide the side dishes to go with the meal which is nice. This had Yukon Gold mashed potatoes and a green bean slaw.

All the ingredients were fresh and portioned out - I just had to follow the directions and prepare.

I also go to try some new things - the coleslaw used these pickled green beans which I nearly didn't even have any left for the slaw - I was killing them! They're so crunchy and snappy - yum!

Here's the side by side - I think I did a pretty good job! Everything was easy to make and really big portions - this easily made two dinner portions and 1 lunch leftover.

 BBQ Pork Meatballs, Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes and Green Bean Slaw

Next up was the Rustic Italian Flatbread with Kale Salad. I am NOT a fan of kale - but this was baby kale so I was open to trying it. I also ended up keeping the plastic containers - they're handy for lunch packing. 

 This was a vegetarian recipe where you roasted mushrooms and onions - so that was easy peasy.

My snapchat explains my relationship with kale. 

This was interesting though - and something I would never think of - I mixed the kale with yellow bell pepper and this cannelloni bean mixture. The mixture had carrots, mashed beans and quite a few seasonings. I would never think to mix a bean mixture with a salad but it was really great! I think I liked that more than the pizza.

The pizza came together easily with flatbread, roasted red pepper sauce and then topped with the roasted onions & mushrooms and cheese. The amount of cheese they provided seemed like definitely not enough - but it was plenty! Portion control is really an issue for me and this helps that for sure.

Here's my finished kale & bean salad which I actually loved! It was really good. I wish I had the recipe for the bean mixture! 

 ...and my rustic flatbread! It was really good as well - something so simple but so good - throw it together and it's ready in 15 minutes! Love it

Last up - MORE KALE! Kale stuffed chicken with spaghetti squash. We've got chicken breasts, crushed sunflower seeds with an Italian spice blend, artichoke hearts, parsley, red kale, red onions & garlic, spaghetti squash, roasted red pepper sauce and fennel. (I hate fennel.)

I roasted the chicken breasts and the squash which was super easy - you just cut it in half - olive oil it up and bake.
  
 It's not really like spaghetti but it does come apart easily - I actually really like squash so I'm definitely game for it. I mean - I like it coated with butter and brown sugar - but this was good too.

And here's my Kale Stuffed Chicken with Spaghetti Squash - I mixed in the artichoke and red pepper sauce and liked it a lot! The chicken breasts were big too which saved room for leftovers.

All in all I definitely liked Green Chef - I'm not super frantic about the organic / non-GMO stuff but I liked it. The meals were all good and even though they send all the ingredients and recipes - you can still tweak and customize the way you like (eliminate the fennel). It's a bit pricey - but if eating organic is really important to you - it's probably comparable to what you're used to.

If you would like to give Green Chef a try - here's a link that will give you $50 off your first order! That's a pretty great deal to give it a try! Enjoy!
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