Happy Thursday, friends! Thanks so much for your response on my last post–I love hearing from all of you and sharing my heart with you. You might have noticed I’ve been a bit MIA this week (one of my dear friends is visiting and we’ve been galivanting around upstate NY these past few days) but I’m popping in with a review for Home Chef.
Home Chef Basics
- Home Chef meals cost $9.95 per person, per meal. The average cost of a box like this one is about $59.70 (6 servings-3 meals for 2 people)
- There’s no contract so you’re free to skip your weekly deliveries whenever you wish. You can also choose your delivery date. Home Chef delivers on Tuesdays through Friday.
- You can select 2 to 10 meals per week for 2, 4, or 6 people.
- Each meal comes in easily identifiable plastic bags. Within each bag, the ingredients are pre-portioned and labeled for easy prep. The meat is packaged in vacuumed sealed bags and in a separate plastic bag next to dry ice to guarantee freshness.
- Every meal comes with an easy-to-follow recipe card that includes a list of any additional ingredients you might need as well as difficulty level, spice level, cook times, measurements and dietary information.
- With your first box, you also receive a binder to add your recipe cards (they come pre-punched). I love that extra attention to the small details.
The Taste Test
New England Style Fish Cakes with Romaine & Tomato Salad
I’m a huge fan of crab cakes and these fish cakes were just as tasty. The old bay seasoning gives the cakes just the right amount of spice and while I did feel that the recipe called for a little too much onion in the salad, overall this was a very tasty dish.
This dish definitely involved some chopping and dicing but I felt like it came together very easily. I love that the recipe card instructs you on how to time your entree & side so they’re both ready at the same time. I always have a hard time accomplishing this when I’m cooking by myself so I appreciate that added instruction. The recipe itself is extremely easy to follow and I feel like it’s not a recipe I would have necessarily tried out myself.
The portion size of this meal was very generous–I made about 6 medium-sized fish cakes and a really large salad. Since these meals are made for 2, I usually split them into two dinners and there’s just enough for me and the kiddo. My fish cakes definitely didn’t end up looking like the ones on the recipe but tasted delicious.
Overall, I enjoyed this meal and I’ll definitely be adding it to my regular meal plan cycle.
Sicilian Shrimp Risotto with Blistered Tomatoes and Breadcrumbs
Risotto is something I’ve never tried cooking so I was a little nervous trying this recipe. My fears were ill-founded though because the recipe guided me through the process seamlessly. The meal did take a little longer to cook than most of the recipes I’ve gotten but it was well worth it.
I really loved the addition of the tomatoes and toasted breadcrumbs to the dish. It added just the right texture. Again portion size was pretty generous and I loved how the dish came together. Had I made this dish myself I probably would have added a little more spice because the risotto was a teensy bit on the bland side but overall it was delicious.
Sherry Wine Demi-Glace Sirloin Steak with Mashed Potatoes and Balsamic Brussels Sprouts
Full disclosure? I’ve never been a huge brussels sprouts lover but I figured I would give them another try. They’re definitely not my new favorite vegetable but they were much better than I expected. The recipe calls for them to be charred in the skillet and then boiled until tender which made all the difference in flavor. The addition of balsamic vinegar also helped add more flavor and I liked that there was quite a lot of balsamic vinegar included so you could season it to taste.
The sirloin steak and mashed potatoes were extremely easy to prepare and together with the demi-glace, the flavors complemented each other well. I do feel like I could have let the demi-glace cook for a little longer but that had more to do with my impatience than the recipe instructions. But really can you blame me? Look at that steak!
Overall Impression of Home Chef
I love the recipe selection for Home Chef–the meals are varied and each week has about 10 to 11 recipes to choose from plus a smoothie, salad, or fruit basket you can add to your order. The meals are simple to make but taste delicious and include pairings I wouldn’t necessarily think to put together. Overall, of the four meal subscription boxes I’ve tried, Home Chef has been my favorite because of the quality of the ingredients and the simple yet consistently flavorful meals.