Although my grandma worked in a hotel kitchen and was an excellent cook, I still remember the days when she, almost desperately, would ask us what she should make for dinner as she sometimes was running out of ideas. Yes, it happens to the best ones. No idea what to cook and no time to go grocery shopping is a very bad combination and a fast-pass to unhealthy eating. My attempt to cook healthy meals regularly fails if my working days are too long and I haven’t planned in advance. It’s almost never that I don’t want to cook, cooking usually relaxes me, but the lack of preparation is my state enemy #1. On those evenings we switch back and forth between sushi from the grocery store or Indian food delivery. I know, so innovative.
I came across ads for different meal-kit delivery services, gave them a thought, but wasn’t so sure about it until Green Chef invited me to a lively hands-on dinner at the cookhouseSF to test their meals with few fellow Bay Area bloggers. Equipped with cooking spoons, we sipped juicy drinks, nibbled on snacks and prepared the meals.
The founder, Michael Joseph, and the chef, Dana Murrel, assisted us while telling us all about Green Chef’s mission and uniqueness. Thumbs up for being first certified all-organic meal-kit, using eco-friendly and recyclable packaging and color-coded labeling of the ingredients.
I really must admit, although a bit skeptical in the beginning, our finished meals exceeded my expectations – I was excited to try some of the meals at home.My Green Chef box arrived, filled with three paleo meals (1.Fiesta Chicken w/ Acorn Squash Fritters & Roasted Pepper – pictured here, 2.Garlic-Dijon Salmon w/ Honey-Dill Carrots & Fennel Salad, 3.Cherry Barbecue Pork Chops w/ Green Beans & Golden Beet Salad), but you can also have vegetarian or gluten-free options. The menu changes weekly and you can choose between about eleven meals ranging from $10-$13 per serving.
I was impressed how perfectly isolated the meat and the fish was. Thanks to the biodegradable insulated liners, it was super fresh. The box contained portioned ingredients, instruction sheet with pictures, servings and calories and color labels so you don’t get confused.
I also stayed within the stated preparation time, plus-minus five minutes. As I tend to cook usually a bit more I really enjoyed learning how much actually a serving of meat or veggies is. For nights, where I see myself struggling with the time or if I want to try something new, Green Chef has convinced to be a better option to sushi. I can only recommend it for everyone who’s looking to learn to cook healthy meals, wants to save some time on grocery shopping, gets a feeling for portions or just wants to try out something new for dinner.
So hop over to Green Chef, buy two meals, get four delivered – special offer for you, dear Fluxi on Tour readers!
*I received a complimentary meal-kit from Green Chef for review , but all opinions are my own.
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