Why Home Chef, Sunbasket, and Blue Apron are worth a shot!

Growing up, I’ve always been a fan of cooking. I’d help my mom however I could mashing potatoes, breading chicken cutlets, and coming up with my own creations here and there. But when I moved into my own apartment, I realized I was in the same repetitive meal cycle only making dishes I already knew how to make. As one would think, it became monotonous and who wants to eat the same thing week after week? On top of that, buying all the ingredients to make ONE recipe adds up quickly in cost. A friend of mine told me how much she was loving Home Chef and told me I should give it a try. I had nothing to lose so I hopped on board spending a total of thirty-dollars for THREE dinner recipes (two servings), all ingredients included!  

There are a few preconceived notions about meal kits that I want to clear up. Many assume that Home Chef is for people who work that don’t have time to go to the store to get ingredients. That’s not the case. Others may assume that Home Chef is just for beginners that don’t know how to cook. That’s not the case either. Meal kits are for those who ENJOY cooking. It’s for people that want to switch up their meals without having to buy a shit-load of ingredients when in reality, you only need a small amount of each to make your meal. Another assumption is that you have to use numerous pots, pans, plates and bowls to create the recipe. Check out my tips at the bottom to squash that assumption! 

There’s quite a variety of meals that Home Chef offers. Whether you prefer meat, poultry, seafood, or vegetarian meals there’s something for everyone! I personally love their Mexican inspired dishes like their quesadilla and taco recipes! Another reason why I enjoy these meal kits is because they make you aware of portion control.  I used to pile food onto my plate at dinner time, eating until I was full. I was able to reach for seconds if I wanted to, and now I don’t have that option which is a GREAT thing! Who needs two servings of mashed potatoes anyway?  With Home Chef, you can get different serving sizes whether it’s for you and your partner, or your whole family. The only thing it doesn’t offer is single meals. So, if you’re making a meal for only yourself, put that second serving in a container for lunch!  

Here are some Home Chef meals I’ve enjoyed in the past…

Chicken in Oregano-Tomato Cream with blistered tomatoes and green beans.

Turkey and Guacamole Tostadas with pickled shallot, sour cream, and chayote
Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps.
Steak & Corn Burrito Bowl.
Shrimp Poke Bowl
Sunday Supper Chicken with Mashed Potatoes and Peas.

Other great meals I’ve had include; Farmhouse Fried Chicken, Sweet Thai Chili Pork Lettuce Wraps, Acapulco Steak Quesadilla’s, Nashville Hot Chicken tenders and many other finger lickin’ dishes!

As if meal kits weren’t easy enough, here are a few helpful tips!

  • When you’re chopping, try to see what ingredients will be added together so you don’t have to use multiple plates for separating. Also, try using the same pan for less dish washing at the end! 
  • When you receive your kits, the meat will be at the very bottom of the box under ice packs, so don’t throw the box away before digging all the way to the bottom! Check to make sure ALL the ingredients are there that way if you’re missing something you can run to the store beforehand. If they forget something, take a photo and send it to them, they’ll give you a credit.  (Mistakes don’t happen often with Home Chef!).  
  • A lot of these recipes call for a pinch of salt here and there. If you’re looking to keep your sodium intake low, go easy on the salt! 
  • If you’re worried about a dish being spicy, you can still order it just don’t add the jalapeno or peppers that the recipe may call for. 
  • If you don’t feel like the meal will be enough, trust me it is. If it satisfies my dad and my boyfriend who both have large appetites, then you should be okay! Just in case though, I sometimes make a salad to pair with dinner, or I make an easy additional side like corn on the cob! 

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