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I Tried Home Chef and Here’s What Happened

I Tried Home Chef and Here’s What Happened

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I couldn’t be happier to walk in the door when I get home from work. I drop my bag in the foyer, beeline for my comfy sweatpants, give my husband a quick kiss hello, and ask how his day went. It feels so great to shed the weight of the day… until I remember that I have to get dinner on the table!

My husband and I are constantly balancing raising kids, paying bills, getting errands done, and keeping up with the chores, cooking included. We treasure our family dinnertime, but with so many other responsibilities demanding our time and attention, we tend to rush our grocery runs and only stick to the quick, tried-and-true recipes we know.

Lately, we’re both feeling tired of the same mac ‘n’ cheese, grilled chicken and vegetables, and spaghetti and meatballs. But it’s not like it’s a good idea to order in or get take out to save time — that’s just way too expensive these days, and raising two kids is already costly (and time-consuming) enough. Plus, I’m not sure how healthy it is to eat out all the time!

Enter meal kits. You’re shipped all the ingredients from veggies to meats to spices, you mix them all together, and boom, dinner. Skipping all the prep work sounded amazing, but I just assumed it was too expensive to make a normal part of our weekday routines. Plus, could food that arrives in a box really be that fresh and delicious?

My coworker told me about Home Chef, a meal service with super-flexible plans so we can start or stop any time. Worth a shot, I thought. I took advantage of Home Chef’s offer of $80 off -- and gave it a try for a month. The first insulated, eco-friendly box arrived, and my family simply couldn’t wait to try our Lamb with Red Pepper Jelly, Steak with Chimichurri Butter, and Chipotle Shrimp Tostadas.

Let’s just say that this household is never going back! Here’s why:

It saves so much time

For the three days a week that my husband and I receive Home Chef meals, that’s an hour and a half saved over the stove. Whipping together an Home Chef meal takes around half an hour, so I no longer spend valuable time figuring out what to eat and what’s needed to make it. That frees up a ton of time to unwind from a tough day or help my daughter with a tricky math problem. Plus, the whole family gets to the dinner table that much faster because the recipes are super clear to follow.

Home Chef has a ton of options

Home Chef has up to 26 options weekly! I haven’t tried 26 different meals this entire year. Some of the menu highlights include: Sirloin Steak with Pesto Butter, and Cheesy Spanish Rice Stuffed Poblanos. I never knew it would be this easy to cook meals this delicious.

The reviews are amazing

There are a lot of Meal Kits but HomeChef is rated #1 in Customer Satisfaction! With the highest rate of customer satisfaction among leading meal kit companies, I know I’m getting fresh produce, high quality meats and an overall GREAT experience!

We get more bang for our buck

Before Home Chef, I assumed that eating healthy all the time was expensive. I mean, have you seen how much fresh meat and produce costs? On the “Dinner For 4” plan, however, our meals cost about $8 per person. That’s because Home Chef only includes exactly what we need, so no ingredients (or money!) go to waste. It’s cheaper (and quicker) than buying a bunch of groceries that may spoil before we ever touch them.

It’s super flexible

My favorite part of Home Chef is that I’m not chained to a plan when I sign up. I have the freedom to pause meals and switch recipes whenever I want. That means if I get around to making that recipe I saw on Facebook last week, all I do is sign in to my account and pause delivery. We can resume Home Chef meals at any time. And the same goes for the meals selected in our plan -- if we ever wants to add or remove meals, all we need to do is let Home Chef know.

UPDATE: For a limited time, Home Chef is offering Popular Health readers $80 off!

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