We'll start with the fact that I'm a junkie for things that come in the mail.
As such, the (relatively?) new meal delivery services that are popping up have intrigued me. Is the produce really fresh? Do the meals actually taste good? Thus far the only people I've seen review them are of the "I don't really cook" variety, so I was really curious how a service like this would work out for someone who enjoys cooking, like me.
When an offer to try Green Chef for only the cost of shipping popped up in my Facebook news feed a few weeks ago, I decided to take the plunge.
Green Chef's schtick is that their food is all organic. Since we eat mostly organic food day-to-day anyway, I thought this would be a good apples to apples comparison.
Our three meals were a steak and veggie salad, baked cod with mustard and farro, and a ramen bowl. They arrived just as scheduled, in an insulated box, and--with the exception of a small baggie of lettuce that was frozen in transit--I was surprisingly pleased at how fresh everything was.
It was all labeled--color-coded even--and the recipes were easy to follow and delicious. We loved the cod and the steak salad. And even the ramen wasn't bad, we're just spoiled because there's a really good ramen restaurant in town that makes it better.
While Green Chef states that all of their packaging materials are biodegradable, recyclable, etc., there was still a lot of packaging. I can't imagine having that much trash to deal with on a weekly basis.
Also, even for organic food, the meals aren't cheap. At regular price, Green Chef's meals are $11.99 apiece. While that's about as expensive as going out--and certainly healthier--that's definitely more than we regularly spend per meal when cooking at home, even if you figure in that the Green Chef meals were generously portioned enough for two meals to serve our family of three.
That being said, this would be a great way to send meals to friends (i.e. someone who's just had a baby, someone just out of the hospital) who don't live near enough for a personal delivery.
While this isn't something our family would ever do all the time, for those busy weeks when no one's going to have time to cook I would definitely try it again.
[Not a sponsored post. Green Chef hasn't a clue who I am, I just thought it would be fun to review.]