Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Tasty Tuesday : Green Chef

Hi everyone!  For today's Tasty Tuesday, I'm excited to talk about a new meal service that I tried out called Green Chef.  So far, I've tried out Hello Fresh and Blue Apron, and this one is by far my favorite so far.


Like all of the other meal services, I was able to select the week that I wanted to get a delivery, pick a day, and see the menu ahead of time.  Instead of only having two selections- vegetarian and omnivore- Green Chef has tons of options.  They have meals for vegans, vegetarians, omnivores, carnivores, gluten-free, and paleo.  They all range in price, and the vegan meal is $11.99 per meal.  This is a bit more expensive than the other services, but I think well worth it.


All of the ingredients that are used are organic, and everything in the box is recycleable.  The packing material is compostable as well, which is a nice touch.

Now that we went over the service, let's get into the meals!  I got three meals and each served two people.  These were all on the vegan meal plan.

Side note- This post isn't sponsored at all.  I bought the box with my own money and wanted to share my thoughts!  If you would like to try the box, you can use my referral code to get 4 free meals in your first delivery!)




The first meal that I got was Black Lentils and Veggies with Artichoke tapenade, crostini, rutabaga and leeks.  (By the way- all of the recipes and ingredients are color coded so it's easy to find all of the ingredients!  In the top right corner of the recipe you can see how long the recipe will take, which was also great for planning).


There were things that I loved and didn't like so much about this meal.  The lentils were just ok, but all of the vegetables in it were delicious.  It seemed to be a bit too watery for my taste!  I absolutely loved the artichoke tapenade and crostini.  I'll definitely be making this again!  One thing that I really like about Green Chef is that the recipe for everything is available online- so I can make the tapenade from scratch in the future.  This would be a great appetizer for a holiday party!





My second meal was Veggie Seitan Tacos with Roasted sweet potatoes and corn, slaw, bean salsa


This meal was definitely my favorite and was absolutely delicious.  There were so many different components to the dish, but it came together in no time.  Most of the ingredients came pre-chopped, and some things like the beans and salsa) came pre made which is a huge time saver!  Seitan is my favorite vegan meat substitute, and I loved the flavor of this.  It was perfect for tacos and I'll be trying it again!  The only thing that I didn't like were the corn tortillas, which were really brittle and made the entire dish kind of a mess.




The final meal was Maple Berbere Tempeh with Roasted carrots, quinoa, orange and spinach salad


This meal was really delicious.  I've never used a maple glaze on tempeh before, and haven't really worked with fennel in the past.  The salad was a bit sweet and tangy, which went perfectly with the tempeh.  It was a great, light meal to have, and made fantastic leftovers!  This was definitely the easiest meal to make and came together in no time.



Overall, I was really impressed with Green Chef. Even though it's more expensive than most meal services, I think it's worth it for the large variety and high-quality ingredients.  It was fun to try new techniques and flavors, and I'll be trying them out again!

If you're interested in trying, I would appreciate if you used my referral code, which will give you four free meals!

12 comments:

  1. Ha! We are both reviewing meal kits today. I've been walking to try Green Chef, and also Purple Carrot!

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    1. Ohh haven't heard of PC. Love all the colorful names!

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  2. If you're interested in trying another meal service, I recommend V-Grits! They're based out of Louisville, have an awesome food truck, but also ship boxes to many parts of the country. All their meals are vegan :)

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  3. That maple tempeh salad looks super tasty. The color coded meals would make me happy so I didn't accidentally leave something out, 'cause I'm pretty good at that.

    I can see how it would be a great service for a few date nights in, or great during winter time if you knew bad weather was coming, you wouldn't even have to leave home. But my frugal heart has such a hard time with the cost, when I know I get ALL of our meals for the week for just a few $ more.

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    1. Yup I feel the same way. I like it for when I'm traveling and know I won't get to the store and don't feel like meal planning. Expensive, but worth it for the convenience occasionally!

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  4. I'd feel like such a celebrity if I had a meal in a box like that at my front door! I haaaate chopping veggies, so that alone would be heavenly.

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    1. It was a nice surprise..I haven't seen that in other boxes.

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  5. The meal box thing hasn't caught on in Canada (yet) but I'm always curious to read people's reviews. I really appreciate this one uses compostable/recyclable packing material. I'm not a "hardcore" environmentalist but I do try not to produce excessive waste and all of the individual packages that typically accompanies these boxes kind of makes me cringe.

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    1. That's probably because Americans will pay a premium for convenience! We love keeping super busy at the expense of our health unfortunately.

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  6. Ooh, all of these meals look so so good! What a clever idea using compostable/recyclable materials!

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