Home Chef Review {for aspiring chefs}

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Service: Home Chef

URL: https://www.homechef.com/

Price per serving: $9.95 per serving (2, 4, and 6 serving options available)

Ingredient Quality Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Recipe Taste Rating: 4 out of 5

Serving Size: 3 out of 5

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The Meals | Home Chef Review:

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Meal 1: Pork Shumai Meatballs with Ponzu Dipping Sauce & Sap Peas

Pork Shumai Meatballs with Ponzu Dipping Sauce & Sap Peas from Home Chef

I have been making Asian food at home for as long as I’ve been cooking.

There were several years I made really bad Asian food, trying to perfect it, because there is definitely an art to it that has to be learned!

I will say that Home Chef’s chef who compiled this recipe definitely knows what they’re doing.  These Pork Meatballs were absolutely delicious.  The sugar snap peas were the best peas I have ever had.

My only regret is that the ponzu sauce was pre-made, so I don’t know what went into it (because I really want to re-create it!).

This meal was a home-run.  My whole family loved it!

Pork Shumai Meatballs with Ponzu Dipping Sauce & Sap Peas from Home Chef

Meal 2: Sherry Wine Demi-Glaze Sirloin Steak with Mashed Potatoes and Balsamic Brussels Sprouts

Sherry Wine Demi-Glaze Sirloin Steak with Mashed Potatoes and Balsamic Brussels Sprouts from Home Chef

I also really loved this recipe! Of course, it is steak, potatoes and brussels, so it’s hard to go wrong here.


The brussels sprouts were probably my favorite and the instructions were easy to follow. The steak turned out great!  My only qualm with dish was the one medium-sized potato that was supposed to transform into mashed potatoes that served two people.

Maybe I am southern, but don’t you think that one serving of potato = one potato?  So, it really seemed like 2 potatoes should have been included.  There was also a surplus in milk and parmesan, and I added too much of it, which resulted in soupy potatoes.  #StillDeliciousThough

Sherry Wine Demi-Glaze Sirloin Steak with Mashed Potatoes and Balsamic Brussels Sprouts from Home Chef

Meal 3: Southern Fried Pork Chops with mac’n’cheese and spicy green beans 

Southern Fried Pork Chops with mac'n'cheese and spicy green beans from Home Chef

I always appreciate anyone who encourages making mac’n’cheese from scratch, so this was a winner for me!  The mac’n’cheese featured salty cooked noodles, topped with cream and cheddar cheese.  It was creamy, indulgent, and so satisfying!

The pork chop was okay — which may have been my fault.  I didn’t get the oil hot enough before I added the pork chop, so it ended up a wee soggy.

Full disclosure – the green beans had a few moldy spots.  I discarded those and was able to salvage the rest of the bunch.

Overall, this meal was good, not great.

Southern Fried Pork Chops with mac'n'cheese and spicy green beans from Home Chef

Meal 4: Skillet Chicken Chasseur with mushrooms and white wine

Skillet Chicken Chasseur with mushrooms and white wine from Home Chef

This was a veggie-packed meal that was unlike any I have ever cooked in my home before (and I’ve cooked a lot of meals!).

I appreciated Home Chef taking me out of my cooking comfort zone.

Shipping and Packaging | Home Chef Review: 4 out of 5

The ingredients are separated into plastic bags for each meal.  On the bottom were the meats, which were surrounded by ice packs to keep the meat cold.  All of the ingredients were still cold and at a safe temperature by the time I got off work, picked up the box off my front porch, and into my fridge.

I also appreciated the call-out to recycling!

Nice Touches | Home Chef Review:

Home Chef included a 3-ring binder to store recipes in.  This allows me to save my favorite recipes and try them again using ingredients from my local grocery store.

Would I try Home Chef again?

Yep!

My only complaint with this service is that it auto-renewed without any email notification (grated, it’s possible it went to spam) and I was sent the same meal on week 2 that I received on week 1.  Luckily, it was the pork meatballs, which I really enjoyed, but if it had been a recipe I thought was only okay, I would have been disappointed to pay $20 for it.

The take away is to order Home Chef, but be cognizant of the renewal date so you can ensure you get the meals you want to try!

Have you ever tried Home Chef?  If so, leave a comment and let us know how your experience was! 

Plated Review


Plated Review | Plated Box

Service: Plated

URL: https://www.plated.com/

Price per serving: 2 servings per night: $11.95 | 3 – 4 servings per night: $9.95

Ingredient Quality Rating: 3 out of 5

Recipe Taste Rating: 4 out of 5

Serving Size: 5 out of 5

Discount code: 50% off for first-time subscribers, applied automatically at checkout. Exp 12/31/17

The Meals | Plated Review:

 Plated Review | The Recipes

Meal 1: White Pizza with Crispy Brussels Sprouts and Balsamic Glaze

Plated Review | White Pizza Ingredients

This was a great vegetarian option, and as an avid lover of brussels sprouts, it looked delicious!  The Plated kit came with pre-made pizza dough, which was actually pretty great (better than my homemade pizza dough, I’ll admit).  It came with a trio of cheeses: goat, Gruyère and mozzarella.

I really loved this dish, although it had too much goat cheese for my tastes. I also appreciated that my Plated kit came with parchment paper, which made clean-up easier. This is the kind of pizza topping combination that I would have never thought to make, but I will make again.

Plated Review | White Pizza with Brussels and Balsamic

Meal 2: Beef Rendang with Lemongrass, Kaffir Lime, and Yellow Rice

Plated Review | Beef Rendang Ingredients

I was really excited to try the Beef Rendang, especially since I would be cooking with some ingredients I haven’t ever cooked with before: lemongrass and kaffir lime leaves.  This dish had some great flavors that worked well together, but the sauce didn’t reduce as much as I anticipated (and like the picture showed).  I also found the steak to be low quality and too thick to cook to medium doneness on the stove-top, and some of my green beans had molded.   This was my family’s least favorite meal in our Plated box.

Plated Review | Beef Rendang

Meal 3: Beef and Cheese Empanadas with Salsa Roja

Plated Review | Beef and Cheese Empanadas Ingredients

Admission – I have another blog that is dedicated to New Mexican food recipes, and I have never made empanadas before this!  These turned out great, and were a favorite for my whole family.  The spinach adds another flavor and extra nutrition to the filling, and the warm salsa on top was a great touch.

Plated Review | Beef and Cheese Empanadas with Salsa Roja

Meal 4: Brown Butter Orecchiette with Spicy Sausage and Peas

Plated Review | Brown Butter Orecchiette Ingredients

This was probably the easiest of the four meals to prepare and one of our favorites.  It has a pairing of spicy sausage with a sage and brown butter sauce, peas and Parmesan.  I have made brown butter sauce before and found that the instructions that Plated created were easier to follow and produced fewer dishes.  This was simple and filling.

Plated Review | Orecchietto

Shipping and Packaging | Plated Review: 4.5 out of 5

Plated Review | Packaging

The ingredients are separated into plastic bags for each meal.  All of the produce, seasonings and extras were on the top level.  Below those were the meats, which were surrounded by ice packs to keep the meat cold.  All of the ingredients were still cold and at a safe temperature by the time I got off work, picked up the box off my front porch, and into my fridge.

Plated Review | Packaging

Nice Touches | Plated Review:

There was a sticker adhered to the top of the box that shows it was shipped from Union City, California.  It also lists where all of the produce comes from, which I think is pretty cool!  

Would I try Plated again?

Yes, I will try them again.  Would I subscribe to Plated every week?  No, probably not.

I found the Plated recipes had a lot of fun ingredients that I wouldn’t normally cook with, so I appreciated the opportunity to get outside my cooking comfort zone.  However, I found the meat to be low quality and two of my produce items were molded or about to be.  While I appreciated that the ingredients were all minimally processed and on the healthier-side, I feel the ingredients were not up to the same standards as my local grocery store.

Have you ever tried Plated?  If so, leave a comment and let us know how your experience was!