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Even for those of us who enjoy cooking an elaborate home-cooked meal, the commitment to cooking meals and cleaning the kitchen every night is real when life is busy or priorities are elsewhere. As convenient as it may be, the thought of getting takeout doesn’t always thrill your senses either. For those weeks when you’re hustling (or feeling lazy), one meal delivery service has strived for a trinity of deliciousness, health, and efficiency: Home Chef.
Home Chef offers users new recipes every week to suit a variety of dietary restrictions and preferences, creating a robust and personal cooking experience without the commitment of doing all the recipe research and mental planning yourself. Between the different menus each week and their magic “customize” button, they aim to please all palates.
When Home Chef’s fresh, pre-portioned ingredients arrive at your doorstep, you’ll be ready to glide through a finished meal with ease with step-by-step recipe cards. We’ve tried recipes that are too good not to share, so that’s exactly what we’re going to do.
The best home chef recipes right now
Weekly routines can be comfortable and easy, like boiling water for the same type of pasta you’ll be eating for the third time this week. But if your taste buds want a little more, sometimes it can be just as easy to whip up a creative new meal.
Go ahead and boil that same pot of water, only this time season your scallops to perfection and prepare them in this bowl of tangy, seasoned Cajun deliciousness. We love how this meal puts a twist on a typical pasta dish and isn’t much more work to prepare. It can really turn another night into a more special occasion.
Asian Turkey and Lettuce Wraps
We’re here for anything that goes easy from dinner to leftovers. Not everything is so easy, but these turkey and lettuce wraps are simple to store and quickly reheat for lunch the next day. This meal doesn’t sacrifice health for flavor and uses condiments and add-ins like sriracha, water chestnuts and coleslaw mix to create rich taste with low calorie gain.
This flavorful and hearty mix can be wrapped in just about anything that will support its weight, although the recipe’s suggestion of butter lettuce is hard to beat. Tear up as many lettuce leaves as you need for the night and repeat until you see an empty plate!
Is it just us, or are there certain dishes that we just don’t try to cook at home? As simple as they are to prepare, it never occurs to us that we can cook them ourselves. In these situations, we need someone to hand us a piece of paper with a basic breakdown of instructions and give us words of encouragement.
Home Chef pretty much checks all of those boxes with his Tonkatsu Pork Chops recipe (although we’re still waiting for that motivational speaker to show up at our door to tell us about it). This Japanese take on an American-style pork chop creates a vibrant flavor profile you thought you could only find at your favorite restaurant. This recipe will be require a bit of preparation – about an hour in total – but the taste is worth it.
Creamy Tortellini with Tomatoes and Parmesan
We could all use more vegetables in our lives and our stomachs. Vegetarian options are a must for many of us, and for non-vegetarians, having a few meatless meals throughout the week never hurts. (Plus, overcompensating with cheese isn’t the worst thing either.) This meal is a staple for us because it’s so quick to prepare; we get our plant vitamins, and the cleanup consists of up to three dishes: pot, pan, and plate. If you’re feeling adventurous, try grouping together into one pot of pasta for an easier meal.
Spicy Plantain and Black Bean Tacos
It can be fun to experiment with new ingredients that we would otherwise avoid at the grocery store just out of habit (and a bit of intimidation). Sometimes cooking something for the first time can be nerve wracking, but once you’ve done it you start to wonder why it took so long to try it. That’s what we think of these spicy plantain and black bean tacos. The crunch that plantains offer is truly unparalleled and an experience that taco lovers should not overlook. And they’re just as easy to cook as anything else you’d stir-fry. Easy, new and exciting, that’s what we’re here for.
Stir-Fry Pork and Broccoli with Sweet Chili and Ginger
Anything that can be easily customized based on mood, foods available in the fridge, food preferences, or any other variable is on our list of answers. Stir-fries are perfect for this. You can toss just about any combination of veggies and proteins into a pot with this sweet chili sauce and be sure it will satisfy the taste buds (both taste and friends). Ready to go in less than 15 minutes, this meal leaves time for other activities in your evening.
Picadillo Pork Stuffed Peppers
Picadillo is a traditional dish from Latin America and the Philippines, and Home Chef has put his own twist on it to create a rich and sensational experience. With a hint of high quality spice, this meal is not for the faint of heart; but for spice fanatics or daring eaters, it’s sure to impress.
This meal begins with cooking a split poblano pepper and ends with a blend of melted cheese that seamlessly blends spicy and salty. It’s hard to beat when you want to increase the flavor.
How much does Home Chef cost per meal?
Standard Home Chef meals start at $8.99 per serving with a minimum weekly commitment of $49.95 (though subscribers can cancel or skip orders as needed).
Once you have your base meal, customizations and additions usually incur additional costs. Home Chef Meals can also be found in-store at Kroger stores across the country; this includes local Kroger owned stores like Ralphs, City Market, Mariano’s, etc. (Check Home Chef website for a list of all stores where meals are transported.)
How long do Home Chef meals last?
The shelf life of these meals will vary from meal to meal, but in general there shouldn’t be anything too different from what would be recommended for other grocery items. Dairy products, meats and fresh products must be kept in their original packaging until use. “Basic” produce, including potatoes, root vegetables, grains, etc., should be stored in a cool, dry place.
If you already know the basics of food health and safety, Home Chef Meals should be pretty intuitive. Each recipe card will also include a recommendation for how many days the meal should be cooked after delivery to help point you in the right direction.