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Home Chef Menu Options
Home Chef is perfect for the average American family diet. But once you start eating gluten-free, vegan, keto, or diabetic-friendly, you find limits with their menu.
They do alert you to certain allergens in each meal like soy, nuts, wheat, milk, shellfish and eggs, but you’ll have to sift through the individual meals to find what you’re looking for.
Home Chef allows you to search for meals by cook time and meal type. You’ll notice most of the options take 45-60 minutes to cook, but they do offer the 15 minute meal kits. Oven Ready meals have quick and easy prep and they include the pan.
Every week, they offer two meals from their “Culinary Collection”, which are the fancier meals with elegant proteins like steak and scallops. These would be perfect date night at home meals. They cost an extra $4 more per serving than their regular meals.
While Home Chef does not guarantee their produce is non-gmo and organic, or their meats are grass-fed or seafood wild-caught, they make efforts whenever possible to offer quality ingredients.
One example of this is their partnering with Beyond Meat to provide Beyond Sausage and burgers, which are Kosher, non-GMO, plant-based and soy-free. You can swap out your regular protein with these Beyond Meat foods when available.
Antibiotic-Free Chicken is also an option when you swap out your standard protein. It does more, but its nice to have the option.
Meal Prep & Taste
We ordered the three meals shown above, and enjoyed each of them. They were unique flavors, that any standard American family would love. The Lemon Chicken was an oven-ready meal, so everything was provided with the pan. It took about 2 minutes to prep, popped it in the oven and let it cook. Super easy!
The Szechuan Noodle Bowl was only 4 steps, and took 15-20 minutes total cook time, and was our favorite. My husband added some red pepper to his for an extra kick, but it was great on its own too.
The Tortilla-Crusted Pork Chop took the longest at about 40 minutes to make with plenty of chopping, and I dirtied plenty of pans and dishes for this meal. But we loved the flavor, and I can promise you you’ll find recipes like this one that you’d never think to make on your own.
Home Chef Prices & Coupons
Home Chef prices their meals individually by the type of meal and the quality of the ingredients. This is unusual considering most meal delivery services give you a price break the more you order.
Their meals cost on average $9.95 per serving.
|Type of Meal||Price Per Serving|
|Regular Meal Kits||$9.95|
|Easy Prep Meal Kits||$9.95|
|15 Minute Meal Kits||$9.95|
|Culinary Collection||$12.95 to $13.95|
|Seafood Samplers||$7.08 to $10.62|
|Protein Packs||$4.11 to $6.25|
One nice feature for large families is Home Chef offers meals that serve up to 8 people. This is unique to Home Chef, since most serve 2-4 people.
Shipping is $10 on small orders of 2-4 servings. Once you order more than 6 servings, shipping is free. It doesnt matter how you divide those servings. You can order 3 meals (2 servings each) or 1 meal (6 servings) to qualify for the free shipping.
Home Chef Coupons
Packaging & Recycling
Home Chef has lots of plastic packaging in their meal kits. While some companies have moved to more paper bags, Home Chef still uses plastic. Although each meal’s ingredients are in one bag, as opposed to each ingredient individually wrapped.
All of their packaging is recyclable with clear instructions on how to dispose of each material. All of their ice packs are reusable and/or recyclable.
Home Chef makes it easy to skip a week, pause, or cancel your account.
Skip a Week
Pausing/Cancel AccountYou can easily cancel your account in your Account Information tab of your account. Home Chef calls it “Pause My Subscription”. Choose why you want to cancel, and then confirm. And, once your account is Paused, you can easily reactivate.
Q. How much does Home Chef cost per month?
A. At a minimum of $50/week for 2 servings of 2 meals, your monthly cost starts at $200. This of course depends on how many meals you order and for how many people, but you will average about $10/serving.
Q. How do I cancel Home Chef?
A. To cancel your Home Chef subscription, simply log in, click My Account in the upper right corner of your dashboard, and click on the Account Information tab. The option to cancel your subscription can be found under the Delivery Details section by selecting ‘Pause Your Subscription’. Select the reason you are pausing your subscription. On the next page, select ‘Pause my subscription’.
Q. How often does Home Chef deliver?
A. They offer once a week delivery, and you can choose your delivery day of Tuesday through Friday.
Q. Where does Home Chef deliver?
A. Home Chef delivers to 98% of the United States. You’ll need to enter your zip code to verify your area is covered.
Q. How does Home Chef work?
A. Home Chef is 3 easy steps:
1. Pick your meals from a selection of up to 13 options each week.
2. Customize your proteins or double your portions
3. Once delivered, Follow the step by step recipe cards to cook and enjoy!
The Bottom Line
We really liked the taste of our Home Chef meals, they were simple and quick to make, and we would definitely order from them again.
What we liked:
- Big 8 x 11″ recipe cards are easy to see – much better than Sun Basket’s small book style recipes that are half the size
- Unique flavors we loved
- Produce and meat was fresh and arrived in good shape
- Recipes give you “Cook Within” deadlines so you know which to make first, with generous 4-6 day window
What we didn’t like:
- Lots of plastic packaging
- Not many diet-restricted meal options