Home Chef Review and Coupon

Home Chef Review and Coupon

Updated November 2020: While this review may be a bit dated, Home Chef still delivers quality & the great discount offer for $35 off your first Home Chef order still applies. If you use the coupon, I may receive an affiliate credit. They did not pay me for this review or offer a free shipment.

If you read my review last week of Hello Fresh, you’ll know that Home Chef had some serious competition. I mean, it’s hard to top restaurant sized portions, ready in under 35, that are absolutely amazing.

Right out of the gate, I was impressed with Home Chef. I loved that I could select that I preferred low calorie options & they would suggest those options to me first. I also liked that they had more than the five meal options of Hello Fresh to pick from (8, plus a breakfast option & a fruit/nut option). Also, for the three meal (2-person) serving package, Home Chef is less per meal coming in at $59, versus Hello Fresh’s $69. That means with my referral code, you can try Home Chef for only $29.

My Home Chef package arrived on time, everything was beautifully packed and nice and chilly. Each day’s ingredients were packaged and labeled with the recipe’s name (with Hello Fresh you matched the icon on the bag with the one on the recipe card).

Home Chef Ingredients

After preparing each…all of the meals were a big hit in my household. Each meal was equally as tasty as Hello Fresh. The main difference between the two services was the serving size. With Hello Fresh, you could easily make 2 meals off of each portion. With Home Chef, the portions were…as Goldilocks might say, “just right.”

The other big difference between the two was the available nutrition information. With Home Chef, you were only given the calorie count (Update: Starting the week of July 19 Home Chef started shipping recipe cards with nutritional information including calories, carbs, fat, protein, and sodium); Hello Fresh offered calories, carbs, fat, protein, and fiber. This made it a little more time consuming to determine my Weight Watchers PointsPlus, however, I knew exactly what went into each restaurant quality meal so I was able to look up the individual ingredients in eTools to determine my PointsPlus.

I also liked how Home Chef’s directions had you reserve bits of herbs and seasonings to garnish your meals. It gave it that extra “chef’s touch.” Home Chef also suggests drink pairings, and they print a photo and a bio on the chef responsible right on the recipe card.

The down low? I’ve already placed my next order. Although I really wish they supplied full nutritional details, it’s easy enough to figure out my points…and for the price & flavor…it’s a great deal in my book!  Try it now and save $35, just click here.

Now, for the most tasty part, recipe reviews:

Wednesday – Blue Cheese-Crusted Sirloin Steak with Roasted Fingerling Potatoes, Carrots, and Horseradish Cream (estimated 14 points plus)

Blue Cheese Crusted Sirlon

This recipe is a new staple in our home. It was amazing. Sooo delicious. My husband hates blue cheese, and he still loved it. He was still talking about how great it was the next day. We both love creamy horseradish, and who knew it was so easy to make! This was my first attempt at pan-frying a steak, and it came out perfect. I did cut down the time a bit, but I find my burners are hotter than most. I’m also not that big of a fan of carrots, but roasting them makes them delicious.

On a scale of 1 – 10 (with 10 being the highest) how would you rate it?

Portion size: Husband 10, Me 10

Flavor: Husband 10, Me 10

Was it worth the Points Plus? Yes

Would you want it again? Both said yes

What would you change next time? Nothing

Thursday – Southern Style Shrimp and Grits with Cheddar Jalapeno Cornmeal, Green Onions and Smoked Paprika (estimated 14 points plus)

Southern Style Shrimp and GritsI wasn’t sure about this dish. I’m not a fan of grits, but my husband LOVES shrimp and grits, so I figured I’d take one for the team. To my surprise, they were good! They were unlike the bites of his grits that I’d had in the past (I’ve tried them MANY times and hated them!!). The recipe recommends you trim the white membranes of the jalapeno to tame down the hotness. I think even my black-pepper-is-sometimes-too-hot father-in-law would enjoy this dish.

On a scale of 1 – 10 (with 10 being the highest) how would you rate it?

Portion size: Husband 8, Me 9

Flavor: Husband 9, Me 9

Was it worth the Points Plus? Yes

Would you want it again? Both said yes

What would you change next time? Husband says more cheese…but he always says more cheese. I would add the whole jalapeno to the pan when cooking instead of going with the recommended ½.

Friday – Cajun Blackened Chicken with Greek Cucumber and Feta Salad (estimated 7 points plus)

Blackened Chicken This is the dish I the one I was most concerned about. We love blackened chicken, but neither of us is big on cucumbers – unless they’re pickles. We always ask them to be removed at restaurants. I thought the chicken was very flavorful, but my husband said he’d like to have seen more seasoning. As far as the salad goes, for a cucumber salad it was great. It had nice flavor, and was gorgeous with the mix of greens and reds. This was the only meal we didn’t eat completely, tossing most of our salads. It was great to try something new.

On a scale of 1 – 10 (with 10 being the highest) how would you rate it?

Portion size: Husband 8, Me 8

Flavor: Husband 7, Me 7

Was it worth the Points Plus? Yes

Would you want it again? Probably not

What would you change next time? We would both prefer a bit more seasoning on the chicken, and we’d have a cucumber-less salad.

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