Finding the right meal delivery service can often be a challenge. There are a lot of things to factor into your decision.
If you’re someone that is looking to eat delicious meals that are healthy and good for the environment, Green Chef might be exactly what you’re looking for. From organic ingredients to one of the most environmentally friendly packages we’ve seen, they offer customers a holistic meal kit experience.
If you’re interested in learning about what makes Green Chef one of our best meal delivery services, keep reading…
How to Join & Choose Your Items
Joining Green Chef is a pretty painless experience. You’ll start by entering in some basic info (your email and zip) and after you’ll be immediately directed to their meal preference page where you get to choose exactly what meal plan and order amount you’d like.
Green Chef currently has seven different meal plans…
- Paleo: No gluten, grains, dairy, or soy. Dinners will be either meat or seafood with a vegetable side dish.
- Vegan: Zero animal products. Dinners and side dishes will be plant-based.
- Gluten-Free: Zero gluten in any meals. Dinners and side dishes will be meat, seafood, and vegetarian.
- Vegetarian: All vegetables.
- Omnivore: A variety of both meat, seafood, and vegetable dishes.
- Carnivore: All main dishes will be meat and seafood, the sides will be vegetables.
- Keto: Low-carb plan that has zero dairy or gluten. Dinners will be meat and seafood with vegetable side dishes.
As you can see, Green Chef has a lot of variety when it comes different niche diets. With the rise in popularity of Paleo and Keto, Green Chef makes a great option. This is especially so because the vast majority of meal kits don’t accommodate much beyond a vegetarian plan
After you’ve selected the amount and plan you’d like, you’ll be directed to the final steps where you’ll input your shipping and payment information. The only downside to this checkout process is that you can’t see what specific meals will be delivered with the plan you’ve selected. However, if you open another tab, you can go back to their website and see what meals are available that week for every plan on their “Menu” page.
Types of Food They Offer
As mentioned above, Green Chef has a variety of specialty meal plans. They currently include Paleo, Vegan, Gluten-Free, Vegetarian, Omnivore, Carnivore, and Keto.
Even if you’re not someone who’s on a diet, Green Chef meals can still be beneficial to you. This is because they take health and taste very seriously. All Green Chef meal ingredients are organic, GMO-free, and have zero added antibiotics or hormones. They also work with a team of expert nutritionists and chefs to ensure that the meals are as delicious as they are healthy.
We ordered the Keto plan for our first box, which included the following:
- Chicken verde with arugula-olive salad, lemon-roasted cauliflower
- Garlic-dijon cod with braised cabbage & hazelnuts, butternut mash
- Red-curry pork burger with red bell pepper, sautéed mushrooms, creamy slaw
What we’ve noticed is that regardless of what meal plan you chose, Green Chef mixes up the types of meals you’ll receive so you definitely wont be getting bored with what you’re eating.
To give you an example of what to expect, here are some meals that have come with each plan in the past…
- Paleo: Five-spice chicken with snap peas and rutabagas, cashews, and sweet and sour sauce. (Full recipe)
- Vegan: Harissa-maple squash with green beans, dried apricots, and apple-spinach farro. (Full recipe)
- Gluten-Free: Maple BBQ meatloaf with sweet potatoes, green beans, and dried cranberries. (Full recipe)
- Vegetarian: Creamy veggie penne with sun-dried tomatoes and arugula-basil pistou. (Full recipe)
- Omnivore: Buttermilk-brined chicken with mushrooms, potato, peas, arugula, and a fig salad. (Full recipe)
- Carnivore: Green chicken and potatoes with roasted artichoke, arugula, and sun-dried tomato sauce. (Full recipe)
- Keto: Steak and broccoli gratin with kabocha squash, coconut milk broth, and red peppers. (Full recipe)
Green Chef currently delivers almost everywhere in the United States except for Alaska, Hawaii, and parts of Louisiana. The costs and ability to keep food fresh in transit can make it difficult for them to ship to states like Alaska and Hawaii. However, they are looking to expand as much as possible.
In terms of shipping costs, Green Chef charges $9 per box regardless of your overall order. Some meal kits offer free shipping on all orders and others require a minimum spend before they offer free shipping so this added fee might be a bit of a drawback for some. To be honest, I think the quality of the meals makes up for this additional cost.
You have the option of choosing what day you’d like your package to show up. This makes meal planning much easier to schedule for the week. No need to wonder what you’re going to be eating the next day or accidentally buying too many groceries.
Once your order is shipped, you’ll receive an email confirming your meals and tracking information. Our order took less than 24 hours to get to our front door from the moment we received our shipping confirmation email. This made us feel much more comfortable knowing that our food wasn’t sitting in a delivery truck for over a day.
Green Chef has some of the highest quality packaging we’ve seen in a meal delivery service.
The outside is cardboard, much like the packaging of the majority of other meal kits on the market. However, it’s what’s inside that’s a bit more impressive. The insulation, which makes up about 40% of the package is 100% plant-based (the outer liner is recyclable #4 plastic film). This material is called “jute” and it’s sourced from recycled burlap bags. It can be composted at your local composting facility, making it incredibly environmentally friendly.
The ice packs are made of #4 plastic and a soluble, non-toxic gel. To recycle them, you can cut a hole in the packet, pour out the gel, wash out the inside, and recycle the plastic.
The last packaging you’ll find in your Green Chef box are the paper and plastic bags that keep the ingredients fresh. The paper bags are made from 100% post-consumer recycled paper. Both the paper and plastic can be recycled at your local recycling facility.
Freshness of Food
Green Chef works directly with farmers to source the ingredients for all of their meals. Needless to say, you’re getting the freshest ingredients possible. Not only that but by going with Green Chef you’re also helping support local and artisanal suppliers (e.g. small family farms) since that is where they source many of their ingredients.
Being a USDA-certified organic meal kit company, Green Chef is held to a high standard when it comes to the quality of their meals. This means they have the utmost accuracy when it comes to labelling, tracking, food safety and handling.
Ease of Cooking
When we ordered the keto box from Green Chef, we expected that it was going to be an involved and tedious prep/cooking process. However, we were proved wrong.
There are about 7-8 steps total to cook each meal but each is developed in an efficient and smart way. They don’t require you to cook things for long periods of time, which saves time. And you definitely don’t need any special cooking apparatuses, like we’ve had to deal with using other meal kits, which saves money and aggravation (when you don’t have them on hand).
Their recipe cards definitely made the entire cooking process much easier. They are designed to be more visual than text-based so you don’t have to read paragraphs of text — just skim and view the images to make sure you’re on track.
When you have USDA certified organic farm fresh ingredients, there’s really no doubt that the taste is going to be superb. All three meals we cooked in our keto box were truly delicious, healthy, and followed the keto diet specifics to a tee (we checked).
What we loved most is that the dishes weren’t just the “same old” stuff. To give you an example, our chicken verde dish wasn’t just a regularly seasoned chicken. It included a sauce made of tarragon, capers, and lemon that gave it this succulent yet lightly salty taste. It’s making my mouth water just thinking about it!
The red curry pork burger we cooked was also incredible. I would have never guessed that pork and curry would have gone so well together but they did. After we finished eating, Emily turned to me and said, “I’m keeping this recipe to make again!”
Green Chef’s pricing comes down to two things: how much you order and which plan you go with. Below is a basic breakdown of each plan and how much it starts at per meal.
- Paleo: $14.99 per meal
- Vegan: $11.99 per meal
- Gluten-Free: $13.49 per meal
- Vegetarian: $10.49 per meal
- Omnivore: $11.99 per meal
- Carnivore: $13.49 per meal
- Keto: $14.99 per meal
You’ll also don’t want to forget that Green Chef charges a $9 delivery fee.
As of writing this, Green Chef is offering 4 free meals on your first order. If this deal isn’t still available, please let me know in the comments and I’ll update accordingly.
If you’re looking for a healthy meal kit gets just about everything right, Green Chef is the way to go. This meal delivery service must have been flying under the radar or has been overshadowed by some of the “big guys” in the industry right now spending a ton on marketing. It’s a shame more people don’t know about them because they really get a lot right in their meal kits, especially when it comes to healthy meal delivery.
While their meals can be a bit more expensive (only a few more dollars in most cases) than some of the other meal kit companies out there, you’re getting what you pay for and that’s high-quality food. Every meal we had from Green Chef was tasty and nutritious. That can be hard to come by in the meal delivery industry since it’s usually one or the other.
Their recipe cards make it so that you don’t have to be a professional chef to cooking a great dinner. Just follow seven to eight simple steps and viola, you’re done in around twenty minutes.
Overall, we’re very impressed with this meal delivery company!