Dishing on Home Delivery Meals – #4 Home Chef

I am testing several of the popular home delivery meal programs to see which ones are 1) worth the money, 2) easy to prepare, and 3) tasty – not necessarily in that order! Go here for my first entry.

This, our 4th testing, was with Home Chef.
 I received the first shipment for 3 meals for 2 people at an introductory half-price rate of $29.70, which comes to about $10 a meal.

Arrival: The box was scheduled to arrive on a Wednesday, but didn’t arrive until Thursday. I was a little worried that it wouldn’t have stayed cold an extra day, but it still seemed fine. No reason given why it was late ( I was following it by tracking number.) The meals come packaged together for each meal. I really liked that. The most organized way any of our boxes have arrived.

Home Chef is really good about keeping in touch with you. They send multiple emails about the meals coming up and when things are shipped. If you don’t like getting a lot of emails, it will probably annoy you, but I was glad they kept up with me, so I could cancel or schedule future shipments in plenty of time. They have MANY options for meals, much more than most of the other programs I have tried. Also, you can order desserts! (which I didn’t try this time.)

They also give a difficulty level, and a spicy level, and tell you how many days you have to use it. (e.g. “Cook within 5 days”) So you can decide which meals you should use first. And they sent a handy-dandy plastic binder notebook where you can store your recipes!! πŸ™‚

My Meals:

Meal 1: Cheese-stuffed Chicken Milanese with spinach and artichoke salad in creamy lemon dressing.

Very easy to prepare. Roasted artichokes and onions which were later tossed into a spinach salad with tomatoes. They call it a “creamy lemon” dressing, but I didn’t taste much lemon, mostly sour cream. Not a terrible salad, but definitely not a favorite. The chicken was easy to prepare with mozzarella stuffed inside, seared first in a skillet, and then finished in the oven in the same skillet. Note to self: Remember that a skillet that has been in the oven will have a hot handle even after it has been removed and set on the stove top. Ouch!! (I spent the evening with my hand in cold water!) But the chicken was very tasty.

Meal 2: Sherry Wine Demi-Glace Sirloin steak with mashed potatoes and balsamic Brussel Sprouts

Super easy to prepare. Mashed potatoes, brussels sprouts seared, then cooked in a skillet, and steaks seared, and cooked in the same skillet.

Although my husband hates brussels sprouts and would not try them, the meal was very tasty and we enjoyed it. Instead, I served him the remainder of the former spinach salad.

Meal 3: Spaghetti and Ricotta Meatballs, with pecorino garlic bread.

Pretty basic – making meatballs, and spaghetti. The pecorino is a type of cheese (I hadn’t heard of that). Easy to make and not as good as the spaghetti I normally make. Uh, Tony is Italian, you know, so… Also, kind of an incomplete meal in my opinion. No salad or veggies. The bread was made from one roll, sliced in half, divided between us both. I added some steamed broccoli for our veggies. Pretty low cost meal on their part. I wouldn’t order this again.

So overall, their program is great. Very well put together, very good communication, and directions.

Cost for regular orders will be $59.70, which is about $10 per meal (3 meals for 2 people). Not too bad. However, we can eat at our favorite Mexican restaurant for about $20, and I don’t have to cook. So there’s that.

Stayed tuned! I may be trying Hello Fresh! next.



  1. Amanda Farmer said,

    January 31, 2019 at 2:12 pm

    Yeah, those skillet handles can be hot. And just to test your reminder, I lift the spaghetti pot lid this afternoon with my bare hands! oy! You’d think we were related or something. LOL!


  2. kandygrams said,

    January 31, 2019 at 2:23 pm

    Yeah. duh. Just now picking off my blistered skin!!


  3. Amanda Farmer said,

    January 31, 2019 at 2:43 pm

    Oh dear. I didn’t hang on that long.


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