This post was sponsored by Green Chef but all opinions are my own.
Looking for a Green Chef review? I tried these keto meal kits for a week, and here’s what happened. Read this keto meal kits Green Chef review before you buy! Spoiler alert: Green Chef keto meal kits are a fantastic option for busy people who love delicious, nutrient-dense food. This is my Green Chef review!
How many times have I added a meal kit subscription to my cart, letting it linger there, the badge over the tiny graphic basket reminding me I have one item about which to make a decision? How many times? So many times.
I’ve been intrigued by the meal kit phenomenon since it started, really, but mostly fascinated at the pain points they solved. People were cooking more, so what did that mean? People were trying new things, new dishes, new ingredients, so what did that mean? And how could I, a full-time food blogger, possibly justify that?
And so I’d drag my mouse back over to the computerized cart, empty it, and close the window.
So when Green Chef asked me to try their new organic keto meal kits and write an honest Green Chef review, it was finally my change to try out the future of food: efficiency + high-quality ingredients + chef-inspired recipes = winner winner keto fajita chicken dinner (with organic cilantro-lime dressing, of course). Not to be dramatic or anything, but a week on the Green Chef keto meal kits kind of changed everything for me.
Let me explain.
I went into this experiment with low expectations. I figured my recipes would be better and that they’d be easier, considering I’d written the recipes and have an intuition for how the cooking should flow. I figured I’d waste more, if not food then fluffy packaging. I figured I’d be bored by the selections and that the flavors wouldn’t fit our family’s preferences.
I figured I’d be right about all of these things, of course, but I was so wrong.
Here’s what happened: I fell in love with ingredients I never cook with, I realized the beauty of simplicity in a dish, and I expanded my possibilities for what dinner looked like. On a regular night, we’re typically eating some chicken dish with the same ingredients popping up all the time, giant bags of kale and broccoli in the fridge, steamed sweet potatoes on the side, and tubs of organic baby spinach willing to go raw or wilt down with a bit of butter and garlic.
Each night that I made a Green Chef keto meal kits, though, I discovered something new. Me! A food blogger who prides herself on her adventurous eating and love of travel! It seems I’d fallen into a rut, cycling “safe” nutrient-dense ingredients on a short run during the week, skipping over the seasonal eggplant and zucchini and red bell peppers, thinking, for some reason, that I didn’t really like them.
But then I had the eggplant-tomato ratatouille with the herbes de provence pork, and I realized I was wrong.
And I bit into the crunchy-sweet sliced red bell peppers atop a bed of chopped romaine tossed in a cilantro-lime dressing, propping up a cumin-spiced chicken breast, and I realized I was wrong.
And then I sautéed chard stems and celery, wilted down the broad green leaves, and topped it all with bacon, and I realized I was–wait, I’m pretty sure I knew I’d love that from the bacon alone, but you get my drift.
I was surprised, too, by how efficient the packaging was, the main packaging being freaking compostable, and the cooling packs being easily reusable. The rest is recyclable, and, on top of that, there’s no food waste. Typically, we pitch bundles of slimy herbs each week, having delayed the plans to make a fresh batch of chimichurri, or we’re throwing away bunches of curly yellow leaves, having abandoned our promise to ourselves to eat a lot more kale that week. I’ll admit it: we waste way more than I’d like. But with Green Chef, everything was recycled or reused and absolutely no food went to waste.
On top of that, I wasted no time. Aside from my next point, this element won me over the easiest. I was set to start dinner at 6, knowing we’d eat at 6:30. The instructions were simple and straightforward, making a dinner full of veggies and plenty of protein far easier than what I’ve been doing on my own for years. And being a mom, this means more time to spend with my husband and my son, which is typically something I prefer over pulling out the food processor to blend up a from-scratch salad dressing…
Most importantly, though, I was surprised–nay, shocked–at how just damn good the keto meal kits were. Each recipe felt handcrafted with intense detail, somehow creating a simple process with only a few ingredients that produced a restaurant-quality dish. Oh, and I felt pretty damn awesome the next morning after each dinner, too.
Green Chef keto meal kits are all organic, and they offer paleo, vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, carnivore, and omnivore options, too. How baller is that? Check them out – they were 100% worth the cost in flavor, convenience, waste reduction, and ease for me. And I can’t wait to try the rest of their plans. Now that you’ve read my Green Chef review, which keto meal kits are you most excited about?