I love being a Vegan, but it can be hard to maintain a pure diet. As someone who used to make a 14 mile trip to travel between Walmart and the nearest farmers market searching for locally grown vegetables like kale, dinner took up half of my day between sitting in traffic, perusing aisles, and meal prepping. While farmer's markets are popping up everywhere, it can still be challenging for those who live in remote areas. The food is always delicious and prices are great, but sometimes is just too difficult to get there. Aside from finding fresh produce, it takes a lot of research to really hone in what flavor profiles and produce work together on top of tons of prepping that can make cooking feel like a part-time job, especially if you're working with unfamiliar ingredients. Recently I discovered Green Chef, a meal-kit delivery service that has a specialty Vegan plan- it's made my life so much easier. Here's everything you need to know.
What Exactly Is Green Chef?
Green Chef sends you a box of pre-portioned ingredients so you can make home cooked meals without going to the grocery store. Their aim is to streamline the dinner process and prevent you from cooking the same couple of meals every week, or living off of takeout.
Green Chef stocks their meal kits with in-season sweet potatoes, butternut squash, and collard greens that provide a balanced and nutritious dinner that even the pickiest eater will struggle to turn their nose up at. Each week, you receive new and delicious recipes to try and you can customize your order to ensure that all of your new favorite dishes are included.
Why Do People Use It?
Whether you're new to veganism or have been raised on a plant-based diet since you could walk, Green Chef is all about helping people live the lifestyle they want. Instead of going between stores or paying more for specialty dishes like fennel caponata, you get it delivered- right to your doorstep.
Green Chef boasts a robust recipe base curated by expert chefs that include tasty options like Teriyaki Portobello Bowl, Orange-Miso Tofu, and Barbeque Chickpea Meatloaf, so you don't have to stick with what you know or spend a lot of time prepping ingredients.
It has made it much easier for me to incorporate new recipes into my weekly meal plan that are nutritional, balanced and taste just as good as they look..
Is The Quality Good?
Yes! All of the vegan dishes are plant-based and filled with GMO-free ingredients so you don't have to spend time on reading labels and deciphering where the produce comes from. They even offer gluten-free options. You can see the nutritional information and ingredients when choosing your recipes each week, including if it contains allergens like peanut oil.
How Long Do The Meals Take To Cook?
It can take between 25 minutes to 45 minutes depending on the recipe. Sauces come ready made alongside pre-measured, portioned, and prepped ingredients, minimizing prep time. As someone who can't whip up a homemade sauce like my mother can, their sauces taste just as amazing as if I was having it at moms.
There is some minor prepping like heating up olive oil or cutting onions into slices but it is very straightforward and not time-consuming.
How Does It Work?
The vegan meal plan is $11.99 per serving and you can order three meals for two or four people. The service is easy to use and their flexible plan options make it easier than ever to work around your busy schedule.
Heading out of town this week? You can skip a week whenever you want. Work is keeping you so busy, you can barely squeeze in time to cook dinner? Change the number of meals you receive weekly through your online account. You can even pick a delivery day that works with your schedule.
Seems Like You're a Fan. Why?
Green Chef is such a convenient service because I'm learning new recipes relatively easily, and it makes transitioning to a healthier and sustainable way of eating so much simpler. Instead of stressing over dinner, I have everything I need delivered to me and ready to go. Give it a shot. It's well worth it for those of you who don't have the time (or patience) to come up with wholesome meals from scratch while reducing your carbon footprint without wasting money.
Update: The folks at Green Chef are extending a limited time offer to our readers! Follow this link to get $50 off your first Green Chef Box!