A Mum’s Secret To Healthy Meals: Green Chef
The last year was filled with binge eating and creating unhealthy habits.
For me, working from home and taking care of the kids meant that spending time cooking something healthy was not an option. At the end of a long day, I would usually just throw frozen food in the oven or get a takeaway. Month after month, this lifestyle started taking its toll on me and the kids; our tummies felt bloated and I was pretty lethargic during the day.
During the long weekend, my kids and I took a trip to my parents and it was the healthiest food they had eaten in a while. I always assumed that cooking healthy food would take hours of prepping ingredients and working through tedious cooking processes, but my mum proved me wrong. She told me how easy it was to get healthy food with Green Chef - the new healthy recipe box service that caters to a range of different diets.
I initially was worried about the amount of time I would have to spend on it, plus my cooking skills are not the best. The last time I cooked something from scratch, let's just say there was food all over the kitchen. My mum reassured me that it comes with easy-to-follow recipe cards so it really is foolproof.
I decided to give it a try. My family and I needed healthier food - the takeaways were not cutting it anymore. Green Chef offers five preferences: Keto, Flexitarian, Lower-Carb, Vegetarian, and Vegan. I decided to start with the Flexitarian preference and then I could move to others like Keto or Lower-Carb. The Flexitarian preference gave me a good balance between wholesome meat and vegetarian options.
I started with three meals a week for four people at £3.00 per serving + Free shipping. All the ingredients came pre-portioned with the exact quantity I needed, which cut down on my prep time and left zero waste. Their menu changes every week and all boxes come with a step-by-step recipe card that includes photos.
It’s a flexible subscription service so you can pause, skip or cancel at any time. The box was delivered right to my door (no more supermarket shopping for me). Although I was apprehensive, I decided to give it a try and keep my fingers crossed that the kids loved it as well.
I first tried the Fresh Linguine Beef Bolognese with Rocket and Parmigiano Reggiano, and honestly, I couldn't believe how quickly the kids devoured it. I experimented a little more and decided to make our next meal even healthier and a little more out of the box than what they’re used to.
The Aromatic Chicken Pho with Bok Choy, Mint & Red Chili I thought was going to be a challenge (the kids hated vegetables), but it was so different in the dish that they now ask for it when they want something cosy and feel-good.
My kids feel so much better after eating Green Chef, too. Eating wholesome, balanced meals is not as big of a challenge as I thought it would be with Green Chef. They focus on delivering fresh ingredients from suppliers who offer only the best quality.
They are also a company that has a lower carbon footprint than most meal kit companies. Green Chef offsets 100% of its direct carbon emissions and the plastic packaging within their boxes.
I learned how to cook with Green Chef, but most of all, I learned that eating healthy is way easier than I thought and I need to prioritise it for my family. Green Chef meals take between 20-35 minutes and are easy to fit into a busy day. My days can still feel hectic at times, but now I love coming home in the evening and cooking my family something healthy with Green Chef.