When the new year starts, everyone has different resolutions. Whether that is to save up for that new TV or just simply learning how to do something new, we all have our minds set on that something.
Part of my “New Year, New Me” resolution this year is to work on a healthier me. I want to eat right and keep myself active for at least 30 minutes a day. When it comes to my diet, I can tell you, it’s pretty sloppy. When I meal prep for the week on a lazy Sunday, I tend to stick with it for that week and then go back to my old eating habits. I strongly believe what we put in our bodies determine our moods and how we act: eat bad and you’ll feel crappy; eat good and you’ll feel great.
This resolution of mine needed a little more motivation in the kitchen. That was when I found Home Chef through InboxDollars. Right now, you get $12.00 cash back when you sign up for your first order plus $30 off as a welcome.
What is Home Chef?
Home Chef is a weekly meal delivery service that features fresh ingredients and step-by-step instructions delivered straight to your door. Each of your meals is accompanied with measured ingredients, each packed in their own bag.
When I signed up, I was prompted with three questions on preference and diet; low carb, vegetarian, dairy allergy, etc. Home Chef worked around my answers and sent me meals that were best for me. I love surprises so I didn’t want to choose my meals. If you don’t like surprises, no worries, you can sign into your account and pick the meals you’d like for the upcoming week.
How was my first Home Chef experience?
I absolutely loved it! I was very pleased by the kinds of meals that were sent to me. I chose the 3 meals per week for 2 people plan. Everything was well proportioned. Don’t let the packaging fool you: because these meals are portion controlled, it doesn’t look like much. But when you start putting everything together, you’ll realize how perfectly balanced your meal is. Afterward, you’ll feel contently full, not overly full. This was a plus for me because I tend to eat to overeat. If you are not a picky eater like me, let them pick your meals and be surprised every time!
My first box came and it was protected with a big ice pack. I thought that was pretty cool- I didn’t have to worry about my produce getting bad.
Inside, I received three Ziploc bags, one bag containing all my raw meats, three recipe cards and one recipe binder to keep all my recipes nicely packed. Each Ziploc bag contained all my fresh veggies, herbs, and seasonings; all measured and labeled. The meat bag had my main proteins: salmon, steak, and pork chops.
The flap on the box had a huge chunk of ice inside! What a great way to keep things fresh.
My recipes for this week were Pork Chop with Cauliflower Grits, Japanese Sirloin Steak, and Salmon Tacos.
A binder is given to you on your first order, so you can keep all your recipes nicely packed away as they come in each week.
I started with the Japanese Sirloin Steak – because who doesn’t want steak after a long night at work? It was easy-peasy and surprisingly, no mess!
Step-by-step instructions were easy to follow and ingredients were bolded so you knew when to add what.
I wanted my steaks to cook a little faster so I cut them into halves!
I sliced my carrots and threw two pieces of butter along with some brown sugar, making them very similar to maple carrots, sweet and juicy. My steaks were cooking beautifully, lightly salted and peppered on both sides. I also had one cup of white jasmine rice cooking on the other side of my stove.
….and for the first time, my food came out looking like the picture, so yummy!
The sauce they provided was very similar to a teriyaki sauce: sweet, savory with a tiny hint of heat, delicious.
When everything was plated, I couldn’t believe how perfect each proportion was. At first, I thought one cup of rice would only be enough to just feed myself, but boy was I wrong. It was perfect for my boyfriend and me. Portion control is awesome. Especially when someone has already measured everything for you!
How much is it and how do I earn my $12.00 cash back?
Home Chef charges $9.95 per person. You choose 2,4 or 6 people and choose 2-6 meals per week.
For example, I chose 3 meals per week for 2 people. My total was $59.70. I signed up through InboxDollars and I received a $12.00 cash back bonus. Home Chef offers $30 off your first week’s subscription which I also received and it brought my total down to $17.70 instead. That’s not bad for 3 meals a week! Below is a breakdown of the plans:
Keep in mind that prices may vary as they do have specials from time to time and also deals for the holidays.
Some people may think this is expensive, but to people like me who aren’t very motivated in the kitchen it’s very convenient. It saves me time and gas money. I don’t have to make trips to the grocery store and I have nothing to waste because everything is already measured for me.
What are you waiting for? Join me and sign up for Home Chef through InboxDollars! Start your “New you” journey through cooking and throw your bad eating habits out the door.