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Green Chef Review
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You like a little bit of everything; and Green Chef gets that. With their omnivore boxes, you can get a little bit of all Green Chef has to offer. And, with Green Chef, every ingredient is organic, ...

# of Meals/Week

3

Servings

2 Adults, 4 Adults, 6 Adults

# of Menu Options

9

Cost Per Serving

$11.99

Special Meal Types Available

Low Calorie

Green Chef - Kung Pao Chicken Ramen Green Chef - Main box contents

Green Chef focuses on organic, wholesome ingredients that can be transformed into a delicious menu that accommodates numerous dietary concerns. Whether you are a carnivore, vegan, vegetarian or need something gluten-free, their extensive menu will certainly meet your demands (and cravings). Even better, Green Chef focuses on environmentally friendly packaging and their ingredients come from local organic farmers, artisanal suppliers and focuses on sustainability.

Fresh, organic ingredients from local farmlands designed to suit just about every dietary need.



PROS:
  • Certified Organic
  • Premium Ingredients for Less
  • Eco-Friendly Packaging
  • Paleo, Vegetarian, Vegan and Gluten-Free Available
  • Meals in 30 Minutes on Average
  • Free Taste Kit for New Customers
CONS:
  • Higher Per Plate Price
  • Minimum 3 Meals Per Week
  • Customization Limited to Omnivore and Carnivore Plans
  • Cannot Ship to All Zip Codes


Meal Options: (Rating: 10/10)

The Good

Green Chef by far has one of the more impressive menus out there. They try to accommodate all special dietary concerns. When you sign up, you can choose between the Omnivore, Carnivore, Vegetarian, Gluten-Free and Paleo plans. Each of these have ingredients and recipes selected to meet the dietary needs of individuals in those categories.

Green Chef Plan Selection

You can swap each week between all of the plans (but the per plate price will change). If you sign up for the Omnivore or Carnivore plans, you get more menu choices too – giving you up to nine recipes to pick and choose your three meals from.

The Bad

There’s nothing bad to say here about Green Chef. They have an excellent variety of meal plans and options to choose from – and let you customize by dietary concerns.

Flexibility: (Rating: 9/10)

The Good

You can pause your membership by going into your dashboard, visiting the Delivery Schedule and clicking on the skip option. You can also cancel your account at any time without penalty. You just need to do so before the cut off, which is seven days before the scheduled weekly delivery date. If you cancel after this, the cancellation will apply to the next week’s delivery and you will still be charged and receive menu options for that week.

Green Chef Preferences

Each week you can also swap from a Paleo to Omnivore or Carnivore for more options. They do not restrict you to just one plan.

The Bad

Unfortunately, you can only substitute menu options with the Carnivore and Omnivore plans. If you choose the other plans, you are stuck with the pre-curated recipes for that week.
We do hope in the future they add more flexibility to Gluten-Free, Vegetarian and Paleo plans, especially with how popular these types of plans are growing.

Food Variety: (Rating: 10/10)

The Good

Ingredients certainly elevate the recipe and Green Chef is all about spice and experimentation. They feature ingredients inspired from around the world (Middle East, Morocco, Spain, Italy, etc.). Just some ingredients you will find include tabbouleh, turmeric, chickpeas, smoky quinoa, tuna, Poblano salsa, bok choy, shiitakes, ponzu and more.

Even the recipes I received had a great variety – including a gluten-free recipe, vegetarian recipe and carnivore recipe.

The Bad

Nothing – I was impressed at the variety of ingredients, styles of cooking, etc. that Green Chef features each week.

Nutrition/Quality: (Rating: 9/10)

The Good

Green Chef Organic Ingredients

The ingredients from Green Chef are top-notch. They are sourced from local, sustainable facilities, but also they take it a step further. They use USDA-certified organic produce, their salmon is wild caught and not farmed, they use GMO-free soybeans, no antibiotics, no growth hormones, no GMOs, and no pesticides. I found it interesting that even the dried goods were organic.

When you are creating recipes with Green Chef, you can expect your dishes to boast 450 to 750 calories per plate – depending on your meat or non-meat inclusions.

Green Chef Calorie and Nutrition

The Bad

The only quality issue I had was with my eggplant – and this is not necessarily Green Chef’s problem. On the outside, the eggplant looked excellent, but on the inside it had started to go brown. Again, Green Chef couldn’t have predicted this and it was only a small spot that I had to discard.

Green Chef -only half ingredients sent

While not a quality issue, I found it odd that they sent you half of ingredient items. Like half of a red bell pepper. Most companies sent a whole pepper or whole onion and for the cost, you’d figure Green Chef could send you the whole vegetable and not a pre sliced half of one.

Cost: (Rating: 7/10)

The Good

The cost per plate varies depending on which plan you choose, with the cheapest plate starting at $10.49 per serving and the most expensive jumping up to $14.99 per plate.

You pay weekly with Green Chef, so you can cancel at any time.

The Bad

They are definitely more expensive than other meal delivery kits – in fact, they are one of the priciest. When you consider the fact shipping isn’t free either (and usually is with other companies), you will pay more – but you do get what you pay for. This is because they focus on sustainable ingredients and USDA-organic, which we all know costs more in the grocery store.

You are locked into three meals per week (not very flexible here) and you can choose between two, four and six plates per meal. For a family of four on a tight budget, Green Chef may not be an affordable option.

TIP: If you are interested in trying Green Chef before committing to weekly shipments, we suggest you order your first set of meals, and then immediately go in and skip your next shipment. This will give you time to try Green Chef out before being locked into another shipment. We are providing this suggestion because they require a 7 day advance notice to cancel a subscription, and if your box arrives on Friday that means you would have to cancel by noon on Saturday – that doesn't give much time to test anything!

Recipes: (Rating: 10/10)

Want to see how the recipes we tested turned out? Read our cooking test for Green Chef
The Good

Green Chef Recipe Card Front

They have excellently laid out recipe cards. I really enjoyed how they gave you tidbits on the front of the card – as well as pro cooking tips on the back.

Green Chef Pro Tips

The steps are better planned out on the back of the recipe card too. They try to simplify the process and even specifically tell you how to cut your ingredients – so you get the right outcome.

Green Chef Back of Recipe Card

Recipes come with step-by-step instructions and the site even tells you what main ingredients (such as olive oil) and cooking equipment you need prior to ordering. The recipes are designed for the novice – though the ingredients are definitely for the experimental.

Green Chef - What you will need

All recipe cards tell you what tools you will need to gather as well as any ingredients you need to supply on your end – such as Kosher salt, pepper and olive oil.

Green Chef Jar labels

Green Chef helps you organize ingredients by color. Each recipe card has a color and you find the ingredients with that corresponding color.

Their recipes are extremely interesting – like their Tabbouleh-Stuffed Peppers (and most of us don’t even know what Tabbouleh is). Their Moroccan Cauliflower dish, which comes from the Vegan menu, features turmeric, chickpeas, smoky quinoa and spinach.

On the Paleo menu, you will find something like Za’atar Steak, which features a cauliflower tabbouleh, zesty vegetables and a steak featuring Middle Eastern spices and flare.

When browsing the menu options, I myself was tempted to turn vegan just to try them out. They don’t just throw on a bunch of vegetables either for their Vegan and Vegetarian plans – they make the dishes hearty, tasty and interesting – which is always a bonus.

The Bad

Green Chef - no ingredients

The recipe cards don’t have amounts – so if I wanted to recreate these recipes at home, I wouldn’t be able to. This is a big issue for me, because the purpose of these meal delivery kits is to expose you to new recipes and then teach you how to make them so that you can repeat again at home (if you want). When they don’t include ingredient amounts, you can’t exactly do that.

Packaging: (Rating: 9/10)

The Good

Green Chef Box Exterior

The boxes from Green Chef come clearly marked – so I know exactly what it is.

Green Chef Initial Box Open

When you first open it, you find the jute liner and your recipe cards. One thing I would like to note is this is one of the only companies to put ice packs on the top of the products – most just keep ice packs at the bottom. This made me feel instantly confident that the ingredients inside were going to be cold (and they were).

Green Chef Jute liner

Green Chef sticks with its organic, fresh and sustainable mission by using a recyclable jute liner instead of foam or other non-recycle products.

You can even add your jute liner to your compost pile!

Green Chef - Ingredients in box

All of the more delicate items are placed up top – and kept cold by the layer of ice packs on top.

Green Chef - Main box contents

All of the items are color coded by recipe card so that you know what goes with what.

Green Chef Contents and Recipe Cards

The Bad

No storage info on the recipe cards or the products – so those who are not familiar with some of these ingredients wouldn’t know if they needed to refrigerate them or store them at room temperature.

Shipping/Delivery: (Rating: 7/10)

The Good

Green Chef is quickly expanding their shipping areas, so even if you aren’t in their zones right now, you will be before you know it.

Your three meals for the week are delivered once a week. They have recipe cards and clear labeling so you can tell what ingredients go with what recipes. Green Chef uses special insulation to keep perishable items safe – and the food should remain cold until the end of the day on the delivery date – so you don’t have to be home when it arrives (which is between 8am and 8pm on delivery day).

The Bad

Shipping is not free with Green Chef – something other companies usually offer. You can expect to pay $9 per box and each box contains three recipes for two people. If you order more plate counts, you may have more than one box – so you could potentially pay up to $18 per box.

While they do ship during the summer, they do not yet accommodate all zip codes. As of right now, they cannot ship to Alaska or Hawaii and they have limited zones in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Gifting: (Rating: 2/10)

The Good

Green Chef gives you coupon codes to share with family and friends – so they can enjoy Green Chef.
Green Chef - Gifting Options
The Bad

You cannot give the gift of Green Chef at your leisure. Instead, you have to wait until you get free gift options on your dashboard; then, you are given a coupon code that you can share with family or friends to give them a free week of Green Chef food. We hope they add an actual gifting option in the future – especially because meal kits are becoming a popular gift idea for just about every recipient.

Customer Service/Support: (Rating: 10/10)

The Good

Green Chef has email and phone support, but no chat (though it is rare to find chat with these companies anyway). Their email response are extremely quick – which is a good thing. I inquired about a product and received a response in less than 24 hours. When I had an order question, I received a response in a little over 24 hours – but it was a weekend.

They also have a great FAQs section online and plenty of information about their products, mission and even recipes.

The Bad

Nothing. Customer support was very helpful and offered quick responses.


Green Chef Pricing

Green Chef offers two, four and six plate meal options with a minimum of three meals per week. You pick a plan based on your dietary concerns and all plans come with a $9 per box shipping rate.

  • Vegetarian starts at $10.49 per meal.
  • Omnivore starts at $11.99 per meal.
  • Vegan starts at $11.99 per meal.
  • Carnivore starts at $13.49 per meal.
  • Gluten-Free starts at $13.49 per meal.
  • Paleo starts at $14.99 per meal.

Cooking Skills Needed: Novice to Intermediate

The three recipes I received were all very easy to create. One may have had a few more advanced techniques – making it more of an intermediate recipe. But, for the most part, anyone new to cooking could easily prepare these meals.


Who Would Enjoy This Meal Delivery Kit

Green Chef is more expensive, so it is probably not going to work for those on a tight budget. While they have gluten-free, vegetarian, and even low calorie options, I would say the high price tag makes Green Chef more doable for couples that are concerned with the ingredients they consume. They do have innovative, easy-to-prepare recipes though – so they can be made by just about anyone. If you do order them for the family, the recipes are kid-friendly – so you won’t have to worry about picky eaters turning them down.


Green Chef Specifications

Specification

Pricing & Plans – Meal Kits

Average Price Per Serving: $10.49 to $14.99

# of Available Plans/Boxes: 6

Paid Weekly or Monthly: Weekly

# of Meals per Week

3

# of Servings

2 Adults

4 Adults

6 Adults

Types of Meals

Dairy Free

Gluten Free

Low Calorie

Paleo

Vegetarian

Vegan

Meal Options

You Pick Your Meals

Average Calorie Count per Recipe: 450 - 750

How Many Meals(Recipes) to choose from each week?: 9

Preview Recipes

Recipes

Provide Photos with Recipes

Offer Tips and Tidbits

Cooking Skill Level

Novice

Intermediate

Gifting Options

Shipping

Offer Summer Shipping

Shipping Costs: $9.00

Have Delivery Zip Code Limitations

Customer Service

Phone Support

Email Support

Provide Return or Guarntee Policy



What We Like About Green Chef

Eco-Friendly Packaging: With home delivery kits, there is a lot of packaging. After all, food safety is of the utmost importance. While Green Chef cares about the safety and sustainability of your food, they also care about the environment. Their packaging is eco-friendly and can be reused, recycled or even thrown into your compost! They also list recycling facilities on their website to ensure your packaging does not fill up the local landfill – and we applaud them for taking the extra step here.

Certified USDA Organic: There is a difference between slapping the term “organic” on your website and having the actual USDA-certified organic promise. Green Chef sources USDA-certified organic products for their meal kits.

Local and Sustainable Products: We really like the fact that Green Chef does not go for the lowest bidder. Instead, they focus on local ingredients and sustainability – you can even check out their suppliers on their website.

Referral Credits: Green Chef offers referral credits to their customers. If you refer a friend, family member or even co worker to Green Chef, you will receive $25 to put toward your next meal kit. You can also earn up to four free meals on your first order.

Free Gifts: Green Chef also promotes their long-time clients with free gifts right on the dashboard. Periodically you will see these free gifts – including a code to share a free week of food with a friend.

Makes Special Diets Fun: Whether you are a vegetarian, vegan or even on a gluten-free diet, you will not find boring menu options with Green Chef. Instead, their recipes are so intriguing, full of flavor and fun, people who normally eat gluten would be tempted to try gluten-free just to explore. We really appreciate the thought they put into their menus – especially for those that are often stuck with generic, run-of-the-mill recipes.


What We Don't Like About Green Chef

No Free Shipping: Unlike other home delivery kits, Green Chef doesn’t have free shipping. We found this a little inconvenient. Some companies will charge shipping when your box total is less than a specific dollar amount, but Green Chef is $9 per box regardless and each box holds about six meals. Therefore, if you have multiple meals, you could pay more than $9 in shipping.

Higher per Plate Price: When you compare the prices per plate to other companies, Green Chef is definitely more expensive. In addition, once you add in shipping, they become even costlier.

Customization Not Available on All Plans: You cannot customize or choose recipes if you are using one of the specialty diet plans (Paleo, Vegan, etc.). Instead, the carnivore and omnivore plans are the only ones that let you swap out recipes.


Final Thoughts

Overall, Green Chef is perfect for those with special dietary needs; because they are one of the few to offer vegan, vegetarian, Paleo or even gluten-free options. We love their eco-friendly packaging, fun recipes and selection. While they have a few areas where they could improve, their taste, flare and creativity still set them apart from the pack.



8.3 Total Score
100% Organic and Delicious

Green Chef doesn't just deliver organic foods; they also deliver amazing, delicious and easy-to-prepare meals that are packed full of flavor. They even accommodate special dietary concerns - from Paleo to gluten-free and more.

Meal Options
10
Flexibility
9
Food Variety
10
Nutrition/Quality
9
Cost
7
Recipes
10
Packaging
9
Shipping/Delivery
7
Gifting
2
Customer Service/Support
10
PROS
  • Certified Organic
  • Premium Ingredients for Less
  • Eco-Friendly Packaging
  • Paleo, Vegetarian, Vegan and Gluten-Free Available
  • Meals in 30 Minutes on Average
  • Free Taste Kit for New Customers
CONS
  • Higher Per Plate Price
  • Minimum 3 Meals Per Week
  • Customization Limited to Omnivore and Carnivore Plans
  • Cannot Ship to All Zip Codes




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Shailynn is a word slinger, chef, Pinterest addict and adult coloring book collector. As our Operations Manager and Senior Researcher/Editor, you will find Shailynn busy finding new companies and topics to research, but also handling the crazy day-to-day on the backend – and by crazy…we mean all of us. She attended the International Culinary Institute, where she studied pastry arts and she worked as an executive pastry chef before hanging up her chef’s hat and decided to work from home as a writer. She is a fanatic for a great cup of coffee or wonderful glass of wine! Shailynn is a mother of three and married to a handsome firefighter.

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