Home Chef is a popular meal delivery service that offers plenty of healthful food options. Some people find a meal delivery service useful because it saves them time planning and shopping. Others may use the service as a cheaper alternative to eating out.
In this article, we describe how Home Chef works and the menu options available. We also discuss the possible health benefits of using the Home Chef delivery service.
Home Chef is a meal kit subscription service that provides ingredients and recipes for people to cook at home.
People select recipes from a weekly menu to suit their preferences and dietary requirements. They can customize the recipes to swap ingredients or make other changes, such as doubling up on protein.
The company deliver the ingredients in measured portions along with the recipe. The customer then cooks the recipe at home.
Home Chef offer meal kits that are ready in 15 or 30 minutes. They also provide oven-ready and no-cook meals that a person does not need to prepare.
Customers can choose the number of meals that they want each week and select from different serving sizes. It is also possible to buy Home Chef meals at some Kroger-owned grocery stores.
Please note that the writer has not tried this product. All information is research-based.
Options are available for people following a vegetarian, low calorie, or carb-conscious diet. Vegan options are currently not available every week.
Although Home Chef do not provide meals for specific diets, such as the keto or paleo diet, some meals may be suitable for those plans.
While customers can tailor meals to suit their dietary requirements, Home Chef facilities are not certified allergen-free, and meals can come into contact with allergens during shipping.
A weekly menu offers some of the following options:
Quick and simple:
- apple and chicken salad
- creamy tomato and Italian sausage penne bake
- crispy Caesar chicken
- roasted salmon with ginger scallion sauce
- Greek spinach and feta chicken
- pork tenderloin with roasted pears
- sweet chili pork lettuce wrap
- chicken taco stuffed peppers
- pretzel crusted pork chop
- crispy teriyaki tofu tacos
- sun-dried tomato pesto spaghetti with garlic bread
- fig and goat cheese flatbread
No cooking required:
- chicken, walnut, and goat cheese grain bowl
- Tuscan chicken salad
- blueberry balsamic salad with goat cheese and almonds
Home Chef meals include plenty of nutritious, well-balanced options that could benefit anyone looking to make healthful changes to their diet.
The authors of a 2014 systematic review concluded that low carbohydrate diets decrease body weight and improve cardiovascular risk factors, such as by reducing cholesterol levels. A person could choose low carbohydrate meals from Home Chef to help manage their weight and support their heart health.
Home Chef also offer calorie-conscious meals. According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, reducing calorie intake by 500–1,000 calories per day can help someone achieve a weight loss of 1–2 pounds per week.
People who have diabetes need to plan their diets carefully, and Home Chef could help with this.
The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases state that people with diabetes need to eat a healthful diet that includes all the food groups and avoids excess sugar, fat, and salt. People with diabetes may find that keeping track of the carbohydrates in their diet helps them balance their activity levels and medication.
The flexibility of Home Chef and the different options available mean that this service could be useful in helping people with diabetes plan their meals.
People can choose from several different meal delivery services online. Some brands cater to specific diets.
Alternatively, people can prepare ingredients in advance or batch cook to save time. Storing preprepared vegetables in the refrigerator and freezing meals in portions can enable someone to have a healthful meal ready in minutes.
To help them plan healthful meals, a person can use USDA ChooseMyPlate. This resource offers people dietary guidelines, recipes, and tips for eating on a budget. It also provides information on all the food groups that a person needs to include in their diet to stay healthy.
Many resources are available to help people improve their cooking skills or to inspire them with recipe ideas.
Home Chef may be a good option for people who want to save time planning and shopping for meals. The service provides tasty options that people can tailor to their requirements and preferences. People with diabetes or those who simply wish to eat a more balanced diet may find the service useful in helping them plan healthful meals.
The range of vegan and vegetarian options is minimal, and Home Chef do not cater to keto or paleo diets. Those with a food allergy may not be able to use this service because of possible cross contamination.