Shipping: Free for orders over $40.
Frequency: Weekly (with the ability to order as few as two and as many as eight meals per week), though you can amend the schedule, skip weeks, or pause your membership on the Delivery Center page.
Number of available meals: 18 weekly options to choose from.
Freebies and bonuses: You’ll receive three free boxes to share for every five orders you place. You can also earn $30 credit (the price of half of a box) by sending the same amount to three people. If you are a student (and can verify it), you will also receive 50 percent off your first order.
Fun fact: HomeChef also features a Kitchenware section on their site, offering up selections for necessary kitchen goods, from pants to meat thermometers and more. If you’ve never cooked a meal before, this could be a good place to see what you might need (outside of actual ingredients).
First, you develop a taste profile that will aid in meal selection. Aside from the usual elements such as meat, poultry, fish, or vegetarian, you can also select options that include calorie-conscious meals, bone-in meat, advanced recipes, spiciness, and more. You can change your preferences at any time, but it was useful to start with this so you can see the best options for your palate.
We decided that we were okay with most things, though we did also add the calorie-conscious factor into our profile. For our delivery, we received chimichurri pork tenderloin with zucchini and yellow squash, spinach-artichoke chicken with broccoli and radishes, and sausage- and mushroom-stuffed peppers. You’re able to click on each recipe to see the ingredients and steps before you order, all of which is repeated on card stock recipe sheets that come with each delivery. Your initial order also comes with a binder in which you can keep the recipes for reference. Once you’ve completed the recipe and rated it online, it goes into your online cookbook, where you’re able to sort by cook time, spice level, carbs, calories, and difficulty. On the online recipe, you also get to see the chef who created the recipe, which is a nice touch.