The last year was filled with binge eating and creating unhealthy habits. I’m not alone either. For me, working from home and taking care of the kids meant that spending time cooking something healthy was not always an easy option. At the end of a long day, we would usually just throw frozen food in the oven or eat leftover take-out. Month after month, this lifestyle started taking its toll on all of us — kids included; our tummies felt bloated and I felt pretty lethargic during the day.
During the long weekend, our writer took her kids on a trip to her parents and it was the healthiest food they had eaten in a while. She came back raving about the food. Like her, I always assumed that cooking healthy food would take hours, prepping ingredients and working through tedious cooking processes, but her mom proved me wrong. She told me how easy it was to get healthy food with Green Chef – the wholesome meal kit delivery service that specializes in eating well.
I decided to check it out — initially I 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 floor and the walls. She reassured me that it comes with easy-to-follow recipe cards.
I decided to give it a try. My family and I needed healthier food, because the greasy food was not something we could sustain anymore. Green Chef offers four plans: Paleo, Keto, Plant-Powered, and Balanced-Living. I decided to start with the Balanced-Living Plan and then I could move onto others like Keto or Plant Powered. The Balanced Living Plan gave me a good balance between wholesome meat and vegetarian options.
I started with three meals a week at $11.99 per serving + 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 images.
All their plans are flexible and you can pause, skip or cancel at any time. The box was delivered right to my door (no more grocery shopping for me). Although I was scared, I decided to give it a try and hope the kids loved it as well.
I first tried the Sesame Shrimp Noodle Bowls with sautéed bell pepper & cabbage, quick-pickled radishes, 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 completely vegetarian. The Japanese Vegetable Fritters Ginger-Sriracha aïoli, broccoli, rice with edamame I thought was going to be a challenge (the kids hated broccoli), but it was so different in the dish that they didn’t miss the meat. It soon became one of our household favorites!
My kids enjoy more home-cooked meals and 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 are a certified USDA organic company and work directly with local farmers to deliver garden-fresh produce. 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. Plus all their packaging is recyclable.
I learned how to cook Green Chef, but most of all, I have learned that eating healthy is a lot easier and is something I should prioritize for my family. Green Chef meals take between 20-40 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.
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