Home Delivery Meal Kits – Yay or Nay?

We’re seeing them everywhere. Meal kits delivered to your door, ready to prepare. There are so many options you can choose from, including: vegetarian, gluten free, paleo, vegan, organic and so on. And since most companies offer your first box at a reduced price, I decided to try one. I settled on Home Chef since their meals seemed more suited to my family’s taste. There are times when I forget to take something out of the freezer to prepare for dinner, or I just want to try something new, so I thought this might be a good way to do it.

The following is my experience with Home Chef’s meals:

Bone-in Pork Chop with Candied Walnut Butter

My result:

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This meal was excellent! We were very pleased with the results. And bonus, I was introduced to acorn squash which was very delicious.

Four Cheese Baked Ziti


My result:


This dish was very good. I liked the addition of spinach in the pasta. It made me feel better that there was a healthy element to it. Granted, I could have easily made this myself, but adding the spinach and different variety of cheeses was new to me so overall I was happy about this recipe and the results.

Mongolian Beef with Ribeye Steak

 My result (minus the peanuts):

This dish was delicious!! I have to admit I was a little skeptical when I was preparing it. It looked like it might be dry, and I had no idea how Chinese broccoli would taste. It looked like green aluminum foil pieces when I took it out of the oven. But when it was incorporated into the dish, it was a perfect fit. One of my favorite meals.


These three meals were my favorites. I prepared three others that were *meh* at best, a bit too bland for my taste and I was like….


This is an example of how you receive your ingredients in the mail:

Four Cheese Baked Ziti contents:


And they give you this cool recipe binder to keep all of your recipes in:

So far I’ve cooked about six meals, and I’d say we loved 50% of them.  The others were just okay.

THE VERDICT….

Pros:

  1. Just about everything you need to prepare a meal in less than an hour at your fingertips. Convenient.
  2. Discovered new recipes that we enjoyed, including food items that I may never have tried otherwise.
  3. Ability to suspend shipments at will. If you don’t like meal choices for a particular week you can skip that week.
  4. Meal options are displayed on the website weeks in advance so you can plan out your deliveries accordingly.
  5. Decent meal variety.
  6. Good customer Service.

Cons:

  1. Thoroughly satisfied with only about half of the meals I prepared.
  2. Expensive—all things considered.
  3. Some meals were too labor intensive; too many steps, pots and pans.
  4. A massive amount of packaging material!!
  5. Limited time period to prepare meals once received.

Overall, my experience with Home Chef was pretty good. I don’t regret trying them out.  I had originally cancelled after my first shipment but they gave me an incentive to give them another shot so I did. I will probably discontinue my membership though. The pros ultimately don’t outweigh the cons. I’ll let you know if I change my mind after I prepare my latest meals.

Regarding all of that packaging material from my first shipment, I repurposed some of it into a cat bed for Kit-Kat (a.k.a. Kitty-baby). He LOVES it!! All you need to add is an old t-shirt, pillowcase, and a few safety pins.


I actually wound up double padding it so it’s really soft inside. It can be washed easily so that’s a plus. Just remove the t-shirt and pillowcase and wash them. To give you an idea of the actual size, Kitty-baby is about 12 pounds.

So tell me, have you tried any of these home meal delivery kits? What was your experience like? If you haven’t tried one, would you?  I’d love to hear your thoughts.

13 thoughts on “Home Delivery Meal Kits – Yay or Nay?

  1. I’d love to try a home delivery meal kit. The food does look delish! The cat house is such an amazing idea! I can’t wait try making a few for my outdoor cats. I think they’ll live them this winter. Thanks so much for this awesome post! ❤

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    • You’re welcome!! My cat LOVES this homemade cat house. He goes in it more than any of his other beds. I’m going to make him another one. Maybe there’s a way to insulate it for your outdoor cats. 😺
      I think it’s definitely worth it to try out a home meal delivery kit service. Even though I cancelled my membership, I don’t regret trying it.
      Thanks so much for visiting, commenting and following Cozynookbks. 😊

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  2. That was a great post. I haven’t tried the home delivery meals, in fact, I haven’t thought about it. I don’t eat meat, so I’d probably go with the vegetarian.
    I like your cat bed. I don’t have a cat, we have a dog, but I’m going to remember that cat bed you made. Go you!!! 🙂

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    • LOL!! Thanks Kathy. There are vegetarian options with Home Chef too.

      I think the bed might work for a dog too. But if the dog is young and feisty he might get caught up trying to get in and out of that hole in a hurry. 😂 But it works perfectly for my senior cat. Thanks for your comments. ( :

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  3. What a fantastic post. I thought about trying one. Some days, I don’t stop writing until 5 and by the time I am ready to think about dinner, it’s too much effort to go the grocery store. These might come in handy once a week. I love the way you showed all parts of it. Kudos to you!

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    • Thanks James. I did find that they came in handy when I’d been out running around all day and came home frazzled and wondering what to cook for dinner.

      There are so many options out there. I’m sure there’s one for you. Thanks for reading.

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  4. Thanks for sharing your experience with us, Laurie. We’ve never tried any of the home meal delivery kits. I’m curious about their sodium content. I don’t like a lot of the extra sodium that comes with eating out and pre-cooked meals. Kitty looks quite cozy. 🙂

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    • You’re welcome Jill. Regarding the sodium content I found that a few of the meals actually needed salt. Some were very bland. But the Mongolian beef was quite salty so I had to add water. It was hit or miss with them. Kitty-baby’s bed was the best thing to come out of it. 🙃

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