Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Skipping the Grocery Store #RealHomeChef

I have no idea how I did things before when I was a single mother, my son played sports, I worked full time, and I even had time to make dinner.  Now I have a partner who helps me out, we both work, our kids attend school, but we barely have time for dinner.  We do not have time for anything else to be added to our schedule.  We sometimes don't even have to time to go to the grocery store.  Can you feel me? 
Thanks to Home Chef for sending a meal kit for review.  All opinions stated are my own based on my personal experience.

Imagine getting off from work, heading home, and remembering you never made it to the grocery store...this is me.  I was so glad this box showed up at my doorsteps to save me. 
Everything you will need to prepare your meal all in a box ready for you.  What you receive:

-Binder-Home Chef - My Cookbook
-recipe card

A team of chefs have already figured out the recipes and all the ingredients for me.  The ingredients all came to my house in a recyclable box FREE-OF-CHARGE (minimum order required).

The recipe card has directions that are easy to follow.  There are step by step directions and pictures you can see.  This recipe can be done by a beginner or an everyday cook.  If you know me, I love to learn new recipes and like to experiment but sometimes my ideas don't come out so well.  Home Chef made me feel like I really was a chef in my own kitchen. 

Step #1-Prepare the Ingredients.  My ingredients looked just like the picture, YES
Step #2-Roast the Vegetables.  Most recipes are not as descriptive as these and the pictures helped.
Step #3-Sear the Chicken.  Ok, so I have never seared anything.  What does that even mean? 
I learned how to boom.  Do you see my chicken?  No burn marks.

Step #4-Roast the Chicken.  My kitchen was smelling so delicious at this point.
Step #5-Make the Sauce.  Unless it comes already made and all I need to add is water....that is the only sauce I have ever made.  I was really scared and thought I would burn it.  Then I got so excited that it actually came out good, I forgot to take a picture.

Step #6-Plate the Dish.  This I know how to do.
So how did I do?  It looked like the picture but the real test was the taste test from the family.  It smelled great and tasted even better.  This was a win, win for all of us.  I served my family Chicken Chateau with Dijon Demi-Glace and herb-roasted root vegetables.  It was only 371 calories.  It only took 30 minutes to prepare.  This meal was low-calorie, low-carb, gluten-free, dairy-free, shellfish-free, and nut-free.   What I really liked?

The Tips-
All the extra tips, every step of the way.  The kitchen tools has a picture and how to use each one.  The tips for cooking and seasoning your meals teaches you new skills with pictures and measurements.  Every you need to know, like if you were asking the chefs themselves. 

The pictures-
The pictures made every step easier.  I knew exactly how I was doing.

The ordering-
It was really easy to order.  I went to  I followed the instructions and my box just showed up at the door.  For under $60, you get everything you need to whip up three restaurant meals for two.  That makes each meal about $10 each...We spend way more than that on one meal.  We recently went to a restaurant, not fancy at all, and spend more than $60 on one meal. 

I would definitely be ordering more home kits and make my life easier.

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