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Even if home cooking is your preferred way of life, there’s no denying that coming up with recipe ideas and creating hyper-specific grocery lists can get old, fast. And if you’re a beginner chef, you’re probably tired of making the same three dishes you’re comfortable with over and over. And of course, the monotony of preparing dinner at home has only been exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic and quarantine. After more than 10 months of grocery lists, hundreds of meals eaten at home, and what has probably felt like thousands of dishes to do afterward, sometimes dinner just gets boring.
Enter Home Chef, the meal subscription service that offers all the comfort of a home-cooked meal without a visit to the grocery store. Home Chef’s ingredients are fresh, the recipes are easy to follow, and right now, the service is offering its biggest discount ever—in other words, dinner time is about to get more interesting than it’s been in months.
To subscribe: from $20 at checkout (originally from $50); homechef.com
Home Chef’s subscription includes a weekly delivery of ultra-fresh, pre-portioned ingredients to use for the included recipes, all of which can be prepared in about 30 minutes. When you sign up for the service, you create a list of preferences to suit your needs, starting with how many people you’re cooking for and how many times per week you plan on cooking. Then, you can select the meals you want to receive—the options range from meal kits (including 15-minute kits designed for those who have even less time to spend in the kitchen) to meal prep kits and add-on ingredient packs of fish, poultry, and beef.
You can also browse through the recipes that come with each meal and decide which one sounds good to you. It’s easy to create a meal plan and stick to it, and everything you select shows up at your door in one box. Plus, its menus change weekly, so you never have to worry about getting bored. The variety and simplicity of the service are what keep customers coming back.
“The meals have all been fantastic,” wrote one reviewer on the Home Chef site. “I compared menus with all the other main dinner delivery companies and Home Chef has the best and largest menus by far. [It’s] going on two months now and my kids have loved every meal.”
It’s not just for families, either. Even though the lowest number of people you can select to cook for is two, singles are using the service to get more bang for their buck.
“I am single and l get the meal plan for six meals with two servings and it’s amazing,” said another. “I save the second serving for my lunch the next day and I am actually saving money! The quality is great and there are tons of options every week to choose from!”