At the beginning of 2021, I stopped posting recipes, which seems odd for a website called “Books and Recipes”. I had several reasons, starting with the fact that I am a horrible food photographer. Another reason was due to depression and/or grief. I have trouble distinguishing the two at times. My late husband and I enjoyed cooking together and eating together. It was our time of day to talk to each other about our daily activities and how each other was feeling. Since he died, sitting down for a meal alone became a sad time where I missed him more than usual.
In addition to those reasons, I hated to see how much food I was wasting when I did cook. I will eat leftovers for one meal, but no more. Cutting down recipes was easy, but then I would be stuck with extra ingredients. For example, if a recipe called for a tablespoon of chopped parsley or cilantro, I would have to buy a whole bunch. If I only needed half of an onion, the other half would then die a slow and painful death in my refrigerator. Cheese would get moldy and potatoes would grow eyes. The only time this was never a problem was when the recipe called for wine. No leftovers there.
Prior to Steve’s death, I never would have considered a home meal delivery service. I loved the spontaneity of cooking what I wanted when I wanted. But when I started eating way too much fast food, I knew I needed something to help me renew my love for cooking. I decided to try Home Chef. It is one of many meal delivery services that provides fresh ingredients and an easy-to-follow recipe. I am really enjoying it since the portions are just right and there is no waste. I never had made a recipe with demi-glace sauce or with honey butter carrots and pecans before Home Chef. Nor had I pickled jalapenos or combined Brussels sprouts with butternut squash. These are delicious things I was missing out on. Each meal has two servings, so I typically have one for dinner and the other for lunch the next day. The price per serving varies depending on the entree.
I decided to compare prices with Kroger on the Lemon Shrimp Scampi Flatbread. For the Kroger price, I selected the less expensive item, such as the Private Selection or Kroger brand over a name brand. Some of the ingredients, like mayonnaise, red pepper flakes, and butter, are basic household items, so I did not add them to the Kroger cost even though they are included with the Home Chef box.
|Home Chef Recipe requires:||Kroger Cost|
|4 oz Cremini Mushrooms||8 oz $2.49|
|1 large lemon||1 large .99|
|2 Naan Flatbreads||2 pack $2.50|
|2 garlic cloves||1 bulb $ .50|
|2 oz Shredded mozzarella||8 oz $2.29|
|1 shallot||1 $.30|
|8 oz peeled and deveined raw shrimp||8 oz $6.99|
|Home Chef Cost for two servings: $17.98||Kroger Cost $16.06|
While the Kroger price is slightly cheaper, I am much happier having the exact amount of ingredients delivered to my door. I don’t have to worry about leftover mushrooms and cheese taking on new forms in my refrigerator. The portions are generous, so I am always satisfied. Many of the items are already prepped, so it is time-saving. There is no waiting in the check-out line. I have stopped going to fast-food restaurants because I know I have great ingredients at home. And best of all, I am enjoying cooking again. Steve would be happy to know that.
If you would be interested in Home Chef here is a referral link that will give you $35 off your first order and give me a $35 credit. It’s a win-win! Kroger also sells some Home Chef items in stores if you would rather try it that way first. Online ordering lets you chose the number of servings, either two or four, the number of meals per week, and the preferred date of delivery.
Have you tried a meal delivery service? What did you think? If not, why doesn’t it interest you?