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There has been a huge rise in food services that send either already-prepared meals to your home for you to heat up and, more interestingly, ones that send pre-measured fresh ingredients & recipes & you make the food at home. I tried Blue Apron – which is the latter service – and was not totally impressed. One issue was the lack of selection for vegetarians (and nothing for vegans) & the fact that there was no option for a single person. Their subscription plan meant I would get 3 meals – for two – each week – which meant six of my seven dinners were decided for me each week – with me eating the same thing twice – three times in a row. Also – if you happened to LOVE a dish – you could not order it again soon – but had to wait – indefinitely – hoping it would eventually reappear in the cycle. And – while the meals were tasty, they were pretty labor-intensive – some taking an hour to prepare.
Chef’d has solved those problems. No subscription – meaning order what you want & when you want it. Get the same thing every day for two weeks – or just get one thing – different things – a few times a month. Additionally, so far, I have found their recipes fresh & interesting but fast & easy to prepare. Great for date night! Here is how they work:
Choose from Famous Recipes
Browse through hundreds of recipes from your favorite chefs, and cook them in the comfort of your own home!
From Our Kitchen to Yours
Fresh pre-portioned Ingredients delivered to your door. Reorder what you like, when you like. No subscriptions!
Cook, Love, Live
Enrich your life by creating memorable delicious experiences of love through our hand-cultivated recipes.
And look at the various tastes & lifestyles they accommodate
is the list of the famous chefs contributing recipes. And HERE
are the vegan & vegetarian meals currently offered (kind of amazing looking). I was given the opportunity to try the service & jumped at the chance. I am a long-time fan of Beyond Meat
& the pairing of these two companies is exciting to me. I got the Beast Burger & Tacos & posted about the burger HERE
– and the tacos in another post HERE
. I also posted about the Fig Pizza with Arugula & Goat Cheese HERE
and the Tofu Parmigiana HERE
. They can be seen below, respectively.
OK – so this is my third post about my box of three meals that I ordered from Chef’d in my second delivery from them. It is their White Pizza with Broccoli & Mushrooms and Arugula Salad with Lemon Mint Vinaigrette. Arugula salad is my favorite thing ever & I am also a huge fan of lemon & mint – but – I had this box delivered Saturday & did not get to this recipe until Thursday. As a result – through no fault of Chef’d – my arugula had passed its edible period.
I considered using the wilted arugula on the pizza but it was too far gone. Sad. I love arugula! But – I just didn’t get to it on time. MY fault!
But everything else was still fresh. The recipe called for (and provided) real milk. While I am still not totally off cheese or butter (vegan butter is so far ahead of vegan cheese – so far) – I am trying really hard to be entirely off eggs & milk – so I just substituted almond milk & vegan butter. Made no difference – as in – was just as good. I did use the real cheese, though.
My experiences with the Fig & Goat Cheese Pizza & the Tofu Parmigiana were that I found that they probably were not enough to realistically feed two American adults – for dinner. That was not the case with this pizza. I had accidentally used one of the pizza dough balls provided by Chef’d for my two pizzas on a separate pizza altogether – so I used my own (peppered) homemade crust when I made this. Also – I only made half pizza (using half the ingredients) and I was STUFFED! So – I think this pizza actually might satisfy two adults. Here is the nutritional info:
At 2480 calories (including, I assume, the salad that I did not even make) – this is a hearty meal! And it was DELICIOUS! Again – I found the Chef’d recipe to be less labor intensive than other companies that I have tried – less labor intensive BY A LOT – and the result more satisfying. I only ate half of the half recipe I made. Rich & filling & yummy! And easy. The white sauce came together quickly.
Mushrooms & broccoli cooked up fast & easy & the pizza assembled without incident. I did add crushed red pepper but I add that to almost all things not served in a glass. That peppery crust you see is my own homemade crust. But – the result was a pizza with lots of flavors & textures. While I have found all of the dishes I have tried from Chef’d to be easy to make & really tasty to eat – this one is the current champion of full-blown decadence. So – if one night – you eat this entire decadent meal – maybe the next night – you compensate with the far lighter tofu parmigiana?
Whether eating light is your concern or getting a rich & wintery meal into your pie hole is your goal – I think Chef’d has you covered. And I don’t eat meat – so I can’t even get into sampling what those dishes offer. But I recommend these Chef’d meals with complete enthusiasm. Even for the most novice chef – and especially for novice vegetarians. Lots of folks who want to cut more meat out of their diet fear only salads in their futures & Chef’d can quickly dispel those fears – and leave almost everybody feeling more empowered in the most important room in their homes – the kitchen!