Chef’d & Beyond Meat Smash-Up – Part 1 – Vegan Beast Burger & Cucumber Dill Salad

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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.

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.  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

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HERE 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 & will post about the burger here – and the tacos in another post HERE.
Here is what showed up (for the burgers):
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The box included everything I needed to make 4 Beast Burgers & the Cucumber Dill Salad.  I take childlike delight in tiny condiment bottles – to the degree that I didn’t want to open these & used some existing condiments I had.  So goofy.
Anyway – everything is outlined very clearly & the ingredients are pre-measured so – no measuring & no extra ingredients to leave around, unused, forever.
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The Cucumber Dill Salad came together in five minutes & was tangy & crisp & light.
And – no surprise – the Beast Burger was huge & meaty & delicious!  I have had many Beyond Meat burgers in the past but – it was nice to have all the things I needed right there – including just 4 buns for the 4 burgers.  My freezer is jammed with freezer-burned buns that I stuck in there after buying a whole bag but only wanting one burger.
Assembled – the burger really is a beast & just as messy as any burger ad you see on TV – in the best possible way.   I feel like this is a great choice for a family of four on a night when there is minimal time to get dinner together – OR – to bring to a meat-eaters BBQ.  With this meal plan – you can walk into a BBQ with everything you need to provide 4 vegans/vegetarians with something as tempting as anything else likely to be served there – no fuss & no waste.
Be sure to check out their TACO dinner (seen below) HERE.
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P.S. – Pies & Scones

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P.S. Pies & scones is owned & run by my friend Rebecca.  It is a very simple concept – homemade pies & scones (and cookie & bars) beautifully packaged for gifts & delivered with either assorted teas or, MY FAVORITE, organic milk in a glass bottle!!!   A wonderful & special way to thank someone and support a small, homespun business.  Here is the order page from the site:

Boxes and Baskets

To order just click the button at the bottom of the page and you’ll be directed to an email. Let us know the particulars (when, what, where), along with your contact information, and we will call or email you back. 48 hours’ notice would be great, but give it a try anyway and we’ll see what we can do. If you want things other than cookies and bars, go to the gifts page.

Basket of 3 dozen scones, $90

  1. •with organic milk in a glass bottle, $100
  2. •with a box of assorted teas, $105

Basket of 5 dozen scones. $150

  1. •with milk, $160
  2. •with assorted teas, $165

Box of 3 dozen scones, $75

Box of 6 dozen scones, $150

Monster Cookies and Bars Box—$200

(12 Chocolate-Pecan Bars, 12 Lemon Bars, 12 Brownies, 24 Chocolate Chip Cookies, 24 Crescents*)

Medium Box Cookies and Bars—$150

(9 Chocolate-Pecan Bars, 9 Lemon Bars, 9 Brownies, 12 Chocolate Chip Cookies, 12 Crescents*)

Small, 3 Layer Chocolate Box—$50

(6 Chocolate-Pecan Bars, 6 Brownies, 12 Chocolate Chip Cookies)

  1. •with milk, $60

Box of 3 dozen gluten free vegan Crescents, $50

• with box of assorted teas, $60

*Can be made Gluten Free and Vegan

You can add coffee, tea, or milk to any gift basket or box.

Delivery is free for most Los Angeles, Santa Monica, and Venice neighborhoods; delivery fees for outlying areas begin at $10. Please include address in your order email. Orders that need to be shipped will be priced according to weight and overnight rates.


I hope you remember this incredible resource the next time you want to send someone a heartfelt thank you!