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Friday, March 1st
Green Chef is a USDA-certified organic company that works with farmers to provide meal kits with delicious-and-sustainable ingredients in eco-friendly packaging. Each week offers two dozen new recipes to choose from, so that you can make healthy meals without a trip to the store.
Lots of ways you could get a discount
You might spot an offer popping up when you first visit the Green Chef site. Ours invited us to pick a bowl to reveal a discount; we got $100 off across four boxes if we provided our email address. We also saw that shipping was usually $9.99, but our meal selection page said we'd gotten it free. We're not sure if that would continue to apply for future orders. Also, when we went to browse away from the site without completing our offer, we got an upgraded offer of $140 off five boxes- might be worth a try for you too. Plus, if you're a teacher, first responder, medical provider or member of the military, be sure to click that link at the bottom of the Green Chef site for your always-available discount.
Plenty of menu options
From there, you'll be invited to choose your meal type. You have 6 types to choose from:
You'll always have access to Green Chef's full menu, but the meal type(s) you select will be shown first in your available recipes. Note - you can choose more than one. Next, you'll indicate how many people you'd like each meal to serve (2, 4, or 6) and how many meals you'd like each week (3 or 4). You'll pay the same price no matter which meals you select (usually from $6.49 to $13.49/serving, depending on your promo discount), but be aware that some recipes are indicated as "Chef Select" (premium) and will come with an upcharge. For example, the weekly menu at the time of this review had options like Chicken with Cilantro Mojo Sauce and Kale & Bean Stuffed Peppers, and the Pecan-Crusted Sockeye Salmon was the only Chef Select choice.
Go to Weekly Meals to preview menu
Next, enter your email address, delivery info, and choose your preferred delivery day of the week (no weekends). We were less than thrilled that we had to submit our payment information before selecting the meals we wanted for our first delivery; we suggest you click the Weekly Meals button at the top of the site and preview the meals for the week you're starting your service before you get to this stage of the order process. (For what it's worth, we really like that you can see exactly what will be sent for each recipe and the nutrition facts, well in advance.)
"A-" from the BBB... for now?
Green Chef had an "A-" rating from the Better Business Bureau at the time of this review, for having 45 closed complaints in the most recent three-year period, 18 of which were from the last 12 months. We're wondering if that rating will change in the near future, however: when we tried to click on individual reviews and complaints on the BBB site, they were unavailable - and that usually means a re-evaluation is on the horizon.
Pattern of poor customer service
That doesn't surprise us, given the quantity of recent negative reviews we found elsewhere. Time after time, customers say that Green Chef is a disappointment, especially when trying to get help from the company's support reps. Moldy food? No refund. Meal that the customer indicated should be skipped but Green Chef delivered anyway? No refund. Missing ingredients, AWOL deliveries, and unfriendly customer service reps are the issues we discovered, with very few compliments in between.
Don't provide your payment info
We also want to warn you away from providing any of your payment information to Green Chef, even for a half-price new customer trial. Too many consumers report doing that - maybe even deciding halfway through the sign-up process that they're not interested after all - and winding up with multiple, costly deliveries they didn't want. And, skipping shipments or canceling altogether can be a nightmare, according to some Green Chef subscribers.
Worst meal delivery service in our rankings
Meal delivery services are plentiful, and it's easy to get a company that's truly committed to helping you eat the way you want to. Green Chef is not one of them. The meals themselves are nothing to get excited about, and the customer service (or lack thereof) is disappointing at best. It doesn't take long to see why this is the lowest-ranked meal delivery company in our review.
Isn't it amazing how many ways we have to make our lives easier, from Instacart grocery deliveries to DoorDash dinners from our favorite restaurants? Meal delivery services fall in the middle of that spectrum: you save the time and hassle of planning a menu and buying the ingredients, while not spending tons of money on weekly (or nightly) take-out meals and the corresponding gratuities. These services include heat-and-eat meals that arrive either fresh or frozen, as well as kits that come with all the ingredients necessary to make a gourmet-style meal right at home.
You may have noticed that meal delivery recipe choices are abundant. From classic, hearty favorites like chicken parm and burgers to exotic dishes from around the world, there's something for everyone. Vegan? No problem. Following a special diet for health or medical reasons, like keto or diabetic-friendly? You've got possibilities!
Many of these services are subscription-based: you choose the types of meals you prefer (or pick specific entrees), how many servings in each one, and how many meals you'd like in a week, and your deliveries will come like clockwork unless you pause your membership, skip a shipment, or cancel altogether. If that's not your preference, there are some meal delivery companies that let you place your orders whenever you like, with no ongoing commitment.
With almost every meal delivery service, you'll get big discounts on your first order (and sometimes several ones thereafter) - you could pay less than $2 per meal at the start. Just be aware that the regular pricing is higher, typically ranging from $6 to $20 per serving; you'll pay more for premium options with higher-quality proteins and ingredients (maybe for a special occasion?).
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