Chefday! UPDATE – Taste Test & Discount Code

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We received our Chefday! box today and coudn’t wait to dive in and cook the 1st recipe.  I chose to prepare the Pan Seared Chicken Breast.  You can see the full recipe here:  Seared Chicken Breast Recipe.

If you’d like to see my full unboxing review click here:  CHEFDAY! UNBOXING REVIEW

As a recap Chefday! delivers short, easy, ready to prepare gourmet meals requiring few utensils.  They make sure that everyone can make them.  All of their ingredients are 100% organic.  Their menu changes weekly and will likely feature dairy-free, gluten-free and/or vegetarian recipes.  Everything is pre-measured even salt, pepper and olive oil.  In addition a family in need will also be enjoying a hearty dinner. Every time you cook with Chefday!, they donate a full meal to a Food Bank for NYC.

Chefday! currently delivers to 19 states (in their entirety) : CT, DC, DE, IL, IN, KY,MA, ME, MD, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, TN, VA, VT, WV.  They also deliver to some parts of these states: AL, AR, GA, IA, MI, MO, MS, NC, SC, WI.  You can check to see if they deliver to you on their website.  If they don’t deliver to your area yet you can sign up for a free, no obligation account and they will notify you when they do.  This is in NO way signing you up for service.  It is simply a way for them to notify you when they expand to your area.

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There are SO many things to LOVE about Chefday!  Where do I begin?  To start:

**  100% of their ingredients are organic!  – I must admit, we generally don’t purchase organic ingredients but do prefer them.  We don’t have any healthy grocery stores in our rural area and theres a very limited selection at our local grocery store.  That limited selection cost so much I feel like they are asking me to sign over my 1st born to purchase it ;).  Chefday! to the rescue because ALL their ingredients are organic.  I love that!

**  Everything you need to prepare each meal is included right down to the salt, pepper and olive oil. – I love the fact that you don’t have to measure ANYTHING.  All you do is follow the easy, step by step instructions emptying the pre-measured cups, bags and/or bottles when instructed to do so.  It can’t get any simpler than that.

**  No trip to the grocery store. – I know the inside of my local grocery store about as well as I know the surface of the moon ;).  Ok, a bit of an exaggeration but my hubby is, generally, the one to do the grocery store.  To me going to the grocery store is akin to hearing fingernails down a chalkboard.  I look forward to preparing delicious meals without having to set foot in that awful place they call a grocery store!

**  Limited chopping and NO measuring. – Preparing a meal using Chefday! could not be easier.  There is limited chopping, dicing etc.  The little involved is to be expected since they send fresh vegetables, spices etc.  I wouldn’t want those to come pre-prepared.

**  Chefday! donates a meal to a NYC food back for every meal purchased. – I really like the idea that we can give back by simply ordering a service we love!

**  Limited cleanup. – What do I really need to say about this?  Who wouldn’t want to prepare a meal and have only a tiny bit of cleanup?  Sign me up for that 🙂

**  Each recipe is planned perfectly so everything is done at the same time. – One of things I struggle most with when it comes to meal preparation is planning each phase so the meal is done all at the same time.  Chefday! plans the recipe perfectly so nothing is left to cool while the rest of the meal is still cooking.

**  Chefday! does not skimp on quality or quantity.  We were super impressed at how much food this recipe made.  It was definitely enough for 2 people in fact we had enough leftovers for another meal.  Getting chicken breast rather than a less expensive chicken cut was also fabulous.  Also, when I was dicing the Thyme for the chicken breast topping, I couldn’t believe the AMAZING AROMA!  It was like we had our very own herb garden and picked it today.

As a reminder here is a picture of what the box looks like when you get it.  Notice the 22oz candle next to it.  This box is HUGE.

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Here is the recipe card and EVERYTHING needed to prepare the meal.  You only need to provide water, pan, pot & utensils.

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And here are a few pictures of our meal.  Ok it isn’t as pretty as the recipe card Chefday! sent but, remember, we’re not chefs.  We’re not even cooks, really.  I think we did a pretty good job for novices 😉

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So, all in all, we are SUPER IMPRESSED with Chefday!  I have never been one to like cooking but I loved making this meal and, definitely, plan to sign up!  When you take away the trip to the grocery store, measuring and a majority of the clean up I love doing it.  This service gives me all the joys of cooking without most of the hassle.  Where has Chefday! been all my adult life?  I have needed this service for years.  I am SO GLAD I found them now!  This would also be the IDEAL box for a dinner party.  It would be great to prepare the perfect meal for friends.  You can feel confident, with Chefday!, that the meal will come out amazing and will impress your friends!

Even though I did receive this free trial box from Chefday!, my opinions are not influenced by the free products and I would never recommend anything to anyone that I would not, myself, use or that I felt was not worth spending your money on.

Chefday! Unboxing & Discount Code

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I was lucky to get the chance to receive 2 ready to prepare gourmet meals from Chefday! for the purpose of a review.  I’m posting an unboxing now and, as we try each recipe, I’ll post a taste test review.

Chefday! currently delivers to 19 states (in their entirety) : CT, DC, DE, IL, IN, KY,MA, ME, MD, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, TN, VA, VT, WV.  They also deliver to some parts of these states: AL, AR, GA, IA, MI, MO, MS, NC, SC, WI.  You can check to see if they deliver to you on their website.  If they don’t deliver to your area yet you can sign up for a free, no obligation account and they will notify you when they do.  This is in NO way signing you up for service.  It is simply a way for them to notify you when they expand to your area.

What is Chefday! you’re asking?  Chefday! delivers short, easy, ready to prepare gourmet meals requiring few utensils.  They make sure that everyone can make them.  All of their ingredients are 100% organic.  Their menu changes weekly and will likely feature dairy-free, gluten-free and/or vegetarian recipes.  Everything is pre-measured even salt and olive oil.  In addition a family in need will also be enjoying a hearty dinner. Every time you cook with Chefday!, they donate a full meal to the Food Bank for NYC.  (*** I want to be fair to each and every company I review.  So, I need to tell you that I forgot to include information about a similar program run by the previous ready to prepare gourmet meal service I reviewed last week.  They donate a pound of food to a local food bank for every week you subscribe).

*** Want to try Chefday! and receive 25% off your 1st order?  Simply use this link to place your order and you will receive 25% off!.  CLICK HERE TO SAVE 25% OFF YOUR 1ST CHEFDAY! ORDER.

Ok, now, the good stuff 🙂

Here is what the box looked like when we received it.  I am including the 22oz candle so you can see how HUGE this box is.

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This is well packaged with plenty of ice packs to keep the perishables fresh.

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Here are the 2 recipe cards.  The front features a photo of the meal along with time needed to prepare and calorie information.  The back offers detailed, step by step instructions.  We’ll be making Bombolotti Alla Gricia & Pan Seared Chicken Breast… Yumm 🙂  You can see the full recipe here:

CLICK HERE TO REVIEW THE SEARED CHICKEN RECIPE

CLICK HERE TO REVIEW THE BOMBOLOTTI ALLA GRICIA RECIPE

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The ingredients needed for each meal are packaged separately making preparation easier as you don’t need to search for all the ingredients.

Here is the bag and ingredients for the Bombolotti Alla Gricia.  We spent several weeks in Italy last year and I don’t recall trying Gricia, though I read it’s a very popular meat there and considered a delicacy.  Italians have a variety of meats offered at every meal including breakfast.  Perhaps I have had it without realizing it was Gricia.  I’m a little disappointed that this recipe didn’t include fresh pasta and hoping they introduce it into their meals in the future.  I do like that even the olive oil came in the box though I certainly don’t mind having to measure out that.  It’s nice not to have to measure anything!

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And here is the bag and ingredients to prepare the Pan Seared Chicken Breast.  Everything looks wonderful and fresh.  I wish the carrots still had the tops.  I know that would mean just one more thing to chop but I think the look of the full carrots adds a nice touch and screams fresh.  I love that even the salt and pepper are included.  There’s absolutely nothing to measure with Chefday! 

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After this unboxing, I am definitely loving Chefday!.  I didn’t get “hit” with the same aroma when I opened the box as my previous ready to prepare gourmet meal review.  I am not certain if it’s just the way it’s packaged.  I’ll definitely let you know how it all tastes :).  I like that all ingredients are 100% organic and that there are options for those following dairy-fee, gluten-free and/or vegetarian diets.   I also think having every ingredient needed, right down to salt, pepper and olive oil, is a great touch.  There’s no measuring needed for Chefday!

If this tastes as good as it looks we will definitely be customers!  My hubby has fairly finicky taste buds, he doesn’t like anything spicy or with fish/seafood.  It will be nice to have Chefday! to order from.  We will, absolutely, be able to get enough meals delivered that will pass the hubby test ;).

Even though I did receive this free trial box from Chefday!my opinions are not influenced by the free products and I would never recommend anything to anyone that I would not, myself, use or that I felt was not worth spending your money on.

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Plated – 2nd Taste Test Review & Discount Code!

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** UPDATE **  I was remiss when I did my review and forgot to inform you of a wonderful program Plated runs.  Plated donates a pound of food to a local food bank for every week you subscribe!  You get to enjoy amazing home-cooked, gourmet meals while also helping others.  Win-Win!

Hi everyone it’s been a very busy week so we didn’t get a chance to try out the 2nd recipe Plated sent us until last night.  Believe me, it was worth the wait.

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If you missed my original unboxing of Plated you can find it here: Plated unboxing
You can also see my 1st taste test review of the Braised Chicken with Cardamon, Fennel and Orange over Pappardelle by clicking here:  1st taste test
When I signed up to do a review Plated asked me to pick one of the meals from there menu (menu changes each week).  I selected the chicken recipe noted above.  I was pleasantly surprised that they shipped me a 2nd meal to try which was Spice Rubbed Steak with Baby Carrots and Israeli Couscous.   This isn’t a meal I would ordinarily choose because my husband isn’t into spicy foods. But it was easy to modify the amount of spice used to suit him better.  I hope you will read my previous posts on Plated because both me and my hubby are absolutely IN LOVE WITH PLATED!  I am sure you will be equally wow’d.  Unfortunately they don’t ship to us yet but should within a very short time.  Believe me, when they do, we will be loyal customers.
In my previous posts I mentioned several things we love about Plated:
**  Fresh ingredients, a lot of which are organic.
**  Menu changes weekly so no boredom.
**  No trips to the grocery store!
**  Minimal chopping, dicing and NO measuring.
**  Very little cleanup.
After trying the 2nd recipe a few more benefits came to me:
**  First, Plated has the recipes planned out to the minute.  One of the things I struggle when cooking a meal is planning when to start each phase so the meal is all done at the same time.  Timing is everything so nothing is left to cool while the rest is still cooking.  If you follow their easy, step by step by, directions everything is done as the same time.  Love that!
**  Second, Plated gives us an opportunity to learn new cooking techniques and try new foods or old foods in a new way.  For example, this recipe had baby carrots tossed in butter, cumin and honey then baked.  I used 1/2 the cumin for my hubby’s taste.  When I 1st saw the honey they sent my initial reaction was “Is that all?”.  The honey package was smaller than the dipping sauces McDonald’s has – with this as my example it’s clear I’m not a gourmet cook 😉  I even commented that I wish I had more to put in the carrots.  I learned to TRUST PLATED.  The carrots had the perfect amount of sweetness mixed with the cumin spice.  I am glad I didn’t have honey in our pantry because they would have been too sweet.
So now to the taste test.  What can I say?  Yummmmmmmmmmm.
But since I am sure my readers want a little more information than Yum, I’ll elaborate 🙂
As a reminder here is what the box looks like.  The candle is in there so you can see how HUGE this box is.  Both recipes are separately packed inside the box so you can easily make each meal without having to search for ingredients.  Plated ships overnight and it’s well chilled with ice packs so all perishables remain fresh.
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Here is the recipe card and ingredients.  Check out those fresh carrots!  No bagged pre cut carrots with Plated.  No, every single ingredient is FRESH!
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This recipe was, just like the last one, AMAZING!  And again we had enough for leftovers. Plated definitely does not skimp on serving sizes.  The carrots and couscous could easily serve 4 people. They sent 1 pound of steak, no doubt enough for two people.
Here is what our two plates looked like.  Not quite as artistic as the one on the recipe card but we’re not chefs, or even cooks 😉
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This is a close up of one of the plates.  Quite nice looking if I do say so myself :).
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My hubby isn’t into cumin but he really enjoyed these carrots!   I think we have found something new to try next Thanksgiving.  For this non-cook I love Thanksgiving and throughly enjoy every minute spent cooking and eating the meal.  I prepare baby carrots every year in a brown sugar glaze. Next year I’ll be trying this carrot recipe.  It was so delicious.  I used 1/2 the cumin but if you like spice, go for the gusto!
I am not a fan of red meat but I really enjoyed this because I love cumin.  Reducing the amount of spice I used must have worked for my hubby because he enjoyed his steak too. Probably wouldn’t prepare that again given his taste preference but he liked it!
The last food in the meal was couscous which can have a bland taste depending on how it’s prepared.  This recipe called for mixing with 1 tsp of olive oil and salt to taste, that’s it.  I was pretty skeptical because I’d prefer to cook couscous with spices.  Well, just like I mentioned above, I need to TRUST PLATED.  It was delicious.  The olive oil added a great flavor and it’s a good fat.  Win-Win.  I think my hubby would have prepared it with something else mixed in like garlic but couscous isn’t really his thing.  He liked it and ate it but if I was preparing it again I’d mix up a small batch flavored for him.
Once again Plated hit a home run with this family.  The meal was super easy to make and delicious.  What is not to LOVE about that combination?
There is no doubt in my mind that we will be Plated customers the day they roll it out in our area (It’s getting close as they already ship to other parts of our state).
Even though I did receive this free trial box from Plated, my opinions are not influenced by the free products and I would never recommend anything to anyone that I would not, myself, use or that I felt was not worth spending your money on.

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