I’ve made no secret of the fact that, although I love to cook for special occasions, I don’t love the time that meal planning and grocery shopping requires. But what if the menu and shopping were done for you – and you learned a thing or two from experienced chefs along the way? That’s the concept behind Home Chef, a meal delivery service who sent me one of their boxes including all of the ingredients I’d need to make two fabulous meals – without leaving the house!
The first meal that I prepared from my Home Chef box was Crispy Garlic and Lemon Crusted Salmon with creamed kale and charred grape tomatoes. All of the ingredients needed for the recipe are included in your box – all you need to provide is incidental kitchen staples, such as salt and pepper, and the pans to prepare it in. I was struck by the freshness and quality of the ingredients included in the box; the produce was fresher than some that I see in our local stores.
The kit comes with a ring binder marked “My Cookbook”, which includes some basic cooking tips and recipe cards for the meals which you ordered. As you place future orders, you can build your cookbook with new recipe cards. Home Chef isn’t just a meal delivery kit – it’s a cooking lesson, teaching you new favorite meals and tricks.
Jai and I cracked open a bottle of wine and started cooking this meal together as an impromptu date night activity. He was in charge of the salmon, since he’s the seafood expert, and I got to work on the kale and tomatoes.
Holy cow, this was so delicious! The salmon was amazing, and the flavors in the kale were genius. I loved the simple method of charring the grape tomatoes – I buy them a lot, but hadn’t thought to do this before. I replicated both the kale and tomato side dishes with my own ingredients a week later when we had company staying with us, so it really did teach me a new recipe that I’ve incorporated into my repertoire.
The second Home Chef meal I prepared was Glazed Tofu Lettuce Wraps with Sesame Ginger Dressing. Once again, I learned a new cooking trick when the recipe advised me to press the tofu between two plates and a layer of paper towels before cooking. I’ve seen this advice repeated since on other recipes, and since adopting this practice, my tofu dishes have gotten crisper – which is a great thing to know, since I cook tofu frequently!
This dish had a great combination of flavors, making a delectable, yet low-calorie lunch.
Jai commented that this is the best food you could get outside of a top restaurant. I think that says a lot about the care that the chefs put into developing these recipes, as well as the freshness of the ingredients. Great food comes from the thoughtful pairing of flavors and good technique; by preparing these Home Chef meals, I not only had food delivered straight to me, but learned a few new tricks that will serve me well in the kitchen long after my delivery has been unpacked.
If you’d like to start cooking restaurant-worthy dishes in your home, visit HomeChef.com today to order your first box! And don’t forget to share your #RealHomeChef moments with them on Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube!