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Green Chef offers customers a fully organic, diverse menu complete with specialised dietary options, that is filled with delicious and innovative meals.
Shipping: $5.99 per box (Updated to Sep 2018)
Part of what we do at The Meal Kit Review is make your life easier when it comes to choosing the best meal kit delivery company for you! The meal kit industry is one that is always changing and evolving and there are new companies entering this market all the time, so the decision can often be overwhelming. With our company reviews, we look at two companies at the same time and give you the information that you need to compare them properly and then decide on which company you would like to try first!
Today we are looking at Green Chef and Hello fresh. Both companies make delicious and healthy eating a priority, but there are many differences between the companies, so let’s start with our comparison.
Variety of plan
Green Chef offers two different types of plans, which come with the flexibility to change from week to week if you desire.
- The Two-person plan includes 3 meals per week and a total of 6 servings. you will need to choose between one of the following menus- Vegan, Vegetarian, Keto, Gluten Free, Paleo or Omnivore
- The Four-person plan includes 2 meals per week and total of 8 servings. you will need to choose between Omnivore or Carnivore menu.
Hello Fresh in comparison offers three different types of plans and they are as follows:
- The Classic Plan includes 3-4 dishes per week for 2 or 4 people
- The Family Plan includes 2-3 dishes per week for 4 people
- The Veggie Plan includes 3 dishes per week for 2 or 4 people
Variety of dishes
Green Chef offers 7 weekly menus for different lifestyles which include paleo, vegan, keto, omnivore, carnivore, vegetarian and gluten-free. Upon subscription, you will need to select one plan from all these menus, and then you can selection three nutritious and delicious meals as part of each weekly plan option.
Hello Fresh has a weekly selection of 15 recipes which are divided between their 3 different plans. This is broken down as follows: 8 in the 2-person Classic Plan, 4 in the Family Plan and 3 in the Veggie Plan.
You are spoilt for choice with both companies as they offer a great deal of diversity. You will find choices that include beef, poultry, pork, seafood and vegetables.
Style and complexity of dishes
Our experience of tasting meals from both companies has shown us that everything you receive from both Green Chef and Hello Fresh is delicious, healthy and filled with the freshest of ingredients.
Green Chef is a big believer in providing the best organic meal kit options, cater for special diets, but the ease of meal preparation is also very important to them. The philosophy of Hello Fresh is also about making sure that your meal preparation is an easy process. They tend to focus on classic and well-known dishes with flavors and taste that offer a sense of comfort, but they continue to add new and interesting twists to most of their dishes. There are no sophisticated or intimidating cooking techniques in the Hello Fresh recipes which is a lot less intimidating for many people.
The meals of Green Chef include healthy and organic dinners which can be served on your dinner table within 30 minutes.
Quality of Products
The ingredients of both Green Chef and Hello Fresh are of the highest quality.
Green Chef is a USDA certified organic company and because of this, they only use organic and sustainably sourced ingredients from a trusted network of ranchers, farmers, fishermen and artisans.
While Hello Fresh does not use produce that is only organic, they do stress that their priority is helping customers to get more fruits and vegetables in their daily diet. They do guarantee that all their meats are sourced domestically, and all poultry and pork is hormone-free. Seafood is always sustainably sourced.
Receiving a box from both Green Chef and Hello Fresh means that your delivery will arrive in a specifically designed and labelled box. Any proteins that require refrigeration are packed with an ample amount of ice. With Hello Fresh the individual ingredients of each meal kit are sorted, labelled and packaged in separate bags. This means that there is minimal sorting required by you and it is simply a matter of putting the meal kit ingredients away until you are ready to use them. With Green Chef, however, while the ingredients are labelled, you will need to sort the different ingredients for each box before packing these away.
The App and Website
Green Chef has a mobile-optimized website, so they do not offer a different app for their service. Anything that you need to do to manage your account can be completed via their website. These includes registering for their service, selecting your plan, changing your payment method and canceling your account.
Hello Fresh has both a website and an app which is very user-friendly. You will also find that everything you need to do to manage your Hello Fresh account can also be completed online.
To use the services of both companies a subscription is required. However, this subscription comes with a certain amount of flexibility. You can skip weeks if necessary and you can also easily cancel your account online with both companies.
We love both these companies as they both offer a great meal kit service that provides delicious and healthy meals! If we need to pick a winner it would be Hello Fresh. From our experience Hello Fresh offers great classic meals that come with a twist and that are easy to cook in the kitchen. And each meal we tried was a delight. We also love their packaging and how the actual delivery is so well organised and easy to unpack. Hello Fresh is also usually more affordable in comparison to Green Chef.