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I Tried the NEW Oven-Ready Meals from Home Chef…

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Get dinner done in a jiffy, without going to the grocery store!

Ever tried the popular meal delivery service called Home Chef? All the pre-measured ingredients get delivered in a refrigerated box along with directions to prepare easy and delicious homemade meals! I have personally bought Home Chef meal delivery boxes numerous times, and we have loved our meals and this convenient service.

This time, I was excited to try the new oven-ready and grill ready meals that have even less prep time and come with a container to cook in, so less mess! 🙌

home chef oven-ready pizza meatloaf

I’m sharing my experience with those meals as well as how you can score a deal on a box for your family!

home chef box in the entryway

For a limited time, new Home Chef customers can get $80 off your first four meal delivery orders – that’s $20 off each box!

Note that if the discount does not automatically apply, you can use code HIP80 at checkout.

home chef oven ready pizza meatloaf in the oven

To score this discount offer, just head here, select the ‘Pick Your Meals’ button and enter your email address. Then, personalize your menu options, build a box, enter your shipping info and choose your first delivery date – your $20 discount will automatically apply!

After this special offer, you’ll pay as little as $40.93 to have three meals for two shipped directly to your door weekly for four weeks – only $6.82 per serving! Note that shipping costs vary based on the order size, being $13.99 for orders under $49, and $6.99 for orders $49+.

Each week, you can customize your choices by swapping, upgrading, or doubling the recipe protein.

home chef steak and veggies on the grill

Home Chef has lots of meal types to choose from:

    • Oven Ready – Pre-portioned, fresh ingredients arrive with an oven-safe tin – no prep, no mess!
    • Grill Ready– Assemble your meal in the grill-safe bag and throw it on the grill.
    • Ready in 15 Minutes – Prepped, pre-portioned ingredients that cook in just 15 minutes!
    • Entrée Salads – Get your greens in with these fresh flavor combinations perfect for your day-to-day!
    • Slow Cooker – Load up the ingredients and let them cook low and slow to perfection.
    • Culinary Collection – Special occasion or on a whim, up the ante with this selection of premium meals!
    • Classic Meals – Easy recipes with pre-portioned ingredients ready in about 30 minutes.

meatball and broccoli meal from home chef

Even sweeter, they also have low-calorie and low-carb options – and you can customize the types of meats you want! Plus, select meals can be made meatless with the Beyond Sausage. This box is literally perfect for any family!

chicken and green bean oven ready meal from home chef

How do I get started with Home Chef meal delivery?

  • Choose the number of people you’re cooking for.
  • Choose how many meals per week you want.
  • Select special dietary needs.
  • Enter your shipping and payment information (shipping varies on order size).
  • Pick your delivery day. Note you don’t need to be home when your meals are delivered. Home Chef ships all the ingredients in insulated boxes with ice packs, so they’ll remain cold and fresh until you unbox them at home.

Let’s talk FOOD, and the meals I picked out to try with my family!

prepping a pizza loaf oven-ready meal from home chef

1.) Oven-Ready Pork and Pepperoni Pizza Meatloafs with Ziti

This was a fun meal mash-up of both meatloaf and Italian noodles with marinara and meatballs. I loved that the noodles came cooked, and all you had to do was compile it in the pan and bake.

plate with home chef meatloaf pizza ziti

My kids loved this cheesy yummy meal the most, and the addition of pepperoni is so fun!


grill-ready steak meal from home chef

2.) Grilled Teriyaki Steak with Roasted Sesame Potatoes and Veggies

We love grilling just about any day of the week because it’s easy. This steak was delicious with a yummy Asian-inspired glaze and hot sauce. These sesame ginger veggies were my favorite part though, and had a convenient foil bag to grill them in!


piri piri chicken oven-ready meal from home chef

3.) Piri Piri Chicken and Feta with Lemon-Herb Green Beans

This one was my personal favorite, and I learned that I need to roast fresh green beans more often. The chicken had a yummy Mediterranean meal vibe, with sour cream and feta. There were even crunchy onions for the top. This was fresh and delicious, and super comforting!


red pepper jelly meatballs home chef meal on a plate

4.) Red Pepper Jelly Pork Meatballs with Queso Fresco Broccoli

We’re crazy for any sweet and savory meatballs in our house, and these ones with red pepper jelly were insanely delish! In fact, this would be easy to recreate at home for us, and plan to make it again! Also, roasted broccoli is a fantastic tasting side dish.


kid eating home chef oven-ready pizza meatloaf

My verdict: Home Chef Oven-Ready and Grill meals get a thumbs up from my family!

Overall, we enjoyed all four of our Home Chef meals, and thought they tasted fantastic. I love that there’s no food waste as everything is pre-measured, the meal directions are easy to follow and there are no trips to the grocery store involved- yippee!

I was very impressed with all the different meat options and meals to choose from, and the process was simple to order. I also love that there are no extra dishes to wash afterward. It’s very easy to pause or cancel membership, too.

rolling red pepper meatballs

Was there a downside to Home Chef meal delivery? 

Well, not necessarily a downside, some of these quick meals did require some prep time. Just know that “oven-ready” doesn’t always mean there’s no prep involved! For instance, in the red pepper jelly meatballs meal, I had to mix the meat with a few ingredients and roll the ingredients. It was super easy though!

meals from home chef on the counter

Knowing that there are fresh, healthy, homemade meals in the fridge already prepped is such a load off of my mind! I don’t mind cooking at home regularly, but the meal planning and grocery store runs are exhausting sometimes. These meals are so helpful to have on hand!


box with home chef meals on the counter

What happens when I join Home Chef meal delivery?

When you try Home Chef, you’ll automatically be scheduled for weekly meal deliveries. Each week, Home Chef will create an order for you, unless you either request a skip or edit. You can easily control your deliveries by changing your preferred delivery day, skipping weeks, or pausing your subscription.

There is NO commitment, NO Contract, and your membership can easily be canceled at any time. Home Chef also offers a 100% satisfaction guarantee. If you aren’t completely satisfied with your order, you can request a Home Chef credit.


Check out my experience trying 15-Minute Gobble meals as well!

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Comments 13

  1. aimeepilgermayersheaffer

    FYI- I signed up for this deal and shipping is not free $11 for less than $49, $7 for more than $49. I had to cancel on principle.

    • Emily (Hip Sidekick)

      My apologies for the confusion! I’ve gone ahead and updated the post to reflect the shipping costs for the varying box sizes.

  2. Amanda

    I love Home Chef!! We have been using them at least once or twice a month to give the kids something different to have for lunch. With all of the time spent at home they get bored of always eating the same things. Plus as an added bonus, my 15 year old daughter loves to cook them. They are all pretty simple to cook and have all been super delicious!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh I love that your teen get involved! That is so fun, and I also enjoy experiencing different meals at home. Thanks Amanda!

  3. nikki

    I’ve tried a couple of them too and they were good.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Thanks for sharing Nikki!

  4. Ash

    You can pick up their boxes at Kroger stores too. I did that before I started getting the home service. I rotate between Home Chef, Hello Fresh and Every Plate. I actually like Every Plate the most as they have less packaging and it is a lot cheaper for the 5 meals I get a week (under $50).

    • Darla

      I did not want to go through the website and “pick meals” just to get an idea of the cost. With the discount above, approximately how much would it be?? Thank you

      • tanishajohnson-2

        You have to purchase your subscription first. Then you can choose your meals. But… on the main menu/tabs they have it to where you can see the weekly choices they have!!! I haven’t tried it yet ) :
        But I’m a Lil’ Piggy who loves looking at the menus w/ pics!!!
        I would definitely go for it. They have awesome choices. Unfortunately, I can’t afford it rn! As soon as I’m able to though!! It’s going down, in!! Lol

      • willowcat

        Darla – I’ve been using Home Chef for a while now – if you want to email me I can send you a screen shot and answer whatever questions you might have – mlpdjpon3 at iCloud dot com

    • juliewendt

      Great idea as I was curious about the ingredients.

  5. evangelic20

    Miss Piggy here…..I too love looking at food porn!

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