Green Chef Vegan Recipe Box Review

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Green Chef offers healthy meal kits delivered to your door. Part of the Hello Fresh Group, Green Chef has existed in the United States for some time and is now available here in the UK.

This is great news for UK vegans as Green Chef vegan boxes are fantastic for anyone who has little time to go food shopping or wants to learn how to cook new vegan recipes at home.

Green Chef vegan meal kit

Green Chef caters for five dietary options – vegan, vegetarian, lower carb, balanced and keto.

Green Chef kindly sent me a vegan recipe box. In this review, I’ll share what I liked and disliked about the meals. Then further down, there’s also a discount code that you’re welcome to use when you order your first boxes.

Green Chef vegan recipe box review

Jenni Fielding

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Summary

I loved my Green Chef recipe box and will be ordering again. The ingredients were high-quality, the recipes were easy to follow and the vegan meals tasted incredible!

4.6

You can see how Green Chef compares to the alternatives here: The 10 best vegan meal delivery services in the UK.

Read on for my full, detailed review of Green Chef’s vegan options…

Green Chef Vegan Recipes

I tried three of Green Chef’s vegan recipes – the Ginger Shiitake Mushrooms, the Chana Masala and the Tomato Arrabiata Fusilli.

The ingredients were all fresh and measured out ready to use. All I had to do was follow the step-by-step recipe card to cook each meal to perfection. Easy!

Here’s what I made…

Ginger Shiitake Mushrooms and Teriyaki Tofu with Tenderstem Broccoli

Calories: 471 kcal ✅ Fat: 12g ✅ Carbs: 59g ✅ Fibre: 8g ✅ Protein: 28g ✅ Salt: 5g

I really enjoyed this vegan mushroom and tofu dish – both the cooking and the eating!

The Green Chef recipe was really easy to follow. While I would usually make a dish like this one without a recipe kit, I found that following the instructions actually improved my cooking skills straight away.

For example, I would usually boil broccoli, but stir-frying it makes it so much tastier! Also, I would usually fry tofu on the default medium heat, but turning it up to high as in the instructions resulted in much crispier tofu chunks. Winning!

This dish tasted as good as a takeaway, but it was so much healthier so I could indulge guilt-free.

Chana Masala with Gunpowder Potatoes, Tenderstem Broccoli and Cashews

Calories: 618 kcal ✅ Fat: 16g ✅ Carbs: 95g ✅ Fibre: 21g ✅ Protein: 20g ✅ Salt: 4g

My husband wasn’t impressed to see a second dish featuring broccoli. But, this time the broccoli was oven-baked rather than stir-fried, which gave it a whole new texture. I’m proud to say that he actually enjoyed it!

Who knew I could a broccoli-hater to eat broccoli not once, but twice? I’m never boiling frozen broccoli again now I’ve learned how to make this.

The spicy sweet potatoes in this dish were delicious and I loved the crunch of the cashews alongside the flavoursome chickpeas. So wholesome!

Tomato Arrabiata Fusilli with a Nutty, Basil Crumb Topping

Calories: 322 kcal ✅ Fat: 14g ✅ Carbs: 40g ✅ Fibre: 7g ✅ Protein: 12g ✅ Salt: 1g

Pasta arrabiata is a simple vegan dish, but this version is extra special with fancy red, orange and yellow tomatoes, fresh spinach, walnuts and panko breadcrumbs.

The pasta in this dish was fresh, not dried, so the recipe was really quick to cook and tasted amazing. I’d be very impressed if I were served this in a restaurant.

As around half of the bowl was veg and the rest was wholewheat pasta, making this is low-calorie way to enjoy pasta, with lots of protein from the nuts and spinach too.

What’s in a Green Chef vegan box?

The picture below shows what the inside of my Green Chef vegan recipe box looked like.

The chilled ingredients were separated from the store cupboard ingredients, the vegetables and the herbs and spices to keep everything fresh and undamaged.

This is what my Green Chef box looked like inside

Everything that you need to cook the meals is provided in the box, although you’ll need to provide your own cooking oil and salt and pepper, as well as pots and pans and cooking utensils. You don’t need any fancy equipment though, just an oven and a hob.

The picture below shows all of the ingredients that came in the Green Chef vegan box to cook three meals…

Here’s everything that came in my Green Chef box

All the ingredients in the box are labelled, so it’s easy to see which herbs and spices go with each recipe.

The box also contained three Green Chef recipe cards that are printed on A4 card and are super easy to follow. They give just the right amount of detail and have photos to make it simple to follow the recipes even if you have no cooking skills at all.

How does Green Chef work?

Green Chef offers three or four different vegan menu options each week. These are all healthy and hearty meals such as stews, curries, risottos, chillies, power bowls and salads. Each meal takes around 30 minutes to cook.

You can choose which meals you would like each week and can see the vegan menus up to three weeks in advance. If you don’t like the look of a weekly menu, you can skip that week entirely by logging in to your online account.

You can also mix and match with non-vegan meals, so if you’re not vegan but enjoy eating plant-based food, you may wish to mix it up by trying a vegetarian meal or one of the other dietary options.

The box is delivered once per week and the communication from the delivery driver is excellent. If you’re not going to be in, you can request for the best to be left outside or with a neighbour. The ice packs will keep it cool all day.

How much does Green Chef cost?

Green Chef costs between £4.70 and £5.95 per serving depending on whether you order a box for two or four people, and depending on whether the box contains three or four meals. Delivery is £3.99 or free with a discount code.

2 people4 people
3 meals per week£5.95£5.00
4 meals per week£5.59£4.70
Green Chef price per serving

If you’d like to try Green Chef for yourself, you’re welcome to use my discount code ‘GCCHOOSE’ which will get you a considerable saving and free delivery.

Get 30% OFF your first Green Chef box

+ 15% OFF the next three

When you use discount code ‘GCCHOOSE

How to recycle Green Chef packaging

The majority of Green Chef packaging is recyclable. Here’s what to do with the packaging…

  • Box – Your Green Chef delivery comes in a cardboard box with card inserts which can be recycled with your usual paper and card recycling
  • Recipe cards – You can recycle the paper recipe cards, or keep them in a folder so that you can make the meals again with your own ingredients
  • Insulation – In the UK, Green Chef uses recycled denim wrapped in plastic for insulation. As denim is 100% plant-based cotton, you can compost it. Alternatively, you might reuse it in a number of ways such as cushioning for fragile items, soundproofing, pet bedding, filling cushions or placing underneath plants to reduce watering.
  • Ice packs – Green Chef ice packs are great to keep in the freezer and reuse for your next picnic or camping trip
  • Plastic trays and sachets – Some plastics can be recycled at recycling centres but some are not currently recyclable
Green Chef denim and plastic insulation
Green Chef chilled items are insulated with ice and denim wrapped in plastic

It’s a little sad to see that Green Chef uses plastics in its meal boxes. However, the company offsets 100% of the carbon emissions from operations, distribution and in-box plastics by supporting green energy projects in the UK and around the world.

Green Chef has also stated that the company is ‘continually seeking to reduce the use plastics in our boxes to replace them with more sustainable materials.’

Green Chef FAQs

How many vegan options does Green Chef have?

Green Chef has three or four vegan options. They change every week so you never have to eat the same thing twice.

How much is the Green Chef vegan box for 2 people?

A Green Chef vegan box for two people costs £35.70 for three meals or £44.72 for four meals.

You can get 30% off with the discount code ‘GCCHOOSE’.

How much is Green Chef per week?

Green Chef costs around £35 per week for three meals each for two people. The largest boxes contain four meals for four people and cost £66.

You can get 30% off with the discount code ‘GCCHOOSE’.

Where does Green Chef deliver?

Green Chef delivers across most of the UK including the Isle of Wight, Isle of Man, Jersey and Guernsey. You cannot get a Green Chef Delivery in Northern Ireland or the Scottish Highlands.

How long do Green Chef meals take to cook?

Green Chef meals take around 30 minutes to cook.

The bottom line

If you’re looking for a vegan meal kit, you won’t find a better one than Green Chef. I believe that Green Chef makes the best vegan recipe boxes because all of the ingredients are of such high quality.

You won’t find lots of cheap filler ingredients and fake meat, but you will get healthy, wholesome, organic ingredients that you might not usually buy.

Whether you’re feeling uninspired in the kitchen or want to kick-start a healthy eating plan, Green Chef is for you.

Get 30% OFF your first Green Chef box

+ 15% OFF the next three

When you use discount code ‘GCCHOOSE

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