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How many of you love planning meals, grocery shopping and crossing your fingers that the meals you chose are going to be “kid-approved”? I’m guessing there’s not too many of you raising your hands here. I really think that’s why homecooked meals are becoming a thing of the past. It’s not really the cooking–it’s everything else that goes into it! So, we all end up with a repertoire that resembles something like spaghetti, tacos, pizza and maybe a meal or two out. What if I told you that your family could be eating SO. MUCH. BETTER with LESS effort on your part?
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I am a huge fan of family dinner. Of course there might be days when it just won’t work, but my family tries our best to have dinner together most nights of the week. Research shows that family dinners are good for the spirit, the brain and the body. Increased vocabulary for toddlers, higher GPAs and self-esteem in teens and so many more benefits just for eating together as a family. I’ve been thrilled to discover Green Chef as a feasible way to put healthy, organic meals on the table for my family–even my youngest with a host of food allergies.
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I introduced you to Green Chef last year (here) and it even made our Best Of list (here). To say we are huge fans is an understatement.  Since  last told you about Green Chef, they have started a family plan.  YES! A plan that is kid=friendly without being predictable.  Sick of Taco Tuesday?  Switch it up with some of the amazing meals from Green Chef.  This past week, my family enjoyed BBQ chicken with sweet potato fries and cabbage and green apple salad.  We also absolutely loved Greek pasta and meatballs with olives, artichokes, feta cheese and walnut gremolata.  I’m telling you, friends, just having these options for two meals a week makes my meal plans so much easier!  The shopping is already done for you.  The recipes are already tested and the recipe cards give you step by step instructions (WITH PICTURES!) to make the meal simply and in about 30 minutes. Just look at the pictures here!  So much more color (and nutrients!) than the chicken nuggets and cheese quesadillas that might make their way onto your table.
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One thing that I love about Green Chef is the detailed ingredient list that includes food allergen alerts.  My youngest was able to eat the whole BBQ chicken meal with a simple substitution for his salad dressing. And he was able to enjoy the pasta and meatballs without the feta and walnut gremolata.  When a company only tells me that the allergen is present in the food but doesn’t tell me where it’s present, I have to assume the entire meal is unsafe.  So love how detailed Green Chef is in this area!

A SIMPLE GIVEAWAY

Green Chef sent me a card for a free box that I’d love to share with one of our readers.  You must be willing to pay shipping ($9) and must be a new Green Chef customer.

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  • Andrea Darst
    March 14, 2017 at 2:43 pm

    I think the family menu looks best!

  • Andrea v
    March 14, 2017 at 11:13 am

    The carnivore box for my family would be great!

  • Donna B
    March 13, 2017 at 11:39 pm

    I want the Vegetarian box.

  • Leah Shumack
    March 13, 2017 at 10:52 pm

    I would probably choose the two person carnivore box because it’s just my daughter and I at home!

  • David s
    March 13, 2017 at 10:15 pm

    The carnivore box

  • Lisa V.
    March 13, 2017 at 10:14 pm

    I would choose the carnivoe box.

  • Julie
    March 13, 2017 at 9:52 pm

    Would love the Carnivore box…

  • Lisa Coomer Queen
    March 13, 2017 at 9:48 pm

    I would like to try a carnivore box! This sounds like an awesome plan!

  • Jerry Marquardt
    March 13, 2017 at 9:41 pm

    I am most interested in trying out the Cumin-Coriander Steak menu with its delicious Harissa-spiced farro, green beans, carrots as fixings.

  • megan tilley
    March 13, 2017 at 8:39 pm

    I would try the family carnivore box!

  • Wendy Browne
    March 13, 2017 at 5:44 pm

    Pineapple chicken looks good.

  • chickie brewer
    March 13, 2017 at 5:23 pm

    I like the carnivore box.

  • Karrie
    March 13, 2017 at 5:16 pm

    I love the carnivore box.

  • Dorothy Deakyne
    March 13, 2017 at 4:52 pm

    I like the omnivore box

  • Marty
    March 13, 2017 at 1:48 pm

    I’d like to try the vegan or vegetarian boxes. I’m trying to get the family to eat less red meat.

  • Danielle Jones
    March 13, 2017 at 1:42 pm

    I would choose the omnivore for a family box. Thanks for sharing this with us.

  • tracee
    March 13, 2017 at 1:40 pm

    The cumin coriander steak sounds really good. I’m going to go with the omnivore though since I love veggies too.

  • Peggy Johnson
    March 13, 2017 at 1:13 pm

    I would love to try the omnivore box, we like variety

  • Meghan
    March 13, 2017 at 12:43 pm

    The paleo looks great

  • Annmarie W.
    March 13, 2017 at 11:25 am

    I’d like the Omnivore! I like variety!

  • jeremy mclaughlin
    March 13, 2017 at 10:30 am

    I would like the family carnivore box.

  • Jayedee Dewitt
    March 13, 2017 at 10:00 am

    Very nice vegan options! I’d love to try the vegan crab cakes or GINGER-SESAME TEMPEH BOWL

  • Darlene Owen
    March 13, 2017 at 9:59 am

    I would love the CARNIVORE
    3 meat & seafood dinners

  • Crissie Woolard
    March 12, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    I would definitely want to try the carnivore Box I have always wondered if the food was really good so it’s nice hearing an honest review

  • Karen D
    March 12, 2017 at 3:25 pm

    I’d like the vegetarian, 2 person plan

  • Ronda
    March 12, 2017 at 3:07 pm

    I would choose the Carnivore box.

  • Jamie Williams
    March 12, 2017 at 10:08 am

    Id most like to try the CARNIVORE box.

  • lea c.
    March 11, 2017 at 11:16 pm

    I’d pick the Carnivore box. Yum!

  • Krystal Dunlap
    March 11, 2017 at 10:02 am

    I would like to try a carnivore box!

  • Renee Walters
    March 10, 2017 at 4:49 pm

    I would choose the carnivore box!

  • Jill Rivera
    March 10, 2017 at 4:20 pm

    the Paleo Plan is the plan I would start with, but probably switch to the others for a change,

  • Heather!
    March 10, 2017 at 2:21 pm

    I would like to check out their Vegetarian box.

  • Kayla Klontz
    March 10, 2017 at 12:08 am

    I would choose the carnivore box.

  • Courtney
    March 9, 2017 at 11:09 pm

    I LOVE the family plan!!

  • Kristyn M.
    March 9, 2017 at 6:34 pm

    The Shrimp Ricotta Pasta sounds yummy! My family would definitely like to try that!

  • Marija
    March 9, 2017 at 10:08 am

    I’d like to try the omnivore box.

  • Sandy H
    March 9, 2017 at 9:53 am

    I might try the paleo box.

  • carrie s
    March 9, 2017 at 9:03 am

    I would try the omnivore plan.

  • allison
    March 8, 2017 at 9:34 pm

    I would love the paleo box! Thanks so much for the chances to win.

  • Lauren
    March 8, 2017 at 8:05 pm

    I would like the Carnivore box.

  • Ashley B.
    March 8, 2017 at 7:57 pm

    I like the carnivore box 😀

  • Melissa
    March 8, 2017 at 2:46 pm

    I’d love to try the paleo box

  • Em Mahr
    March 8, 2017 at 12:26 pm

    I’d love to try the Carnivore plan!

  • latoya
    March 7, 2017 at 9:35 pm

    I would probably try the vegetarian since my mom doesnt eat meat.

  • Terry
    March 7, 2017 at 7:01 pm

    I would love to try the OMNIVORE box for 2 people.

  • Kristin McCall
    March 7, 2017 at 4:43 pm

    I would choose the two person carnivore box.

  • manda
    March 7, 2017 at 2:51 pm

    The omnivore box.

  • Amy Tolley
    March 6, 2017 at 11:08 pm

    I would go with the vegetarian box….

  • gala
    March 6, 2017 at 2:41 pm

    I think family carnivore plan will work the best for us.

  • Kim Reid
    March 4, 2017 at 10:01 pm

    I would love to try the Carnivore Box, the Herbed Pork Meatballs sound delicious!

  • vivian
    March 4, 2017 at 8:04 pm

    I would love the Omnivore Family plan!

  • Ben (ada)
    March 4, 2017 at 7:08 pm

    I would love to try chicken pibil

  • pamela j
    March 4, 2017 at 9:23 am

    The carnivore box.

  • Annamarie V
    March 3, 2017 at 11:40 pm

    I would do the paleo box.

  • John H.
    March 3, 2017 at 10:54 pm

    I would choose the carnivore box.

  • Jennifer H.
    March 3, 2017 at 10:17 pm

    I would pick the carnivore box.

  • jenny stratton
    March 3, 2017 at 9:51 pm

    I would love to try the omnivore plan maybe the Salsa Verda Chicken.

  • Lisa L
    March 3, 2017 at 5:45 pm

    I’d like to try the Paleo Plan..the Steak Frites looks amazing!

  • Talia
    March 3, 2017 at 12:29 pm

    I’d like the omnivore meals.

  • Peggy Nunn
    March 3, 2017 at 9:34 am

    I would like to try them all but first I would try the paleo menu

  • Patricia
    March 2, 2017 at 10:28 pm

    I would get the gluten free menu.

  • Angela Ingles
    March 2, 2017 at 1:31 pm

    I think I would like the Omnivore plan the best, but they all look yummy!

  • Morrighan Crowe
    March 2, 2017 at 1:00 am

    I like the Vegetarian box.

  • Edye
    March 1, 2017 at 6:12 pm

    I’d like their spaghetti squash pasta!

  • Jeanna
    March 1, 2017 at 11:16 am

    I think I would get the most use out of a Family Box with the carnivore option!

  • elizabeth miller
    March 1, 2017 at 9:06 am

    I would love to give the Paleo a try. It looks very interesting and we have decided to start trying new food ways and things into our diets.

  • Katy
    March 1, 2017 at 3:44 am

    The family carnivore plan looks perfect for our family. I love that it’s a fun, easy way to eat healthy!

  • Nancy
    March 1, 2017 at 1:33 am

    This is a fascinating concept with yummy food plans. The Carnivore Plan is my favorite.

  • Amanda Alvarado
    February 28, 2017 at 11:14 pm

    I think I’d get the Family box!

  • Shannon
    February 28, 2017 at 10:31 pm

    I want the Omnivore box.

  • angela
    February 28, 2017 at 10:30 pm

    I don’t know exactly what you define as a “box” but the CAJUN MAC ‘N’ CHEESE kit looks good

  • Nicole Martin
    February 28, 2017 at 10:14 pm

    I’d like a vegetarian box!

  • Allison Swain
    February 28, 2017 at 7:03 pm

    I visited their website, and I would like the omnivore meals. Thank you!

  • Laura
    February 28, 2017 at 6:52 pm

    I like their omnivore plan. Their recipes look very tasty. The TARRAGON-ROASTED CHICKEN with sautéed beets, carrots & snap peas, and barley looks delicious!

    • Gina
      March 2, 2017 at 9:17 pm

      Oh, I totally agree! The roasted veggies definitely would win me over!

  • Kristen
    February 28, 2017 at 5:13 pm

    I’d like the Omnivore box.

  • Starla
    February 28, 2017 at 4:39 pm

    Wow, so many delicious picks! I would love to try the Cajun Mac N Cheese with shrimp!

    • Gina
      March 2, 2017 at 9:17 pm

      Yum! Sounds SO good!

  • Kristi C
    February 28, 2017 at 2:50 pm

    I would like the omnivore for a family.

  • Renee Rousseau
    February 28, 2017 at 2:43 pm

    The Salsa Verde Chicken with Arugula-olive salad, lemon-roasted cauliflower looks and sounds delicious and healthy.

  • KENNETH OHL
    February 28, 2017 at 2:15 pm

    I would love the carnivore plan love to give these a try

  • Will G
    February 28, 2017 at 1:14 pm

    I would probably choose the carnivore one.

  • Marsha C
    February 28, 2017 at 11:58 am

    As a diabetic, the one that looks healthiest for me is the Paleo option. Looks awesome!

  • Cheryl B
    February 28, 2017 at 11:57 am

    I would like to try a gluten-free box.

  • ColleenMarie
    February 28, 2017 at 11:43 am

    I think the HERB-GARLIC STEAK sounds really good.

  • Rachel
    February 28, 2017 at 11:41 am

    I like the family carnivore box.

  • latanya
    February 28, 2017 at 11:36 am

    TARRAGON-ROASTED CHICKEN is something new and exciting for my family.