If you read my previous blog post on Meal Delivery Services, you know I’m a big fan of Green Chef. The quality, the flavors, the ease of prep. They have options for all kinds of diets, from vegan to paleo and everything in between! Well recently I had the opportunity to try Green Chef’s newest meal plan: KETO! (Full disclosure: I was sent this box at no cost in exchange for my honest opinion and feedback.)
You might be wondering…
What the heck is keto?
Keto refers to a ketogenic diet which is centered around a high fat, very low carb diet. In short, the aim of a ketogenic diet is to get the body into a state of ketosis. This is when the body burns fat for energy rather than carbohydrates (carbs are the body’s preferred energy source). To do this, the body must be without carbs (glucose/sugar) to burn. The body then taps into fat for fuel.
To be clear, I do not follow a ketogenic diet. BUT I’m all about healthy proteins and fats and lots of veggies, which is how these meals are designed. So, NO! You do not have to be committed to keto all day every day to enjoy a delicious keto meal!
If you look at the rest of my day, it includes healthy carbs in the form of starchy and leafy veggies (things like kale, spinach, sweet potatoes), fruits (especially berries!), and certain whole grains (Celiac disease runs in my family so gluten is not my jam).
What did the meals look (and taste) like?
In short. We really enjoyed them all. The fact that meals this nutrient-dense and FULL of flavor can be ready in 30 minutes or less sorta blows my mind. I don’t know about you, but by the time I decide I’m hungry for dinner, I don’t want to wait very long to eat.
Want to hear more? Thought so.
Here’s what we ate:
Guys. This was THE.BEST.CAULIFLOWER.EVER. I’m not joking you. I love cauliflower and I’ve made it manymanymany different ways. But I never thought to prepare it as this recipe did. The texture, the lemon, the almonds. It was perfection and yes, I have made it again since I made this recipe. The chicken and arugula salad was also very light and fresh-tasting, thanks to the bright lemon and tarragon flavors. Something about the herbs and citrus cut right through the bitterness of the arugula for a really refreshing meal. I wish it had more cauliflower and salad, but I think the veggies were kept low to limit carbs.
Macros: 400 calories: 14g fat / 10g carb / 50g protein
I don’t know about you, but preparing certain fish at home scares me (I’m looking at you, scallops and tuna). Especially when it is served partially raw. I feel like I want someone holding my hand through it all so that I don’t screw it up. Well hello, Green Chef. Thanks for holding my hand! I should also add that my very non-cook of a husband did most of the prep for this one, I just seared the fish. He chopped and sautéed all the veggies without asking a single question (like “how do I cut bok choy?). That speaks to the ease of these recipes and the quality of the directions. And the result? It was extremely flavorful and very filling. I will say, however, that this meal had more carbs than the others (thanks to all the veggies!) – not ideal for keto, but I loved it.
Macros: 450 calories: 12g fat / 24g carb / 51g protein
Real talk: I was not super stoked about this one. I’ve only eaten lamb once in my life (at the best restaurant in Crested Butte, Colorado) and it still didn’t get me excited.
Spoiler alert: I was WRONG. Turns out, this lamb is my jam. There are SO many flavors in this dish and it came together really quickly. We gobbled it up. I’m now a shakshuka fan and will likely try this again with ground turkey or ground chicken, just because it is generally more accessible.
Macros: 500 calories: 26g fat / 20g carb / 37g protein
So tell me, what are your thoughts? Have you tried meal delivery? Would you try Green Chef’s keto meals? Or is another type of diet more your thing?
This post is sponsored by Green Chef. As always, all opinions are genuinely my own.