I was super excited when Green Chef reached out to me and asked me if I would be interested in trying their brand new keto friendly meal kits. I love meal kits and I often credit them plus Pinterest with really igniting my love of cooking a few years back. Once I went keto I unfortunately had to stop using other meal kits for the most part because there just wasn’t enough flexibility. So, the prospect of Green Chef having a keto plan is so exciting to me!
Green Chef is a USDA-certified organic meal kit company who are now offering a variety of meal plans for people who are paleo, gluten-free, vegetarian and more. The keto meal kit I received included 3 recipes, which were each intended to be 2 servings each, so 6 total meals. The team at Green Chef did let me know prior to receiving my box, that I would likely want to reduce the vegetable portions, otherwise the carbs would be too high for keto. Once I saw the macros for each meal I understood what they meant:
The Salsa Verde Chicken meal is the only one I would feel comfortable eating in the portions that are laid out in the recipe. However, the fat content is very low, so I would look for solutions on how to tweak that. The team at Green Chef acknowledged that their team of chefs were looking for ways to lower the carb content and up the fat in their meals. I can see why they are struggling, because currently they have these meals categorized as Paleo and Keto, which restricts the fats that you could add from full fat dairy.
So while these meals are low carb and paleo, they are not Keto as they are designed right now. But I worked with the ingredients and recipes and made tweaks so that they would work for my keto lifestyle. What would be extremely helpful is if Green Chef offered their nutritional information broken down by ingredient, that way I could really pinpoint which ingredients were contributing to the higher carb count. I can make an educated guess of course, but it would be much easier if it was laid out.
I loved that their meals each come color coded so it is easy and fun to separate out the ingredients and get ready to cook! I am a huge believer in buying the highest quality foods, so I love that they use wild-caught fish, organic produce, and grass-fed meats.