The Whole Smiths celebrate a fun date night IN with our partners at Green Chef. No need to leave the house for a delicious dinner, we were able to make it ourselves with Green Chef. Check out out how it went below!
I know how hard it can be to squeeze in a date night, particularly once you have some kiddos running around the house. Quite frankly, Brad and I have even planned date nights and lined up sitters (thanks Mom & Dad) but have pulled the plug at the last minute because we were too exhausted from the week and just wanted a nice dinner in. So trust me, I get it. Sometimes I just want the delicious meal without the hassle of getting ready and heading out. However, guess what? There’s no reason you can’t create a fun, restaurant-style experience… even with the kids home!
I’m so excited to be able to share my experience partnering with Green Chef with on this fun project. Not only does Green Chef make delicious restaurant-style meals easy and convenient but they do it consciously and sustainably. Not only is Green Chef Certified USDA Organic but their meal delivery kits are non-GMO, sustainable and traceable. In fact, they’ve generously offered my audience $40 off of their order. Just use any of the links in this post to redeem.
So what does that all mean? I’ll break it down for you. Green Chef is the first certified organic meal delivery kit, that all of the organic ingredients are free from genetically modified organisms and that they the work closely with farmers and food manufacturers who reinvest in the environment. In short, it’s food that you can feel good about eating. And truthfully, you can’t find that at most restaurants.
Green Chef meal delivery kits focus on the above attributes, but in addition they give us dietary options. Options like paleo, keto and gluten-free, even vegan and vegetarian are all available. Quite frankly, I have yet to see another delivery service offer a keto option. I was happy to see that as I know a lot of people are looking for that lately.
Back to date night! I asked Brad to take the girls out for an hour or so in order to prepare the meals. My girls love to play restaurant, so I thought it would be fun to make it feel like they were coming to a restaurant, aptly titled, The Whole Smiths. I decided to make to of the meals that arrived in my Green Chef box (it came with three and I chose the paleo option) so I could give the girls a chance to pick what they preferred, like at a restaurant. This needed to feel authentic, right?? The Shrimp Étouffée and the Pineapple Chicken (saving the Lamb Meatloaf for another night) ended up as the evenings featured courses.
I’ve tried out several different meal delivery kits over the past few years and I have to say that Green Chef was the easiest and quickest to make. For me, that’s huge. The entire point of having healthy meals delivered is to be able to save time. I was able to make both recipes simultaneously and with ease. The vegetable prep was minimal and each had some sauces that were already made for me and ready to add into the pan. Score! These are recipes and meals that any home chef can master.
Once dinner was done I summoned the girls in and took their orders, each really excited, although Teagan thought her surprise was going to be a toy. I even made them their own mocktail and poured some wine for Brad and I and used my favorite place settings. The girls were even on their best behavior thinking they were actually at a restaurant. They both chose the Shrimp Étouffée and fortunately the portions were large enough that there was extra for Brad and I to share alongside our Pineapple Chicken. Again, another bonus as we’re a family of eaters and everyone always wants seconds. The portions were very generous!
Needless to say, dinner was a hit. You can watch the entire video below that I shared on my Instagram story. Whether you are looking to create a relaxing date night in or just need tasty, convenient, healthy meals during the week, I highly recommend Green Chef. Don’t forget, you can use any of the links in this post to get $40 off your order!