WIAW: My First Chef'd Experience

What is the worst part of cooking? 

  • Is the grocery store trip?
  • Is it the annoying factor that you buy a jar of something and only need to use 1/2 a teaspoon of it?
  • Is it the clean up?
  • Is it all of the above?

For me, it's the whole freakin' process. :P Haha

Luckily I married someone that enjoys cooking. Thanks Babe! :) So while my wife tackles the cooking, I will take care of the clean up. We make it work.

Now we have been in a bit of a food rut. We have our favorites and despite a ton of cookbooks we've been redoing the same old recipes. So when I was contacted by Runner's World for this Chef'd experience we jumped at the opportunity.

(Note: I did receive a complimentary Chef'd experience, but all opinions are my own. Ain't nobody got time for lyin!)

All Chef’d offerings are available for delivery within 1-2 days of placing an order as late as 6pm EST, five days a week, Tuesday – Saturday.  Each insulated box includes fresh, pre-portioned, high quality ingredients for 2 or 4 diners, a step-by-step recipe card with visuals, calorie information, spice level, common allergens, and a suggestion for the perfect beer or wine pairing. By offering fresh, pre-portioned ingredients, Chef’d helps consumers create better meals, eliminate food waste, and save on overall grocery costs, all without the hassle of subscription or membership fees. 

Runner’s World introduced a new partnership with Chef’d to offer a selection of branded a la carte meals specially selected by the editors at Runner’s World. The editors focused on whole, minimally processed foods, including whole grains, lean meats, plenty of vegetables and fruits, and healthy fats when selecting their meals to offer.

The five meals we are offering as part of the Runner’s World/Chef’d partnership are:

When you select a meal you choose whether you want it to serve two or four people. The wife and I opted to try the Chicken Stir-Fry with Green Beans and Broccoli! This option would normally cost $30 for two people option or $52 for the four person box.


Mmmm it looked delicious.

We placed our order on August 3rd and selected a delivery date from the list they provided - August 6th worked for us.

I unveiled the Chef'd box on my Periscope account that night. But moved the video over to Youtube for those that missed it.

It was a little choppy as it was one of my first Periscope videos, but we did our best. :P

Chef'd recommends putting all of the fresh ingredients right into the fridge and cooking seafood within 1-2 days and everything else within four days. Well we had to stretch it a day later because of my cousin's wedding over the weekend. So we received the box on Thursday and cooked the meal on Tuesday. We kept the chicken in the freezer in the meantime. 

They say other than basic cooking utensils and cookware, the only other thing you might need to have on hand is olive oil, salt and pepper. 

So last night, it was time to enjoy our Chicken Stir-Fry. The chef, aka the wife, set out to follow the directions they provided.

How awesome was her prep work?

It took the wife about 30 minutes to prep everything. While it wasn't cumbersome, there was just a lot to get done.

We opted to skip the mushrooms (I don't like them) and bulk to the meal up with extra broccoli. We also served it on top of brown rice (not included in the box).

The wife cooked the meal in the wok and the cooking time probably took less than 15 minutes.


This would be my first adventure in eating cabbage. And you know what - I liked it! :)

The dish had a serious kick to it from the Sriracha chili sauce. Thankfully it wasn't overwhelming or too spicy for my non-spicy palate. ;)

I appreciate Chef'd including the Nutrition Facts making it easy for me to calculate the Weight Watchers Points. One serving of the dish (not including the brown rice we added) was 5 PPV. Totally fits into my daily plan and is super filling.

I thought this dish would be great the night before a long run in the winter! It was a little hot to cook and eat in our sweaty kitchen in August. :P That is a personal preference.

Have you tried Chef'd or another delivery service? What did you think?