Ready to Cook Gourmet Meals with ChefX #Review and #Giveaway #HolidayGiftGuide ~ Ottawa 12/14

| November 17, 2014 | 22 Comments

Are you looking for hassle free meal planning and grocery shopping? ChefX is definitely the solution! I never thought I would enjoy the weekly box of fresh produce and chef-inspired recipes from ChefX as much as I did. Even my son is wondering when the next box will arrive at our home! Each week, you can choose one of their local Ottawa chef creations and seasonally-inspired recipes. On Sunday, their kitchen team prepares food portions for the amount of person you requested, 2, 4 or 6, packs it up in an environmentally-friendly cooler bag or in a cardboard box with insulation and ice packs, and delivers it right to your front door. Now, how convenient is this service!

Our family had the pleasure of experiencing their subscription of 3 recipes for 4 people. The weekly box contains photo recipe cards with easy-to-follow step by step instructions. All the produce and  ingredients were delivered fresh and many come from reputable local farmers and producers. All three recipes took about 45 -60 minutes to prepare, bake, and serve. What I liked the best about ChefX was trying out different food ingredients that I would not have considered preparing together before, but once I did, they were so delicious to eat! It was fun being in the kitchen trying new cooking techniques, exploring new flavours, and cooking dishes from around the world.

The dishes I cooked for my family were:

Grilled Beef Kebabs with tomato and ginger raita courtesy of the urban element. Kebabs are actually from the Middle Eastern Origins and were cooked with plain yogurt, garlic, ginger, green chili, and lemon juice, and served with basmati rice that was incorporated with tomato paste and cumin seed. At first, when I read yogurt, I wondered how tasteful the Kebabs would be cooking on BBQ? They were very delicious and so tender and juicy!

Grilled Beef Kebabs with tomato and ginger raita courtesy of the urban element

Up next, the Okonomiyaki with sweet pea, radish, and Arugula Salad and Wasabi Mayo created by chef Chloé Berlanga. Okonomiyaki is a dish from Japan. It literally means “what you like, grilled’. It’s a cabbage omelette/pancake filled with pork, vegetables and seafood. The ingredients included shrimps, smoked bacon, cabbage, sweet potato, asparagus, onions, eggs, flour, baking powder and fish sauce.  Once cooked, it’s not an omelette or a pancake, but a mix of both with a fluffy texture. The dish was drizzled with a wasabi mayo and srirachi. I thought the amount of wasabi suggested in the recipe would be too hot for me, so I only put 1/2 teaspoon and it was just perfect. The dish was served with Arugula salad. I had never tried it before and will definitely purchased it again.  I love bacon and shrimp, so this recipe was my favourite!

Okonomiyaki with sweet pea, radish, and Arugula Salad and Wasabi Mayo created by chef Chloé Berlanga

The last one was, Orecchiette with kale, cipollini onions and roasted walnuts courtesy of the urban element.This vegetarian dishes was created with fresch Orecchiette pasta, cipollini onions, Tuskan kale, walnuts, lemon, garlic, chili flakes, and parmesan cheese. I love pasta, but never even heard of Orecchiette or tried kale, so I was intrigued when I chose this recipe. Even though there is not really a creamy sauce that accompanies the paste, it was succulent! Again, for a less spicy dish, I cut down on the chili flakes spices. I discovered that I liked kale and have been adding it to my stir fry recipe.

Orecchiette with kale, cipollini onions and roasted walnuts courtesy of the urban element

Chefx is available to Ottawa area families by signing up latest Monday at midnight for next Sunday’s delivery. There is no subscription fee, just pay online for the week would like and for the number of person. The meal box includes 1 or 2 meals per week and includes taxes. There is a $3 delivery charge. You can also take advantage of the free ‘pick-up’ option (at the Unrefined Olive in the Glebe, and Cardamom & Cloves spice shop on Preston). This option will also help customers who have challenges receiving deliveries in condo buildings, and new customers who live outside of their delivery zone.

1 meal/week:

  • 2 people is $39
  • 4 people is $62
  • 6 people is $85

2 meals/week:

  • 2 people is $62
  • 4 people is $106
  • 6 people is $150

Whether you would like to plan a delicious nutritious meal for your family or for a get together with friends or relative, you won’t be disappointed with a meal box from ChefX!  Their subscription would also make a great Christmas gift for a family member or for yourself!

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 Get 40% off your first box order!

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ChefX Giveaway


ChefX has generously donated a 2 meal box for a family of 4 to one lucky Ottawa Mommy Club follower!

(value $106)

Giveaway is open to Ottawa Residents and Ends on December 14th, 2014 at 11:59pm EST.

Good Luck!

Rules: Open to Ottawa area residents 18 +. You have 48  hours to reply by email once you are notified as the winner. If you don’t, we will draw another entry. Prize is non-transferable. No substitution or cash equivalent of prizes is permitted. The selected winner must correctly answer a mathematical question in order to win the prize mentioned above. The Ottawa Mommy Club is not responsible for prize fulfillment and for the delivery/shipment of the prize(s) mentioned above. For our complete set of rules, please click here.

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Lyne is a Certified Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI), Certified Professional Wedding Consultant, and an Event Planner. It has always been her dream to create a website dedicated just for Moms since her children were young. Thus, after 10 years, she finally accomplished it, and the Ottawa Mommy Club was born in May 2011. She loves all things Disney and is an avid chocoholic. She was also the Queen B of the BConnected Conference, Canada's Digital Influencer and social media Conference in Ottawa and Toronto. She coordinated the Annual Infant Information Day/Early Years Expo for the City of Ottawa for 8 years. She was also the co-chair of the Navan for Kraft Hockeyville 2009-2011 committee that organized five community events within 6 months, and helped Navan reach the top 10 finalists in Canada. In April 2011, she received the City of Ottawa Mayor's City Builder Award.

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  1. Aysha Raad says:

    The grilled beef kabobs sound amazing!

  2. LondonsMissMia says:

    Mmm they all spund so good, it’s hard to choose but I think I will say the Orecchiette. 🙂

  3. Saima says:

    I love any idea that supports local farmers! The Orechiette and Beef kebabs both look amazing but if I had to pick only one I think the Orechiette since its something new for me.

  4. Kayla Kawecki says:

    I love the sound of all 3 recipes, but I will have to go with the beef kabob

  5. andie says:

    MMM – we’d love those grilled kabobs. YUM!

  6. Sambogi says:

    I`ve never cooked kabobs, this might force me too. But my kids would go for the orecchiette!

  7. Nicole B says:

    The grilled beef kabobs!

  8. Kali says:

    Okonomiyaki is unique and I would love to try it out.

  9. Holly Messana says:

    For sure the Grilled beef kabobs. My kids love kabobs

  10. Natalie F says:

    I would love to try the beef kebabs!

  11. LauraD says:

    The pasta with kale looks really good. They all look like fresh and tasty meals

  12. holly o'gorman says:

    I would go with the grilled beef kabobs!

  13. Jennifer Stipetic says:

    All sound great but I would have to choose the orecchiette!

  14. Cassie Constantineau says:

    the Grilled Kebabs. Yum

  15. Franca says:

    The grilled kebabs sound delicious

  16. Pam says:

    I would love to try all three meals, but especially the Okonomiyaki – so different from what I usually cook and it sounds delicious!

  17. lisa bolduc says:

    I would like to tackle the grilled beef kabobs

  18. kathy downey says:

    favourite one to cook for my family is grilled beef kabobs

  19. kathy downey says:

    I misread please disregard my entry

  20. cbrazil says:

    I would like the kabobs!

  21. I NEED THIS. This company could make me look like a super star with my family! I’d start with the kebobs but I’d love to try all of them. It’s a great change to boxed meals…

    Besos, Sarah
    Journeys of The Zoo

  22. Rae D. says:

    Grilled Beef Kebabs

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