Citizen Chef – Home-Cooked Meal Kit

What’s for dinner?

That’s the dreaded question I’m forced to address each and every evening. Fast food, frozen food, and even restaurant food is expensive and tends to make us sick. Plus, it has more bad stuff for us than good. Home-cooked meals are obviously the best choice in terms of nutrition and taste but it can be tough to whip up a gourmet dish night after night. Have you heard of Citizen Chef? I hadn’t until recently and I’m so glad to have found them (well, the company actually found me). The ‘kits’ are easy, fast, and appetizing.

Meet Citizen Chef, a recently launched San Francisco-based food startup focused on providing a solution for busy parents – by bringing healthy ingredients to families who are time strapped, on-the-go and want to share a home-cooked meal. Each meal “kit” includes fresh veggies and flavors that prepare a complete chef-inspired dinner in under 15 minutes.

I drove to my local Whole Foods and picked up the Thai Sesame Stir Fry from among the three varieties in stock. I love anything with peanut sauce but many companies have a hard time finding the perfect mix of flavor and consistency. Fresh veggies, specialty sauce, brown rice, and full instructions were included. The only thing I needed to add was my protein, for which I chose to use chicken.

Citizen chef meal kit add meat protein

The instructions were extremely easy to follow and, by doing each step in the allotted time, everything was ready at the same time. I was a little nervous the brown rice would taste a bit too healthy. Fortunately it was fine with the sauce (which was delicious and had a small kick of Thai spice). Well, it was more than fine. It was really good! My husband and daughter even liked it. The best part? The food tasted so fresh and none of us felt that ‘heaviness’ experience from pre-made meals.

Citizen chef meal kit add meat protein

As stated on the package, this was more than enough for the three of us. The meal kits cost about $9.99 each and there’s a coupon for $3 off if you share this with other Bay Area friends. As the company is still new, only a few select Whole Foods carry the items now but that number is quickly growing. Make sure to follow them on Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates!

About TerriAnn van Gosliga

TerriAnn van Gosliga is the main writer at Cookies & Clogs and Driving Mamas. Born & raised in the SF Bay Area but loves to travel. She's been married to her best friend for almost 14 years, homeschools her 13-year-old daughter, and has an accident-prone lab mix dog.


  1. I love brown rice so I wouldn’t have minded it no matter how it tasted. It does look appetizing, and I’m glad it was enough for all three of you!

  2. Yummy! It looks delish! I wish we had a Whole Foods.

    • No Whole Foods? Well, I am in an area very ‘organic’ and such. I have to admit that I don’t shop there often because it is generally more expensive. They do have great stuff though!

  3. That meal looks so good! I love brown rice but the family prefers white, they might eat something like this though.

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