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With summer fast approaching and one of the weirdest winters of all time finally fading away like a bad taste in your mouth, you’re surely looking forward to the flavors of the warmer months: smoky sweet barbecue, zesty lemonade and fresh greens, and sun-loving veggies and fruits like ripe tomatoes, sweet corn and luscious strawberries and juicy watermelon — all in the company of your friends and family under blue skies and a warm, lazy sun.

What you’re probably not looking forward to is all the work and time that makes that summer barbecue happen — going from market to market to buy just the right ingredients and produce at their best, measuring the ingredients for the rubs and marinades, prepping the meats, chopping the salads, getting the portions exact and all the rest — while everyone else gets to hang out on the patio over ice-cold margaritas and chat while the grill heats up.Well, Home Chef is here to make sure you’re the one with the time to tell your side of the “golfing disaster” story out on the patio — without skimping on the great tastes and nourishing nutrients of a great summer meal. With Home Chef’s new summer menus, including Grill-Ready and Skinnytaste, you’re going to be the neighborhood’s favorite new grillmaster, and you’re going to have the free time to soak in the adulation instead of having to spend hours sweating in a hot kitchen or over the flames. And for a limited time, CNN readers can get $90 off when you use the code CNN90.


With its planned-out, step-by-step recipes developed by professionals and dieticians, Home Chef makes it a cinch to have a solid meal plan for the week without having to pore over old cookbooks or Google “healthy, tasty meals” and crossing your fingers that the first blogger you stumble upon actually knows what they’re doing in the kitchen. The chefs on staff make sure you’re working with meals that are delicious but also sensible and easy enough for someone with even fledgling cooking skills. The dieticians, meanwhile, ensure that the menus you select meet your health goals and help you lose weight or adhere to your dietary restrictions. Plus, Home Chef’s meals are quick to make, so you can tend to your real priorities instead of worrying that the tofu is properly drained.

As any grillmaster knows, having the perfect ‘cue experience — whether it’s for a party of 20 or just the fam — is all about the prep. Home Chef takes all the chores out of the preparation and leaves you only with the fun stuff. No need to write up a list of things you need to buy at the grocery store and then go back in the middle of the party because you forgot the brown sugar. No need to toss out the veggies with the rotten spots you missed seeing somehow, or to prune out the grassy scallion stalks before you even get started on the cutting board. And no need to pull out the scale and measure everything precisely because, as you well know, even a little too much turmeric can ruin a dry rub. No, Home Chef takes care of all that with perfectly apportioned ingredients. All you need to do is the fun stuff: the chopping, the readying and taking your rightful place as lord and master of the grill as everyone coos over your skills with a high flame and a set of tongs. You’ll be sure to wow with dishes like sweet, tangy cherry-glazed chicken with creamy, crunchy white cheddar green beans, or a complex spicy, sour and sweet piri piri chicken with luscious sofrito crema.


And for when you’re watching what you eat, you can rest assured that Skinnytaste is the brainchild of Home Chef’s dieticians, who know that you’re not going to adhere to a reduced-calorie or carb-conscious meal unless it’s really great-tasting. Skinnytaste sticks the landing in that respect, with fresh, crisp ingredients, healthy proteins and just enough extra to satiate your hunger and entertain your taste buds without blowing up your calorie count or relying on bloated add-ons. We’re talking crispy, succulent basil-Parmesan-crusted salmon or a toothsome turkey cheeseburger soup.

This summer should be about enjoying yourself — goodness knows you’ve earned a season of relaxation. Let Home Chef do all the hard stuff while you make the most of your time on the patio. And remember, as a CNN reader you can get $90 off on Home Chef’s recommended meal plan.