Holiday Gift Guides: For The Chef Part 1

Are you the chef in your home? Know someone who is? Whether you're looking for a little something for yourself or short on ideas for someone else, you can't go wrong with a few free dinners and tasty gourmet nut butters. We're splitting this gift guide into two because there's simply too much to share in one post. After all, how do you expect us to choose between Chicken Rollatini and Beef & Broccoli? And the nut butters? Peanut butter vs almond butter. Let the debate begin!

*Lattes, Life & Luggage received products included in this gift guide complimentary for an honest review. No additional compensation was received.

Blue Apron is a fresh ingredient and recipe delivery service that sends step-by-step meals right to your door. No more hassle at the grocery store, no more lack of fresh produce. Blue Apron delivers quality ingredients that are sourced directly from farms and suppliers, pre-portioned, fresh and seasonal. The recipes cards that come with each meal are large and easy to read with photos accompanying each step of the instructions. Meals from Blue Apron range from 500-800 calories per serving and can serve 2 or 4 people. A 2-person meal plan includes 3 meals a week coming out to $9.99 per meal and a family meal plan includes 2 or four meals a week coming out to $8.74 per meal and they ship nationwide. Choose any of 6 meals available each week that fit best with your dietary needs and preferences. Now on to the important part...the food.

Chicken Rollatini with Spinach & Cheesy Elicoidali Pasta: the recipe description starts out by calling this an Italian-American comfort food and I couldn't have said it better myself. Creamy, cheesy pasta and cheesy spinach filled chicken make for one delectable combination perfect for a cold night. It takes a little time to prep but most of the work is done while the chicken bakes in the oven. It's a fairly simple dinner the entire family is bound to love and quite tasty. 

Stir-Fried Beef & Broccoli with Garlic Rice & Pickled Delicata Squash: I don't normally pick favorites but this one was a pretty strong contender. Every part of it was flavored beautifully which can be hard to do with a simple white rice. The squash on top was unexpected but a nice touch, especially for this time of year. This was a really quick dinner to get on the table and that red chile sauce, the perfect extra note.


Besty's Best isn't a meal delivery service but they do have some of the tastiest gourmet nut and seed butters around. The company was created by Betsy Opyt, a registered dietitian who uses whole, natural ingredients while combining unique flavors for a tasty, nutritious product. Besty's Best sent us each of their products to test out ourselves and while we haven't gotten to the cashew butter yet, we have made it through the others. 

Why does this have anything do with with gift guides? For all you peanut butter lovers and general nut butter lovers, would you ever turn down a jar of the stuff? Sure, this might not be something you give to mom on Christmas morning but they make fantastic gifts for a friend or co-worker or even as part of a larger gift basket. Put together a few fun, gourmet food items and you have quick-to-grab holiday gifts for last-minute visitors and hostesses at dinner parties. Choose any or all of the jars including Almond Butter with Cinnamon and Chia Seeds, Peanut Butter with Cinnamon and Chia Seeds, Seed Butter with Sunflower and Chia Seeds and Walnut Butter with Cardamom and Chia Seeds starting at $9.99.

Make sure you check out our gift guide for the entertainer as well. It includes gifts that would be a great fit for the hostess, spirits enthusiast or mixologist.