You walk in the door after work or school and you’re really hungry. The fridge isn’t stocked because you didn’t meal plan and now the drawer that you have full of takeout menus is looking more appealing by the minute. Instead of throwing together a last-minute meal of whatever you have lying around or ordering takeout, subscribe to a meal kit so you have a week’s worth of healthy meals already planned out and all the ingredients shipped straight to your door!
Meal kit delivery services send fresh ingredients straight to your door with recipes cards that guide you through every step of the way. Many of these services allow you to shape your menu to fit your lifestyle. You can mix low-carb, low-calorie, vegetarian, paleo, gluten-free or dairy-free options into the mix with traditional meals. These boxes are a convenient way to keep you eating healthy foods even if you’re short on time during the week. There are plenty of meal kits to choose from, but these six stand out from the rest.
Blue Apron was one of the first meal delivery services to launch, so it’s one of the most well-known meal kits. Blue Apron puts a huge emphasis on the quality and source of its ingredients. You’ll find only sustainable seafood, antibiotic- and hormone-free meats, and non-GMO foods in these boxes. Choose from two subscription options — a two-or four-person plan — and pay anywhere from $52 to $128, depending on how many people you need to serve and the number of recipes you would like to receive each week (from two to four).
Blue Apron’s recipes get adventurous — you’ll see everything from cumin-spiced wonton noodles to Philly-style cheesesteaks — and they take anywhere from 25 to 60 minutes to make. Plus, the hefty servings clock in, on average, at 500 to 700 calories
HelloFresh relies on revamping a lot family dinner classics. You’ll see pasta dishes, meatloaf, burgers, tacos, stir fries, soups, pork chops, and more — with a twist. There’s a mac and cheese with cauliflower in it, a meatloaf smothered in thyme gravy, and burgers topped with a caramelized onion jam. There’s enough creativity to make you feel like you couldn’t have come up with the menu yourself. Even better, the meals usually take around 30 minutes to make.
This subscription also has two different plan options. The classic plan offers the biggest variety of meats and seasonal produce, while the family plan caters to quick, family-friendly choices (meaning even the pickiest kids will love the food). There’s also a veggie plan with plant-based protein, grains, and vegetables. The plans range from $48 to $120 per week.
Martha & Marley Spoon
Martha Stewart now has her own meal delivery service that centers around the kind of food that she is known for. The recipes have a Martha-level appeal without a lot of effort. They’re beautiful, fresh, and inclusive ideas that you would have never tried out on your own (like furikake and miso dressing, or crispy asparagus fries). As a bonus, each recipe has labels like “kid-friendly,” “one-pot meal,” “healthy,” “low carb,” or “under 30 minutes” to allow you to choose a good mix for the week.
Couples with toddlers and younger children who won’t be eating the delivered meals can save money by opting for a box for two people. Larger families can go big with a heartier box that serves three to four. Both boxes give you the option to choose two to four meals a week or make them all vegetarian. You’ll pay anywhere from $48 to $131 weekly.
Plated has a huge selection of recipes each week. There are 20 selections each week and even offers a few dessert options. The ideas are innovative without being too over the top. If meals like beer-braised chicken and cheddar grits, pesto quinoa bowls, or peanut shrimp curry make your stomach growl, you’ll be happy with this meal delivery service.
There are two-, three-, and four-serving boxes that you can choose to get two to four nights per week. Plated even suggests what kind of family configuration is right for each box. Two adults and two teens should splurge for the four-serving-a-night subscription, but one adult and two kids will be satisfied with just two servings. The kits will run you $36 to $120 every week.
The service also focuses on flexibility, which is great for busy families. You can add more servings if someone’s coming to dinner, swap recipes, change your delivery day at any given time, or skip weeks when you’re on vacation.
Home Chef lets you cook up to six meals per week for up to six people, which is far more than any of the other meal subscriptions boxes. Unlike other meal kits, you don’t get a discount for buying more dinners — each serving has a flat price of $9.95 — so you could spend anywhere from $40 to $358 depending on the number of servings you want weekly.
Every week, you choose from among 11 delicious recipe options. Dinners run the gamut from a Korean pork noodle bowl to Italian sausage- and mushroom-stuffed peppers. And if you need help organizing more than just dinner, Home Chef has add-ons that save you time during the rest of your day. You can get a five-minute lunch, a fruit smoothie, or a seasonal fruit basket. Basically, you never need to go to the grocery store again.
Sun Basket focuses on organic, non-GMO produce; hormone- and antibiotic-free meats; sustainably sourced, wild-caught seafood; and tailored meal plans, like paleo, gluten free, lean and clean, vegan, and more. The 30-minute recipe ideas include meals like pulled pork tacos topped with cilantro-carrot salsa, Marrakech chicken wings with sesame-bok choy slaw, and lemony rigatoni with Brussels sprouts and hazelnuts.
A classic box lets you choose three of the 18 weekly recipes with two to four servings each. The family box gives you four servings, but you can only choose from six available recipes (with a more budget-friendly price per serving). You can spend as little as $72 or as much as $176.