Which of These 5 Meal-Kit Delivery Services Is Right for You?
Which of These 5 Meal-Kit Delivery Services Is Right for You?

Which of These 5 Meal-Kit Delivery Services Is Right for You?

When it comes to cooking, there are two types of people. Those who love to go to the market, pick out fresh ingredients, and spend hours in the kitchen, and those who, well, don’t. But in a culture where we’re all becoming more aware of how the food we eat affects our health, it’s just not wise to hit the drive-thru every night, especially if you’ve recently moved and are still settling in.

What we need is a healthy medium. A delicious diner that’s good for our waistlines and our timeline but gets us out of the kitchen quickly and back to life.

Guess what? It’s REAL.

Meet the meal kit — everything you need to whip up a delicious, nutritious dinner that’s pre-packaged, pre-measured, available for a variety of dietary needs, and shipped right to your door in an insulated or refrigerated box. It’s not quite a personal chef, but it’s the next best thing. We took a look at the five hottest meal-kit companies, and found that while a ready-to-make meal kit delivered to your home is a dream, it’s not a one-size-fits-all solution. Use this guide to find the service that’s best for you.

1. Plated: Best for foodies
If you’re a foodie, start your search with Plated. Their menu includes 20 new recipes every week — including sweets — and the meal kit is precisely measured and portioned with printed recipes.

Price: Starting at $9.95 per serving

What you get:

  • 2–4 servings per meal, for 2–4 nights per week
  • 20 different recipes every week, including dessert
  • Options for gluten-free, vegetarian, low-carb, and low-calorie diets
  • $10 coupon for your first week.

 

2. Hello Fresh : Best for sustainability
If you’re an advocate of true farm-to-table ingredients, then you’ll love Hello Fresh’s commitment to working with family-owned farms who employ environmentally friendly and sustainable business practices.

Price: Starting at $7.87 per serving

What you get:

  • 2–4 servings per meal, for 2–4 nights per week
  • 3 plans: classic, veggie, and family
  • 15 new recipes every week
  • Gluten-free options
  • New customer discounts

 

3. Blue Apron : Best for Weight Watchers
Like other meal-kit companies, Blue Apron offers a variety of delivery options and new menu items each week. But where they stand out from the crowd is their Weight Watchers meal plan options.

Price: Starting at $8.99 per serving

What you get:

  • 2-person plan for 2–3 nights a week or the family plan (4 people) for 2–4 nights a week
  • Signature, vegetarian and Weight Watchers Freestyle plans available
  • Up to 8 recipes to choose from per week
  • $60 off for new customers

 

4. Dinnerly: Best for affordable, easy, kid-friendly meals
With meals that are under $5 per adult-sized portion, made from no more than six ingredients and ready in 30 minutes or less, Dinnery wins hands-down for families who need to dinner and go.

Price: $4.99 per serving

What you get:

  • 2-person box for 3 nights, or the family box for 3–4 nights
  • Digital recipe cards
  • 6 easy meals to pick from per week (no more than 6 ingredients per meal)

 

5. Sunbasket: Best for food allergies or dietary needs
When it comes to meal-plan varieties, Sunbasket truly shines. Choose from 10 different menus including quick and easy, diabetes-friendly, pescatarian, vegan, Mediterranean, vegetarian, gluten-free, lean and clean, Paleo or chef’s choice.

Price: Starting at $10.99 per serving

What you get:

  • Choose from up to 18 recipes a week
  • 3 recipes a week for 2–4 people or the family plan (4 people) for 2–4 nights a week
  • Clean ingredients and organic produce
  • Add-ons like salads, snacks and sauces

So, there you have it. If you plan on trying one of these out, let us know in the comments!

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