Even if you’ve seriously honed your skills in the kitchen over the past eighteen months, you may be experiencing cooking burnout. And as calendars begin to fill up with social engagements, travel and family commitments, getting food on the table during the week presents its own set of challenges. Luckily, meal kits were designed with busy weeknights in mind. With pre-measured ingredients that arrive fresh to your door, meal kits are a hybrid between ready-to-eat and home cooked meals, and a great choice if you don’t mind doing a little work—emphasis on little.
Whether you’re feeding yourself or have a few picky eaters joining you, there’s an easy meal kit service for everyone. Various companies offer menus built around dietary preferences, cuisine, cook time and cost per serving, plus the ability to customize deliveries around your schedule. Meal kits can help you reduce food waste and introduce you and your family to new flavors and techniques, so you may be inspired the next time you’re ready to dive back into cooking. Until then, check out these meal kit services that make weeknight cooking easy and delicious.
Customized Chef-Designed Recipes
- 1 Customized Chef-Designed Recipes
- 2 Family-Friendly Comfort Food
- 3 A Vegetable-Forward Menu
- 4 Healthy Options For Every Culinary Preference
- 5 Next-Level Meal Planning
- 6 Diverse Dishes On A Custom-Created Schedule
- 7 Farm-Fresh And Foolproof Recipes
- 8 Sustainably Sourced And Organic Menus
- 9 Classic Meals Made Easy
- 10 A Simple, Affordable Alternative To Takeout
Blue Apron’s chef-designed recipes are shipped in recyclable, refrigerated packaging that ensures food safety and freshness, whether you order meat, seafood or one of their many diabetic-friendly or WW-approved meal options. Their extensive menu is broken into three plans, Signature, Vegetarian and Wellness, which allow you to customize your meals based on preferences and health goals. Each recipe serves two people (plus there’s a four-serving option for bigger meals), and Blue Apron provides the option of choosing two to four recipes per week, some of which take as little as 20 minutes to prepare.
Depending on how many servings you order and which meal plan you select, meals start at $3.12 per serving, plus shipping. If you’re looking for a bottle of wine to complement your food, Blue Apron also offers a wine pairing subscription that takes the guesswork out of the process, while also saving you a trip to the liquor store.
Family-Friendly Comfort Food
Dinnerly describes its menu of meal kits as “unfussy”, and indeed many of their recipes could be considered comfort food, as they feature the classic trio of protein, vegetable and starch. Up to four vegetarian recipes are offered per week, and a handful of kid-friendly, adult-approved meals makes Dinnerly a good option for families.
Based on how many people you want to feed and how many recipes you’d like each week, you can order a Two-Person Box or a Family Box, which feeds four people, and select up to six recipes. Dinnerly keeps costs as low as $4.07 per serving (plus shipping) by using fewer ingredients in their recipes and replacing paper recipe cards with digital recipes.
A Vegetable-Forward Menu
If you follow a strict, plant-based diet or want to incorporate more vegetables into your routine, Purple Carrot offers a curated menu of vegan and vegetarian-friendly recipes that are hearty and satisfying. All of their recipes can be customized to feed two or four people, and are easy to sort by cuisine, ingredients, meal category and dietary concerns. Customers can choose between High-Protein, Gluten-Free, Quick & Easy or Chef’s Choice meals, with the option of getting three or four meals delivered per week.
Meals arrive in a combination of compostable, recyclable and reusable packaging, and take anywhere from 25 to 50 minutes to prepare. Depending on the number of servings and meals selected, Purple Carrot’s prices start at $9.99 per serving, which includes shipping.
Healthy Options For Every Culinary Preference
Sunbasket’s healthy meal kit service is broken into 10 different plans that cater to a wide range of dietary preferences, and include gluten-free, pescatarian and carb-conscious recipes. Each meal serves two people and, depending on the recipe, can be prepared in as little as 15 minutes with minimal prep.
Customers can filter through Sunbasket’s offerings using calorie count, cook time and dietary requirements, and meals can be mixed and matched to keep things interesting. Prices start at $10.99 per serving, and Sunbasket’s flexible service makes it easy to skip a week or pause your meal plan at any time.
Next-Level Meal Planning
If variety is a top concern, Hello Fresh’s meal kit service is a good option, offering more than 27 fresh recipes per week to keep tastebuds excited. Menu plans are easy to customize, starting with a choice between categories like Family Friendly, Quick and Easy, Calorie Smart and Pescatarian, and the option of receiving up to six unique recipes per week that serve two or four people.
Customers can preview up to five weeks of menus and update their delivery schedule using the Hello Fresh app or website, allowing those with busy lives to plan ahead. With some recipes that require just 15 minutes of prep, Hello Fresh’s meals start at $7.49 per serving, plus shipping.
Diverse Dishes On A Custom-Created Schedule
To help you personalize your selections from their 30+ meal options per week, Home Chef asks customers to take a brief quiz to learn about lifestyle, schedule and dietary preferences. Time-constrained customers can choose from a handful of 15- and 30-minute carb-conscious, calorie-conscious and vegetarian meals, and Home Chef’s unique Customize It feature lets you upgrade, swap or increase the protein amount on select recipes. Recipes rotate weekly and include options for all skill levels, and start at $6.99 per serving, plus shipping.
Farm-Fresh And Foolproof Recipes
Martha Stewart’s eponymous meal kit service, Martha Stewart & Marley Spoon, offers up to 30 unique recipes from five categories each week, including Health & Diet, Vegetarian & Vegan, Meat & Fish, Under 30 Minutes, and Family-Friendly meals. Like other meal kit services, ingredients arrive fresh and pre-portioned in refrigerated packaging, however Marley Spoon’s recipe cards are decidedly straightforward with just six precise steps for delicious, foolproof meals in as little as 30 minutes. Depending on how many meals and servings you order per week, Marley Spoons’ prices start at $6.99 per serving, plus shipping.
Sustainably Sourced And Organic Menus
Hailing from the Hello Fresh family, Green Chef is a good meal kit option for people committed to eating ingredients that are free of GMOs, pesticides and antibiotics. A USDA-certified organic company, Green Chef’s weekly menu is separated into three categories—Keto & Paleo, Plant-Powered and Balanced Living—with recipes that take about 30 minutes to prepare.
Detailed recipe cards prepared by the Green Chef culinary team include helpful timing and visual cues, as well as tips and tricks to ensure great results. Green Chef works with farmers to source sustainable ingredients, and offers special discounts to first responders, active military, veterans, teachers and others who support and serve the community.
Classic Meals Made Easy
Whether you choose Gobble’s Classic, Vegetarian or Lean & Clean plan, you’ll be able to choose from a menu that features a variety of gourmet meat, fish and vegetable-forward dishes, all of which arrive prepped and ready to cook in as little as 15 minutes. Compared to some other meal kit services, Gobble’s menu is less focused around trending dietary preferences. However, their Lean & Clean plan has a variety of low calorie (under 600 calories), low carb recipes with lean proteins for anyone focused on eating healthier. You can also deselect certain foods within the Classic plan if you avoid them for any reason. Gobble’s meal kits start at $11.99 per serving, including shipping, and your weekly box can be customized to feed two or four people, using three or four recipes.
A Simple, Affordable Alternative To Takeout
EveryPlate’s meal kits cost as little as $4.99 per serving depending on the number of servings and recipes you choose. Though select recipes could be considered vegetarian or pescatarian, EveryPlate’s somewhat limited 14-recipe menu doesn’t specifically cater to specialty diets. This, as well as tight controls on ingredient costs and efficient packaging, allow them to keep prices competitive.
Customers can order three to five meals per week for two or four people, and can skip or pause deliveries as needed. Like parent company Hello Fresh, EveryPlate’s meals ship for an additional fee, but they still manage to be a great value on a per meal basis without sacrificing quality or portion size.