Best Meal Kit Delivery Services to Try

By Brittany Loeffler on October 24, 2019

Between working, studying, having a social life, and taking time to relax, it can be difficult to find time to cook a healthy and nutritious meal for yourself. Recently, meal kit delivery services have made cooking a nutritious meal at home easy and extremely convenient. With meal kit delivery, you can have the ingredients for your meals shipped right to your front door. Most of the time, the ingredients are already chopped and portioned out so you just have to follow the cooking instructions! It doesn’t get much easier than that.

With so many meal kit delivery services available now, you may feel overwhelmed when trying to decide which one best fits your diet and lifestyle. These are the top ten meal kit delivery services that you should try.

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HelloFresh

HelloFresh offers subscribers customizable meals. That means you can choose what type of protein you would like or choose a vegetarian option if you prefer. These meals come in compact containers, so they fit in your refrigerator nicely. If you’re a beginner in the kitchen, you can choose meals from different difficult levels. There are three different levels, so you can always increase the more comfortable you become with cooking.

Depending on just how busy your life is, you can opt for the “Quick” meals from HelloFresh. These meals take about a half-hour to prepare and cook, which means you have more time to cross items off your to-do list and less time worrying about what you’re going to eat for dinner. If health and nutrition are important to you, then you can also opt for the “Fit” meals, which are packed with nutritious ingredients.

HelloFresh offers two meal sizes. You can order meals prepared for two people or for four people. This is perfect for those busy parents who still want to make healthy dinners for their kids.

Price: $60 for three meals per week portioned for two people or $96 for three meals per week portioned for four people.

Blue Apron

Blue Apron was one of the first meal kit delivery services to come on the scene, so they definitely know what they are doing when it comes to providing delicious easy to make meals. The recipes are extremely easy to follow and make for some pretty amazing meals. The beauty of Blue Apron is that most of their meals take just under an hour to make. You don’t have to worry about missing any ingredients or wasting time chopping or measuring anything. Just follow the instructions and throw it in the pot, oven, or whatever the recipe calls for.

If you like to enjoy a glass of wine with your dinner, this meal kit delivery service also offers a wine subscription. So, along with your meals for the week, you’ll also receive a bottle of wine that pairs perfectly with what you’re making. It’s basically date night, but cheaper and you get to stay home in your pajamas.

Not only does Blue Apron make your life easier, but they are environmentally friendly. Their mission is to improve the food industry by using direct shipping methods and sustainable farming. It doesn’t get better than that.

Price: $60 for three meals per week portioned for two people or $96 for three meals per week portioned for four people.

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Sun Basket 

Sun Basket prides itself on its high-quality organic ingredients. These meal kits are packed full of nutritious ingredients such as wild-caught fish, antibiotic-free meats, and organic fruits and vegetables. Sun Basket is a little more luxurious meal kit delivery service and just a tad more expensive than others. However, the quality of the food you receive is absolutely worth it.

If you are on a special diet or have dietary restrictions, Sun Basket has a variety of meal options that range from paleo to vegan to pescatarian. Meals are also rated for how difficult they are to cook, so beginner home chefs don’t have to worry about taking on more than they can handle.

Sun Basket is also environmentally conscious, so all of the packaging is compostable or recyclable. That means you don’t have to feel any guilt about harming the environment when you order a meal kit from Sun Basket.

Price: $72 for three meals per week portioned for two people or $88 for two meals per week portioned for four people.

Home Chef

Home Chef has a meal kit for just about anyone. The meal kit is fully customizable, so if you are avoiding a certain food group such as meat or dairy or if you are allergic to something, you can opt for it to be left out of your meal kit. If you are a planner, Home Chef allows you to choose and plan your meals up to five weeks in advance. That means you don’t have to worry about what you’ll be eating for over a month and can focus on other aspects of your life.

Home Chef also offers meals based on the amount of time you have to cook, such as their “Express” meals. This meal kit only takes about half an hour to prepare and cook. If you enjoy spending time in the kitchen, you can opt for a more intense and intricate meal kit. Or, if you are completely new to cooking for yourself at home and need some tools, Home Chef has you covered with essential kitchen tools.

Price: $19.90 per meal portioned for two people. $59.60 for three meals portioned for two people per week. Free delivery for orders over $45.

Freshly

The meal kits from Freshly surely live up to the brand’s name. Unlike some meal kit services, Freshly never freezes their ingredients, so they are always fresh for you. If you are really on a time crunch during the week and literally have no time to even cook a meal kit, then Freshly is here to answer your prayers. They deliver fully cooked meals that you just need to pop in the microwave. You’ll have a delicious meal in just a few minutes.

Freshly also makes all of their meal kits gluten-free and in a peanut-free facility, which is great news if you have a peanut allergy. Freshly is also one of the few meal kit services that offer breakfast, lunch, and dinner options! So, you can ensure that you always have a meal ready for you no matter what time of day it is.

Price: $50 for four meals portioned for one person per week. $108 for twelve meals portioned for one person per week.

Green Chef

Green Chef aims to make 90% of the ingredients included in their meal kit USDA-certified organic. That means you don’t have to worry about GMOs or harsh chemicals touching your food. There are multiple menus that customers can choose from including a paleo, Keto, gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, and carnivore menu, so you don’t have to sacrifice your preferred diet in order to have a meal kit delivered to you.

The recipes are extremely easy to follow and are even color-coded, so there is very little room to make a mistake while preparing your meal. What’s even better is that all of Green Chef’s meal kits can be prepared in just 30 minutes, no matter how simple or fancy the meal is.

Price: $79 for three meals prepared for two people per week. $95 for two meals prepared for four people per week.

Terra’s Kitchen

Eating nutritious and healthy meals consistently can be difficult when you’re always on the go. Sometimes you may not know what a nutritious meal consists of. Terra’s Kitchen will help you make eating healthy meals easy with its meal kit delivery service. These pre-chopped ingredients only take about 15 minutes to throw together for a delicious meal.

The one thing that really stands out about this meal kit delivery service is the method that your food is delivered to you. Terra’s Kitchen utilizes what they call a Vessel, which is a non-electric fridge that keeps your food fresh until you can come home and bring it inside. It creates little to no waste in the delivery process, which is a huge win for the environment.

Every meal of the day is available from Terra’s Kitchen. Whether you’re looking for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or snacks, it’s all available. Choose from specific diet menus including paleo, Mediterranean, vegetarian, and more to fit your current lifestyle.

Price: $4-$18 per serving per person.

Fresh Direct

Fresh Direct doubles as a meal kit delivery service and an online grocery store, so you can kill two birds with one stone. You can choose from a variety of meal options from different menus, including a menu dedicated solely to stir fry. While ordering your meal kit online, you can see just how long it will take to prepare and make each meal. This is great if you know you have a busy week coming up and won’t have time to spend an hour making dinner and want something quick.

If you are watching what you eat, there is also a healthy menu that you can choose from. While Fresh Direct doesn’t offer a huge selection of meal kits, they do offer pre-made entrees, salads, and sandwiches that they can ship to you as well. So, there are food options for just about anyone.

Price: $14-$29 per meal portioned for two people.

Gobble

With Gobble, even the most inexperienced chefs can make delicious gourmet meals. If you are really in a time crunch and don’t even have time to peel or chop up vegetables, Gobble has you covered! All of the ingredients are portioned out and chopped up so you just have to throw them in your pot, pan, or whatever the recipe calls for.

For customers with dietary restrictions, Gobble offers specialty menus such as gluten-free, kid-friendly, low carb, and more so you don’t have to compromise your goals just to eat a meal kit. The beauty of meal kits from Gobble is that they take about 15 minutes on average to make. That’s almost no time at all!

A feature Gobble offers that other meal kit delivery services do not is a lunch meal prep plan. Stop going to the food trucks at work or skipping lunch altogether. In just about an hour every week, you can prepare your lunches for up to six days! It doesn’t get easier than grabbing a container in the morning and heading off to work knowing you’ll have a nutritious and delicious lunch.

Price: $79 for three meals portioned for two people per week. $151 for three meals portioned for four people per week. $7.98 to $11.47 per lunch meal.

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Why Try Meal Kit Delivery

We’ve already established just how convenient and easy a meal kit delivery service is. You don’t have to worry about going to the grocery store or planning out your meals for the week because everything you need is shipped right to your door. You’ll have peace of mind knowing that you have at least three dinners ready for you to prepare too.

Not only do these meal kit delivery services offer nutritious, sometimes organic, and healthy foods, but it’s also delicious! That means you can start living a healthier lifestyle without worrying about picking out the right types of food. With so many specialty menus, you will be sure to find one that matches your dietary restrictions and will help you to achieve your goals.

Lastly, you can actually save money with meal kit delivery services. Rather than going out to eat a couple of times a week and spending money on transportation, the food, and the service, you can have a restaurant-quality meal right at home for almost half the cost of going out. A bonus is that you will also start to learn how to navigate your way through the kitchen.

If you feel that your life is so hectic that you don’t have time to make it to the grocery store and cook a decent meal for yourself, consider subscribing to a meal kit delivery service. You’ll be surprised at just how amazing it is.

By Brittany Loeffler

Uloop Writer
Brittany is a senior English major with a concentration in creative writing at Temple University. After growing up in a very rural part of Pennsylvania, she found her calling in the streets of the big city of Philadelphia. Aside from writing, she enjoys reading, movies, baking, and photography.

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