The hot new trend that seems to be sweeping the nation is the increasingly popular meal kit. Meal kit delivery services take the time spent shopping out of the equation, saving you time in your busy day. Not to be confused with prepared meal delivery services, meal kits still greatly reduce meal prep time by supplying you with diced, sliced, and ready to go in individual packages so all you have to do is just add cooking. However, with over 100 meal kits to choose from, choosing one can be a daunting task. Read on to discover six of our favorite meal kits and the perks of each.
1. Hello Fresh
Founded in Berlin, Germany in 2011, Hello Fresh is one of the most popular healthy meal delivery services today. They offer well-balanced meals packed with fruits, veggies, and lean proteins in optimal proportions. You can personalize one of their three plans to suit your needs, either the classic, vegetarian, or family plan which offers a slight discount for ordering more portions per meal.
2. Blue Apron
In 2017, Blue Apron was the first American meal kit service to go public. Blue Apron offers either a 2-person plan, or a discounted 4-person family plan. They are also able to accommodate special diets such as vegetarian or pescatarian. Blue Apron strives to provide top quality ingredients by sourcing hundreds of small, family-owned farms and businesses for their meals. You will never be bored when it comes to the menu, eight different selections which alternate every week provide you with a delicious variety. Blue Apron is unique in the fact that you can order delivery or pick up their meals at your local Costco. Bonus! They also deliver wine!
Another Boston company, Plated, offers three different plans which consist of two, three, or four people. No other companies make meal plans for groups of three, so they are unique in this and may be the choice for you if you have a smaller family. Starting at $9.95 per meal, make your selection from an assortment of 20 weekly recipes as well as dessert. Plated has recently become a subsidiary of Albertson’s grocery stores and their meals will soon be available for pickup in their stores.
4. Purple Carrot
If you are living a vegan lifestyle, Purple Carrot is the number one choice for you! Founded in the Boston area in 2014, they are the commanding company when it comes to vegan meal kit services as they only offer balanced, plant-based recipes. They have many plans to choose from, starting at $12.00 per serving. Take your pick of Quick & Easy, designed to take 30 minutes or less to cook, High Protein, with increased protein portions to leave you energized, or Chef’s Choice, a gourmet experience which leaves your taste buds happy.
5. Home Chef
If competitive pricing is what you are looking for, check out Home Chef. Starting at $7.99 per serving, they offer up to 16 meal options per week. Home Chef has their own unique a la carte option for add-ons. Choose from a pre-prepped smoothie and servings of fruit as well as a weekly “five-minute lunch option”. They also offer the option to pause your subscription at any time, enabling you to plan for trips out of town.
6. Just Add Cooking
The only meal kit company founded and still based in Boston, Just Add Cooking’s main focus is on sourcing local ingredients. They offer two and four-person meal kits for three, four, or five nights per week. You can also purchase from a variety of locally sourced add-ons. Forgot to add a night to your subscription or just looking to try before you commit? Just Add Cooking has meal kits available at your local Roche Bros grocery stores, ready for pick-up in the refrigerated section and available without a subscription.
Choosing a meal kit company does not have to be a hassle. Give some of these top-quality companies a try while enjoying each of their discount incentives for doing so. You will love saving time and energy, as well as learning how to cook new and exciting dishes. See which plan works for you and ditch the prep on your busiest nights. Both you and your family will enjoy it!