Sure, the odds are high that you have a kitchen. But being able to make a meal for yourself and actually knowing what to cook are two totally different things. That's where meal delivery services and kits come in.
These handy kits send recipes and ingredients straight to your door, taking the annoying question of what to make for dinner out of the equation. All you have to do is unpack your kit, follow the ingredients and enjoy — it's that simple. Many meal kits allow you to schedule deliveries as often as you'd like, and to even pause kits as needed. And, of course, the recipes are yours to keep, giving you inspiration for future meals.
Whether you're looking to eat healthier this year, want to go vegan or just need a hand in the kitchen, there's a meal delivery kit for you. Here are the best out there in 2022.
Home Chef has two major options for meal kits: the standard kits, which take about 30 minutes to create and special 15-minute kits that are prepped and pre-portioned, for those times when you're in a rush. Home Chef lets you narrow down the field by choosing calorie- or carb-conscious meals, and you can also weed out options by foods you want to avoid, like shellfish or peanuts. Every Monday, you’ll get an email with 20 or more meal options to choose from. Kits include dishes like New York strip with roasted garlic thyme butter, Thai-style peanut-crusted salmon and creamy tomato skillet lasagna. Home Chef says it delivers to 98 percent of the country (the company will let you know when you enter your zip code if they don't ship to your area).
HelloFresh offers up meal kits with pretty recipe cards that help you see exactly what your dish is supposed to look like. Choose from more than 25 recipe options each week, including pecan-crusted chicken, apricot, almond and chickpea tagine and gouda pork burgers. The company is also big on sustainability and aims to get you your goods in as little packaging as possible. Choose from a range of plans that are easily narrowed down by categories like "meat and veggies," "family friendly," "fit and wholesome" and "pescatarian." HelloFresh delivers nationwide, except to Alaska and Hawaii.
Blue Apron practically invented the meal kit delivery service, and the company remains a popular choice thanks to its low prices, cool recipes and fresh ingredients. Blue Apron gives you plenty of options to narrow down your recipes, from different types of meat, vegetarian proteins like Beyond Meat, WW-recommended and diabetes-friendly options. Dishes include offerings like pancetta and beef bolognese, pan-seared scallops and caper butter and spicy white bean and spinach shakshuka. Blue Apron delivers to 48 states, with the exception of Alaska and Hawaii.
Hungryroot bills itself more as an online grocery store that happens to send ingredients and recipes you can turn into healthy meals. You can choose whether you want your recipes in the form of two- or four-serving sizes and narrow things down by proteins and plant-based options. Hungryroot offers up a wide variety of dishes, including grain bowls, tacos, veggie noodles and roasts, and their sauces are next-level. Prices vary depending on the size of your order, but plans start at $65 per week for smaller grocery orders. Hungryroot doesn't deliver to Alaska or Hawaii.
Prefer to eat only clean foods? Green Chef is a certified organic company that specializes in sustainable, clean foods. You can choose from 10 recipes that change each week, including options like parmesan-crusted chicken, smoky pork and kale salad and Mediterranean chicken cutlets. There are also meal kits specially designed for people on a keto or plant-based diet. The kits come with ingredients pre-measured and prepped — all you have to do is cook them. Green Chef is unable to deliver to Alaska, Hawaii and parts of Louisiana.
Following a plant-based diet is healthy, but it can be tricky to come up with meal ideas. That's where Sakara Life comes in. This meal kit service is 100 percent plant-based and organic, so you can feel good about the food you're getting. Sakara is a little pricier than the competition, but it has an army of devoted fans. Choose from plans that deliver between two to five days a week, featuring meals like the Sakara Earth bowl, pad thai, maple sweet potato bowl and pasta a la vodka with kale "parmesan." Sakara delivers nationwide.
Purple Carrot is a hit with vegetarians, vegans and people who just want to have more of a plant-based diet. The service lets you choose from a two-serving or four-serving plan, along with the number of deliveries you would prefer to receive each week. Plant-based recipes include options like creamy tomato bisque, spinach artichoke grilled cheese and Taiwanese tofu lettuce cups. Purple Carrot delivers nationwide, with the exception of Hawaii and Alaska.
Daily Harvest is big on plant-based meals that have minimal, easy-to-read ingredients. The company originally focused on smoothies and bowls, but later expanded to do flatbreads and other dishes you can easily create at home. All meals are frozen and ready to go in just minutes. Sample dishes include mint and cacao smoothie, red lentil and cumin harvest bowl and kabocha and sage flatbread. You can also order one-offs, like the hazelnut and chocolate dessert bites and plant-based ice creams. Daily Harvest delivers to 95 percent of the U.S. (enter your area code on the company's "Get Started" page to see if your area is eligible).
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