The idea is simple: pick out your favorite meals online and wait for a box to arrive at your doorstep. Inside the box, you’ll find all the ingredients you need to whip up a gourmet meal. And, don’t worry if your kitchen chops are rusty, because you don’t have to be a pro. In fact, meal kit delivery programs are geared for us newbies. Delivery services promise to include easy-to-follow directions and pre-portioned ingredients — so anyone can do it. Even you.
So, if you’re simply a chef-at-heart or just want a fun cooking project to do with the family while at home, here are some meal kits subscriptions to consider:
HelloFresh is all about building your confidence in the kitchen. The delivery service ships a box of meal kits right to your door. Inside, you’ll find easy-to-follow recipe cards and all the ingredients to whip up a family dinner. This week, the food company is offering a variety of 20-minute quick meal options, like chicken sausage and spinach ravioli.
Cost: Meals start at $7.49 per portion
While scrolling through Instagram last week, we came across a video of Ellen DeGeneres enjoying a Purple Carrot home-cooked meal. It looked delicious! Purple Carrot is for those looking for plant-based meals only. Users pick out their favorite vegetarian meals to ship to their homes, like hazelnut barley pilaf or tempeh reubens. A recipe card inside will detail how to use all the shipped ingredients. The delivery service offers snacks, too.
Cost: Meals start at $9.99 per serving
If you follow Martha Stewart, you likely have come across a picture or two of the food star’s favorite dishes to cook at home. Well, now, you can get a chance to try cooking them yourself! Stewart launched her own meal kit program called Marley Spoon. How it works: users pick a “meal plan” and recipes to make for the week ahead. Then, an insulated box will arrive at your door with 6-step recipes and ingredients inside.
Cost: Meals start at $7.45 per portion
BlueApron is good for those looking for WW Approved, Beyond Meat, and Diabetes-Friendly options. We took a look at what the food company is offering this week and discovered some good looking meal options like grass-fed strip steaks, and seared chicken and kale salad. Also, if you like to have a glass of vino with dinner, check out BlueApron’s monthly wine club.
Cost: Meals start at $8.99 per serving
Note: some delivery services may be low in stock or experience shipping delays due to COVID-19.
Julie Loffredi is an award-winning lifestyle journalist and retail trends tracker for Brad’s Deals.