Five of the Best Home Delivery Meal Kits for Every Kind of Cook

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Deciding what to eat can be a challenge. Questions about meal prep have inspired WikiHow pages, online quizzes and countless articles with strategies on figuring out what to eat.

With endless recipe and meal prep guides out there, it’s easy to find yourself scrolling for hours rather than making decisions. This is where meal prep kits can come in handy.

Whether you want to pop your food in the microwave or spend some time in front of the stove these meal kits offer options for every kind of home chef.


If you prep your lunch ahead of time, you’ve probably experienced the fatigue that comes with eating the same thing throughout the week. That’s where Freshly can help.

You can receive four, six, 10 or 12 meals weekly. Each week, you select the meals you want from their rotating menu and choose the best day for delivery. Options include cauliflower beef Bolognese, tangy turmeric turkey bowls and much more. The service also offers a Freshfit option, with keto and paleo-inspired meals.

The best part? While you can heat your meals on the stove or in the oven, Freshlys can also be microwaved and ready in three minutes.

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For the person who likes a lot of dietary options: Sunbasket

Started in 2014, this San Francisco-based meal- kit company delivers to 48 states. And, according to its website, Sunbasket aims to deliver organic ingredients, sustainably caught fish and responsibly raised meat.

The company offers meal plans that fit a variety of dietary needs like diabetic-friendly, gluten free, pescatarian, vegetarian, chef’s choice and more. Ingredients are packed in recyclable materials.

While the majority of the meals can be made in 40 minutes or less, Sunbasket also offers a Fresh & Ready plan where meals can be made in less than 10 minutes.

Cooking with kids? Some of the recipe cards include a “Kids Can” section, which provides steps young home cooks can do to help.

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For the home chef who (sometimes) needs help with proportions: HelloFresh

When cooking for yourself or a family, it can be hard to get the proportions just right. If you ever find yourself unhappily throwing away partially uneaten dishes, it’s probably time to give HelloFresh a try.

You have the option to select meals for one, two or four people. From there, you can decide whether you want to have two, three or four recipes a week.

Each meal comes with an easy-to-follow recipe card with pictures of the different ingredients, plus photos of the different parts of the cooking process.

HelloFresh boasts having the most five-star reviews and five-star recipes as compared to other meal kits. If you want to try some of those top-rated dinners for yourself, try pub-style Shepard’s pie, chicken sausage spaghetti Bolognese and others.

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For the home chef on a budget: EveryPlate

Whether you’re grocery shopping or trying out a meal subscription service, buying food can get expensive very quickly. EveryPlate strives to offer a more affordable solution and, according to its website, all of the meals come out to $4.99 a serving.

Select meals for two or four people, and then choose to have three, four or five meals delivered to your door. Currently, the company doesn’t offer meals plans that cater to specific diets like vegetarian or keto. But, meals can be made in 30 minutes or less. And you’ll find options like creamy Dijon chicken and Korean chicken bibimbap, among others.

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For the home chef who loves to cook but hates grocery shopping: Hungryroot

Hungryroot isn’t a meal kit or grocery delivery service; it’s something in between the two.

To start, you take a quiz so Hungryroot can get a sense of your eating preferences. It asks questions relating to how many people you need to feed, when you like to eat, shows you different meals and asks you to pick which ones look the best to you and more.

After that, you’ll get a box of groceries with recipes delivered. Once you’ve finished making all your meals, you can rate them so Hungryroot can make any needed adjustments to your future deliveries. You also have the option to change the upcoming grocery list if needed.

Along taking meal prep for dinner off your to-do list, Hungryroot can also provide options for your lunch, breakfast and snacks.

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Published on February 15, 2021
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