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In’s and Out’s of Meal Delivery to Your Home

posted by Marissa March 8, 2017 0 comments

We’re giving you the scoop on some of the most popular meal delivery services so you can pick what works for your busy household.

As a self-proclaimed cooking novice, I was a bit nervous to pull off the more advanced-sounding recipes. Verjus-braised chicken? What’s verjus?  After a few weeks of subscribing I was pleasantly surprised. I found that with easy-to-follow instructions and pre-portioned ingredients, anyone can be a chef! And bonus points for not wasting food! As a member of a two-person household, I was so tired of wasting half bags of greens (looking at you kale). With portions specific to your meals for that week, you only get exactly the amount you need.

They all have a few things in common. Primarily their focus of cutting out the middle man and delivering farm-to-table ingredients that are of high quality. It’s like having the best of the country’s farmer’s market produce delivered straight to your door. Additionally, being subscription services, you can freeze or delay your weekly deliveries. That is, if you don’t plan on cooking one week and most allow you to set the delivery day of week based on your needs.

OK enough with the chit chat, here’s the details on five of the most popular services.

Blue Apron

Averaging a prep/cook time of 30-45 minutes, Blue Apron isn’t the quickest of your options since there is quite of bit of slicing and dicing. But the meals are fantastic and easy to execute with their very helpful step-by-step instructions. While all the meals are delicious, if you’re calorie conscious other services might be better for you. With the ability to select from a pre-determined list of recipe options, you had a bit more control over ensuring you receive something your family will enjoy.

{Price: $60/week for 3 meals for 2 people; $70/week for 2 meals for 4 people}

Hello Fresh

 Until recently Hello Fresh only gave you an option to select from vegetarian or non-vegetarian. It has also added a “picky eater” option to give you more options. The recipes tend to be a bit more “simple” than some of the other options. A perk is that it provides you nutrition facts beyond the calorie count and the servings are quite generous. Of course, if you’re a vegetarian it’s one of the few options that offers vegetarian-only options. {Price: $69/week for 3 meals for 2 people (“Classic box”) or $60 for the veggie; $105/week for 3 meals for 4 people}

Plated

 Similar to Blue Apron, the meals from Plated might be the recipes to push you a little out of your element requiring a bit more “babysitting.” Perhaps what makes Plated stand out against the competition is the addition of desserts to your meal plan, so this could be a real winner if you have kiddos who enjoy having a sweet treat to look forward to after a good meal. Also, Plated offers more options in terms of serving size. As they offer a 3-serving size option plus the 2- and 4-serving options common with the competition.

{Price: Plated is unique in that they charge a flat $12/serving regardless of meal plan with the exception of their smaller box meal (2 meals for 2 people), which is +$6 to ship}

Peach Dish

 Unlike the others, Peach Dish actually allows you to select a meal from a pre-determined set of recipes that rotate weekly and you just specify the serving size you’d like to purchase and the number of recipes you’d like to try. For instance, you aren’t held to a “plan” that will send you two meals per week for two people. Instead, you log on, select from ten meal options and the number of people you’re serving. This is especially great if you are hosting a dinner one night and need a certain meal to feed eight people instead of your standard four-person family. Lots of flexibility with this company. If you’re just looking to get your feet wet and aren’t sure you want to stick with a subscription meal service, this is a good one to try out. Bonus: they specify which meals are gluten-free and vegetarian.

{Price: $25/meal for 2 servings; $50/meal for 4 servings; $60/meal for 6 servings; $90/meal for 8 servings}

Green Chef

There are several new lifestyle-based meal services coming on the scene, but Green Chef is currently the only one that features only USDA-certified organic ingredients. Green Chef is one of if not the only service that allows you to subscribe to an entire meal plan dedicated to your preferences. From gluten-free to vegan to omnivore and paleo-friendly, there truly is a meal plan that fits your family’s lifestyle. {Price: Prices range based on your meal plan selection but start at $11.99/meal per person +$9/box for shipping}

In Summary

Most companies noted here offer a free trial week that allows you to test the waters without a long-term commitment. I personally do not miss the grocery store one bit.

Do you currently subscribe to a meal plan service or plan to try it out? Give it a go and let us know your thoughts. 

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