If you’re trying to avoid the grocery store — or just want to mix up the menu and not think about what to cook every night — then it may be the right time to try out a meal delivery kit. These services ship ingredients and recipes to your door, meaning no stressing about what to feed your family and a chance to discover or rediscover your inner chef. Here are our picks for best meal kits of 2021 with quick links at the bottom.
Blue Apron is one of the original meal kit companies. It’s a good place to start if you’re looking to try this kind of food adventure. The company offers four types of meal plans: Signature, Vegetarian for 2, Signature for 4, and Wellness for 2. Each week, users can select two to four meals from any one of these categories. Recipes range in difficulty, so beginners and experts alike can enjoy this service. Blue Apron has its own online cookbook for those who want to increase their culinary knowledge without paying for the expense of a meal kit.
Price: The Signature Plan includes three recipes with two servings per meal for $60 weekly.
If you’re committed to health and clean eating, and you’re willing to pay more, Sun Basket is the meal kit for you. Over 99% of Sun Basket’s produce is USDA-certified organic while all meats are responsibly raised, antibiotic and hormone free. And their seafood is wild-caught. Even the packaging is recyclable and compostable. Additionally, Sun Basket provides a vast selection of dietary plans. There are also meal plans based on prep time, experience and season.
Price: The Classic Menu includes three recipes with two servings per meal for $72 a week
No service makes cooking at home easier than Hello Fresh. They prove that delicious food doesn’t require extraordinary culinary skill or more than 30-minute preparation. Easy-to-follow recipe cards accompany each meal, along with farm-to-table ingredients. Naturally, for those with a more adventurous palate, Hello Fresh has premium options.
Price: The Meat & Veggies Plan includes three recipes with two servings per meal for $60 a week.
For vegetarians and vegans, there’s Purple Carrot, which has an assortment of hearty plant-based meals. Purple Carrot is also great for those transitioning into a plant-based diet, as it shows users how to make flavorful, filling meals without the meat.
Purple Carrot requires more kitchen equipment than other meal kits, so if you don’t own a blender or food processor Purple Carrot might not be for you. This service also offers breakfast, lunch, and snacks.
Price: The 2 Serving Plan includes three recipes with two servings per meal for $72 a week.
For diners on a budget, Dinnerly is an extremely affordable option. Their meal kits make simple, approachable food with few ingredients and less clean up. They offer a variety of meal plans that include kid-friendly, low-calorie, gluten-free and vegetarian options.
Dinnerly is more eco-friendly than some of its competitors. They use digital recipe cards, smaller boxes and less packaging. Though ingredients from Dinnerly are high-quality, foodies and experienced chefs may find the meals too simple.
Price: The Two-Person Box includes three recipes with two servings per meal for $40.73 a week
For those learning how to cook, looking to eat healthier or trying to watch the budget, meal kits allow you to spend time in the kitchen without the stress. Bon appetit.