Originally published in 2016; updated in 2020.
There are times when you’re all over that “making dinner” thing. You got your weekly shopping trip done, you know what you want to make, you have all the ingredients you need…. And then there are those times (and let’s be honest, this is most of the time) when you’re scrambling to figure out what to make, looking for ingredients in the back of the cupboard and just generally feeling like a hopeless home chef.
These meal delivery kits help to streamline your dinner prep. Each comes with recipes, all the ingredients you need and—best yet—they’re delivered straight to your door. Here’s the rundown on some popular meal delivery kits. [Note: Many meal delivery services offer introductory discounts when you sign up. Please confirm all details on the companies’ websites since pricing was not always easy to find or summarize succinctly.]
Acme Farms and Kitchen. ACME is a Pacific Northwest company with the goal of making access to local food easier. Started by a mom of toddlers, you know that you’ll be getting fresh, feel-good food for your family. They offer several options including a Kids Box, individual meal kits and add-on items.
Pricing: Orders range from $17-$35 for an individual meal kit and $40 for the Kids Box with multiple snacks and meals. Larger meal boxes average about $6.50 per person per meal.
Special diet accommodations? Yes. There are options for vegetarian, vegan and dairy/gluten-free.
Blue Apron. Blue Apron offers many meals to choose from, made up of farm-fresh seasonal produce, and meat and produce with no added hormones. Sample menus include seared chicken and spicy potatoes, white cheddar cheeseburgers, and sweet and spicy salmon.
Pricing: Meals start at $8.99 per person.
Special diet accommodations? Yes, vegetarian options are available for the 2-person plan.
Dinnerly. Dinnerly is the most affordable meal plan, and it prides itself on delicious, quick and easy meals with fewer ingredients. Sample meals include lemon-pepper chicken with mashed potatoes and green beans, cheeseburger calzones with pickle chips, and warm sugar-glazed scones with dried cherries and chocolate chips.
Pricing: Begins at $4.49 per adult-sized portion, plus shipping.
Special diet accommodations? They have vegetarian options.
Gobble. Gobble sends ingredients for farm-fresh meals that are ready with only fifteen minutes of prep time. Ingredients are pre-chopped and par-cooked. Sample meals include brown sugar spiced chicken breast with sweet potato and pepper hash, Louisiana-style shrimp with grits and three cheese ravioli.
Pricing: $11.99 per person per meal if you order 6 or more meals; $13.99 per meal if you order 4 meals.
Special diet accommodations? Yes, each week there are meals that are dairy-free, nut-free, or gluten-free.
Green Chef. Green Chef is certified organic, has no synthetic pesticides, no GMOs, no artificial ingredients, and no growth hormones or antibiotics in its ingredients. Sample meals include cauliflower mac & cheese, apple rosemary chicken, and gruyere sausage polenta.
Pricing: Pricing depends on what box you choose. The cheapest per meal is the vegetarian option, at $10.49 per meal. The most expensive are the carnivore and gluten-free options, at $13.49 per meal.
Special diet accommodations? Yes. They’ve got choices for vegetarian, gluten-free, carnivores, vegan and paleo.
Hello Fresh. Hello Fresh uses healthy, nutritionally-balanced ingredients in its recipes. The recipe cards are easy to follow, with your dinner available in 30 minutes or less. Sample meals include pan-roasted chicken with Dijon mushroom sauce and Israeli couscous, loaded lentil salad with honey-roasted sweet potatoes and Brussels sprouts, or Korean-style beef with broccoli, ginger and jasmine rice.
Pricing: Plans start at $7.49 per person, plus shipping.
Special diet accommodations? Yes, there is a vegetarian option.
Sunbasket. Sunbasket offers organic and non-GMO ingredients delivered weekly. The recipe cards are beautiful, gourmet and easy to follow. Meals are usually ready in about 30 minutes. Sample meals include catfish with smashed cucumber and cilantro-cashew sauce, roasted chicken with kale, sweet potatoes and artichoke romesco, or salmon with roasted potatoes, field greens salad and chive crème fraiche.
Pricing: Meals are $10.99 per person, plus shipping.
Special diet accommodations? Yes, Sunbasket offers gluten-free, paleo and vegetarian meal options.