Eat Amazing Meals Without Leaving Home: These Kits Make It Easy

Woman unpacking a home delivery meal kit
Monkey Business Images / Shutterstock.com

It’s pretty clear now if it wasn’t just weeks ago: The COVID-19 pandemic will keep many of us hunkered down at home in coming weeks or months avoiding or unable to go to restaurants, and maybe also trying to cut down on trips to the grocery store.

This is a great moment to try a meal kit subscription.

These regularly scheduled deliveries bring food to your kitchen with just a few clicks of your computer mouse. You don’t have to think, plan or even step foot inside a grocery store with this new level of convenience.

Of course, everyone’s tastes, dietary needs, budgets and cooking skills are different. Luckily, the following lineup of food subscriptions likely has one that will cater to your unique requirements.

Continue reading to find out what each company offers, and which is the best fit for you — or as a gift to someone you love.

1. HelloFresh

HelloFresh

What it offers: HelloFresh provides easy-to-follow recipes and the pre-portioned ingredients you need to prepare them. HelloFresh also provides nutritional information for each of its recipes.

How it works: When deciding between the HelloFresh plans, you have the choice of meat-and-vegetable-based recipes, vegetarian, family-friendly or low-calorie options. Each plan comes with two, three or four recipes per week and serves either two or four people.

HelloFresh describes its plans as flexible, too:

“Skip weeks, swap recipes, and cancel anytime — only order what and when you want. No commitments.”

Whom it’s best for: If you have a specific diet or simply like having a lot of options, HelloFresh meal plans are easy to customize. Plus, with more than 2,500 recipes, they provide a lot of variety.

Pricing: Depends on the plan you choose, the number of recipes you request each week and the amount of people you want each recipe to serve. Visit the “Build your plan” page for details.

Gift option: You can gift HelloFresh to a loved one by ordering a one-time delivery sent to their door.

2. Blue Apron

Blue Apron

What it offers: Blue Apron is a subscription service that provides all the ingredients and instructions you need to create delicious meals from scratch.

Blue Apron’s recipe options are constantly changing, so you never tire of the same flavors. The service focuses on seasonal ingredients and sources its food directly from farms, importers and family-run suppliers.

How it works: To get started with Blue Apron’s food subscription, you’ll choose between a two-person plan and a family plan that serves four people, and you’ll choose the number of recipes that you want to receive each week.

You can also indicate that you prefer a particular diet, such as if you are a vegetarian or don’t eat red meat or shellfish, and then personalize your menu based on your preferences.

Whom it’s best for: Amateur home cooks trying to sharpen their skills will gain confidence from Blue Apron’s detailed recipe instructions.

Pricing: Depends on the menu you choose and the number of recipes you want each week. Visit the Blue Apron pricing page for details.

Gift option: Gift cards

3. Home Chef

Home Chef

What it offers: Home Chef’s motto is “home cooking made simple.” The service promises to let you “effortlessly create and plate your meals in no time.”

Ingredients are sourced locally when possible. Home Chef also strives to be sustainable, lining its boxes with recycled, compostable and biodegradable textile fibers.

There are no set meal plans with a Home Chef subscription. Instead, the service makes recipe recommendations based on a questionnaire you complete when you sign up.

How it works: After telling Home Chef about your preferences, the service sends meal options for you to pick from each week, including options that Home Chef recommends for you.

The Customize It feature lets you swap ingredients, upgrade your meals or double the amount of protein in a meal. You can also add on to your order with lunch-sized meals, smoothies or snacks.

Whom it’s best for: The weekly Home Chef menus are geared toward people who want to put a well-balanced, home-cooked meal on the table quickly.

Pricing: Meals start at $6.99 per serving depending on the currently available menu and options. Note that customizing your meals can change the cost. Visit the cost page for more details.

Gift option: Gift cards

4. Gobble

Gobble

What it offers: Need a quick dinner that doesn’t require the drive-thru? Gobble provides dinner recipes that can be made in only 15 minutes. The ingredients you need for each recipe arrive peeled, chopped and marinated, so you don’t have to do any prep work or dirty extra dishes.

Gobble’s meal plans include gluten-free, dairy-free, low-carbohydrate and vegetable-based options. In addition to dinner kits, the service has also created the Gobble Lunch Box, a meal-prep lunch subscription.

How it works: Choose between Gobble’s two dinner plans, based on the number of mouths you need to feed. Then, choose your dinner kits each week.

Whom it’s best for: Gobble’s quick and easy recipes are well-suited for families and other time-crunched individuals. In fact, Gobble says it was voted the No. 1 meal kit by Parents Magazine.

Pricing: Each dinner meal is $11.99 or $13.99. Visit the pricing page for more details.

Gift option: Gift cards

5. Full Circle Farms

Full Circle

What it offers: Full Circle is an organic family farm near North Bend, Washington. Its subscription service delivers boxes of all-organic produce and other farm products to areas of Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska.

How it works: Full Circle offers three types of boxes, which you can customize. You also select a box size and delivery frequency.

Whom it’s best for: Health-conscious home chefs who have the time and passion to imagine their own recipes will enjoy having Full Circle’s organic produce on hand.

Pricing: Click here to view all of your options. Click “Bring Me This Box,” and then use the “Box Size” drop-down menu to see all prices for that box type.

6. Sun Basket

SunBasket

What it offers: Sun Basket is a weekly meal subscription service that boxes up organic produce and clean ingredients for you to prepare healthy, chef-developed recipes every week.

Plus, all of their meats are free of antibiotics and hormones; and their seafood is always wild-caught and comes recommended by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program.

How it works: First, choose between the Classic Menu or Family Plan (click here and scroll down to see options). The Classic Menu comes with three recipes that feed two or four people. Then, choose a particular menu type — options range from quick-and-easy to diabetes-friendly — and a number of recipes to receive each week.

Whom it’s best for: Sun Basket is geared toward the health-conscious consumer and those who have special dietary restrictions.

Pricing: Compare all the prices here.

Gift option: Several options are available here.

7. Daily Harvest

Daily Harvest

What it offers: Daily Harvest delivers ingredients for smoothies, soups, oat bowls, chia bowls, lattes and more — all of which are built on fruits and vegetables and ready in minutes.

How it works: First, pick the number of cups you want to receive and the frequency. Then, browse the full selection of options. You can filter the options based on your likes and dislike, key benefits and dietary needs.

Whom it’s best for: Daily Harvest orders require nothing more than heating or blending, which is why the service is a win-win for health-conscious people who shy away from the kitchen or are simply short on time.

Pricing: Plans start at $6.99 per cup.

Gift option: Gift cards and gift boxes

8. Chefs Plate

Chefs Plate

What it offers: Chefs Plate is a meal plan service that delivers to several Canadian provinces.

In each delivery box, you’ll find pre-measured ingredients and step-by-step recipe instructions. Chefs Plate provides a variety of recipe types, including family-friendly, vegetarian and 15-minute options.

How it works: To create your Chefs Plate box, choose between two and four servings per meal. Next, decide between the main types of meal plans: Classic, Family or Vegetarian. Each one offers 15-minute recipes and vegetarian options. Finally, pick the number of recipes you want to prepare each week – either two, three or four.

Whom it’s best for: Chefs Plate serves Canadian households looking to get dinner on the table quickly and easily.

Pricing: For details, see the “Create Your First Box” page when you sign up.

Gift option: Gift cards

Have you tried any of the meal subscription services? Share your observations in comments below or on our Facebook page.

Disclosure: The information you read here is always objective. However, we sometimes receive compensation when you click links within our stories.

Read Next
The 3 Biggest Regrets of Retirees — and How to Avoid Them
The 3 Biggest Regrets of Retirees — and How to Avoid Them

Rescuing a retirement from regret starts with these steps well before it’s time to quit working.

What is the Cheapest Grocery Store?
What is the Cheapest Grocery Store?

Aldi, Kroger and Walmart: Which grocery store is the cheapest?

10 Bad Money Habits That Are Robbing You Blind
10 Bad Money Habits That Are Robbing You Blind

Here’s how to change those bad behaviors.

7 Unusual Ways to Declutter Your Home
7 Unusual Ways to Declutter Your Home

Tired of possessions weighing you down? Here are seven ways to declutter painlessly and effectively.

5 Ways Anyone Can Save on Out-of-Pocket Health Care Costs
5 Ways Anyone Can Save on Out-of-Pocket Health Care Costs

Here’s how to lower your health care costs without skimping on care.

View this page without ads

Help us produce more money-saving articles and videos by subscribing to a membership.

Get Started

Most Popular
Seniors With COVID-19 May Display This Unusual Symptom
Seniors With COVID-19 May Display This Unusual Symptom

Largely asymptomatic seniors may experience a symptom not commonly associated with the coronavirus.

20 Things That Are Actually Worth Stockpiling
20 Things That Are Actually Worth Stockpiling

You don’t need a year’s supply of toilet paper to survive an outbreak, but consider stocking up on these items.

11 Senior Discounts for Anyone Age 55 or Older
11 Senior Discounts for Anyone Age 55 or Older

There is no need to wait until you’re 65 to take advantage of so-called “senior” discounts.

Can a Twice-Divorced Woman Claim Social Security Survivors Benefits?
Can a Twice-Divorced Woman Claim Social Security Survivors Benefits?

Understanding survivors benefits rules is the key to getting the most from your benefit.

9 Things You’ll Never See at Costco Again
9 Things You’ll Never See at Costco Again

The warehouse store offers an enormous selection, but these products aren’t coming back.

18 Early Black Friday Deals on Amazon Today
18 Early Black Friday Deals on Amazon Today

These items are all steeply discounted — but the deals won’t last long.

These Are the 10 Worst Cars for Depreciation
These Are the 10 Worst Cars for Depreciation

Two types of vehicles are especially likely to see steep plunges in value.

Never Buy These 10 Things With Your Credit Card
Never Buy These 10 Things With Your Credit Card

Credit cards offer many conveniences and protections, but sometimes it’s simply smarter to keep the plastic tucked away.

13 Amazon Purchases That We Are Loving Right Now
13 Amazon Purchases That We Are Loving Right Now

These practical products make everyday life a little easier.

10 Things I Always Buy at Trader Joe’s
10 Things I Always Buy at Trader Joe’s

From snacks to sweets to side dishes, stock your cart with these time-tested favorites on your next TJ’s run.

8 Surprising Household Items You Can Sell for Fast Cash
8 Surprising Household Items You Can Sell for Fast Cash

Sometimes, the humblest household items are worth the most money.

Cut These 11 Expenses Now If You Hope to Retire Early
Cut These 11 Expenses Now If You Hope to Retire Early

Like the idea of financial independence? Part of the FIRE equation is cutting costs.

5 Ways Social Security Will Change in 2021
5 Ways Social Security Will Change in 2021

These adjustments will affect both workers and retirees in the new year.

Stop Buying These 19 Things Online
Stop Buying These 19 Things Online

The internet has changed how we shop. But for some things, you’re still better off buying the old-fashioned way.

19 High-Paying Jobs You Can Get With a 2-Year Degree
19 High-Paying Jobs You Can Get With a 2-Year Degree

There are easy high-paying majors available in the U.S. — and no bachelor’s degree is required. We’re here to help you find easy degrees that pay well.

3 Ways to Get Microsoft Office for Free
3 Ways to Get Microsoft Office for Free

With a little ingenuity, you can cut Office costs to zero.

7 Tips for Building an Emergency Food Supply
7 Tips for Building an Emergency Food Supply

A pandemic or natural disaster could leave you reliant on your existing emergency food supply. Is your pantry well-prepared for emergencies? Knowing what to stock up on for emergencies can be a difficult task and we’re here to help.

11 ‘Disposable’ Items You Should Be Reusing
8 Things You Should Buy at Restaurant Supply Stores
8 Things You Should Buy at Restaurant Supply Stores

You don’t have to be a chef or a restaurant owner to shop here.

View More Articles

View this page without ads

Help us produce more money-saving articles and videos by subscribing to a membership.

Get Started

Add a Comment

Our Policy: We welcome relevant and respectful comments in order to foster healthy and informative discussions. All other comments may be removed. Comments with links are automatically held for moderation.