How to Pick the Perfect Meal Delivery Service

By Kristen Kuchar | January 20th, 2017
How to Pick the Perfect Meal Delivery Service

Unwrapping a meal delivery service box is like opening a Christmas present every time it arrives. Just as you used to list your wants in your letters to Santa, your culinary desires and food wish lists can be met by choosing a service that is best for you. Whether you’re looking to eat healthier, save time, or get the kids more involved, there’s a plan that’s right. Meal kit services are an accessible way to explore new ingredients and flavors and step out of your comfort zone to create a totally new dining experience. Check out which healthy meal delivery service is best for you. 

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The Guide's Choice for Best Meal Delivery Service

Blue Apron allows for customizing food choices for simple recipes, while also appealing to those who value sustainability. They also develop direct relationships with their farmers and encourage farming practices that promote biodiversity and reduce carbon emissions. In addition, the pre-portioned ingredients come with recipe cards and access to how-to videos and the story behind the ingredients. 

Because of their great menu and focus on sustainability and quality, Blue Apron is The Guide’s choice for the best meal delivery service. 

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Blue Apron

$60 per week and upSee On Blue Apron
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Best Meal Delivery Service for Herbivores

Vegan eaters can rest assured their savory meal is entirely plant-based. The chefs create weekly meals based off fresh, seasonal ingredients, such as Coffee Teriyaki Skewers with Citrus Edamame Salad, and Drunken Noodles with Tofu and Chinese Broccoli. Even if you’re not vegan or vegetarian, this is certainly a simple way to stick to your resolution to eat more veggies this year. 

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Purple Carrot

$68 per week and upSee On Purple Carrot
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Best Meal Delivery Service if You Only Have Ten Minutes

For anyone wishing there were just more hours in the day, Gobble is for you. Gourmet meals are prepared in an astonishingly low 10 minutes (about the same amount of time it probably takes you to decide your take-out order). In just three steps, thanks to pre-chopped and par-cooked ingredients, you’ll enjoy items such as Beef Bourguignon with Mashed Potatoes, or Chickpea and Lollipop Kale Stew with Toasted Crostini. 

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Gobble

$72 per week and upSee On Gobble
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Best Meal Delivery Service for Families with Kids

Step aside, fast-food chicken nuggets and fries; there’s another way to get kids excited about food. One Potato is a kid-focused meal service the sends families organic, pre-prepped, non-GMO ingredients to create family-friendly recipes in 30 minutes or less. Every recipe comes with tips on how kids can safely help in the kitchen to make them a part of the preparation.

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One Potato

$47 per week and upSee On One Potato
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Best Meal Delivery Service if you Want Menu Variety

If the idea of a mystery box of ingredients arriving at your doorstep isn’t your jam, then HelloFresh is a nice option. Each week, 10 new recipes are created by their in-house culinary team and dietician, and with the Classic Plan, you choose the ones that work best for you.  

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Hellofresh

$59/week (three meals, two servings) and upSee On HelloFresh
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Best Meal Delivery Service if You Love to Cook

For those who love to cook (or want to love to cook), Plated is a good fit for you. Seasonal-inspired meals take a bit longer ranging from 20 minutes to one hour and can be more complex (skill level is clearly marked on each recipe). Choose from 11 new chef designed-recipes each week.

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Plated

$48/week (two meals, two servings) and upSee On Plated
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Best Meal Delivery Service if You Want Flexibility

There’s so much to choose from with CHEF’D, it’s like the Willy Wonka’s of meal services. Select, either with a plan or a la carte, from hundreds of recipes with special categories including family-friendly, lighter options, vegetarian, and gluten-free meals. You even have your choice of breakfasts and desserts, too. 

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Chef'd

$19 and upSee On Chef'd
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Best Meal Delivery Service if You Love That Organic Label

Green Chef uses USDA certified organic ingredients in their meals, such as Couscous and Veggie Bowl with fresh herbs, cashew sauce, squash, carrots, and beets. All ingredients are fresh and coming from sustainable sources for simple meals that can be prepared in 30 minutes or less. Customize your food based on diet preferences including paleo, vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, or family-style. 

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Green Chef

$63/week and upSee On Green Chef
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Best Meal Delivery Service if Cooking Is Not Your Thing

Just because you don’t love to cook, doesn’t mean you don’t love to eat. Munchery delivers meals that are either premade or require very little cooking on your end (think pouring a prepared seasoning packet on a piece of fish and frying it for a few minutes). Either way, you can expect to be eating in a mere 15 minutes. 

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Munchery

$9/month membership, dinners start at 8See On Munchery