In the past year, meal kit delivery services have grown immensely in popularity – especially amongst young adults. College students are arguably the perfect market for these services because most of us aren’t the best chefs, don’t have much time to grocery shop and want something that is as quick and easy as getting food delivered.
These meal kit delivery services have changed the cooking game because they come with proportioned ingredients and step-by-step instructions on how to recreate each meal. If you’re a newbie to cooking, these kits make it easy for you to make balanced, home-cooked meals without the hassle of finding your own recipes and ingredients.
With so many different kits out there, it is hard to know where to begin. Here are five of our favorite delivery meal kits that are worth trying out:
- Hello Fresh
Hello Fresh is probably the meal kit we’re the most familiar with – almost every youtuber, Instagram influencer and podcaster has a discount code or has promoted Hello Fresh at least once. They offer four different meal preferences – meat and veggie, veggie, family friendly, and low-calorie – and allows you to customize your plan size based on the number of people and desired meals per week. The recipes change every week so there is always something new for you to try, and meals are as low as $7.49 per serving.
- Blue Apron
Blue Apron offers new vegetarian and signature dishes each week that can all be prepped and served within 45 minutes or less. Their recipes feature unique ingredients from all different cultures, so they’re a great service to try if you’re looking to expand your plate. They offer many health-conscious options like low-carb, plant focused, and even Weightwatchers approved dishes. Their two-person plan offers meals at $9.99 per serving, 2-3 meals per week and free shipping!
- Daily Harvest
Daily Harvest isn’t a traditional meal-kit service, as they focus on smoothies, harvest, oat and chia bowls, soups and power-bites. Their mission is to help incorporate proper servings of fruit and veggies into your daily diet. Their frozen options are packed with vitamins and nutrients we’re often lacking – giving us a delicious way to make healthier choices – and can be prepared in minutes.
Freshly offers premade, balanced meals delivered right to your door. This means all you need to do is heat and eat! Their goal is to give you a healthy and sustainable option that makes you skip the grease-filled takeout food you might have otherwise had. Freshly has five different menus with several options to choose from each week – feel-better food, home bistro, market-day meals, takeout twist and whole comfort. You can choose anywhere from 4 to 12 meals per week with serving prices as low as $7.99 per meal.
- Every Plate
Every Plate prides themselves on offering delicious meals for under $5 per serving – which is cheaper than ANY other meal kit on the market. They have a flexible menu with 10 different options each week, each with the highest quality ingredients, that are all prepared in 40 minutes or less. All of the meals are boiled down to six easy steps – if you’re a novice chef they really do make it as easy as possible!
Check out some of our favorite meal kits next time you’re debating takeout or grocery shopping that week!