In the quest to eat healthy, cooking (not to mention shopping for the groceries) can often feel like a chore. Shopping for, planning for, and prepping your meals can be a job in and of itself, which makes it easy to turn to quicker, less nutritious food options. Luckily, meal kits can be a saving grace in this arena, completely eliminating the need to plan your meals in advance or go grocery shopping. Some companies even deliver prepared meals, taking all work out of the picture aside from a quick flash in a skillet. If you’ve been toying with the idea of trying a meal kit but aren’t really sure where to start, then look no further. Ahead, the 10 best meal kit services that will turn you into a chef, from pre-prepared vegetarian meals to subscription grocery boxes.
Looking for nutrient-rich meals that are also designed to promote skin health and mood? Eat Sunny offers vegetarian and flexitarian options, and all meals promote beauty from the inside-out, all-day energy, and well-being. Slow-digesting grains, fiber rich veggies, and skin-benefitting superfoods are all common themes in an Eat Sunny meal.
For each day of meals you purchase, you’ll get three meals and a snack—and there’s no cooking involved; just heat your meal or throw some dressing on your salad and you’re ready to dive in. Lunch is always a salad, so you’ll want to eat that pretty soon after delivery, but breakfast and dinner can be frozen for up to two weeks should your plans change and you need a bit of extra time getting through your order.
Price: Starting at $189 for 3 days (including 3 meals and a snack per day)
All about helping you grab and go, Daily Harvest brings us convenient, highly portable smoothies, bowls, flatbreads, oat bowls, and other nutritious options for any time of day. You won’t find any junk hidden in these meals—they’re made with fresh, high-quality, minimally processed, and thoughtfully-sourced ingredients and packaged in compostable containers. They ship frozen and you can whip them up in no time using your blender, microwave, or stovetop.
If you have a sweet tooth, you may want to throw in an order for their newly launched Scoops, too. Like many of Daily Harvest’s other products, this rich and creamy, plant-based ice cream is free of additives, refined sugars, and carrageenans.
Price: $6-$9 per meal
Sometimes you want to follow a recipe and do some actual cooking, but can’t be bothered with detailed prep-work, leftover ingredients, or heading to the grocery store. If that strikes a chord with you, Blue Apron might be a good fit. After choosing your meals, you’ll get a box containing your recipes and responsibly-sourced ingredients that are perfectly portioned so nothing goes to waste.
You’ll have options for dishes like tahini-dressed chicken & kale, pepita & panko-crusted tofu, and a salmon & shrimp poke bowl. Blue Apron makes it easy to sort through the options so you can find dishes that meet a variety of dietary needs, including vegetarian and diabetes-friendly.
Price: Starting at $8 per meal
Calling all plant-based eaters! Purple Carrot is the meal kit for you for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks that are vegetarian- and vegan-friendly and good for the planet. You select your meals, and they’ll send the recipes and ingredients.(Most meals take 30-minutes or less to prepare.) You’ll find options like matcha pancakes with kiwi & goji berries for breakfast, green goddess bowls for lunch, and buffalo tempeh quinoa bowls for dinner. Purple Carrot organizes meals in various categories like high-protein, gluten-free, and quick & easy, making it simple to find something that suits your dietary needs and your taste buds.
Price: Starting at $72 per week for three meals per week, with each meal serving two.
HelloFresh is all about options and flexibility. With this meal kit you’ll receive a box of high-quality ingredients and straightforward recipes that won’t add any stress to your day. Ingredients are all responsibly sourced and pre-portioned to eliminate food waste, recipes are designed with environmental sustainability in mind, and the meal kits are designed to fit easily in your fridge—all wins in our book and hopefully yours, too.
Categories like veggie, meat & veggies, family friendly, and low calorie make it easy to personalize your plan with meals that fit your dietary preferences. You’ll love the diverse meal options ranging from gouda pork burgers to curried chickpea bowls to truffled mushroom flatbreads.
Price: starting at $7 per meal
Μore of a “reheat” than a “cook a full meal” type of person? Freshly delivers fresh, individual-sized meals that are ready to be tossed in the microwave, and every option is gluten-free. Various plans let you choose between four, six, nine, or 12 meals per week. Choose accordingly, as these stay fresh in the refrigerator for four or five days.
Price: Starting at $13/meal, for four meals per week.
Top-notch ingredients like organic produce, antibiotic- and hormone-free meat, and wild-caught seafood are key at Sun Basket, and that’s reflected in the quality of these meals. Like many other meal kits, Sun Basket sends you ingredients and simple cooking instructions to prepare meals that serve two or four. Of course these can also easily work for one—just serve up your portion and save the leftovers for another lunch or dinner.
Sun Basket caters to a number of dietary needs, with options including paleo, low carb, low calorie, gluten free, pescatarian, vegetarian, diabetes-friendly, and mediterranean. You can also add nuts, crackers, bars, and other snacks to your order.
Price: Plans starting at $52 per week for two meals that serve two.
Another vegetarian- and vegan-friendly option, Splendid Spoon brings you plant-based smoothies, grain bowls and soups made from whole ingredients that are GMO and gluten free. All meals are prepared and ready to eat upon delivery, taking any and all prep work off your plate. You’ll have options like a Cuban black bean bowl, butternut turmeric soup, and a mint chip smoothie.
Price: Starting at $65 for five days of breakfast smoothies.
EveryPlate is one of the best options out there for people looking for a meal kit that saves time but is still affordable ($5 per serving). Each week you’ll have the chance to select your meals from 13 different options like farmers market penne, Greek chicken pitas, and steak with buttery pan sauce. Your delivery will come with pre-portioned ingredients and simple recipes that take 40 minutes or less.
Price: Starting at $30 for three meals a week for two
If you’re all about organic ingredients but hate shopping for them, Trifecta may be a good meal kit for you. This company delivers prepared meals made with organic ingredients that are gluten-, soy-, and dairy free. All meals come fresh (never frozen) and the meat and fish are grass-fed and wild-caught. Beyond “classic” meals, you can find options to meet a number of additional dietary needs, like keto, paleo, vegan, and vegetarian.
Price: Starting around $108-$113 per week for two meals a day, five days per week.