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Meal Kit Madness

by Margaret Moses, MBA, LDN, RD

Meal kits are cropping up everywhere — but which really deliver? acac Nutritionist Margaret Moses shares five of the best kits if you’re looking for easy, fast, customizable, organic, or eclectic meals. For more nutrition tips from Margaret, visit her website or contact margaretmo@acac.com.

Beginners: Blue Apron
Blue Apron consistently provides streamlined, unfussy directions that explain cooking techniques. The website also gives you the option to order kitchen tools you might not own. Meals start at $9 a serving.

Fastest to Prepare: FreshRealm
Ingredients from FreshRealm come in a mini refrigerator and are fully prepped. The food staff at Real Simple Magazine helped develop the lineup. Meals start at $5.25 a serving.

Most Customizable: Plated
Testers praised the minimal ingredients and easy instructions for the regular weekly meals. You can also upgrade with add-ons like specialty seafood, meat, and desserts. Meals start at $12 a serving.

Best Organic: GreenChef
This meal kit focuses on fresh, seasonal and certified organic ingredients. Each meal takes about thirty minutes to prepare and includes a pre-made sauce (like romesco or honey buffalo) that jumpstarts flavor. Meals start at $10.50 a serving.

Most Eclectic: PeachDish
This Atlanta-based company delivers southern-inspired meals from prominent chefs. Meals start at $11.25 a serving.