Which Meal Kit Should I Pick?

Meal kits are cropping up everywhere. With endless options, attractive packaging, tasty flavors, and step-by-step instructions, cooking is turned into an adventure that everyone can enjoy. But which kits really deliver? acac Nutritionist Margaret Moses shares her thoughts on the best services below, no matter which criteria you’re looking for. Find the best meal kit service for you and fall in love with cooking!

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: Green Chef
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.

Vegan-Friendly: Purple Carrot
With recipes created by New York Times food columnist Mark Bittman, Purple Carrot is the only all-vegan meal kit service that delivers across the nation. Meals start at $9.25 a serving.

Pristine Packaging: Terra’s Kitchen
Meals from this service arrive in a mini refrigerator. Everything is chopped and ready for action! Simply unload the fridge and place the provided return sticker on the box for pickup the following day.

On the Go: GreenBlender
If you’re looking to add some variety to your post-workout smoothie, this one’s for you. Receive five smoothie recipes each week and ingredients for ten delicious servings. Meals start at $3.90 a serving.

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