It’s time to get real in the kitchen. Most young professionals work more than 40 hours a week and rarely have time to come home and cook a good meal. Even if you find the motivation to cook, it’s hard to find new recipes that keep your diet fresh. Meal Delivery Services bring everything you need to cook a great meal right to your door. They can save you time and money by skipping a dreaded trip to the grocery store and avoiding food waste.
Blue Apron has a great ordering process that allows you to customize your recipes up to a few days before delivery. Even after a minor delivery delay (my leasing office kept my shipment overnight), the food was nice and fresh. These unique recipes are definitely Instagram worthy.
The meals: Brick Chicken, Stuffed Pork Chops, Seared Salmon
The Pros: If you’re interested in improving your culinary skills, Blue Apron will help you become a pro. With tons of video tutorials and pictures, you’ll feel even more comfortable in the kitchen after a few deliveries.
The Cons: Blue Apron take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour to prepare. If you’re looking for something quick, you might prefer Hello Fresh.
The meals: Chorizo Egg Polenta Pancakes with Spinach and Spicy Tomato Sauce, “Little Ears” Pasta with Baby Broccoli and Pesto, Garlic Burger with Onion Jam and Zucchini Fries
The Pros: These meals basically cook themselves. If you follow the directions exactly, you’ll have dinner on the table in 30 minutes or less. As an added bonus, Hello Fresh has a great referral program, so if you’re into sharing, you could easily rack up a few meals.
The Cons: Some of the food items in our first box were not fresh. The chorizo for one of my recipes became hard and tough after cooking, and needed to be replaced.
The meals: Fajita Burger, Lemon Chicken, Tuna Steaks
The Pros: For those with special diets (like Gluten-free, Vegan, or Paleo), Green Chef is perfect. Even if you’re a regular omnivore / carnivore, there’s a meal delivery menu for you.
The Cons: Since all of Green Chef’s products are organic, the price of three 2-person meals is higher than most services. If you’re on a tight budget, Green Chef may not be for you.
The meals: Fish Cakes with salad, Skinny Chicken Bruschetta with roasted broccolini and shallots, and Thai Turkey Lettuce Wraps
The Pros: Like all meal delivery services, the convenience is key with Home Chef. Flexible delivery dates make this a nice midweek or end of the week treat.
The Cons: I’m not a huge fan of over-seasoned food, but some of these dishes lacked the punch I’m used to. Be sure to add some extra seasoning to take these recipes up a notch.
I loved the recipe book that came with my order. Instead of just looking at recipe cards for the meals I ordered, I could head to the grocery store and build my own Sunbasket meal for the following week.
The meals: Seared steak with sweet potatoes and chard, Spicy chicken tostadas with avocado and queso fresco, and Quinoa bowls with kale, mushrooms, and goat cheese
The Pros: The chefs at Sunbasket clearly know what their doing. This is the most expensive delivery service, but the quality of recipes makes it worth it. I never would have tried some of the flavors and ingredients included in my first order.
The Cons: Overall, NONE! Close to $70/week, this is the most expensive, but by far Sunbasket was my favorite.
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