7 meal delivery kits that make cooking so much easier

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Cooking your own meals has plenty of benefits: From saving you money to helping you eat healthier to stimulating creativity and focus. However, if you can’t get to the grocery store, or you consider pouring a bowl of cereal as cooking dinner, you might want a little help in the form of a meal delivery kit.

A meal delivery kit is a box full of fresh ingredients with step-by-step instructions for cooking. The recipes can range from 15-minute, one-pan dishes to longer, more involved meals.

I personally love to cook and consider myself pretty good at it, but I also love the ease of using a meal delivery kit. When I want to make something more niche or out of my usual rotation, say a Thai dish, I don’t have to gather full-size jars of spices and oils — a meal kit gives me just the amount that I need.

While I’ve tried a few and have yet to have a bad experience, my go-to meal delivery kit is Home Chef. It packs in pretty heft portion sizes so I almost always have leftovers, the produce is always super fresh and there’s a wide range of recipes (including those for slow cookers, one-pan oven meals, salads, smoothies, meats for grilling and more). You can even customize recipes to fit your preferences or dietary needs by swapping out ingredients.

Shop: Home Chef Meal Delivery Kit, starts at $7 per serving

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Some of my favorite Home Chef meals have been hot honey salmon, lemon thyme chicken with orzo, the artichoke and tomato flatbread, jerk chicken thigh stuffed poblanos and sherry wine demi-glace sirloin steak.

If you’re looking for a more diet-specific meal delivery kit or simply want more options, we have those, too. Skip the grocery store and check out the list of meal delivery kits starting at just $4.49 per serving below.

Shop: Hello Fresh, $7.49+ per serving

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Hello Fresh totes itself as America’s no. 1 meal kit delivery service. Ingredients come fresh from a farm and you can choose from four different plans: classic meat and veggies, veggie, low-calorie or family-friendly.

Shop: Purple Carrot, $8.99+ per serving

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Purple Carrot makes plant-based eating easy with simple dishes that pack tons of flavor, like grilled caesar salad or roasted sweet potatoes with spicy cashew sauce and kraut.

Shop: Martha & Marley Spoon, $6.99+ per serving

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This one is brought to you by the one and only Martha Stewart. Each week, choose between 22 different meals like chicken Vesuvio (pictured above) and saucy cheese tortellini. The kit also has recipes for those on a vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free or low-carb diet.

Shop: Dinnerly, $4.49+ per serving

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Dinnerly is the most affordable meal delivery kit and has classic choices like lasagna, chicken and mashed potatoes, burgers and deep-dish skillet pizza on the menu for pleasing the whole family.

Shop: Green Chef, $10.99+ per serving

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Green Chef promotes itself as the no. 1 meal kit for eating well. It has meal plans for several lifestyles, including paleo, keto, plant-based and family-friendly.

Shop: Takeout Kit, $6.50+ per serving

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Takeout Kit is for the adventurous eaters who want to try their hand and new and international cuisines. Make pho, ramen, curry, empanadas, spätzle and more!

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