The 17 Best Meal Kit Delivery Services to Try in 2020

The 17 Best Meal Kit Delivery Services to Try in 2020
Meal delivery services are seeing a major uptick in sales as people look for a way to avoid setting foot in a grocery store while social distancing, and make food prep less stressful overall: If you can afford to spend a little more on regular deliveries, they’re an easy way to ensure you have everything you need to make healthy meals all week long, and cut down on the prep work.

The field is growing, with specialty purveyors focusing on vegan foods, seasonal ingredients, and smoothies. Some services—like Freshly, Snap Kitchen, and Fresh and Easy—send you meals that are ready to warm and serve, which can come in handy if you’re cooking challenged or used to getting takeout. For parents who are juggling childcare with working from home these days, there are even services like Yumble that specifically cater to fussy kids.

With so many options out there, we’ve curated a selection of the best meal delivery services to help you choose, all of which send everything you need to make amazing, restaurant-quality meals at home—and take grocery shopping and vegetable chopping off your to-do list. Think exciting and interesting meals, clear-cut and easy-to-follow instructions, and all the ingredients you need in the perfect amounts, so there’s no guesswork and no waste (not to mention no leaving the house or planning ahead).

We’ve had a chance to try most of them firsthand, and we gotta say, they make us feel like bona fide healthy chefs. But note that because of increased demand for these kits, some ship times may be delayed. We’ve updated this story with any statements from brands that we find on their COVID-19 delivery schedule.

All products featured on SELF are independently selected by our editors. If you buy something through our retail links, we may earn an affiliate commission.

1. Home Chef

Home Chef

Why It’s Worth It:
Home Chef allows you to choose from nearly a dozen meals each week, and in about 30 minutes or less, you can whip up tasty dishes that work with your cravings and dietary restrictions. Meat or veg? Avoiding dairy? Cutting out nuts? Soy? Wheat? Home Chef has you covered with fresh ingredients for meals such as shrimp scampi pasta, farmhouse fried chicken, and tomato risotto. Menus are set five weeks ahead, so you can know what’s for dinner more than a month ahead of time.

If you’re really new to this whole cooking-for-yourself thing, the service even has a kitchenware page on its site where you can buy a curated selection of basic kitchen tools that will get you on the road to slicing and dicing like a pro. Stock up, get helpful meal-prep tips from chefs, and get ready to impress yourself. Beyond entrée-size portions, Home Chef also offers five-minute, oven-ready lunches and dinners you simply have to heat up.

Cost: Meals start at $7 per serving (choose from two or four servings) and can even be customized for an additional fee; other meal options are available on the site. Delivery is free for orders over $49, and $10 for anything less than that amount.

Availability: Nationwide

Customer Review: “Home Chef is where it’s at. My wife is a nurse and during these crazy times we were looking for an easy option to help with dinners. A friend sent us a promotion for Home Chef where they were offering discounts to frontline workers. We have not looked back! The meals are consistently delicious and easy to make. I have been helping my wife cook dinners and I must say they are very easy to make and fantastic. Every meal we have had has been a hit. We tried another service (I won’t mention the name) and the experience was horrible. The food was difficult to cook and some of the vegetables were extremely dirty. Home Chef delivers a fantastic meal every single time! I highly recommend it!” —Sascha

Editor’s Note: Home Chef is still up and running, and meals are expected to ship out on schedule. Read the brand’s COVID-19 statement here.

Try It: homechef.com

2. Sun Basket

Sun Basket

Why It’s Worth It:
The folks at Sun Basket prioritize high-quality ingredients above all else, and it shows. The produce is all organic, the meat is antibiotic-free with no added hormones, and the seafood is fresh-caught in the wild. On top of that, they offer a variety of different meal-plan options catering to special diets such as Paleo, vegan, vegetarian, and pescatarian (you can opt to mix-and-match recipes from all of these different menus too!). All meals are nutritionist approved. Fans of the program love how fresh everything tastes and note that the recipes are simple enough for weeknights (but never boring or run-of-the-mill).

Offerings range from classics like Chicken Milanese With Charred Lemon and Braised Chickpeas and Carrots With Quinoa and Yogurt to experimental new combinations like Farro Risotto With Zucchini, Tomatoes, and Soft-Cooked Eggs and Seared Tuna and Black Rice Bowls With Roasted Sweet Potato and Nori. Weekly deliveries arrive in packaging that’s 100% recyclable and compostable, which is another bonus. Choose between the classic plan—which serves two to four people and offers Paleo, gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian, pescatarian, diabetes-friendly, and more specialty meal plan options—or the family plan, which serves four and offers kid-friendly meals as well as a vegetarian option.

Cost: $72 per week for three meals for two people; $88 per week for two meals for four people. Other plans are available on the site.

Availability: Nationwide, excluding Alaska, Hawaii, Montana, and parts of New Mexico

Customer Review: “The food, the customer service, and recipes are incredible. It’s made eating healthy easy. I know I will have three great meals every week. The quality of the food is great. The recipes are things I never would pick on my own, but are so good. I’m also learning to be a better cook. The customer service has been great, as well. I’ve needed to call a few times to modify orders and they’ve been so responsive and pleasant.” —Valorie

Editor’s Note: Due to overwhelming demand, customers may experience some delays in shipping as production schedules change. See the brand’s COVID-19 FAQ page here.

Try It: sunbasket.com

3. Freshly

Freshly

Why It’s Worth It:
For anyone who feels overwhelmed by the prospect of cooking for yourself every day, this plan is for you. Freshly meals arrive at your home fully cooked and in insulated, eco-friendly packaging. Because the meals aren’t frozen, you can get dinner ready in under three minutes—meaning there’s no need to order delivery.

Choose breakfast, lunch, or dinner from a weekly menu of rotating options; the entire menu is free of gluten and peanuts and produced in a gluten- and peanut-free facility. Sample menu: Springtime Chicken Pilaf, Super Pepper and Sausage Fusilli, and Steak Peppercorn.

Cost: $50 per week for four meals for one person and up to $108 per week for 12 meals (serves one). Other plans are available on the site.

Availability: Nationwide, excluding Alaska and Hawaii

Customer Review:  “Freshly has changed our lives! With Freshly, we don’t have to go anywhere or wait for delivery, and our monthly food bill has been cut nearly in half. We love it.” —Dave

Editor’s Note: Freshly is still up and running, and meals are expected to ship out on schedule. For COVID-19 relief, Freshly also teamed up with Nestlé to donate $500,000 to Meals on Wheels America. Read the brand’s COVID-19 statement here.

Try It: freshly.com

4. EveryPlate

Every Plate

Why It’s Worth It:
EveryPlate prides itself on delivering affordable, delicious meals that even cooking novices could whip up by themselves. Meals on the basic plans net out to $5 per serving, and you can choose between enough to serve two or four people per meal. The goal is to make getting dinner on the table less complicated, so don’t expect gourmet meals—as it says on the company’s website, “Our aim is to bring tasty value and convenience, not make you a chef.” Even so, the selection looks as delectable as any meal kit service. Sample recipes include a Beef Bibimbap Bowl, Apricot Sriracha Pork Chops, and Garlic Rosemary Chicken.

Cost: $39 per week for three meals for two people; $70 per week for three meals for four people (both prices include a delivery fee).

Availability: Available in most areas of the continental United States; input your zip code on the site to see your delivery options.

Customer Review: “I love Every Plate. I get the meal plan for four and we still have enough left over for a packed work lunch the next day. Everything is packed well and delivered super cold. The recipes have been great, always very tasty, quick and easy. I work evenings, and I love being able to come home and put dinner on the table without stopping at the grocery store or getting takeout. And the most important factor to me is that I’m on a strict budget and still able to work with Every Plate’s options and keep my food budget in line.”—Donna

Editor’s Note: Every Plate is still up and running, and meals are expected to ship out as on schedule. Read the brand’s COVID-19 statement here.

Try It: everyplate.com

5. Blue Apron

Blue Apron

Why It’s Worth It:
Blue Apron was the first to popularize the whole meal-kit delivery service thing—and now it’s got plenty of competition. Blue Apron’s recipes—like vegetable pad thai and harissa-baked chicken—are developed to keep cooking and prep time to an average of 45 minutes. In fact, the directions are so easy to follow our editor had her six-year-olds help her out. The company has a mission to improve our country’s food system at large by focusing on sustainable farming, direct shipping, and less food waste. Its chefs work directly with farmers to create their meal plans and provide the stories behind the ingredients so you know where your food actually came from.

As an added bonus, it has a monthly wine subscription that pairs specially sized bottles with your meals. And if you’re a non-meat-eater, Blue Apron offers a vegetarian option for the two-person plan and recently added Beyond Meat boxes to its roster so you can whip up a Beyond Burger at home. Sample recipes include customer favorites Orange Beef and Bok Choy, Cajun-Spiced Fish, and Za’atar-Roasted Chicken.

Cost: $60 per week for three meals for two people; $96 per week for three meals for four people. Other plans are available on the site. Right now through Monday, May 25, Blue Apron is having a Memorial Day sale where you can take $60 off your first three boxes.

Availability: Nationwide

Customer Review: “My boyfriend and I have been getting these every week for over a year and all I can say is wow! Amazing meals. They are consistently good—even the ones I thought I wouldn’t like I end up enjoying! These premium meals are worth the money. Whoever comes up with this stuff is a genius. Even if they forget an ingredient (which is rare) they always make up for it with credits for our next order. Great service! Keep it up!”—Brooke

Editor’s Note: Blue Apron is still up and running, but due to a surge in demand, some orders might be canceled if Blue Apron reaches capacity for orders and isn’t able to fulfill them. Delivery dates and recipes may be tweaked as Blue Apron accommodates demands and works with fluctuating supplies. See the brand’s COVID-19 FAQ page here.

Try It: blueapron.com

6. Purple Carrot

Purple Carrot

Why It’s Worth It:
Purple Carrot runs on plant power. If you don’t eat animal products or are lactose intolerant, you’re in luck. Every single dish from Purple Carrot is not only vegetarian but vegan too. But don’t worry, we’re not talking boring grilled veggies here. This box features seasonal produce, herbs, and creative sauces that keep things interesting, and each meal comes prepped in a separate bag. Each week, Purple Carrot chefs create a new selection of plant-based dishes, like Cauliflower L’Orange, Broccoli Cheddar Soup, and Coffee Teriyaki Skewers, and provide a handy recipe book so you can follow along with the chef’s detailed instructions.

In addition to being healthy and tasty, Purple Carrot encourages users to appreciate the way that eating plant-based meals instead of ones containing meat is environmentally friendly, cutting down on water use and emissions. Choose from quick-and-easy, high-protein, or chef’s-choice plans. There’s also an option for athletes, called TB12, that features gluten-free recipes that are higher in protein and calories and limited in soy and refined sugars.

Cost: $72 per week for three meals for two people; $120 per week for three meals for four people.

Availability: Nationwide, excluding Alaska and Hawaii

Customer Review: “Since trying out Purple Carrot I feel like a gourmet chef! I get lots of compliments on my meals and gained more confidence in the kitchen.” —Cait

Editor’s Note: Purple Carrot is still up and running, but given increased demand and unpredictable timelines, the brand has stated that it may need to make substitutions with ingredients and meals and will sometimes omit a recipe booklet or ingredient if it doesn’t arrive to suppliers in time. It has also advised to expect delayed ship times. Purple Carrot is also donating a percentage of sales from all its boxes to Feeding America.

Try It: purplecarrot.com

7. Gobble

Gobble/Brandy Yowell

Why It’s Worth It:
Meal kits inherently solve a problem in any busy hungry person’s life—lack of time to shop and decide what’s for dinner—but Gobble takes it a step further by doing all of the prep work for you. That means already peeled vegetables, minimal-to-no chopping, and a process that goes from pan to plate in only about 15 minutes. It’s almost as low-effort as food delivery, and often even quicker.

Plus, we love that Gobble includes specialty menu options for people who are gluten-free, dairy-free, low-carb, and vegetarian, and emphasizes kid-friendly options for families. Sample meals: Seared Salmon with Kale, Mexican Squash Flatbread With Cotija Cheese, and Chinese Five-Spice Tofu With Lime Coconut Vegetable Stew.

Cost: $79 per week for three meals for two people; $151 per week for three meals for four people (both prices include shipping).

Availability: Nationwide

Customer Review: “I love to cook and am anal about following quality recipes (usually the longer, more complicated way) so the end result is good. I don’t like any usual meal shortcuts like frozen meals, canned soup, most frozen veggies, etc. They don’t have a good taste or texture. It got hard to maintain that amount of work, and we started ordering delivery way more than we should have. I decided to give Gobble a try and just love it. The meals are high quality, and everything about dinner is just easier: less decision making, less shopping, less ingredient prep, less cooking time, less dishes, and very little food waste. I can be a picky eater, and there’s always multiple menu options that I’m excited to try. Gobble’s also good about using seasonal produce and offering a variety of cuisine, so we’re not eating the same few meals over and over.” —Kati

Editor’s Note: Gobble is still up and running, and meals are expected to ship out on schedule. Read the brand’s COVID-19 statement here.

Try It: gobble.com

8. Green Chef

Green Chef

Why It’s Worth It:
Green Chef offers the first keto meal kit on the market: It sells USDA-certified organic meal kits, aiming to make sure that at least 90% of the ingredients it sends you are organic. The color-coded recipe cards are easy to follow and make fancy meals quick. All Green Chef meals are meant to be ready in 30 minutes. In addition to carnivore, omnivore, vegetarian, and vegan options, there are Paleo, keto, and gluten-free menus to choose from. We loved the vegan Moroccan Cauliflower and Cuban Tofu with chimichurri.

Cost: From $79 per week for three meals for two people (including shipping, though some dietary options are more); $95 per week for two meals for four people (including shipping)

Availability: Nationwide

Customer Review: “Their sauce is the boss. Very cleverly they have created killer sauces and marinades that I could not replicate. Each one is an explosion of flavor and takes simple kale or spaghetti squash to new levels of taste. We are on the keto plan and I do not (really) miss the potatoes and starch with all the great stuff that they include in each bag.” Russ

Editor’s Note: Greenchef is still up and running, and meals are expected to ship out on schedule (unless notified otherwise by email). Read the brand’s COVID-19 statement here.

Try It: greenchef.com

9. Fresh and Easy

Fresh & Easy

Why It’s Worth It:
If you’re already familiar with Home Chef’s 30-minute home-cooking meal kit, prepare to be even more charmed by its new Fresh and Easy plan, which aims to make things even simpler. For the time-starved, Fresh and Easy’s meals come pre-portioned, sliced and diced, and ready to go in oven-safe trays, so you just need to pop them in the oven, set a timer, and grab the silverware. Cold options like salads are also in the mix and only need to be assembled and tossed. Cleanup is simpler than ever, and you don’t even have to worry about getting out your cutting board. Meal plans range from servings for two people to family-size options, and you can choose exactly how many meals you want to arrive per week.

Cost: $60 per week for three meals for two people; $119 per week for three meals for four people (prices include shipping). Other options are available on the site.

Availability: Nationwide

Customer Review: “Home Chef’s Fresh and Easy meals are so delicious. There’s so much to choose from, and you can mix and match these family-friendly meals so everyone gets exactly what they want: I can have pad Thai and my husband can have a three-bean ancho chicken chili on the same night, with no actual cooking required. There are plenty of options and everything arrives neatly with ice packs all around the  meals. It’s so easy to pop them in the fridge and then heat them up when you’re ready for a fresh, filling meal.” —Ann

Editor’s Note: Fresh and Easy is still up and running, and meals are expected to ship out on schedule.

Try It: freshandeasy.com

10. Daily Harvest

Daily Harvest

Why It’s Worth It:
We like to think of this one as the grown-up, health-conscious version of a Cup O’Noodles because it reminds us of those easy—if sodium-heavy—meals we used to make by pouring hot water in a cup. Daily Harvest’s smoothies, soups, oats, and bites all come in cups you can eat right out of. Of course, the Cauliflower and Leek Stew, Pumpkin and Chai Oat Bowl, and our personal favorite, Cacao and Avocado Smoothie, are a far cry from the ramen soup of our college days. The brand recently launched a delicious range of flatbreads too, to round out its menu.

Daily Harvest even has delicious options for breakfast chia bowls, delicious dairy-free ice cream, plus savory harvest bowls in case you want something a little heartier. The base comes frozen, and all you have to do is add liquid, blend it in the blender, pour it back in the cup, and enjoy. In a move to make its cups more eco-friendly, Daily Harvest has recently introduced 100% compostable packaging too.

Cost: $6 to $8 per cup

Availability: Nationwide

Customer Review: “I love Daily Harvest! It is a great way to get a healthy meal quickly! Daily Harvest has really helped me stay on track with my nutrition and health goals. So grateful for Daily Harvest.” —Teri

Editor’s Note: Daily Harvest is up and running, and meals are expected to ship out on schedule. The brand is also helping out with COVID-19 relief efforts by hiring chefs who have lost their jobs to make its flatbreads, sending meals to health care professionals, and even partnered with Neil Patrick Harris to donate 400,000 meals to City Harvest.

Try It: daily-harvest.com

11. HelloFresh

HelloFresh 

Why It’s Worth It:
HelloFresh lets you pick from curated chef boxes, plus vegetarian-friendly and family-style boxes, to create meals ranging in difficulty on a scale of one to three (they’re very low-lift). You can try Mahi Mahi Piccata, Garlic-Butter Shrimp, or even Butternut Squash Agnolotti With Kate. If you’re vegan or vegetarian, you can set your meal preferences to cut out meat and seafood. You can also pick Fit meals, which are the three most nutritionally dense recipes of the week; Quick meals, which take 30 minutes max to make; or Variety meals, which, HelloFresh explains, feature “recipes that showcase new ingredients and techniques for those craving something different (but still quick and totally doable).” It’s kind of like your own private cooking skills class.

The meal kits are designed to fit easily in the fridge, which is super convenient. Choose from classic, veggie, or family plans.

Cost: $60 per week for three meals for two people; $96 per week for three meals for four people (prices include shipping). Other options are available on the site.

Availability: Nationwide

Customer Review: “The meals are original and extremely delicious! This is helping me learn not only how to cook, but how to enjoy cooking. I’m thrilled being able to prepare these meals with my husband and our son. Great family bonding time and then a wonderful meal together! Love it!” —Michelle

Editor’s Note: HelloFresh is still up and running, and meals are expected to ship out on schedule (unless otherwise notified by email). Read the brand’s COVID-19 statement here.

Try It: hellofresh.com

12. Fresh Direct

Fresh Direct

Why It’s Worth It:
If there’s a company that knows a thing or two about delivering food to hungry humans, it’s Fresh Direct. It makes it simple by listing meal kits like any other product on its site. Choose one, select the quantity you want (most meals serve two, some serve a family), then add it to your cart and schedule your delivery. While you’re at it, you can pick out a bunch of other snacks, beverages, and miscellaneous grocery items, since Fresh Direct is more of a grocery purveyor than a meal-kit service. Pick from crowd-pleasers like stir-fry and tacos, then whip up your dinner in as little as 20 minutes—one of the fastest prep times we found. (As you scroll through the available options, you can see how long each one will take.)

Cost: $10 and up for one serving; each meal kit serves two.

Availability: Only in the Northeast

Customer Review: “Their food is always fresh and nicely packaged. I love their meal kits and baked goods. They also have many items that you can’t buy at a regular store, and I love the convenience of not going grocery shopping.” —Maria

Editor’s Note: Fresh Direct is still up and running, and meals are expected to ship out on schedule. The company is also giving back to seniors and low-income families in all five boroughs of New York through an initiative called Operation 5-Borough Food Drive. Each day it sends 400 family-size boxes of food to each borough, free of charge, to be distributed by community-based organizations in the area.

Try It: freshdirect.com

13. Snap Kitchen

Snap Kitchen

Why It’s Worth It:
Austin-based company Snap Kitchen works with dietitians, chefs, and personal trainers to flesh out breakfast, lunch, and dinner options that are delicious and require absolutely zero prep. Pick from high-protein, keto-friendly, Paleo, dairy-free meal kits, and more, then select a calorie goal, from 1,200 calories to 1,800 calories—or choose a flexible build-your-own meal-kit option that lets you dabble.

Everything ships to you in a container with a recyclable plastic lid and compostable bottom, and meals come ready to plate and serve (most meals require less than 20 minutes in the oven or microwave for reheating, so it’s sort of like an elevated version of television dinners). As an added bonus, all meals are gluten-free. Popular meal options include Chicken Chile Enchiladas, Chimichurri Beef, and Almond Butter Pancakes.

Cost: Depending on what type of meal plan you select, expect to spend between $29 to $39 per day, which includes three meals and two snacks.

Availability: It’s currently available in select states, including Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Kansas, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, New York, Massachusetts, Virginia, and West Virginia.

Customer Review: “I get breakfast and lunch, sometimes a snack as well, five days a week, so that my work week is taken care of and I don’t have to think about what I’m going to be eating. it’s really helpful … The biggest benefit for me is that it takes away my cravings. I don’t have cravings for sweets or soda anymore. I still have it every now and then, but I don’t go seeking it out in the grocery store.” —Jasmine

Editor’s Note: Snap Kitchen is still up and running, and meals are expected to ship out on schedule, per the company’s COVID-19 statement, here. The service is also providing meals to health care workers and first responders in New York, Texas, and Pennsylvania.

Try It: snapkitchen.com

14. Yumble

Yumble

Why It’s Worth It:
Yumble knows the struggle of getting fussy kids to actually eat their vegetables, or pulling together meals as a working parent (who right now may be tackling work and childcare at the same time), which is why it created a meal-kit service specifically catered to children between the ages of 1 and 12. Founded by Joanna Parker (a mother to three picky eaters), Yumble even consulted nutritionists for its rotating menu of well-balanced kid’s lunches, dinners, and snacks—all filled with regionally sourced fruits and veggies.

Meals include kid-menu favorites like chicken nuggets or mac and cheese with a side of veggies, and there’s even a specialty Picky Eater box to prevent any meltdowns at the dinner table. Yumble sends along boxes weekly with precooked meals so all you have to do is reheat or assemble on a plate when you get home from work. Easy-peasy. The boxes even include activities for kids to do while they eat, like sticker sheets and table topics, to keep kids engaged during mealtimes.

Cost: $24 per week for six meals to feed one kid; $48 per week for 12 meals to feed two kids (prices include shipping). Other options are available on the site.

Availability: Most of the East Coast, Texas, and parts of the West Coast and Midwest. Enter your zip code on the website to see your delivery options.

Customer Review: “As a pediatrician and mother of three young children, I have been super impressed with Yumble. The food is not only delicious and nutritious, but it covers all food groups and is well balanced in terms of vitamins and nutrients. This is such a priority for my children and patients when it comes to optimization of health and boosting immunity. The price point and convenience are other wonderful benefits.” —Gaby 

Editor’s Note: Yumble is still up and running, and meals are expected to ship out on schedule.

Try It: yumblekids.com

15. FACTOR

FACTOR

Why It’s Worth It:
FACTOR’s menu of ready-to-eat meals is constantly evolving. Every week it switches it up with a new variety of meals. You can pick and choose what you like, or if you want to save time, FACTOR can craft your order based on your meal history and taste preferences. The meals come fully prepared: All you have to do is pop them into the microwave and enjoy.

You can choose comfort foods (like shepherd’s pie), filling breakfasts (like a sweet potato bowl bursting with veggies), protein-packed snack plates, or healthy dinners (like a garlic Parmesan chicken breast paired with green beans and cherry tomatoes). FACTOR also offers meals that fit into keto, Paleo, low-carb, plant-based, vegetarian, and high-protein diets. As for ingredients, FACTOR is very careful about sourcing, only using organic produce, cage-free and antibiotic-free eggs and poultry, plus grass-fed/pasture-raised meat. Even its salmon is certified according to the Best Aquaculture Practices.

Cost: $11 to $15 per meal, based on quantity. Plans start at $60 per week for four meals for one person. Other plans are available on the site.

Availability: Nationwide, excluding Alaska and Hawaii

Customer Review: “This type of meal delivery service is what I have wanted for years and now it’s finally here. They serve a variety of fresh and high-end protein with vegetables. I cut each meal in half and split it between two dinners and I am completely satisfied. I have tried many meal delivery services over the last 10 years (perk of living in a tech city) and this is the first that has delivered consistently delicious, low-carb meals with high-end animal protein.” —Rebecca

Editor’s Note: FACTOR is still up and running, and meals are expected to ship out on schedule. Delivery is contact-free, and all of the team members wear gloves while packing orders. Their kitchen undergoes a deep sanitation daily, and all employees undergo a health screen upon arriving to work. See the brand’s COVID-19 statement here.

Try It: factor75.com

16. Martha & Marley Spoon

Marley Spoon

Why It’s Worth It:
Berlin-based meal-kit program Marley Spoon partnered with the domestic goddess herself, Martha Stewart, to bring you this curated, pre-portioned meal plan that helps you avoid waste. The concept is pretty straightforward: You decide whether you want to feed two or four people and how many meals you want delivered per week. Twenty-two new recipe options pop up every week, and boxes come with fresh ingredients and colorful recipe cards so you can follow along at home.

Meals are more ambitious than what you might make on the fly at home, but they’re still approachable, from Seared Steak and Kale Salad With Parmesan Sweet Potatoes to Lemon-Garlic Chicken Thighs With Brussels Sprouts and Feta Pita Crisps (don’t worry, there are vegetarian offerings too, like Squash and Kale Flatbread With Spicy Garlic Oil), with the idea that no recipe should take longer than 40 minutes to pull together. For those who want an easier dinner fix, there’s even a selection of “30 minute and under” recipes.

Cost: $48 to 76 per week for a two-person plan; $76 to $139 for a four-person plan.

Availability: Nationwide

Customer Review: “I have been with Martha and Marley for a while now—actually since COVID-19 started and I didn’t want to go to the grocery store. I have always loved to cook and Martha and Marley are my new best friends. I started off with two meals a week and now I’m up to four. Every single meal I have cooked deserves five stars. My husband loves the meals. I love the packaging, the recipe cards (I have started a recipe binder full now!). I love the seasoning packets, the freshness of the food, and the ice is still frozen when you get your shipment. I’m getting a box today and can’t wait to unpack it. It’s like Christmas once a week.” —Caree

Editor’s Note: Marley Spoon is still up and running, but due to a surge in demand, expect some delays in shipping, changes in delivery days, and a shorter window to edit your upcoming orders. Read Marley Spoon’s letter from the CEO here.

Try It: marleyspoon.com

17. Veestro

Veestro

Why It’s Worth It: Veestro’s meals are 100% plant-based and made fresh with non-GMO, organic ingredients. This one’s another plan for people who don’t love to prep and cook. Everything arrives ready to eat with no prep (other than heating) required. You can select 10 to 30 meals per week and tailor your menu to suit your needs. Pick and choose your favorites or, if you’re down to dabble, select Chef’s Choice to simply get a box of the most popular meals on Veestro, including tasty selections like breakfast burritos, pasta bolognese, and Spanish tortas.

Cost: From $10 per meal, based on quantity. Plans start at $117 per week for 10 meals for one person. Other plans are available on the site.

Availability: Nationwide, excluding Alaska and Hawaii

Customer Review: “The starter pack is delicious. I really love the food. Easy to prepare and very flavorful. I look forward to eating every meal.” —Dorothy

Editor’s Note: Veestro is still up and running, and strictly following best practices outlined by the CDC. Orders ship through FedEx, so you may experience some delays. See the brand’s COVID-19 statement here.

Try It: veestro.com

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