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Meal kit delivery services solve one of life's perennial quandaries: Just how are we supposed to get dinner on the table with so much going on all the time? For the busy mom, they make great gifts for Mother's Day so she has one less thing to worry about—planning what's for dinner.
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Available at varying prices and difficulty levels, kits like Home Chef, Green Chef and more offer lots of selection and feature options that can account for different dietary needs and restrictions, so there's a meal kit for every type of Mom out there.
1. Home Chef
With a mixture of oven bake-ables and great recipe kits that come supplied with all the ingredients you need to cook them (except for the knife), Home Chef is a meal kit plan for those who want to learn some cooking skills along the way. We liked the service so much that we named it our number one pick. Basic meal plans for Home Chef start at $6.99 a serving.
One of the most famous meal kit subscriptions out there, HelloFresh is known for budget-friendly prices, belly-satiating portions and crowd-pleasing recipes. Most of the company's recipes claim that they're fully capable of being prepared in 30 minutes, and even if this claim isn't always proved true, the company consistently delivers easy to make dinners for less. Most meals range in cost from $9 to $10.
Factor is a fitness forward, pre-made meal service. With nutrition guides for every meal on their list and packaged meals that require hardly any prep, Factor makes the classic TV-dinner into a fitness buff's dietary fantasy. Factor hits this intention home by offering a free consultation with a dietician to help you select the meal for you. What they don't have a lot of, however, is vegetarian options.
When you set up a plan, Factor meals can cost as little as $5 and under.
With meals starting at $5, Everyplate is a Hello Fresh-owned subscription that leans into budget prices. With a decent amount of customization possible, it's a viable pick for vegetarians and meat eaters alike. The kit will help you invest in simple and affordable dinners.
5. Green Chef
Green Chef focuses on organic ingredients, ethical sourcing and catering to those with specific dietary needs and restrictions. If you're a keto adherent or a strict vegan, the meal service's weekly board of dishes will have you covered. Whatever your needs, the subscription delivers easy prepped meals with pre-bagged, diced veggies and other trappings that our testers found to be a simple solution for nutritious dinners at home.
Meal prices start around $12, however, new users should look for new subscriber deals.
6. Blue Apron
Blue Apron is potentially the best known meal kit delivery service out there, and it's definitely worth a shot. With decent prices, wine pairings and generally good food that's often nutritious enough to win a dietician's approval, Blue Apron makes it easy to get that fresh home cooked meal. At the low end, Blue Apron starts at $8.
7. Purple Carrot
A fully nutritious vegan diet requires strategy and commitment to achieve. Without the right foods, vegans may lose out on critical vitamins and minerals and can even have trouble getting enough whole proteins.
Whether you're a vegan looking for that easy fix to ensure you get the foods your body needs, or a non-vegan who's begun to feel like their body could use more plant-based foods, Purple Carrot's meal kits and prepared meals are a great option. Meal kits start at about $11 per serving for four serving meals.
Gobble steps into the meal kit arena with a promise of ease. The service is all about quick prep times, with most meals including pre-made sauces and pre-chopped fresh materials. In fact, most meals require no more than 15 minutes of kitchen time. All that pre-prepped food requires a lot of packaging, but at least most of it is technically recyclable. Gobble offers a starter package of six meals for $36.
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Sunbasket is a subscription service that our testers found to be the best pick for vegetarians. However, these veggie-forward options aren't only for vegetarians and vegans; they also have lots of plant-focused foods for the rest of the population. With deals for new subscribers, you can try out Sunbasket for as little as around $5 for a serving.
Prices were accurate at the time this article was published but may change over time.
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