Home Meal Delivery – Blue Apron and Beyond

by | Mar 23, 2019

Home Meal Delivery - Delicious, Affordable, and Fun!

 
In today's world, everything is brought to our front door. We can run out of a roll of paper towels and, lo and behold, Amazon.com or any number of grocery stores are just waiting for us to pull up their site and order some. In a matter of hours, or even less, there's a six-pack of Bounty on our doorstep.
 
The convenience is certainly worth the price of delivery.
 

Shopping Inspiration

Don't get me wrong, though. I like walking through stores, even grocery stores. It's a chance to get a little exercise, be around people, and see and compare the items on the shelves. I need inspiration from time to time, or I'd be eating the same pasta with grape tomatoes every night.
 
I'm fortunate, though, in that I work from home and have some flexibility in when I can shop. I'm not forced into a 5 or 5:30 pm trip to Smith's, Albertson's or Target for some fresh produce and dinner ingredients. Even so, though, there are times when I treasure the convenience of something coming to me so I don't have to stop what I'm doing and get in the car. That's where home meals come in handy.
 

Grocery bag in a box

You get to pick and choose what you like to eat, and everything is assembled in one nice, neat box for you. You get meal cards and all of the ingredients right down to the butter and spices.
 
We have another post with a handy list to many of the top home meal delivery providers that you may want to check out, but, additionally, it's beneficial to get some expert opinions on the best of the best. So, the following article snippets are by Self, CNET, and Pocket-lint. They compare and contrast a variety of meal delivery services and give their opinions on the ones that are better than others.
 

Sun Basket is a top pick

While we've hit some of the high notes as far as the gist of the article, and links are provided so you can check out their entire breakdowns. You may be surprised to see Sun Basket as one of the top picks. Pocket-lint also introduces Amazon Fresh, which is no longer just limited to Seattle home chefs.
 
If you're interested in giving the home meal delivery a try, there are plenty of options that should suit your needs. The only thing that I noticed is lacking, is individual meals. You have to buy for two or four. Oh well, leftovers are time savers too!

Blue Apron vs Hello Fresh

Best meal kit delivery services in the US: Blue Apron vs HelloFresh and more

 
They are services you subscribe to using an app on your phone, after all. There's also all the backend stuff, which consumers never think about, from inventory and order management to delivery logistics. But, chances are, you don't care about any of that. You want to get home from work and have your groceries waiting for you in a frozen box outside your door so that you can quickly make and eat your meal and get to Netflixing.
 
Or, maybe you love to cook and want to hone your skills and try new foods. Either way, with meal kits, the hassle of grocery shopping is a thing of the past. They're all about ease and convenience. The hardest part is deciding which one to try. From Blue Apron to HelloFresh, there are numerous meal kit delivery services, with new ones popping up all the time. Here's a look at the top ones available in the US right now.
 
Blue Apron one of the first home meal delivery servicesBlue Apron was one of the first meal kit delivery services and is among the most popular. It promises to deliver boxes with fresh, locally sourced ingredients in pre-measured quantities, so all you have to do is cook and enjoy. It offers four different plans, with the $56 starter plan consisting of two or three recipes each week for two people. There's also a vegetarian version of this subscription plan and a four-person option.
 
Blue Apron has a companion wine delivery service you should check out, too.
 
View HelloFresh meal kits
Much like BlueApron and Gobble, with Hello Fresh, you’ll get a delivery each week consisting of fresh, pre-measured ingredients and simple step-by-step recipes. There are three weekly subscriptions available: a classic plan for two to four people and it includes up to four meals; a family plan for four people that offers up to three meals; and a veggie plan with three all-vegetarian recipes for up to four people.
 
Click here to view original web page with much more information at www.pocket-lint.com
 


 
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The Best Meal Kit Delivery Services for 2019

 
If you live anywhere where it's even a little bit possible to glimpse the stoops of your neighbors, you've probably noticed cheerful boxes from the likes of Home Chef, Martha & Marley Spoon and Terra's Kitchen making ever more frequent appearances on said stoops over the last five years. The age of the meal kit food delivery service is upon us. It's a type of convenience service that combines the efforts of chefs, nutritionists and personal shoppers, and delivers them into the hands of willing home cooks or enthusiastic eaters, with weekly menus and preportioned ingredients.
 
There are now dozens of these meal kit delivery programs to choose from like Sunbasket and others, many of which provide promotional offers for new customers. Nearly all include the ability to customize menus, skip weeks and cancel anytime. With no-to-limited commitment, if you're a calendar master and an account-management ninja, you can dabble in any or all of these services and choose, week-by-week, which best suits your circumstances.

 


 
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The Best Meal-Kit Delivery Services to Try in 2019

 
Meal prep is one of the best ways to ensure you have the time and energy to make healthy meals all week long. And meal prep kits are the best way to do meal prep without all the work. So we've rounded up the best meal-kit delivery services, all of which send everything you need to make amazing, restaurant-quality meals at home—and take shopping and 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.)
 
The field is growing, with specialty purveyors focusing on vegan foods, seasonal ingredients, and smoothies. We tried the best meal delivery services out there and we gotta say, they made us feel like bonafide healthy chefs. Here's what we learned:

Sun Basket

Why It Rocks:
 
The folks at Sun Basket prioritize 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 wild-caught and sustainable. 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 praise the freshness of the meals, and note that the recipes are simple enough for weeknights, while also being creative and interesting. Offerings range from classics like chicken milanese and bucatini carbonara, to fun new combinations like farro risotto and roasted shrimp with ajo blanco sauce. Weekly deliveries arrive in packaging that's 100 percent recyclable and compostable, which is another major win. Choose between the classic plan—which serves two to four people and offers paleo, gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian, pescatarian, diabetes-friendly, and more speciality meal plan options—or the family plan, which serves four and offers kid-friendly meals as well as a vegetarian option.
 
Try It:
 
Site: SunBasket.com

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.

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