What's the most affordable meal service?

There are also a few mid-range options to consider, such as HelloFresh and Home Chef. These may cost a few dollars more per serving, but allow for more customization and have more recipes to choose from. Most of these meal delivery services also offer vegetarian or personalized options for those who don't eat meat. There are meal kits that fit a specialized diet, such as ketogenic, paleo, low calorie, or gluten-free.

I tried the affordable Dinnerly meal kits and they were all easy to prepare, although, on average, they involved more work than the EveryPlate recipes. There were also some major mistakes among the successes. But Dinnerly is a little more dynamic than its cheap counterpart and allows you to add protein packages from chicken breast, ground beef or shrimp to plan meals, along with a small snack and dessert market, which you can buy at an additional cost. When I tried the HelloFresh meal kits recently, I prepared the meatloaf for mom, the barramundi with corn hashish and potatoes, and the pork chops with butter and honey.

See my full review of HelloFresh for everything you need to know about the meal delivery service. For a little cheaper than HelloFresh it's Home Chef. I tried Home Chef a few months ago and loved the flexibility and customization offered by the meal kit subscription. For example, you can change the protein in almost any recipe or double the portion if you're expecting company or want leftovers for lunch during the week.

Home Chef also has affordable oven-ready meal kits, which just need to be mounted on a tray and cooked, without the need to chop or prepare them. Some Home Chef recipes that I tried and liked were the moo shu pork tacos and the shrimp risotto with bruschetta, which had a lot of garlic but was much easier to prepare than I expected. If you don't want to cook at all, but want tasty meals at an affordable price, Freshly is what you need. Freshly delivers precooked meals (fresh, not frozen) to your door in a single order or subscription.

While this affordable meal delivery service has plenty of healthy recipe options, Freshly is one of the best options if you want the occasional cheap meal or a portion of comfort food. Penne a la Bolognese, pepper fillet with mashed potatoes and chicken casserole are just some of the most abundant options you can order at home and that's it. But there are also healthier, lower calorie Freshly foods to be honest. Users can choose between two and four recipes per week (each serving two).

There are many food options, ranging from healthy recipes to diabetes-friendly recipes. Blue Apron also offers wine delivery, gift cards and an impressive inventory of kitchen items, from an herb picker to a handmade Japanese multi-purpose knife. HelloFresh is another OG in the food kit industry, founded more than 10 years ago. It is often compared to Blue Apron, and there are similarities between the two.

However, HelloFresh won the food kit during the pandemic, with almost 3 million subscribers compared to the previous year. Users can choose between two and six recipes per week and choose between two or four people to serve them. Unlike Blue Apron, HelloFresh has doubled its focus on food alone. The service offers options ranging from meat and pescaterian to quick and easy meals with efficient calories.

Mildred Auala
Mildred Auala

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