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The 3 most affordable meal delivery kits for cooking at home

Ellie Conley
·3-min read

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If you like good food and want to make more of it at home, you need to try ordering a meal delivery kit. But it’s understandable if you are hesitant. After all, the biggest misconception about meal delivery kits is that they’re expensive. However, these three affordable meal delivery kits can actually save you money and time, while helping you make some really great meals.

Meal delivery kits provide the exact ingredients you need to make a dish, so you can stop wasting food (like those fresh, yet wilted herbs you bought for one meal that are still sitting in your crisper drawer). Wasted food is wasted money!

These kits can also cut down your weekly grocery shopping, and the time you spend cooking in the kitchen. Most meal delivery kits include recipes that you can make in 30 to 45 minutes.

Whether you like to cook or not, all three of these affordable meal delivery kits offer simple recipes that taste amazing, so you can make cooking for yourself easier. Yes, takeout does sound good — but so does food you have lined up in the fridge.

1. Dinnerly, starts at $4.29 per serving

Credit: @dinnerly on Instagram
Credit: @dinnerly on Instagram

Dinnerly is more of a meat-and-potatoes dinner kit. Like the recipes, the food isn’t complicated. Most meals feature a protein, a vegetable and a starch with really great quality ingredients.

Dinnerly cuts costs by providing digital recipe cards instead of glossy paper ones. The service also pares down ingredients needed per dish, simplifies packaging and cuts down on fancy marketing campaigns.

It’s for people who like to cook, but don’t have a lot of time and don’t want to spend a lot of money. The brand actually comes from the makers of Martha & Marley Spoon, also known as Martha Stewart’s meal delivery kit.

You can choose a two-person box or a family-box, which feeds four.

2. Every Plate, starts at $4.99 per serving

Credit: @everyplate on Instagram
Credit: @everyplate on Instagram

Every Plate is a lot like Dinnerly in that the recipes are simple, but cooking them will make you feel like a bonafide chef. Most meals take 30 to 35 minutes to make, which is about the time it would take for you to watch your favorite sitcom (which you can also do while you cook, up to you).

Each week, you get to choose between a variety of 11 recipes, like steak with green beans and garlic ciabatta bread or garlicky soy-glazed chicken tacos.

Every Plate makes its meals affordable by cutting down unnecessary packaging, and keeping a smaller menu than other meal delivery kits.

You can purchase a box for two people or a box for four.

3. Hello Fresh, starts at $7.49 per serving

Credit: @hellofresh on Instagram
Credit: @hellofresh on Instagram

You’ve probably heard of Hello Fresh or received a coupon in the mail to try its meal delivery subscription service. If you haven’t used said coupon, you should.

Hello Fresh is a little more expensive than the others on this list, but it also offers many more recipes and meal plans. You can find meal plans for vegetarians and pescatarians, as well as those looking for more calorie smart, family-friendly or quick-and-easy recipes.

According to the brand’s website, the recipes are created by chefs and tested 200 times to ensure they’re easy to make and most importantly, taste delicious. (Plus, it’s ITK editor-approved!)

You can get a box for two people or four people.

If you enjoyed this story, check out this $20 Pioneer Woman baking set for making all your favorite meals.

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