As someone who lives alone and travels alone meal times are always a chore. After working a 12-hour shift the last thing I want to do is cook a meal. I also get very tired of fast food, not to mention it is not good for my weight. So then what do you do to eat a meal that is good and also good for you.
There is a current trend to have meals shipped to you both heat and eat or those requiring about 30 min prep time. Also, there are grocery stores that will deliver right to your door saving you time spent shopping. If you are like me I can’t go in and just get the one thing I came for but end up buying something I could have done without.
Many times these will save you money because they send you just the ingredients you need in the portion you need. Most of them are dinner for 2 so for me it is 2 nights meal. There are many to choose from so I will give you details of three that I have tried. These were the easiest to prepare and the best value.
This service is great for the clever way they solved the packaging waste problem. They ship your meals in a plastic container something like a miniature refrigerator called a vessel. When your box arrives, you open the “locks,” open the door to the box and slid out your ingredients. After unloading, lock the box back up, peel off the shipping sticker which reveals the return sticker beneath, leave the box on the front porch and the shipper picks it up the next day.
All the ingredients in this kit are very simple to prepare. Veggies are pre-chopped and sauces and seasonings are packaged so all you need to do is cut and squeeze. For someone who loves the art of preparation, this might be too easy, but for me after working this service delivers a fresh, home cooked meal that you assemble. their menu changes each week and it is always fun to open the box to see what is on the menu. Pricing: Meals start at $9.99 per person.
The recipes were easy-to-follow and the ingredients were fresh. I would describe Home Chef as a well-priced choice for the individual who isn’t committed to organic, free-range, non-GMO ingredients. I tried the Steel Head Trout with couscous. The food was good and fresh and easy to prepare. Home Chef is probably one of the more basic plans in terms of pricing—almost every meal is $9.95, at $40 you get free shipping.
This is the only, for the moment, USDA-certified organic meal kit delivery company. The service offers Paleo, gluten-free, vegetarian, omnivore, carnivore and most recently–vegan–options. Everything and I mean everything, is organic. The Mustard Braised Chicken was great. Recipes tend to be complex, with several steps but most of the work is in the chopping, sauteing and finishing work. All in all, a nice choice if you are seeking 100% organic meals. The Omnivore package includes three meals (veggie, meat, and seafood) and starts at $11.99 per person, per meal; shipping is $9 per box.
I recently was informed of a site at creditcards.com that has information on how cut cost to meal kits. Kits are now being found in grocery stores and big box stores making them more accessible.
These are only 3 of the many out there and it seems more pop up every week. I think the best thing is it saves me time at the grocery store and I don’t have to buy all the condiments and spices to prepare a decent meal.