If you truly don't know where to start, Home Chef's detailed instructions make this service perfect for beginners. No nuance is left unmentioned. The three meals I tried were delicious, and recipes included reminders for things like reserving part of an ingredient for later use or not removing a fond from a pan that would be used later to make a sauce. Every recipe has a difficulty level, and some even come with a TV-dinner-style roasting pan that you pop in the oven. Home Chef also has truly fantastic flavors. I can't stop making asiago-stuffed Roma tomatoes, and it's all Home Chef's fault.
Plan Details: The customizable weekly menu lets you filter by carb-conscious, calorie-conscious, vegetarian, and under-30-minute recipes.
Cost: The lowest price per serving is $7. The lowest subscription cost is $29 for two meals per week with two servings per meal. Shipping costs $10 if you spend less than $40.
I tried three dishes from Martha & Marley Spoon, and they were all delicious and intensive. Referencing the recipe cards now, there are pan sauce drippings splattered all over the place, corners bent in haste, and scribbles in the margins where I made adjustments. This service was one of my favorites, but each step in the recipe has multiple steps within it, and it'll require careful reading and preparation if you want everything to go according to plan.
There's a lot of multitasking, and the recipes take longer than their estimated half hour. You'll also end up with quite a few dirty dishes at the end of each meal. Even with the fast pace and the sweat on my brow, I was proud to present every completed meal to my dinner partner, and these recipes are some of the only ones I'll be saving for future use. If you're trying to push your culinary boundaries, or you just want to cook something a bit fancier than 10-minute soups, Martha & Marley Spoon is a safe bet.
Plan Details: You can choose between a two-person plan and a four-person plan. The company offers 20 recipes from five categories every week: Health & Diet, Vegetarian & Vegan, Meat & Fish, Under 30 Minutes, and Family-Friendly.
Cost: The lowest price per serving is $7. The lowest subscription cost is $50 for two meals per week with two servings per meal. Shipping adds $9.
Daily Harvest is different from other meal services. Rather than sending ingredients for a recipe, these meals come in the form of frozen single-serving soups, smoothies, bowls, lattes, and bites. Everything is vegan to start, and you can eat the meals as-is or supplement them with your own add-ins. Smoothies and lattes require your favorite liquid base; you fill the cup with your chosen liquid, pop everything in the blender, and mix it together. Soups are delivered in a similar manner, while bites are good to go straight from the freezer.
I enjoyed using Daily Harvest because it was so easy to consume everything. Ingredients for each cup are clearly listed, and aside from being healthy, the food is also both filling and tasty. Frozen foods are typically bad for you, so having a stockpile of convenient and nutritious foods in the freezer was a welcome change. If you're cooking for one and ready to give up those Hot Pockets, go with Daily Harvest.
Plan Details: All meals are vegan and there are a ton of filtering options, ranging from lifestyles like Keto and gluten-free to likes and dislikes based purely on taste.
Cost: Plans are doled out in "cups" and each cup can be a single product, whether that's a smoothie, a latte, a soup, or something else. The lowest price per cup is $7. The lowest subscription cost is $70 for nine cups per week.
There are several plant-based meal kits out there, and even more when you count the fact that most give you vegan choices for each weekly menu. In my opinion, Purple Carrot is the best option. The instructions for each dish won't hold your hand—it's safe to assume that most vegans know how to dice an avocado, for instance—but there are helpful disclaimers when a recipe is spicy or requires that you divide the included ingredients.
It's easy to fall into a rut when adhering to a plant-based diet, but Purple Carrot's menu explodes with flavor. During my testing week, spirulina, cacao nibs, harissa, cashew cream, bok choy, ancho chiles, and tomatillos were just a few of the ingredients on the menu. Not only is everything tasty, but Purple Carrot may help kick your vegan meals up a notch.
Plan Details: You can choose from a two-person plan or a four-person plan. Every meal is vegan. There are different options within each customizable weekly menu, so you can choose from things like high-protein, soy-free, and gluten-free. You can also opt to add breakfast and lunch to your weekly plan.
Cost: The lowest price per serving is $10. The lowest subscription cost is $72 for three meals per week with two servings per meal.