I recently got back from a long vacation on a Thursday afternoon and had a Plated meal kit sitting on my porch with 3 meals in it: Chinese Pork Lettuce Wraps, Greek Chicken Panzanella, and Salmon Burgers. This made it so I didn’t have to run to the store after a long day, or eat out again when we had not been home for a while. I was easily able to put together the lettuce wraps and have dinner on the table for my family. Plus I had a plan for two other meals that week.
This is the typical scenario for how I use meal kits these days. In the past when I was working more, I would do one box a week or every other week. I have tried several different companies and liked different things about them.
A couple of my favorites that I have tried include Plated and Green Chef. There are many more out there, but I thought I would compare these two to give you an idea of what you can expect.
Plated has good quality ingredients with high-quality meats and organic produce when possible. You can choose from 20 recipes for your delivery. You can choose 2, 3 or 4 servings a night for 2, 3, or 4 nights a week. There is flexibility in regards to what day your delivery arrives on. I find the recipes to be fairly simple to follow and reproducible if you want to make them again. I often save the recipes we like and make them again at a later date. The price per serving for each meal ends up being $11.95. You can choose vegetarian options or specify which meats/seafood you would like included in your recipes.
Green Chef has more dietary preference options. You can choose a keto, paleo, vegan, vegetarian, gluten free or omnivore plan. It is a USDA certified organic company that focuses on sustainability with its farmers and its packaging. Meals range from $10.99-$12.99, depending on the plan. They recently increased the flexibility of the day your box can be delivered. The customer service is great. I always find the ingredients to be fresh and enjoy the meals, though sometimes they can be more complex. The meals are also often harder to reproduce as a lot of the sauces and marinades are premade.
Overall, I would recommend both! It really depends on what you are looking for. Most meal planning services do have healthy options, but you still have to look at the nutrition facts. We often find that we can turn a recipe that is meant to be 2 meals, into 3. Sometimes we will add an extra vegetable to a meal and that can help to stretch the meals out further as well.
What’s your favorite meal planning service and why?