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The company is focused on making healthy eating simpler and quicker, alongside supporting a multitude of diets. Hungryroot not only provides dishes for a variety of dietary plans, including vegan and gluten-free, but it also includes seven different allergen restrictions in meal planning.

Its online recipe catalog provides ideas for its large selection of grocery items so you can build your own meals in addition to its meal kits. Recipes can be rather simple, like a three-ingredient spinach, mushroom, and artichoke tortelloni or two-ingredient Korean BBQ chicken with jasmine rice.

Mosaic Foods has put a lot of thought into its plant-based offerings, providing oat bowls and smoothies for breakfast along with premium chef-crafted lunch and dinner entrées. While Mosaic Foods is geared mainly toward one-serving meals, it does offer some family-style dishes that are easy to whip up when you need to feed a crowd.

Per Item Pricing:. Volume Discounts:. The company even provides dietitian support for customers with its full program. Meal options include both meat- and plant-based dishes with some items, like the kale pesto pasta or BBQ tofu with carrots and kale, featured on both meal plans.

Some meals can take 45 minutes or longer to prepare and could include everything from crafting sauces to pounding out meat. Both options are a great way to create a romantic date night at home.

Heat and Eat. CookUnity takes the concept of ordering carry-out from your favorite restaurant and kicks it up a notch. By connecting a community of chefs directly with customers, diners experience restaurant-worthy meals in the comfort of home.

The hundreds of weekly items to choose from include regional specialties, unique flavors, and creative entrées, like tonkatsu ramen with chashu pork belly and a Tuscan butter chicken. While there are some selections for different diets, including vegan, low carb, and gluten free, the real draw here is for adventurous eaters who are game for anything.

Nurture Life is a meal delivery service designed for children, featuring a kid-friendly menu that is packed with organic and nutritious ingredients. All meals contain a well-balanced mix of veggies and protein as well as low salt and sugar levels. Two of the six plan preferences HelloFresh offers are Family Friendly and Quick and Easy, one of the reasons that makes them such a good fit for a family meal delivery service.

Entrées run the gamut from spiced apricot-sumac chicken to a comforting and creamy ranch beef cavatappi skillet. Dining for seniors can be uniquely challenging—there can be special dietary restrictions, medical needs, or constraints in being able to physically shop or prep meals.

Magic Kitchen is designed to help those who need extra assistance still have fulfilling meals. The plethora of entrées gives those with restrictive diets a decent amount of choice to help prevent repetition, along with snacks and à la carte items to help reduce dependence on grocery shopping.

Magic Kitchen even offers trial packs of 15 meals and multi-month subscription plans to make it as simple as possible. Meal delivery services come in a variety of shapes and sizes, but for one that covers all the bases, we chose Sunbasket. Plus, the company provides one of the most comprehensive recycling guides for their packaging, helping drive serious commitment to sustainability.

Meal delivery services are a great way to add some flexibility to your weekly meal routine. And, as an added bonus, meal delivery kits can save you time and may save money. As you evaluate meal delivery service options, a lot of factors come into play, including price.

Some plans may be cheaper because portions are small and not a fit for a family. Or perhaps the price is lower because there are fewer selections available.

Ask yourself what you want from a meal delivery service—the cheapest price may not be your best value. Take into consideration what you enjoy the most about eating out—is it the chance to enjoy a different cuisine?

Do you like the ease of not having to prepare a meal? There are meal delivery plans that offer cook-it-yourself kits with global flavors and ones where meals are simply heat and eat, with no preparation required. Just like going out to a restaurant, prices vary across services depending on quality, effort, and ingredients.

Lots of meal services include a wide range of dietary options for their plans, like vegan or keto. Perhaps you need something more tailored to help support a medical need?

Plans like ModifyHealth offer foods to help with digestive and chronic conditions. The customization of meal delivery services makes it easy to find one that is healthiest for you.

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The soup took an initial five minutes and then an additional two, as per the instructions, so be sure to read the packaging for the exact cooking time. I actually had leftovers because it was so filling — always a pro when it comes to plant-based foods.

Sunbasket is truly a ray of sunshine for those who value organic ingredients and getting a healthy and delicious meal on the table. For my box, I decided to do a mix of everything, getting one oven-ready meal that was gluten-free, dairy-free and pescatarian and one regular meal kit to be cooked up.

For the instant option, I was sent a shrimp paella with fire-roasted tomatoes and bell peppers, instantly taking me back to Spain where I tried the dish for the first time.

Instead of a bulky pan to cook my paella, I was given a microwave safe container, cutting my cook time to just six minutes total.

I was wary of overcooked and rubbery fish with dry rice, but the dish came out moist and delicious, so either I have a magic microwave or the people at Sunbasket knew what they were doing when it comes to microwavable meals.

They have a full breakfast menu with options for different types of eggs, oatmeals, breads and spreads, and even juice, smoothies and a coffee-in-a-can that looks awesome.

Moving on to lunch and dinner, they have both the ready-made meals as well as cooking options, a whole section for pastas and sauces, extra protein packs, and of course, snacks.

For the traditional meal, I went for their Italian sausage and vegetable skillet with spicy green harissa. The veggies included all had organic stickers on them, and were fresh and crisp as I was chopping them up.

I also noticed that they were full sized, ultimately serving a bit more than the two promised portions. If you find yourself rooting around your kitchen all day for meals and snacks, Hungryroot may be the best choice for you. Its mix of branded items and other brands is a great way to explore new products.

When I first signed up to make my profile, I was taken through a fun, almost Buzzfeed-style quiz that had me pick and choose my favorite types of foods and think about my eating habits. To be honest with myself, I was sure to check the boxes for liking sweets and snacking, skipping breakfasts, and adding snacks to my dinners.

At the end of the quiz, you are presented with a customized plan of meals and servings, as well as the option to add on breakfasts, snacks and sweets. While some of the food is Hungryroot brand, such as the veggies, pasta, meat, and rice, some of the other items, including snacks, desserts, and even the buns for my burgers, were from other unique brands.

This was actually really cool to see, as by ordering one box, I was exposed to new products that I can now go out and buy on their own when I run out — looking at you, Pipcorn cheese balls!

I chose to cook a Hungryroot brand spinach feta turkey burger on an Ozery OneBun multigrain bun with Hungryroot avocado crema. The burgers came in pre-formed, pre-cooked patties and were super easy to pan-sear while the buns toasted, all in all, totaling about 10 minutes total for a healthy and hearty lunch.

The burger itself was delicious, and something I would seek out in a grocery store to buy again. While this particular meal was on the easy side, while browsing the site, I was happy to see a whole range of options, including groceries to have in the fridge, which I found to be super unique and well-needed in the traditional meal kit space.

This company is great for those who have a culinary mind and like cooking their own recipes but also like trying new ones, especially with healthy ingredients and fun new products.

Plus, it saves a trip to the grocery store and scrambling to plan a weekly menu on the spot. Especially with diets like keto and paleo becoming all the rage, this meal plan is one of the best to cater to those diets while also being surprisingly filling.

I am always a skeptic when it comes to pre-packaged salads and fresh greens, but when my order arrived, I was pleasantly presented with a super fresh and crunchy Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad that I ate a few days after receiving my box.

They last up to 10 days in the refrigerator, so stocking up is definitely an option. I opted for the microwave, and while the bacon was perfectly crispy and the sausage heated all the way through, I should have reheated the eggs differently. Also, note to remove the dressing and sauce containers under the plastic film before microwaving, as I narrowly avoided a very melty and messy situation.

As stated above, I fell in love with the filling and fresh Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad , which also happened to be keto, including the creamy dressing on the side. I loved how this was a true ready-made meal, with no heating or even re-plating required.

If you spend too much time and money on take-out health food or the Whole Foods salad bar, this is the kit for you. The ready-to-eat meals come in super easy-to-transport plastic containers, a la a work cafeteria, or a fast-casual restaurant.

When it comes to fresh veggies and vegan meals, I can be skeptical that the produce will retain its crunch upon delivery or that the meat or meat alternatives will arrive a soggy mess. However, I was thrilled to bite into my Monday Kale Pesto Pasta Salad to find excellent crunchy roughage and al dente pasta.

The other thing to note about freshness is the packaging. Thistle takes care to label each breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack yes, snack! My Smashed Sonoma Chickpea Snack Plate was delicious! with the day you should eat it. Since I ordered for Monday — Wednesday, it was easy to organize my fridge by day so I could simply eat down the line.

What is the difference between a meal kit and a meal delivery service? Well, this one is a bit tricky, as both are included in this roundup, and there is some overlap.

A meal kit is usually a subscription-based program that sends ingredients and recipes to your home. A meal delivery service may be the above, or be pre-cooked meals or grocery items in addition or instead of ingredients for a specific meal.

Do you need to subscribe to the meal kit? Most of the time, yes! Usually a subscription is needed to try the meals, however, some companies also have a marketplace that sells items a la carte. How often do offerings and menus change?

Typically, sites will switch up their meal offerings on a weekly basis. Do I have to be a good cook to use a meal kit? Meal kits come in many different skill levels, from simply microwaving to more intensive chopping and cooking. They can also be a great way to learn how to cook and teach children.

Diet: Pay attention to the dietary options each service caters to, from vegetarian and vegan to Keto and paleo. Household Size: Count the number of people in your family and then account for how much they eat to best calculate how many servings you need to feed everyone.

Some kits detailed above have larger portions, while others are single-serve only. Budget: Meal kits and services have a wide range of prices. Some offer free shipping, while others have a minimum spend, and other specialty or health-related plans may cost more.

Time: Think about how long you want to be cooking for each night. Some meals require 30 or more minutes to cook, not including cleaning up.

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Previous 1 of 3. Sophie Cannon. I promise the oven was off for these meal kits! The beauty of trying so many companies was that some were intensive and others, like these, were microwave friendly. Brand spotlight. Pros: Full-sized ingredients, super fresh produce and large portions Offers a wine subscription box as well, to pair with your cooking creations A bit more in-depth cooking, with great tasting results Perfect for a hungry family or those who want to spend more quality time in the kitchen.

Cons: None to note. push function { if window. definedSlots [] ; } } ; }. This seriously looked straight out of Israel and tasted like it, too. How did I do? I think the egg Gods were looking down on me, as this was the perfect fried egg for my burger that looked just like the photo.

Cons: No options for vegans or other dietary preferences other than vegetarian and pescatarian. Pros: Delicious and high-quality meals — but what else would we expect from Martha? Perfect for the home cook who likes a balance of easy meals and learning new skills.

Also great for home-cooked dinners with easy directions and no need to go grocery shopping. Options for specific diets, including vegetarian and low-carb recipes, in addition to the classic comfort foods. Cons: Make sure to check your zip code for delivery, as some areas in the Midwest and others are not eligible as of the time of publication.

The steak and potatoes are a classic American meal from a classic American chef. The gravy was the best part, followed by the onion dressing topping the beans. This was the best thing ever after a holiday gathering, with the ciabatta bread soaking up my drinks from the night before and the lovely comforting eggs and sausage on the inside of the casserole warming me from the inside out.

Good on you, Martha. Cons: Everything included except salt, pepper and oil. Pros: Dinnerly is one of the most affordable meal kits out there, perfect for families and new chefs alike.

Vegetarians will rejoice at their meat-free offerings Digital recipe cards are on the site, so no need to keep a paper copy.

Cons: Make sure to check your zip code for delivery, as some areas in the Midwest and others are not eligible as of the time of publication Everything was included except for pantry staples like flour, salt, pepper and eggs, so be sure to check recipes before heading to the store if needed.

I now have a deeper appreciation for fried chicken, after now having made it from scratch. The one-pan gnocchi was super easy and also delicious, something Dinnerly does very well.

Pros: Easy to customize meals and skip weeks. Can order meals for two or four people, with two to six meals per week Easy-to-follow and aesthetically pleasing recipe cards in the box for each meal Accurate estimates for prep and cook time for an easy weekly schedule.

Cons: Make sure to have kitchen staples such as salt, pepper, butter and oil in the house, as they are not included in the box. Pros: Great for those with allergies in the house, as the cards indicate allergens in each basket ingredient Super fresh-tasting fish that comes on ice in the box Each meal takes six steps to complete, usually under about 35 minutes, perfect for quick lunches and dinners.

Pros: Breakfast, lunch, dinner and desserts all come frozen and ready to reheat and eat Great option for those on the go and also health-conscious Offers options for different diets, including keto, paleo, plant-based, low-carb, vegetarian, pescatarian and meat-eaters, too. Cons: Have plenty of freezer space to store meals or order a smaller plan they range from four meals a week all the way up to 18 meals per week.

Cons: Recipe cards are a bit harder to follow than some due to their small size, but easier to store and reuse for later No cook time estimations on the cards, but when timed, even a full steak meal was under 30 minutes, prep to plating.

Cons: A a bit more prep work, but worth the extra chopping time for the taste Everything was included even baking soda and butter except for oil, salt and pepper. Pros: Wide variety of meals for those on a special diet, like Keto, paleo, vegetarian, vegan and more Comes with extras like weight management coaching, diet plans and more on the app or on your account Ability to order from different plans, in order to try different diets Ability to cancel or pause your plan at any time.

Pros: Plant-based to a whole new level: very healthy salads, breakfasts and bowls for super clean eating Unique offerings; not just trying to mimic traditional meals with plants, but creating whole new dishes and flavor profiles Labeled options for every day of the week, three meals a day, takes the planning out of meal prep Offers a detox program as well.

Cons: Sacrifices some flavor for health but replaces with superfoods and a rainbow of nutrients. Pros: Perfect for taking to work or school or having an easy lunch at home, with recyclable packaging and to-go style dressings and condiments.

All meals do not contain gluten, dairy, refined sugars, nitrates, chemical preservatives or artificial colors. Cons: Not the most upscale packaging or gourmet meals, but plenty of actually filling salads, bowls, and even some choices for breakfast, snacks, and desserts. Pros: Plant-based people take note as every meal and smoothie is plant-based Not boring, as there are more than 50 options ranging from soups to bowls to smoothies Great for on-the-go meals and snacks for busy people, post-gym pick-me-ups and no dishes to do after.

Cons: Not a total replacement for every night of the week but pretty close. Pros Great for toddlers and older kids, as they graduate into solid foods Pre-packaged and ready to heat and eat for easy meal times and no cleanup Variety to choose from, including smoothies, snacks and full meals Yummy enough for parents to take a bite, too ; Cut small to prevent choking.

Cons Mighty Bites snacks may be a bit high in sugar for those parents watching sugar intake Meals may need to be plated or hand-fed to avoid them ending up on the floor. Cons Not ideal for families or if you want leftovers On the more expensive side for some of the meal kits Only order what you can eat via refrigerator; meals taste less fresh when frozen.

Cons: Not a ton of options on the weekly menu, especially for larger plans Some meals have smaller portion sizes. Previous 1 of 5. Meals arrive refrigerated and can then be reheated in the microwave in about three minutes. After microwaving, the meat remained tender and the meal was well-seasoned and tasted fresh.

This take on Kung Pao chicken used a healthier noodle option and seasonings instead of breading or frying. Pros: Great selection of meals, including breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinks and desserts Perfect for on-the-go eaters, busy people who forget to eat but want to be nutritious.

Most meals heat up in the microwave or stovetop in under 10 minutes, others need to be blended and some you can eat frozen ice cream and frozen treats. You can also skip or cancel at any time Menus are super easy to read and have specific details on nutrition, ingredients, protein content and more.

Cons: Mosaic specializes in veggie bowls, soups and oat bowls, so not for those that are looking for other options. But bowls include dishes like pasta and curries, for example, and not just vegetables! Pay attention to order and shipping minimums.

This is the older packaging from , showcasing the classic cook-it-yourself meals and some snacks, too. Pros: Wide array of options for both pre-made and traditional cook meals for breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert and snacks Ready-to-eat meals taste fresh, even when microwaved Ample amounts of organic produce and nitrate-free meats in the traditional meal kit; can serve more than the serving size and perfect for hungry families Smaller recipe cards for easy storage, and also found online or on the app for iPhone and Android.

Pros: Plans can include full meals, snacks and sweets — perfect for mindful eating all day A super fun and unique combination of a grocery delivery service with options to choose recipes as well — great to re-stock the fridge and help spark inspiration for meal planning Great for those who like to cook on their own terms but also enjoy a new recipe now and then.

Cons: The recipe card is found on the back of your order receipt and is not too colorful, but it gets the job done. Cons: Some meals do better in the oven or stovetop rather than in the microwave, like eggs, but others can be eaten right from the fridge, like salads and bowls.

For an easy keto breakfast, Fresh Meal Plan has got you covered. As a tip, remove the sauce and the eggs before microwaving for a better texture from the fridge.

Pros Many options for breakfast, lunch and dinner Meals come in plastic take-out-style containers for easy lunch-packing on the go Each item arrives fresh and has the eat-by date printed on the label for easy meal planning. Cons Some areas of the United States are not available for shipping as of Jan.

Thistle also offers snack options for each day, my Monday snack being a well-spiced chickpea dip, crackers and a few grapes. Share this article: Facebook Twitter Flipboard WhatsApp Email Copy. click to copy. Home Chef.

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From meat delivery boxes to curated coffee boxes , the variety of food subscription boxes is vast and only growing. Our food and nutrition experts in the Good Housekeeping Institute tested a variety of services to find the best options for all different lifestyles and needs.

Along with our Lab assessment, we send sample boxes to real-life testers across the nation who provide feedback on food quality, experience, ease of use and more.

We considered grocery, meal and protein subscription boxes that make weeknight cooking easier as well as coffee, tea, wine, spices and snack boxes.

You can learn more about how we evaluate food subscription boxes, as well as tips for finding the best one for yourself or as a unique gift idea for a loved one, at the end of this guide.

If you're interested in meal delivery specifically, check out our top picks for the best meal delivery kits. Blue Apron is a big help when you just can't fathom putting together a menu. This pioneering meal subscription box earned top marks from the experts at the Good Housekeeping Institute and comes packed with fresh ingredients and clear instructions, so even kitchen novices will be able to create a home-cooked meal.

They have options for two- and four-person households, and the fast and easy meals are the ultimate weeknight hack and get a gourmet dinner on the table in under 30 minutes.

Premium recipes are also available, which feature specialty proteins like duck, scallops and lamb. RELATED: 10 Best Meal Delivery Services. The first meal kit service to provide USDA-certified organic ingredients , Green Chef offers easy-to-prepare, high-quality meals that can be ready in about 30 minutes or less.

You can select from meals that accommodate a variety of dietary preferences including keto, plant-based, calorie-smart, protein-packed, gluten-free and Mediterranean.

Our testers continue to give this service high scores for quality, ease of recipe prep and inventive ingredients. One tester even said that the meals were "restaurant quality," and multiple people commented on the fresh ingredients, great flavor combinations and generous portion sizes.

READ OUR FULL REVIEW : Is Green Chef Worth It? Convenience and quality both shine from this organic premade meal delivery service. All meals are ready to eat in 5 to 7 minutes in the oven or 3 minutes in the microwave. Plus, each option is gluten-free and non-GMO. Testers gave the service top scores for food quality and portion sizes and noted how satisfying the meals were.

It really doesn't get much easier for those that are short on time but still want to eat a meal that fits into their diet plan," a tester said. Just note that the menu plans are all preset for the week, so if you want to customize your selections, you'll have to opt to shop à la carte.

RELATED: Best Prepared Meal Delivery Services. In our surveys, we found that people who were on the fence about trying a meal delivery kit listed the cost as a big deterrent.

But Dinnerly offers a budget-friendly meal kit that comes at a considerably lower price than most without sacrificing quality or recipe variety. In fact, the brand cuts costs by using digital recipe cards instead of paper and fewer ingredients per dish which translates to less chopping and cleanup after meal prep.

Our experts were impressed by the flavorful and creative meals. Testers really enjoyed them, too, saying that they were "satisfying, filling and out of our normal realm of what we would typically choose. RELATED: Best Cheap Meal Delivery Services.

Get high-quality butcher cuts of your favorite meats and seafoods from this subscription service that delivers directly to your door. Both GH experts and at-home testers were thoroughly impressed with the quality and variety of the meats that the service provides.

Even the chicken nuggets scored rave reviews in our tests. Everything arrives frozen, so be sure to have plenty of freezer space available upon delivery! RELATED: Top-Tested Meat Subscription Boxes.

Sizzlefish delivers high-quality seafood directly to your door, including wild Alaskan King salmon, wild Gulf shrimp, scallops, clams, crab and more. Our experts raved about the freshness of the fish, and testers described the service as "absolutely excellent" and "exceptional quality.

One tester said, "There are not enough words to describe how tender, juicy and flavorful all of the fish tasted! Take note that the subscription box requirements are somewhat large: They start at 14 portions.

RELATED: Best Seafood Subscription Boxes. The gourmet fruit-of-the-month club collections from the iconic Harry and David brand are perfect for fruit enthusiasts and gifting. Choose from different collections, including seasonal fruit, exotic and specialty fruits, fruit and cheese pairings and even an organic fruit box.

We like that you can also select which month you'd like your deliveries to start. Other monthly clubs through the brand include decadent chocolates, chocolate-dipped fruit, wine and more. The premium quality of the fruit stood out to our registered dietitians. RELATED: Best Produce Delivery Boxes.

A membership to Murray's Cheese of the Month Club is the ultimate gift for that friend who crafts the perfect cheese board. There are a few different club plans to choose from, with the basic plan providing a rotating collection of two to four iconic cheeses to serve up at your next dinner party.

You'll even get tasting notes to guide you through — we wouldn't call that a cheesy gift. The Globetrotter's Cheese Club features cheeses from destinations around the world.

Love to entertain? A Platterful subscription gets you a beautiful assortment of new meats, cheeses, spreads and accompaniments every month to make the ultimate charcuterie board for guests.

Kits feed anywhere from two to eight people depending on the size. The site also has new how-to videos and step-by-step instructions every month, and you can order a one-time board if needed.

Shopping for a gift for the ultimate foodie in your life? Or perhaps you want to try the latest food innovations yourself. Look no further than Goldbelly. Known for its gourmet and extravagant food selection , gift options include some unique subscription programs like monthly bacon, ice cream, pizza, cake and more.

You can even get a monthly subscription for the best food in certain areas like NYC and San Francisco. One GH staffer swears by the service and always uses Goldbelly for sending gifts to friends and family. The brand also offers many unique care packages that can put a smile on any face.

Featuring coffees that are specialty grade, single-origin and hand-picked at peak ripeness, Atlas Coffee Club is a favorite among the coffee experts at GH for its high-quality offerings. With the subscription model, your box will include some of the world's best single-origin coffee, a postcard from each month's country, as well as tasting notes and a coffee history for each batch.

The boxes earned a Good Housekeeping Coffee Award , and the brand's pods won in You can select your coffee type ground, whole bean or coffee pods , grind type, roast preference and number of bags per shipment.

Opt to receive deliveries every two or four weeks depending on your schedule. Tea enthusiasts will appreciate this tea of the month club box from Sips By, which earned a Good Housekeeping Tea Award. After answering a quiz, the brand will deliver four new premium teas monthly to your home based on your unique taste preferences.

While they are so much easier to save and store in a kitchen drawer than full-sized pieces of paper, they are also a bit more cramped in terms of directions and information.

The total time for my medium-rare meal came out to 29 minutes and 33 seconds, prep work included. For a full steak dinner that yielded enough for two portions and leftovers of the polenta and veggies, this is the kit for hungry families who want to spend some quality time together in the kitchen.

Though I am a carnivore through and through, I found that Purple Carrot is a great introduction to vegan eating. When choosing a meal to cook, I knew I wanted something that I loved already in its original meaty form, made vegan, to really put the box to the test.

After I had chopped everything down to size and foraged for my mushroom heads well, I picked them apart from the woody stems, but it sure felt like foraging , 15 minutes had already ticked by. The rest of the cook was pretty straightforward, used minimal dishes, and came out almost exactly like the photo, albeit a bit more soupy of a sauce.

Did this vegan dupe stand up to comforting chicken and dumplings? Another pro: everything was included in the box except salt, pepper, and oil, as they made sure to package vegan butter, flour, baking soda, and thyme into pre-measured baggies. For those who do want to eat plant-based for all three meals of the day and then some, the site does offer a lot of different options, changed up every week.

On the site now, curate your box with eight different dinner options, two breakfasts, two lunches and six different snacks from an array of vegan companies. Instead, expect a trifecta of support, with meals, coaching, and tracking, too. Trifecta is indeed a meal kit company, meaning you can simply order the meals to arrive at your home, fresh and pre-packaged, sent to your door on ice to then be reheated in the microwave or oven.

However, for those who want a whole-body and mind experience when it comes to healthy eating and lifestyle, you can add a lot more from Trifecta. Back to the food at hand — and in fridge — there are a variety of options to choose from when selecting your meal plan. When receiving my box, I loved that all of the items were packaged with the meals clearly labeled, helping me choose which I wanted to eat now and stick in the fridge and which I wanted to freeze for later — you can freeze the meals for up to three months in the freezer, or leave them for up to seven days in the fridge.

To really put the flavors and textures to the test, I used the microwave, and to my delight, the rice was cooked to perfection, the sausages were left juicy, and the packaging was cool enough to touch. One note: since these meals are in sustainable packaging, the bottom may get soggy, so it is advised to use a plate underneath.

Otherwise, the meals provided enough food for a full meal maybe add fresh fruit on the side and made me feel more energized than if I had grabbed a different freezer meal from the grocery store. Clean eating has never been easier, with Sakara Life calling the shots for every meal of the day. The plant-based and nutrition-focused meal delivery service is one that can really revamp the way you eat breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks.

The meals each come in a take-out style container, with a sticker indicating when I should eat the meal right down to the time and day of the week. The best part for me was the portability and ease of the whole thing, especially as someone who skips breakfast or opts for a muffin when running late.

While heating my dinner bowl, a Sakara burger with chili cashew creme, I decided to browse the site to see what sort of plans they offered. For those who want to try out a weekly meal plan but are a bit timid, they do have a one-week trial to test the waters.

If you like it, you can set up a recurring subscription and have Sakara Life meals all week long. Bonus points for being super customizable, as some may want just a few days a week and others an entire fridge of pre-planned meals for their three squares. With my burger bowl, after incorporating the cashew creme and the other garlicky dressing, I do have to say that while not a burger in my meat-eating eyes, this was one of the best salads I have had — ever.

Even though this bowl was shipped to my door, everything was crunchy and fresh, with no wilted leaves in sight. As someone who spends far too much money at Sweetgreen only to find myself hungry again, finding filling and yummy salads and bowls that I can bring into the office can be a challenge.

This is where I think Territory Foods fits in nicely. They are also all made without gluten or dairy, which is super great for those with allergies in the house. The coolest part for me, though, was when I took a peek at the packaging and the menu, to find out that my options were actually tailored to my region, partnering with local chefs and restaurants to create the weekly menu of over 35 rotating options.

My Ginger Garlic Chicken Salad was not only ready-to-eat and delicious but was also made by Chef Rachelle Slotnick of Chantilly, VA. Also, a nod to the packaging, the removable slip contains the calories, protein, fat, and carbs of each meal, should you be tracking yours, as well as the eat-by date and the warming instructions if needed on the back.

The last thing that really sets Territory Foods apart is the pricing plan structure. When setting up my account, the first thing to make note of was just how many options for breakfast, lunch and dinner there are. In unboxing, one quick thing to remember is that there is dry ice that comes on top of your order, so make sure to have an adult unpack and dispose of the ice.

As for the meals, the smoothies and wellness shots can be thawed in the fridge or enjoyed as an icy treat. I chose the latter for my mango guava smoothie due to my impatience, and it was a refreshing option that I sipped on during this whole review, and eventually melted into a drinkable smoothie.

The wellness shots are more like a few sips, but great as an ice cube or a liquid — up to you. The soups, however, should be reheated, in my opinion, and can be warmed in the microwave, as the bowls they come in are micro-safe and BPA-free.

Can I hear it for no dishes? Full transparency, we had our very own Matt Levy help with this review, or, more specifically, his toddler did the hard work.

While the little one munched, mom and dad also took some bites, deeming the Nurture Life foods parent approved, should there be leftovers when your kiddo is done. These are chopped up small to prevent choking, and come in a variety of flavors to expose your tike to new flavors and textures.

The meal service is great for those parents who are sick of sharing off their own plates as well, as the Nurture Life meals let your kid have their very own plate of yummy food, and a great option for those who need some more variety in their weekly kid-approved cooking rotation.

Starting from the way the package arrived — hand-delivered in a reusable tote, layered with ice to keep the food fresh — the whole CookUnity experience was restaurant-level without ever leaving home.

I was also sent a text to track my order, letting me know an hour in advance so I could be prepared. The food arrived in great shape, with no foggy plastic coverings or soggy cardboard to be found.

The only downside to the meals is that they are single-serve, as I would have loved left overs or to be able to serve to a family or crowd — oh, well, more meals for me! Eat Clean is a prepared meal delivery service, that not only takes the grocery shopping out of the equation like a typical meal kit, but also takes care of most of the prep work, cooking and cleaning.

The meals arrive in a pre-packaged and pre-portioned tray that is microwave safe, or you can opt to open the pack and use an oven-safe dish to reheat the food in minutes. And yes, packaging is recyclable. On to the nutrition aspect, the packaging wrapped around each tray has detailed nutritional information, plus, the website does a great job of describing each menu item, outlining all of the ingredients as well as health information.

For those on a specific diet, you can also choose from plant-based meals, Keto and paleo. I opted for a random selection of meals this go around, but would also like to note that the service does carry a variety of options for breakfast and snacks, in addition to lunch and dinner, should you want to plan for busy mornings or an eventful day with little time to snack.

I went the dinner route, and happily ate BBQ pulled pork with sweet plantain mash off of the traditional menu, as well as Kung Pao chicken with sweet potato noodles from the paleo menu. Both were extremely flavorful, not skimping on seasonings at all. Portion sizes are on the somewhat smaller size, but the meals themselves were filling, each coming with a protein and a veggie for the meals I chose.

Daily Harvest truly means daily, as I happily ate a breakfast, lunch and a dessert in one sitting when diving into my box of frozen meals and snacks. They keep it simple; everything comes frozen on dry ice careful with kids if they help with the unboxing process!

and ready to either reheat, blend, or in the case of ice cream, thaw and enjoy. My sweet potato bowl took about four minutes in the microwave, and I was surprised by how well it turned out. All in all, Daily Harvest is a great kit to have on-hand and in-freezer at all times, whether it be as part of your daily routine or a great fall back when waking up late and needing a quick smoothie or bowl or a dinner for the family on busy nights.

Mosaic is another frozen meal delivery service that sends breakfast, lunch and dinner to your door and can be reheated in the microwave in five minutes or less for a quick and healthy meal. I personally love this style, as it helps to eliminate food waste and saves room in the freezer for exactly what you want.

Each category is priced out differently, but you can mix and match to reach your minimum box order. Furthermore, deliveries are super easy to customize, as you can get a recurring box every week, every two weeks or every four weeks, with the option to pause or cancel should you be out of town.

For my trial box, I ordered a few things from each category but decided on soup and some noodles for lunch. The directions were pretty straightforward, as all you need is a microwave and about five minutes of patience before food is served.

The soup took an initial five minutes and then an additional two, as per the instructions, so be sure to read the packaging for the exact cooking time. I actually had leftovers because it was so filling — always a pro when it comes to plant-based foods.

Sunbasket is truly a ray of sunshine for those who value organic ingredients and getting a healthy and delicious meal on the table. For my box, I decided to do a mix of everything, getting one oven-ready meal that was gluten-free, dairy-free and pescatarian and one regular meal kit to be cooked up.

For the instant option, I was sent a shrimp paella with fire-roasted tomatoes and bell peppers, instantly taking me back to Spain where I tried the dish for the first time.

Instead of a bulky pan to cook my paella, I was given a microwave safe container, cutting my cook time to just six minutes total. I was wary of overcooked and rubbery fish with dry rice, but the dish came out moist and delicious, so either I have a magic microwave or the people at Sunbasket knew what they were doing when it comes to microwavable meals.

They have a full breakfast menu with options for different types of eggs, oatmeals, breads and spreads, and even juice, smoothies and a coffee-in-a-can that looks awesome. Moving on to lunch and dinner, they have both the ready-made meals as well as cooking options, a whole section for pastas and sauces, extra protein packs, and of course, snacks.

For the traditional meal, I went for their Italian sausage and vegetable skillet with spicy green harissa. The veggies included all had organic stickers on them, and were fresh and crisp as I was chopping them up.

I also noticed that they were full sized, ultimately serving a bit more than the two promised portions. If you find yourself rooting around your kitchen all day for meals and snacks, Hungryroot may be the best choice for you. Its mix of branded items and other brands is a great way to explore new products.

When I first signed up to make my profile, I was taken through a fun, almost Buzzfeed-style quiz that had me pick and choose my favorite types of foods and think about my eating habits. To be honest with myself, I was sure to check the boxes for liking sweets and snacking, skipping breakfasts, and adding snacks to my dinners.

At the end of the quiz, you are presented with a customized plan of meals and servings, as well as the option to add on breakfasts, snacks and sweets. While some of the food is Hungryroot brand, such as the veggies, pasta, meat, and rice, some of the other items, including snacks, desserts, and even the buns for my burgers, were from other unique brands.

This was actually really cool to see, as by ordering one box, I was exposed to new products that I can now go out and buy on their own when I run out — looking at you, Pipcorn cheese balls!

I chose to cook a Hungryroot brand spinach feta turkey burger on an Ozery OneBun multigrain bun with Hungryroot avocado crema. The burgers came in pre-formed, pre-cooked patties and were super easy to pan-sear while the buns toasted, all in all, totaling about 10 minutes total for a healthy and hearty lunch.

The burger itself was delicious, and something I would seek out in a grocery store to buy again. While this particular meal was on the easy side, while browsing the site, I was happy to see a whole range of options, including groceries to have in the fridge, which I found to be super unique and well-needed in the traditional meal kit space.

This company is great for those who have a culinary mind and like cooking their own recipes but also like trying new ones, especially with healthy ingredients and fun new products.

Plus, it saves a trip to the grocery store and scrambling to plan a weekly menu on the spot. Especially with diets like keto and paleo becoming all the rage, this meal plan is one of the best to cater to those diets while also being surprisingly filling.

I am always a skeptic when it comes to pre-packaged salads and fresh greens, but when my order arrived, I was pleasantly presented with a super fresh and crunchy Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad that I ate a few days after receiving my box.

They last up to 10 days in the refrigerator, so stocking up is definitely an option. I opted for the microwave, and while the bacon was perfectly crispy and the sausage heated all the way through, I should have reheated the eggs differently. Not us. Although we did add a good pinch of salt, a squeeze of lemon and splash of chilli oil to the salmon.

Think of it as if you had leftovers in the fridge or freezer that were tasty the first time round. You can also choose your delivery date and whether you want your meals weekly, fortnightly or monthly.

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