I Tried Every Popular Meal Kit Delivery Service—and This Is the Best One

Sun Basket

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Sun Basket has definitely taken the meal kit game up a notch. The company has made the most concessions for people who are serious about healthy eating and has the most choices for different types of diets. For example, while I try to stick to a Paleo/Whole30 lifestyle for 90 percent of the week, I wasn’t always able to do that on many of the other meal kits. However, with Sun Basket, not only was I able to stick to my eating regimen, but I also I enjoyed some pretty great meals too, including a poached salmon salad with tahini goddess dressing and lettuce-wrapped turkey sliders. The company recently launched a Clean & Lean program that contains lower-calorie meals and is certified by the American Heart Association.

I also really liked that the meals didn’t take that long to prepare and offered some pretty interesting cuisines from around the world. I was able to try foods and experiment with spices that I’d never used before.

Home Chef

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Home Chef had some of the most interesting meals included in the kit, with about 12 diverse offerings per week. This ensured that I would find something that I was craving (or would like) in the weekly meal kit without having to skip a week or modify my options. Some of these meals included an Umami burger, Parmesan-crusted chicken, and ceviche-style shrimp tostadas.

Home Chef also offers add-on purchases that made my life easier, including a smoothie basket for easy breakfasts and fresh fruit for snacks. I also appreciated that the schedule shows you meals for the upcoming five weeks. Not only could I see what was being offered and decide to sign up for the week or not, but I could dream about what I was going to eat for the rest of the month. (Psst…these are the crash diets nutrition experts secretly use.)

Plated

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Plated was also a really enjoyable meal kit with a lot of options that surprised me. The meal kit used ingredients in ways that hadn’t occurred to me before—and I definitely added to my repertoire. For example, I tried a beef and sweet potato “lasagna” that is now a staple in my diet. I kept going back to Plated because of the options available and I appreciated how they would “encore” customer favorites. Don’t miss these 16 healthy recipes for weight loss that aren’t salad.

Chef’d

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While Chef’d was a bit pricier than the others, the ordering experience was more fun. Unlike the other meal kits, Chef’d doesn’t give you just a small weekly menu to pick from; you select meals from a crazy array of options, from dumplings and empanadas to global soups and gourmet grilled cheese. Each meal is priced per two servings, so you can control your budget too.

Also, unlike the other meal kits, there is no subscription necessary, so you can order what you want, when you want, without having to go through the hassle of canceling or pausing your subscription. The company also breaks down meals by breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert, so you can order what works for your everyday needs or a special event.

The food, likewise, did not disappoint. The meals were delicious: I sampled Korean sticky buns and pot stickers, and even meals I thought were going to take a little longer to whip up really didn’t. I sampled only dinner foods, but I have a feeling I will be back for more. Check out 10 more brilliantly simple cooking tips from a celebrity chef.

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Blue Apron proved the most authentic cooking experience and that was a good thing: It actually took the fear out of trying new techniques for me. While liquids all came pre-measured and prepped, vegetables and herbs did not. I…

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