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Take a Break From Holiday Cooking With These 5 Meal Subscription Boxes

Marisa Haber
ByMarisa HaberNov 16, 2021

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The holidays are synonymous with enjoying delicious, home-cooked meals with loved ones. Prepping for these meals means you’re either planning the menu and cooking the feast, or you are a guest anticipating an overstuffed stomach and unbuttoned pant combo by the end of the night. For many, it means both. Take a break from planning and purchasing all of your holiday meal ingredients and enjoy a pre-portioned menu that won’t break the bank with a meal kit subscription box. Whether you need a break from cooking or you are anticipating some cheat days and are in need of quick, healthy meal options, these are MSA’s top 5 meal kits you can turn to for a yummy holiday reset.

1. Home Chef

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Why We Love This: Home Chef is a meal kit subscription that delivers delicious pre-portioned ingredients weekly for 2-8 people. This box is cheaper than most meal kits, perfect for saving some money that’s going towards gifts and the big holiday meal. Expect pre-portioned ingredients that will take around 30 minutes to prepare, plus recipe cards and your own cookbook binder to store them for future meals. Not only do we love this meal kit, but so do our subscribers: Home Chef made it on our 20 Best Meal Subscription Boxes in 2021 – Readers’ Choice, so you can take more than just our word that it’s a must-try.

The Cost: Plans start at $8.99 per serving, with a $49.95 minimum order required. Pricing varies depending on the number of meals and serving sizes. SIGN UP HERE.

ACTIVE DEAL: Save $90 off your first four boxes! No coupon needed - just use this link.

What Our Readers Say:

“We have been ordering from them for a couple of months now and so far everything has been delicious and really easy to make!!! My favorite part about the whole thing is that it takes the stress out of having to plan dinner and I’m learning how to cook the right way. Even my husband loves cooking these meals. The portions are very generous! They are restaurant size portions. I would say that you get about 1.5 meals out of one serving. ” – Bridgette

Check out our Home Chef reviews page to learn more. Ships to most parts of the US.

2. Freshly

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Why We Love This: Freshly is MSA’s personal fave all-around prepared meal delivery service and it’s easy to see why. Choose from their menu of 30+ gourmet options and you’ll have dinner ready in 3 minutes or less. These meals will get you ready to eat well for the holidays but for a much lower cost and maybe (definitely) a lot healthier, too.

The Cost: Plans start at $8.49 per serving. Pricing varies depending on the number of meals and serving sizes. Choose the plan that works for you and sign up here.

ACTIVE DEAL: Get $65 off your first 4 boxes with code LAUNCH65AFF
CODE: LAUNCH65AFF

What Our Readers Say:

“I loved Freshly! The menu has a lot of options, the food was delicious and easy to prepare, and the value was worth it for the price. I personally wouldn’t have minded if the portions were a little bigger, but it’s still a good amount of food. I shared with friends and many of them now want to subscribe!” – Caroline

Check out our Freshly reviews page to learn more. Ships to the US.

3. Snap Kitchen

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Why We Love This: Snap Kitchen is perfect if you’re trying to eat dietician-designed portions to stay on track before treating yourself to a large holiday meal. This meal-delivery subscription caters to a range of lifestyles: keto, gluten-free, paleo-, high-protein, Whole30, low-carb, and vegetarian. These fresh meals will keep you eating well before the holidays, but without any of the guilt.

The Cost: $69.99 for 6 meals, $114.99 for 12 meals. Sign up here!

ACTIVE DEAL: Get 50% off your first Snap Kitchen subscription box!
CODE: MSA50

What Our Readers Say:

“Snap Kitchen’s meals are healthy, but they are SO good! I never thought I’d feel so great about eating a delicious pasta dish, but with Snap, I do because every meal is gluten-free. I’ve lost 10 lbs since I started eating Snap, and I love how convenient the meals are. 10/10 recommend.” – Alex

Check out our Snap Kitchen reviews page to learn more. Ships to the US.

4. Martha & Marley Spoon

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Why We Love This: The Martha in Martha & Marley Spoon is none other than the queen of everything elevated home goods– Martha Stewart. We love the high-quality, artisanal ingredients that come in this box, they’re used to create feel-good recipes like Chicken Tikka Tacos, Garlic Herb Shrimp & Broccoli, and Cincinnati Chili. If you’re looking to learn some new cooking techniques before taking on holiday meals, try this meal kit and learn some of Martha’s tricks of the trade.

The Cost: $6.99-10.99 per serving (depending on preferences) + shipping. Sign up here!

ACTIVE DEAL: $100 Off For Your First 4 Boxes (40/20/20/20). No coupon needed - just use this link.

What Our Readers Say:

“I’ve been subscribing to Martha & Marley Spoon for a couple of months now. The food is absolutely delicious…I’m telling you this food is like from a 5 star restaurant. I always think to myself, “I cant believe I actually made this.”” – Sherry

Check out our Martha & Marley Spoon reviews page to learn more. Ships to most of the contiguous U.S. for $8.99.

5. EveryPlate

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Why We Love This Meal Kit: We love EveryPlate for its simplicity and delicious pre-portioned ingredients. With loads of classics that feature all the sauces, seasonings, and drippings coming your way in November and December, it’s nice to have some meals that are uncomplicated, with a focus on meat and produce. This meal kit is also great for those on a budget: it’s one of the lower-cost kits on the market. This box is also great for all the “singletons” looking to make quality home-cooked meals, for one.

The Cost: Meal plans from $4.99 per serving + $8.99 shipping. Sign up here!

What Our Readers Say:

“I’ve tried so many different meal subscription kits and this one is the one we have ended up sticking with. It is truly the best bang for your buck!” – Jordan

Check out our EveryPlate reviews page to learn more. Ships to most zip codes in the U.S. for $8.99.


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Marisa Haber
Marisa Haber
Marisa Haber is a freelance writer with a passion for all things fashion, beauty, lifestyle, and food! When she's not scrolling through Instagram to get the scoop on all the latest trends, she can be found walking around the city asking people if she can pet their dogs.

Marisa Haber
Marisa Haber
Marisa Haber is a freelance writer with a passion for all things fashion, beauty, lifestyle, and food! When she's not scrolling through Instagram to get the scoop on all the latest trends, she can be found walking around the city asking people if she can pet their dogs.
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