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Our 8 Favorite Meal Kits — What’s on the Menu Next Week?

Lindsey Morse
ByLindsey MorseOct 11, 2021 | 43 comments

Meal Kit Comparison

Meal kit subscriptions are a great way to jazz up your dinner plans, simplify meal prep, and enjoy chef-designed recipes in the comfort of your own home. But with so many different options available, it can be tricky to decide which boxes are right for you. Today, I’ll outline what’s on the weekly menu at Home Chef, HelloFresh, Sprinly, Factor, Green ChefPurple Carrot, Gobble, and EveryPlate, so you can hone in on the recipes that look extra scrumptious. Eager to skip your next trip to the grocery store? Let’s dive in and see what delicious offerings are on the menu next week.

Want to browse all available meal kits? Need help picking the best meal kit for you? Visit our Meal Box Subscription Directory.

What’s on the Menu the Week of October 18th?

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1. HelloFresh

Image from our review.

About this Meal Kit: HelloFresh offers quality pre-portioned ingredients and easy-to-follow recipes that you can choose week by week. Their plans include Veggie, Meat & Veggie, Low-Calorie, and Family-Friendly, and their menu rotates weekly.

The Cost: Subscriptions cost between $8.74-$9.99 per serving depending on your plan, plus shipping. Sign up here!

COUPON: 50% off. No coupon needed - just use this link.

Ships to: The U.S.

Order Cutoff: Menu selections and changes need to be made by 11.59 pm PST 5 days prior to your next scheduled delivery.

Here’s what’s on the HelloFresh menu next week:

Menu image via HelloFresh.

  • Melty Monterey Jack Burgers with Onion Jam, Garlic Mayo & Crispy Potato Wedges
  • Saucy Pork Burrito Bowls with Cilantro Lime Rice, Charred Poblano, Salsa Fresca & Smoky Crema
  • Meatloaf à la Mom with Potatoes, Broccoli & Gravy
  • Crispy Kickin’ Cayenne Chicken Cutlets with Monterey Jack, Mashed Potatoes, Buttery Broccoli & a Honey Drizzle
  • Sesame Soy Beef Bowls with Shredded Carrots, Buttery Rice & Sriracha Mayo
  • Turkish-Spiced Chicken in Apricot Sauce with Lemon Almond Rice & Harissa-Roasted Carrots

Menu image via HelloFresh.

  • Sheet Pan Chipotle BBQ Pork Tenderloin with a Potato, Pepper, Onion & Cilantro Hash
  • Beef Tenderloin with Root Vegetables plus Parmesan Mashed Potatoes
  • Chicken Ramen in a Shoyu-Style Broth plus Mushrooms, Sesame Garlic Oil & Crispy Onions
  • One-Pot Black Bean & Poblano Soup with Blue Corn Tortilla Chips, Monterey Jack
  • Roasted Sweet Potato Farro Bowls with Marinated Cranberries & Pepitas
  • Silky Sicilian Penne tossed with Mushrooms, Zucchini & Tomatoes

Menu image via HelloFresh.

  • Thai Shrimp with Candied Peanuts over Sesame Cabbage & Arugula Salad
  • Chicken Sausage Rigatoni in a Creamy Pink Sauce with Bell Pepper & Parmesan
  • One-Pan Banh-Mi-Style Chicken Tacos with Pickled Cucumber & Sriracha Mayo
  • Squash Agnolotti with Bacon & Scallops in a Brown Butter-Sage Cream Sauce
  • Crispy Maple Mustard Chicken with Roasted Potato Wedges & Carrots
  • Spicy Coconut Curry Pork Noodle Soup with Bok Choy, Napa Cabbage & Lime
  • Sweet Potato & Poblano Quesadillas with Southwest Crema & Radish Tomato Salsa
  • Pan-Fried Garlic Herb Gnocchi with Brussels Sprouts & Sun-Dried Tomatoes
  • Cheesy Fried Eggs over Nacho Potato Hash with Pico de Gallo & Smoky Red Pepper Crema
  • Louisiana-Style Tilapia with Potato Wedges, Red Cabbage Slaw & Spicy Remoulade
  • BBQ Pineapple Flatbreads with Caramelized & Pickled Onions
  • Creamy Chimichurri Steak Bowls with Charred Bell Pepper & Tomato over Garlic Rice
  • Homestyle Turkey & Biscuit Pot Pie with Carrots, Celery & Fresh Thyme

What’s your top pick? 

Check out our HelloFresh reviews to learn more! Have you tried HelloFresh? Leave a review for the community! 


2. Home Chef

Image from our review.

About this Meal Kit: Home Chef is a meal kit subscription that delivers a weekly box of the pre-portioned ingredients needed to make two to six meals that feed two, four, or six people. Recipe cards are easy to follow, and meals can be made in about 30 minutes. For those with dietary restrictions, Home Chef points out recipes that are calorie-conscious, carb-conscious, and vegetarian. Picky about your protein? Most meals allow you to customize whether recipes include chicken, steak, or seafood; some recipes can even be made vegetarian-friendly by opting for Impossible (meatless) meat!

Cost: Meals start at $6.99 per serving depending on the current menu options. Sign up here!

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

Ships to: 90% of the U.S. (You can check to see if Home Chef delivers to your zip code here.) Shipping is $7.99 for most orders. If you order their smallest package (two meals for two people), shipping is $13.99.

Order cutoff: Be sure to finalize your menu selections before 12pm (CST) on the Friday prior to your scheduled delivery day.

Here’s what’s on the Home Chef menu next week:

Images via Home Chef.

  • Herbed Cheese and Artichoke Chicken Milanese with Roasted Potatoes and Rosemary Tomatoes
  • Smokehouse-Maple Sirloin Steak with Sour Cream Mashed Potatoes
  • Honey BBQ Salmon with Bacon Jalapeño Corn Muffins and Corn on the Cob
  • Steak Gyro Orzo Bowl with Tzatziki and Feta
  • Chicken and Parmesan Cream Sauce with Thyme-Roasted Parsnips and Butternut Squash
  • Cajun Shrimp and Cheddar Grits with Roasted Red Peppers and Mushrooms
  • Roasted Tomato Chicken Kiev with Parmesan Spinach and Roasted Garlic Red Potatoes
  • Beef Tinga Stuffed Peppers with Cilantro Sauce and Fire Roasted Salsa
  • Pork Chop and Black Garlic Marinara Sauce with Spicy Garlic Broccoli and Red Peppers
  • Spicy Asian-Style Pork Burger with Sweet Potato Fries
  • Brussels Sprouts and Brown Butter Risotto with Goat Cheese and Pecans
  • Mushroom and Pepper Fajita Tacos with Pickled Red Onions
  • One-Pan Creamy Corn and Sausage Pasta Skillet with Chipotle Crema and Lime

In addition to the standard meal kits, Home Chef has these 15 Minute Meal Kits available:

Images via Home Chef.

  • Pork and Pineapple Noodles with Bok Choy
  • Mongolian-Style Beef Stir-Fry with Broccoli

For those looking for quick meals with minimal prep, Home Chef is offering these Easy Prep Meal Kits:

Images via Home Chef.

  • Spinach and Bolognese Spaghetti
  • Philly Cheesesteak Tacos with White Cheddar Cheese Sauce and Sweet Peppers
  • Three-Cheese Chicken with Crispy Zucchini and Tomatoes
  • Creole-Style Pork Meatloaf with Comeback Crema and Green Bean Succotash
  • Lemon Chicken with Penne Alfredo and Peas

Ready to sign up? Make sure to use our coupon code to score some free meals!

Want more info? Check out our Home Chef reviews. Have you tried Home Chef? Leave a review for the community! 


3. Green Chef

Image from our review.

About this Meal Kit: Green Chef designs flavorful, healthy recipes that are built around fresh, sustainable, organic ingredients. Recipes are designed with amateur cooks in mind, and Green Chef offers several different meal plans to suit a variety of lifestyles: Keto + Paleo, Balanced Living, and Plant-Powered. (Note that the Keto + Paleo meal plan is certified gluten-free through the Gluten Intolerance Group’s Gluten-Free Food Service program. Visit Green Chef‘s FAQ section to learn more about this certification.) Regardless of which meals you pick, you can rest assured that, whenever possible, everything you receive will be GMO-free, USDA certified organic, and sustainably-sourced

The Cost: $11.49-$12.99 per meal, depending on your preferences. Sign up here!

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

Ships to: Most of the contiguous U.S.

Order cutoff: Menu selections and order changes must be made by 11:59 pm EST, 7 days before your delivery day.

Here’s what’s on the low-carb, high-protein Green Chef Keto + Paleo Menu next week:

Menu image via Green Chef.

  • Roasted Chicken with Lemon Crema with Cabbage, Butternut Squash & Brussels Sprouts, Parmesan, Hazelnuts
  • Southwest Beef Patties with Provolone with Roasted Butternut Squash, Slaw with Pepitas, Spicy Lime Aïoli
  • Paprika-Turmeric Tomato Pork Chops with Squash, Kale Salad, Za’atar-Spiced Tahini, Feta, Pistachios
  • Spiced Tilapia with Avocado Lime Crema with Roasted Butternut Squash, Sautéed Bell Pepper & Onion, Pepitas
  • Garlic-Thyme Steak with Parmesan Squash, Lemon-Pepper Green Beans
  • Creamy Italian Sausage Soup with Tomato Mushroom Broth, Cauliflower, Lacinato Kale
  • Bavette Steak with Creamy Blackened Shrimp with Cauliflower “Rice” with Collards & Bell Pepper, Pecans
  • Chicken Fajita Salad with Lettuce, Bell Pepper, Creminis, Cilantro-Lime Vinaigrette
  • Beef & Mushroom Bolognese with Spaghetti Squash Noodles, Parsley-Almond Gremolata
  • Berbere Spiced Shrimp with Cumin-Turmeric Cauliflower “Rice,” Cabbage & Mango Slaw

Here’s what’s being offered on the Green Chef Balanced Living Meal Plan:

Menu image via Green Chef.

  • Roasted Chicken with Lemon Crema with Cabbage, Butternut Squash & Brussels Sprouts, Parmesan, Hazelnuts
  • Southwest Beef Patties with Provolone with Roasted Butternut Squash, Slaw with Pepitas, Spicy Lime Aïoli
  • Paprika-Turmeric Tomato Pork Chops with Squash, Kale Salad, Za’atar-Spiced Tahini, Feta, Pistachios
  • Berbere Spiced Shrimp with Cumin-Turmeric Cauliflower “Rice,” Cabbage & Mango Slaw
  • Cajun-Style Blackened Chicken with Dirty Rice with Corn, Tomato, Scallion, Rémoulade, Pecans
  • Cheesy Pesto Burgers with Kale Caesar Salad with Carrots, Parmesan & Almonds
  • Sesame Ginger Pork Bowls with Lime Rice, Garlicky Bell Pepper & Onion, Sriracha Sauce, Peanuts
  • Caribbean-Spiced Tilapia with Coconut-Lime Rice, Mango Salsa, Creamy Chimichurri
  • Cherry BBQ Turkey Meatloaves with Smoky Collard Greens with Apples & Pecans
  • Spicy Mushroom Stir-Fry with Jasmine Rice, Broccoli, Red Bell Pepper, Carrot, Cabbage
  • Butternut Squash Risotto with Sage-Seasoned Portobellos, Toasted Walnuts, Parmesan
  • BBQ Ranch Sweet Potato Bowls with Farro, Kale, Tomatoes, Pecans, Sharp Cheddar Cheese

Here’s next week’s Green Chef Plant-Powered Menu:

Menu image via Green Chef.

  • Thai Veggie Peanut Curry with Kale, Bell Pepper, Edamame, Snap Peas, Coconut-Lime Rice
  • Roasted Squash, Bell Pepper & Beets with Couscous with Currants & Parsley, Garlic-Lemon Tahini Sauce
  • Spaghetti with Mushroom Bolognese with Creminis, Porcinis, Tomatoes, Carrots, Scallion
  • Dukkah-Spiced Chickpea Bowls with Turmeric-Spiced Rice, Zucchini, Tomato Relish, Tahini Sauce
  • Pinto Bean Patties with Creamy Chimichurri Sauce, Cabbage Slaw with Mangos & Radishes
  • Spicy Mushroom Stir-Fry with Jasmine Rice, Broccoli, Red Bell Pepper, Carrot, Cabbage
  • Butternut Squash Risotto with Sage-Seasoned Portobellos, Toasted Walnuts, Parmesan
  • BBQ Ranch Sweet Potato Bowls with Farro, Kale, Tomatoes, Pecans, Sharp Cheddar Cheese
  • Mediterranean Plant-Based Protein Burgers with Protein-Packed Patties that are Purely Plant-Based

What are your thoughts about this week’s menu?

Check out our Green Chef reviews to learn more! Have you tried Green Chef? Leave a review for the community! 


4. Sprinly

sprinly all items

Image from our review.

About this Meal Kit: Sprinly sends organic, plant-based meals that are ready to eat in three minutes or less. They advertise honestly healthy, nutritionist-approved meals that are prepared fresh and delivered to your door each week. Just choose your favorite dishes from their weekly menu and follow simple directions to heat and serve your meal within minutes. Meals come in eco-friendly packaging that is safe for the microwave, oven, and freezer and is 100% recyclable. Their flexible plan allows you to pause or skip weeks as often as you’d like. Looking to eat healthier but don’t have a lot of time to cook? Sprinly could be the subscription for you.

The Cost: Choose six meals per week for $109.00, 12 meals per week for $199.00, or 18 meals per week for $289.00. All plans include free delivery. Sign up here!

Ships to: The U.S. East Coast, Midwest, and South. Check here to see if Sprinly delivers to you.

Order Cutoff: Menu selections and changes need to be made by Tuesday at 11:59 pm EST.

Here’s what’s on Sprinly‘s menu next week:

Menu images via Sprinly.

  • Peanut Soba Noodles with Tofu and Broccoli
  • Royal Beet Medallions with Ancient Quinoa and Greens
  • Bean-Packed Marinara with Gluten-Free Pasta and Cashew “Parm”
  • Indian Spiced Coconut Carrot Curry with Spiralized Carrots and Forbidden Black Rice
  • All-Day Sunshine Bowl with Lemon Vinaigrette and Quinoa
  • Chili Con Queso with Fajita Crumble and Rice

What you do think about the menu this week? Did any of these Sprinly recipes catch your eye?

Check out our Sprinly reviews to learn more! Have you tried Sprinly? Leave a review for the community! 


5. Factor


Image from our review.

About this Meal Kit: This meal-delivery service sends dishes that are already cooked, so rather than unpacking ingredients for a meal you make yourself, all you have to do is pop ’em in the microwave for 5 minutes or less. Factor ingredients include grass-fed meats with no antibiotics or hormones, and organic and non-GMO produce. Meals options include keto, plant-based, low-carb, and/or low-calorie.

The Cost: Starting at $15.00/meal for 4 meals/week. Save with longer subscriptions. Subscribe here!

COUPON: Use code MSA90OFF to save $90 off your first three weeks of FACTOR!

Ships to: The U.S. Shipping costs vary per location.

Order cutoff: All changes must be made by 11:59 pm CT on Wednesdays for delivery the following week.

Next week, Factor is offering the following meal options:

Meal images via Factor.

  • Chicken Piccata with Cauliflower Mash & Roasted Broccoli
  • Creamy Tomato & Herb Turkey Ragu with Zucchini Noodles & Herbed Ricotta
  • Creamy Parmesan Chicken with Roasted Broccoli & Tomatoes
  • Keto Chorizo Chili with Shredded Cheese & Scallion Sour Cream
  • Keto Mushroom Burger with Roasted Kale, Tomatoes & Parmesan Cauliflower Mash
  • Spicy Turkey Poblano Bowl with Roasted Broccoli Rice & Scallion Sour Cream
  • Garlic Pork Tenderloin with Asiago Mash & Pesto Green Beans
  • Buffalo Chicken Breast with Pepper Jack Cauliflower Mash, Roasted Broccoli & Ranch Dressing
  • Shrimp Alfredo with Zucchini Noodles & Broccoli

Meal images via Factor.

  • Tandoori Chicken with Roasted Curry Cauliflower & Yogurt Sauce
  • Ricotta Meatballs with Zucchini Noodles & Broccoli
  • Rosemary Pepper Pork Chop with Green Beans topped with Mushroom Cream
  • Green Chile Chicken with Mexican Cauliflower Rice & Queso Blanco
  • Honey Mustard Chicken with Roasted Rosemary Potatoes & Garlic Green Beans
  • Tostada Bake with Mexican Cauliflower Rice & Sour Cream
  • Mediterranean Grilled Chicken with Chickpea Mash & Lemon Rice
  • Smoky Maple BBQ Ground Beef with Roasted Green Beans & Parmesan Creamed Corn
  • Red Chile Pork Tamale Bowl with Spiced Sweet Potatoes & Pickled Jalapeño Crema
  • Shredded Chicken Taco Bowl with Roasted Corn Salsa & Cilantro Lime Sour Cream
  • Italian Sausage Peperonata with Sweet Potato Hash
  • Sweet Potato Satay with Coconut Rice & Miso-Roasted Green Beans
  • Charred Corn Elote Bowl with Pearl Onions, Tomatoes & Chipotle Lime Dressing
  • Caramelized Onion & Goat Cheese Risotto with Roasted Carrots
  • Garlic & Herb Portobello Mushrooms with Smashed Potatoes, Green Beans & Balsamic Cherry Tomatoes
  • Egg, Chorizo & Pepper Skillet with Turnip Hash
  • Pumpkin Pancakes with Spiced Pecans & Cinnamon Butter

What looks good to you? 

Wanna learn more? Check out our Factor reviews for more info! Have you tried Factor? Leave a review for the community! 


6. Purple Carrot

Image from our review.

About this Meal Kit: Calling all vegans! Purple Carrot features meals that are 100% plant-based, so it’s a great option for diners who avoid meat and are dairy-free (and for those looking to incorporate more meatless meals into their diet). Each week’s menu features a creative selection of unique recipes inspired by everything from comfort food classics to global staples. In addition to the standard meal kits, subscribers can also add breakfast, lunch, and snacks to their weekly order.

The Cost: $12.00 per serving. Sign up here!

COUPON: Use code CARROT30 to get $30 off your first order!

Ships to: The U.S.

Order cutoff: The deadline to finalize your menu selection is 11:59 PM EST the Tuesday before your next expected shipment.

Here’s what’s on the Purple Carrot menu next week:

Images via Purple Carrot.

  • Roasted Red Pepper Shakshuka with Za’atar Tofu & Crispy Shallots
  • Red Lentil Soup with Tamarind Chutney & Roasted Parsnip Ribbons
  • Mustard Glazed Tempeh with Smashed Beets & Sauerkraut
  • Cavatappi Bolognese with Rosemary & Parmesan
  • Root Vegetable Cassoulet with Roasted Sausage & Dijonnaise
  • Mediterranean Fried Rice with Sumac Cauliflower & Za’atar Aioli
  • Kashmiri Roasted Vegetables & Tofu Paneer with Cucumber Raita & Millet
  • Lemon Zucchini Noodles with Cashew Cream & Crispy Artichoke Hearts

What’s your favorite meal on the menu?

Check out our Purple Carrot reviews to learn more! Have you tried Purple Carrot? Leave a review for the community! 


7. Gobble

Gobble Box Unpacked

Image from our review.

About this Meal Kit: Gobble specializes in streamlined meal kits that will help you get dinner on the table in 15 minutes. When you sign up, you’ll choose between the standard “Dinner” plan and the “Lean & Clean” plan. Both offer the same convenience and flexibility, but “Lean & Clean” recipes feature lean proteins, healthy fats, and are under 600 calories per serving.

The Cost: Meals cost $11.99 per serving + $6.99 shipping. Sign up here!

COUPON: Get 6 meals for $36. No coupon needed - just use this link.

Ships to: Most states in the contiguous United States. They do not deliver to Montana, Hawaii, or Alaska, and there is currently limited service in Nebraska and New Mexico. Enter your zip code on the sign-up page to see if they deliver to your area.

Order Cutoff: The deadline to skip or modify upcoming orders is Wednesday at 11:59 pm for the following week’s delivery.

Here’s what’s on the Gobble menu next week:

Menu images via Gobble.

  • Chicken Katsu Bento Bowl with Jasmine Rice & Sautéed Sugar Snap Peas
  • Sirloin Steak with Cauliflower & Broccoli Gratin
  • Louisiana-Style Shrimp with White Cheddar Grits
  • Lasagna Rolls in Pomodoro Sauce with Broccoli & Mushrooms
  • Hatch Green Chile & Cheese Tamales with Mashed Avocado & Cilantro Rice
  • Pan-Fried Paneer & Chickpeas in Tomato Masala Sauce
  • Pan-Seared King Salmon with Sautéed Leeks & Mushrooms
  • Filet Mignon au Poivre with Demi-Glace & Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Menu images via Gobble.

  • Crispy Fried Chicken Cutlets & Country Gravy with Brussels Sprouts & Potatoes
  • Lemongrass & Coconut Milk Seafood Curry
  • Sheet Pan Broccoli Bohemian Bowl with Chickpeas, Tahini, & Feta Cheese
  • Pan-Seared Chicken with Crunchy Curried Cauliflower Rice
  • Mexican-Style Pork Stew with Garbanzos & Cabbage
  • Seared Salmon with Roasted Broccoli & Cauliflower with Italian Salsa Verde

Do any of this week’s menu items look good to you? 

Check out our Gobble reviews to learn more! Have you tried Gobble? Leave a review for the community! 


8. EveryPlate

Image from our review.

About this Meal Kit: EveryPlate is a simple and wallet-friendly meal kit subscription that sends classic and tasty meals aimed at budget-conscious diners. While this subscription does not cater to those with dietary restrictions, it does offer meals at a fraction of the price of the competition.

The Cost: Meal plans start at only $4.99 per serving and you can choose between a two-person or a family plan. Boxes ship for $8.99. Sign up here!

Ships to: Most of the contiguous U.S. for $8.99. Check here to see if they deliver to your area!

Order cutoff: All changes must be made by 11:59 pm ET 5 days prior to delivery.

Here’s what’s on the EveryPlate menu next week:

Menu images via EveryPlate.

  • French Onion Chicken with Roasted Carrots & Mashed Potatoes
  • Super Smashed Burgers with Caramelized Onion, Chipotle Aioli & Potato Wedges
  • Greek Pork Meatball Bowls with Cucumber Tomato Salad & Garlic Couscous
  • Balsamic-Glazed Pork Chops with Roasted Zucchini & Garlic Thyme Potatoes
  • Creamy Mushroom Steak with Roasted Potato Rounds & Green Beans
  • Sweet Chili Pork Tacos with Red Cabbage Slaw, Zesty Crema & Peanuts
  • Italian Pork Sausage Sandos with Garlic Potato Wedges
  • Burst Tomato Linguine with Kale in a Lemon Garlic Cream Sauce
  • Homestyle Meatloaves with Roasted Carrots, Mashed Potatoes & Gravy

Menu images via EveryPlate.

  • Tuscan Herbed Chicken Linguine with Creamy Tomato Sauce & Charred Lemon
  • Lemon Chive Chicken Legs with Garlic Mashed Potatoes & Schmaltzy Carrots
  • Cheesy Stuffed Poblanos with Pico de Gallo, Spiced Rice & Zesty Crema
  • Zesty Shrimp Linguine with Creamy Tomato Sauce
  • Moroccan Chickpea Tagine with Apricot, Garlic Couscous, Creamy Lemon Sauce & Cilantro
  • Creamy Rajas Quesadillas with Salsa Fresca & Lime Crema
  • Mushroom & Pea Rice Skillet with Mozzarella
  • Crispy Blue Cheese Chicken with Bacon ’n’ Chive Mashed Potatoes & Roasted Broccoli

What do you think of the menu? 

Check out our EveryPlate reviews to learn more! Have you tried EveryPlate? Leave a review for the community!

That wraps up next week’s menu offerings from the 8 top meal kit delivery services! See anything that strikes your fancy? Let us know which recipes you’ll be cooking next week!


Lindsey Morse
Lindsey Morse
Lindsey is a professional baker, cold brew coffee addict, and rosé aficionado who loves writing about food and wine. When she’s not sharing her love of subscription boxes with the world, you’ll find her in the podcasting studio, perfecting her cake decorating techniques, or cursing her way through the New York Times daily crossword puzzle.

Lindsey Morse
Lindsey Morse
Lindsey is a professional baker, cold brew coffee addict, and rosé aficionado who loves writing about food and wine. When she’s not sharing her love of subscription boxes with the world, you’ll find her in the podcasting studio, perfecting her cake decorating techniques, or cursing her way through the New York Times daily crossword puzzle.
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We signed up for Factor a few weeks ago and it’s great! My son has after school sports and I’m the “taxi”. It’s almost impossible for us to cook a meal those evenings. We’re very impressed with the quality and quantity of the meals.


We can’t get Marley spoon in northern Minnesota and they’ve been saying “coming soon” for over a year. Would like to try it.

Lindsey Morse

Sorry to hear that, Kelly! That’s a bummer. Hopefully, they’ll open up subscriptions to your area soon. I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you!




I usually just buy $100 worth of Chinese food take out and eat on that for several days. You can even freeze it.
I mean that’s $10 for Rice $10 for Chow Mein and 7 $10 entrees.

It feeds 2 people for several days lunch & dinner and you don’t even have to cook.


Yikes! That’s so unhealthy.


I recently signed up for Factor and I’m in love! Everything I’ve tried has been delicious (except the chipotle black bean soup, which was a bit bland for me and I wouldn’t spend that much on it again). It’s incredibly convenient and the quality of the ingredients they use is fantastic. I was very pleasantly surprised, because I don’t do diets and I’m definitely a foodie. The only downside is that it’s pricey, especially if you’re feeding more than one. I order the 6 meal plan, and eat them for lunch (price is comparable to takeout), and cook regular dinners for my family.

I also get Home Chef, and I really appreciate the oven-ready selections they have. I don’t have a ton of time to spend in the kitchen, and Home Chef does most of the prep work in their oven-ready & 15 minute meals. They taste good and the portion sizes are generous.

I got Hello Fresh for about a year prior to discovering Home Chef. Their meals are good and I liked them, but they require more prep/ time in the kitchen than I’m usually able to spend.


Agreed! Factor is the best! I’ve been subscribed to the 6 meal plan for three months or so and rarely is there a dish I’m not fond of. I wish MSA would do some reviews. I think they did once but I would love to see more.

Jessica Hapak

I was ready to try gobble, but they’re at capacity in my area. Hopefully soon that changes!


Thank you for this run down!


Was notified Sunday night my Marley won’t be coming Tuesday, would have been nice to have known Saturday before the snow/ice storm hit. I understand weather delays but more advanced noticed would have been helpful. I will have to dig deep to come up with dinners this week.


I’ve recently switched from Marley Spoon and Hello Fresh to Purple Carrot. I am so impressed! The quality of ingredients is great. The recipes are simple, but with a few components to make them balanced and interesting. I am always amazed by the large quantity of food when I’m finished cooking, too!


I’ve tried Every Plate, Hello Fresh, Dinnerly, Blue Apron, and Home Chef. Liked best and stuck with Hello Fresh however I’ve noticed decreased quality in produce recently and smaller portions. I got a box that should serve 4 and the Ramen recipe had one small bag of Ramen noodles…have they ever seen a serving of Ramen? Barely fed my 9 year old boys and husband…I didn’t get any! Never used to be this way…portions actually used to be too big at times. Very disappointed lately.


I have noticed that too! I subscribe to blue apron, hello fresh, dinnerly, Martha and spoon, and everyplate, home chef and I noticed since COVID most of the portion sizes shrunk. I even noticed that with the protein. They would like 10oz on the recipe card but actually only send 6-8oz on the package!. I thought I was the only one…


If that happens you should give them a call and they will give you a credit. It happened to me once with Marley Spoon. They sent an email saying the card said 10 oz. but they only had 8 oz. portions so they were sending 2 meat portions for 16 oz. total. I only received one portion and they credited me $15 back.


Same here…was very fond of Dinnerly for most of last year and thankful to find an affordable option to shopping during our pandemic…but the last 2-3 months I have been skipping weeks because I’m no longer satisfied with some of the produce and portion sizes. Has to be because we are all jumping on the band wagon and maybe stressing the system. Understandably, this week’s box was cancelled due to weather.


Blue Apron is my favorite but it’s not included 🙁

Lindsey Morse

Hi Laurie! Thanks for chiming in to let us know you love Blue Apron! I used to feature Blue Apron on this weekly roundup post, but I took it off the list last week to give a couple of new boxes some airtime. Glad to know it’s your fave; I’ll keep that in mind for future posts. 🙂


Why is this post re-listed as new but comments from 2-3 months ago?

Lindsey Morse

Hi Svetlana7e! This is a recurring post that’s updated every week to showcase current menus. The content is new every week, but some of the comments are from past postings.


Old content pushed to the top. At least 1 of these has not been reviewed in 2.5 years (June 2018) yet it’s still got the MSA stamp of approval. Seems like another example of the complaints people feel constantly advertised to with your affiliate links. 👎

Lindsey Morse

Factor and Trifecta have been on my radar for a while, but Pete’s Paleo is new to me. I’ll do some research and discuss with the team. (Please feel free to chime in any time with suggestions for boxes you’d like to see reviewed. I’m all ears.) And thanks for voicing your preference to see kits reviewed multiple times; that’s helpful to hear. 🙂

Lindsey Morse

Hi BG, thanks for taking the time to comment. I know it’s time for new reviews of some of these boxes, and we’re on it! (I actually had a Sprinly meal for lunch today. Review coming soon!) I recently rejoined the MSA team to focus on food and beverage boxes, and I’m excited about what’s coming in 2021.


I would love some healthy meal kits and ready made meals reviewed for the new year! I’m interested in Green Chef and Sun Basket as well as Factor, Trifecta and Pete’s Paleo.

I tried Sun Basket a few times last winter and had issues with produce freezing and arriving wilted and unusable. It’s helpful for me to see meal kits reviewed more than once (ideally at least four times) to account for issues like these. I’m hesitant to try Sun Basket again unless I can see evidence of the product arriving in good condition and I also enjoy seeing pictures of how the recipes turn out.


What is interesting on Home Chef is that the prices I have for these items is different in my account. For example, the first three items above show $9.95 per serving where my price is $8.99. I wonder if it varies based on location? Or a member vs. non-member price?

Lindsey Morse

Oh, wow. Huh. That is interesting, Laura. I’ll reach out to Home Chef this week to see if I can get clarification, and I’ll update based on what they say. Thanks for the head’s up!


My Blue Apron box was delayed for 1 day. I received an email letting me know that if the box did not arrived today they will issue me a credit. My box did not arrive 🙁 This caused a major interruption as I did not do groceries on the weekend, so today I had to order takeout. I live in Miami, curious to know if other people have had the same situation due to weather inclemencies.


Blue Apron has a complete Thanksgiving menu under their Meal Prep it has turkey, sides and dessert. I ordered and Im looking forward to it.

I love to cook and for many years I thought meal prep kits were gimmicky. I tried Blue Apron out of curiosity and fell in love with them. I love their wine sub and they pair it with the food. Recently you can add a box of food and/or wine. for next week I have 2 deliveries the Thanksgiving and Signature. That way I can avoid going to the food market that week.

I think is worth to mention that Blue Apron has 3 options weekly. Signature (2 servings), Signature for 4 (4 servings) and meal
prep. There are different options in every menu. Although some of the Signature and Signature for 4 are the same.

Lindsey Morse

Awww thanks so much, Gloria!! You just put a big old smile on my face. It’s good to be back, and you’ll definitely be seeing more reviews from me! 🙂

Lindsey Morse

Thank you so much for your comment, Gloria, and for sharing your experience with Blue Apron! I appreciate you pointing out the different menu menus available. I’m going to update this post to reflect those options, and I’ll make sure they’re included in future menus too. Really appreciate the feedback!


Hi Lindsey!!! I’ve always been a fan of your reviews. I remember you
use to do the ones for Raw Spice and other one that I dont recall the name. I do remember there was a Tagine!

Hope to see more reviews from
your part.


My favorite is Gobble! For the easiest and most consistently delicious recipes. I also use Sun Basket and Blue Apron some weeks.


I love that you started posting all the menus together. I’ve been wanting to sign up for one, just waiting for a good week.

I wish you could post which meals have an upcharge, like the steak and lobster!

Lindsey Morse

Yay, Morgan, I’m glad that you’re finding these posts helpful! It shouldn’t be an issue to note which meals are more expensive, and I think it’s a great idea to add upchage info. I won’t be able to update in time for tomorrow’s post, but I’ll see about adding it for the next one. Thanks! 🙂


Dinnerly should be added for an awesome value box. You can get 3 meals for 2 a week for $20 less than the others. EveryPlate is the other value box I’ve tried and liked, same pricing as Dinnerly. Marley spoon owns Dinnerly.

Lindsey Morse

Hi, MissJ! It’s great to hear that you’ve had good experiences with Everyplate & Dinnerly. I’ll do some research and see about adding one or both to future menu posts! Thanks for the feedback!


Just signed up for Sun Basket! Excited about the menu (and the free gift!)

Lindsey Morse

Nice! Hope you enjoy! 🙂


So bummed to not see Marley Spoon on this list 🙁

Lindsey Morse

Thanks for the feedback, Tiffany! I’m working on next week’s menu post today, and I’ll add Marley Spoon to the round-up! 🙂


Marley is one of my favorites and about the only one I use now that Plated is gone.


Great! I’ve tried them all, and Marley Spoon is the one I continuously go back to.


I thought the same! I also saw a few I’ve never heard of. We have Blue Apron and I have loved the convenience factor. The food however, is always okay to good.

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