STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Families are quarantining themselves from the spread of the coronavirus and some others are fearful to go out and shop for groceries.
That means there will be a lot of cooking at home, but if you are running short of groceries, it may be tough to cook up a hearty meal to feed everyone in the house.
That’s where meal subscription plans — in which healthy meals are delivered to your front door — may be the best option for you.
Boxed meals come with all the necessary ingredients, packed fresh in ice and expertly portioned. They also include recipes you otherwise might not have thought of, complete with easy-to-follow instructions.
Some even include helpful tips on kitchen skills like chopping veggies or how to make a roux that you can apply to your own cooking.
Please keep in mind that some shopping centers like ShopRite already offer food delivery, but this is a bit different.
There are a number of meal subscription plans in the United States. They burst onto the scene a couple of years ago.
Below are six of the best taking into consideration ingredients and cost from a story from our friends at cleveland.com. Prices are for the standard plan of 3 dishes for 2 people — six servings total — except where noted.
Introductory offer: $90 off first four boxes plus free shipping on first box
Normal price: $53.94 per week ($8.99 per serving) + $7.99 shipping
Comment: A solid all-around box, Hello Fresh is the largest meal kit provider in the U.S.
This week’s sample menu: Creamy Parmesan Chicken Spaghetti, Griddled Onion Cheeseburgers, Figgy Balsamic Pork
Introductory offer: $39.94 for first five boxes/3 recipes for 2 people
Normal price: $59.94 per week ($9.99 per serving). Free shipping
Comment: Named best all-around meal kit by Forbes. Blue Apron offers traditional recipes in addition to Beyond Meat, Weight Watchers-approved, diabetes-friendly and healthy-conscious offerings.
This week’s sample menu: Chicken Saltimbocca, Sweet & Spicy Turkey Steam Buns, Ginger Shrimp
Introductory offer: $40 credit, free shipping plus four free food gifts
Normal price: $10.99 per serving plus $6.99 shipping after introductory offer
Comment: Best known for healthier meals featuring organic and sustainable ingredients
This week’s sample menu: Hot and sour chicken stir-fry with vegetables and rice, Bangers and mash, shallot gravy, and peas and spinach, Steak salad with zucchini and red pepper vinaigrette
Introductory offer: $80 off first four boxes
Normal price: $62.93 per week ($10.49 per serving) plus $8.99 shipping
Comment: Martha Stewart’s meal kits feature simple chef-inspired recipes that can be done in six steps and under 30 minutes
This week’s sample menu: Pimento Cheese Chicken, Seared Steak & Salisbury Sauce, Crispy Pork Katsu & Rice
Introductory offer: $10 off each on first 3 boxes
Normal price: $38.93 per week ($6.49 per serving) plus $8.99 shipping
Comment: The most affordable option, Dinnerly saves money by putting recipe cards online, using fewer ingredients and simpler packaging
This week’s sample menu: Pan-Roasted Chicken & Mashed Potatoes, Lasagna Roll-ups, Beef & Udon Noodle Stir-Fry
Introductory offer: 30% off first order
Normal price: $81 per week for 6 individual entrees ($13.50 per serving, can mix & match)
Comment: Real Eats doesn’t require any meal prep at all. Entrees come in sous-vide packages that are cooked simply by dropping them in a pot of boiling water.
This week’s sample menu: Coconut Chicken Bowl, Pan-Seared Herbed Shrimp Cakes, BBQ Beef Brisket
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