Meal kits have been gaining momentum since they were introduced several years ago, and for good reason.
What is a meal kit? When using such a service, you receive pre-packaged meals that are broken down into their individual ingredients and come with easy to follow recipes. The recipes are typically fairly straightforward, taking the guesswork out of cooking…and grocery shopping. Scouring multiple aisles to find every little ingredient can be time consuming; with a meal kit, every ingredient is included and parceled out into the right size.
(Beef Lo Mein from Plated)
Even those following a specific diet can partake. There are many options available, like vegan, vegetarian, organic, gluten-free, and paleo just to name a few. Kits can serve 2-4 or more.
Hello Fresh and Blue Apron are perhaps two of the biggest national household names, but there are many more out there. I suppose time will tell who will make it for the long haul. Here are a few highly rated ones that sound like winners!
Local Crate has three qualities that make them stand out from the others. First, they source as many ingredients from sustainable local farms as possible. Second, they work with well-known local chefs to develop ah-mazing, “restaurant quality” recipes that are fail-safe. Finally, they work really hard to minimize the (sometimes excessive) amounts of packaging that can be a part of many meal kits. Currently available in Minnesota, Illinois, and California with more markets expected to roll out.
(Chicken and Cherry Salad from Local Crate)
Sun Basket uses all organic produce and sustainable, antibiotic-free animal proteins. They really focus on identifying different niche diets that you can order. Pescatarian, Mediterranean, Dairy-Free, and many others are available and can be ordered in a mix-and-match fashion.
(Ahi Tuna Bowl from Sun Basket)
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