Currently, there are over 20 home-meal delivery services.
These services run the range from meals that contain all the ingredients but you still need to do some prepping to meals that just need to be heated up.
I came across a few good overviews of the various options:
Good Housekeeping has a story about what it considers the 20 best meal delivery services. Ranging from guided cooking kits to fully prepared, individually portioned meals, the list includes meals that cater to a variety of clients, such as singles, families, vegans, carnivores, as well as others.
CNET also had a couple of useful stories. One that looked at the Best Prepared Meal Delivery Service and included meals that ranged from keto to comfort food and everything in between and just required the user to heat up the meal. The other looked at the Best Meal Kit Delivery Service where all the ingredients for dinner are premeasured and include easy to follow recipes for preparing meals for a variety of dietary preferences.
I had never tried one of these services until tonight. My nephew called us the other night and said that he had an extra meal from HelloFresh, and asked if we wanted it. We said sure, and tonight was the night we prepped and cooked that meal. Actually my wife prepared the meal, and I did things like get the salt and pepper out of the cabinet, measure out a cup of water, etc. You know, things a six-year-old can do.
The meal was Tilapia with Scallion Sriracha Pesto with Ginger Jasmine Rice with Green Beans, and is the photo shown above, and I am happy to report that it tasted as good as that picture looks.
There was actually enough food to serve my wife and me dinner for two nights, so I am already looking forward to tomorrow night’s dinner. All we have to do is heat up the leftovers.
The cost seems reasonable (especially when it was free like tonight’s meal 🙂 ), but it certainly seems less expensive than going to a restaurant for a similar meal. While it may be a bit more expensive if you were to do all of your own shopping for the ingredients, shopping takes time and could lead to unnecessary purchases.
So I would gladly try more of these services to see which one best meets our needs. Many of these services offer great deals for new customers, with multiple extra meals included at no cost.
And who knows, this may give me an opportunity to get a bit more useful around the kitchen…
*image from HelloFresh