Meal-planning, shopping, prepping, and cooking delicious home-made meals on a consistent basis requires time, organization, and a good system.
You can’t just wing it.
During those crazy-busy weeks, when my work-home balance just isn’t happening, I skip planning the meals, shopping for ingredients and switch to impromptu meals, pizza delivery or whatever I can make in under 15 minutes. Not ideal, yet never have I claimed to be the perfect dietitian, mother or human being.
When I’m on top of my game, I plan my meals using Plan to Eat, automate my produce and grocery deliveries, and meal-prep on nights I have time to batch cook and freeze. This requires time, planning and a schedule, which is why I understand the need to step it up a notch by soliciting help in the kitchen. For those of you who don’t have time for the planning and shopping, and who can’t yet afford a personal chef, the meal-kit delivery services are an affordable, convenient, and nutritious alternative.
I get lots of questions from my students and clients about meal-delivery services, yet haven’t been able to review the subscriptions myself, living slightly outside the delivery zone—in Spain. That’s why I’m delighted that Reviews.com has taken on the job of ordering the ingredients, cooking up the meals—50 of them to be exact—and detailing the pros and cons of the top 15 meal-delivery services! To be clear, I have no affiliation with Reviews.com or the delivery services. I just really like good food and efficiency!
Whether you are a newbie in the kitchen or you are an experienced pro, meal-kits take the stress out of meal-time. You don’t need special tools or skills to whip of these creations. Services like HelloFresh, Blue Apron, Purple Carrot and others deliver pre-measured fresh ingredients with chef-developed recipes right to your doorstep. From there, you follow the step-by-step photos and instructions to create your home-made masterpiece.
Have special dietary needs? No problem. These services offer choices from vegan to gluten-free to locally-sourced. Most have detailed ingredient lists and nutritional information for each recipe. By adding more plant-based recipes, fresh vegetables, herbs, and whole grains, you can boost the nutrition of each meal. Keeping it as simple as possible is your best option. When adding sauces or dips, keep an eye on how much sodium, added sugar or saturated fat is listed on the nutrition label. A rule of thumb is to keep these lower than 5% of the % Daily Value.
Reviews.com list their top choices for the quality of ingredients, variety of recipes, delivery flexibility, and taste.
For those of you looking to take the stress out of dinner, I recommend giving meal-kit delivery services a try. You can check out the rankings by clicking the button below.