Top Meal-Kit Services for Families

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Meal kit services deliver everything you need to prepare a fresh meal right to your front door. Photo © ONOKY / Eric Audras / Getty Images
Our Top Picks

Blue Apron

"You can choose between a two-person plan or a family plan that will yield four servings."

Blix

"All of the ingredients for your smoothie will arrive in your Blix box."

HelloFresh

"Each box includes your ingredients and stunning photo recipe cards that are easy to follow."

Plated

"Each box comes with your ingredients, colorful recipe cards, and even tips to help you learn how to become a better home cook."

Busy parents don't have a lot of time to spend planning family meals, shopping for groceries and then preparing delicious meals in the kitchen. But they still have little mouths to feed. Meal-kit services to the rescue. With the top meal-kit services in your arsenal, you can have everything you need to have a family meal together without having to sit in line at a drive-through.

These meal-kit services are arranged alphabetically and have a variety of perks to fit every family's budget and personal tastes. They offer a great service that keeps you from digging through the freezer for a TV dinner while elevating dishes to a fine dining level with fresh ingredients.

Please be aware that if anyone in your family has food allergies, you should contact the meal-kit service company before placing an order because many prepare ingredients like nuts, shellfish, and other common allergens within the same facility.

Blix

Blix

Blix

If you like to add a smoothie to your day, Blix has a unique meal-kit service that's just for you. Instead of getting your typical meal in a box, you get a smoothie in a box.

All of the ingredients for your smoothie will arrive in your Blix box. The company ships different smoothie cups, which contain all the ingredients you need to make them at home each week.

Sample Menu:

  • Raspberry rhubarb coconut spritzer
  • Watermelon cherry mint
  • Carrot orange creamsicle

Pricing:
Service costs $48 per week for six cups.

Blue Apron

Blue Apron

Blue Apron

Many meal-kit services seem to cater more to the two-person household with options to add on more servings. But that can quickly add up. Blue Apron is different in that respect because you can choose between a two-person plan or a family plan that will yield four servings.

Blue Apron delivers nationwide for free and each order contains your ingredients and recipe cards with beautiful photos so you can see what the dish is supposed to look like when complete. Meals take about 35 minutes to prepare.

Sample Menu:

  • Crunchy pork chops with summer squash slaw and roasted potato wedges
  • Chipotle-spiced chicken with pepita rice and zucchini-tomato salad
  • Flat iron steaks with arugula-walnut and panzanello

The menu changes each week. So you can always expect new, tasty meals to choose from for your order.

Pricing:
About $120 for four meals for a family of four.

HelloFresh

HelloFresh

HelloFresh

HelloFresh is one of the most family-friendly meal-service options, budget-wise. The family plan feeds four and you can choose preferences like meat and veggies, vegetarian, and pescatarian options.

Each box includes your ingredients and stunning photo recipe cards that are easy to follow. Refrigerated ingredients are kept cold by using ice packs and insulation. .

Sample Menu:

  • Seared steak and crispy potato salad with tomatoes, green beans, and shallot pan-sauce
  • Coconut and macadamia-nut encrusted tilapia with zucchini, red bell pepper and cilantro-lime forbidden rice
  • Apricot braised turkey with beets and orzo

Pricing:
A family of four can receive three meals per week for around $90-$110.

Plated

Plated

Plated

Variety is the keyword for Plated. The company offers a full week's meal selections and even dessert. The downside is Plated's meal-kit services are geared toward two-person households.

Each box comes with your ingredients, colorful recipe cards, and even tips to help you learn how to become a better home cook. Plated does deliver nationwide with the exception of a few cities.

Sample Menu:

  • Steak frites, creamy shallot sauce, and sauteed spinach
  • Blood orange wild Alaskan salmon with brown butter gnocchi
  • Pan-roasted chicken with bulgur, raisins and pine nuts

Pricing:
Four meals for a two-person household cost under $100 and dessert can be added for less than $5 per serving. Shipping will cost $6 if your order is less than $50.