Easy online setup and great website interface
Organic meals with a flavor twist
Recipe cards with full preparation
Delivery is delayed a few weeks from first order
Some recipes require a fair amount of cooking
Although recyclable, lots of packaging
One Potato is a Los Angeles-based meal delivery kit service that was started by Catherine McCord, a popular food blogger. The service focuses on delivering organic meals that are somewhat prepared and also takes a family-friendly approach, offering kid-sized portions and pricing.
Depending on your location, there are most likely dozens of meal delivery services that will ship meals to your door in various stages of preparation, some requiring almost no cooking and others basically just delivering ingredients and recipes. One Potato is one of the latter. We ordered and tested several meals from the service to see how it stacks up.
How It Works: Easy Sign Up
When you start your One Potato plan, it first asks you for your family breakdown in terms of the number of kids you have and their ages. It also asks you for some basic dietary information like if you are vegetarian or what sorts of meats you eat as a family. There's a gluten-free option for meals. Then you will need to decide how many meals you want delivered each week.
After getting the numbers out of the way, One Potato will show you some recommended meal options for your first delivery. You can either click confirm to accept those recommendations or substitute them with other meals. One Potato doesn’t allow customizations so you can’t, for example, swap out a protein in one meal. You have to substitute the entire recipe with another option.
Your first meal kit will arrive about two weeks after you place the order. Once it arrives, unpack it and store it safely in your fridge until you are ready to cook the meals.
One Potato doesn’t allow customizations so you can’t, for example, swap out a protein in one meal.
Choosing Meals: Focused Selection
Once you have set up your basic information in the One Potato portal, you choose the number of meals you would like each week (two or three) and the number of servings per meal (anywhere between two and six). The tool will then display some recommended meals and the date of your first delivery. While the default choices for meals are vegetarian and omnivore, vegan meals are available as well—but you have to choose those individually for each week’s plan.
Some of the options that were available for us included a DIY steak salad, sweet and sour pineapple chicken, and Greek nachos. Customization is not available, but you can view future deliveries and make changes to those before the weekly cutoff (Wednesday at 9 a.m. PT the week before delivery). You can also skip delivery weeks.
What We Made
We made a selection of vegetarian and omnivore meals from One Potato's diverse menu:
- Sweet potato enchiladas (These enchiladas came with pre-baked sweet potatoes which made them easy to reheat and mix in. They also included pre-made enchilada sauce, cheese, and black beans. It was easy to assemble and bake.)
- Oven-fried chicken (The kit included pre-marinated chicken that just had to be tossed in the included spice mix and baked. It also included pre-mixed dough for biscuits and a cabbage slaw along with a pea puree.)
- Arancini and melon salad (This kit included already prepared risotto to make the Arancini process easier. Along with that came fresh arugula (really fresh) and melon and spice mix for an easy melon side dish.)
Support Materials: Minimal but Enough
One Potato includes recipe cards in each delivery, and there's also an online recipe card for each meal that you can access with a full list of equipment you’ll need to make the recipe as well as more thorough step-by-step instructions for the recipe. The online cards can easily be found via your account page. If you cancel your subscription, you won’t be able to access the online portal and view any supporting materials.
Packaging: Lots of Recycling
One Potato does ship its ingredients in entirely recyclable plastic, but there is a lot of packaging. One of the recipes we were sent had almost a dozen individual plastic bags, all of which needed to be washed before we put them into the recycling bin.
The packaging did keep ingredients fresh until we could get them to the fridge. We did get a melon salad in one recipe and the melons were a bit outside of their ideal ripeness, but they tasted fine. One Potato packages some of the greens in paper bags so they don’t get beat up during shipping.
The Cooking Process: Hit or Miss
We tried three One Potato meals and had varying levels of success with the recipes. All of the recipes required a fair amount of cooking, and one we would describe as slightly advanced.
The easiest recipe we received was a sweet potato enchilada recipe, which involved heating the sweet potatoes and mashing them with a few ingredients, then rolling the filling into tortillas and baking them in enchilada sauce. The fact that the sweet potato was already roasted and the enchilada sauce was made this a very easy meal to prepare. All you need is a bowl to stir together the ingredients and a baking dish to bake the enchiladas with the sauce. This an easy and delicious vegetarian entree.
We also received an oven-fried chicken recipe. This recipe seemed easy on the surface since the chicken was already marinated, but it did require a few different dishes to get it ready and took 25 minutes to bake. While the chicken had great flavor and was easy to prepare, the biscuits that came with the meal didn't work out for us. They didn’t bake up properly and they stuck to the pan (the directions didn’t say to grease the baking sheet, but we should’ve known better). This recipe had two other parts, a premade cabbage slaw and a pea puree that required heating in a skillet. We liked the flavors in this recipe but it used a lot of dishes and involved a significant amount of cleaning up.
The final meal we tested was an Arancini recipe. We found this to be ambitious for a home cook and it involved some convoluted steps. The easy part of this recipe included a simple melon salad, but preparing the Arancini was more complicated. The recipe instructions had several steps and required a fair amount of dishes since you have to make the rice balls, fry them in a skillet, and then bake them in the oven. Once the Arancini was made, we served it with a packaged marinara sauce. Despite the work and extra dishes, we did like the flavors in this recipe—it was our favorite of the three that we tried.
Flavor, Freshness, and Quality: Very Fresh Ingredients
The quality and freshness of the ingredients that were delivered in the One Potato box were good. We were very impressed that the arugula was fresh and not wilted at all. That’s hard to do. The melon pieces we received for a melon salad were slightly overripe but still tasted fine.
The only meat we received was some chicken for the oven-fried chicken. It was pre-marinated in buttermilk and was ready to cook when it arrived.
We do wish that One Potato would have recommended the order in which to cook the meals; the chicken meal we received should have been made first because of the chicken and also because of a cabbage salad that degraded after one day.
Nutritional Value: A Mystery
One Potato doesn’t provide nutritional information for its recipes, but most of the options on the menu seem like well-rounded meals. For the three recipes we tried, we personally would have liked a little more protein and fewer carbs. The veggies and fruits were well-balanced and the portions were appropriately sized. We contacted customer support to inquire about nutritional information and were told that the company is working on rolling this out in the future.
One Potato Is Good For
This service is good for cooks who want organic foods and have a good understanding of cooking but may need some guidance in putting together menus will find One Potato useful.
One Potato Is Not Good For
One Potato may not be right for beginner cooks or folks who are not looking for organic food and would prefer a lower price point may not appreciate One Potato's offerings.
Add-ons: Smoothies and Cookies
One Potato also offers cookie dough and smoothies as add-ons. We tried some of the smoothies and found them to be on the bitter side.
Customer Service: Fast and Friendly
You can only contact One Potato via a web form; there is no phone or chat support. We didn’t have any issues that required assistance from customer service, but we did reach out to ask about nutritional information. To our surprise, we received a response from a real human within a few hours.
Making Changes and Canceling: All Online
Once you have a meal plan that is scheduled for delivery, you can’t make changes. You can change out future meals though from a list of about a dozen options ahead of the weekly cutoff of 9 a.m. PT Wednesday the week prior to the delivery. Canceling or re-enrolling in the meal plans is very easy to do online.
The Competition: One Potato vs. Sunbasket
These two meal delivery companies target similar customers. Sunbasket offers a larger range of meal choices and add-ons, offering even breakfast add-ons. Both companies focus on organic ingredients and have similar shipping and packaging (although One Potato does offer free shipping while Sunbasket charges a small fee).
When it comes to the box you receive, One Potato includes just the recipes that are in your box while Sunbasket includes a booklet with all the recipes you could have received that week in case you want to try others it is more expensive per serving than One Potato.
One Potato seems geared toward people who are drawn to organic ingredients and have more than basic kitchen skills. The service is on the more expensive side. While the flavor and freshness of the meals we tried were all right, we're not sure they are a good value and didn’t actually save that much time during dinner prep.
We spent countless hours looking through 48 meal delivery services’ websites, ordered meals and cooked them at home, photographed the process, spoke with customer service representatives from the companies, filled out detailed surveys about each company and their meals, and wrote in-depth reviews and comparison articles. Our expert panel includes dieticians, chefs, and longtime food writers. The one thing they all have in common is their love and knowledge of food.
Among the criteria we used to evaluate each company were:
- The ordering process
- Meal selection
- Packaging and support materials
- The cooking process
- The flavor, freshness, and quality of each meal and ingredient
- Nutritional information
- Customer service
- Product Name One Potato
- Lowest Price per Serving $7.32
- Number of Diets Served 4
- Number of Recipes Rotating list of about 12
- Delivery Area 13 states
- Serving Sizes Available 2, 3, 4, 6