Family-oriented plans and meals
Very little prep work
Pricey for couples
Limited recipe selection
Shipping isn’t free for certain states
We're continuing to monitor the COVID-19 situation with regards to whether or not some meal delivery services will be altering their operation schedules, geographic restrictions, and/or frequency of shipments. As of now, most meal delivery services seem to be operating under a normal schedule, expanding inventory to continue to provide meals, are complying with FDA regulations, and are monitoring CDC recommendations closely. However, there are a handful of companies (and we have noted them below) who have had to scale back deliveries and are having delays of one to two weeks.
A Note From a Medical Professional:
"I think it’s fairly safe to eat a delivered meal, but it would be reasonable to wash your hands before and after handling the packaging and after throwing it away. Remember to avoid touching your hands to your face while cooking. Finally, try to enjoy your meal! You’ve got to eat something, and these meals are probably as safe and as healthy as most of the other options."
– Andy Miller, MD, Verywell Health Medical Review Board Member
Busy parents often lament how little time they have to cook, which is why One Potato’s meal kits can be such a boon. The company, co-founded by the woman behind the Weelicious family food/meal-planning site, focuses primarily on families by offering a lineup of meals that kids like. Plus, they include mostly prepped ingredients so dinner comes together fast. There’s even a batch of cookie dough included in every box. In addition, the plans offer flexible servings so users can better estimate how much food to order depending on if they’re feeding toddlers or teenagers. We recently gave One Potato a try to find out if its family-friendly kits were really good, or just good marketing. Keep reading to find out how it stacked up.
How It Works: Plans for Any Size Family
One Potato makes it easy to sign up. Just enter your contact info, pick a plan, and then pick your meals. There are six plans organized by serving amounts. The Two Potato plan serves two, the Three Potato serves three and so on. However, the company assumes you’re serving kids, so some of those servings are actually kid-size portions, which are half an adult size portion. For example, it says the Three Potato plan is good for “2 adults and one small child” or “1 adult and 1-2 older children.” If you have two adults and two big kids, you’ll actually need to order the Six Potato Plan.
The company assumes you’re serving kids, so some of those servings are actually kid-size portions, which are half an adult size portion.
You can choose to cook just two recipes per week or three, and you can opt for vegetarian only, which is limited to three choices, or the omnivore plan, which offers eight choices.
The kits come once a week and include everything needed for the meals except for cooking oil, salt, and pepper. The company automatically sends default meals each week unless you choose them yourself.
Depending on your area, One Potato delivers on Tuesdays or Wednesdays (or Mondays for some areas in Los Angeles), between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Our kit arrived after 7:30 p.m. and by then we had decided to cook something else for dinner. Luckily the ingredients were still plenty cold. We tucked them in the fridge for the next day.
Choosing Meals: A Small But Varied Selection
One Potato offers just eight meals per week, three of which are vegetarian. Three other meals are labeled “picky-eater approved” and are offered every week: Classic Burger and Fries; Turkey, Beef or Vegetarian Tacos; and Pan-Roasted Chicken with Honey-Glazed Carrots. So, really only five of the meals actually change each week.
If you have nut-free or gluten-free eaters, you’re in luck because the company offers nut-free and/or gluten-free versions of all its recipes. So if you choose a pasta dish you’ll get gluten-free pasta, though there might be an additional cost of $1.50. To take advantage of these options, click nut-free and/or gluten-free when setting up your dietary preferences. But keep in mind One Potato is not a nut- or gluten-free facility.
If you have nut-free or gluten-free eaters, you’re in luck because the company offers nut-free and/or gluten-free versions of all its recipes.
The recipes have icons like a skillet or an oven to indicate which cooking source is required, which we didn’t find useful. It would have been more helpful to have icons differentiating between which are low-carb recipes or gluten-free, but the service isn’t really oriented toward people with dietary restrictions. Still, the recipes are well-photographed so it’s easy to see what’s included, and when we clicked on them we got the full recipe card, including the ingredients list of the packaged sauces and spices, so we could find out exactly what’s in the meals and what we’d have to do to prepare them.
The dishes come with the most difficult ingredients already prepped. As a result, prep time is limited to about 5 minutes.
Even though the dishes are aimed at kids, they did a good job offering a true variety of tastes and pulled inspiration from cuisines around the world. Think Mapo Tofu, Pad Thai, Tomato Tamarind Curry, and Persian Chicken Kebabs. There was even a dish with the kinds of chewy rice cakes used in some Shanghai and Korean dishes. It’s an ingredient most kids would love, but can usually only be found in Asian markets, so we appreciated how One Potato didn’t shy away from using it.
The dishes come with the most difficult ingredients already prepped. As a result, prep time is limited to about 5 minutes.
Classic Burger and Fries (with Impossible Burger “meat”)
Pan-Roast Chicken with Honey-Glazed Carrots and Crispy Fries
Lentil Stew with Herbed Goat Cheese Focaccia
Support Materials: Recipe Cards With Tips
One Potato keeps it simple with recipe cards and no app. The cards are full-color and well-designed, making it easy to see what should have been provided in the box, what you’ll need from your kitchen (including the cookware and tools), and step-by-step photos of the instructions.
The child-friendly tips are one of the best parts of the cards. Other meal kit services we’ve tried sometimes offer obvious tips like “let kids wash the vegetables.” But One Potato really understands kids, and parenthood, because it also offers tips on “encouraging picky eaters.” For example, a recipe that has an Asian stir-fry sauce offered this advice: “If your kids are wary of new sauces, cook the rice cakes and then remove them from the sauce before serving and let them dip into a small bowl of the Shaoxing sauce or their favorite dipping sauce.”
Packaging: Lots of Plastic Bags
The good news is One Potato doesn’t go in for tiny plastic bottles that are hard to recycle. The bad news everything in the kits comes sealed in plastic, and then the ingredients for each recipe are bundled together in more plastic bags. Many cities offer recycling for this kind of film plastic, but not all.
However, the company seems to be doing a bit more to reduce its plastic use than some other companies we’ve tried. According to One Potato’s website, the dry ingredient bags are made from cornstarch and are biodegradable. Also, it recently started delivering its kits in reusable totes in the Los Angeles area, with drivers picking up at the end of each month to reuse them.
For the rest of us, though, the kits come in a cardboard box that’s curbside recyclable. The insulated liner is made from recycled plastic bottles that may be curbside recyclable, like the plastic film plastic it is encased in, depending on your local recycling restrictions. The cold packs are standard gel packs. Squeeze the gel into the garbage and toss the plastic bag in the recycling if your area allows it.
The Cooking Process: Practically No Prep Work
One Potato seems to really understand busy parents who want to cook something fresh for their families, but have little time to stand around and chop. You never know when the little ones will go into meltdown mode or when the older kids will need help with homework, so having your hands free while dinner cooks is a big help. To that end, One Potato does most of the work for you. We found that the most tedious to prep items were already done. The potatoes were peeled and cut into matchsticks for French fries. The young carrots were already peeled and trimmed.
That mostly left us with the fun stuff to do, like make focaccia. It was as easy as rolling out pizza dough, then spreading it with goat cheese and parmesan. We noticed other dishes in the lineup similarly save cooks the trouble of tedious kitchen chores and offer them fun jobs instead, like filling and wrapping spring rolls, stuffing pasta shells with cheese, patting out scallion pancake dough — definitely the kind of kitchen duties kids love.
The recipes are very easy, fast, simple and straightforward, so, for the most part, beginners won’t have any trouble. However, we did notice that the chicken recipe didn’t include a finished temperature, just the instructions to “cook 15 to 20 minutes or until cooked through,” which is a bit vague for the inexperienced. And the French fries needed to be turned halfway through to promote even browning and crisping, but the instructions didn’t specify that. Mostly, though, they’re pretty foolproof.
Flavor, Freshness and Quality: Mostly Impressive
The ingredients we received were mostly already prepped and sealed in plastic bags, but they looked to be in good shape. The few fresh, un-prepped ingredients were also in good shape when they arrived. Our Swiss chard began to wilt in the fridge by the next day, so we had to make sure to cook that recipe first.
For the most part, the dishes we tried were really delicious.
For the most part, there was plenty of food, but not always. The burger meal and the chicken meal both offered ample servings. The lentil stew, however, was a bit on the skimpy side even though we had ordered the Six Potato plan, which is supposed to serve four adults or two adults and two teenagers. But we had tons of focaccia to go with it — far more than four people could possibly eat. We would have preferred a larger amount of soup and less bread.
For the most part, the dishes we tried were quite delicious. We really enjoyed the classic burgers, which came with a large array of flavorful accompaniments — aged swiss cheese, butter pickles, red onion marmalade, special sauce, ketchup, Boston lettuce, and tomatoes. We chose Impossible Meat instead of turkey or ground beef and were impressed by how similar to ground beef this vegetarian alternative tasted.
The lentil stew was rich, flavorful and perfectly seasoned. All we had to do was cut open the bag and simmer the stew with some water. We appreciated the addition of fresh chard, which gave us a nice serving of vegetables. The accompanying focaccia was over-the-top cheesy and tasted deluxe.
Sadly, we were disappointed with the Pan-Roast Chicken with Honey Glazed Carrots, which is actually considered a “One Potato Fave.” Even though the chicken was marinated with white wine and herbs, it came out bone dry. The pat of herb butter we put on top was so good we used the leftovers in other dishes, but it still couldn’t save the dish. Also, the glaze for the carrots was barely detectable. Made with wildflower honey, vinegar and fresh ginger, it sounded so good on the recipe card but fell flat when cooked.
We must admit, we were as excited as kids to see a free log of cookie dough in our box. We didn’t know when ordering that every box includes slice and bake cookie dough each week and it came as a wonderful surprise. The flavor we received was a particularly great version of oatmeal raisin. The cookies were richly spiced with cinnamon and ginger, and baked up perfectly crispy-chewy. The company lists about 14 flavors, including unusual options like Carrot Ginger; Chocolate Chip Mesquite; and Italian Cornmeal.
We didn’t know when ordering that every box includes slice and bake cookie dough each week and it was a wonderful surprise.
Who It's Good For?
One Potato is a great option for busy parents who want to cook something kid-friendly with quality ingredients, but have very little time for planning, shopping, and prep work.
Who it isn’t good for?
Families on a tight budget will likely find the service a bit pricey.
Customer Service: Limited
The only way to get in touch with someone at One Potato is to fill out an online form. There’s no phone number, e-mail or chat service. We had a question about our delivery and filled out the form early on a Monday morning. It was close to noon when we got a response. The site says service hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Pacific Time) Monday to Friday.
Making Changes and Canceling: No Trouble
The website is easy and intuitive to navigate. From the Deliveries page, it’s easy to skip or unskip weeks, and to do so up to four weeks in advance. You can even click “Forward” to send your delivery to a different address just that week or donate it to a family in need via the Baby2Baby charity. And One Potato doesn’t hide the date and time when any changes need to be made, so you know exactly how much time you have.
To change your plan, address and food preferences, just click the links in the account tab. There you can pause your account for up to three months, or cancel your account as well. Canceling requires filling out a simple survey.
The Competition: One Potato vs. Sun Basket
Both One Potato and Sun Basket pack their meal kits with organic ingredients from local farms. One Potato is fully focused on serving families, while Sun Basket has a separate family plan under its umbrella. One Potato offers eight recipe choices each week, although only five of those rotate, and subscribers have the option of ordering two or three meals. Sun Basket’s family plan offers just six recipe choices each week, but subscribers can opt for two, three or four meals.
In both cases, recipes come with tips for getting kids to help out in the kitchen. One Potato is more flexible, offering plans with smaller serving sizes for kids, while Sun Basket’s family plan simply serves four. One Potato is also a bit cheaper since a meal for four adults costs $7.32 per serving with free shipping and Sun Basket costs $10.99 per serving with a $6.99 shipping fee. Only One Potato offers free cookie dough in each box, though Sun Basket offers dozens of add-ons at a range of prices.
- Product Name One Potato
- Price $59.79
- Standard Plan Four Potato Plan (for 2 adults and 2 small children)
- Shipping $7.99, or free (in most states, $4.99 in others) when ordering 3 meals a week
- Typical Cost per Serving $8.72 (Four Potato Plan)
- Lowest Cost per Serving $7.32 (Six Potato Plan, which serves 4 adults)
- Weekly Meal Options Eight recipes choices per week.