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Anyone who says it's easy to make a home-cooked meal from scratch is lying. There's searching for recipes, buying ingredients, and then chopping. Oh, chopping. Our hands are tired just thinking about it! It's no wonder we end up ordering pizza or Chinese food so often. Now, that's easy.
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But these nine companies are here to put an end to our takeout habit by making home cooking simple. Some send perfectly portioned ingredients and recipe cards to your doorstep; others deliver pre-made meals that only require a quick zap in the microwave and taste better than anything you'll find in the freezer aisle. We tried dozens of companies, so your healthy dinner is now just a few clicks away.
Meal in a Box
1. Blue ApronShare on Pinterest
Price: $9.99 per servingDelivery: Nationwide (except Alaska and Hawaii)With easy-to-follow recipes (like lemon-glazed catfish), Blue Apron makes it a cinch to become a healthy home cook. The company offers subscriptions designed for couples and families. Each box comes with pre-portioned, farm-fresh ingredients, which cuts down on wasted food (and doesn't leave half a potato just chilling in your fridge until it goes bad). Our only gripe? We wish the nutrition information included more than calorie counts.
2. Green ChefShare on Pinterest
Price: $10.49 per servingDelivery: Nationwide (except Alaska and Hawaii)All of the ingredients delivered in this meal kit are certified organic. And Green Chef has gone to great lengths to offer a subscription service that meets your exact dietary needs. They have plans for paleo, gluten-free, and vegetarian diets as well as options for meat and seafood lovers. No matter what plan we tried, the dinners were colorful, healthy, and quick (no meal took more than 30 minutes).
3. PeachDishShare on Pinterest
Price: $12.50 per servingDelivery: Nationwide (except Alaska and Hawaii)For anyone craving some good-old Southern cooking-minus the calories-PeachDish is for you. Unlike its competitors, PeachDish isn't a subscription service. Purchase only what you want-up to 12 dishes per week-but get ready for a steeper price tag. Once you taste these meals, we think you'll agree the extra cost is worth it. Every dinner bursts with flavor, and they're surprisingly healthy (no biscuits and gravy here!). Full nutrition information is available online, so you can get the breakdown of carbs, sugar, sodium, and protein before you buy.
4. GatheredtableShare on Pinterest
Price: $10 per monthDelivery: Nationwide Planning your meals is a tried-and-true way to commit to healthy eating. But if you don't have time to pick up ingredients, even the best algorithms won't do you much good. That's where Gatheredtable comes in. The company uses an incredible interactive menu tool to help you discover new recipes, and it partners with Peapod (available in the Northeast and Midwest) to ship the groceries to your doorstep. Gatheredtable just launched healthy meal plans for singles and couples, so you can eat well-without getting bored with another day of leftovers.
5. Green BlenderShare on Pinterest
Price: $4.90 per servingDelivery: East and West CoastsAre you a smoothie fanatic? Chances are you probably don't make as many tasty drinks as you'd like because it's tedious to chop up all the ingredients. Green Blender ships perfectly portioned, locally sourced ingredients, so you all you have to do is blend. The subscription service sends the ingredients for five new recipes every week, and each comes with a quick write-up on its nutritional benefits. Cranberry kumquat tart, for example, is packed with vitamin C, fiber, and calcium. The box of smoothie supplies won't replace meal prep for the week, but the price definitely beats your local juice bar.
6. Daily HarvestShare on Pinterest
Price: $7.99 per servingDelivery: East and West Coasts Introducing the 30-second smoothie. This service ships cups full of pre-chopped, frozen smoothie ingredients. Just dump in the ingredients, add a liquid base, hit blend, and you're in business. A team of nutritionists and chefs develop the recipes, which are always made from organic ingredients and superfoods. Our recent favorite-the cacao kapow-included cacao, zucchini, avocado, pumpkin seeds, pea protein, dates, coconut oil, vanilla bean, and pink Himalayan sea salt. Daily Harvest offers lots of flexibility in its subscription plans-choose six, 12, or 18 smoothies a week. At $7.99 per serving, the smoothies are on the pricier side, but you're paying for the ultimate form of convenience.
Reheat and Eat
7. Pre-Made PaleoShare on Pinterest
Price: Starting at $13.50 per servingDelivery: NationwideSo you've decided to try Whole30 or jump on the paleo bandwagon, but everything you turn to-pasta, dairy, legumes-are banned. What are you supposed to eat? This company delivers pre-packaged meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner that meet paleo and Whole30 standards. All you've got to do is throw the food in the microwave, and in 10 minutes there's a hot meal ready to eat.
8. MuncheryShare on Pinterest
Price: Starting at $9 per mealDelivery: San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, and New YorkIt's not a Michelin-starred restaurant, it's Munchery. (OK, that doesn't have the same ring to it as the DiGiorno jingle.) This company works with top-notch chefs to develop delicious dinners that get delivered to your door 40 minutes after you order them. So it's one part Seamless, one part fancy restaurant (minus the hour-long wait to get seated). Just take the biodegradable box, pop it in the microwave, and presto chango, you've got an unbelievably delicious meal made from all-natural, seasonal ingredients. Munchery is currently available in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, and New York, but the company has plans to expand to 10 more cities in the coming months.
9. FreshlyShare on Pinterest
Price: $11.50 per mealDelivery: Western U.S. The first bite of food from Freshly will put to shame anything you've ever purchased in the freezer aisle. The company offers a flexible subscription service-opt for anywhere from six to 21 meals per week-of all-natural, gluten-free breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. When you can have coconut lime salmon with kale and bok choy on your table in 10 minutes, it's hard to go back to making it from scratch.