Looking to try a meal delivery kit service in the new year? If so, you’re not alone — in 2016, roughly 25 percent of Americans admitted to ordering meal kits from an online vendor, and 70 percent of those customers continued the service after an initial trial.

If you think you’d like to take advantage of this convenient option but aren’t sure where to begin, here’s a list of five standouts in the field. Also included is information on any available customer discounts so that you can shop around for the best value. You can find a full list of discounts from all of the top meal delivery services on www.boxedmealz.com.

Blue Apron

This is as close as you can get to farm-to-table dining without actually visiting the farm yourself. Blue Apron offers humanely raised, sustainable ingredients in tantalizing recipes such as za’atar-spiced beef pitas with watermelon radish and fig salad, or vegetable fried rice with Togarashi peanuts. Meal plans include vegetarian, vegan, Paleo-friendly, and gluten-free options. Available in two-person or family-size packages to minimize food waste. Blue Apron is currently offering a $30 discount to new customers.


This is an excellent option if you’re looking for a little more flexibility from your meal kit service. Plated allows you to choose whichever recipes you’d like, in any combination, and you’re free to cancel or change your subscription at any time. Selections include inspired combos such as skillet pizza with roasted garlic and crispy kale, and roasted chicken and spaghetti squash with creamy parmesan sauce. Until March 31, 2018, new subscribers are being offered a $50 discount on their first two weeks.

Home Chef

Home Chef assures subscribers that their meals can be put together in 35 minutes or less, making it a good choice for weeknight dining. The offer a rotating weekly menu with a variety of kid-friendly options, such as BBQ-rubbed chicken with cheddar mac and broccoli florets. New customers can save $30 off their first week, as well as an additional $10 off their second.


This purveyor also prides itself on its 30-minute-meal guarantee. Subscribers enjoy seasonal ingredients in a variety of packages, from simple to vegetarian to family-style. Some tasty examples include baby portobello and orecchiette primavera, or cherry-drizzled pork chop with tomato couscous salad. Currently offering 50 percent off your first delivery.

Sun Basket

All of Sun Basket’s ingredients are organic, sustainable, and non-GMO, making this another planet-friendly option. They offer diet-specific meal plans such as Pescatarian, Vegan, Paleo-friendly, and Gluten-free, but customers are free to select any recipe they like, regardless of which plan they choose. Some samples from their rotating weekly menu include Pan-seared steak with chimichurri and citrus-walnut salad and Moroccan salmon in chraime sauce with cauliflower “couscous.” Currently offering a New Year’s Special of $35 off your first order and $10 off the second.

Whichever of these delectable plans you choose, you’re sure to have a memorable and mouthwatering 2018. Using a meal kit delivery service will eliminate much of the stress from your food preparation routine. Now get cooking!

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