Confession time: I am not a good cook. Having to figure out what to cook, then actually going through the steps to cook it, is one of the most difficult things about parenting for me. I don’t like meal planning, I don’t like grocery shopping. I find these tasks immensely stressful and time-sucking.
But you know what? You can outsource the whole entire thing. Like, right now.
Here’s our list of the best meal planning and food delivery service options out there!
Relish! is the most basic of the options, and the cheapest. For $7/month, you get weekly access to a long list of meals. Pick the ones you want to cook, and it will auto-generate a grocery list, plus provide you detailed recipes (including side dishes) and cooking instructions. They offer kid-friendly, make-ahead, and slow-cooker recipes, plus they accommodate some food allergies.
I’ve used Relish!, and I’m a big fan. It takes away a lot of the stress of getting ready for the week. It’s a very user-friendly service, and I definitely recommend it!
Here we’re stepping up our game a little bit. For $60/week, Blue Apron ships a box to your door full of: (i) three recipes with detailed cooking instructions (including pictures!), and (ii) every single ingredient you need to cook those recipes. Literally, the only things they do not send are salt, pepper, and olive oil. The portion sizes are large enough to serve two very hungry people, so you’re paying about $10/meal.
I’ve also used Blue Apron (thanks to my cousin Kyle for introducing me to the service!) and I like this one too. The produce is fresh, the meat and fish is good quality, and the recipes are easy to follow, although many involve a LOT of prep time. Although they offer some vegetarian options, this service isn’t good if you have serious food allergies. My other gripe is that Blue Apron makes it a bit difficult to skip a week. If you don’t cancel your order at least six days in advance (and you have to remember to cancel – they don’t send you a reminder), you’re getting that box whether you want it or not.
All of that being said, we really enjoy eating our Blue Apron meals. My husband would like you all to know that is deeply grateful to Blue Apron sinceI’m no longer making him boring pasta five nights a week.
Heather has sung the praises of Peach Dish in the past – she’s a huge fan! For $50, you get a box shipped to your door that contains everything you need to cook two meals (and you get to select the meals from two animal protein-based options, and two vegetarian options). Peach Dish food is southern-inspired and seasonal, and honestly really, really delicious. Plus, prep time tends to be less than with Blue Apron.
You order directly from their (beautiful) website when you want to receive a box, so there’s no issue about canceling if you need to skip a week. Yes, this is a little bit more spendy than Blue Apron, but wow is it worth it. Peach Dish gets five stars from us!
This is for the ultimate lazy chef (aka, me). For $71.70/week, Gobble will send you two servings of three meals (so, six meals total) each week. Here’s the twist: the Gobble meals are designed to go from box to table in 10 minutes or less, and each recipe takes only three steps to prepare. Currently, they only deliver in California and Nevada, but plan to expand to other states in the near future.
Gobble gives you access to about five menu options per week, and you choose the three you want to receive. Unfortunately, there are not yet a lot of options for allergies or other food restrictions. Also, like Blue Apron, if you want to skip a week you have to let them know at least six days in advance.
This is the only one we haven’t personally used, but I have to admit it sounds interesting for someone who’s culinarily challenged such as myself!
So, Bon Appetit, my friends! We hope something on this list removes a little stress from your week!