If you have special dietary needs, you'll need to check to make sure the company you sign up with can meet them. Certain companies have more options than others, but with most companies you should be able to accommodate your meal plan to your dietary needs.
|Meals available include - vegetarian, nut-free, soy-free, gluten-free, dairy-free||Paleo, lean and clean, gluten free, vegetarian, Mediterranean, vegan, and pescatarian||Meals are marked dairy free, egg free, nut free where relevant.||Options for vegetarian, gluten-free, low-calorie, and low-carb diets.||Meal options include vegetarian, vegan, dairy free, gluten free, low-calorie, and low-carb|
Meal kit companies put an emphasis on using sustainable, high-quality ingredients and are big supporters of the farm to table movement. Some companies have more organic options and certifications than others, but an emphasis on quality is nearly universal.
|Food sourced from “top quality vendors”||Over 99% of the produce is organic, antibiotic and hormone free, and sustainable.||Ingredients come “fresh from the source.”||100% antibiotic-free meats, no added hormones beef, and organic and ingredients whenever possible.||Seasonal, quality ingredients|
|Recipes per week|
This is one of the main areas where companies can stick out from the crowd. With more weekly meal options, you're less likely to have repeat offerings.
|12 dinners, 3x5-minute lunches||18 on classic menu, 6 on family menu||8 in classic menu, 3 in veggie menu, 5 in family menu||20 + 2 desserts||10 recipes to choose from each week|
|Number of menus|
Most meal kit companies keep it simple with a basic overall menu and a family menu - the latter usually having easier to make, more kid-friendly meals. With some services you also have an option for a veggie menu.
|One menu but you can see options up to 5 weeks in advance||2 - classic and family||3 - classic, veggie, and family||Filter between meat and veggie (16 meat options and 4 veggie per week)||2-person menu and 4-person menu|
|What’s in the box|
The box comes with your orders for that week. You will have the recipes for each meal printed out clearly on easily to follow recipe cards, and the ingredients wrapped and marked. Usually the meat and fish will be at the bottom in vacuum-sealed packs with ice packs on both side. The boxes will also include insulation to keep the food from spoiling until you pick up. With most companies, all or at least most of the packaging is fully recyclable.
|Coupons, recipes, nutritional facts, insulation and ice packs, produce, meat and fish (individually vacuum-sealed). Seasoning and condiments.||Recipes with photos and nutritional facts, thick insulation, meals individually bagged, ice packs, meats individually vacuum-sealed, fruits, vegetables, spices.||Recipe cards and nutritional facts, each meal individually boxed inside the main box, ice packs, individually-wrapped produce and sealed meats.||Recipe cards, nutritional facts, insulation, produce and meat are individually packaged and labeled, ice packs.||6-step recipe cards with photos, ice packs, cool pouch, box liner, pre-portioned ingredients, and dish bags that sort ingredients by recipe.|
Most companies keep their recipes easy enough for a novice to follow without getting bogged down. Factor in about 30 minutes for your recipe.
|About 30 minutes||About 30 minutes||About 30 minutes||About 30 minutes||About 30 minutes|
Meal kit companies keep things simple - that's a major reason for why they've been so popular.