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There are so many prepared dinner delivery options these days; Blue Apron, Hello Fresh, Plated, Gobble, and Home Chef to name a few. I was intrigued by the way they worked and if they would actually be good, so I tried a few! If you are considering enrolling in one of these programs, you may benefit from this article!
The first program we enrolled in was Blue Apron. Blue Apron was the cheapest of the 5 mentioned previously, at $35 a dinner for 4 people. I love the premise of the program, in that all of the ingredients come pre-measured; you only receive the amount of meat, vegetables and spices that you need for the meal, so you aren’t buying too much and freezing it or trying to figure how to work the rest into another meal. With Blue Apron, however, it took over an hour to prepare each meal. Some people might find that fun; I am not one of those. I was getting frustrated with how long I was in the kitchen.
In addition, while there were 4 meals to choose from that you wanted delivered during a particular week, it was difficult to find something that my kids would eat. Either they liked the meat and not the side dish, or vice versa. At each meal, at least one of them ended up eating cereal. Sometimes it was both of them!
I will state that my husband and I really like the meals! My husband would usually take the kids portions that they didn’t eat to work the next day, which worked out well for him! Also, the dishes typically did look like the pictures. Below you can see the comparison of the Blackened Cajun Catfish that we prepared. It’s always nice to know that you are getting a true representation of the meal.
After a few months of being in the kitchen much too long with Blue Apron, we switched to Hello Fresh. These meals were quicker to make with fewer ingredients, which I liked a lot. There were more options to choose from with Hello Fresh, with 6 dinners each week, but again, they weren’t always meals that my kids were eating, and they were back to eating cereal for dinner on a regular basis.
In addition, Hello Fresh does not offer an option for 2 meals a week, so we signed up for 3. It was also more expensive than Blue Apron, at around $40 a meal.
Plated, Gobble and Home Chef
I, personally, did not try the options below yet. I did, however, do a price and dinner option comparison based on my family’s needs. There are additional options with each of these as well.
Plated offers 2 meals for 4 people with 11 meals to choose from. This is the largest selection of all the services that I looked into. It was, however, one of the more expensive ones at $48 a dinner.
Gobble offers 3 meals for 4 people with 8 meals to choose from. These are 3-step recipes at around $48 a dinner.
Home Chef offers 2 meals for 4 people. I am not sure how many meals you have to choose from because I had to enter shipping information to see that, and I didn’t want to go that far. They also advertise that they are 30-minute meals. The price point is around $40 a dinner.
For the record, we do not receive any dinner delivery service at this time. We ‘took a break’, however, I do foresee that we will sign up again.
Hopefully, my experience and research has been helpful. I am curious to know if any readers have tried dinner delivery services and what your opinions are. Leave comments below!