If you’re hosting Thanksgiving this year, and even if you’re not — you may be “DONE” with cooking come Friday. And the thought of waiting in line at Whole Paycheck…I mean Whole Foods…is not something you’d like to conquer on a holiday. Fortunately, there are lots of great meal kit delivery options out there these days. The ingredients and the instructions are delivered right to your door. Now that’s something to smile about!
Here are a few food delivery services we recommend, which might make your Thanksgiving holiday even sweeter. Shameless plug: HEUCY’s chic, super-comfy jersey dresses and jumpsuits are made for Thanksgiving revelry and the aftermath. Just sayin.
HEUCY hearts Plated. The tagline sort of had us at hello: “Reconnecting people and food in thoughtful, convenient ways.” The Plated website is VERY simple and incredibly easy to navigate, the food and ingredients are organic and thoughtfully chosen, and Plated gives back to the community. Plated supports wonderful organizations like Teach for America, and has a waste-free mission: it donates any remaining ingredients to local food banks. This service is very similar to Blue Apron, the next on our list, but you don’t have to subscribe. It’s a great option for someone who is testing the waters but doesn’t want to commit just yet. And the recipes take about half an hour. We like.
1. Blue Apron
We also recommend Blue Apron for many reasons. The website, like Plated, is very simple and easy to navigate, and there is also an emphasis on sustainability. Delicious menus like Butternut Squash & Brussel Sprout Hash and Shrimp & Mustard Green Laing are sourced from seasonal ingredients. Delivery is free and is available for most the U.S., and menus start at $9.99 per person per meal.
We also really love Blue Apron’s emphasis on saving time. Meals take 35 minutes to prepare (on average)…a bit longer if you’re a novice in the kitchen and/or use your oven to store sweaters. We don’t judge. And the recipes look really nice and they’re very easy to follow. One catch: you have to subscribe (it’s a once a week service), but you can opt out pretty easily.
Another great thing about Plated and Blue Apron: an emphasis on creating as little waste as possible.
If you indulged a little too much over Thanksgiving (again, we don’t judge…ever) then Naturebox might be the way to go. This is also a great service if you have a lot of snackers in your household. Subscribe to Naturebox, and you’ll receive 5 full-sized snack packages throughout the month. You can choose your snacks or get a surprise…it’s up to you, and the snacks change often so there’s good variety.
Another awesome thing about Naturebox: for every snack box it delivers, Naturebox donates one meal through Feeding America® to help the millions of Americans who go hungry. Their goal is to reach 1 million meals. So you really can’t feel bad about snacking. And why should you ever, really? A girl’s gotta eat, after all.
The HEUCY Team