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Cooking for one can sometimes be very challenging – constant grocery shopping and spending hours on meal preparation when it is just you, often doesn’t make much sense. Then when you look at all the expectations placed on singletons;  a thriving career, keeping fit and active, a busy social life along with family responsibilities, it is almost impossible to find the time to cook yourself tasty, homemade and healthy dinners.

To be honest, all meal kit services across the board, offer boxes for a minimum of 2 people, but don’t be disheartened – it is actually a good idea ordering a 2-person meal kit plan. You can simply save leftovers for lunch or dinner the next day, or occasionally invite a friend or a date home for an impressive home cooked fresh meal!

We asked some singles we know to try and then rank different meal kits services for singles, and here are the results:

#1 Home Chef

Home Chef‘s mantra is to bring people together around the dinner table, by delivering meals that are familiar but with an interesting twist, using best farm-fresh ingredients. The meals are not intimidating to cook and most meals can be made in about 30 minutes.

Pricing: 9.95$ per serving for all plans
(Updated to May 2018)

Home Chef is all about great classic home cooking using farm fresh ingredients. It is suitable for couples who love home cooked and super delicious meals that will never take longer than 30 minutes to cook!

The weekly menus include 12 dinner selections. These selections include some vegetarian meals, and add-ons like 5 minutes lunches, a fruit basket and a smoothie.

Price:

Home Chef offers the Classic Plan for $9.95 per serving. Free shipping is included for 3 recipes per week.

Delivers To:

98% of the United States

Following are some of the recipes you can expect to receive when ordering a Home Chef meal kits:

Cashew Tofu with broccoli and sweet chili-teriyaki sauce
Cashew Tofu with broccoli and sweet chili-teriyaki sauce
Pesto-Butter Steak with cacio e pepe orzo
Pesto-Butter Steak with cacio e pepe orzo
Shrimp Lo Mein with broccoli and carrots
Shrimp Lo Mein with broccoli and carrots

#2 Sun Basket

Sun basket provides a variety of Gluten-Free, Vegetarian, Paleo-friendlyvegan, Mediterranean, pescatarian or Chef’s Choice meals.

Pricing: $11.99 per serving for classic plan

(Updated May 2018)

Sun Basket makes healthy cooking so easy! with all organic and sustainably sourced ingredients & delicious recipes that are delivered every week!

Sun Basket offers a Classic Plan, which includes 3 meals for 2 people which can be selected out of 18 weekly options.  The weekly selection includes some creative, fresh and healthy recipes, with seasonal and all organic produce. Options also include  plant-based proteins, and Sun Basket house-made signature sauces.

Price:  

Sun Basket offers the Classic Plan at a price of $11.99 per serving, for 3 meals per week for 2 people. There is an extra shipping cost of $6.99 per box.

Delivers To:

All 48 continental states in the U.S.

Following are some of the recipes you can expect to receive when ordering your Sun Basket meal kit:

Chicken teriyaki with stir-fried vegetables and basmati rice
Chicken teriyaki with stir-fried vegetables and basmati rice
Chinese long-life noodles with stir-fried vegetables
Chinese long-life noodles with stir-fried vegetables
Steak and sweet potato fries with kale and mushrooms
Steak and sweet potato fries with kale and mushrooms

#3 Plated

Plated is ideal for foodies and people who love to cook at home. They provide a variety of meat, veggies and seafood meals as well as desserts, all made to perfection.

Pricing: $11.95 per serving for 2-person plan. $9.95 per serving for 3-4 person plan

Shipping: Free for orders over 60$ (Updated May 2018)

Plated boasts flexible subscription terms, offering 20 chef-created recipes every week with their Classic Plan. There is also the delicious option of two weekly desserts.

Since there are so many dishes to choose from, the meal choices range from the simplest of recipes that only take 20 minutes or so to prepare to recipes that offer genuine culinary experiences for the more adventurous.  There are extensive options for vegetarians, carnivores and even dessert lovers – with the Plated range everyone can find something to love.

Price:  Plated offers the Classic Plan for $11.95 per serving. There is free shipping for 3 recipes per week.

Delivers To: All 48 continental states in the U.S.

Following are some of the recipes you can expect to receive when ordering a Plated meal kit for singles:

Sticky Apricot-Glazed Salmon with Garlic Rice and Kale
Sticky Apricot-Glazed Salmon with Garlic Rice and Kale
Beef Bolognese over Roasted Spaghetti Squash
Beef Bolognese over Roasted Spaghetti Squash
Vietnamese Beef Meatballs over Rice with Chile-Lime Dressing
Vietnamese Beef Meatballs over Rice with Chile-Lime Dressing

#4 Blue Apron

Blue Apron delivers all the freshest meats, fish, fruits, and veggies direct to your door in an insulated box.

Pricing: 10.99$ per serving for 2-person plan.
8.99$-9.99$ per serving for family plan

(Updated to May 2018)

Blue Apron is one of the largest and well known meal kit companies in the United States.  Their reputation is well deserved as Blue Apron has partnered with farmers to provide the highest-quality ingredients to your kitchen. They have created a distribution system that delivers ingredients at the best value to their customers. Blue Apron offers a good selection of 8 upscale chef designed recipes for you to choose from in the 2-person plan. As a bonus, you can also try their Blue Apron Wine option, which includes a monthly delivery of six premium wines to perfectly compliment your meals.

Price:

Blue Apron offers their 2-person plan for $10.99 per serving.  Free shipping is included for 3 recipes per week.

Delivers To:

Nationwide

Following are some of the recipes you can expect to receive when ordering your Blue Apron meal kit:

Spaghettini & Yellow Tomato Sauce with Roasted Red Peppers
Spaghettini & Yellow Tomato Sauce with Roasted Red Peppers
Greek Lamb & Beef Burgers with Harissa Yogurt Sauce & Carrot Fries
Greek Lamb & Beef Burgers with Harissa Yogurt Sauce & Carrot Fries
Korean Chicken Tacos with Furikake Sweet Potatoes
Korean Chicken Tacos with Furikake Sweet Potatoes

#5 HelloFresh

HelloFresh is a healthy eating company with the freshest ingredients and the most delicious recipes for individuals and families.

Pricing:  9.99$ per serving for classic or veggie plan
8.74$ per serving for family plan

(Updated to May 2018)

HelloFresh is all about making your weeknight dinners easy and delicious, with farm fresh ingredients that you would love to eat. Hello Fresh offers a Classic 2 person plan that is full of classic and simple to make recipes that would be perfect for you if you have a busy life with minimum  time for meal preparations.

Price:  

Hello Fresh offers their Classic Plan for $9.99 per serving. There is no shipping fee.

Delivers To:

Nationwide

Following are some of the recipes you can expect to receive when ordering  your Hello Fresh meal kit:

Chicken Pineapple Quesadillas with Pico de Gallo and Southwestern Spices
Japanese-Style Panko Pork Cutlets with Sesame Cucumber Salad and Jasmine Rice
Japanese-Style Panko Pork Cutlets with Sesame Cucumber Salad and Jasmine Rice
Spiced Dijon Salmon with Apple Arugula Salad and Couscous
Spiced Dijon Salmon with Apple Arugula Salad and Couscous

As you can see, there are a large variety of meal kit services that offer plans for 2 people, that are ideal for the needs of one person. Some of the services offer classic home cooking while some are more innovative and challenging to cook. In my opinion, it is always best to experiment with at least two different meal kit companies so that you can compare the two and then decide as to which is the best option for you.  

No matter which company you end up selecting, using a meal kit service will save you time on meal preparation and grocery shopping – so you better start using these services as soon as possible!

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