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Are you a busy parent who would love some help with getting healthy, home-cooked meals on your dinner table? If yes, a meal kit delivery service could provide the solution to all your problems!

When it comes to meal kit services, not all of them are necessarily suitable for families. 

So, what is the criteria that makes a meal kit delivery service suitable for families?

Firstly, the service needs to be adaptable for kids, who can quite often be picky eaters. Secondly, the meals need to be quick and easy to prepare, so as not to make those busy evenings even busier! Lastly, the price of the service needs to be affordable so that it can fit into the family budget.

We have tried out a few of the meal kit delivery services that offer a choice of family plans to find out which ones provide the best options for families.  Following are what we consider to be the most family friendly meal kit services.

#1 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 weeknights easy and delicious! Hello Fresh offers meal kit options that are healthy and easy to prepare.  The kits include farm fresh ingredients that you and your family members would love to eat.

HelloFresh offers a special Family Plan that includes great recipes that are designed to please both the adults and the little ones in the family. In terms of price, Hello Fresh offers  the most affordable plan for the family!

Price:  Hello Fresh offers their Family Plan for $8.74 per serving, for four people. You can select 2 or 3 dishes per week. There is no shipping fee.

Delivers To: Nationwide

Following is an example of  some of the recipes you can expect when using the Hello Fresh Family Plan meal kit:

No-Fuss Pesto Chicken with Potatoes and Green Salad
Melty Monterey Jack Burgers with Red Onion Jam and Zucchini Fries
Chicken Pineapple Quesadillas with Pico de Gallo and Southwestern Spices

#2 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 classic and delicious home cooking, using farm fresh ingredients. When it comes to family meals, Home Chef is very flexible. You can select up to 6 servings from each dish on the menu, so you can even order dinners for a large family!

Price:  Home Chef offers all dishes for $9.95 per serving. There is no delivery fee when ordering for a family.

Delivers To: 98% of the United States

Following is an example of some of the recipes you can expect when using the Home Chef meal kit delivery service:

Huli Huli Chicken Rice Bowl with charred pineapple
Farmhouse Fried Chicken with mashed potatoes, green onion gravy, and corn
Pad Thai Steak with peanuts and cilantro

#3 Sun Basket

Sun basket meal kit delivery service provides a variety of Gluten-Free, Vegetarian, Paleo-friendly, vegan, Mediterranean, pescatarian (which is vegetarian diet with an added dose of seafood) or Chef’s Choice. 

$10.99-$11.99

Sun Basket makes healthy cooking so easy! All their ingredients are either organic or sustainably produced and they provide delicious fresh recipes that can be delivered on a weekly basis.  Sun Basket offers the Family Plan for 4 people which includes 2-4 meals that you can choose every week. The Family Plan contains a chef’s hand-picked recipes, which are meant to please parents and kids alike. In addition, there is a “Kids Can” recipe instruction card. They also include in-box activities to help get the kids involved with the meal preparations in a fun way. With the Family Plan you can select favorites like pasta, tacos, and noodles, to ensure happy family meals every time. Sun Basket also offer a Vegetarian Family Plan for the veggie families out there!

Sun Basket is the healthiest choice, but it is a little pricey.

Price:  Sun Basket offers the Family Plan at a price of $10.99 per serving  for 2-4 meals per week, for 4 people. There is an additional shipping cost of $6.99 per box.

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

Following is an example of some of the recipes you can expect when using the Sun Basket meal kit delivery service:

Chinese long-life noodles with stir-fried vegetables
Chinese long-life noodles with Stir-fried Vegetables
Chicken Parmesan with a House Salad-compressed
Penne and Meatballs in a Marinara Sauce with Caesar salad

#4 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 offers a very flexible meal kit delivery service. Their service provides the option of ordering  2-4 dishes per week for 3 – 4 people.  Plated offers an incredible variety with a choice of up to 20 delicious dishes per week!! Since there are so many dishes to choose from, it is easy to find the right option to satisfy your family! Another thing that is very tempting (and unique) about Plated is that they offer a choice of two changing deserts as an add on to your delivery.  That is a very appealing treat that ensures that both the kids and the adults in the family go crazy for the Plated option!

Price:  Plated offers the Family Plan at a price of $9.95 per serving for 2-4 meals per week, for 3-4 person. There are no extra shipping costs.

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

Following is an example of some of the dishes you can expect when using the Plated meal kit delivery service:

Buffalo Chicken Meatball Sliders with Carrot Fries and Greek Yogurt Ranch
Hoisin Pork Tacos with Miso Corn and Cabbage-Cilantro Slaw
Spaghetti and Meatballs with Ricotta, Parmesan, and a Marinara Sauce

#5 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 offers a weekly Family Plan that consists of farm-fresh ingredients and some kid-friendly recipes, all designed to be served family style. The Blue Apron culinary team creates 4 delicious seasonal recipes every week, with servings for 4, and you can select 2-4 recipes on a weekly basis. Most of their recipes take 30 to 40 minutes from start to finish – so they  fit in well with a busy family’s  schedule or are also a great option saved as a treat for the weekend.

Price:  Blue Apron offers the Family Plan at $8.99 per dish per person for 2-4 meals per week, for 4 people. There are no extra shipping costs.

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

Following is an example of some of the dishes you can expect when using the Blue Apron meal kit delivery service:

Baja-Style Tilapia Tacos with Orange & Cheesy Sweet Potatoes
Three-Cheese Pizza with Creamy Tomato Sauce & Romaine Salad
Sheet Pan Fried Chicken with Sweet Potato Wedges & Barbecue Mayo

As you can see, there is a large variety of meal kit service companies that offer some great solutions for families. In my opinion, it is best to  experiment with all to truly experience the diversity and to help you choose which is the best long-term option for you.

No matter which service you choose, these meal kits services will most probably help your family eat better.  They will also definitely help you reduce the time that is spent thinking about dinner, grocery shopping and doing the meal preparations.  So whether it be saving you time, reducing your stress or helping your family eat better, using a meal kit service definitely provides a win-win for you!

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