8 Meal Box Delivery Comparisons – Part One

If you follow this blog, you’ve seen my reviews of two companies, Sun Basket and Hello Fresh.  They were kind enough to gift a meal box to me to experiment with.  Both had pros and cons, but I admit we loved trying new recipes, tasty flavors and convenience of these meal delivery services.  It was not possible to review all companies out there, for a variety of reasons, unfortunately.  In these two posts, I will summarize some basic facts about each service, the cost, and any available discounts.

Similarities – MOST of these companies offer a vegetarian option.  All support fresh, locally sourced produce and meats.  Many have a Registered Dietitian on staff.

 1. Hello Fresh 

  • Website – Hello Fresh
  • Plans – 2 person or 4 person with 3, 4 or 5 meals per order
  • Pricing  – Smallest plan is 2 person, 3 meals, which costs $69.  Largest plan is 4 person, 3 meals, which costs $129.  Shipping is included.
  • Per Meal Cost –  Best value is $9.90 per meal for the 2 person, 5 meal plan.  $10.75 per meal for the largest plan.  $13.80 per meal for the smallest plan.
  • Discounts – $15 off first order OR $35 of using this code: “FRESHFANSRD35”
  • Unique – Chef Jamie Oliver creates some of the recipes
  • Reviews – Roasted Pork Loin, Carmelized Pineapple Burgers, Crispy Chicken

2. Sun Basket

  • Website – Sun Basket
  • Plans – 2 person or 4 person plans.  3 meals per order.
  • Pricing – 2 person, 3 meals is $68.94 for the first order and $74.93 for subsequent orders.  4 person, 3 meals is $137.88 for the first order and $143.87 for subsequent orders.  Basically, the $5.99 shipping cost is free the first week only.
  • Per Meal Cost – Varies.  The website states that meals are $11.49 each.  However, this is only true when the shipping is free for the first order.  Subsequent weeks, if you include the shipping price, meals are $12.49 for the smaller 2 person order and $11.98 for the larger 4 person order.
  • Discounts – $30 off first order using this code: DRJBSB30
  • Unique – All packaging is recyclable.  Organic ingredients.  Gluten-Free and Paleo options.  Chef Justine Kelly creates recipes.
  • Reviews – Thai Turkey Lettuce Cups, Steak with Sweet Potato Hash Browns, Salmon in Parchment

3. Purple Carrot

  • Website – Purple Carrot
  • Plans – 2 person, 3 meals (“Perfect Pair”) OR 4 person, 2 meals per order (“Whole Bunch”).
  • Pricing – 2 person plan is $68.  4 person plan is $74.  Free shipping.
  • Per Meal Cost – Perfect Pair plan equates to $11.33 per meal.  Whole Bunch plan equates to $9.25 per meal.
  • Discounts – None found.
  • Unique – All Vegan.  No meal choices, as this is a set menu.  Very interesting meals.

4. Freshly

  • Website – Freshly
  • Plans – You choose 6, 9, or 12 meals per week.
  • Pricing – 6 meals = $69.  9 meals = $99.  12 meals = $129.
  • Per Meal Cost – 6 meal plan equates to $11.50 per meal.  9 meal plan is $11 per meal.  12 meal plan is $10.75 per meal.
  • Discounts – None found.
  • Unique –  These are ready-to-heat meals.  NOT ingredients for you to prepare and cook.  Chef Kevin Scott & Chef Zach Jarrett create recipes.
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Author: drjennbowersnutrition

Dr. Bowers is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist with 25 years of experience in clinical nutrition, education and health promotion. Her down-to-earth philosophy is "All foods can fit!"

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