Meal Subscription Boxes I’ve Tried

I know a lot of people have the New Year’s resolution to eat at home more or to eat healthier. Those meal subscription boxes you’ve been hearing so much about CAN help steer you in the right direction! Last year, my boyfriend and I tried 5 different meal subscription boxes. First, we tried grocery shopping on our own but we wasted so much food and none of the recipes we found online were really that good. We decided to order a meal subscription box or 2 5 to try out. The boxes were actually very helpful for us. If you are new in the kitchen, they will be for you, too! You get everything you need for dinner in a box, on your front step.

We don’t order any of these boxes any more because they’ve taught us how to shop on our own, how to portion food correctly, how to make complete meals, and they’ve also helped us learn what goes well with what so we know how to choose better recipes online now. Also, there aren’t really any great dairy-free recipes in any of the boxes. (If you didn’t already know; I eat dairy-free now but I didn’t back then.)

(This is in order with the box we liked most at #1)

1. Home Chef

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Price: $9.95 per meal

We ordered this box every week for around 2 months. We liked this box the best because it had the most meal options to choose from every week. They also had the biggest portions and got us pretty close to full every night. Their recipes do repeat often, though, and have a lot of sodium in them. You can choose between the two-people or four-people meal plan and you can choose how many days of the week you’d like to receive a meal for. All of the food was always packaged nicely and nothing was leaking, ever. All of the veggies were fresh and so was the meat. They stayed that way in my fridge for the whole week, too. There was a little chopping here and there but a lot the times, the ingredients would come pre-chopped. Everything was always measured to the right amount so you don’t need to worry about measuring cups or spoons if you don’t have those.

BONUS: They send you a free Home Chef binder to keep all your recipe cards in!

We ordered 4 meals for two-people at $79.60 per week. Shipping is free with $40+ orders.

2. Green Chef

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The best thing about GreenChef is that all of their ingredients are organic. They do not let you choose your meals, they surprise you with 3 meals of their choice. You only choose what kind of meal plan you want and if you have two people or four people in your household.

Prices:

Vegetarian – $10.49 per meal
Omnivore – $11.99 per meal
Vegan – $11.99 per meal
Carnivore – $13.49 per meal
Gluten-Free – $13.49 per meal
Paleo – $14.99 per meal
Keto – $14.99 per meal

Green Chef only sends you 3 meals a week, you can’t ask for more or less. I really liked this box because the recipes were always so unique and it made us try a lot of the health foods that people rave about. We learned that we hate hate hate cous cous though and they repeatedly sent us dishes with that in it.

We chose the Carnivore Plan at $89.94 a week. There is always a $9 shipping fee.

3. Sun Basket

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Sun Basket’s ingredients are also all organic like Green Chef but you get to choose your meals for each week. The food in this box was really the most delicious but the portions were so tiny. There was also a lot of chopping and prepping on our own involved and the recipes took more time. We only ordered this box once. This box only sends 3 meals per box same as Green Chef, you can’t choose more or less and they have a 2-people or 4-people plan same as the first two boxes.

Price: $11.99 per meal

We chose the 2-people meal plan with 3 recipes at $71.94.

4. Hello Fresh

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Price: $9.99 per meal

This was the only box that came late. I didn’t like how they packaged the ingredients. Everything was leaking through the cardboard boxes. The portions of the meals were pretty large–we were pretty full after each meal but, the food wasn’t very tasty. In fact, the dishes were all kind of tasteless. They also offer 2-people and 4-people plans. You can choose 3 or 4 meals per week. They have a classic or a veggie plan.

We chose the 2-people, 3 meal classic plan at $59.94. They always have free shipping.

5. Fresh Realm

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Price: Varies

This box works a little differently. Instead of a ton of ice packs in a cardboard box, this box sends your food in a mini-refrigerator that you just set on your front step the next day to send back. This is also not a subscription box. You can get your box in 2-3 days instead of waiting a week like the other boxes make you. You can pick as many meals that will fit into your “vessel” (that’s what they call the mini-fridge). All of the meals are curated by different people and they all have a different amount of ingredients so sometimes you can fit a lot of recipes and other times not so many. All of the meals are priced differently as well. Every single thing is chopped and prepared for you. Every.Thing. Sounds like a dream, right? Well, yes. We ended up getting 4 meals in one vessel. One of our meals just turned out horrible but the others didn’t turn out so bad. The real problem was that there were a few rotten ingredients, and the meat was dated wrong; saying it was expired but we smelled it and figured they must have just messed up. I made a complaint about it on my food IG and they messaged me saying that it was definitely a mess up…

We chose 4 simple meals and paid around $80.

Ultimately, after trying out all of the boxes listed above, we decided on Home Chef and Green Chef. We kept our subscriptions for around 2 months without skipping any weeks. Each week we received 4 meals from Home Chef and 3 from Green Chef. We had fun and realized how easy it could be to cook on our own. We first stopped our Green Chef subscription because they kept sending us meals that we weren’t really enjoying. After we quit Green Chef, we kept on with Home Chef for another week until I decided to end that, too. All of the Home Chef meals were pretty much made out of all of the same ingredients…a lot of them were too similar. It was getting boring. Going grocery shopping on our own now, we do spend a little less than these boxes cost, most of the time, so that’s another reason why we ended them. If you don’t know anything about cooking, though, it’s worth it to subscribe to one of these boxes!! Or, if you’re short on time a lot, these boxes will save your life!

Oh my gosh, I totally forgot (like I still don’t remember making it) that I attempted to make a website for all of the boxes…too bad I gave up so quickly. I finished the post for Green Chef and Fresh Realm only. mealsfortwo.weebly.com <-click on it, especially if you’re interested in seeing pictures of the ingredients and meals that I personally tried!

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25 thoughts on “Meal Subscription Boxes I’ve Tried

  1. I love this post! I’ve wanted to try these boxes for the longest. Someone else reviewed boxes on my Instagram; she said Blue Apron and Marley Spoon were her faves! The only thing keeping me from subscribing is my dietary restrictions: I only eat poultry and fish. I am in need of a healthy, carb-less recipe refreshment, so perhaps I’ll give this a go! I think you should do the site though! Most sub boxes offer affiliate link coupon codes.

    Dom
    http://www.DivaNamedDom.com

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    1. I never liked any of the recipes on Blue Apron nor Marley Spoon so I never tried them! Lol I don’t even remember the password to that site and I’ve lost all my photos. I hope you can find something to cater to your diet. 🙂

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  2. I have tried a couple of snack boxes that get sent to you but I am pretty picky and wasn’t happy that I couldn’t choose them so now I just go to the store, get what I like, and individually bag everything up myself. Saves money and then, saves time when I need the snacks to go, they are ready!
    I’m glad you tried them and figured out how to do it on your own. Good for you!

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    1. If you know what you like then it’s better to go shopping on your own! I think the boxes are better for people who have never cooked before. It def saves money to shop on your own.
      Thanks for reading! 💖

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    1. Haha yeah my mom never let me in the kitchen and I never paid attention in the grocery store lol I wish I would have! I miss her food.
      I do love trying new things especially when it comes to food, hehe. 💖 Thank you for reading!

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  3. Awesome reviews, Hunida! I had no idea there were so many food subscription boxes out there. My fiancé and I hate planning out food for the week, so this takes the guesswork out.

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  4. This actually sounds very interesting! I didn’t even know they had email subscriptions. I actually know how to cook a lot of things already but I love learning new things anyhow! So I. May check this out!

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  5. I have always wanted to try some of these but I made up my mind and decided nope LOL.
    I just like to cook my own food I guess? Although it would be nice to try other things. However, that’s why I have Pinterest, and also, I love to add a bunch of ingredients to my meals as is, even if they don’t include certain things (I hope that makes sense).

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    1. Yeah you are def better without trying any of these boxes!! I’ve seen your food, it’s all much better. 😀
      That does make sense! My bf adds stuff too like onions and stuff when the recipe doesn’t call for it. Is that what you mean? 😀

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    1. Thank you! 😀 You should try one of these!! or maybe even a Freshly or Munchery box (not on here) where they prepare meals for you that you can just pop in oven or microwave!

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