Picture this, you come home from a long day of work and all you want to do is sit down and relax. Then… BAM, you remember that you need to go grocery shopping or else the kiddos will be having fast food for dinner tonight. OR, you’re a millennial looking for a quick, easy, semi-healthy recipe… but every time you buy a bundle of vegetables to cook — they go bad in a matter of days!

What if I told you that you could alleviate these problems with a simple subscription? Good news, you can! Today, there are so many companies that deliver all of the fresh foods and ingredients needed to make healthy and delicious meals for you and your family. There are a lot of subscription services in the market to choose from… so which is the best one? I am going to break down the similarities and differences between two of the most popular conglomerates in this industry, Hello Fresh and Blue Apron. 

 Let’s start off with the similarities between the two options: 

  • Both have a 2- and 4-person meal plan option 
  • Both cost $9.99 per meal 
  • Both offer vegetarian meal plans 
  • Both offer online cookbooks with nutritional information 
  • Both offer wine pairings with the meal-kit 
  • Both offer the exact portions of ingredients you need – which means no waste!

Now there are some key differences between the two services that are important to highlight.  

Advantages of Blue Apron: 

  • More elaborate recipes that might lead to unique tastes 
  • Tend to have larger portions 
  • Meals are approved by Weight Watchers 
  • Free Shipping 

 Advantages of Hello Fresh: 

  • Simple and Easy 
  • More menu options 
  • Caters more to dietary restrictions (Vegetarian, Pescatarian, Keto, etc.) 
  • Offers meal-kit delivery for up five days a week 

 

Now, let’s take a look at what a sample of each week could look like for both companies. First up: Hello Fresh

Monday- Chicken Sausage & Spinach Ravioli

Wednesday- Sweet Soy Glazed Steak Tacos 

Friday- Bruschetta Zucchini Boats  

 

 Next up: Blue Apron 

 

Monday- Honey- Lime Tilapia  

Wednesday- Fontina Pork Burgers 

Friday- Spicy Chicken & Vegetable Stir-Fry

 

There you have it, a summarized comparison of the two major meal-kit companies in the market right now! It can be overwhelming with so many options in the meal-kit market, but it’s important to remember that these aren’t your only two options. There are cheaper options such as Dinnerly starting at $28.93, more organic options such a Sun Basket, and strictly vegetarian options like Veestro. One thing is for certain — these meal-kit delivery services will surely make dinner time quicker, easier and more enjoyable!  

 

 

**Photo credit to both Hello Fresh and Blue Apron