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Meal Box Subscriptions - Which One Is Best?

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

As a busy and working Mom, going grocery shopping always gets pushed to the bottom of my to-do list. Between the crowds at the store on weekends, my busy schedule and trying to work around the ever changing schedule of an infant, I always found myself stressed trying to find the time to meal plan and grocery shop for the week, plus have the time to actually cook the food before it went bad. Please tell me I'm not the only one!

When I went back to work after having Harper, I decided to try out one of the meal services I had seen other's post about. I wasn't really sure which one was best or which I would like more, so over the course of the last six months we have tried two of the larger companies out. And since I wasn't sure which to choose when looking for one to sign up for, I figured maybe some of you are in the same boat.
Hello Fresh -
We have gotten at least a dozen Hello Fresh boxes and out of those approximately 36 meals, only found a couple that we wouldn't make again. We haven't eaten one that we didn't enjoy and have saved several of the recipe cards to remake meals in the future. I love that each meal comes in it's own specific box so all the ingredients except for the protein stay together and are easy to find when you're ready to cook.
They have three options for boxes, the classic, the family and the veggie. Within each box selection you can choose how many people the meals should feed and how many meals a week you'd like delivered. Each week, all you have to do is log on to their website or app and choose which meals you'd like and they show up on your doorstep a few days later. We typically choose the classic box and get three meals delivered each week for 2 people. That box ends up being $69.

Not only has every meal been a hit with the two of us, we've remade recipes and always had guests rave about the food as well! I love that each meal is relatively healthy and doesn't take long to make.

We've only had an issue with one box and it was just because the app didn't connect with my online profile so the meals I had chosen for the week didn't save. I called customer service and they were extremely helpful, offered me tips on how to make sure that doesn't happen in the future and credited me for my box to use for next week's payment.

If you'd like to try out Hello Fresh, go to their website and type in promo code Y8KEPD for $40 off of your next box!

Blue Apron -
With Blue Apron they have two different plans to choose from, a 2 person and a family or 4 person plan. The two person is $59.99 for three meals and the family is $69.92 for two meals and $139.84 for four meals. Their menu cards are big and easy to read and have photos as step by step instructions so that it's nearly impossible to mess anything up!
Blue Apron also has a wine pairing feature where they recommend certain wines to pair with your meals. You can even purchase that wine right through their site. The site also features a market place where you can purchase other cooking items such as prep tools, cookware and spices.

We've found that these meals seem a little higher in calories than the Hello Fresh meals, but still have all been great.

Overall, both companies have easy to use websites where you can easily pick your meals for the week. I love that once a week, the box arrives on our doorstep and I have everything I need to make three meals for our family. Since Dan is working at least two nights each week and is at the first station for 24 hours on those days, three meals has been the perfect number for us. Having three meals a week that I don't have to spend extra time planning for or grocery shopping for has been such a stress relief and a huge help when tackling a busy week!

Have you tried one of the subscription meal boxes? Which has been your favorite?


  1. I haven't tried these meal subscription boxes, but with a baby on the way, they sure are tempting. I just can't get over the price of some of them, they're so expensive!


  2. What an awesome program! I bet this saves you so much time!

  3. We just tried Blue Apron last week and absolutely loved it! Will have to try these other boxes.

  4. This is helpful! I have always wanted to try one of these but am never sure which to choose. I think the hello fresh one seems more up my alley.

  5. I've never tried any of these before, but have been so curious! This review was really helpful.

  6. I haven't tried one yet because most don't offer vegan options, just vegetarian. And the prices are a bit high comparing to the delicious meals I cook at home.

  7. I love the idea of pretty much all subscription boxes! Will have to look into these more, though I doubt I'd be able to put forth the money for them!

  8. We've only tried Blue Apron at the Dollhouse. The Hello Fresh box looks like a great option for us to try as well.

  9. We tried Hello Fresh once, because we got a Groupon for it. We were really happy with and saved the recipe cards too. I love the ease of it, but we didn't continue with a subscription, just because we thought the regular price (not with the Gropuon) was a little expensive for us. But definitely great food so easy!

  10. They both look great and I wish I could get them in Israel where I live. Feeling inspired by the subscription box concept and our love of art, my wife and I created, a monthly box featuring candles and ceramic bowls made by artisans on the shores of the Mediterranean. Maybe these candles and bowls could be a nice compliment to your next Blue Apron or Hello Fresh meal?

  11. I've yet to try these two but I love a local Seattle company - Chef by Request!

  12. I'm glad you posted these, I definitely want to try them out! We've been eating out all the time, and these options would actually save us a bunch of money. Thanks for the awesome post! (And I love the photos, too!)

  13. We use SunBasket and we absolutely love it! We haven't had a meal we didn't love yet. I know a lot of people think the meal delivery services are expensive, but for us, we've found that we go to the grocery store less and actually end up saving money every month!