Your Ultimate Guide to All Those Meal-Kit Delivery Services

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Since Blue Apron burst onto the scene, meal-kit-delivery services have become a growing niche market for people who don't have time to grocery shop and prep — or confidence in their cooking skills — but want healthy, delicious, home-cooked meals instead of always dining out or ordering takeout. Most of these companies mail you pre-measured ingredients in chilled boxes with step-by-step instructions. All sorts of companies are getting into the game, from magazines to even Amazon, which is partnering with Tyson Foods to launch meals for delivery in the fall. With Sun Basket, expect organic and non-GMO ingredients in recipes delivered weekly. You can choose among gluten-free, paleo, and vegetarian options. The recipes are developed by James Beard-award–winning California chef Justine Kelly, known for her role at Slanted Door restaurant. Most meals take about 30 minutes to prepare from recipe cards with an option of online tutorials. They're nutritionist–approved recipes with 500 to 800 calories per serving. All packaging is 100-percent recyclable. Deliveries are scheduled on Tuesdays or Wednesdays between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m. and stay fresh for 8 hours after delivery. The delivery area includes 36 states. Cost: For three meals a week, it's $74.93 for the two-person plan and $143.87 for the four-person plan, with a $5.99 shipping fee. (Photo credit: Nicole Beck)