Choosing The Best Meal Delivery Kits

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Choosing The Best Meal Delivery Kits

The number of meal kit delivery services has ballooned in recent years, from a novel fad to a staple of contemporary eating.

They're everywhere. You're sure to have seen meal kit service boxes being delivered if you haven't already ordered one yourself.

But what makes a meal kit delivery service truly great? With a few different business models at play here, the best meal kit delivery service is a question of personal circumstances and preferences.

In this blog, we'll cover the elements of the best meal delivery services, what sets them apart from the pack, how Kevin's fits into this picture with our unique approach, and how to choose a service based on your needs.

What is the point of meal kits?

Meal kits are designed to cut the gordian knot of nutrition nowadays - we all want to eat better, but we have less and less time to prepare delicious and nutritious meals.

Meal kits do most of the work for you, bringing ready-to-eat meals or easily assembled ingredients straight to your door. You don't have to sweat coming up with a recipe because these services design menus for you, some based on your specific dietary restrictions or preferences.

If you've ever wondered what it would be like to eat paleo or what is keto diet, you can order these meals from a meal kit delivery service without having to purchase a lot of ingredients you may never use again.

It cuts the need for meal prep, bringing you a variable number of meals per week that can go from package to table in very little time.

In short, meal delivery kits are a hack for your meal plan, and they can be the difference between caving for an expensive, unhealthy takeout meal, and a scrumptious and nutritious meal cooked right in your home.

Different Types of Meal Kit Delivery Services

Offered services vary widely, but we can break them down into three types based on how much of the work of cooking they do for you:

  • Full-service meal kits
  • Hybrid meal kits
  • Make-yourself meal kits
Choosing one of these options often starts with evaluating the time you have to spend and comparing meal kits by price.
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    Full-service meal kits

    A full-service meal kit requires the least amount of effort from you. Simply take the fully-prepared meals from the package, heat & combine, and enjoy!

    The obvious appeal of these sorts of meal kits is their ease of use. Delicious meals are often less than ten minutes away. The trade-off here is two-fold.

    Firstly, these services cost more, as the company's preparation is more extensive. If you're looking for a meal service to help you save money (by avoiding takeout), then these options may not be for you. But if you have a decent budget and want to prioritize convenience, a full-service meal kit delivery could be the right choice.

    Examples include -

    • Freshly
    • Gobble

    You can check out beautifully-packed Chicken chile verde:

    Tender chicken breast strips paired with a vibrant verde sauce made with tomatillos, roasted poblanos, and traditional Mexican spices.

    Chicken Chile Verde

    Hybrid meal kits

    A hybrid meal kit does some of the work for you, preparing or portioning the ingredients, but requires several steps to bring the recipe together.

    There's more variability in this category, naturally, as these services fall somewhere in-between a fully prepared meal and something you have to completely make yourself. If you're looking for the convenience of a meal kit, but want to start learning some cooking skills, then a hybrid meal kit can be the perfect fit.

    This category can describe a large number of the current services.

    Examples include -

    • Sunbasket
    • Green Chef
    Delivery box

    Make-yourself meal kits

    On the far end of the spectrum, these meal kits require you to do all of the prep and cooking yourself, sending you pure wholesome ingredients. The advantage of these services is often the quality and ethicality of the ingredients, with an emphasis on freshness and accountability to farmers.

    If you're looking to cut the weekly grocery run out of your schedule, but enjoy cooking and using fresh ingredients, then these sorts of services could be the ones for you.

    Examples include -

    • Blue Apron

    Which meal kit is the most popular?

    It's hard to say which meal kit is most popular, but Blue Apron was definitely a trend-setter in this industry and remains a popular choice.

    Meal delivery box used to deliver vegetables

    Kevin's meal kits

    So how does Kevin's fit into this picture of the meal kit delivery industry? With Health and Simplicity at the forefront, you could call Kevin's either full-service or hybrid, depending on how you use our products!

    All Kevin's entrees make delicious standalone meals, by themselves or paired with one of our sides. We mean what we say, you can get a delicious meal on the table in five minutes or less straight from the package!

    If you have a bit more time and want a more diverse flavor palette, our ever-changing recipe book is packed with great meal ideas. These recipes require a few additional ingredients, which combine seamlessly with our entrees and sides for inventive and cost-effective dishes.

    Packed with tons of great nutrition per serving, adjust our recipes to make larger portions and turn one great meal into three meals or more for a crowd.

    The best meal delivery service should take all the guesswork out of mealtime, and that's exactly what Kevin's does.

    What is the tastiest meal delivery service?

    Kevin's kitchen has been absolutely fanatical in perfecting our sauces and cooking techniques, taking all the guilt out of signature dishes without sacrificing any flavor.

    Our sous-vide proteins are pre-cooked for maximum tenderness and juiciness, so you never have to worry about over- or under-cooking anything. Using only the highest quality ingredients, our seasoning and sauces bring many cuisines under the same roof with fidelity to traditional recipes and an unerring commitment to clean eating that nourishes you. 

    Check out our Peppercorn steak tips, a suitable addition to your Kevin's natural customizable box:

    Tender steak tips paired with a savory cream sauce made with crushed peppercorns, rich beef stock, and black pepper.

    Peppercorn Steak Tips
    Customize a box of eight entrees and sides, like our Chicken Chile Verde or Peppercorn Steak Tips, and see what all the fuss is about. Just read our reviews - you'll love eating Kevin's.