The 17 Best Food Subscription Boxes to Make Cooking Simpler in 2020

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We are many months into a life-altering pandemic with no end in sight, so if it’s meal planning, grocery shopping, or eating the same two fried eggs for breakfast that you’re sick of, we’re here to say: That’s okay. Everything is exhausting, daily take-out can get prohibitively expensive very quickly, and baking your own bread only gets you so far.

In any case, it’s as good a time as ever to try out a food subscription box service. Food subscription boxes are a great way to ease up on one of your daily stressors and give yourself a cooking or shopping break. There’s an option for every need, whether you prefer getting pre-made meals delivered, want just the ingredients and recipes, or wish to support local businesses. The options are endless, as well: You can get healthy, veg-forward meals, specialty meats, or just straight candy regularly delivered to your door. We rounded up 17 of the best boxes for you to try, no matter your palate or budget.

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Mosaic Foods

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From $80 a week, mosaicfoods.com

Mosaic Foods does one thing only: vegetarian bowls. Whether that’s an oat bowl for breakfast or a noodle bowl for dinner, though, its bowls are healthy, filling, and tasty. If it’s a meatless health kick you’re on and you’re looking for pre-made and delicious, this is a great place to start.

Daily Harvest

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From $48 a week, daily-harvest.com

When you want to ditch your daily bodega bagel and get into healthier breakfast eating, look here. As long as you own a blender, Daily Harvest’s smoothies are an easy and nutritious choice. Beyond that, it also makes bowls, soups, lattes, and even ice cream options—all dairy free.

Snap Kitchen

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From $25 a week, snapkitchen.com

Snap Kitchen is a great option for picky eaters or those with strict food restrictions—it accommodates diets like paleo, keto, and vegetarian, and is totally customizable if you don’t fit into just one of those buckets. The meals come pre-packaged, meaning there’s zero cooking involved on your end.

Gobble

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From $56 per week, gobble.com

Gobble has customizable, pre-prepped lunch and dinner plans available, for the champions who make their own lunch every day. All its recipes boast 15-minute cook times, but most are heavy on the gluten and dairy, so it might not be the best choice for those with dietary restrictions.

Home Chef

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From $20 per week, homechef.com

Home Chef wins for the most variety, with up to 26 customizable mix-and-match meal choices sent your way every week. If you’re a hard-to-please eater, this one’s for you.

Dinnerly

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From $38.93 per week, dinnerly.com

Dinnerly is one of the more budget-friendly options of the pack. There’s not as much selection as some of the other players, the chopping part is up to you, and recipes are online instead of inside your box (which helps save the planet).

Purple Carrot

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From $72 per week, purplecarrot.com

Purple Carrot is entirely vegan, so meat lovers can stop reading here. The menu is plant-based and high in protein, and you can add on one breakfast or lunch per delivery, too.

Martha & Marley Spoon

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From $49.99 per week, marleyspoon.com

Martha & Marley Spoon is a meal kit box that offers you 20 recipes to choose from each week. You pick which Martha Stewart-approved meals you want, and they arrive pre-portioned and sorted by recipe, with six-step instructions to follow.

Green Chef

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From $60 per week, greenchef.com

This one is for the healthiest eaters. Choose from keto, paleo, balanced, plant-powered, omnivore, and carnivore menu options, and receive organic, sustainably sourced, pre-prepped ingredients every week.

Blue Apron

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From $40 per week, blueapron.com

Blue Apron is like the Netflix of food subscription boxes—a pioneer in a presently crowded market. It offers signature, vegetarian, and Weight Watchers menu options, all comprised of sustainable, non-GMO ingredients.

Hello Fresh

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From $14 per week, hellofresh.com

HelloFresh is another O.G. in the subscription box arena. It allows you to choose from 20 meals each week, and it’s an affordable option, albeit slightly less accommodating for picky eaters or certain dietary restrictions.

Food Stirs

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From $26 every other month, foodstirs.com

Foodstirs is a baking subscription kit service that delivers all-natural, seasonally themed dessert recipes to you every other month. This one is fun to do with kids, but we won’t judge you if you get it just for yourself.

Freshly

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From $50 per week, freshly.com

Freshly provides over 30 gluten-free, refined sugar-free, and all-natural meal options each week. But it also does all the work—all you have to do is heat it up. This one is for lazy (or busy) people who still like to eat healthy.

Love with Food

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From $8 per month, lovewithfood.com

Love with Food is for serial snackers. It’s a clean-ingredient snack subscription service that sends you between seven and 15 surprise snacks to try a month, depending on the option you choose. You can also feel good about your snacking habit, because Love with Food donates one meal or more to an American family in need with every snack box delivered to you.

Butcher Box

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From $129 per month, butcherbox.com

Get high-quality meat shipped to your door each month, if that’s all you need to be happy. Choose between a mix of beef, chicken, and pork (they pick the cuts) or customize your box entirely. Not for the budget-conscious carnivore.

Candy Club

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From $30 per month, candyclub.com

If you’re serious about your candy and don’t enjoy the silent judgement of the bodega clerk when you run out to grab some at 11 p.m. every other night, sign up for a monthly shipment from Candy Club. Choose mostly sweet or mostly sour and the size of your box, and six new candies will arrive each month for you to sample. Just don’t tell your dentist.

Sun Basket

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From $59 per week, sunbasket.com

Sun Basket offers 18 recipes for you to choose from each week, and it can accommodate paleo, vegan, dairy-free, soy-free, gluten-free, and diabetes-friendly diets. It also offers grocery add-ons, so it’s like a food subscription box and online grocery store rolled into one.

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