You’ve probably heard the ads on a podcast or seen them on social media for meal kit delivery services and have wanted to give one a try. Who doesn’t want the convenience of skipping the grocery store and having the ingredients for fresh, home-cooked meals delivered to your home? But then you saw the price and changed your mind. If you eat out all the time, then meal kit delivery services make sense to help you save money. If you’re a regular grocery shopper, however, the price of a meal kit might not seem worth it.
Dinnerly is the least expensive of all the meal kit delivery services, at just $4.99 per serving for six-ingredient meals that can be prepared in 30 minutes. You’ll save money and time. A Dinnerly subscription sends three meals a week to your doorstep in one convenient package. You can select a two-person box or a family box that averages four servings per meal.
Each week, select your dinners from six meals offered, sorted by meat and vegetarian. Allergens and other ingredients are listed on each recipe so you can make the best decisions about which meals will suit your tastes and those of your family. They also make a note of low-calorie meals to help you pick the healthiest options if that’s your priority.
- Broccoli cheddar soup with cheesy croutons – vegetarian
- Southwest turkey burgers with ranch and charred green beans – low-calorie
- Creamy gnocchi with spinach salad and fried shallots – vegetarian
- Grass-fed beef burger with fried pickles and tangy slaw
- Buffalo chicken drumsticks with buttered corn and roasted carrots – low-calorie
- Glazed turkey meatloaf with olive oil mashed potatoes
- Sweet potato and kale salad with almonds, dates, and Parmesan cheese – vegetarian, one-pot meal
Dinnerly offers classic recipes that cater to a wide range of tastes, making their meals a great option for busy families. They use high-quality ingredients, grass-fed beef, antibiotic-free chicken, and organic vegetables whenever possible to deliver the best quality and they work directly with several small farms to help keep the price low.
To further reduce costs, Dinnerly only uses digital recipes cards that you download from their website, rather than providing a paper recipe card in your delivery box. This helps reduce paper waste, as well. They also pack ingredients into the box together rather than being organized by meal. You have to sort them yourself but most customers find this takes a small amount of time and is worth it for the savings in cost.
Dinnerly is committed to packaging your food in sustainably sourced and recyclable materials. These packing materials may change over time in order to provide the best combination of inexpensive, yet environmentally responsible, packaging they can. The delivery box can go in your curbside recycling bin, as well as the brown paper lining and
most of the plastic packaging. Some of the plastic may need to be taken to a specific recycling facility. The gel in the ice packs and the cotton in the cool pouches should be disposed of in the trash.
Dinnerly is always $4.99 per serving, regardless of if you’re on the two-person plan or the family plan. Each box is $8.99 for shipping.
You can’t beat Dinnerly’s price for such high-quality meals. The recipes are simple and can be made quickly. While some of the extras that other services provide are missing, this is done in order to keep that price low. Some users complain that the pots, pans, and utensils required to make some of the meals are too advanced for a service that bills itself as being quick and easy. But everything that’s needed is noted in the recipe so you can check beforehand to make sure you have what you need. Dinnerly is currently only available in about half of the United States.
Dinnerly is the perfect service for anyone who wants to try a meal kit delivery service but has balked at the price of some of the other options out there. They offer classic meals that appeal to a wide range of tastes but amp up the flavor with the freshest, high-quality ingredients. It’s a healthy alternative to take-out and delivery meals and can be prepared in about the same amount of time it takes to drive to the restaurant or wait for delivery.