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Cooking for the Lazy
Hot tamale! One of Blue Apron's delectable dishes.

In theory, we’d love nothing more than to hit up the 6 a.m. farmers market and spend the day cooking an elaborate meal from scratch. (What? This little 13-layer torte?) But in practice, we’re, well, tired.

Luckily (and a little bit lazily), we’ve found two new companies that will keep us eating well at home even on our most languid days.

If you hate shopping… Let Blue Apron do the prep work for you. This subscription service sends you a weekly box filled with everything you’ll need to make three complete meals--namely, idiot-proof recipe cards and every ingredient the dishes require. The dinners ($10 per person, per meal) are super-tasty--think quinoa “fried rice” and chicken and apricot coconut curry--and all ingredients are good for a week after they arrive.

If you hate cooking… Can you handle boiling water? Then you can handle Dcuisine, a master chef’s answer to the notorious frozen dinner. Each restaurant-quality single-serving meal--wild mushroom soup ($14), beef bourguignon ($22)--comes flash-frozen in a sealed pouch, which you heat in a pot of water. The flavors are remarkably sophisticated (sorry, Ellio’s), and we love the idea of having a few pouches on hand for lazy-day emergencies.

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