A quick guide to meal-prep kits
Aren't you glad you didn't schlep all that home?

The last thing you want to do after work is stand in the checkout line at Whole Foods. Luckily, the recent onslaught of cook-at-home meal kits--delivered to your door with easy-to-follow recipes and pre-portioned ingredients--equals serious convenience and time savings. Here, a quick guide to three of our favorites:

Best for visual chefs: Blue Apron
What: Three recipe cards per week (say, Moroccan beef tagine) with photos illustrating each step in the process, including ingredient prep.
Pro: Offers evening delivery between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Con: Requires a subscription.
Cost: $10 per dish; $60 minimum order

Best for commitment-phobes: Plated
What: A la carte meal kits--for dishes like Cajun shrimp, grits and braised kale--with no subscription required.
Pro: The site has a live-chat option in case you get stuck.
Con: Delivery is restricted to Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays.
Cost: $15 per dish; $60 minimum order

Best for restaurant lovers: Forage
What: This subscription service offers recipes from SF restaurants. Think Alta CA’s famous pierogi.
Pro: Time-consuming components (rich stocks, sous vide meats) are premade for you.
Con: Each week has a specific food theme (all South Indian meals, for example).
Cost: $15 per dish; $60 minimum order

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