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After a busy day, the last thing you want to do is shop for groceries and prepare a full meal.

Luckily, there are a slew of cook-at-home meal kits--delivered to your door with easy-to-follow recipes and pre-portioned ingredients--that offer serious convenience and time savings. 

So now the question is: Which service is right for you?

Here, a quick guide to five of our favorites.


Best for adventurous eaters: Home Chef

What: A broad selection of chef-created meals, such as pineapple-cashew fried rice.
Pro: Meals are suggested based on the "taste profile" you fill out when you sign up.
Con: Requires a subscription.
Cost: $10 per serving; free delivery for orders over $40


Best for healthy eaters: Meez Meals

What: An à la carte service that focuses on healthy dishes packed with lean protein, veggies and whole grains like whole wheat penne with broccoli, edamame and snow peas.
Pro: Call the Dinner Hotline if you run into trouble.
Con: There only offer five recipes per week to choose from.
Cost: $8 to $12.50 per meal

Best for foodies: Plated

What: Meals that are slightly more sophisticated, such as Asian skirt steak with papas bravas.
Pro: You can get a subscription, or order meals à la carte.
Con: This service can get pricey.
Cost: $12 per serving, but specialty dishes can cost up to $30.

Best for visual cooks: Blue Apron

What: A selection of meals that are flavorful but not too complicated, like cioppino pasta with scallops and garlic aioli.
Pro: Photo-illustrated cards take you through the process.
Con: Requires a subscription.
Cost: $10 per serving; $60 minimum order

Inspired Taste

Best for beginners: HelloFresh

What: Recipes for healthy, no-frills dishes with clear instructions. (Think honey-chili chicken.)
Pro: Choose between a classic box or a vegetarian box.
Con: Requires a subscription.
Cost: 3 classic meals for 2, $69; 3 vegetarian meals for 2, $59

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