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Whether you’re a novice in the kitchen who doesn’t know where to start or a skilled home cook who doesn’t have time to shop, meal-kit delivery services are changing the game. Fresh ingredients, pre-portioned and delivered with recipes straight to your door means no more last-minute bland pasta dinners.

But which service is right for you? Here’s a quick breakdown of five Dallas meal-delivery kits.



Best for: The foodie
What: Full of farm-fresh ingredients and chef-designed recipes, Plated's menu includes sophisticated dishes like beet and butternut squash skewers with whipped goat cheese and quinoa.
Pro: If you want to challenge yourself, you can opt in to their Chef’s Table, which offers specialty cuts of meat and seafood.
Con: Plates can get pricey.
Cost: $12 per plate with a minimum of four plates per week. Specialty plates can cost between $18 and $24 per serving.


Blue Apron

Best for: The home cook
What: Using farm-sourced produce and ethically raised protein, Blue Apron's recipes will introduce you to new staple ingredients, like roasted broccoli and fregola sarda salad.
Pro: Easy-to-follow and very informative recipes.
Con: Requires a minimum of three meals per week.
Cost: $10 per serving; $60 minimum order


Home Chef

Best for: The adventurous eater
What: Home Chef offers a large variety of restaurant-quality recipes, like a sweet potato, bacon and goat cheese skillet.
Pro: There are lots and lots of meals to choose from, including breakfast options and even smoothies.
Con: Requires a subscription.
Cost: $10 per serving; free delivery for orders over $40



Best for: The Food Channel aficionado
What: With Chef'd you can browse hundreds of recipes from well-known chefs or magazines and pick and choose which ones you want to make at home, like lemon rosemary chicken by Good Housekeeping.
Pro: No subscription necessary.
Con: Too many choices can make forming a healthy meal plan difficult.
Cost: $9 to $17 per serving



Best for: The paleo eater
What: This local Dallas meal-delivery service is paleo-centric, which means Gourmaleo is serving up diet-friendly, yummy foods you've been craving like lemon poppy seed waffles. 
Pro: Food is delivered ready to eat. Just open your package and heat it up.  
Con: Weekly minimum is $100.
Cost: À la carte pricing from $5 to $20

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