It’s school holidays, so naturally, we don’t feel like cooking. But instead of takeaway (at least, instead of getting takeaway every single night) we’re opting for something a little more fun.

Meal kit delivery services are the perfect solution to lazy family dinners. You don’t need to plan or shop for a specific recipe – your chosen service does that all for you, and they even portion each ingredient so that all you need to do is cook or assemble them.

Now that meal kits are officially here to stay, there are plenty of options to choose from. Here are our favourites.

Your favourite Vietnamese franchise recently announced their foray into meal kit delivery, and we’ll be the first to tell you that it’s just as good – if not better – than their traditional takeaway. With an array of options for carnivores and vegetarians, including pho, bahn canh cua, mi tom thit and bun bo hue bowls, the whole family will be fed and happy for under $50 (and you will have prepared it all yourself!). So much more fun than regular old takeaway, we think!

Want a delicious, healthy dinner in just four steps guaranteed? You’ll love EveryPlate, one of the most affordable meal kit delivery services on the market! For less than $5 per plate, you’ll receive a box of fresh ingredients from recognised suppliers and an easy-to-follow, illustrated recipe card. Even the kids can get involved! And while we love being spoilt for choice, sometimes it can feel a bit overwhelming – we love that EveryPlate gives you eight delicious options to choose from in a given week.

It’s arguably the number one meal kit delivery service in Australia – and all over the world – and there’s a reason HelloFresh has gained its stellar reputation. Choose from their wide range of recipes, including gourmet options like dijon-crusted salmon tray bake, loaded pork jacket potatoes and honey and oregano-glazed haloumi tacos, and it will all arrive at your doorstep, ready for you to cook and enjoy. For the eco-conscious, HelloFresh eliminates waste, sources ingredients from Aussie suppliers and reduces the carbon emissions it would take you to do a regular food shop.

Marley Spoon
Everyone will love Marley Spoon, which has options for vegetarians, vegans, busy families and the health-conscious. Utilising seasonal ingredients sourced from over 60 unique Aussie suppliers, your insulated Marley Spoon box will arrive at your doorstep packed with everything you need to make a delicious, hearty meal – six-step recipe card included. Your subscription is super flexible, allowing you to order when and where it’s convenient for you and giving you the option to skip or pause if need be.

From meatball subs to Indonesian chicken, there is such a huge variety on Dinnerly that you’ll never get bored. As one of their reviewers says, “No meal is ever the same and it makes for great variety”. Choose between their Family Box (available for three, four or five people) or their meal kit for two if the kids are away, and you’ll pay less than $7.25 per portion. One of the lower-priced meal kit services, Dinnerly reduces the cost to you by offering digital recipe cards instead of printed ones, and fewer ingredients per dish – which also means less chopping and cleaning for you!



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