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5 meal kit delivery services that offer quick, easy dinners

Shake your end-of-year cooking slump with these fast meals.

Butter chicken with basmati rice pilaf is one of many quick Sun Basket dinners. Credit: Sun Basket

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After somehow managing to cook a full Thanksgiving meal for two, the last thing I want to do this week (and honestly for the foreseeable future) is cook another complicated, multi-dish meal. Maybe you took advantage of Cyber Monday savings and purchased an Instant Pot or air fryer, and now you’re wondering what to cook in them.

Or maybe, like me, you forgot to buy one (whoops!) and you’d rather let someone else brainstorm your weeknight menus for you. Read on to find out our picks for quick and easy dinners from meal kit delivery services we love.

1. Home Chef

Home Chef
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We loved these 15-minute Mini Carnitas Flatbreads with Lime Crema and Corn from Home Chef.

We love Home Chef because of its fresh ingredients, quality recipes, and knack for excellent dinner prep organization. We recently tested the Home Chef 15-minute meals and found that some were better than others. The Mini Carnitas Flatbreads with Lime Crema and Corn, for example, were absolutely delicious. (The Pulled Pork Pot Sticker Bowl, not so much.)

Home Chef’s quick dinners don’t make a huge mess and they take care of most of the tedious prep work for you. These meals are a great option to add to your weekly Home Chef delivery for nights when you’re in the mood for something speedy.

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2. HelloFresh

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HelloFresh has a wide variety of "Quick and Easy" meal options.

HelloFresh offers a great variety of meals in its “Quick and Easy” category, including dishes that take 30-35 minutes to cook, as well as the recently launched line of 20-minute meals.

While the so-called 20-minute meals take slightly longer than 20 minutes in reality, these dishes deliver on quickness and ease of cooking. And with perfectly portioned ingredients, creative recipes, and fun ingredients, HelloFresh offers tasty and fast solutions for busy weeknights.

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3. Freshly

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All of Freshly's offerings are microwavable and super fast.

It doesn’t get much easier and faster than popping a prepared dish in the microwave. Enter: Freshly, the best premade meal kit we’ve tested. The generous portions and high-quality ingredients, not to mention extremely simple prep, make this the quickest way to dinner from a meal kit delivery service.

Get Freshly microwavable meals starting at $8.49 per meal

4. Gobble

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Gobble claims that all their dishes take 15 minutes to cook.

Gobble boldly claims that you’ll be able to “make dinner in 15 minutes!” with all their offerings. And while we haven’t put this to the test yet, other online reviews comment on the easy-to-follow recipes and well-balanced meals. So if you’re looking for a meal kit service with exclusively quick options, Gobble could be right for you.

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5. Sun Basket

Sun Basket chicken
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Sun Basket's Chicken and Kale dinner.

Sun Basket offers quick, veggie-forward meals, many of which can be cooked in 20 minutes or less. These quick options are labeled “Speedy” (complete with a little lightning bolt). Options include the more typical meal kit style of pre-portioned ingredients as well as selections with pre-prepped dishes that come with components like sauces and sides ready to serve.

Get Sun Basket meals starting at $10.99 per serving

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