Personally, don’t mind cooking, but meal planning is the most difficult part for me. I tend to make the same meals over and over again.
About 5 years ago, I was living in NYC, and also traveling extensively for my job. I especially hated grocery shopping in NYC - had to walk about 6 blocks to my very small store that often was out of items, only purchase what I could carry back 6 blocks, plus the items were VERY expensive. My H (who doesn’t cook) decided to “give” me a subscription to Blue Apron as a Christmas present. Since he doesn’t cook he was really giving himself a present.
In NYC, as expensive as Blue Apron is, it was actually less expensive than grocery shopping! I really enjoyed the Blue Apron meals, but I did find them to be quite time consuming to prepare. I do feel like I learned a lot of techniques and experienced new flavors and foods that I would not have tried otherwise.
We later moved to a different state with regular grocery stores (the kind you can drive to!) and my work travel was even crazier, and we stopped Blue Apron. Then, my H decided to “try” SunBasket (again, he doesn’t cook). With SunBasket, you can target certain dietary concerns, like low carb, paleo, vegetarian, etc.
We receive two meals a week and have been doing SunBasket for about 3 years, I think. Before the pandemic I was still traveling extensively during the week, so it was nice to come home and not have to worry about what I was going to cook.
We have continued to do SunBasket during the pandemic. For me, it eases the burden of having to plan as many meals. Also, I work during the day, but my H often has evening meetings, and SunBasket has some “fresh and ready” meals that you just have to heat up.
We have recently moved again (due to my H’s career, we move frequently) and the local grocery store also carries Hello Fresh meal kits and individual items. I have tried a few of those as well. And if you have Publix grocery stores near you, they have their own meal kits that I have tried. We were staying in a home for a week in an Airbnb while visiting my ailing parents, and while we had a kitchen, it didn’t have a lot of basic spices in the pantry, so it was nice to purchase a meal kit that had all the ingredients we needed.
My H also tried Factor since they were already cooked (for when I was out of town traveling for work). Didn’t care for it.
The subscriptions are easy to cancel or “skip a week” as needed - like when you have company over the holidays, or are going to be on vacation. The only issue we had is when my mother suddenly became ill and we had to leave immediately. We weren’t able to have our meal canceled (it was being delivered the next day) so fortunately a neighbor was able to pick it up.
I probably enjoyed the different recipes from Blue Apron the most, but they were time consuming to cook. We have been focusing on healthier recipes from SunBasket, and they have been good, and less time consuming. Since I was used to eating out several days a week (when I traveled for work), having the meal kits gives me a break from having to plan all the meals.