5 Popular Meal Kit Delivery Services That Are on Sale for Black Friday


There’s a lot to love about a good meal-kit delivery service: They show up right to your door, give you detailed instructions on how to prepare food (or come pre-cooked!), and taste delicious. And if you’ve spent the Thanksgiving holiday cooking up masterpieces in the kitchen, meal kits offer a nice reprieve from shopping, chopping, and creating for the weeks to come.

If you can afford them, meal kits are also an easy way to cut down on trips to the grocery store (which might be extra appealing to you these days as COVID-19 case numbers rise), and can help you make healthier eating choices, or branch out into new cuisines. Lots of them have options that are specifically catered to your dietary needs, too, whether you’re going keto or just looking to pare back on meat.

If you’ve never tried one, but always wanted to, now’s your chance. For Black Friday, some of our favorite meal-kit brands below are offering great deals for new customers. Find out why we like each meal-kit delivery service and see how much you can save for Cyber Week with these Black Friday meal kit deals.

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  • Home Chef

    The Deal: Take $90 off your first four orders with the exclusive code SELFCYBER2020.

    Dates: Ends 12/6.

    Why It’s Worth It:
    Home Chef allows you to choose from nearly a dozen meals each week, and in about 30 minutes or less you can whip up tasty dishes that work with your cravings and dietary restrictions. Meat or veg? Avoiding dairy? Cutting out nuts? Soy? Wheat? Home Chef has you covered with fresh ingredients for meals such as shrimp scampi pasta, farmhouse fried chicken, and tomato risotto. Menus are set five weeks ahead, so you can know what’s for dinner more than a month ahead of time.

    If you’re really new to this whole cooking-for-yourself thing, the service even has a kitchenware page on its site where you can buy a selection of basic kitchen tools that will get you on the road to slicing and dicing like a pro. Stock up, get helpful meal-prep tips from chefs, and get ready to impress yourself. Beyond entrée-size portions, Home Chef also offers five-minute, oven-ready lunches and dinners you simply have to heat up.

    Cost: Meals start at $7 per serving (choose from two or four servings) and can even be customized for an additional fee; other meal options are available on the site. Delivery is free for orders over $49, and $10 for anything less than that amount.

    Availability: Nationwide

  • Freshly


    The Deal: Take $80 off your first five orders ($15 off of your first four orders) using the code CYBER80AF.

    Dates: 11/30 to 12/1.

    Why It’s Worth It:
    For anyone who feels overwhelmed by the prospect of cooking for yourself every day, this plan is for you. Freshly prepared meals arrive at your home fully cooked and in insulated, eco-friendly packaging. Because the meals aren’t frozen, you can get dinner ready in under three minutes—meaning there’s no need to order delivery.

    Choose breakfast, lunch, or dinner from a weekly menu of rotating options; the entire menu is free of gluten and peanuts and produced in a gluten- and peanut-free facility. Sample menu: springtime chicken pilaf, pepper and sausage fusilli, and steak peppercorn.

    Cost: $50 per week for four meals for one person and up to $108 per week for 12 meals (serves one). Other plans are available on the site.

    Availability: Nationwide, excluding Alaska and Hawaii.

  • Blue Apron

    Blue Apron

    The Deal: Save $60 on your first three boxes, no code necessary.

    Dates: Ongoing.

    Why It’s Worth It:
    Blue Apron was the first to popularize the whole meal-kit-delivery-service thing—and now it’s got plenty of competition. Blue Apron’s recipes—like vegetable pad thai and harissa-baked chicken—are developed to keep cooking and prep time to an average of 45 minutes. In fact, the directions are so easy to follow our editor had her six-year-olds help her out. The company has a mission to improve our country’s food system at large by focusing on sustainable farming, direct shipping, and less food waste. Its chefs work directly with farmers to create the meal plans and provide the stories behind the ingredients so you know where your food actually came from.

    As an added bonus, it has a monthly wine subscription that pairs specially sized bottles with your meals. And if you’re a non-meat-eater, Blue Apron offers a vegetarian option for the two-person plan and recently added Beyond Meat boxes to its roster so you can whip up a Beyond Burger at home. Sample recipes include customer favorites orange beef and bok choy, Cajun-spiced fish, and za’atar-roasted chicken.

    Cost: $60 per week for three meals for two people; $96 per week for three meals for four people. Other plans are available on the site.

    Availability: Nationwide.

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