Cooking for just yourself can be a seriously frustrating experience. You have to do all of the work, including the planning, shopping, meal prep, cooking and cleaning up. The process doesn’t even seem worth it some days. To make matters worse, many fresh ingredients are packaged with a whole family in mind. You’ll often end up buying too
That's why meal kits for single people make so much sense.
Meal kits can solve many of these problems. They cut down the amount of time that you need to spend in the kitchen, especially as some of them even prepare the ingredients for you
Most of the time, meal kits aren’t targeted at cooking for one. The smallest sizes tend to cater for 2 people. That’s not as bad as it sounds. A recipe with 2 servings simply gives you a meal you can reheat for lunch or dinner the next day. This style helps to stretch out the meal kit too, making it cheaper to feed you for an entire week.
There are many different meal kits out there and most could be used for singles, if you don’t mind eating leftovers the next day. In this list, we’re taking a step further and focusing on kits that are an especially good fit for singles. Take a look. You might find the perfect solution for your needs.
Terra’s Kitchen focuses on healthy meals that can quickly be prepared. It’s also a service that I’ve tried out. I found it to be an appealing option that has a few interesting advantages over other companies, including a reusable container (so there is no large box to try and recycle) and interesting recipes.
A particularly useful aspect is the way that you order meals. Most meal kit companies have a rotating menu that you choose from. They often lock you into a specific plan, which won’t always be what you need. Terra’s Kitchen does it differently, providing you with a large selection of meals, snacks and other items. These do change over
Each of the items is priced individually, making it easy to see how much you’re going to pay. There is also a separate section of 2-serving meals, which could be the perfect choice for singles. With many of these to choose from, you can be sure that you’ll find amazing tasting meals. You can also supplement your order with other items, like protein and sides.
The vegan style of Purple Carrot means that the company won’t suit everyone. Still, it’s perfect if you want to get more plant-based foods into your diet. The company strongly focuses on making vegan meals interesting and inspiring. Purple Carrot is perfect for singles because each of their 3 meal plans provides 3 dinners with 2 servings each week. The amount is perfect if you’re on your own and gives you plenty of leftovers.
The plans themselves are interesting. They’re called Quick & Easy, High Protein
You don’t need to rely on Purple Carrot’s choice of meals either. You’re able to mix and match each week from their rotating menu. This gives you the chance to try out new meals that you mightn’t have even considered before.
Hungryroot doesn’t follow the same style as other meal kit services. To be honest, it’s barely a meal kit service at all. Instead of providing you with ingredients, Hungryroot sends out pre-prepped packets that complement each other. This can include packets like kale pesto, cauliflower rice
To make the meals, you’re often just combining multiple packets together. This takes hardly any time and gives you fast dinners. It’s a fantastic way to save time and still eat healthy meals.
The biggest limitation for singles is how you order. Their smallest plan is The Starter Set. This costs $69 per week and contains 3 to 4 meals (of 2 servings each), along with 2 to 3 snacks. The price is reasonable for what you’re getting, but you would need to think about whether that is too much food. Still, some people might find that the box works well, as the meals could easily be eaten for lunch as well as for dinner.
Gobble works well for singles for one key reason, the meals are fast. That’s not just a random claim that they make either. Each meal kit is carefully designed so that there is little work on your end. This was particularly notable when I tried out the kit for myself and the dishes often take around 15 minutes to prepare.
The meals are able to be this fast because Gobble does some of the work for you. This includes chopping some ingredients and marinating them. You’re also provided with the sauces that you need, rather than having to make them from scratch.
How well this works depends on your preferences. On the plus side, the style means much less time in the kitchen. That’s perfect if you’re on your own. However, you might find the meals a little bland (I did, but my girlfriend didn’t). The service certainly isn’t a good choice if you’re wanting complex dishes or if you plan to learn new cooking techniques.
Daily Harvest is a little difficult to define. This isn’t your traditional meal kit company, where you get fresh ingredients delivered to you that you can then turn into meals. The company does things a little bit different.
They have multiple different types of products and the common theme is that these contain a range of superfoods. As such, their dishes always taste amazing and they can improve your health too.
The products on offer include protein smoothies, harvest bowls, soups, lattes, overnight oats
The style could work very well for anyone on their own. It means that you don’t have to worry about
You might not have heard of Takeout Kit before, as the service doesn’t follow common meal kit styles. The biggest difference is that all of their meals are designed to be shelf stable. The ingredients will often last a month or more, giving you plenty of time to use them at your leisure. That’s a powerful idea for singles, as you often don’t know when you’re going to need a meal at hand.
The meals from Takeout Kit follow an interesting style too. The service focuses on international cuisine, including various curries, pad thai and noodle dishes. Some of the recipes come with shelf-stable protein (e.g. cured meat), while others allow you to add your own. Another cool thing is ordering. You can buy the meal kits individually or be on a subscription. It’s entirely up to you.
The shelf-stable style won’t appeal to everyone and it does mean that you’re not getting fresh ingredients. Even so, the company goes to lengths to find the healthiest possible products to include. You’re not just getting low-quality cans of food.
A final thing to mention is the meal size. While they may change this later, Takeout Kit currently only offers 4 serving meals. Those meals might be too large, even if you do want leftovers. Of course, you could simply freeze some of the cooked meal to get around the problem. Doing so would give you fast and easy meals for later on too. That’s always a bonus.
Munchery is an unusual service, as it offers both meal kits and fully prepared meals. It is also a fast prep meal kit company. This means that all of the recipes can be prepared with relative ease. For example, their Bavette Steak meal involves 2 pans and takes just 15 minutes from start to finish. This isn’t unusual either. Most of the Munchery recipes take around 15 minutes to make.
The style is especially good when you’re just coming home. You won’t want to spend an hour in the kitchen at the end of a long day, especially not if you’re only cooking for yourself. When I tried the meal kit myself, I did notice that some of the meals are on the simple side. While that approach didn’t appeal to me, it could be perfect for people who are living on their own.
Another cool thing is the selection. Munchery has a decent selection of recipes to choose from. This makes it easy to find the recipes that suit your taste preferences. The main limitation is that you need to sign up before you can even view the meals currently being offered. Signing up isn’t difficult, but the style is always frustrating.
In many ways, Plated is just a typical meal kit service. It has the same general features as many other companies, including a weekly rotating menu and multiple plans to choose from. Singles would probably want their 2 servings per night plan. This costs $11.95 per serving and you can get it for 2, 3 or 4 nights each week.
The 2-serving plan is useful, but it isn’t the main reason for recommending Plated. Another reason is that the service is affordable. Meal kits can get expensive quickly, which is never good if you’re on a budget.
An even more important part is the meal selection, an aspect that I noticed when I signed up for the company. Most meal kit companies offer half a dozen or so different meals each week. With Plated, you’ll often get around 20 recipes to make your decision from. Most of these are dinners, but there are often a couple of desserts included as well.
The meals themselves are a little more complex than some other companies, but not dramatically so. They’re still fast to make, often taking around 30 minutes. You’ll also find yourself learning new techniques and ingredient combinations in the kitchen. That approach works well and should mean that you can cook more meals from scratch in the future.
Harbor Trading Company
Harbour Trading Company is a fairly obscure meal kit option, which you won’t find on many lists. The focus is entirely on fresh fish and the service provides you with wild caught sustainable fish that have been caught throughout the United States. There is also a From the Farm section that provides wagyu steaks.
Regardless of whether you want
The style is very relevant for singles, as you can order 1-person serving sizes. This is incredibly unusual. The other companies on this list start at a 2-person serving size. While the2-person style works well enough, it’s always nice to find a company that considers the needs of single people.
Blue Apron is probably the most well-known meal kit service, the one that really kicked off the current meal kit trend. There are some other more interesting and unique meal kit options out there, but Blue Apron has been in the game for a while, is inexpensive and can be the perfect place to kick off your meal kit experience.
Like many companies, Blue Apron has a 2-person plan, which would be great for singles as well. You can order either 2 or 3 recipes a week for $9.99/serving. Shipping is free if you choose 3 recipes each week and costs $7.99 for 2 recipes.
While I personally found that Blue Apron’s recipes get a bit boring over time, the company does have a wider selection than many others. The 2-person plan typically includes 8 recipes to choose from. Many of these take around 30 minutes to cook, which isn’t too bad. There is even a wine club if you want to enjoy a glass of wine with your meal.
Dinnerly is promoted as the most affordable meal delivery service and they’re not kidding. You’re only paying $4.99 per serving (excluding shipping), which is much less than any other company. Dinnerly manages this by making their recipe cards digital and reducing the number of ingredients in each recipe.
Despite this, the meals from Dinnerly are surprisingly good. I noticed this when reviewing the company. The service is certainly a good choice if you’re on a budget. The recipes are also easy to prepare, helping to save you time.
The low cost and ease of preparation are key reasons why Dinnerly would work well for singles. There is also a 2-person plan, which gives you 3 recipes per week, which each contain 2 servings. That gives you 6 servings each week for less than $40. That’s pretty impressive.
However, there are some downsides. Dinnerly only has 6 meals to choose from each week and there aren’t any options for specific diets or food allergies. The meals may also be too simple for some people, especially if you love being in the kitchen.
Green Chef provides relies on premium organic ingredients to help you create healthy and delicious meals. It is an effective option for singles, as Green Chef has a 2-person plan that includes 3 different recipes each week. All of the meals take around 30 minutes to prepare.
An unusual aspect is the different types of 2-person plan. There are 7 of these to choose from, including keto, paleo, vegan and omnivore. Each plan has its own distinctive weekly menu, which can contain anywhere from 3 to 6 recipes.
When I tried Green Chef, you weren’t able to choose the recipes included in your order. That doesn’t seem to be the case now, although there aren’t many recipes to choose from. Still, the style isn’t bad. It’s unusual to have so many dietary options in a meal kit company.
Martha & Marley Spoon
Many meal kit companies force you into at least 3 meals per week, each with 2 servings. Martha & Marley Spoon is a little different, allowing you to choose either 2, 3 or 4 meals per week. If you’re just cooking for yourself most of the time, 2 meals per week might be all that you need.
Another useful feature is the selection. Martha & Marley Spoon uses the common style of a menu that changes each week. This menu contains 10 different meals in various styles. That’s an impressive range of recipes, more than most other companies.
The dishes themselves are often variations on comfort food and many are versions of familiar American food. That’s not a bad thing. The style would be perfect for many people. While the company isn’t my all-time favorite meal kit service, I can see why it would be popular, especially if you want recipes that are easy to prepare.
If you’re wanting healthy food, Sun Basket is a good company to consider. They have a strong focus on clean eating, along with organic, non-GMO and sustainably sourced ingredients.
Another great thing is the meal plans, there are plenty of options to choose from, including different diet types like paleo, vegan and diabetes. There is even a Quick& Easy plan, which could be perfect for singles who don’t want to spend much time cooking.
The flexibility applies to meals too. Sun Basket has a weekly rotating menu for you to select from. For their non-family plans, this includes around 18 different recipes. These won’t all be suitable for every diet. Still, it’s more flexibility than you’ll find with most other companies.
I was pretty impressed with Sun Basket when I tried the service. The recipes have a nice combination of flavors and styles, while still being easy to prepare.
Signing up for a weekly meal kit delivery isn’t always ideal for singles. You might find that life is simply too unpredictable or that you don’t go through the meals fast enough. That’s where services like Peach Dish come in. Peach Dish does allow you to sign up for a subscription, but you can also order meals individually as a guest. Just be aware that guests get charged a $12 fee on top of the cost of the food.
Peach Dish has a rotating menu each week that you can choose from. The meals come in various styles and often include vegan, vegetarian and/or gluten-free dinners. There is also a section for unusual recipes (like Sorghum-Glazed Quail) and classics (like Zeb Stevenson’s Chicken & Dumplings).
I’ve tried Peach Dish myself and I can honestly say that it isn’t my favorite meal kit company out there. I find that the plans are on the expensive side and it takes too long to make the meals. Even so, the service might be perfect for some people. It could be particularly interesting if you want to focus on southern food or if you like to try out unusual recipes.
Home Chef is another meal kit choice to consider. Their meals start at $7.99 perserving, which is a reasonable price. There are also plenty of options. This includes the ability to set a taste profile and to customize the number of servings and recipes you receive each week. These aspects are great for singles, helping to make sure that you get the amount of food that you want.
Another cool thing is the selection. You get to choose between 15 meals each week or let Home Chef choose for you. You can make selections up to 5 weeks in advance. That works well for anyone who loves planning. You can even add on a smoothie or a fruit basket to your order.
When I tried Home Chef myself, I noticed that the meals were interesting, but not extremely unusual. The style would be perfect for many people, especially if you don’t want to be cooking anything too complicated. In fact, the meals typically take less than 30 minutes to make and don’t require much cleanup.