Wondering how you'll prepare quick, easy, and nutritious meals with a new baby at home? Make new-parent life a little easier by adding meal kit delivery services to your baby registry!
Whether you’re expecting your first baby or you already have bigger little ones at home, you know how much of your day revolves around getting healthy food on the table for everyone in the family, three (or more) times a day.
Parents want and need to eat well, but they also know that planning, shopping for, and preparing family meals can feel like a part-time job. One that’s additional to full-time jobs and full-time parenting.
In our pre-pandemic lives, we were able to rely on takeout and quick restaurant meals. During the past few months, however, eating in became a necessity, even though with everyone at home—working, playing, schooling—the busyness of daily life became, somehow, busier.
That’s where pre-planned meal-delivery services can help. We’re all familiar with at-home meal subscriptions, where you get the satisfaction of creating a camera-worthy meal with your own two hands after someone else has taken care of all the preliminaries—from perfectly portioned ingredients and step-by-step recipes to prep-time expectations.
What you may not know is that you can add a meal-delivery subscription to your baby registry. It’s true: Register now and have easy, healthy dinners in your future, whenever you choose to start.
Read on for our favorite meal-kit subscriptions, and then register for a baby gift that will truly keep on giving by making daily mom-and-dad life a little easier.
Starting from $47.95/week
Blue Apron is all about helping you make good choices for your meals. The company partners with farmers and sustainability experts to grow and raise the highest-quality ingredients and, by doing so, invests in the environment, the farmers themselves, and those local communities. Just knowing that makes it a perfect substitute for the guesswork of shopping at your local grocery store, something we can certainly get behind!
Choose the Blue Apron meals you want from the menu options for the week, including meat and fish dishes, vegetarian, Mediterranean meals, one-pan dinners, diabetes-friendly options, and “600 calories or less per serving.” Fresh ingredients are delivered to your door in an insulated box, along with step-by-step instructions that include each meal’s prep time, so you know just what you’re getting into before you start.
Good to know: For those parents who like to sip a glass of wine with dinner, Blue Apron also offers wine delivery, with bottles specially chosen to complement their meals.
Starting from $49.95/week
Home Chef’s approach to the meal kit is simple and straightforward: Save time, reduce food waste, and eat better at home. Dietary preferences include adventurous, quick and simple, carb-conscious, calorie-conscious, and vegetarian. Meal options are adapted to different skill and comfort levels, even schedules that vary from day to day, with some options that can be prepared in five minutes, others that take a half hour (which still seems quite reasonable). If your available cooking time changes by the day, this is the plan for you, and the service also offers the flexibility to add meals, edit servings, even take a week off as needed.
Good to know: Home Chef meals can be customized as you go by adding, swapping, or doubling up on proteins for select meals.
Starting from $65.00/week
For the vegetarians and vegans out there, Splendid Spoon skips the cooking altogether and delivers ready-to-eat vegan, gluten-free, GMO-free meals that are pre-portioned, calorie controlled, and made with only whole ingredients. The founder of Splendid Spoon, a then-soon-to-be first-time mom who wanted to change her own troubled relationship with food, chose to focus on “spoon foods”—a spoon being a symbol of lifting and cradling what we eat.
Splendid Spoon sticks to breakfast and lunch, with bottled smoothies in the morning (flavors include orange-hibiscus and mint chip) and soups and grain bowls for midday. Optional “reset” soups are designed to do just that, get you and your body back on track in a single day. Oh, there are immune-boosting wellness shots too. Plan options include breakfast only, breakfast plus lunch, or breakfast, lunch, and a reset meal. If you’re not the everyday type, know that bowls will keep in the fridge for a week, and the freezer for a month.
Good to know: If you’re all about the eco-friendly lifestyle, know that Splendid Spoon packaging is 100% recyclable. Bowls, bottles, boxes, and packing insulation can be dropped in your recycling bin.
Starting from $45.96/week
Calling all Canadians! Chefs Plate, a division of HelloFresh in Canada, delivers a box of fresh ingredients and accompanying recipes to your home each week. Chefs Plate sources its meat and poultry from local and national farmers, so users are getting the freshest ingredients from the most local sources while also supporting Canada’s food community and economy.
Fifteen recipes are offered every week—choose two, three, or four meals for the week, from meat-and-vegetable, vegetarian, and family-friendly categories. Self-described as a flexible subscription service, Chefs Plate gives customers the option to skip weeks when their schedule changes.
Good to know: Each recipe lists all the ingredients right on the website, along with the approximate calorie count, so customers can see whether a meal suits their dietary or taste preferences before choosing it. Customers can also edit their taste preferences in advance to screen out specific ingredients they’d like to avoid, such as pork or shellfish.
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