Three Popular Meal Kits: Are They Right For You?

Meal kits provide convenience and creativity to your home menu. We have the details.

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Do you have the cooking blahs? Tired of planning meals and bored with your recipes? Reluctant to spend money on new ingredients you may not like? 

A meal kit — a box of chef-created recipes and pre-measured ingredients delivered to your home — will spice up your cooking, with a dollop of convenience on the side. You’ll spend less time planning and grocery shopping and reduce food waste. No more figuring out what to do with a giant bunch of parsley or a tub of sour cream before it spoils. 

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Patricia Mertz Esswein
Contributing Writer, Kiplinger's Personal Finance
Esswein joined Kiplinger in May 1984 as director of special publications and managing editor of Kiplinger Books. In 2004, she began covering real estate for Kiplinger's Personal Finance, writing about the housing market, buying and selling a home, getting a mortgage, and home improvement. Prior to joining Kiplinger, Esswein wrote and edited for Empire Sports, a monthly magazine covering sports and recreation in upstate New York. She holds a BA degree from Gustavus Adolphus College, in St. Peter, Minn., and an MA in magazine journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School at Syracuse University.