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We get it. As much as you like the idea of cooking a fresh, homemade meal, after a busy day the very thought of setting foot in the supermarket, trying to decide what to make, and actually making said dinner is enough to make you skip it altogether for a glass of wine and a bowl of popcorn. Been there, done that. Those days were made for meal kits.

Whether you want a quick and simple weeknight dinner, want to try something gluten free, or simply want farm fresh ingredients delivered to your door, there’s a meal kit service made for you. Here are nine we think are worth your time – dinner is officially served.

If You’re Just Getting Started With Meal Kits

If you’re feeling overwhelmed by all the meal kit options out there you can’t go wrong with the classics. Blue Apron and HelloFresh are two of the most well-known and most popular of meal kits. Prices for each start at $8.74 per meal.

With Blue Apron you can choose from two to four recipes per week for either two people or a family plan and you can even order wine to pair with your meal.

HelloFresh lets you choose from several different types of plans including a vegetarian plan and you can choose the number of recipes you want to use each.

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For Indian Food

Craving authentic Indian food? Saffron Fix has you covered. You can subscribe to their meal kit which will give you either two or three recipes (each designed to serve two people per recipe) every other week. Or, you can shop for ingredients that will help you make your own Indian cuisine inspired dishes, such as tacos or burgers. Boxes start at $49.95.

For Your Sweet Tooth

A meal isn’t a meal without dessert. Enter Red Velvet NYC, the dessert version of a meal kit. Shipping nationwide, you can sign up for a subscription or order à la carte. Each box comes with pre-measured ingredients and easy-to-follow recipes. Boxes start at $22.

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The Meal Kit For When You Don’t Want To Cook

Freshly isn’t really a meal kit. Yes, it’s a subscription-based service but the meals come fully-prepared to your door. Read: no planning, no prep work and no cooking. Prices start at $8.99 per meal or $49.99 per week with the price per meal decreasing based on the number of meals you purchase. The meals come already cooked, you simply heat them up normally in about 3 minutes. And everything comes fresh, not frozen.

The Meal Kit for Budding Chefs

Those that know their way around a kitchen and want to cook like their favorite celebrity chef will love Chef’D. Admittedly, the service can be a bit overwhelming. They have more than 900 different meals, but you can order à la carte or through a subscription, and the search function of the website makes choosing a snap. Chef’D partners with brands and chefs to create the recipes, so you can cook your favorite chef’s favorite recipe. Each box comes with the recipe, ingredients, and notes on flavor profiles.

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If You’re Gluten Free

Most meal kits weren’t made for those with dietary restrictions and those that are tend to get pretty pricey. Mom’s Place Gluten Free is one of the exceptions. Choose from mixes for dinners, breakfasts, desserts, and more. All of the food is gluten free, non-GMO, and contains no preservatives. Plus, there’s no subscription. Simply order what you want, when you want it.

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For Your Four-Legged Best Friend

Meal kits are no longer just for people. Farmer’s Dog is a delivery service for your pooch. You fill out a questionnaire about your dog, including age, personality traits, and more (it takes a maximum of 5 minutes) and then you’ll receive a recommendation for one of Farmer’s Dog’s  house made dog foods.

For Farm Fresh Produce

Have the farmers market come to your door. Farmbox Direct is a delivery kit for people that love to cook but don’t love shopping for food. It delivers vegetables and fruits directly from farmers markets to you.  You can choose to receive boxes weekly and even customize your delivery schedule months ahead of time. Each box can be customized to accommodate allergies or preferences such as all vegetables one week or all fruit the next. Not sure what to make? Their website has plenty of ideas. Boxes start at $41.95.