Even though it’s easier than ever to have prepared food delivered to your door, lately more and more people are turning to cook-at-home delivery services to solve the “what’s for dinner” dilemma. Gone are the days in which you have to scour cookbooks and blogs for recipes, grocery shop, and spend hours toiling over the stove to prepare a dish that’s worth eating. Cooking has suddenly becoming easier with the rise of meal-kit companies, empowering people to skip the greasy take out, and commit to cooking more and living better.
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1. Saving a Trip to the Grocery Store
Dealing with parking, picking through piles of produce, waiting in lines, and paying for large quantities of unique ingredients is enough to give even the most patient among us a headache. With meal kits, you don’t travel for dinner—everything you need (minus a few essentials like olive oil) is delivered to your doorstep.
2. Variety and Choice Without the Struggle
Lasagna may be your go-to recipe, but after receiving step-by-step instructions on how to cook innovative and globally inspired dinners like Lemongrass Pork with Long Life Noodles in Sriracha Chicken Broth or Pork Tacos al Pastor with Pineapple Salsa, you’ll soon find that your kitchen staples will quickly grow. While not all cook-at-home delivery services offer choice, Plated does, making sure that what’s on the menu at home will always suit your preferences.
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3. Less Food Waste
When is the last time you finished a container of saffron or cumin, or used an entire bunch of cilantro? Exactly. In many cases, when you commit to cooking a variety of recipes, you rarely need the larger quantities of the ingredient that’s typically sold in stores. Cook-at-home delivery services only send exactly what you need to make each recipe, decreasing the amount of food you might otherwise toss.
4. Ingredients Are Pre-Portioned
No need to break out the measuring spoons and cups—everything you need is in the exact amounts required for the recipe. No math skills required.
5. Know What You’re Eating
While menu descriptions help, it’s hard to know every ingredient that goes into a meal that you’re not cooking yourself. Quality is a chief concern of certain cook-at-home services like Plated. Responsibly raised meats from family-owned butchers, sustainably and domestically caught fish, and seasonal fruits and vegetables are sent to your door. Additionally, it’s possible to avoid excessive amounts oil, salt etc. by controlling exactly what goes into each dish.
6. Minimal Clean Up
Whether you have a well-stocked kitchen or not, sometimes the less equipment you need, the better. By having culinary experts maximize recipe efficiency and minimizing the pots and pans required for your meal, you won’t find yourself trapped with an overflowing sink full of dishes by the end of night.
7. Learning New Skills
Regardless of whether you’re a novice or an expert chef, recipes are created to be both enticing and educational. Descriptive instructions make it easy to master techniques that you might not have tackled before, like creating empanadas, preparing fish en papillote, or making pizza.
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This article was originally publlished on January 2, 2016