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Epicure vs. meal subscription boxes. It seems the biggest trend lately is meal subscription boxes. I’m not surprised, people are busier now than ever – kids activities, working longer hours, trying to get a work out in, etc. We never tried one due to living overseas and then finding out our daughter had Celiac Disease (most are limited gluten-free or not gluten-free). Plus, my kids can put away some food so we needed something that would feed 4-6, which is also difficult.
Epicure vs Meal Subscription Boxes
As I stated above, I have never tried any of the meal subscription boxes so I am going to go off of cost, options, etc. My perspective on taste is that everything can be tweaked if needed (although I prefer not to).
I did some research into Home Chef, Hello Fresh, Green Chef, and Freshly. Yes, yes, I realize there are more, a lot more; however, these are the ones that I focused on. You will still get the gist.
Epicure has been in business for over 20 years; however, it has only been available in the United States for approximately five months (as of Jan 2020). Epicure offers Meal Kits, Meal Solutions, amongst many other amazing spices and spice blends! Epicure does not have traditional meal solutions like some of the other companies; however, they do have several collections (from 5 days worth to three weeks worth of meal solutions).
In these collections, you will receive the Meal Solutions (pouches that contain the seasoning for the main item, like Beef Stroganoff, Taco, Butter Chicken, Pad Thai, etc.). Some of the collections come with grocery lists, but not all.
With these collections, you are able to choose your preferred protein (there are always vegetarian and/or vegan recommendations on the pouches) so you can change it up as you want. Additionally, you can choose your veggies, complex carb, etc. On the back of the pouches, there are the directions and recommended add-ins.
What I love about choosing my own protein and veggies is that I can accommodate what my family prefers, or clean out the freezer, or stock up on sale items at the grocery store.
The average cost per serving (in US $) is approximately $3 per serving (many being less than this)!!!
The best part, Epicure’s never-ever list is freaking amazing!! No gluten, no nuts, salt-conscious, sugar conscious, and many dairy-free and soy-free, 85% NonGMO, etc.
Meal Subscription Boxes
First up is Home Chef. You can set up your preferences for your protein options and choose how many serving portions you want (2, 4, or 6). However, where they really get you is the cost per serving, it starts at $7.99, but normally runs around $10 per serving!! Also, they have limited vegan options.
Next up is Hello Fresh. They are probably the most popular meal subscription box out there. They have veggie, classic, and family plans. You must choose a minimum of 2 servings. Like most places, the more servings you purchase, the cheaper it is. The average cost per serving is $10.99; however, if you choose the family plan it drops down to $7.49 – $8.99 per serving.
Then there is Green Chef. This is probably the “cleanest” meal subscription box out there. They also have a lot of options for everyone’s dietary needs, which is great! However, all these plusses come at a cost. The average cost per serving is $11.99 but drops down to $10.99 if you choose the family plan.
Finally, we have Freshly. They too have a few options for some dietary restrictions, but not as many as others. You can make changes to your order each week (you might need more or less each week). The cost per serving starts at $8.99 but jumps up to $12.50 per serving depending on your options.
Things to Consider with Subscription Boxes
- Waste – All that packaging and shipping costs – it adds up!
- Limited Meals – you can only order a few dinners per week for the majority of the subscription boxes – so what are you supposed to do the rest of the nights? Starve? Eat Out????
- Limited options when you have food allergies/restrictions.
- You don’t control the quality of the ingredients.
- Convenient – it’s delivered to your door.
Epicure vs Meal Subscription Boxes – My Review
Ultimately, it is your choice. However, for me and my family, I would never use a meal subscription service. I don’t trust other people to really (as in Certified Gluten-Free) be gluten-free, which we have to have for our daughter. Plus, my son is a picky eater so depending on the options, there might not be anything that he would eat.
I know that Epicure uses clean ingredients that are safe for my daughter and they taste amazing! I love that I can purchase enough Meal Solutions to meal plan for over a week if I want or even use one of the Meal Kits (which makes over 40 servings!) to make a delicious meal! I try to buy organic and NonGMO as much as possible.
The food you eat can either be the safest & most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison. ~ unknown