The age old question that can haunt you during the flurry of school pickups, PTA meetings, sports practices, music lessons, and a full day of work.
Wouldn’t it be great if someone else did all the thinking and planning for you? AND – even better if they did it for such a nominal cost that it barely moved the needle on your monthly bills?
WELL – we did some digging and there are several amazing options right in here in Chester County PA to help make the question of “what’s for dinner” music to your ears.
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Winner of the 2015 and 2016 Best For Families Love Award by Main Line Parent, Home Cooked is located right in Paoli PA. Offering grab and go choices, monthly home delivery, and daily online ordering/pickup, Home Cooked has a plethora of amazing food choices that you and your family will love. Each meal comes with easy instructions – no fancy equipment needed, just the final touches to bring a fresh meal to your table. AND – exclusive to Jean Gross readers and fans, Home Cooked is offering $10 off your order! Just type in “jeangross” (all lowercase) in the promo code section and you will receive the discount. Offer valid through 12/31/16. PLUS – if you refer a friend YOU will get rewarded. Earn $10 in Home Cooked credit for each friend you refer that becomes a customer. Win win!
The Dinner A’Fare Chadds Ford is another local company right in Chadds Ford, Chester County PA. Priding themselves in the highest quality ingredients, The Dinner A’Fare Chadds Ford provides everything you need to make 12 delicious meals. You have two options – the fabulous chef’s on site can prepare and deliver the meals to you, OR you can go to their state of the art kitchen and prep the meals yourself to bring home.
It takes approximately 2 hours if you chose to go the kitchen and prep yourself, and all the slicing, dicing and thinking is already done for you. Just assemble your 12 delicious meals and then off you go! Meals can go right in the freezer according to your schedule and are ready to go as you need them. We have to say –the feeling of accomplishment when you leave in just a couple hours with all those meals ready to go is fantastic!!
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In 2001, Chef Chris Welsh took her passion of cooking and preparing delicious meals and created Secret Ingredient. For over 15 years, she has helped dozens of busy families, professionals, those with dietary needs, and people recovering from illness, save time and eat healthier.
Services include customized menu planning, grocery shopping and full meal prep and packaging right in your own kitchen.
Now…most people may think that having a personal chef right in your kitchen is for celebrities only – but that is truly not the case anymore. Chef Chris provides nutritious meals that the entire family will love for LESS than the average cost of eating out at a mid range restaurant. Secret Ingredient services areas along the Main Line in Philadelphia, PA.
Switching gears from companies local to Chester County, PA to larger corporate organizations, there are many options that people all over the country use to ease the stress of meal planning and prep.
Blue Apron is taking over the nation by storm. A fast, affordable option to creating healthy meals each and every day. Blue Apron never repeats the same recipe in a YEAR! Can you imagine? Each meal prepared is guaranteed to be between 500 – 800 calories per serving. Happy customers of Blue Apron rave about the variety of vegetables and spices that they have never even heard of, or knew what to do with, opening the door to so many amazing new flavors and healthy recipes.
The ingredients come from local farms all over the country and are carefully packaged and sent on their way to your doorstep. From here all the leg work has been done for you and you just need to follow the simple instructions to get the meals on the table.
Hello Fresh provides a box of fresh, pre-measured ingredients and delicious recipes right to your door every week. You can customize your delivery schedule skipping any weeks that you may be away, or adding in when you need the meals most. Celebrity Chef and Restaurateur Jamie Oliver has joined the Hello Fresh Team and will provide his OWN favorite recipes in the sampling of Hello Fresh meals. Meal selection varies from classic, vegetarian and family style. Pick and choose what works best for you!
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From the best farms in the country to your table, Sun Basket is a certified organic food service rated #1 by BuzzFeed. Sun Basket offers paleo, vegetarian, gluten Free and classic menu options for a fully customized plan. Using only non GMO produce, grass fed antibiotic free pastured meats and sustainable seafood, Sun Basket provides affordable quality meals to your family.
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Green Chef is an organic food delivery service that prides itself on fresh sustainably sourced ingredients. Deliciously simple meals created by Green Chef will be on your table in 30 minutes or less. USDA Organically certified, Green Chef’s meals do not contain pesticides, GMO’s, artificial ingredients, growth hormones or antibiotics. A meal from Green Chef is guaranteed to be nutritionally balanced with calories ranging from 450 – 750 per serving. Customized meal plans that best suit your families needs are available at an affordable cost each month.
Now is when the fun begins – we’ve done some of the leg work for you and all you have to do is see which option works best for your family.
Let us know if we’ve missed any of your favorites and if you fall in love with any of our recommendations. We’d love to hear from you!
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