It's 5 p.m. What’s for dinner? If you subscribe to a meal-kit delivery service, you probably already know! Premeasured, pre-prepped meal kits not only take some of the stress out of dinnertime, they can also be an easy way to get your kids into the kitchen, reading recipes, and helping assemble dishes. Here are some kid-friendly kits to consider.

By Amy Palanjian

Money Matters: Each of these kits runs you $9 to $11 per serving.

1. One Potato

With recipes developed by kid-food blogger Catherine McCord of weelicious.com, One Potato includes organic and non-GMO ingredients, as well as a menu that changes with the seasons. This is the only meal kit we’ve found that lets you customize the amount of food based on the size of your family and age of your kids (so you don’t have to pay for an adult-sized serving for your 2-year-old). Each box includes info on getting the kids involved, tips for picky eaters, and free cookie dough!

Best for:

Families with toddlers and/or older kids

Popular dishes:

Pan Roasted Chicken with Honey Glazed Carrots & Crispy Fries

Classic Burgers & Fries

Tacos with Guac, Pico de Gallo & Slaw

2. Green Chef Make

Your plant-based eating intentions a reality with this 100-percent-organic meal-kit service that you can customize to be vegetarian, Paleo, and more. Meals are seasonal and menus vary per week. Like most other brands, each recipe can be made in fewer than 30 minutes.

Best for:

Families with kids ages 8 and older with more adventurous palates

Popular dishes:

Cuban Chicken with Chimichuri

Chili Con Carne

Shrimp Pasta Primavera

3. HelloFresh Dinner

In 30 minutes with low (or no) prep? We’re in! HelloFresh is one of the most popular meal kits with farm-fresh ingredients, chef-designed menus, and helpful recipe cards with cooking tips. It offers 20 new recipes each week—and kid-friendly dishes parents will love, too.

Best for:

Families with kids ages 3 and older

Popular dishes:

Chicken Sausage Flatbreads

Juicy Lucy Burgers with Roasted Broccoli

Chicken Carnitas Tacos

4. Sun Basket

With a Family Plan that includes recipes developed by celebrity chef (and dad) Tyler Florence, you can choose from six kid-friendly and delicious meals each week. Like most other kits, you can specify how many meals you want per week and pause the service at any time. Sun Basket also gives you the option to add breakfast, lunch, and snacks. Plus, each kit includes Kids Can steps that the littles can do, along with related activities.

Best for:

Families with kids 8 and older with more adventurous taste buds

Popular dishes:

Mushroom Tostadas with Pinto Beans & Cabbage Slaw

Thai Chicken Lettuce Cups

Chicken Cacciatore with Cauliflower Mash

5. Blue Apron

Its Signature Plan can feed two, three, or four people and costs much less than what you’d pay for similar food at a restaurant. Blue Apron uses GMO-free ingredients and sustainable seafood. And it includes step-by-step recipe cards to make cooking easy.

Best for:

Families with kids ages 6 and older

Popular dishes:

Sheet Pan Chicken & Vegetables

Shrimp Fried Rice

Sicilian Cauliflower Stromboli

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This article originally appeared in the February/March 2020  issue of Allrecipes Magazine.

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