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Weeknight Dinner is a Struggle
Making dinner that is healthy and not take-out is a struggle for us. We usually get home from work and crossfit around 6:30-7 pm. School nights mean bedtime at 8:30, so it leaves very little time for homework and dinner. Even on non-school nights, it’s still quite a crunch. So, I’m always trying to find my own solution. I also might be known for my love of subscription boxes. I’ve done several of the food subscription boxes from Plated, Marley Spoon, and even the Graze box.
Kroger Prep + Pared: A Review
Then, the best thing happened. Kroger came out with their very own meal kits. They promised to be a convenient solution to dinner by taking 20 minutes to make, no waste, and no subscription. They rotate their options – usually monthly. They all come in a rectangular box that is compact, stackable and fits in a packed or small refrigerator. (Ours happens to be small). It also gives you on the very front a calorie count per serving, as well as a “heat meter”. We’ve had several different options now, and I feel like I can give you a solid review of the overall meal kit.
Kroger Prep + Pared Pricing
The prices range from $14-$20, and feeds two people. (My son is Mr. Picky, so there is usually something else being prepared for him. So I don’t include him on the Kroger meals.) Pro tip: Our Kroger has them available around the corner in another section of the bakery if they are expiring same day or next day for half the price. We often look there first. The higher priced ones tend to have a nicer, more expensive protein in them, such as steak.
Prep + Pared Can Be Made in 20 Minutes
The best thing is it promises a 20 minute meal that actually delivers. None of these have taken me more than 20 minutes. The food is ALREADY CHOPPED. It is truly a “just assemble” meal. (This is important to me because I once had a Plated meal that described itself as a 45 minute meal, and 2 hours later I was in tears. It was terribly complicated, including some serious slicing, chopping, and dicing, and I’d had a long day and just wanted to eat.)
They taste like a good home cooked meal. There hasn’t been anything quite as exotic as we have seen in Plated, but it’s just yummy food. None of our food has been wasted.
Another bonus point is you can add them to your Click List cart. (And we all know I’m a huge fan of the Click List from Five Ways to Save Money on Groceries.)
What would I recommend? Well, my favorite box so far has been the Prep+Pared Meal Kit Citrus Garlic Chicken Sauté with Fettuccini + Parmesan Crumbles. Loved it so much, I purchased it twice. And I’d purchase it a third, too.
Have you tried the Kroger Prep + Pared kits? Did you like them? Is there a certain kit you would recommend?? I’d love to hear your feedback!