Should you try a subscription meal kit?

They provide hassle-free home-cooked meals. But watch the nutrient content.

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Wouldn't it be great if you had an assistant chef at home—someone who developed a delicious menu and then shopped for and measured all the ingredients to make it? All you'd have to do is cook and enjoy it. That's the idea behind the hot trend of subscription meal kits, which are delivered to your door. "It's very convenient, and it can challenge someone to try new foods with different seasonings," says Kathy McManus, director of the Department of Nutrition at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women's Hospital.

How it works

There are many meal kit services. Some of the biggest are Plated, Hello Fresh, and Blue Apron. Prices per person, per meal, range from $10 to $12. Shipping is often free.

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