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Dinnerly Review

article by Maria Perinic author March 22, 2020
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Dinnerly is another popular meal kit delivery service that will provide you with pre-packaged, fresh produce at your door each week. It is a great choice for those who lead busy lifestyles, but still want the taste of a fresh home-cooked meal each night at the dinner table.
  • Very affordable meal plans
  • Child-friendly meals available
  • Easy 6 ingredient recipes
  • High-quality ingredients
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Very flexible subscription plan
  • Limited menu options
  • Delivery doesn’t cover all of the US
  • No diabetic-friendly option
With reduced prices compared to most of the competition, Dinnerly saves on costs by providing you with digital recipes
Maria Perinic, author
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$4.79 Per Serving
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$4.49 Per Serving
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COVID-19: our readers have quickly understood the benefits and convenience of ordering a meal delivery service during this global coronavirus outbreak. Because of higher-than-usual order volumes due to the quarantine, Dinnerly might be experiencing slight delays in delivery. Stay healthy and safe!

With reduced prices compared to most of the competition, Dinnerly saves on costs by providing you with digital recipes instead of the printed recipe cards that you would normally receive. You can choose the delivery day throughout the week as well as pick from a selection of delicious and simple recipes.

You can select from fourteen recipes per week with most of the options being perfect for picky eaters with classic recipes that will suit most people. At the moment Dinnerly only offers dinner recipes, so lunch and breakfast meals are off the menu. There are vegetarian options available for those who don’t consume meat.

After you select your box you will be asked to enter your zip code as well as your email address. As soon as you have entered that information you will be led to a page where you need to enter your delivery details. You can select your delivery day, time slot as well as your first delivery date.

Filling out your address, Dinnerly will ask for your shipping information which will include your address and whether it is residential or commercial. It also asks where the package can be left if you aren’t home at the time of delivery. After that, you will be asked for your payment details and then you can select your meals.

When your box arrives at your address, your food will be packed in an insulated box that is lined with ice packs to keep the food from spoiling. What makes Dinnerly different from other meal delivery kits is that digital recipes are offered to customers instead of the usual recipe cards which cuts down on costs and makes Dinnerly cheaper than competing services.

Meal Delivery Services_icons_80x80_Highly nutritious meals Variety

As we mentioned earlier, you can choose from about fourteen options per week and there are kid-friendly meals available so you won’t have to worry about your teenager making a fuss at something they don’t want to eat. There will also be about three vegetarian options available each week as well as low carb, low calorie as well as dairy-free and gluten-free dishes as well.

The digital recipes are quite detailed and you will find they’re easy to follow. They include photos to go with the step-by-step process as well as the preparation time, nutritional value and the difficulty level. Dinner should take around 30 minutes to prepare and the great thing about Dinnerly is that you will have handy tips and tricks which will make your life easier in the kitchen.

We like that each of the recipes has a picture on the top right-hand corner of a steak or carrot which lets you know if meals have meat in them or if they’re vegetarian options.

Meal Delivery Services_icons_80x80_Tasty Taste

Dinnerly allows for people who aren’t too confident in the kitchen to develop their culinary skills over time. These meals are fantastic because you’re only working with six ingredients in your kit box, but with those, you will make restaurant-quality meals.

You can expect to create recipes such as:

  • Sticky Crispy Chicken
  • Potato Burgers and Cottage Fries
  • Creamy Pesto Turkey Meatballs
  • BBQ Chicken and Green Beans
  • Chicken Quinoa Grain Bowl
  • Tomato Soup
  • Grass-Fed Beef Burger
  • Crispy Honey Pork Stir Fry
  • One-Pot Pizza Tortelloni
  • Beef and Udon Noodle Stir-Fry
  • No-Noodle Beef Lasagna
  • Za’atar-Rubbed Pork Tenderloin
  • Caprese Ciabatta
  • Spiced Crispy Pork Gyro
  • Black Bean and Cheese Tamale Pie
  • Crispy Chorizo-Potato Tacos
  • Summer Vegetarian Cobb Salad
  • Pan-Fried Tofu

Although the recipes are simple, they’re also delicious and this is because of the quality of ingredients that are delivered. You can expect to have free-range chicken as well as premium lamb cuts and organic vegetables. The food is pre-portioned which means you will be throwing much less away and therefore making less of an impact on the environment.

Portion sizes aren’t the biggest around, but you can always add portions to each meal.

Meal Delivery Services_icons_80x80_Convenience Convenience

There are elements that make Dinnerly a very convenient option when it comes to meal delivery kits. One day before your upcoming delivery you will get notified about it via email. From there you can schedule whether or not you will be home when your box arrives.

Because the boxes come insulated you won’t have to worry about food spoiling if you’re out. There are no contracts with Dinnerly and you can easily skip weeks by pausing your subscription. At the moment Dinnerly delivers to most of the country, but if you’re not sure you can always contact the customer service representatives either via email or by phone. Otherwise, you can always read up on any information that might interest you via the vast knowledge base available on the Dinnerly website.

Recycling is important for the environment so it is great that Dinnerly has a lot of produce packed in paper and cardboard with almost all of the packaging being recyclable.

Dinnerly is extremely convenient for cooking newbies or if you wish for your children to try their hand in the kitchen, but don’t want them to get too overwhelmed. It is also a fantastic and affordable way to avoid takeout.

Pricing Pricing

The cost of this meal delivery service purely depends on how many people you need to cook for and how many meals you order per week. The meals range from $4.49 to $4.99 per meal, but shipping is not included so you will have to count on an added $8.99 per delivery. Whilst this does bring up the price of Dinnerly, it is still one of the most budget-friendly options out there.

If you wish to receive the two-person box on a weekly basis the costs tend to be around:

  • 3 meals – $38.93
  • 4 meals – $48.11
  • 5 meals – $56.89

The family boxes will set you back:

  • 3 meals – $68.87
  • 4 meals – $84.03
  • 5 meals – $98.79

All of these prices include shipping, but you should know that there are coupons that you can find on the internet with a quick Google search that will afford you free shipping on your first order, free shipping on any order as well as sales for two-person meals and family boxes.

Bottom Line Conclusion

Many of us either don’t have the time or the knowledge to spend hours slaving away in the kitchen every evening. This is where Dinnerly comes in. If you spend too much time traveling to and from work on a daily basis the last thing you need on your plate is to add a lengthy trip to the grocery store to pick up ingredients for dinner.

Instead, you can rely on Dinnerly to deliver you with three, four or five meals per week for either two or four people. There are two dozen recipes to choose from each week, with many of them being classic and easy to please dishes, even for those picky eaters.

Convenience is key for Dinnerly so you can choose whichever day suits you best during the working week for your food to be delivered, and there is even an option for what to do with your box if you aren’t home. You can leave it with the neighbor and not worry about the produce going bad because it all comes in an insulated box complete with ice packs.

For those that don’t fancy themselves a MasterChef in the kitchen, this is a perfect solution for you. Each meal comes with six ingredients and all the meals are created in around half an hour or less. Soon enough you will be cooking up restaurant-quality meals right at home.

Due to the fact that your meals are pre-portioned, you can be sure that there will be minimal waste in terms of leftover food, but the packaging is recyclable too. This meal delivery kit is definitely one of the most affordable on the market with every meal costing under $5. If you need an excuse to stop getting takeout, Dinnerly is the solution for you.