The Best Meal Kits for Kids (and their Families)

Why cook for your kids when you can cook with them? These mail-order meal kits are tailor made for families. Here's what staffers—and their tykes—liked the most.
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One Potato

The organic recipes are ready in 30 minutes or less with simple prep and recyclable packaging. Photo-driven instructions with tips for involving kids mean quick, fun meals. The kits are currently available only on the West Coast but are coming east next year. (From $59.79 per week for two meals for two people, plus $7.99 shipping)

"The pizza balls, grass-fed burgers, and spinach salad were hits. And the kids learned how much of cooking is chopping." —Lauren Iannotti, editor in chief and mom to Hope, four, and Sophia, 12

Gobble

Gobble’s meals will excite both parents and kids. (Think Parmesan-crusted chicken and black truffle mac and cheese.) Fully prepped ingredients save time (yay!), but that also translates to lots of packaging (boo!). (From $71.94 per week for three meals for two people, plus $6.99; shipping available in most states)

"Great instructions and cool techniques. We’ll definitely make the steak with mushroom sauce again." —Phoebe Flynn Rich, creative director and mom to Roscoe, eight, and Harlow, 10

Raddish

Looking for dinner inspiration without the expiration date? Raddish ships a surprise-themed monthly kit complete with recipes, shopping lists, kid-safe cooking tools (like a cool mold for griddling pancakes), and dinnertime activities—without food that will expire. (From $24 per month for one kit with free shipping)

"I loved the laminated recipe-guide place mats. Even when we weren’t cooking, my little guy enjoyed the illustrations and the fun activities." —Nina Elder, executive food editor and mom to Gus, five