With school and work in swing—often both from your bonus room—a home cooked meal is just what you need. With these local meal kit services, you can add another feather to your already full cap and whip up something delicious faster than you can load everyone in the car for take-out. Keep reading for our favorite Atlanta meal delivery kit services.

photo: Garnish & Gather

Garnish & Gather

With a weekly menu with multiple options—as well as 3-4 à la carte kits—and a delivery zone both ITP and OTP on Thursdays, Sundays, and Mondays (plus multiple pick up locations), Garnish & Gather is as big on offering their customers options as they are on offering quality local ingredients. They work with Atlanta's best chefs for meal kit recipes, recently featuring menus from the chefs of Miller Union, Banshee, Revival and Tiny Lou's.

Prices:  Dinner kit prices run $28 for a meal for 2 and $50 for a meal for 4

One Cool Thing: Garnish & Gather has "kid approved" menu items like lemon caper chicken that take 20 minutes or less to prepare, and they'll also deliver local groceries from Georgia farmers & artisans to your doorstep.

Online: garnishandgather.com

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The Dinner Shoppe

Owner Carol Rice's goal has always been to help families of all sizes get supper on the table. Expect family friendly meals—you add the desired amount of spice to all entrees from the included bag yourself—that are totally customizable for your family. If you want something left out or put on the side, or low sodium, or vegetarian or gluten free, or want to switch meats, all you have to do is make a note of it during check out. Menus include 16-20 choices that change monthly, and delivery is all of metro Atlanta. 

Prices: All dinner kits come with sides, and run $95 for three meals to feed 4-6 people at each meal. You may order less than three meals and The Dinner Shoppe will prorate the cost.

One Cool Thing: The owner of The Dinner Shoppe knows what it means to be a busy parent of younger kids. She used to have her children's friends over to taste test upcoming menu items! Meals from The Dinner Shoppe are crafted with the family table in mind. 

Online: thedinnershoppe.com

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Instead of Flowers

This Atlanta meal delivery service offers ready-made dinners for diners who prefer to leave the prep work to someone else. With meal delivery from Monday to Friday between 3-6 p.m., Instead of Flowers guarantees you'll have a hot meal on the table before the last one gets home from practice. Choose between complete meals or a la carte options, and be sure to check out the special kids' menu, as well.

Pricing: Complete meals (typically with entree, salad, side, bread, and dessert) start at $47 for two people. A la carte items (entrees, sides, salads, bread, or dessert alone) are also available for purchase. 

One Cool Thing: When you gift a meal from Instead of Flowers, they contact your recipient, take their preferred order and delivery date, and even include an enclosure card letting them know that the dinner came from you. 

Online: insteadofflowers.com

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Gobble

While this meal kit delivery service isn't exclusive to Atlanta, it only preps and delivers gourmet three-step recipes (fist bump!). Their one-pan cooking with zero prep required means you cut down on the clean-up time, too. Plus, menu items are marked as "Certified" Gobble Kid Friendly, making it easy to pick the most foolproof meal for your little foodies.

Cost: All-inclusive price of $11.95/meal if you order six or more meals and $13.95/meal if you order four meals. Shipping is free for all orders.

One Cool Thing: Gobble sends meal kits with the intent of 15 minutes or less of prep time, so you can spend more time hanging with your little gobblers—instead of stirring away over a hot stove. 

Online: gobble.com

Bag'd Atlanta

Bag'd Atlanta is your source for local vegetables and fruits delivered to your door, also featuring a variety of add-ons and health and wellness products. While this isn't a prepared kid per se, the robust local fruits and veggies have a week's worth of produce to inspire any aspiring chef. Serving Intown Atlanta, and offering free delivery to Decatur and Avondale Estates for orders over $25 (and a small delivery fee elsewhere), Bag'd lets you get dinner in the bag. 

Cost: Weekly delivery subscriptions start at $33.50. 

One Cool Thing: Check the website for availability of dairy, eggs, and meat, all sourced from Georgia farmers and can be delivered to your door. 

Online: bagd-atl.com

—Shelley Massey

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