Kara McCartney

Kara McCartney is a copywriter and food photographer based in Washington, DC. Kara photographed two cookbooks and currently works with health and wellness businesses on their messaging and content strategy. There is no food Kara will turn down — especially if it's Indian.

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The Best Meal Kits for Singles: Actually, There’s Only One

Cooking for one is about as gratifying as rush hour, so meal kits sounds like the single person’s dream — except for one little issue. We'll explore how these services ignore singles and what you, as a single person, can do to get the one-serving meals you want.
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Blue Apron Meals: How Easy Are They, Anyway?

Blue Apron meals are billed as a convenient alternative to the traditional struggle of slugging around grocery store aisles, looking for dinnertime inspiration. But do they deliver the convenience they promise? Find out if Blue Apron meals are worth the price, plus take a look at your other options.
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Plated Meals: How Does This Meal Kit Measure Up?

Do Plated meals deliver on what they promise? We take a look at this high-end meal kit subscription services to see if the meals are worth the price. And more importantly, do they really give save you time in your busy week?
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HelloFresh vs. Blue Apron: How These Two Meal Kits Measure Up

With so many meal delivery kits out there, it can be hard to choose. So we're pitting HelloFresh vs. Blue Apron to see how they compare and how (or if) they make life any easier.
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Easy 30-Minute Meals for Any Night of the Week

It’s Monday night at 6 p.m. You just got off work and know that you didn’t have time to meal prep yesterday. Luckily, if you have half an hour to spare, you can make one of these 30-minute meals.
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12 Simple Dinner Ideas to Help You Conquer Your Busy Week

Life doesn’t have to be complicated. More often than not, the best recipes are those with the fewest ingredients. And while we can’t make the rest of your life less complicated, we can give you a few recipes to simplify this week’s meal plan.
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Blue Apron Competitors: How Do They Measure Up?

Blue Apron and Blue Apron competitors are supposed to be “easy” meal kits. So why haven’t they made their customers’ lives any easier? Find out about the most common customer complaints and some truly easy alternatives.
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Healthy Dinners for Two: 9 Homemade Meals Better Than Takeout

Are you and your partner trying to cut down on takeout? Ditching the to-go bags in favor of fresh, homemade meals can help reduce calories, large portions, and unwanted ingredients. Here we collected some of our favorite healthy meals that are perfectly portioned for two people.
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Easy Chicken Breast Recipes: Few Ingredients, Fewer Headaches

In these easy chicken recipes you'll learn 12 different dinners you can make virtually any night of the week. Each one of these simple recipes contain few ingredients, fewer steps, and zero headaches.
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How to Meal Prep Like a Pro: The Ultimate Guide to Meal Prep

There's a meal prep style for everyone. Here's how to meal prep in a few different ways to lower your stress levels throughout the week.
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14 Easy Meals for One Person

If you're preparing a meal for a party of one, staring at recipes fit for 4–8 people can get pretty old, pretty quick. Here are 14 easy meals for one person you can treat yourself to any night of the week.
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20 Easy Weeknight Dinners to Prepare Any Night of the Week

Exhausted after work? Don't consider delivery just yet. These 20 easy weeknight dinners take 30 minutes (or less) to prepare. Most of them require little prep or cleanup, and all of them make perfect leftovers for the next day.
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14 Quick Dinner Ideas: Cook a Full Meal in 20 Minutes

Scrambling for dinner inspiration? Bored by your same chicken and veggies? These recipes are easy and quick dinner ideas that break the mold.
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Healthy Meals for One You Can Make Any Night of the Week

Need a healthy meal for one without the complicated process of scaling down a family-sized recipe? From pesto risotto to stuffed sweet potatoes and single-serving chicken noodle soup, these recipes fill your body with nutrients without filling your refrigerator with leftovers.
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12 Healthy, Easy Dinner Recipes You Have to Try This Week

Here are 12 quick, easy weeknight dinners that can be prepared in as little as 20 minutes. Keep these easy dinner ideas on the back burner for the next time you need dinner ready in a flash.
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