Whether you’re a busy 9–5er or a side hustle extraordinaire, extra time to cook fresh homemade meals can be hard to come by. When you throw in wedding planning, fitness goals, maintaining a social life, and family responsibilities, it can feel impossible. Enter: meal delivery services.
Thanks to advances in technology, distribution, local farming, and subscription services, fresh ingredients and chef-approved recipes can be left on your doorstep any day of the week. Say goodbye to the grocery store, and bon appétit!
When it comes to dining the more options, the better. Hello Fresh offers 10 delectable entrees to choose from each week (including breakfast options) and promise a “30 minutes to dinner time,” for each and every meal. With an easy to use app, you can also pause or cancel your subscription at any time, which costs $8.74 per meal for the Family Plan, or $9.99 per meal for their Classic Plan or Veggie Plan. Currently delivering across the continental United States, Hello Fresh also offers generous promotions to first-time customers.
Under either a 2-Person Plan ($59.94/week serving 2) or Family Plan ($71.92 per week serving 4) Blue Apron works directly with over 150 farms and “artisanal purveyors” to source the freshest ingredients. Delivering nationwide to most addresses, boxes arrive with insulation and ice packs to ensure your food remains fresh and ready to prepare. Customers can select from the menu options in advance each week, so you’ll know, and have a say in, exactly what’s for dinner. For an added bonus, you can also try their Blue Apron Wine option (depending on your location) for a monthly delivery of six premium wines at $10 per bottle to perfectly compliment your meals.
This weekly delivery service boasts flexible subscription terms, serving all sizes and menu options, with 13 chef-created recipes to choose from each week. For those a bit more adventurous in the kitchen, recipes range from quick prep (under 20 minutes) to “full culinary adventures” in under an hour. Plated delivers to over 95% of the U.S. and also offers a free Plated Night for new customers. Vegetarians, carnivores and dessert lovers will all find something to love about Plated, including the responsibly sourced and proportioned ingredients and flexibility.
With a focus on health, energy, and “power,” Purple Carrot is a plant-based ingredient and recipe delivery service, offering seasonally inspired dishes that are as nutritious as they are delicious. Three plan options include meals for one to two or three to four people, as well as their Performance Meals line, which is higher in protein and gluten free. Free shipping and the flexibility to pause or cancel your subscription at any time makes this innovative service perfect for busy vegetarians, clean eaters, and anyone willing to try something new. Pricing ranges from $68–$78 per week, depending on preferences and quantity.
Freshly’s mission is to “make you happy, healthy, and more free to pursue your passions.” Um, yes please! Not a fan of cooking or doing the dishes? These meals arrive freshly prepared (never frozen) and are ready in less than two minutes while always being gluten free, sans processed sugars, high protein, and low carb. With built in portion control, Freshly is also environmentally friendly, with recyclable paper, plastic, cardboard, and insulation. Four meal per week plans begin at $49.99/week ($12.50/meal) with 6, 9 and 12 meals per week options.
USDA certified organic, Sun Basket is also a weekly service with organic and non-GMO ingredients. With the understanding of individual dietary needs, the company offers gluten-free, Paleo and vegetarian options in addition to a family plan. Classic Menu service comes in at $11.49 per meal with 3 recipes per week, and the Family Menu service totals $9.99 per serving at 2 or 4 recipes per week. With 6 individual meal plan to choose from (including the Rise and Shine that features two quick breakfast options) Sun Basket makes it easy to eat consciously and responsibly.
Thanks to their relationship with quality suppliers and professional chefs, Home Chef provides quality ingredients and recipes each week that can be made into delicious, easy meals within 30 minutes. Weekly menus include 10 dinner selections, breakfasts, a fruit basket, and a smoothie each week, and is accessible to those with dietary guidelines, too. Subscriptions are flexible, and at $9.95 per meal serving with smoothies and fruit baskets costing $4.95, it’s an affordable program for fresh and delicious food.