The Best Meal Delivery Services for Busy-As-Hell Couples in 2019

Say goodbye to the grocery store, and bon appétit!

Updated 01/01/19

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Say hello to a new meal delivery service for 2019! Whether you’re a busy 9-to-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: a meal delivery service.

Resolve to take the stress out of mealtime this year! Thanks to advances in technology, distribution, local farming, and subscription services, meal delivery services bring fresh ingredients, delicious food, and chef-approved recipes to your doorstep any day of the week. Whether you want to get busy in the kitchen or simply heat then eat, you can say goodbye to the grocery store and bon appétit thanks to these time saving options.

Simply find the meal delivery option best for you below—like Blue Apron's fresh ingredients, Sun Basket's gluten free meals, Sakara's already-prepared organic dishes, or Dinnerly's budget-friendly plans with digital recipe cards—then sign up and start saving time (and stress!) with delicious and easy-to-follow recipes.

Now, let's dig in!

Sun Basket

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Sun Basket is a weekly service that features organic and non-GMO ingredients. With understanding of individual dietary needs, the company offers gluten-free, Paleo, and vegetarian options in addition to a family plan. The Classic Menu service comes in at $11.99 per serving with three recipes per week, and the Family Menu service totals $10.99 per serving at two, three, or four recipes per week. With 10 plans to choose from (including a gluten-free and vegetarian plan), you can dine on options like steak with mushroom pan sauce and brussels sprouts, or chicken mole poblano tacos with cilantro-lime yogurt (mouth watering yet?).

Sun Basket makes it easy to eat deliciously, consciously, and responsibly.

Home Chef

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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 $7.99 per serving, it’s an affordable program for fresh and delicious food including options like the Piedmont Chicken Breast with fresh mozzarella, pesto, and balsamic reduction caprese salad, or Teriyaki Ginger-Glazed Salmon with stir fried bok choy and carrots.

Blue Apron

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Under either a 2-Person Plan ($59.94 per week, serving two people) or Family Plan ($71.92 per week, serving four people), 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. The ingredients are “perfectly portioned,” allowing for a significant reduction in food waste, and the ice packs and packaging are recyclable, so you can cook with ease and peace of mind knowing your lightening your load on the environment.

As 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.

Sakara

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Looking for no-cook, organic, and clean meals delivered right to your door? Sakara has you covered. With carefully crafted breakfast, lunch, and dinner options that are as nutritious as they are delicious, paired with Detox Teas and supplements to support and maximize results, Sakara aims to help customers lose weight, gain energy, improve focus, and clear their skin, all while giving bloat the boot and boosting immunity, too. How, exactly? Each meal is comprised of “life changing” nutrition that is organic, plant-based, dairy- and gluten-free, and without refined sugars or GMOs.

In fact, the company explains that one week of their Signature Nutrition Program (one of four programs they offer, including one specifically for brides)!) will provide you with over 100 percent of your daily requirements for protein, vitamins, and minerals, over 15 cups of leafy greens, over 100 phytochemicals and antioxidants, and 200 percent of the fiber needed for healthy digestion. Three days of breakfast, lunch, and dinner clock in at $239.

Sign up here!

Freshly

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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, low carb, high protein, and sans processed sugars. With built-in portion control, Freshly is also environmentally friendly, with recyclable paper, plastic, cardboard, and insulation. Amid all of this, there’s never a shortage of tasty options on the menu.

The Buffalo Chicken with Loaded Cauliflower—a chicken breast oven-fried in gluten-free cassava flour and cauliflower topped with nitrate- and nitrite-free bacon, Greek yogurt, and cheddar—is a favorite. Great pasta dishes are always available, such as the Turkey Meatballs & Linguine with Spicy Arrabiata sauce and the Veggie Baked Penne with Zucchini and Spinach, a vegetarian fave. Four meal per week plans begin at $49.99 a week (or $12.50 a meal), and there's also six, nine, and 12 meals per week options.

Plated

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This weekly delivery service boasts flexible subscription terms starting at $47.80 per week (for two nights per week), serving preportioned meals for all sizes and menu options, with 20 chef-created recipes (plus dessert) to choose from each week. For those a bit more adventurous in the kitchen, recipes range from quick prep (under 30 minutes) to “full culinary adventures” that usually you can get done in less than an hour. Some sample menu items are the White Cheddar Cheeseburgers with Onion Rings and a zesty smoked paprika ketchup, and Thai Steak Curry with Peanuts, Bell Peppers and Scallions, a healthy Thai option that takes less than 45 minutes to prepare.

And we can’t leave out dessert—treats include Peanut Butter Cookies with Sea Salt and Marshmallow Brownies with Chocolate Frosting. Plated delivers to over 95 percent 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.

Hello Fresh

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If you’re the type of person who digs more dining options, Hello Fresh is the meal subscription box for you. Hello Fresh offers 10 delectable entrees to choose from each week (including breakfast options) and promises “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 thanks to their “no commitment whatsoever” approach, and the meals are “fresh and affordable” throughout their three plans (Classic, Veggie, or Family Plan).

Mouthwatering options span from vegetarian Butternut Squash and Sage Risotto, which has received their Hall of Fame stamp, to the Dinner to Lunch offering (“cook it once, eat it twice”) of Korean Chicken Tacos that also transforms into a Chicken-Stir Fry lunch. Meal prices begin at $6.99, and HelloFresh is currently delivering across the continental United States. Keep an eye out for generous promotions available to first-time customers—they’re certainly worth taking advantage of. For New Year's, you can even score $80 off!

Snap Kitchen

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Available in Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, and Philadelphia, Snap Kitchen’s meal subscriptions are available in weekly three-, five- or seven-day plans, with each day customized by the subscriber. After selecting one of their base plans (High Protein, Low Carb, Balance, Whole30, Paleo or Camp Gladiator), you then pick the options that best suit your needs either by using the app or easy-to-navigate website. Snap Kitchen is among the most personalized meal services, even asking your daily calorie goal so that your subscriptions keeps you on track.

Snap Kitchen’s meals arrive ready to eat, so you simply pop them in the microwave and are minutes away from a delicious, healthful meal such as their Chicken Tenders with Turnip Mash, or Chicken Chile Enchiladas. Snap Kitchen also adds a nice bit of flexibility for the on-the-go or busy among us, allowing you to skip, change, or reschedule your delivery if needed. Average meal prices are about $9.99.

Purple Carrot

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With a focus on health, energy, and empowerment, 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. One of the great things about Purple Carrot is how diverse and wide-ranging the menu tends to be, featuring meals from a number of cuisines around the world.

Sample menu items are Yellow Curry Tofu bowls with Cilantro Lime Quinoa and Edamame, and a Blond Puttanesca with Chickpeas & Lemon Caper Sauce. 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 to $78 per week, depending on preferences and quantity.

Green Chef

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Couples who lead an organic lifestyle can appreciate that Green Chef is the very first USDA-certified organic meal kit delivery company. Everything from the facility and process to the ingredients themselves are certified organic. And with one of the most inclusive selections of dietary preferences (think vegetarian, vegan, paleo, and gluten-free—three certified gluten-free menus to be exact!), there are options for almost every couple out there. Most meals will take 30 minutes or less, so you have more time to enjoy each other's company.

Veggies arrive already chopped and complex sauces are assembled ahead of time so there's less work for you and your hungry spouse. Choose between two or four dinners per week, beginning at $11.99 per meal.

PeachDish

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Southern hospitality is part of the charm of PeachDish. The meal delivery service sources ingredients from local farms and small purveyors in the Southeast. But don't think for a minute that it's all shrimp 'n' grits. You and your new partner-in-crime-forever get to choose from at least eight different recipes each week, and there's an ongoing "SuperFood Series" to cater to healthier tastes, featuring the likes of wheat berries, pepitas, kale, edamame, and more. Expect offerings as diverse as Green Tea Chicken over Spinach and Sprouts, Beef Tacos with Red Cabbage Slaw, and Georgia-Grown Strip Steak with Creamed Spinach and Roasted Potatoes.

Sign up for a subscription or order a single box for a date-night at home once in a while. The standard PeachDish delivery includes four servings of meals for $50 (or $12.50 per serving), but you can customize your order to your taste. The price of each meal and market item is listed in the description as you order. The only requirement is a minimum cart total of $45 for any individual shipment. You can add multiple dishes, additional servings, or items from their market to your shipment depending on your preferences.

Martha & Marley Spoon

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The cooking and lifestyle powerhouse that is the one and only Martha Stewart joined forces with Marley Spoon's straightforward service that pulls from more than 18,000 recipes each week to introduce new ingredients that you might not already use. Try new and exciting flavors as a couple and choose from international dishes like Oven-Fried Fish and Chips, Harissa Chicken Sandwiches, and Croque Monsieur Panzanella with Tangy Greens, as you can cook your way around the world from the comfort of your own kitchen and for half the cost of takeout!

Ingredients are sorted by recipe so there's no rummaging through bags and boxes for what you need. Subscriptions start at $48 per week.

Urban Remedy

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If you love to eat healthy but definitely don't love the idea of spending tons of time in the kitchen, this service has your name all over it. Urban Remedy will drop a box of organic meals, juices, and snacks at your doorstep, and everything's ready to eat—no prep needed. It's not a bad idea to set up a post-holiday delivery of UR's Metabolism or Anti-Inflammation Meal Plan to make up for all those eggnogs and Christmas cookies. You'll feel miles better after fueling your bod with well-balanced meals free of gluten, sugar, and dairy.

Meal plans start at $110.

Züpa Noma

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Do slurp-worthy, certified organic soups that you can sip straight from the bottle sound appealing? The grab-and-go options by Züpa Noma are excellent options for the on-the-go bride-to-be, and will fill you two up with tons of fiber and without too much sugar. You can approach the service as you would a juice cleanse and commit to a few multiple-bottles-plus-snacks days for great metabolic benefits, or buy a bunch to stock your fridge and have as healthy, fueling meals in between the occasional indulgence.

Flavors include cucumber avocado fennel, carrot coconut lime and tomato gazpacho—and they are Whole 30 approved! Buy soups individually for $7 or shots for $3, or get 10% off when you sign up for a monthly, bi-weekly, or weekly subscription box (making each soup $6.30, and shots $2.70).

Munchery

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From Farm to Fork is the name of the game at Munchery. Available in select cities throughout Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming, their meals are made by a roster of accomplished chefs including James Beard Award winners and successful restaurateurs. Each kit has everything you need to whip up a tasty dinner for two in 15 mins, with delivery options for every appetite. Their manifesto speaks for itself: “Just because you’re busy doesn’t mean you’re willing to compromise when it comes to food—in fact, your standards are sky high.

You want delicious, all-natural, chef-crafted food, precisely where and when you want it. You need mealtime on your terms, and that’s where we come in. It’s not take-out. It’s not home cooking. It’s Munchery.” Membership starts at just $6.95 per month.

Dinnerly

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The self-proclaimed “most affordable meal kit around,” and “picky-eater proof,” the Dinnerly meal kit is always 50 percent off, starting at just $5 per person. Skeptics can rejoice in the fact that taste and flavor isn't sacrificed for the price—as they use the same quality ingredients as the other kits, but take a simpler approach enabling them to cut some costs. With digital recipe cards instead of paper, fewer ingredients per dish (which means less chopping and cleaning), simple packaging, and no fancy marketing campaign, this service is simplicity at its finest, and who couldn’t use more simplicity in their lives?

Gobble

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Each recipe featured by Gobble includes only three steps, is designed to be prepared in one pan, and is ready within 15 minutes. Sound too good to be true? It’s not. Portions are preprepped by chefs before they make their way to you, so in the blink of an eye, you can whip up an easy yet tasty meal with a super short cleanup time. Pick from a chef-designed menu of fresh, diverse dishes that suit your tastes and diet, and change your preferences at any time. Gobble offers charges an all-inclusive price of $11.95 per meal if you order six or more meals and $13.95 per meal if you only order four meals.

If you are ordering six meals, you'll pay $71.70 total. No tax, shipping, or gratuity.

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