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Say goodbye to Seamless and become the culinary mastermind your Pinterest board (or wedding registry) thinks you are! Whether you’re a busy nine-to-fiver 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, easy meal delivery brings 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.
Sun Basket is a weekly service that features organic and non-GMO ingredients. With an understanding of individual dietary needs, the company offers gluten-free, Paleo, and vegetarian options.
Recipes are developed by award-winning chef Justine Kelly and take about 30 minutes to prepare. Dishes are dietitian-approved and generally range between 500 to 800 calories per serving. Pick between two and four recipes per week. Servings cost around $7 to $9 each.
There are nine subcategories to choose from (including diabetes-friendly and vegan plans). 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.
Thanks to their relationship with quality suppliers and professional chefs, Home Chef provides quality ingredients and weekly recipes that can be made into delicious, easy meals within 30 minutes. Every week's menus include 19 dinner selections, breakfasts, a fruit basket, and a smoothie, and is accessible to those with dietary guidelines, too. Subscriptions are flexible, and at $6.99 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.
Under either a 2-Person Plan ($9.99 per serving, portioned for two people) or Family Plan ($7.99 per serving, portioned for 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 weekly menu options in advance, 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 you're doing your part for 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 complement your meals.
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 three options 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 $255.
Freshly’s mission is to “make you happy, healthy, and freer 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 $11.50 a meal), and there's also six, nine, and 12 meals per week options.
If you’re the type of person who digs more dining options, Hello Fresh is the meal subscription box for you. Hello Fresh offers more than 22 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 four plans (Classic, Veggie, Calorie Smart, 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 $7.49, 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.
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, Keto Friendly, Vegetarian, Low Carb, Balance, Whole30, or Paleo), 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 subscription 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. The average meal prices are about $9.99.
As of November 23, 2020, Purple Carrot wants to reassure customers that despite the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the service is continuing to deliver meals to customers as scheduled, although anomalies may occur in the first week. Visit the Coronavirus FAQ on their website for more details.
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. Two plan options include meals of two or six servings. 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 $9.99 to $11.99 per serving, depending on preferences and quantity.
Couples who lead an organic lifestyle can appreciate that Green Chef is the very first USDA-certified organic meal kit delivery service. 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 plant-powered, keto, paleo, and gluten-free), 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 $7.99 per meal.
Martha Stewart & Marley Spoon
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 $49.99 per week.
If you love to eat healthily 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 $155.
As of November 23, 2020, due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Medlie is not currently accepting new orders due to strain on product availability and fulfillment. You may sign up to be notified when Medlie is able to accept new orders.
Do slurp-worthy, certified organic soups that you can sip straight from the bottle sound appealing? The grab-and-go options by Medlie are excellent options for the on-the-go-bride-to-be and will fill you 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, yellow pepper turmeric, tomatillo kale jalapeño, and tomato gazpacho—and they are Whole 30 approved! Buy drinks individually for $7 or shots for $3.50, or get 10 percent off when you sign up for a monthly, bi-weekly, or weekly subscription box (making each soup $6.30 and shots $3.15).
The self-proclaimed “America's most affordable meal kit” and “picky-eater proof,” a Dinnerly meal kit is always 50 percent off, starting at just $4.49 per serving. Skeptics can rejoice in the fact that taste and flavor aren't sacrificed for the price as they use the same quality ingredients as other kits, but take a simpler approach enabling them to cut a few unnecessary 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?
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 pre-prepped 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 dinner options at $11.99 per serving and lunch options at $5.99 per serving.