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The 9 Best Ready-to-Cook Meal Delivery Services

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Jacqueline PaumierGuest Blogger
June 11, 2016 · 1.2k Views
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Looking for all of the comforts of a homecooked meal without all the hassle? Fortunately, new meal delivery sites are broadening the options of the lazy cook, adding more to the dinner menu than Chinese take out. When you consider dirty dishes, crowded grocery stores, and boring recipes, it’s no surprise why so many people are choosing to have the internet handle their dinner. Here we will take a look at the pros and cons of some popular meal delivery services to help you get started.

 

1. Purple Carrot

Source: Eat This

Best for: 2 person family or larger
Cities: Nationwide
Subscription available: Yes
Vegetarian Options: Yes
Vegan Options: Yes
Locally sourced ingredients: Yes
Organic: Yes
Price Rating: $

The super plant based meal packages are perfect for those trying to watch their health on a budget. Each meal is health based but hearty, and includes favorites such as fettuccini with peas and cashew based cauliflower rice. The meals are perfect for newbie vegans who are low on recipe ideas. You prepare each meal yourself according to the recipe card and perfectly measured out portions. It's like having your own vegan cooking fairies to help you with dinner.

2. Hungryroot

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Best for: Single person
Cities: Nationwide
Subscription Available: No
Vegetarian Options: Yes
Vegan Options: Yes
Locally Sourced Ingredients: Yes
Organic: Yes
Price Rating: $$

Hungryroot's meals are veggie based and gluten free making them healthy as they are convenient. The most charming part of this meal delivery service is their unique twists and craveable flavor combinations like cauliflower couscous and black bean brownie batter. Every meal is under 500 calories and can be prepared in less than 7 minutes, which means you can enjoy fast food without the guilt. Extra perks: they donate 1% of all profits and 1% of their time to support nutritional education and healthy eating.

3. Sakara

Source: Sakara

Best for: Single Person
Cities: Nationwide
Subscription Available: Yes
Locally Sourced Ingredients: Yes
Organic: Yes
Vegetarian options: Yes
Vegan Options: Yes
Price Rating: $$$

Plant rich, gluten free, and superfood packed meals are brought to your doorstep with Sakara meal delivery. The meals are structured upon plant proteins and are designed to save you the hassle of calorie counting and guessing portion sizes. Each meal includes hydrating ingredients, good fats and essential nutrients to ensure you feel great about what goes on your plate. Meals include tasty delights like Beet burgers, Indian Samosas and Soba Bowls.

4. HelloFresh

Source: Honey and Birch

Best For: 2 person or more family
Cities: Nationwide
Subscription Available: Yes
Vegetarian Options: Yes
Vegan Options: Yes
Locally Sourced Ingredients: Yes
Organic: When possible
Price Rating: $

Balanced recipes and premeasured ingredients come together to make you a star chef with HelloFresh meals. The meal delivery business has teamed up with celebrity chef Jaimie Oliver to create healthy meals that are also family friendly. The service is great for picky eaters as you are allowed to mix and match recipes with the service's "swap meals" option. Recipes include classic favorites like chicken and spinach salad, smoky beef tacos, and seared pork chops.

Click here to find savings for HelloFresh.

5. Plated

Source: Greener Package

Best For: 2 person or more family
Cities: 95% of U.S. Visit their website to check if they deliver to your zip code area.
Subscription Available: Yes
Vegetarian Options: Yes
Vegan Options: Yes
Locally Sourced Ingredients: When possible
Organic: When possible
Price Rating: $$

Plated offers meals designed by professional chefs, geared towards at-home chefs. The gourmet recipes will give you something to brag about as you prepare such specialties as grilled ciabatta with goat cheese and green garbanzo beans, tilapia piccata and nutella paninis. While this particular meal service may not host the same health benefits as the others on this list, the plans are easily personalized and offer flexible subscription options.

Click here to find savings for Plated.

6. Blue Apron

Source: Mommy Has to Work

Best For: 2 person or more family
Cities: Nationwide
Subscription Available: Yes
Vegetarian Options: Yes
Vegan Options: No
Locally Sourced Ingredients: No
Organic: Mostly
Price Rating: $

Possibly the most widely known of subscription meal packages, Blue Apron is known for their original recipes and guest chef-curated meals. Meals range between 500-800 calories and come with perfectly premeasured ingredients. Blue Aprons recipes are never repeated in the same year, so you know you'll never grow tired of what arrives. Meals include delicious creations such as lemon butter salmon, spiced lamb, and muffuletta style grilled cheese sandwiches.

Click here to find savings for Blue Apron.

7. Green Chef

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Best For: Single person
Cities: Throughout the United States, excluding: Alaska, Hawaii, and deliver to limited areas in Wisconsin (Milwaukee), Minnesota. 
Subscription Available: Yes
Vegetarian Options: Yes
Vegan Options: No
Locally Sourced Ingredients: When possible
Organic: Yes
Price Rating: $$

Fresh organic ingredients and recipes easy enough for newbie cooks are the highlights of Green Chef. These packages are ideal for those with minimal cooking experience who aren't looking for anything too advanced. The subscription includes three weekly meals that average at about 30 minutes per meal. Seasonal ingredients are used, and the flexible subscription plan allows you to skip meals whenever you like. Meals include flavor packed combos like steak and summer squash, crispy shrimp salad, and honey siracha chicken, and there are even special meal plans for gluten-free and paleo eaters.

8. Forks Over Knives

Source: Forks Over Knives

Best For: Single person
Cities: Much of the Northeast and mid-Atlantic regions
Subscription Available: Yes
Locally Sourced Ingredients: When possible
Organic: When possible
Vegetarian Options: Yes
Vegan Options: Yes
Price Rating: $$

Based on the best-selling documentary, the Forks Over Knives meal plan is built upon a fresh and vegetarian diet designed with your health in mind. The plan is chef crafted, included generous servings, and gives you the option to pause delivery at any time. Subscriptions come in the form of 5 meals a week, 10 meals a week, or 3 meals a day. If you're looking for a straight forward way to stick to your new diet, this is it!

9. Diced

Source: Crave Online

Best For: Single person
Cities: Northeast & mid-Atlantic regions
Subscription Available: Yes
Locally Sourced Ingredients: As much as possible
Organic: No
Vegetarian Options: Yes
Vegan Options: Yes
Price Rating: $$

Diced is a great option for those who have celiac disease or are choosing a gluten free lifestyle.With next day delivery and delicious, chef prepared gluten free meals, Diced has made quite a splash in the health food world. With creative meals to choose from, including vegan thai curry, champagne mushroom pasta with pan seared chicken, and salmon nicoise salad, who says gluten free can't be exciting?


 

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Jacqueline is a modern day gypsy, who has lived in several countries and has traveled to over 20. A sucker for all things pleasing to the senses; her world revolves around food (any and all food), foreign indie films, and salsa music. The first to jump off a waterfall and the last to say no to sushi, she has been described as a bit of an “extremist”. In her perfect world, no one ever spells “cool” as “kool” and Ryan Gosling has more tattoos. She enjoys spending her free time in her New Orleans home with her Cubano guitarist husband and 1-year-old son.

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