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What Are The Best Meal Delivery Services

Want to simplify dinner and minimize trips to the grocery store? This post has you covered with a round-up of all the best meal delivery services for every diet, lifestyle and family.

Like so many of you, I have been cooking a LOT lately since all the restaurants have been closed with the coronavirus pandemic. We’re still doing take-out about once a week from local restaurants, but I’m also making more recipes and getting more creative in the kitchen — more so than usual, probably because I’m home during the day a lot more! And, of course, I’m minimizing visits to the grocery store.

I’ve been wanting to try a new meal delivery service for a while and this seems like the perfect time to do it. There are so many meal subscription services, and I wanted to do a round-up of the best options but since I’ve only tried a few, so I asked my followers on Instagram for their recommendations. I got a ton of feedback and I’ve rounded them all up for you in this post! Now I need to decide what to try first myself!

Again, I haven’t tried all of these, but they all came highly recommended from followers. (Well, with the exception of one. One company definitely had multiple people call them out for issues, which I’ve noted.) This post has two categories: (1) food delivery services that send you the ingredients straight to your home so that you can cook it yourself and (2) delivery services that bring your favorite local restaurant goodies. Oh, and there are also some recommendations for baby/kids food delivery, a service I didn’t even know existed!

I have a few I now want to try and I hope this post helps you out too! And, of course, I want to hear in the comments what you already love (or hate!). Happy cooking!

What Are The Best Meal Delivery Services

Daily Harvest 

This is one I have used before, and both Tommy and I absolutely love Daily Harvest. I have a whole blog post review about it here. Daily Harvest has a ton of options to order and they all come frozen. They specialize in smoothies and harvest bowls, but they also have flatbreads and other great options. I love the harvest bowls when I’m short on time or just want to make my leftovers better. And their smoothies are seriously delicious. You can see my favorite ones here.

If you want to try Daily Harvest, use this link and promo code TERI to get 3 free cups! (Valid for new customers only.)

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Home Chef 

Home Chef came highly recommended by tons of followers. This is a meal delivery system that sends ingredients for you to cook, following instructions on their recipe cards. What is neat about Home Chef is that you can customize your plate by requesting double protein or even swap the protein for something else. I also like that you can be super specific and choose a recipe that only takes 30 minutes or is carb-conscious, for example. You can be really thorough, which is perfect for families with picky eaters! One person said that Home Chef offered more of a variety than any other service that they had tried.

The meals are priced at $9.95 per serving and delivery is free for orders over $40. Shipping costs $10 if the order is less than $40. You can select any number of dinner meals for families of 2, 4, or 6.

Check out Home Chef here.

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Hello Fresh 

Hello Fresh is similar to Home Chef in that it came highly recommended by many people! It is also a service that delivers ingredients straight to your door. You choose the frequency of the delivery service, and it costs about $60 for three recipes for 2 people per week. One nice thing about Hello Fresh is that you can skip a week at any time with no penalty. Hello Fresh also has a reputation for large serving sizes.

Shop Hello Fresh here!

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Blue Apron 

Unfortunately, I did not get great feedback from my followers about Blue Apron. The complaints that I heard were that it was a little unorganized, and one follower had quality issues with the contents/ingredients in the box. I tried Blue Apron years ago, and I only used it for a few months. I liked the recipes but apparently not enough to continue ordering it – ha! But, you can learn more about Blue Apron here!

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Balanced Bites

Balanced Bites is not one that I knew much about. After looking into it, It looks like they offer boxes of 10 pre-made meals for around $160. You get to choose the box that fits the diet or lifestyle you follow, e.g. paleo, keto, etc. You can also build your own box. One follower said they love Balanced Bites because it’s real food that tastes homemade. Unlike some of the other dinner meal delivery services, there is no cooking involved with Balanced Bites. You just reheat the food.

See more here.

Sun Basket

Sun Basket is very similar to Home Chef or Hello Fresh, but they have a LOT of options for people with dietary restrictions. It costs about $13 a meal and they ship to almost every zip code. It came highly recommended by some but others said the meat quality wasn’t very high. They have mostly organic ingredients and everything they use is recyclable. (I do love that since I’m working on reducing waste in my kitchen!)

See more here.

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Purple Carrot 

Purple Carrot is a plant-based meal kit delivery service. If you are vegan or love to eat plant-based, this would be a great option for you! It costs around $12 a serving or less if you place larger orders. The feedback that I got about Purple Carrot was that it was very yummy and very easy.  You can view the menu for the week and choose up to three of the recipes. They have about 8 options on the menu weekly.

See more here!

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Hungryroot

This was another the came highly recommended. They pride themselves on careful shopping, sending you only the best ingredients for your recipes. One person said that Hungryroot has WAY less prep than other services and that it tastes great. Instead of sending you the ingredients for a few specific recipes, they actually help you stock your fridge with food and then give you lots of recipes to show you how to use what’s in your fridge. I LOVE this idea for home cooking from a delivery service since I hate all the little plastic containers of spices, oils and sauces that I’ve experienced with some in the past. It starts at $59 a delivery.

See more here!

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Green Chef

Like Sun Basket, Green Chef specializes in healthy meals. You choose from lots of menu items and they will send you the ingredients (already measured and prepped!) and teach you how to make them. This sounds like perhaps the best option for a budding Martha Stewart who wants to learn the basics in the kitchen. They have options for Keto, Paleo, family plans, and more. It costs around $12 per serving. Everything they send is organic.

See more here!

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The Produce Box

For North Carolinians only –– this is SO cool. The Produce Box sources and delivers fresh produce, meat, and dairy to the larger cities of North Carolina, straight to your door. You can become a member for $20 and then you have access to place an order every weekend and you can customize your box. You’ll get a local coordinator who will deliver your boxes and answer your questions! I’m not going to the farmer’s market lately so I may give this a try.

You can see more here!

Sprouted Kitchen Cooking Club

If you don’t want food or meals delivered to your house, but still want to simplify grocery shopping and dinner, the Sprouted Kitchen Cooking Club is great option. Think of it as a graduation plan once you’ve upped your kitchen skills with some of these other services. Sprouted Kitchen helps you put together a meal plan that minimizes wasted groceries since the same ingredients are used throughout the week.

The recipes are healthy (with some treats!) and you can sort by all sorts of dietary preferences. Their website states that the recipes are produce-heavy with seafood and poultry on occasion. It’s $8.99 a month after your first week, which is free. You can also gift a membership to someone, which would be a nice surprise in this crazy time. Side note, my best friend (who is a great cook and has high standards for recipes and food) has used this service for a while and LOVES it.

Learn more here!

Best Meal Delivery For Kids & Babies

I obviously don’t have kids or a baby and I didn’t even know that these types of services existed. But, a few people mentioned them when I asked for suggestions so I thought I’d share in case it helps you and your family!

Little Spoon

This is baby food delivered to your door. This is perfect for parents limiting runs to the store. They don’t add preservatives to their food and use as many organic ingredients as they can.  You can start a plan at $24 a day.

See more here.

Nurture life

Nurture Life makes kid-friendly food that’s yummy but not full of crappy ingredients. You can start a plan at $39 a week.

See more here.

Raised Real

This is another baby food delivery system. They serve babies starting from 6 months, and they have TONS of options. They send recipes that you can make fresh, like purees. Everything is plant based and has under 5g of sugar.

See more here.

Best Apps For Local Restaurant Meal Delivery

Okay, so what if you want food from a local restaurant? You could obviously go pick it up (many restaurants are offering curbside service!) or you can have it delivered to your door. Here are three food delivery apps!

DoorDash 

This is a company that is widely available across the United States. You can start an order with DoorDash by putting in your address and then you’ll see all of the options nearby.

See more here!

Uber Eats

Since no one’s going out, Uber is really suffering so Uber Eats is a great way to employ Uber drivers in your area. They have a lot of deals, too. Some restaurants even offer free delivery, and waive any delivery fee. But, of course, don’t forget to tip!

Start your order here!

Postmates

Postmates is PERFECT for quarantine because they will even make a run to Walgreens for you! They deliver lots of things, including alcohol. This is a great way to avoid the grocery store too.

See more here!


Your turn: What’s your favorite meal prep service or food delivery service? Any other business/services you’re loving during this time or tips to make dinner easier when going through your pantry food and minimizing grocery trips? I’d love to hear how you’re adapting! 

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6 Comments

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    Andy
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    A colleague uses one of these services and loves it.
    He gets to try different meals and gets just the right amount of the right ingredients to make these meals.
    When I see the ads on TV I see massive amounts of packaging.
    Do any of these services use recycled or recyclable containers?

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    Mct
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    Hi, I just wanted to let you know how disappointed I was to see you shaming Chopt today on your Instagram. I definitely think you owe them an apology; we are all human and it’s definitely not fair to try to hurt their business when sales are likely down to Coronavirus. Just a friendly reminder to think about how you would like to be treated, even if you are disappointed by something. Thanks! 🙂

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      Teri [a foodie stays fit]
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      I’ve had repeated issues with Chopt for months and they were incredibly rude to my husband when he went in this week. I certainly could have shared the whole story of their horrible service but instead focused on a small thing they could easily address – getting an order right. I had 8 other people share that they had similar experiences at that location, so I was able to take all of that, and provide it to Chopt so they can improve — and that will help them survive both now and long term. I also reached out to them directly and they thanked me for sharing since it helps them improve their business. I appreciate your feedback, as a fellow small business owner myself, during this time. 🙂

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    William McLean
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    We have used Purple CarrotFor the last 2 months and have really enjoyed it. Their ingredients are super organized abs super fresh. I really like their variety – plus you are able to keep the cookbooks as references in the future.

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