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Your boss laid into you about leaving unwashed bowls in the cafeteria, a gull unloaded a poop grenade at your windshield on the drive home, and you stood on an upturned plug the moment you got in.

Naturally, the first thing on your mind is heading to your nearest supermarket and arguing with checkout people while they chew gum. (After you’ve wiped off the bird poop — that’s a hazard.)

A little birdie tells us that this is incorrect, and you’d rather eat, sleep, and pretend today never happened.

Which is why you’ll be beyond grateful to hear that these awesome meal delivery services have our backs and make healthy eating much less of a time suck.

Whether you’re tired, bored, on lockdown, or simply cannot be bothered to buy stuff and measure things (both suck, we feel you), these services give you the goods without dumping junk food next to the junk mail on your doorstep.

Thoughtful meal plans, recipe cards, and perfectly portioned ingredients keep both prep time and work to a minimum. In this article, we’ll break down each by price and how they work.

It’s worth noting that the COVID-19 pandemic may have affected the availability of some food delivery companies. Check with the companies directly for any changes in operation.

These meals will hit your tastebuds and not your pockets.

1. Blue Apron

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Price: Starts at $4.66 per serving

Delivery: Nationwide (except Hawaii and Alaska)

Blue Apron is all about providing a great cooking experience to its users. Sign up for a two-person or family plan and receive a weekly delivery, including all the ingredients you need to make between 6 and 16 meals.

Ingredients are pre-portioned (yay for less food waste) and the company makes it easy to skip a week if the recipes don’t appeal to you. Blue Apron features some mouthwatering entrees, such as:

  • chicken chilaquiles
  • steak salad with chicory and curried chickpeas
  • salmon cakes with beet salad

You can personalize meals to accommodate food allergies or preferences.

2. Green Blender

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Price: $4.90 per serving

Delivery: East and west coasts

Smoothies are delish, but chopping up all those ingredients can get tedious. Green Blender ships perfectly portioned, locally sourced ingredients, so all you have to do is blend.

The subscription service sends ingredients for five new recipes every week, and each comes with a quick write-up on its nutritional benefits.

Their cranberry kumquat tart, for example, is packed with vitamin C, fiber, and calcium. Each recipe yields two 12-ounce servings.

The box of smoothie supplies won’t replace meal prep for the week, but the price definitely beats your local juice bar. Here’s some smoothie recipes you can knock together in less than five ingredients.

3. Luke’s Local

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Price: Meal boxes are no longer available. However, you can choose from thousands of items just like a regular online food shop, except it’s all fresh and beautiful.

Delivery: Same day around San Francisco.

Although these guys no longer do meal box subscriptions, they’re running a donation meal box program for local health and food industry workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

We thought this was super sweet and nifty, so even though we have no price comparison to give you, you should still check them out and donate to the mealbox program if you can.

Not looking to bust the bank all the way open? You can balance quality and spending with these delicious choices.

4. Home Chef

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Price: $6.99 per serving, plus $10 shipping on weekly orders under $45

Delivery: Nationwide (except Hawaii and Alaska)

Eating for two? Or… ten? While other meal-kit delivery services don’t cater to the number of people at the table, Home Chef creates perfectly portioned meals so that you won’t have to worry about wasting food.

With this service, it’s all about quality and simplicity, so you can be sure that your meals will be delicious, healthy, and extremely easy to make.

Home Chef serves up affordable, high-quality ingredients, simple recipe cards, and a night of quick cooking.

You can look forward to more table time with the fam, or, if the fam gets on your nerves, more time holed up in your room away from them.

5. HelloFresh

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Price: Starting at $6.99 per serving

Delivery: Nationwide (except Hawaii and Alaska) + some international regions

HelloFresh is all about healthier and cleaner versions of classic comfort foods. Every week you’ll receive a box with ingredients for two to four meals (depending on what plan you choose) delivered to your door and packed with fresh produce and protein.

Boxes serve two or four people, and some recipes, such as cheesy pork enchiladas with avocado, take no more than 30 minutes to prepare. That’s a high deliciousness-per-minute ratio.

Choose from 15 recipes on the Classic Plan, or receive three handpicked recipes from the Veggie or Family Plans.

Not a States-dweller? Fear not, our beautiful international friend. HelloFresh is quite the globetrotter, and you can still grab your grub in many other locations around the world.

The company started in Germany in 2011 and quickly expanded to provide fresh noms to other European countries and Canada.

6. Freshly

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Price: Starting at $7.99 per serving — however, to get this price, you’d need 12 meals a week. Choosing 4 to 9 meals per week would cost anywhere between $8.99 and $11.50 per meal.

Delivery: 21 states across the country, with new regions becoming available regularly

Freshly are a little different than the other options we’ve rounded up — their meals are reheatable but not frozen. The first bite of food from Freshly will put to shame any food you’ve tasted that started life in the freezer aisle.

The company offers a flexible subscription service, meaning you can choose 4, 6, 9, or 12 meals per week. They deliver all-natural, gluten-free breakfasts, lunches, and dinners, shipped fresh.

When you can have coconut-lime salmon with kale and bok choy on your table in 2 minutes, it’s hard to go back to making it from scratch.

7. Daily Harvest

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Price: Starting at $6.99 per smoothie or soup.

Delivery: Nationwide (except Hawaii and Alaska)

For the “I have no time for literally anything, even chewing” kind of person, meet the 30-second (healthy) meal.

This service ships cups full of pre-chopped, frozen smoothie ingredients and pre-portioned, ready-to-eat soups. Add a liquid base to either, pop in the blender or microwave, and you’re good to go.

A team of nutritionists and chefs develop the recipes from organic ingredients and superfoods. We’re especially into their carrot and coconut soup and the cacao and avocado smoothie on the menu.

Daily Harvest offers lots of flexibility in its subscription plans — choose 6, 12, or 18 smoothies and soups per week. Not only is the plan flexible, but you can pick as many of each as you’d like.


At between $6.99 and $7.99 per serving, these smoothies and soups are on the pricier side. However, you’re paying for the legendary-tier convenience and all the antioxidants you could possibly fit in your mouth at once.

Want to try it for yourself? Get three free cups with code GREATIST3 (new customers only).

8. BistroMD

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Price: Starting at just over $7 per meal, these plans include either every meal of the day or just lunch and dinner. There is no dinner-only option.

Delivery: Nationwide

BistroMD looks to support people with specific weight loss goals, the meals included are not insanely tiny portions or glorified cardboard, and the plan emphasizes a healthy lifestyle over a quick fix, which we love.

People can choose from standard, gluten-free, or options specifically geared toward supporting those with diabetes.

They will then receive 5 or 7 days worth of healthy breakfasts, lunches, and dinners on their doorstep.

Dr. Caroline J. Cederquist, M.D. has designed meals that never include MSG, trans fat, or aspartame.

Heat up meals like turkey with cranberry chutney, broccoli, and wild rice for dinner or an artichoke, spinach, and red pepper frittata for breakfast.

Looking for easy access to the ultimate breakfast accompaniment? Learn about coffee delivery services here.

At the higher end of the price spectrum, some delivery services can help you produce Michelin-level meals to wow the whole family into letting you use the remote control.

9. Sunbasket

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Price: Starting at $10.99 per serving

Delivery: Nationwide

Think you need to trek out to Whole Foods for obscure ingredients after spending an hour or 2 aligning your chakras? Think again.

Sunbasket is all about making healthy cooking way easier. You know you’re getting organic, non-GMO ingredients delivered to your door.

Sunbasket also (pinky) promises to use sustainably sourced protein, the only fish you’ll fry will be wild-caught and the only meat you’ll be eating will be antibiotic- and hormone-free.

The best part is that Sunbasket offers specialized menus for folks on Paleo, gluten-free, and vegan diets, making it easy to take on a new eating plan without having to research a silly amount.

If you’d rather do some exploring for yourselves when it comes to these diets, try our comprehensive paleo and vegan shopping lists.

10. Green Chef

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Price: Starting at $9.99 per meal, with special diet plans varying from $11.99 to $12.99

Delivery: Nationwide (except Hawaii, Alaska, and most of Wisconsin and Minnesota)

All the ingredients delivered in these meal kits have certification from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) confirming their organic origins.

Green Chef has gone to great lengths to offer subscriptions that meet your exact dietary needs.

They recently launched the following options:

  • pescatarian
  • Mediterranean
  • lean & clean
  • heart smart
  • keto

They also have plans for folks who eat Paleo, gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan diets. And panic not, meat and seafood lovers — they didn’t forget you either.

Green Chef is all about flexibility: Try different plans from one week to the next, and skip weeks whenever you need. Their meals are always colorful, healthy, and quick, taking no more than 30 minutes to make.

11. Martha & Marley Spoon

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Price: Starting at $8.90 per portion for a two-person meal kit or $6.99 for a kit that serves four.

Delivery: Nationwide (except Hawaii and Alaska)

Does Martha Stewart personally deliver meals to you?: No, but we asked.

Marley Spoon is Martha Stewart’s meal-delivery service, so already you know the recipes are going to be packed with a variety of arresting flavors.

Marley Spoon adds new recipes, making this perfect for adventurous foodies. You can sort by gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, kid-friendly, and more.

And, hey, the super fresh ingredients, flexible delivery schedule, and 100 percent recyclable packaging don’t exactly hurt either.

12. Purple Carrot

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Price: Starting at $9.99 per meal

Delivery: Northeast, mid-atlantic, and west coast regions

Regardless of whether you follow a strict vegetarian or vegan diet, incorporating more veggies into your day is always a good thing.

Purple Carrot makes that goal easy to accomplish with a rotating cast of healthy, plant based meals. Every week can be a new vegetable adventure.

Choose the 1 to 2 person plan to receive three meals a week, with two servings each, or the 3 to 4 person plan to receive two meals a week with four servings each.

Recent meals we’re drooling over include butternut squash and black bean enchiladas and the vegetable pot pie. Even the words melt in our mouths.

If you lean toward vegan food but are a natural snacker, click here for some vegan snack options available on Amazon.

You don’t have to leave the house to get high-quality ingredients or learn to cook like a maverick.

People looking to learn a new skill but limit the amount of time they have to spend at the grocery store have a wide range of prices from which they can choose.

Most services also account for dietary restrictions and personal preferences. Go wild and learn to rustle up some grub for the ones you love.