There’s nothing like coming home from a hectic, jam-packed day of work and errands only to start cooking for hours on end, right? Absolutely not. Guys, who has the time or energy for that? Not us! Which is why we’re beyond grateful that these awesome meal delivery services have our backs and are making healthy eating much less of a time suck. Thoughtful meal plans, recipe cards, and perfectly portioned ingredients minimize both prep time and prep work. We bet you can’t wait to get started.
Price: Starting at $8.74 per meal Delivery: Nationwide (except Hawaii and Alaska)Blue Apron is all about providing a great cooking experience to its users. (And now they’re giving you $32 off your first order if you click here.) Sign up for a two-person or family plan and receive a weekly delivery, including all the ingredients you need to make between six 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 entrees like chicken chilaquiles, steak salad with chicory and curried chickpeas, and salmon cakes with beet salad. Meals can be personalized to accommodate food allergies or preferences.
Price: Starting at $10.99 per servingDelivery: Nationwide Think healthy cooking entails trekking out to Whole Foods and searching for obscure ingredients for hours? Think again. Sun Basket is all about making healthy cooking way easier. Not only do you know you’re getting organic, non-GMO ingredients delivered to your door—but with Sun Basket’s promise 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? Sun Basket offers specialized menus for folks on Paleo, gluten-free, and vegan diets, making it easy to take on a new eating plan. That way, you don’t have to put in hours of heavy research on what you can and can’t eat just to make a snack.
Price: $9.95 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. You’ll have affordable, high-quality ingredients (organized by recipe), simple recipe cards, and a night of quick cooking so you can look forward to more table time with the fam.
Price: Starting at $8.75 per mealDelivery: Nationwide (except Hawaii and Alaska)HelloFresh is all about healthier options 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 hold enough to serve two or four people, and recipes (like cheesy pork enchiladas with avocado) take no more than 30 minutes to prepare. Choose from 15 recipes on the Classic Plan, or receive three handpicked recipes on the Veggie or Family Plan. Outside the U.S.? HelloFresh has quite the international presence. The company started in Germany in 2011, and quickly expanded to several other European countries and Canada.
Price: Starting at $8.99 per mealDelivery: 21 states across the country, with new areas of service added often The first bite of food from Freshly will put to shame anything you’ve ever purchased in the freezer aisle. The company offers a flexible subscription service—opt for four, six, nine, or 12 meals per week—that delivers all-natural, gluten-free breakfasts, lunches, and dinners shipped fresh, not frozen. When you can have coconut-lime salmon with kale and bok choy on your table in two minutes, it’s hard to go back to making it from scratch.
Price: Starting at $6.99 per smoothie or soup.Delivery: Nationwide (except Hawaii and Alaska)For the I-have-no-time-for-literally-anything 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 and pop in the blender or microwave, and you’re good to go. A team of nutritionists and chefs develop the recipes, which are always made from organic ingredients and superfoods. Recent options we’re into include carrot and coconut soup and a cacao and avocado smoothie. Daily Harvest offers lots of flexibility in its subscription plans—choose six, 12, or 18 smoothies and soups per week, and pick as many of each as you’d like. At between $6.99 and $7.99 per serving, the smoothies and soups are on the pricier side, but you’re paying for the ultimate form of convenience. Want to try it for yourself? Get three free cups with code GREATIST3 (new customers only).
Price: Starting at $9 per mealDelivery: East and West Coasts It’s not a Michelin-starred restaurant. It’s Munchery. (OK, that doesn’t have quite the same ring to it as the DiGiorno jingle.) This company works with top-notch chefs to develop delicious dinners delivered the day you order them. So it’s one part Seamless/GrubHub, one part fancy restaurant (minus the hour-long wait to get seated). Just take the biodegradable box, pop it in the microwave, and presto chango, you’ve got an unbelievably delicious meal made from all-natural, seasonal ingredients. Interested in actually cooking? Munchery delivers cooking kits too, with meals that can be made in about 15 minutes. Munchery is currently available in more than 1,000 cities along the East and West coasts, with plans to expand further in the future.
Price: Starting at $10.49 per mealBonus: ​Green Chef is giving new customers $50 off their first box.Delivery: Nationwide (except Hawaii, Alaska, and most of Wisconsin and Minnesota)All of the ingredients delivered in this meal kit are USDA certified organic, and Green Chef has gone to great lengths to offer subscriptions that meet your exact dietary needs. They recently launched Pescatarian, Mediterranean, Lean & Clean, and Heart Smart and launched the first Keto meal kit option. They also have plans for Paleo, gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan diets as well as options for meat and seafood lovers. Green Chef is all about flexibility: Try different plans week to week, and skip a week whenever you need. Meals are always colorful, healthy, and quick—no meal takes more than 30 minutes to make.
Price: Starting at $8.90 per portionDelivery: Nationwide (except Hawaii and Alaska)Marley Spoon is Martha Stewart’s meal-delivery service, so already you know the recipes are going to be good. New recipes are added weekly, and 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.
Price: Starting at $6.75 per mealDelivery: Nationwide While BistroMD is geared toward people who specifically want to lose weight, 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. Choose from standard, gluten-free, or diabetic-geared plans and receive five or seven days of healthy breakfasts, lunches, and dinners delivered to your door each week. Meals are designed by Dr. Caroline J. Cederquist, M.D., and 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.
Price: $12 per mealDelivery: Nationwide (except Hawaii, Alaska, and certain cities in Texas)Who wouldn’t want a chef-designed meal on the dinner table a few times per week? With Plated, you get just that, but in your own home (and, well, you get to prepare it yourself). It’s pretty simple: You choose the meals you want in a given week, order, and the ingredients for those meals show up at your doorstep the next week. Quality ingredients are guaranteed: Pork and poultry are raised without antibiotics, fish is sustainably caught, and produce is fresh and seasonal. With 20 dinner options (and two desserts!) every week, including entrees like Greek stuffed spaghetti squash and Cuban chicken rice bowls with pineapple salsa, Plated’s menu features a variety of tastes, ingredients, and cuisines created by an expert culinary team led by Le Cordon Bleu-trained chef Elana Karp. Plus, you might be able to find Plated at your local grocery store soon because they teamed up with Albertsons Companies (think Acme, Albertsons, Shaws, and Safeway) to be the first meal-kit service available in stores. How’s that for convenience?
Price: $4.90 per servingBonus: Get $10 off your order with this link. Delivery: East and West CoastsSmoothies 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. 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.
Price: Starting at $7.99 per meal; $3.99 delivery fee for orders under $50Delivery: San Francisco, East Bay, and South BaySan Franciscans, we are officially jealous. Luke’s Local is reinventing ready-to-eat meals. Every week, it delivers boxes that are a blend of a CSA (community-supported agriculture) program, personal catering, and an artisan food shop. All the meals are prepared by local chefs, produce comes from local farms, and artisan items (such as bread or granola) are locally sourced. The best part? You get to pick which items go in the box for every order—choose from pre-made meals, dairy products, meats, seafood, pantry items, and more. Bay area residents outside the three areas listed above can order online and pick up boxes at the Luke’s Local warehouse in the city.
Price: Starting at $9.25 per mealDelivery: Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, and West Coast regionsRegardless 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 healthy, plant-based meals that change weekly. Choose the 1-2 person plan to receive three meals a week, with two servings each, or the 3-4 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 Vegetable Pot Pie.