13 Companies Making Healthy Meals Easier Through Delivery

Stumble in the front door at 8 p.m. after a long day at work, and the last thing you want to do is spend an hour making a mess in the kitchen. In a perfect world, dinner would always be pre-planned and pre-prepped, and cooking and eating it would cure the day’s stress, not cause it. Luckily, these 13 companies have our backs. From pre-packed dinner boxes delivered to your front door, to perfectly portioned and cut ingredient boxes that minimize prep time, there’s something here to make healthy dining easier for everyone.

1. Hello Fresh

Healthy Subscription Box Meals: Hello Fresh

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Price: Starting at $8.75 per meal
Delivery: Nationwide (except Hawaii and Alaska)

Hello Fresh is all about healthier options and cleaner versions of classic comfort foods. Every week you’ll receive a box with ingredients for three meals 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 six recipes on the Classic Plan, or receive three handpicked recipes on the Veggie or Family Plan. Outside the U.S.? Hello Fresh has quite the international presence. The company started in Germany in 2011, and quickly expanded to several other European countries and Canada.

2. Blue Apron

Healthy Subscription Box Meals: Blue Apron

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Price: Starting at $8.74 per meal
Delivery: Nationwide (except Hawaii and Alaska)

Everyone should be able to enjoy delicious, exciting, home-cooked meals, right? Blue Apron is all about providing a great cooking experience to its users. Sign up for the two-person plan 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 only items Blue Apron assumes subscribers have are olive oil, salt, and pepper. Blue Apron features entrees like chicken chilaquiles, steak salad with chicory and curried chickpeas, and salmon cakes with beet salad, and makes it easy to skip a week if the recipes don’t appeal to you. Plus, every recipe features a new special ingredient (tatsoi, anyone?) to broaden your culinary palate. Meals can be personalized to accommodate food allergies or preferences.

3. Plated

Healthy Subscription Box Meals: Plated

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Price: $12 per meal
Delivery: 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. Each week, classically trained, award-winning chefs create 11 recipes to choose from, including entrees like Greek stuffed spaghetti squash and Cuban chicken rice bowls with pineapple salsa.

4. PeachDish

Healthy Subscription Box Meals: PeachDish

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Price: $12.50 per meal, plus $15 for shipping in certain states
Delivery: Nationwide (except Hawaii and Alaska)

For anyone craving some good-old Southern cooking—with maybe a little less butter—PeachDish is for you. Choose two weekly dishes and between two and 12 servings per dish, and receive all the ingredients needed to cook Southern-inspired meals, such as roasted squash stuffed with currants, sage, walnuts, and quinoa or cod and potato chowder. PeachDish sends fresh, seasonal products, and offers at least two vegetarian options each week. PeachDish has eight options to choose from in any given week: Four dishes rotate seasonally, and four change weekly.

5. Green Chef

Healthy Subscription Box Meals: Green Chef

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Price: Starting at $10.49 per meal
Delivery: Nationwide (except Hawaii, Alaska, and most of Wisconsin and Minnesota)

All of the ingredients delivered in this meal kit are certified organic, and Green Chef has gone to great lengths to offer subscriptions that meet your exact dietary needs. They have plans for Paleo, gluten-free, and vegetarian 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.

6. Luke’s Local

Healthy Subscription Box Meals: Luke's Local

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Price: $5 (breakfast burrito) to $75 (family meal bundle); $3.99 delivery fee for orders under $50
Delivery: San Francisco, East Bay, and South Bay

San 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.

7. Green Blender

Healthy Subscription Box Meals: 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. 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.

8. Pre-Made Paleo

Healthy Subscription Box Meals: Pre-Made Paleo

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Price: Starting at $12.99 per meal
Delivery: Nationwide

So you’ve decided to try Whole30 or jump on the Paleo bandwagon, but everything you turn to—pasta, dairy, legumes—is banned. What are you supposed to eat? This company delivers pre-packaged meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner that meet Paleo and (most) Whole30 standards. All you have to do is throw the food in the microwave or oven, and in fewer than 10 minutes, you’ve got a hot meal ready to eat. With three to 60 meal subscription plans, easing into a new eating plan can be as foolproof as you want.

9. Munchery

Healthy Subscription Box Meals: Munchery

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Price: Starting at $9 per meal
Delivery: 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.

10. Daily Harvest

Healthy Subscription Box Meals: Daily Harvest

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Price: $7.99 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 $7.99 per serving, the smoothies and soups are on the pricier side, but you’re paying for the ultimate form of convenience.

11. Freshly

Healthy Subscription Box Meals: Freshly

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Price: Starting at $8.99 per meal
Delivery: 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.

12. BistroMD

Healthy Subscription Box Meals: BistroMD

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Price: Starting at $6.75 per meal
Delivery: 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.

13. Purple Carrot

Healthy Subscription Box Meals: Purple Carrot

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Price: Starting at $9.25 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 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.

Originally posted December 2012. Updated December 2016.

This article was written by Kate Morin from Greatist and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

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