Written by: PoshMom Editorial Team
Who knew that 2020 would change our lives so drastically and that some of those shifts would remain in 2022 and beyond? Covid, as we knew it, is over with people across the country clamoring to be social and get a dinner reservation at their favorite neighborhood spot. But the virus also brought back people’s love of cooking and dining in. The consequence of less dining out and more meals at home seems to have sparked a trend with staying power, even with the extra washing of dishes involved.
But what about those days (read: all days) when you don’t feel like figuring out what’s for dinner and are looking for healthier or different than the local take-out options? In the front door walks the next generation of meal delivery and simple make-a-meal services. Where fresh foods are delivered to your home weekly in insulated (recyclable for the most part) packaging that keeps the food fresh. Easy breezy packages that include pre-measured portions ready for cooking or even full meals that simply need to be heated and served. With so many niche meal subscription services available for every type of diet we honed down some you might consider for you and the fam.
For the uber-busy mom (that doesn’t love Uber Eats) looking for a meal delivery service that is basically heat and eat, Freshly might be the correct answer. Each meal is sized for one person and comes fresh and totally prepared, ready to eat in three minutes. When household members all have different taste buds, this is a plan that can accommodate! Select a plan of four, six, nine or twelve meals per week, and choose from a menu of 30 different selections such as Sicilian-Style Chicken Parm or Cauliflower Shell Bolognese. Meals are gluten- and peanut-free with no refined sugars.
Home Chef’s motto is “Home cooking made simple” and we’re all for it! Choose your meals each week from a menu of 15 new recipes that you can customize (swap, double protein, upgrade, etc.). Food is delivered as pre-portioned ingredients with step-by-step recipe cards. The no need for knives with already cut up portions makes including the little ones in cooking safe and easy. Selections include Chicken with Fig and Bacon Jam and for the sweet toothed ones look like a true chef with a Snickerdoodle Skillet. The expansive menu includes carb conscious, calorie conscious and vegetarian options., Home Chef includes plans for large families (up to 6 people).
Purple Carrot, a plant-based meal service, states that their meals are not only good for you but good for the planet as well. Customers choose from a two-serving plan (three or four meals per week) or a four-serving plan (two or three meals per week). Mouthwatering healthy recipes include selections such as Buffalo Tempeh Quinoa Bowls and Charred Pepper Ragout. Mac and Cheese and quesadillas are offered and can pass the tough-to-please kid test. You can choose a specific meal plan (high protein, gluten free, quick and easy or chef’s choice) or customize your order each week. Whether you are 100% vegan or just want to add some plant-based meals to your diet, Purple Carrot is definitely worth checking out.
The Sakara Life organic meal delivery program is based on a whole-food, plant-rich diet that includes fresh, nutrient-dense and delicious ingredients. If you want to improve your nutrition or lose some weight, this might be the program for you. The food is plant-based, gluten- and dairy-free with no GMOs or refined sugar. They offer meal programs of two, three or five days per week. Weekly shipments include up to three meals per day plus detox tea and a probiotic. Meals arrive completely prepared so there is no meal prep required. In addition to its Signature program, Sakara also offers a five-day detox cleanse. The set menu varies each week with delicious meals such as Roasted Peach Chana Masala and Wild Mushroom Pasta. Not many kind friendly options but mom and dad have many choices to satisfy.
Sun Basket is a certified organic handler and strives to source 100% organic products, with antibiotic- and hormone-free meat and organic eggs and produce. You can choose one of their meal plans (paleo, lean and clean, gluten free, vegetarian, Mediterranean and more) or mix and match any of the mouth-watering weekly recipes. Their flexibility appreciated by the many different eating styles of your family. Including dishes such as Papparadelle with wilted greens, hazelnuts and ricotta salata and a more simplistic ravioli and red sauce for small taste buds. Ingredients are delivered to your door, with each meal taking about 30 minutes to prepare. Meal plans are for two or four people for two, three or four meals per week.
Revive Super Foods
Smoothie, bowls, desserts, and plant-based meals all frozen direct from the farm. The bowls are filled with every fruit under the sun including delicious and nutritious dragon fruit. A warm bowl of chickpeas and wild rice with edamame, sweet corn and pomegranate is also an option. Or choose a best-selling high protein soup of Guajillo pepper and tortilla. The best bet for the kids are the farm fresh and colorful smoothies which are high fiber, highly delicious and easy to grab from the freezer on the go.
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