Which Prepared Meal Delivery Service is Best for You?

Are you looking for a convenient way to get healthy, freshly cooked meals without having to do all the work? Prepared meal delivery services are the perfect solution. With a variety of options available, you can choose the one that best meets your needs. CookUnity offers several plans depending on the number of meals you want to receive, with subscriptions ranging from four meals to 16 meals per week. You can personally choose your meals from a rotating menu of ready-to-eat meals each week or have them chosen based on your preferences, including your protein choices and any dietary restrictions, such as vegetarian, vegan, low carb or gluten free.

Sunbasket offers ready meals (in addition to meal kits), which according to the brand consist of high-quality ingredients and organic products. The Fresh & Ready plan includes single-serving meals to be heated in the oven or microwave, according to Sunbasket. These foods don't come frozen, but you can freeze most of them to cook later (those that can be frozen have specific cooking instructions).Daily Harvest offers prefabricated harvest bowls, flat breads, soups and more, all gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan and made with plant-based ingredients, depending on the service. Resick describes them as having vibrant colors, a big step forward compared to the “beis” (healthy food) of yesteryear.

You can also choose gluten-free and dairy-free desserts, such as ice cream and chocolate snacks. Daily Harvest offers a variety of shakes, although they require a little more preparation than your other meal options, they are delivered as pre-cut frozen fruits and vegetables that are covered with a liquid of your choice and mixed together.Factor offers a weekly rotating menu with more than 27 pre-prepared meals (designed by dieticians, depending on the brand) to be placed directly in the fridge when unpacked. The service meets a number of diets and dietary needs, including ketogenic, paleo, low-carb, vegetarian, plant-based, and high-protein diets. The select writer Justin Redman called Factor a “godsend” and loves its comfort.Freshly offers four to 12 prepared meals per week, all of which, depending on the brand, are single-serving (with some side dishes and proteins to share) and prepared by a chef.

You can choose from more than 30 dishes on the menu that adapt to various dietary restrictions, such as gluten-free, dairy-free, plant-based and carbohydrate-conscious diets. Moskovitz praised Freshly's flexible plans and easy, reliable meals, which “score highly in the flavor department.”Splendid Spoon offers more than 50 healthy meals and snacks prepared gluten-free, ranging from smoothies and soups to cereal bowls and noodles. You can choose from several meal plans, including a breakfast plan that includes five smoothies, a lunch option that includes five soups and cereal bowls, or a combination of the two. The service recommends freezing food when unpacking, which they say lasts one to three months.Home Chef is best known for delivering meal kits but it also offers a Fresh & Easy plan with multiple oven-ready and grill-ready meals designed with minimal preparation and cleaning in mind depending on the service.

As part of its rotating weekly menu of more than 30 meals to choose from Home Chef will offer about 10 pre-made options. Before placing the order you will be asked to complete a questionnaire to customize your menu according to your tastes serving size and delivery preferences. By analyzing individual menu options each meal shows the estimated time it takes to warm up. Since Home Chef is one of the most customizable options with a variety of selections it's probably best for “families children or people with dietary restrictions” according to Ben Leonard.

That said it may not be the best for people who are hesitant or not as demanding with their options according to Leonardo. Fresh N Lean is the best meal delivery service for most. These oven-ready meal delivery plans which fall between a classic meal kit and food delivery are raw but pre-assembled to be baked toasted sautéed or put in the slow cooker without the need for significant preparation for a healthy freshly cooked meal. Think of simple dishes like roasted chicken breast with pre-cut vegetables and a savory sauce.

Home Chef even includes the cooking tray in many of its food kits so there's no need to clean it afterwards. After testing all the major prepared meal delivery service options Fresh N Lean escaped the competition and met more requirements than any other. The food is healthy carefully prepared tastes fantastic looks appetizing and is quite affordable depending on the plan you choose. Fresh N Lean has five meal plans to help keep people up to date with their specific nutritional goals including low-carb vegan paleo and protein options as well as options.

The food I tried was made exceptionally well made with simple wholegrain ingredients. Except for a dried chicken breast everything I ate was at least good and more than good and some foods even bordered on the quality of a restaurant. My favorite was a tender braised beef with vegetables and coconut and coriander sauce. Home Chef is a popular meal delivery company and recently launched a line of oven-ready meals such as Cajun chicken with rice and beans aimed at eliminating almost all the work out of dinner but it still offers home-cooked food technically speaking.

If you're looking for oven-ready meal options you'll want to choose Home Chef's & Easy fresh meals which focus on easy-to-prepare options for the oven. In addition this meal delivery service offers prepared grilled meals for the summer 15 minute starter salads for those who want lighter meals or meals in a slow cooker that also require minimal preparation and cleaning. This new Home Chef category is designed to offer little technical knowledge and is a good option if you want a home cooked meal delivery plan but aren't interested in enrolling in a culinary institute to prepare a delicious meal. You might have noticed Daily Harvest's beautiful milkshakes in an Instagram ad (or four) but the service offers much more than delicious smoothies packed with fruits and vegetables.

Consider their Harvest Bowls which can be heated in the microwave or prepared on a stove the Harvest Bakes that you put in the oven (and are big enough to share) the....

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