Meal Delivery Options To Give Mama A Break
Written by Anna Jacobs
Photography by PHOTOGRAPH VIA SAKARA
With weekday nights full of soccer practice and dance rehearsals, little can put your mind at ease more than knowing a delicious meal will be on the table come dinnertime. Whereas a few years ago we might have been pulling frozen pizzas from the oven and ordering takeout, now there are plenty of meal delivery options to give a mama a much-needed break. It’s super simple to start a subscription, and before you know it, healthy ingredients and simple, delicious recipes will be waiting on your doorstep. Sound like a dream come true? We thought so. Check out a few of our favorite options, below.
With the goal of supporting mindful, wholesome eating, Splendid Spoon delivers five plant-based bowls to your door each week. Every delivery comes with mindfulness and meditation tips to help your make the most of your lunch breaks. The Program 2.0: Five breakfasts, five lunches, and one full-day soup cleanse, $135/week, Splendid Spoon.
We love Freshly’s mission to “make you happy, healthy, and more free to pursue your passions.” Freshly’s meals are always all-natural, gluten-free, and high-protein, and they never include processed sugars. The 12 meals per week plan, $107.99/week, Freshly.
Only available in the San Francisco Bay Area (for now), Good Eggs has recently launched incredible Weeknight Dinner Kits, filled with fresh ingredients and recipes that are simple, yet delicious. Think: A One-Pot Citrus Chicken with Wheat Berries, Mexican BBQ Pork Tacos, and Mint Pesto Pasta with Peas and Green Garlic. They all take 10-40 minutes to complete and average out to $7.77 a meal (even less if you count the leftovers)! No subscription required and families can also order a plethora of other fresh and prepared yumminess via GoodEggs.com. Weeknight Dinner Kit, 3 Meals For $69.99, Good Eggs.
A great option for New York mamas, Nourish Baby is an offshoot of Greenwich Village-based, Nourish Kitchen + Table. Specializing in wholesome food for baby and mama, Nourish Baby uses organic and local ingredients to craft creative, gourmet meals. Their menu adapts with your growing babe needs, so you can spend less time thinking about what they should be eating and more hours enjoying tummy time. One week trial: 16-23 items per week depending on developmental stage, $120/week, Nourish Baby.
Martha & Marley Spoon
Martha Stewart’s meal delivery service dishes up chef-designed recipes for families of four or fewer. You chose the recipes, and voilà, the ingredients arrive at your doorstop, fresh and ready to be cooked. The recipes change with the seasons, so you’ll never tire of these swoon-worthy meals. Four meals for four individuals, $109.20/week, Marley Spoon.
Select which meals you’d like to cook this week, and Plated will deliver the fresh ingredients to your door. Plated does the shopping and measuring for you, and you get the fun of cooking in the kitchen, minus the stress. Easy as that! Four servings per night for four nights a week, $119.40, Plated.
Compiled of all organic and responsibly-sourced ingredients, Sun Basket makes going green easy peasy. You never have to worry about pesticides or GMOs, as Sun Basket’s done the dirty work for you. With gluten-free, vegetarian, and paleo options, this meal delivery is especially wonderful for families with dietary restrictions. Family Menu: two or four meals per week with four servings, $9.99/meal, Sun Basket.
Hello Fresh’s simple options pack a punch and are simple to cook. Pictures accompany the instructions on each recipe card, so gone are the days of scratching your head over confusing prep work. Bonus: they’ve got options for meat-eaters, pescetarians, and vegetarians alike. Score! Family meal plan: three meals a week for four people, $104.88/week, Hello Fresh.
Sakara is the passion project of one half former actress/model and one half former Wall Street specialist, Danielle and Whitney. Founded upon the principles of whole, gluten-free, plant-rich superfoods from the purest ingredients, and mantras like “count your blessings, not your carbs or calories,” Sakara is all about empowering you through food and making you feel beautiful. As if we haven’t already swayed you enough to join the Sakara Life, one look at their sample menu, and you’ll be hooked. Subscription Plan: Five days of breakfast, lunch, dinner, detox teas, morning water, and night water, $420/week, Sakara.
Each week, the chefs at Purple Carrot create new, seasonally-inspired recipes with the freshest ingredients, delivered right to your doorstep. Boasting plant-based dishes, Purple Carrot is a great option for sustainably-minded mamas and vegetarians alike. Family plan: two meals a week for three to four people, $74/week, Purple Carrot.
If you’re a Nashville dweller, Dinner Belle may just be the way to go. What’s especially appealing is that the founder, Laura, is all about values when choosing what to feed the family. And, she values down-home ideals like eating local, consuming organic, and giving back. With no processed foods and a few great, high-quality meatless options, Dinner Belle is a delicious, but also conscious option. Meals are crafted à la carte, prices vary, Dinner Belle.
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