While meal kits can make dinnertime easier, saving on trips to the grocery store and chopping ingredients, they still require time and effort. Enter frozen meal delivery, for when juggling work, childcare, and/or life in general puts too much on your plate, and makes even the most basic recipes seem too time-consuming and insurmountable. And the frozen meals you can get delivered aren’t the ones you may have in your mind’s eye when you think of this meal option. A new crop of companies is serving up delicious, often chef-designed dishes that reheat in minutes and solve the problem of what’s for dinner—quickly. There’s zero prep work and, most importantly, simple cleanup.
Even better? Many of these new companies selling healthy frozen meals ship their entrées in recyclable packaging and have myriad options for most any dietary restrictions or tastes.
From vegan to diabetic diet-friendly and more, read on for everything you need to know about the best frozen meal delivery services out there. Click ship and eat!
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Why It’s Worth It: Daily Harvest started in 2014 as a weekly or monthly smoothie delivery service and has since expanded to sell soups, flatbreads, bowls, and other wholesome prepared foods that can feed you for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Everything—from the sweet potato and wild rice hash harvest bowl to the artichoke and spinach flatbread and mint and cacao smoothie—centers on organic fruit and vegetables. Also, unsurprisingly given this list, everything is frozen, specifically with the aim of locking in as many antioxidants as possible while the produce is at peak freshness. If you’ve got multiple mouths to feed, new this year are Daily Harvest’s four Harvest Bakes, which are ready-to-bake dishes like a chickpea and coconut curry made with veggies, grains, spices, and sauces that you can pop in the oven and share in just 30 minutes. Everything on the Daily Harvest menu is vegan and gluten-free. Some items are also paleo or allergen-free too.