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9 Frozen Meal Delivery Services That Make Dinners Quick and Easy

Self logo Self 1/8/2022 Regan Stephens

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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1. Daily Harvest

© Daily Harvest

Why It’s Worth It: Daily Harvest started in 2015 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.

Cost: Items range from $6 to $12 each.

Availability: Currently delivering to 95% of the continental United States.

Customer review: “Love the food…it’s such a convenient way for city living with a busy schedule to eat right and affordably. So glad I made this choice!” —Liz

2. Mosaic

© Mosaic Foods

Why It’s Worth It: Reviewers positively glow about Mosaic meals, which are made with fresh vegetables and whole grains and shipped in packaging that is either recyclable or made with recycled fibers, with the goal of making eating plant-based meals easier and less expensive. Choose from family meals like an enchilada verde bake or a Thai peanut curry, individual bowls like veggie-packed pastas and stir-fries, or breakfasts like organic steel-cut oat bowls. Plan options are flexible and are easy to skip or cancel. Bonus: For every box sold, the company works with nonprofit City Harvest to rescue two pounds of food to distribute to New Yorkers.

Cost: Meals cost, on average, $5 per serving.

Availability: Mosaic delivers to about half of the contiguous U.S.—mostly on the Eastern seaboard, but recently California too. Check your zip code on the site.

Customer review: “These are good, healthy meals full of flavor. My wife works from home and I go to the office. We both enjoy Mosaic for lunch 3–5 times a week. Great service!” —Phyllis

3. Magic Kitchen

© Magic Kitchen

Why It’s Worth It: The beauty of Magic Kitchen—a service that delivers frozen premade meals to your door—is in its flexibility (there’s no obligatory subscription or contract) and its multitude of options. Shop for chef-prepared dishes by dietary interest, from diabetic-friendly to low-sodium to gluten-free to meals nutritionally balanced specifically for seniors. There are about 250 breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack options. Not sure what you’ll like? Book a call and talk through which meals and delivery options work best for you.

Cost: Meals start at $8 each.

Availability: Nationwide.

Customer review: “So happy to have so many categories to choose from! Thank you for helping me eat healthy with my crazy busy schedule.” —Cynthia

4. Kidfresh

© Kidfresh

Why It’s Worth It: Part of making your life easier is making meals for the rest of your family easier, and if you have children, Kidfresh can help do just that. The frozen ready-to-heat meals include kid favorites like chicken nuggets, mac and cheese, and meatballs—but made with extra nutritious ingredients whirled in, like puréed cauliflower and puréed carrots. Meals are high in protein and calcium, and maybe most importantly, they take just minutes to put on the table.

Cost: Meals start at $6.

Availability: Kidfresh ships nationally for a flat rate of $10 with a minimum order of eight units. You can also find them at Whole Foods.

Customer review: “This is hands down the best microwave mac and cheese. I make it sometimes for the kids and have a hard time not wanting to eat it all myself!” —Bridget

5. MealPro

© MealPro

Why It’s Worth It: A great option for those who prefer to dictate exactly what goes on their plate, MealPro lets you choose a protein and two sides (typically a starch and a veggie) before they custom make, pack, and ship your meal to you. Or choose one of their precrafted meals, like chicken teriyaki or steak fajitas that are made fresh daily, flash-frozen, vacuum-sealed, and take about five minutes to reheat. (You can even customize the pre-crafted meals to, say, have twice the protein.) Customers can subscribe or just place a one-time order.

Cost: Meals start at $9 each.

Availability: Nationwide.

Customer review: “They are tasty, healthy meals! Taste fresh. Great option if you’re trying to be healthy and don’t want to meal prep all the time.” Naw

6. Freshly

© Freshly

Why It’s Worth It: Freshly’s popular meal delivery service actually doesn’t ship frozen, but chilled to the point that you could easily pop a few in the freezer to prolong their life. You can order from a menu of simple, comforting options like breaded homestyle chicken with mac and cheese, cauliflower shell beef Bolognese, or white bean turkey chili, and there are plenty of gluten-free and vegan dishes. Choose between 4 and 12 meals per week.

Cost: Plans range between $54 and $120 per week, including shipping.

Availability: Delivery is available to most of the continental U.S.

Customer review: “I’ve tried 6 premade meal services and Freshly is the best by a margin. The meals are large, filling, and delicious, they’re priced well, and the service is impeccable. A+” Chris

7. The Good Kitchen

© LunahZon Photography / The Good Kitchen

Why It’s Worth It: With around two dozen lunch and dinner options available each week, The Good Kitchen offers plenty of variety alongside the convenience. You can filter to find meals based on your eating habits or even specifically for options made with ingredients like garlic or mushrooms! The meals arrive frozen in vacuum-sealed bags and can last up to six months in the freezer but take only minutes to heat up in the microwave.

Cost: Plans start at $75 per week, or buy à la carte meals that start at $13 each.

Availability: The Good Kitchen ships everywhere in the contiguous U.S. (and can ship to some places in Alaska and Hawaii with a call to customer service and added shipping fee).

Customer review: “It’s so easy to pop the meals right into the freezer, and have a quick, tasty, healthy meal ready in under 5 minutes.” —Michelle

8. Paleo on the Go

© Paleo on the Go

Why It’s Worth It: Lest you think these kinds of frozen meal delivery services aren’t wide-ranging enough for many people with health conditions, know that services like Paleo on the Go may offer the breadth you need. All of their dishes are made to be friendly to the autoimmune protocol diet (AIP) that may be helpful for people with conditions like ulcerative colitis. Beyond meals like chicken with dumplings and lasagna, the service also offers a wide range of sweet options, including carob chunk cookies and pumpkin pie.

Cost: Meals average $20 each, and the minimum order is $99.

Availability: Nationwide

Customer review: “The food is excellent (including the baked items) and shipped immaculately. It isn’t cheap but it couldn’t be more convenient. The customer service is great too.” —Mary

9. Williams-Sonoma

© Williams-Sonoma

Why It’s Worth It: Yup, the kitchenware company is selling ready-made meals! They partnered with Portland’s Elephants Delicatessen to whip up dishes made with top-notch local ingredients that are ready to fill your freezer or pop into your oven. There are all kinds of packages, from five days of vegetarian entrées that include coconut curry and cheesy polenta, to a frittata trio, to a set of baked pasta dishes, all of which feed two to eight people. The company offers three-month subscriptions, or you can stock up a handful on delicious semi-homemade meals for nights when making dinner from scratch just feels impossible. Pro tip: If you’re looking for an easy way to show a friend some love when they’re too busy to cook, you can make it happen with a few clicks.

Cost: Packages start at $100.

Availability: Nationwide

Customer review: “Yummy. Each is savory and unique in flavor. I was at first skeptical but these are great quality. Have ordered twice!” Mprstl

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