Insta-Chefs: Meal Kit Deliveries

Fresh, whole foods—minus shopping time—means nirvana for mind, body, spirit and schedule. Meal-kit deliveries cater to a wide range of taste buds, dietary choices and health needs. Here’s a look at the next crop.
Meal Kit Deliveries
A healthy, plant-based meal from Purple Carrot

By Stephanie Headrick


Consistently rated as one of the top meal-delivery services, Sakara’s goal is to introduce people to a healthier lifestyle and provide viable options for starting a new diet or detoxing—all with top-notch fare. With offerings that change weekly, the meal plan starts at $25 per day; customers can save more as subscribers.


WHAT IT IS: Ingredients for superfood smoothies like Golden Milk Recharge, Ginger Citrus Energizer, and Chocolate Coconut Almond are delivered weekly; recipes detail exact ingredients as well as health benefits of the ingredients—i.e., magnesium and potassium for relaxation and protein synthesis.
HOW IT WORKS: Choose five recipes for a week (each recipe makes two 12 oz. servings).
PRICE: $49.90 weekly
OPTIONS: Choose five favorite plant-powered superfood recipes from a weekly menu.
DIET: dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan


WHAT IT IS: The first meal kit company to receive gluten-free certification, the Green Chef focuses on organic, full-flavor meals.
HOW IT WORKS: Choose a subscription plan and delivery day.
PRICE: The gluten-free two-person plan is $13.49 per serving, omnivore and vegan meals are $11.99, carnivore $13.49, paleo $14.99.
OPTIONS: Offers three certified gluten-free menus (paleo, keto, gluten-free); two-person menu option or menu for families of four; seven meal plans (omnivore, carnivore, paleo, keto, vegan, gluten-free, vegetarian).
DIET: gluten-free, keto, organic, paleo, vegan, vegetarian


WHAT IT IS: 100 percent seasonally inspired plant-based dishes; lists nutrition facts, prep time, servings, allergens and exact ingredients.
HOW IT WORKS: Choose a meal plan, recipes, then cook and enjoy.
PRICE/OPTIONS: Meal plan for two people, three unique meals per week, $72/week; TB12 Performance meals developed by Tom Brady (marketed to athletes; high protein and always gluten-free), three meals per week, $78/week
DIET: gluten-free, vegan


WHAT IT IS: “Real Food. Made Simple.” No GMOs responsibly sourced
HOW IT WORKS: Features a unique sous-vide cooking method—meals come in plastic packages. Submerge them in boiling water for recommended time and serve. The website lists all the info for each meal, including nutrition facts, serving size, potential allergens, health benefits, vitamins, minerals. Meals are low sodium, low fat, and high in omega 3’s.
PRICE: Meal plans start at four meals/week ($15/meal, $60/week).
OPTIONS: Choose a variety of options from the menu selections, including best-sellers and featured menu selections in four, six, eight or 12 meal/week plans.
DIET: low-fat, low-sodium, non-GMO


WHAT IT IS: Offers clean, organic and sustainable produce; meats free of antibiotics and hormones; and seafood delivered in compostable packaging.
HOW IT WORKS: weekly delivery (skip or cancel anytime), personalized recipes
PRICE/OPTIONS: Classic menu: 18 recipe choices (including Paleo, Lean & Clean, gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian, Mediterranean, chef’s choice), three per week for two or four people; price per serving $11.99
DIET: gluten-free, organic, paleo, pescatarian, soy-free, vegan, vegetarian