- Organic produce
- Responsibly sourced meats & seatfood
- No single-serve options
- Not made in gluten-free or allergen-friendly kitchen
Type: Meal kit, Fresh entrée
Dietary Considerations: Diabetic-friendly, Low-carb, Gluten-free, Vegetarian, Paleo, Clean-eating, Pescatarian, Mediterranean
If you’re after variety, Sunbasket delivers. Not only does this meal delivery service have one of the most robust menus on the market, but you can also choose from meal kits or premade meals, depending on how you feel each week. There are breakfast, lunch, and dinner options, as well as individual proteins—like wild sea scallops and lemon-pepper chicken breasts—pastas with sauces, and snacks. New menus drop weekly, and when picking your meals, you can filter by dietary preference, calories, and/or preparation time.
Meal kits are available in two- or four-serving boxes, and you can choose from a minimum of two meals weekly to a maximum of five. Premade meals are single-serve, and you can order four to 10 meals per week. If you choose a meal kit, most meals are ready in 15 to 40 minutes. Reheat premade meals in the microwave in as little as four minutes.
-Blueberry BBQ Chicken With Warm Dijon-Horseradish Potato Salad (meal kit)
-Peruvian Fried Rice With Duck Confit, Poblano, and Pineapple (premade meal)
Sustainability & Quality: Sunbasket uses organic fresh produce, milk, yogurt, eggs, and tofu when available. All meats are antibiotic- and hormone-free with additional options for organic meats and poultry available. Sunbasket is also committed to sustainability; all packaging is recyclable, reusable, or compostable with most components made from recycled materials.
Price: From $10 per serving
- Limited organic ingredients
- Not all packaging is recyclable
Type: Fresh entrée
Dietary Considerations: Dairy-free, Low-carb, Gluten-free, Plant-based, Calorie-conscious
Freshly prides itself on offering flexible meal plans that can work with any lifestyle. The company delivers single-serving premade meals, many of which are gluten-free; the ones that aren’t are labeled “has gluten” so you can easily scan and choose based on your individual needs and preferences. While Freshly can’t accommodate specific dietary requests, you can filter based on general eating plans, like dairy-free or low-carb, to make it easier to choose meals from the rotating weekly menu.
You can opt for as little as four to five meals per week, or go with the biggest plan, which offers 12 meals per week. All meals have a shelf life of about three to five days, but you can pop them in the freezer if you want to order in bulk and eat them later. All meals are designed to be reheated in the microwave in less than three minutes, but you can also heat them in the oven if you prefer (just make sure to transfer them to an oven-safe dish).
-Protein-Packed Chicken Parm
Sustainability & Quality: All of Freshly’s meals are made without preservatives and artificial sweeteners. Every gluten-free meal is also prepared in a gluten-free kitchen to prevent cross-contamination. Most of the packaging is recyclable with the exception of some of the plastic that houses the insulation and the gel ice packs, which are environmentally friendly.
Price: From $9 per serving
- Menu changes weekly
- Meal variety
- Minimal organic ingredients
- Limited specialized menus
Type: Meal kit
Dietary Considerations: Low-carb, Vegetarian, Low-calorie
Seniors who prefer to cook their meals rather than having them arrive premade will love Home Chef. The meal kit service makes the entire order process extremely easy: When signing up, you can choose between the traditional plan or the Fresh and Easy option, which includes low- or no-prep recipes. You can also indicate any dietary preferences, like low-carb or calorie-conscious, as well as any specific foods that you want to avoid, including many major allergens.
New menus drop each week, and you can choose from grill-ready meals, 15-minute meal kits, and/or the Culinary Collection, which includes fancier meals that take longer to prepare but make you feel like a pro in the kitchen. When building your box, you specify how many people you’re cooking for (2, 4, or 6) and how many meals you want each week (2 to 6). Once that’s done, your box will arrive on your doorstep with preportioned ingredients and recipe cards to make it easy to prepare your meals.
–Salmon and Hot Honey Butter
-Queso Fundido Burger
Sustainability & Quality: Home Chef doesn’t have a fully organic menu, but the company does use organic ingredients whenever possible. However, the company prioritizes local ingredients and considers seasonality. There are also “swap it” options that allow you to upgrade to organic chicken for some of the meals. Most of Home Chef’s packaging is recyclable (what isn’t is reusable and nontoxic) and made with recycled materials.
Price: From $9 per serving
- Flexible subscription
- Frozen meals last longer
- Limited organic ingredients
- Packaging isn’t recyclable
Type: Frozen meal
Dietary Considerations: Diabetic-friendly, Dairy-free, Low-carb, Low-fat, Dialysis-friendly, Gluten-free, Vegetarian, Low-sodium, Renal diet
Magic Kitchen offers nutritionally balanced meals for older adults, plus several options for various dietary considerations like low-sodium, low-carb, low-fat, renal diet, and diabetic-friendly. When choosing your meals, you have two options: a la carte or complete meals. The a la carte option lets you mix and match main courses, soups, side dishes, and desserts, while the complete meals come ready to heat with one main course and one or two sides packaged together.
The company also offers what it calls a flex subscription—you purchase three or six months of meals and then build your menus from there. The process itself is straightforward; you can filter by your dietary preferences and needs, as well as the meal type (breakfast, lunch/dinner, snacks, and desserts). You can also choose between single or multiple servings recipes. All meals are handmade by chefs in small batches and then flash-frozen to preserve quality and flavor.
–Baked Tilapia, Brown Rice, and Minted Carrots
-Beef & Broccoli over Noodles with Vegetables
Sustainability & Quality: While not fully organic, Magic Kitchen does use organic produce whenever possible and is committed to antibiotic-, pesticide-, and hormone-free ingredients. All packaging is environmentally friendly, and while you can’t recycle some things, like the coolers the meals ship in, they are reusable. Magic Kitchen recommends donating them to Meals on Wheels, if possible.
Price: From $12 per serving
- Uses 96% organic ingredients
- A la carte options
- Freezer meals only
Type: Frozen meal
Dietary Considerations: Gluten-free, High-protein, Soy-free, Nut-free, Low-calorie
While many meal delivery services offer vegetarian and/or plant-based options, Veestro is exclusively created for the vegan community. There are options for many different dietary preferences, including high-protein, gluten-free, soy-free, nut-free, and low-calorie, and each ready-to-heat meal is thoughtfully crafted with organic, plant-based ingredients.
Veestro makes it really easy to build your box, too. You simply choose how many meals you want each week—10, 20, or 30—and then use the a la carte menu to stock up on your favorites. Alternatively, there’s a calorie-controlled weight loss plan that supplies 15 to 21 meals per week, each of which contains around 1,200 calories. Each meal is accompanied by a full list of ingredients on site and you can filter by dietary preferences to make it easier to narrow down your choices.
Sustainability & Quality: Veestro uses more than 96% organic ingredients in all of its meals and does not directly add preservatives (although sometimes chefs use ingredients that contain preservatives). Meals arrive in 100% recyclable trays or BPA-free plastic pouches. The insulation is environmentally friendly and dissolves in water.
Price: From $11 per serving
- Specialized menus
- Meals prepared by dietitians & chefs
- Limited information about food quality & sustainability
- Prices vary by location
Type: Fresh entrée
Dietary Considerations: Diabetic-friendly, Dialysis-friendly, Cancer & heart disease-friendly, Renal diet
Mom’s Meals was developed as a way to serve Medicare and Medicaid members, but you can pay out of pocket, too. The meal delivery service offers menus designed by dietitians and chefs who work together to ensure there are plenty of meals tailored to the specific nutrition needs and dietary restrictions of older adults.
Menus vary by state, program type, and any health conditions (Mom’s Meals has options for those with diabetes, kidney problems, cancer, and heart disease), but the basics are the same: Meals arrive on your doorstep each week, precooked and ready to heat. They are vacuum-sealed and will stay fresh in your refrigerator for up to 14 days. If you’re paying through Medicare or Medicaid, you can place your order by phone. If you’re paying out-of-pocket, Mom’s Meals offers an online checkout process.
–Chicken and Waffle and Peach Crisp
-Three Cheese Ravioli with Garlic Basil Butter Sauce
Sustainability & Quality: Mom’s Meals doesn’t offer a lot of information about food quality and sustainability practices, but there are some highlights: All kitchens are inspected for quality and safety by the USDA and certified safe. The company makes its own packaging, which allows food to keep in the refrigerator for up to 14 days (most other premade meals last five at most).
Price: Varies based on plan and area