Dinner is Served! Meal Delivery Services to Try Now
When calling for pizza delivery (again) is just not an option, try out these meal delivery services that serve up healthy, home-cooked eats. Delivered straight to your doorstep, here are four local services that cater to your foodie tastes and your preference for local, sustainable goods.
A note on availability: Check the websites for delivery since they each reach a variety of zip codes in Portland and Vancouver, but not all of them.
Full Belly Fare
How it Works: Order for a full week and the meals are delivered on your weekly delivery day. You can choose from four main dishes along with sides.
Kid Faves: Most of this food would go in the “gourmet” category, so it’s probably best for adventurous eaters. But every week there is at least one dish that even the pickier ones would scarf down, from lemon chicken to veggie to chicken pot pies.
Photo courtesy of Portland’s Full Belly Fare
Cost: Entrees typically run $11.95 to $12.95 per portion, with sides, salads and desserts ranging from $1.50 to $5.
Special Diets: This is the place to go for special diets. All entrees are marked with their qualifications, from gluten-free to paleo and everything in between.
Yummo! Soup made with champagne? We’re in! Check out their puréed leek, cauliflower, and parsnip soup with champagne and gruyere; and ethnic delights such as ghormeh sabzi, a Persian stew.
You’ll Eat Up: The variety that is offered here. If delivered dinners make you think of typical pasta and chicken fare, and your tastes run to the more eclectic, this is your place! It’s food fit for “Portlandia:” All meats are local and are antibiotic/hormone free. Most produce is organically grown, and when possible, also locally grown. Most dairy products are organic, and when possible, local, and from grass-fed animals.
Dinner at Your Door
How it Works: Order as many meals as you want for the week and they’ll arrive on your weekly delivery day. Each zip code has a specified day, but you can customize it for an extra charge.
Kid Faves: They always offer $5 “small belly” choices of bowtie pasta and chicken or grilled chicken with carrots, but you’ll also find that lots of their menu items are fab for the fam, like shredded teriyaki chicken and veggies.
Photo courtesy of Portland’s Full Belly Fare
Cost: Entrees are $16 per two servings. Side dishes are $5 for 2; and salads are $8 for 2 servings. Minimum order is $28, but you can spread that out over the week.
Special Diets: Any meal is available gluten free, and all baked goods come that way.
Yummo! Try the lasagna with vegetables and fresh tomato sauce and their currries that use hand-roasted spices.
You’ll Eat Up: This service offers awesome customizations with their a la carte menu, where you can choose two salads and no sides, or whatever works for your family. They’re also into as much local food as they can find and deliver everything in reusable glass containers. No waste!
Dine In 2Nite
How it works: You pay on a subscription basis a month in advance and you can use it flexibly to pause or skip when you need to. They cook every afternoon and deliver the hot meal that day.
Kid Faves: There are no special kid meals, but you can request “kid prep” and you’ll get sauces on the side. However, they stress that all their recipes are “accessible,” meaning that it’s going to be an “Applebee’s” style version of an Asian or European dish. Authentic-ish, we’ll call it.
Photo courtesy of Dine In2Nite
Cost: $10 per meal, which is 14 to 16 oz. portion. Typically a family of four will order three, unless they want lunch leftovers!
Special Diets: They can always replace the protein and make any meal vegetarian.
Yummo! From maple glazed baby back ribs to awesome pastas, the variety is amazing.
You’ll Eat Up: The total flexibility for the delivery time! They’ll come between 4 and 5:30 or 5:30 and 7 …whenever YOUR ideal dinner time is! They also source local and sustainable ingredients whenever possible.
And finally, we had to include this final service – think of it as a “Match.com” for a chef. Even though we can’t all be Princess Kate, we can feel like her with our own personal chef.
An awesome local mom started this service in the fall for busy families who don’t have time to prepare meals. But with a twist…instead of being a delivery service with set menus, etc., you browse the profiles of local cooks and find someone who can give you what your family needs. Maybe you want dinners five nights a week or just on Mondays when you have a late meeting and soccer practice. Maybe you want the cook in your kitchen, or maybe you hate the mess. Do you want someone who makes vegan or low-carb food – or who makes ooey gooey comfort food? Check out the chefs available, pick the one that fits you and work out the deets yourselves!
Photo Courtesy of YumOYum
Have you tried delivery services with success? We’d love to hear about your fave!
— Cathie Ericson