When the school year starts and your attention turns to schedules, extra-curriculars and homework, getting a balanced meal on the table gets tricky. Luckily there are great services throughout the Portland area ready to deliver whatever you need, whether it’s a hot meal that’s ready to put on the table or ingredients that are prepped for you to heat up yourself. Read on for the businesses just waiting to make your life a little easier.
Photo: Full Belly Fare
For locally-sourced and (mostly) organic, this Portland staple is the way to go. Opt for a subscription or place a $75 minimum weekly order. Don’t be afraid to order ahead, because many of the dishes can be frozen for future use. Choose from main dishes, sides (including grains and veggies) and desserts. Many dietary needs can be accommodated, such as gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian, soy-free, Paleo and vegan. Sensitivities to ingredients such as egg or corn can also be considered with customized meals.
What we like: They strive to use meat that comes from “happy” animals. Think grass-fed, antibiotic and hormone-free, and local.
We’ve all had those moments. The plans have changed and dinner suddenly needs to be served up with no plan in place. Forget the drive-through because a Munchery order can be placed and delivered ASAP (if you’re within the delivery area). With dishes starting at $7.95, it’s affordable too. If you’re not within their delivery area, consider cooking kits, which are shipped to your door for meals that can be on the table within 15 minutes of prep.
What we like: Kids’ meals that aren’t your typical grilled cheese or chicken tenders. How about salmon teriyaki or honey mustard meatloaf? Veggies and ranch or creamy vanilla pudding are also sure to be crowd-pleasers.
If you enjoy cooking but it’s the shopping and meal-planning that you just don’t have time for, sign up for this delightful service that takes care of half the work. Their team of chefs create delicious recipes and include all necessary ingredients. You do the prep work (don’t worry, there’s no need for any fancy cooking tools here) and you’ll get your cooking fix on an easier timeline. We recommend the Family Box, which serves two adults and two children and features child-friendly classics that are healthy and filling.
What we like: The service is subscription-based but you can pause, modify or cancel your subscription without penalty. Going on vacation? Just make sure to pause your service five days in advance and then resume when you get home.
Photo: Farm to Fit
If individual servings and portion control are at the top of your priority list, this business has you covered. Offering different options for caloric-intake goals, their healthy meals in individual servings are great for smaller families or those who have been advised by a physician to track calories. They also have gluten-intolerant and diabetic-friendly options. Choose from 3-, 5- or 7-day meal plans and look for deliveries to arrive on Mondays and Thursdays.
What we like: Their upcoming menus are posted online so you know what to expect in the next week’s meal deliveries.
Sometimes the family just wants take-out. There’s nothing wrong with that, except that the guy at the pizza place down the street knows you so well that you’re going to have to start inviting him to family gatherings. Take take-out up a notch by checking out the restaurants in your area that only offer delivery through this service. Place your order online and you could have it within 60 minutes.
What we like: The crazy-long list of restaurant options we found in most Portland zip codes. Who knew you could get Bavarian sausages, sushi and red velvet cupcakes delivered within minutes? Game changer!
What is your favorite meal delivery service? Let us know in the comments!
— Marianne Walters