Remember shopping? Slicing? Sautéing? Thanks to modern technology, those those silly time sucks are no longer necessary in order to set a fresh, healthy meal on the table for your family. Sure, cooking is sweet, but if you’re short on time (or the kids simply can’t stand another night of your signature chicken surprise) then just whip out your phone and decide what’s for dinner (or breakfast or lunch!). There are no shortage of services vying to bring food to your doorstep, so we’ve rounded up the best and broken down all the delicious details for you. Click through to see them all.
Let ‘Em Eat Luke’s: Luke’s Local Mealbox
Their mantra is: It's all about helping busy people eat well. Let's face it, in a perfect world, dinner would be pre-planned and pre-prepped, and cooking and eating it would cure the day's stress, not cause it! The Luke's Mealbox is a sort of hybrid mashup between a CSA (community supported agriculture) program, personal catering, and an artisan food shop. The website is easy to use and has a handy sidebar menu so you can easily select your dietary preferences: Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Vegetarian, Vegan, even a category for certified organic as well as Sugar Free. All Luke's meals are prepared by local chefs, all the produce comes from local farms, and the artisan items are all locally sourced (like bread or granola for snacking!). The best part? You get to choose which items go in that box for every order: pick both farmers’ market produce and enough pre-prepped meals made by local chefs to last your family a week. Dinners arrive ready for oven or microwave: Braised Short Ribs with Smoked Potato Puree and peppery Swiss Chard, coupled with a fragrant and flavorful Quinoa and Beet Salad for your gang to munch on. Nowadays, you can also take a stroll over to their shiny new brick and mortar San Francisco shop on Cole Street, too, if you feel like getting down with their goodies.
Cost: Prepared foods range from $5 (breakfast burrito) to $80 (family meal bundle). Delivery available in San Francisco, East Bay, and South Bay for $3.99; orders over $50 receive free delivery.
Do you have a favorite meal delivery service? Tell us in the comments below!
—Erin Feher & Mireille Schwartz