Burnt out on being Chef Mom? Give yourself a break from planning and prepping breakfast, lunch and dinner, day after day, thanks to these meal delivery services and kits that keep kids (and their picky palates) in mind. We’ve rounded up the 17 best options available in Los Angeles, from organic, ready-to-eat lunches to cook-at-home ingredients and recipes for the whole family. Read on for all the details.
Healthy eating at home is the name of the game with Green Chef. Choose from three plans: Keto + Paleo, Balanced Living and Plant-Powered. Set up your deliveries to come weekly or less frequently if you prefer. Menus change every week and you'll enjoy options like Steak & Cheddar Melts, Salmon with Creamy Chimichurri, and Creamy Baked Penne Pasta.
Cost: Meal plans start at $11.99/serving.
Purple Carrot brings you plant-forward meals that are good for you and good for the planet. Choose from Quick & Easy, High-Protein, Gluten-Free or Chef’s Choice dinners and customize your choices to your liking. All meals are meat-free and easy to prepare. You can add on breakfast, lunch and snack items to get you through the week. Skip or cancel any time.
Cost: Meal plans start at $9.99/serving.
As the name suggests, Lunchbox LA specializes in lunch, both for kiddos and grown-ups. Instead of worrying about what to serve everyone come noon (and in the midst of working and learning from home), this food delivery company offers freshly made, nutritionally balanced meals, for toddlers, kids, teens and adults. There are both hot and cold lunch options, along with gluten-free and vegetarian selections. A couple adult lunches we can't wait to try? The edamame sticky rice bowl with a kefir lime leaf vinaigrette and the Niçoise salad with your own choice of protein. For kids, you can count on hits including organic crispy chicken breast tenders and mini bean and cheese burritos.
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Cost: Kids lunches start at $12 per meal, plus delivery. Delivery is free with orders $200 and over.
How about 100% plant-based, organic, non-GMO, chef-prepared entrees, soups, and juices that just show up at your front door whenever you want them to? Then look no further than this healthy bunch (bonus: they deliver nationally, too). There are no animal products of any kind. Chick'n Nuggets with chipotle dipping sauce complete with veganaise will do the trick every time for your kiddos and no one will miss the meat. Veestro food is available a la carte, in full-on Meal Packs, and they also carry a surprisingly delicious weight-loss menu plan. As with most vegetarian cuisine, many of the meals have nuts in them so be careful with a nut allergy.
Cost: Meal plans start at $9.90/serving.
Say goodbye to grocery shopping, meal planning and prep, and all that cleanup! Gobble shops, chops and delivers gourmet three-step recipes for one-pan cooking with zero prep required. How about picky eaters? Try Pan-Seared Sirloin Steak with Roasted Fingerling Potatoes & Béarnaise Sauce or Crispy Chicken Sandwich & Napa Cabbage Slaw with Caraway Vinaigrette. What have you got to lose when it's just a one-pan cleanup?
Cost: Meal plans start at $11.99/serving.
Blue Apron has been part of the meal delivery game for a long time and their expertise shows. Choose among two-serving, four-serving, wellness and vegetarian menus to pick the options that are right for you. We love that the meals typically take 40 minutes or less and include kid-friendly ingredients like baked chicken and pasta while exposing kids to different flavors like curry and chile-lime. With super easy-to-follow recipes, you can definitely get the kids involved in the cooking process.
Cost: Meal plans cost between $8.99 and $9.99/serving.
Freshly is a weekly subscription service delivering fresh (not frozen), chef-cooked meals that can be heated and served in three minutes. With a food philosophy centered on less sugar, fewer processed and more nutrients, the menu features better-for-you versions of comfort foods with smart ingredient swaps. For example, Chicken Parm is coated in almond flour vs. bread crumbs and topped with marinara sauce sweetened with honey instead of refined sugars; Mac and Cheese is made with brown rice pasta and cheesy sauce blended with a purée of cauliflower and butternut squash; and Turkey Meatballs are packed with mushrooms and served over zoodles for a lower-carb alternative to pasta.
Cost: Meal plans start at $7.99/serving.
Martha Stewart & Marley Spoon
This cook-at-home food delivery service partnered with Martha Stewart to help harried families discover their inner Martha. The menu features 22 choices every week and the website tags meals as family-friendly, under-30 minutes, gluten-free and other categories. Favorites include: chicken fajita bowl, bacon-wrapped skillet meatloaf and lemon-brown butter salmon. The website provides big, colorful step-by-step photos for careless cooks and kids who want to help.
Cost: Meals start at $7.99/portion, plus $8.99 shipping.
Home Chef meal kits offer fresh, pre-portioned ingredients and easy-to-follow, family-friendly recipes, delivered weekly. With a variety of recipes that rotate on a weekly basis, most meals include a "Customize It" option to accommodate any dietary needs or preferences. For busy parents, there's the 15-minute meal kit, which includes dishes like Honey Garlic Chicken with Broccoli and Carrots. Or, opt for more sophisticated meals from the culinary collection like Steak and Garlic Thyme Butter with balsamic Brussels Sprouts and Parmesan Twists.
Cost: Meals start at $8.99/serving.
The goal of HelloFresh is to bring the fun of cooking back into people’s lives by doing all the planning, portioning and shopping for in-season, sustainably-sourced, healthy and flavorful ingredients. HelloFresh prides itself on its delicious recipes with quick cook times; all your chopping, zesting and sautéeing will take less than 30 minutes. Family-friendly meals include Tomato Tortellini Bake, Ginger Plum Chicken and Pork Chops with Apple Rosemary Pan Sauce.
Cost: Meals start at $8.99/serving.
If your goal is to get a wholesome, easy meal on the table for your family, then Dinnerly is the meal delivery option for you. Each week Dinnerly customers choose from over a dozen options which change each week. The choices are totally kid-friendly with options like sweet and sour Swedish meatballs, turkey burgers and enchiladas. Each meal has only five prep steps and takes less than 30 minutes to get on the table, perfect for rushed weeknight dinners. Not interested in getting your box this week? No problem! You can skip any time.
Cost: Meals start at $4.69/person
For the more gourmet inclined, Territory Foods enlists the expertise of talented local chefs and informed nutritionists to bring their unique culinary skill to every dish. If you'd like a James Beard-caliber meal made fresh, delivered to your door, and ready to eat (yes please!), then this is the way to go. Territory Foods is happy to elevate dinner (without spiking your stress levels) by letting the professionals do all the heavy cooking for you.
Cost: Meal plans start at $27.90 a week/per person.
Once upon a time, a pregnant mom was disheartened with the lack of fresh, nutritious, and yummy baby meals that were readily available (without spending hours steaming and puréeing on a daily basis). Thus Yumi was born. The only meal delivery service made just for babies, this service offers healthy, fresh-made baby food, making it ultra-convenient to feed your baby without the added sugars and preservatives found in store-bought options. Now they even have nutrient-rich finger food options like beet puffs and pizza bites for babies 10 months and up who are ready to go beyond spoon feedings!
Cost: Meals plans start at $38.33 a week for 7 jars, plus one bonus jar.
Feeling like a short-order cook come dinner time is never ideal, which is why One Potato believes that it’s possible to prepare one meal that will satisfy everyone at the dinner table. The idea behind this family-friendly company is to make it easy for parents to serve up healthy, organic meals that appeal to both grown-ups and kids (even the fussiest of eaters). The best part, however, is that the prepped food kits are built to encourage your little chefs to get involved in the dinner-making process. Another bonus: each meal delivery comes with your own organic slice-and-bake cookie dough, guaranteed to delight your sweeties.
Cost: Plans range from $78-$132 per week.
Nurture Life caters to babies, toddlers and older kids with menus customized to each age group. Choose from selections like chicken parmesan and broccoli, beef lasagna or mac & cheese with cauliflower sauce to really get little mouths watering. Order weekly meals for the kiddos to be delivered to your doorstep, all freshly made and pediatric-dietician approved! Nurture Life's Heat & Eat Meals only need a couple minutes in the microwave or oven, and the cold lunches are made to be served, well, cold.
Cost: Plans start at $7.99 per meal.
Over two decades ago, this company started out as a gourmet food delivery service to the stars, pioneering the way for modern-day meal-delivery services. Nowadays, Sunfare offers full-service food delivery that can be customized to any of their healthy meal plans. For families, there's the Family Dinners program, which offers a wide range a main entree choices, plus up to two sides. It's the perfect alternative to ordering in... again!
Cost: Family Dinners (for 3) is $52.95/day, with an additional $2.99/day delivery fee.
If you are looking to up your family's health quotient this year, then Thistle is the meal delivery service for you. They offer fully-prepared breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as juices, snacks, wellness shots and more. Every week there's a new menu, that's gluten- and dairy-free. You can also choose from vegan and non-vegan options.
While the majority of the Thistle menu appeals to greens-loving adults, our kid tasters loved the 24 Carrot Gold muffin and the nourishing green juice. Bonus for busy parents: the most you'll need is a few minutes to warm up the meals or eat them room temp instead.
Cost: Fully-customizable packages start at $29.98/week.