Meal kits hit the sweet spot with consumers who don’t want or don’t have the spare time to plan their meals and shop for groceries. Meal delivery services deliver pre-portioned ingredients with easy-to-follow recipes, or premade meals, straight to the doorstep.
We have learned that since we started reviewing meal kits a few years back, most are operated as a subscription service only. Companies like Blue apron, Home Chef, Green Chef, and Martha and Marley Spoon, just to name a few.
You would have thought you could just order them whenever without requiring you to subscribe – but that is, in fact, very rare!
There are, however, three meal delivery services that do offer this flexibility, and in this review, we will tell you all you need to know about them.
1. Sunbasket- The only meal delivery with no-subscription needed
Sun Basket makes sure to deliver only organic and sustainably raised ingredients, mainly from local farms.
The company offers the most intense variety of meals to choose from every week, with over 20 easy to cook and oven-ready meals to choose from – all designed for easy cooking using an easy to follow recipe card.
Sunbasket’s menu also supports many diets like gluten-free, low-calorie, low-carb, vegetarian, and more. Plus, many add-ons fare offered like breakfasts, pre-cooked and fresh proteins, healthy bars and drinks, fresh pasta, and more.
All of this can be ordered on a subscription basis that you can cancel at any time or as a one time purchase!
And did we mention it is SO GOOD? We tried so many Sun Basket meals over the years, and one thing comes in common to all – It’s delicious!
Here are a few examples of recommended meals from their vast menu:
Blazin’ Balinese chicken with cucumber-cabbage salad
Shrimp diablo tacos with roasted peppers and queso fresco
Spicy Sichuan dan-dan noodles with tofu and spinach
Spicy chorizo and tomatillo chili with sweet potato and pumpkin seeds
Lunch or snack – Chipotle Chicken Empanadas, 2-pack
Fresh Pasta menu- Ricotta and broccoli rabe ravioli or Ricotta and broccoli rabe ravioli
2. Veestro – plant-based meal delivery without a subscription
Veestro is a pre-prepped meal delivery service of 100% plant-based vegan foods. The company mantra is to help you eat better, understanding that you don’t have to follow a strict vegan diet to reap the benefits of eating more plants.
By consuming more plants, you can lower your risk of many chronic health issues, including diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and more. As a bonus, a balanced plant-based diet can make it easier for you to lose weight!
The Veestro meals are pre-cooked with Fresh, locally sourced organic ingredients. This would save you grocery store trips and cooking meals time.
You can choose your meals and get them delivered as a one-time order or as a subscription (10% off + FREE Shipping with all subscriptions)! There are NO COMMITMENTS – pause or cancel your subscription at any time!
We tried some Veestro meals and were surprised by how good they were, even for a non-vegan audience. Here are some of the recommended meals to try:
BBQ chicken pizza
Veggie wrap with black beans, quinoa, and organic veggies
Shepherdless pie With layers of filling potatoes, fresh vegetables, quinoa, and mushrooms
Moroccan melange African-inspired dish with a blend of fresh veggies, potatoes, and quinoa
Breakfast – Spanish Torta with layered of roasted veggies and black bean sauce
Breakfast – Breakfast burrito with a blend of beans, tofu, and veggies, wrapped up in a tortilla and served with a side of breakfast potatoes
3. Balance by BistroMD – premade meal delivery service without subscription
Balance by BistroMD is a premade meal delivery service that provides you a better way to eat healthy meals with no Cooking Required. They do the meal planning, shopping, cooking, and delivering the meals to your door.
The great advantage of Balance by BistroMD is that there is no membership needed – no minimum order limits and no commitments! You can order what you want when you want it!
The menu is designed by dietitians and is chef-prepared with only fresh ingredients, free of chemicals and additives. You can choose from various entrees and snacks, including gluten-free meals, vegetarian meals, diabetes-friendly meals, dairy-free meals, and more.
Here are some great meal options from the menu:
Chicken and Andouille Sausage Jambalaya
Grilled Salmon with Champagne Sauce, green beans, and lentils
Hickory Smoked BBQ Pork with Peach Crisp
Tilapia with Orange Parsley Sauce
Barramundi Seabass with Sweet Coconut Pineapple Sauce
Breakfast – Dark chocolate chip crepe with pork sausage hash
Breakfast – Caramelized Mushroom and Onion Frittata
Indeed, most meal delivery services are only offered as a subscription-based service. There are, however, a few good options without a subscription that you should check out, as we listed above.
We think the right way to start is by trying a few dishes from each company. That way, you can get a good understanding of each company’s style of meals.
One thing is for sure – meal delivery services will help you minimize the time spent on planning a balanced menu and going to the grocery store. Moreover, it will enable you to try different flavors and divers your menu.