These L.A.-Based Meal Delivery Services Offer a Healthy Meal in 10 Minutes or Less
Your resolve to cook healthy meals every night might flag, and that’s OK. Sometimes we all want to kick off our shoes, watch some Schitt’s Creek and enjoy dinner without a big whoop-de-do of prep and cleanup. So here are four meal delivery services with delicious dishes, all ready in less time than it takes you to Google “how do you mince garlic?” Bonus: Each company’s offering you discounts.
Best For: Meat-Eaters
If you haven’t gone Whole30 (the clean-eating diet that has people raving about their clearer skin, higher energy levels and looser jeans), Model Meals may entice you to give it a shot. All of their meals are Whole30-approved, meaning they are grain-free, dairy-free, gluten-free and sugar-free—and, shockingly, anything but flavor-free. Our favorites include the baked yam and bacon spinach scramble for breakfast, the primal fries with 100 percent grass-fed beef (you’ll be thinking about the “special sauce” on it for days afterward) and the pasture-raised chicken tacos al carbon for dinner (using jicama for a taco shell is genius). They recommend you either heat your meal on the stove or in the oven, although they offer microwave instructions as well. Their specific cooking instructions give you that I’m-preparing-a-home-cooked-
Average Cook Time: 6 Minutes
Enter PUREWOW at checkout for $35 off the first order of $50 worth of meals or more.
Best For: Celebrity-Obsessed Dieters
Revenge Body is your favorite show, and you constantly pick up People magazine whenever a new celeb diet is featured on the cover. Kooshi is the meal delivery service that will make you feel like you’re a part of the Hollywood elite. Choose from one of their many meal plans—Keto, Paleo, Detox—or hop on the phone for a consultation if you’d like a custom one, and meals will be delivered daily, for as many days as you select. We were surprised that the seemingly little containers actually held plentiful portions that kept us full throughout the day, especially with the help of the included snacks and juices. The flavorful Amethyst Juice made us believers that beets do have a place in the realm of juice, and the Protein Power Ball felt like a guilty pleasure, even thought it’s just full of good-for-you, natural ingredients. We tried the 1,500-calorie-per-day plan and, even after a grueling morning workout, couldn’t finish all of the allotted meals and snacks. All meals are microwavable, as are the containers they come in, making these ideal if you’ve only got a few minutes before heading out to your next red carpet (or OK, car pool) affair!
Average Cook Time: 3 Minutes
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Best For: The Boss Babe
We give big props to this female-run business that puts sustainability at the forefront of their business model. Eatwelle provides customers with glass containers that they can return upon their next meal delivery. All meals arrive in a reusable cooler that you can bring into the office, which will surely make your coworkers jealous of your good-looking lunch. Many of the dishes can be eaten cold, and if not, require just a quick nuke in the microwave. We’re still thinking about the moist (sorry, moist-haters) gluten-free blueberry muffin we had for breakfast, and the butternut squash soup with crunchy pepitas on top. We appreciate that each item comes with nutritional information on the label, so you know exactly what you’re getting. Trust us, you won’t be disappointed.
Average Cook Time: 2 Minutes
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Best for: Vegetarians
Beyonce would approve of these plant-based meals from Thistle. We were surprised that eating all day sans meat could be so filling, but we found ourselves stuffed, unable to even finish the entire portion of our Vadouvan Curry with Garlic Chickpeas! We loved their salads, especially the Japanese Yuzu Salad with Sesame Edamame, and our only disappointment was in their Dandelion Baked Oatmeal with Tahini Caramel, which we found dense but bland. But hey, maybe dandelion is an acquired taste? Either way, you can pick out exactly what dishes appeal to you before you order, and everything is packaged, so you can grab one and take it to go. Meal prep made easy.
Average Cook Time: 2 Minutes
Enter PUREWOW30 at checkout for 30 percent off your first week of Thistle.