Standing in front of a nearly empty fridge on a Tuesday night has never inspired the ideal home-cooked dinner.
Eating well can be difficult if you're not prepared. Whether it's the grocery shopping, meal planning or cooking you'd like to take out of the equation, there's a delivery service that can make your life a little easier.
1. Good Eggs
Focusing on local produce with organic options, Good Eggs makes it simple to eat high quality, in-season food. With a wide range of produce, pantry items and prepared foods from your area, you'll always have something fresh to put on the table.
Why it's great: you support local farmers and businesses while getting beautiful, seasonal produce.
Sometimes going to the farmer's market doesn't always fit into your schedule, so OurHarvest let's you shop local markets from your computer. Choose a market based on your location and either pick up your items later or get them sent to you using Uber's delivery service.
Why it's great: for orders over $25, OurHarvest donates a meal to a local food pantry.
They keep it simple by delivering an assortment of organic fruits and vegetables to your door. Each week the selection is updated based on what's available — all you need to do is choose the size of the box that's right for your household. You can also make substitutions to accommodate resident picky eaters.
Why it's great: it takes the guesswork out of buying the perfect amount of organic fruits and vegetables you need each week.
Instacart sends someone to your local grocery store (you can choose from multiple stores in your area) and they do your shopping for you and deliver it within the 1-hour window of your choosing. Ordering is super simple with their app that saves your previous purchases.
Why it's great: you can still get your favorite products (hello, sriracha!) from your local store.
Healthy products for the kitchen and home at wholesale prices. Costly pantry items like almond butter and coconut oil and supplements like probiotics and vitamins are all sold at discounted prices. It's free to start, then there's a monthly fee to shop after that.
Why it's great: they give free memberships to families in need.
6. Marley Spoon
You choose the meals you want from the current week's menu (tailored to you based on your preferences) and they send you the ingredients along with the recipes to make them happen.
Why it's great: they donate any leftover food you have to City Harvest.
Editor's note: After seeing this article, the folks at Marley Spoon reached out to us to offer a $30 discount to the first 30 MindBodyGreen readers to sign up. Use code MBG646
Meals made by chefs using fresh ingredients and delivered to you in eco-friendly packaging. Order and set your delivery time on their app, then heat the dishes up when you're ready to eat. Meals can be ordered the day of or up to a week in advance, if you're a planner. There's also dessert, side dish and kid-friendly options available.
Why it's great: for every order, they provide a meal for someone in need by donating a portion of their proceeds to the SF & Marin Food Bank.
8. Hello Fresh
Choose between an Omnivore or Herbivore Box. You'll receive 3 recipe cards and all the ingredients to make each meal for either 2 or 4 people. You can view the recipes for the upcoming week and download them from the website.
Why it's great: ingredients come portioned, ready to use and take 40 minutes or less to prepare.
9. Sakara Life
Fresh, clean and organic meals made and delivered straight to to you. With an emphasis on nutrition, these gluten-free and plant-based meals are designed to help you detox while leaving you feeling satisfied. Buy packages for 1, 5 or 20 days (2-3 meals a day).
Why it's great: it's perfect for busy folks who want to jumpstart a healthy eating plan without spending time in the kitchen.
One box includes ingredients for 3 healthy, fresh meals with instructions mapped out for you on menu cards. The recipes cover a wide range of cuisines and will introduce new techniques to help you up your cooking game.
Why it's great: you can customize your meals based on your preferences.
11. Kitchen Therapy
Only available in NYC and New Jersey right now, Kitchen Therapy brings gourmet caliber plant-based, gluten-free meals straight to you. Get as many meals as you want, including breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Why it's great: it makes eating more plants a breeze and you can pick and choose your favorite dishes.