5 Best Prepackaged Meal Delivery Services

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Prepackaged meal delivery services reduce the amount of time you have to spend in the kitchen getting meals ready. The meals are delivered to your door, ready to heat up. Your family gets fresh meals that taste homemade from these five popular services that deliver prepared meals.


Plated delivers between two and four meals per week, depending on the package subscription you choose, and the food is packed to stay cold in case it’s delivered when no one is home. The Plated delivery box contains the recipes and ingredients to make the meals, so it saves you time shopping. You still need to prepare the food, but having everything you need handy is a time-saver that limits your food-prep tasks.

Home Chef

Home Chef, like Plated, sends you the ingredients to make meals, along with the recipes. This time-saving prepackaged meal provider also delivers recipes that reduce your time in the kitchen to 30 minutes or less. Subscribers to this meal service also have the option to choose meal packages that accommodate dietary restrictions, such as nut allergies.


HelloFresh meals are created to save you time spent shopping and preparing while also adding some extra organization to your kitchen. Prepackaged meals from HelloFresh come in containers designed to fit neatly in your refrigerator. Choices include meals with different levels of complexity when it comes to preparation, and dietary needs are also accommodated.


Schwan’s delivers frozen prepackaged meals and desserts. Schwan’s delivery trucks bring the food to your door, and you have the option to purchase only the pre-ordered meals or to add onto your order with specialty confections. Schwan’s has been in business since 1952, and because the company delivers frozen foods that go from the freezer to the stove or oven to the table, the preparation effort is reduced even more than the other delivery services.


Chef’d offers prepackaged meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The recipes from Chef’d are created by celebrity chefs, and there are over 600 recipes available. If you don’t have a favorite chef, you can also sift through the available meals based on dietary preferences or a favorite type of food. Chef’d doesn’t require a subscription, so you just log in and pick the meals you want to have delivered.