Just because 2021’s been a challenge, it doesn't mean your Christmas meal has to be.
From long lines at the grocery store to complicated prep, putting together a feast for Christmas can be a stressful process. This year, strike one thing off your festive to-do list and get your Christmas dinner delivered via a meal kit, for hassle-free, perfect results.
Whether you’ll be dining solo, socially distanced, or via Zoom, these meal-kit options will help you create the perfect Christmas meal.
Home Chef – Customizable Range of Christmas Options
HelloFresh – Traditional Yet Calorie Smart Christmas Roast
Purple Carrot – All Vegan (and Delicious!) Christmas Menu
Blue Apron – Tasty and Healthy Christmas Dinner
Gone are the days of dry, overcooked roasts being your only option! One of the best parts of ordering in your Christmas dinner is getting to choose exactly what you want to eat.
With Home Chef, everything looks so delicious, the only problem you'll have is narrowing it down! As well as Home Chef’s standard fare, you'll also have the choice, as a main course, of its Christmas-specific Spiral Cut Roasted Bone-In Ham ( (serving 12-14 people), with sides of Loaded Mashed Potatoes with Bacon, Cheddar and Green Onions, White Cheddar and Sage Biscuits with Honey Butter, and Caramelized Onion and Green Bean Casserole (all serving 6).
With sides and dessert options starting at just $2.66 per serving, Home Chef offers a tasty Christmas that won't break the bank!
Feature: 3 side dishes and ham main dish, 1 dessert option
Serves: Main: 12-14; sides and desert: 6
Price: Main: $59.98 ($4-$5 per serving); sides and dessert: $2.66 per serving
Home Chef offers a range of meal kits, from its culinary collection for special occasions, to classic 15 to 30 minute meal kits for weekday dinners. Find out more in my Home Chef review.
HelloFresh stays true to its name by giving you a healthier (but no less mouth-wateringly delicious!) Christmas meal.
HelloFresh offers a Holiday Box (6 or 10 servings), with a choice of main, 4 sides, horseradish sauce, and gravy. You’ll have two boxes to choose from: The Roast Dinner or the Turkey Dinner. The Roast Dinner comes with a roast beef main and delicious side options, such as Cream Cheese Mashed Potatoes with Chives and Garlicky Broccoli with Lemon Zest.
The Turkey Dinner has even more choice. You can pick from the following:
Sage Roasted Rolled Turkey with Savory Turkey Gravy
Homemade Cranberry Sauce with Clementines
Grape Rosemary Flatbread with Savory Parmesan Cheese
Sage and Cranberry Dressing with Crispy Artisan Roll
Roasted Veggie Medley with a Sweet Honey Drizzle
Garlic and Thyme-Infused Mash with Steeped Cream and Butter
Caramelized Brussel Sprouts with Crispy Bacon
Turkey Gravy with Sage Turkey Drippings and Demi-Glace Reduction
You may have noticed there's no dessert option - if you think you'll have room after all of those sides, then you can always add one of the dessert options from HelloFresh’s regular menu.
Feature: 2 x boxes, with one main, 4 sides, and 2 sauces
Serves: Either 6 or 10
Price: $23.33 per serving for 6 servings; $23.80 per serving for 10 servings
HelloFresh provides delicious, tasty meals, with farm-fresh ingredients, all year round. You can choose from a range of plans to suit every lifestyle, from Veggie to Family Friendly. Find out why it’s such a popular choice in my HelloFresh review.
Being vegan doesn't mean you need to compromise on a delicious Christmas meal!
With literally everything you could dream of for a truly plant-based Christmas, Purple Carrot has you covered, with an almost anxiety-inducing 33 recipes! These are neatly divided into snacks and dinner options, with 4 servings each, including:
Pear Cranberry Crisp with Walnut Crumble
Mulled Wine (14 x 8oz glasses servings)
Silky Chocolate Mousse
Rosemary and Sea Salt Chocolate Chip Cookies
Rustic Ciabatta Stuffing with Root Vegetables and Herb Sausage
Hasselback Butternut Squash with Cider Glaze and Rosemary Pecan Dukkah
There’s a great choice of more traditional-looking options alongside some more “out there” ones, so you’re guaranteed to find something to suit your tastes.
Feature: 33 options across snack an
Price: Standard Purple Carrot plan: 2 servings of 3 dinners per week, starting from $11.99 per serving, or 4 servings of 2 dinners per week, starting from $9.99 per serving.
Whether you're vegan or just curious about trying out a plant-based diet, Purple Carrot is a solid choice all year round! Check out my Purple Carrot review for a deeper dive into everything Purple Carrot has to offer.
Blue Apron is one of my favorite, go-to healthy meal kit options. Why? Because it's budget friendly, and has a really interesting but easy to cook range of menu options.
It doesn't have anything Christmas-specific this year, which makes it my top pick for you if you're looking for a more low-key Christmas, in true 2021 style!
That means you'll have a whole range of delicious options to choose from, with a mix of meat, fish, vegetarian, weight-watcher approved and diebetic-friendly options, including:
Sour Cherry-Glazed Lamb Chops with Sweet Potatoes and Calabrian Chile Yogurt
Togarashi Popcorn Chicken with Hoisin Mayo and Sweet Chili Slaw
Fintona Beyond Burger with Sour Cherry Sauce and Spicy Lemon Cauliflower
Orange and Soy-Glazed Tofu with Brown Rice, Vegetables and Cashews
Aloof these options are available as a part of Blue Apron's standard weekly plan: choose between the 2-serving signature (including meat and fish), 4-serving signature or 2-serving vegetarian plan, across 2, 3 or 4 recipes per week.
Feature: A range of 12 non-traditional meal options
Serves: 2 or 4 (depending on your plan)
Price: 2-serving plans from $9.99 per serving; 4-serving plans from $7.49 per serving
Blue Apron has it all, and then some! If you like the sound of easy, chef-prepared recipes and responsibly sourced ingredients, I suggest you read up on everything Blue Apron has to offer you year-round in my Blue Apron.
Remove all of the hassle, arguments and long hours spent in the kitchen by simply ordering your Christmas meal to your home! You'll get a guaranteed amazing, professional-level Christmas meal that no one will fault (not even your mother!), and you'll still be able to say you cooked it all from scratch!
With the range of 4 Christmas meal kit delivery options above, I'm certain you'll find something to suit you and your guests’ tastes - because, after such a grueling year, you deserve only the best possible Christmas meal you can get!
Happy holidays, and enjoy your meal!