Anyone who follows a gluten-free diet knows how hard it can be trusting restaurants, takeout restaurants, or even meal delivery services. That’s because eating the wrong thing can be potentially damaging to your health.
To help you with eating meals that are both safe and convenient, we’ve combed through the many meal delivery services on the market and zeroed-in on the best options for anyone who wants to eat a gluten-free diet.
There’s everything here from services with gluten-free options to companies that are entirely and certifiably gluten-free, making them viable for anyone suffering from gluten allergies.
To make things easier for you, we’ve tested a whole range of meal delivery services with gluten-free options to find 10 of the healthiest, tastiest, and most convenient gluten-free meal delivery services for your budget and lifestyle.
Home Chef – Most popular meal kit with lots of gluten-free options
Veestro – Easiest gluten-free, vegan pre-cooked meals
Sunbasket – Responsibly sourced gluten-free meal kits
If you think gluten-free meal delivery services mean bland food, we’re here to set you straight. Whether it’s an entire company or a dedicated meal plan, you can expect to find gluten-free versions of every type of food you can think of: smoothies, soups, grain bowls, international food, and American classics. No matter what you enjoy, the right gluten-free service is just waiting for you.
In addition to a delicious menu, you’ll want to make sure your chosen gluten-free delivery service or meal plan meets certain criteria:
It’s easier than ever to cook healthy, tasty, and – most importantly – gluten-free meals. A meal-prep service lets you savor the joy of cooking while giving you back valuable time. If you choose a gluten-free meal kit, make sure it has the following:
Ultra-fresh ingredients – One of the real joys of opening a meal kit is seeing the great quality ingredients you receive. It’s a far cry from the wilted veggies you sometimes see at the grocery store.
Clearly labeled ingredients – While many meal kit delivery services are guilty of overpackaging, that’s because they work hard to make sure customers know what every ingredient is and what it’s for.
The right amount of “done-for-you” – With meal kits, you only need to work as hard as you want! If you want to get your ingredients pre-cut, there’s a service for you. Or if you want to prove your slicing skills in the kitchen, there’s an option for you, too.
Recipes at the right level – Meal kits can be a great way to learn new skills or to stick within your comfort zone in the kitchen. Whether you’re looking to add sous chef to your resume or your inner-cook is satisfied by just watching Jamie Oliver clips, find a service that sends you the right type and level of recipes you want to cook.
Prepared meal delivery services provide meals that are precooked and ready to heat and enjoy. This is ideal if you want to take a completely hands-off approach to your meals, without compromising on quality. Here’s what to look for:
Heating method – While some precooked meals are good to eat at room temperature (such as grain bowls), most require heating. The default heating method is usually microwave for convenience, but if you don’t have a microwave, you’ll need to make sure the dishes can be heated up on the stove or in the oven as well.
Convenient packaging – Some meals are shipped in or come with microwavable containers or oven-safe pans, which makes meal prep even faster.
Fresh or frozen – Precooked meals, especially those you order in bulk, are often flash-frozen. If that’s what you’ve ordered, make sure you have enough freezer space to store them all. If your meals arrive fresh, you’ll need to pay attention to expiry dates (or freeze them immediately).
Preparation method – From shelf-stable meal replacements to gourmet, chef-prepared meals, there are many different types of ready-to-eat meals available. No matter your diet or health goals, you can find a gluten-meal plan that supplies meals prepared the way you like them.
Shelf-life – Like ready meals you’d buy at the grocery store, most services clearly mark how long your food will keep in the freezer or fridge. This is especially important if you’re not planning on eating your meals straightaway.
Whether you go for a pre-cooked meal or a meal kit, here are a few things to consider:
How often the recipes change – We all have comfort foods we return to time and time again, but that doesn’t mean you want to see it land repeatedly on your doorstep. Some services have 50 or more meal choices that don’t change much, while others have fewer options, but they get rotated or changed each week or month. You have to figure out what suits you.
Meal types available – We all need to eat three times a day (plus snacks, of course), but don’t assume that every service out there provides that! Most companies cover dinner, but some cover different combinations of breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. Make sure you opt for one that covers the meals you want, whether it’s all-day eating or the occasional break from cooking dinner.
The ease of editing your orders – Life throws a lot at us, and what’s good one day isn’t always good the next. The same is true of our meal delivery services. Taking out a subscription doesn’t mean you’re beholden to the same company forever. Just make sure you check the small print so you know in advance what changes you can make and how far in advance you need to update them if you want to skip, pause, or even cancel your plan.
Shipping and delivery fees – Shipping and delivery charges run the scale from $0 to up to $20 a week. While free shipping shouldn’t be the main reason you choose a particular company, and more expensive shipping shouldn’t put you off a service, it’s something to factor into your calculations.
So once you’ve figured out what’s on your list of must-haves, here’s our list of the best prepared gluten-free meals and meal kits currently available:
Provides different meal types – From DIY meal kits to prepared meals, Home Chef lets you keep your options open
Clear and simple instructions – Less experienced chefs will love the “before you cook” and “while you cook” sections
Powerful customizations – Change up menus or meals with the built-in Customize feature to swap or upgrade ingredients with ease
Shipping included – Just order $45 worth of meals and get free shipping
Home Chef is one of the most flexible services available. It offers lots of options for everything from the delivery days to meal customization. It also does a very good job of highlighting allergens, like wheat and allowing you to filter them out. Be aware that while all ingredients are individually packaged, Home Chef’s facilities are not certified allergen-free.
We go more into the details of how Home Chef works in this dedicated Home Chef review. In short, recipes change weekly and each one comes with easy-to-follow instructions so you can produce a meal you’re proud of. Most meals take about 30 minutes to prepare, though there are quicker options including oven- and grill-ready meals, non-cook salads, and recipes that take 10-15 minutes.
Home Chef sends out its meals in a recyclable, eco-friendly refrigerated box and currently delivers to 98% of the United States. Deliveries are available Monday to Friday.
Prepared frozen meals – Heat, eat and enjoy
100% vegan – All meals are free of chicken, dairy, fish, eggs, meat, and honey
Dedicated weight-loss plan – Breakfast, lunch, and dinner – all at around 1,200 calories a day
Commitment-free – Choose 10, 20, or 30 meals, the choice is yours
Veestro serves healthy, pre-cooked vegan food that’s 96% organic and preservative-free. Just hit the “gluten-free” button when you choose your meals to see all of your options – there are plenty of entree and breakfast meals, too. Veestro lets you filter your options using a combination of preferences, so if you’re also nut-free, soy-free, or only eat kosher, you’ll find a number of choices.
One thing to note is that the meal selection doesn’t change, so once you find a favorite meal, you’ll always be able to order it.
Meals are flash-frozen and arrive in fully recyclable packaging that’s kept cold with dry ice. Veestro recommends freezing the meals to maintain freshness (they keep for eight weeks in the freezer and three to five days in the refrigerator). Veestro delivers everywhere except Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico, and shipping is free with auto-deliveries.
Top-quality food – Ingredients are antibiotic and hormone-free and organic wherever possible
Dietitian-approved – Recipes follow the latest USDA dietary guidelines
Adaptable meal plans – Choose your recipes or select a meal plan
Shipping included – Free shipping available on the first order
Sunbasket has a really good range of meal plans, including an extensive gluten-free plan with meals inspired by global cuisines. The company promises there will be at least eight gluten-free options available each week. Meals include about 550-800 calories per (generous) serving and they’re high in protein and fiber.
Although Sunbasket has a large gluten-free selection, its kitchens are not certified gluten-free, so anyone with severe intolerances to gluten should think twice.
Meals are easy to construct and take around 30 minutes. If you want something quicker, there are “Quick & Easy” choices that are great for newer cooks or anyone who doesn’t like to wait long for their food! Learn more about Sunbasket’s plans in this dedicated Sunbasket review.
Sunbasket delivers to most of the U.S. (there are some restrictions, including parts of Montana, North Dakota, and New Mexico) and delivery takes place weekly Monday to Thursday, 8 am-9 pm.
bistroMD Best Features
Helps you hit weight-loss goals – Nutritionally balanced meals approved by dietitians
Free dietitian consultations – Get expert help planning your meals
Extensive customization available – Only receive exactly what you want (and can) eat
bistroMD in a Nutshell
bistroMD is not your average meal delivery service. For a start, it has registered dietitians on hand to help you create your weekly menu. It was created by Dr. Caroline Cederquist, who specializes in how the body breaks down food and uses it as fuel.
bistroMD offers gluten-free meals for all times of the day, from breakfast to dinner, as well as a wide selection of gluten-free snacks. It’s also tested to FDA gluten-free standards!
Menu options include a five-day, seven-day, or custom plan. No matter which you choose, you receive all the meals (and snacks) you need to eat healthily throughout the day. The chef-prepared, frozen meals are ready to eat in just five minutes.
bistroMD delivers throughout the U.S. Take into account that shipping is an extra cost, adding $19.95 a week.
Certified organic meal kits – Ingredients don’t contain GMOs, pesticides, antibiotics, growth hormones, or steroids
Wide variety of plans – Keto, Paleo, Balanced Living, and Plant-Powered plans for all types of health goals
Easy-to-make meals – Ingredients arrive ready-prepared so all you need to do is put them together for a delicious meal
Generous discounts – Free shipping on your first order and discounts on your first four deliveries
Green Chef is the first meal delivery service to be USDA-certified organic and certified gluten-free by the Gluten-Intolerance Group (making it perfect if you suffer from celiac disease). So it shouldn’t come as a surprise to find two entirely gluten-free plans. There’s the paleo plan (for maximum protein) and keto plan (a super-low carb option).
If you try one plan, say the keto plan and decide it’s not for you, no worries. You can easily switch to the paleo plan (or from keto to another plan) as long as you update your account at least seven days before delivery. Learn more about Green Chef’s plans in our expert Green Chef review.
Recipes change each week and most take about 30 minutes to put together. Shipping costs $8.99 a week and delivery (in recycled or recyclable packaging) is available across the U.S. (except Alaska, Hawaii, and certain parts of Louisiana).
100% vegan – Meals are bursting with plant-powered goodness
Every meal covered – All-day delights served up with breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks
Four comprehensive plans – Stick with one or mix things up with choices from every plan
Free shipping – Included with every plan
For anyone who only eats vegan food and also avoids gluten, Purple Carrot is the definition of foodie heaven! To see your options, sign up for the two-serving plan and select gluten-free as your meal preference. Just remember that while the meals are gluten-free, the facilities where they are made are not certified gluten-free.
The meals are pretty easy to cook and take the standard 30 minutes. There are eight choices available, and you pick your top three or four. Learn more about how Purple Carrot works in this Purple Carrot review. Delivery days are determined by your proximity to the distribution center.
Fresh & Easy Best Features
Meal kits with a twist – All ingredients are ready to assemble and cook
Cookware included – All the ingredients you need, with a disposable pan to cook it in!
Menus change regularly – You’ll get 15 weekly choices
Fresh & Easy in a Nutshell
Fresh and Easy from Home Chef is a meal delivery service that makes “cooking” a pleasure. The oven-ready meals arrive in an oven-safe tray, and the grill-ready meals provide prepared ingredients that you simply put into a grill-safe bag and throw onto your grill.
If you’re prepared to work for your supper (or lunch), there are 15-minute meal kits and salads that you can easily put together yourself. Learn more about this super simple meal plan in our expert Fresh and Easy review.
Fresh and Easy makes it easy to filter out allergens (including wheat), though if you have celiac disease, be aware that the meals are not prepared in a certified gluten-free facility. Meals arrive ready to go in an eco-friendly refrigerated box. Deliveries are available Monday to Friday and Fresh and Easy offers free shipping on orders over $49 (otherwise it’s $10 per order) and delivers to most of the U.S.
Five gluten-free plans – Certified gluten-free, tailored plans for today’s top health diets
High-quality ingredients – As a certified organic company, all ingredients are clean and locally grown
A la carte option – Get a one-time delivery to try out healthy meals
Individually packaged meals – Perfect for singles or households with different meal schedules or requirements
Fresh n’Lean offers healthy meals that are certified gluten-free. This is the ultimate solution for anyone who wants to eat healthy, organic food but doesn’t have time to cook.
Each meal across the five plans (Protein+, Keto, Paleo, Plant-based, and Low-carb/low-cal Plant-based) arrives individually packaged to be kept in the fridge (though they freeze well, too). Protein+ is a unique menu of meals centered around animal proteins, designed to nourish an active or athletic lifestyle.
When hunger strikes – whether it’s breakfast, lunch, or dinner – zap a meal in the microwave, and three minutes later, it’s ready to enjoy. Bear in mind that if you opt for one of the plans, you don’t get a say in which meals are included in your delivery. That means if you have particular food preferences, you might be better off looking at the a la carte option.
Shipping is free and Fresh n’Lean delivery is available throughout the country (including Alaska and Hawaii), with meals arriving between Friday and Saturday.
Fresh prepared meals – Heat and eat in just three minutes
Certified gluten-free – Total freedom to order and eat anything you want
Order four to 12 meals a week – Weekly lunches and dinners are taken care of
Ideal for singles – Every meal is prepackaged and designed to be enjoyed by one hungry diner
You can enjoy any Freshly meal on its menu of 30+ weekly dishes, with zero risk of contamination, thanks to its Gluten Intolerance Group-certified kitchens. The facilities are entirely peanut-free, as well.
Freshly also offers options for anyone on a diet. Each week, there are more than 20 meals under 500 calories, eight to ten meals with less than 35 grams of carbs, and eight to ten dairy-free meals (all food is peanut-free as well).
You can choose as many meals as you want (between four and 12). The more you order, the cheaper the per-meal cost. We discuss Freshly plans more in this full-length Freshly review.
Currently, Freshly delivers across the continental U.S. Meals are designed to be kept in the refrigerator for four to five days. Shipping and delivery are calculated at checkout and depend on your location and meal plan.
Organic, plant-based meals – Designed for optimal vitamin and nutritional content
Nutritionally packed juices – Start your day off right with a detox or wellness shot
All-day choices – A selection of breakfast, lunch, dinner, and pick-me-up soups
Advanced payment plans – Pay upfront to receive discounts on up to 12 deliveries a year
Splendid Spoon is completely vegan and gluten-free (however, the popular smoothies and soups are made in a facility that sometimes handles common allergens, including wheat). The meals are totally on-trend with an emphasis on grain/soup bowls, smoothies, and noodles.
The stars of the show are the smoothies, which are included in each of the four plans: Breakfast, Breakfast + Lunch, Breakfast, Lunch + 1 Day Soup Reset, and Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner + 1 Day Soup Reset. There’s a really good selection of choices (50+) and you can also get your favorites in a stock-up box, which is Splendid Spoon’s bulk food option. We go into more detail on what Splendid Spoon offers in this dedicated Splendid Spoon review.
Splendid Spoon calls itself a “wellness brand,” so along with food being vegan and gluten-free, it’s also low in sodium, contains no GMOs, and is dairy- and soy-free. If you need something more specific, you can curate each meal to your personal taste. Splendid Spoon is available throughout the continental U.S.
Starting Price Per Serving
Meal Type (kits, oven-ready)
Order Options (e.g. weekly)
Meal kits including oven- and grill-ready
Healthy, low-carb, vegetarian
Organic, vegan, weight loss, allergen-free, kosher
Weekly, biweekly, monthly
Prepared meals and meal kits
Organic, paleo, keto, vegan, and more
Healthy, gluten-free, heart-healthy, and more
Keto, vegan, paleo
Weekly, bi-weekly, monthly
Vegan, gluten-free, high protein
Meal kits including oven- and grill-ready
Healthy, low-carb, vegetarian
Organic, gluten-free, vegan, keto, paleo, low-carb vegan
Healthy, gluten-free, soy-free, dairy-free
There’s no lack of gluten-free meal plans available online. That’s partly due to the increasing popularity of keto or paleo meals, which omit gluten in all forms.
While there’s a lot of information about what you should and shouldn’t eat – and plenty of people offering their coaching services to help – it’s not always as easy as just reading articles and making big changes. There’s no guarantee you’re going to find the food you need and it doesn’t make thinking about what to eat, shopping for groceries, or cooking any easier.
If you feel like you don’t need that added stress, a gluten-free meal plan from a meal delivery service could be a great way to go. You can get meal kits (like those from Home Chef) or ready-made gluten-free food delivered (like Veestro, all aligned with any other diet or health goals you might have.
Deciding whether to sign up to a company that sends all your meals ready-to-go or one that requires you to do some of the work depends on one thing – how much time you want to spend preparing your meals.
If the answer is you have some time – even just 15 minutes – and you like tasting new cuisines, you’ll probably enjoy the meal-kit route. They give you the confidence to put your culinary inhibitions aside and experiment in the kitchen. But don’t think it’s all hard work. You can choose options where some of the prep is done for you so you can focus on the cooking. Home Chef, for example, provides a great oven- and grill-ready menu.
For those who would rather be anywhere else but the kitchen (something we all feel from time to time!) then a ready-to-go solution sounds best for you. Fortunately, there’s a great range of gluten-free options, so choosing to let someone else do the hard work doesn’t mean you’re going to end up with an airline-style tray meal. Fresh n’Lean is just one example of how healthy and tasty pre-cooked meals can be.
Many delivery services have specialized plans, including gluten-free choices, as well as low calorie, vegetarian, paleo, or even diabetes-friendly meals that keep your blood sugar levels under control.
If you choose a service promoting a certain healthy eating lifestyle, you’ll probably get enough food for the entire day – including snacks. Others send you two or three meals a week so you can give yourself a welcome break from “real” cooking. Some services offer a big batch of frozen or freezable dishes that you can alternate with your regular meals.
Then there are the services that set their plans based on the number of meals you want, and let you filter their menus by dietary preferences. For example, Freshly, gives the option to order anywhere up to 12, single-serving meals from its various weekly menus.
Meal delivery service prices run from about $5 dollars up to the cost of a meal in a decent restaurant. Be aware that specialized meal plans – like a gluten-free menu – can be a little more expensive than a “regular” menu. The lowest starting price for a gluten-free meal on this list, for example, is Home Chef’s at $6.99.
Depending on the type of plan you choose, you could either be charged weekly or monthly. At first glance, the monthly option looks like a big chunk of money, but once you start breaking it down, these bulk purchases are often cheaper per-meal than weekly services. Some companies offer a price for individual meals that gets cheaper the more you order, while others have a flat rate. In short, until you start doing the comparisons, it’s hard to know which meal service gives the best value.
And actually, price isn’t the only thing you need to take into account. You save on other things as well. Overall, you’re saving a ton of time and stress. You’re also saving on gas, costly ingredients you use once in a never-to-be-repeated recipe, and forgotten leftovers that go moldy after living in the fridge for a week or two!
The first thing you’ll notice when researching different companies is if they charge for shipping or not. Some give you the first delivery for free to hook you into the service, others charge right off the bat, and some don’t charge at all. It’s pretty confusing!
If they do charge, there can also be a big difference in price points, with some adding on nearly $20 a week. That doesn’t mean it’s not worth it or that free shipping is necessarily better (they may work the cost into the price of the meals). It’s just a different pricing model and you need to find the one that works best for your budget.
Once you’ve got the shipping figured out, there’s the delivery schedule. Again, there are several ways companies do this. Some have set days for shipping, no matter where you live. Others deliver on certain days to certain areas, and some will deliver whenever you want (of course, that’s more likely if you live in a big metro area).
Something they all have in common is you can track your order through the shipping company (like FedEx) or through the company’s app or website.
Another similarity is the way food is shipped. While the materials may differ (some are more eco-friendly than others), the meals usually ship in an insulated box or container packed with dry ice or ice packs to ensure the food inside reaches you in optimal condition. Green Chef is just one of the companies on our list that seeks to minimize its carbon footprint, and ships meals in recyclable packaging.
Unlike trying to cancel your phone or cable service, meal delivery services actually make it really easy to both signup and cancel your account. It’s usually just a matter of finding the pause, skip, or cancel button on the company’s website. If you can’t do it directly from the website, you might need to send an email or call the company to make alterations.
That’s not to say you can decide to cancel or even change your plan spontaneously. Most services require warning at least five (sometimes seven) days in advance. Fail to heed the very specific instructions and you could end up being out of pocket for a delivery you don’t want.
At first glance, a meal service offering a wide variety of gluten-free options might seem like the perfect way to avoid a whole lot of hassle (notably grocery shopping and life’s eternal burden – the washing up!). If you are someone who avoids gluten for medical reasons rather than dietary preference, you definitely need to do some due diligence before signing up for a meal delivery service.
If you have a gluten allergy, especially severe celiac disease, or there are certain other foods or food types you can’t eat, you’re probably already used to reading the fine print on everything. This is no different – make sure the service can guarantee there will be no cross-contamination. For example, check if it has gluten-free certification rather than just offering gluten-free meals.
And it’s not just people who are avoiding gluten who need to do their research. If you have diabetes, suffer from Crohn’s disease, or have some other medical issue, don’t sign up for a meal delivery service until you get the go-ahead from your healthcare professional. A company like bistroMD is a good place to start, as it provides dedicated diabetic plans, with ready-made meals and snacks.
Setting medical issues aside, there are plenty of other reasons a particular plan might not be a good fit. They can vary from not finding enough dishes you like to the delivery day not being convenient. It may sound basic, but these are all reasons a plan or service might not be what you’re looking for.
People choose gluten-free meal delivery services for all sorts of reasons. Probably the most important one is to ensure they can get delicious food that is good for their particular dietary requirements. Of course, there’s the added advantage that a meal delivery service – whether ready-prepared or a meal kit – is an easier way to get healthy meals on the table.
Whether you cook like an Iron Chef or have no idea how to boil an egg, meal delivery services offer something for every skill level and palate. By choosing a gluten-free meal delivery service, you’re taking care of your health, your diet, and giving your taste buds a treat. You’re also helping to minimize food waste, and often, carbon footprints.
Sounds pretty good, right? Given all that, the real question becomes – how soon can you start?
Although HelloFresh isn’t strictly designed for people who follow a gluten-free diet, there are some gluten-free options available.
If, however, you need meals that come from a certified gluten-free facility, check out Green Chef’s organic gluten-free meal kits that are also responsibly sourced.
Yes! bistroMD is just one example of a gluten-free meal delivery program that provides pre-cooked meals designed to promote weight loss. Fresh n’Lean is another entirely gluten-free meal delivery service providing prepared, nutritious meals that are low on calories (and carbs, if you need that).
Home Chef is not certified gluten-free. However, it has a large range of gluten-free meals. If you’re looking for a gluten-free meal plan, take a look at Sunbasket. If you prefer to only eat food from a certified gluten-free kitchen, check out Fresh n’Lean, which is also GMO-free.
Yes! All Freshly meals are prepared in kitchens certified by the Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG), which means the company does not handle or store any items containing gluten. If you’re looking for gluten-free meals geared towards specialty diets like keto and paleo, Fresh n’Lean is entirely gluten-free and has the meal plans for you.
Blue Apron doesn’t specialize in gluten-free meal kits. You’d be better off ordering from Sunbasket’s gluten-free meal plan, or considering Purple Carrot’s vegan meal kits that are gluten-free, as well.