Do you ever feel like you’re running out of dinner ideas? Why not let professional chefs and nutritionists handle the menu? Meal delivery services take the hassle out of cooking, providing you with delicious food without having to brave that infamous Boston traffic.
Because Bostonians have a wide range of dietary preferences, I’ve researched and compiled this list of the 10 best meal delivery services in Boston that offer a variety of dietary options including vegan, vegetarian, weight loss, and more.
My top choice is Home Chef. It offers different types of meal kits with a range of prep times and styles to suit every skill level. It also has some of the best customization options out there.
If you’re ready to cut down on food waste and time spent searching the aisles of the grocery store, then read on to learn more about Home Chef and the rest of Boston’s best meal delivery services.
Protein substitutes available for different meats or plant-based options
30+ unique menu items that change each week
Dietary options including calorie-conscious, carb-conscious, and vegetarian
Current deal: Get 16 Free Meals!
Home Chef has a massive range of meal kits and oven-ready meals available, with more customization options than any of Boston’s other meal delivery services.
Maybe you don't like chicken or want an extra helping of shrimp. For a small fee, you can double up your meal’s protein or swap it for something else.
Home Chef offers a variety of meal types, including meal kits and Fast & Fresh microwaveable meals. My colleague’s Home Chef review goes into greater detail. She ordered, prepped, and cooked the meals herself, and she’s got a lot to say about it.
If you're celebrating a special occasion, Home Chef also offers a range of Culinary Collection meal kits, which are made up of gourmet-level recipes. (Bistro Filet with Truffle Frites, anyone?) And, with these premium dishes starting at $15 per portion, it’s cheaper than takeout from a fancy restaurant.
50+ weekly options, including breakfast and desserts
Optional wine pairings delivered straight to your door
Supports healthy eating with Wellness and WW-recommended menu options
Blue Apron is geared toward slightly more experienced home cooks and people who already have some basic cooking and food preparation skills. It’s also a great choice for enthusiastic beginners, with videos on its website to help with preparation and cooking.
The service also offers microwaveable Heat & Eat meals for those nights where you just can’t be bothered to cook. My colleague talks more about the menu in her full-length Blue Apron review.
Blue Apron also partners with renowned chefs like Roy Yamaguchi, which means you’ll get recipes and guidance on meals with gourmet ingredients like steak and shishito peppers. Wine lovers have the option to add wine pairings too.
Blue Apron also has a Wellness Plan campaign, which offers nutritionist-approved recipes. The menu encompasses carb-conscious and WW-recommended dishes as well. I think Blue Apron does a great job and making sure there’s something for everyone.
Menu options for multiple diets including Mediterranean, vegan, and paleo
Most meals ready in 30 minutes or less
Many ingredients come pre-prepped for added convenience
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Green Chef is a great option for anyone in the market for a healthy and organic meal kit. It was the first USDA-certified organic meal delivery service and was also the first meal kit to receive Gluten-Free certification!
Green Chef isn’t just for dieters, though. It also appeals to larger families with the option to order up to four meals for six people each week. Check out our in-depth Green Chef review to see if the service is right for you.
Green Chef puts a lot of focus on eco-friendly packaging materials and improving its overall impact on the environment. Most of the packaging and insulation is paper- or plant-based and curbside recyclable. Green Chef is easily one of the best meal kits for the environment.
Shipping is always free!
Eco-friendly packaging is fully recyclable
All meals are vegan with gluten-free, soy-free, and nut-free options
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Attention all hungry Boston vegans! Purple Carrot is the Boston area’s best all-vegan meal delivery service.
Purple Carrot is a tasty and healthy option for dedicated vegans and newbies alike. Each week you can choose from eight prepared meals or 12 meal kits. Purple Carrot stands out from other meal delivery services in Boston with breakfast and lunch options available, too! There’s also the Plantry where you can buy plant-based add-ons like chocolate and bean burgers.
My colleague tried this meal kit for himself and loved the plant-based recipes. See how he got on in his dedicated Purple Carrot review.
Rather than relying on processed meat alternatives, Purple Carrot’s dishes celebrate plants with mouthwatering meals like Walnut Crusted Artichokes or seared Tahini Cauliflower Steaks (shown above).
Recipes utilize fresh, in-season fruits and vegetables
Choose between pescatarian, vegetarian, and other meal options
User-friendly website makes placing and changing orders easy
HelloFresh subscribers are spoiled for choice with well over 50 meal kit recipes each week. Menus are developed around seasonal and farm-sourced produce, and each dish is designed to be family-friendly, easy to prepare, and – most importantly – absolutely delicious.
If you’re one of Boston’s many college students, HelloFresh offers a 15% discount on your meal orders. Military personnel and veterans can enjoy this discount too! This detailed HelloFresh review goes into greater detail about all the plans and pricing.
HelloFresh has a well-planned and easy-to-use website that allows you to reschedule deliveries or swap items with a few clicks. Its recipes are clear and list all the important nutritional information. If you’re new to meal delivery services, HelloFresh is an easy and friendly introduction.
Meals feature exclusive spice blends created by Martha Stewart
More than 45 recipes available to choose from each week
Options for breakfasts, desserts, and other fun holiday surprises
Current deal: Get $120 off Your First 5 Boxes
Marley Spoon has partnered with Martha Stewart to bring her famous cooking and entertaining skills to your kitchen. Choose from the expansive menu each week with options for vegetarians, quick meals, and even extra protein packs.
You can learn more about the ease and recipe options in our Marley Spoon review.
After a long day of work or study, preparing a healthy meal can be a challenge. With Marley Spoon, you’ll be able to cook healthy meals in just six steps or less and serve up a meal that would impress any dinner guest. Try Marley Spoon and enjoy some Martha Stewart-approved meals in your own kitchen.
Low-carb and low-calorie dishes available
Meals prepared in a peanut- and gluten-free facility
Fast, healthy meals for Boston students and busy professionals
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Microwave meals often include lots of salt, sugar, and preservatives, but Freshly’s prepared meals are convenient and healthy. Freshly doesn’t rely on preservatives or corn syrup and uses rice and wheat substitutes to keep carbs down.
Like many Boston professionals, you may have little time to cook your own meals. That’s why Freshly meals come fully prepared! Simply pop them in the microwave and lunch or dinner is ready in around three minutes. If you want to learn more, read our full-length Freshly review.
With paleo-friendly choices like Pulled Pork with Tangy BBQ Sauce and Dirty Cauli Rice and FreshlyFit dishes like Crave-No-More Shepherd’s Pie, Freshly meals are a top choice for healthy, prepared meals in a snap.
Boston’s most affordable meal delivery service
18 family-friendly recipes that even kids can enjoy
Filling and tasty food at a reasonable price
Current deal: Get $1.49/meal + 20% off your next 2 boxes
Sticking to a budget is vital when living in a city like Boston, but you don’t want to sacrifice flavor either! At a starting price of just $1.49 per serving, EveryPlate is an affordable and sustainable way to enjoy hassle-free home-cooked meals.
My colleague tried this service for himself, and his full-length review details just how impressed he was with the taste of EveryPlate’s low-price meal kits.
The tradeoff for this low price is a simple, pared-down menu with less variety than you’ll find from EveryPlate’s more expensive competitors. Additionally, the options for specialized diets like keto and vegan are pretty limited.
Having said that, EveryPlate is a phenomenal value for omnivorous eaters. If you like saving money and you enjoy traditional American comfort food, EveryPlate’s hearty meals are here for you and your family.
Thousands of restaurants (and counting)
Helpful filters to find you the exact meal you're looking for
Grubhub brings over 12,000 nationwide restaurants’ menus directly to your device, complete with helpful filters for pricing, delivery times, and more. Grubhub is the option for you if you can't cook, won't cook, or are looking for hot and ready-to-eat food delivery in Boston.
Grubhub’s filters allow you to find restaurants offering free delivery and those which have order tracking available too. My personal favorite is the “new restaurants” filter, which shows you restaurants that have just been added recently.
Grubhub offers a variety of choices to meet your exact craving, and you don’t have to cook a thing. If you love a bargain or are on a tight budget, Grubhub’s coupons filter allows you to see exactly where you can save on your meal delivery service in the Boston area.
Both meal kits and prepared meals available
33+ dishes that rotate each week for plenty of variety
Menu features fun, internationally inspired flavors
Current deal: $90 off Plus a Free Gift!
Sunbasket is a great meal delivery option for Boston vegetarians, paleo dieters, gluten-free eaters, and more. In fact, if you’ve got any type of dietary requirement, Sunbasket should probably be your first port of call. Its numerous dedicated meal plans suit almost every diet.
Every meal on your Sunbasket menu is tailored to your dietary needs. And with flavorful, globally inspired dishes on the menu, you’ll enjoy every bite. My colleague tried some meals out for herself, so check out her in-depth productReviewLink product="sunbasket"Sunbasket review/productReviewLink to get the scoop.
In addition to dinners, Sunbasket’s marketplace offers a variety of breakfast, lunch, and snack options. You’ll even find responsibly sourced seafood, meat, and other high-quality groceries that you can have shipped right to your door.
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3 meal kits for 2 people/6 prepared meals
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Kits, oven- & grill-ready, prepared
20 - 60 min. meal kits
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Fresh & Ready meals, 30-Min Meal Kits
You may be thinking, “how do I decide between all of these great options?” Gather round, Bostonians – I’ll share my top criteria with you.
Find the option that fits your schedule – I’ve included a mix of DIY meal kits and prepared meals so you can choose a service that complements your level of cooking skill and the amount of time you want to spend in the kitchen.
Narrow down which services fit your dietary needs – From paleo to vegan to weight-loss programs, I’ve found services that make it easy to stick to whichever diet you’ve chosen.
Select the best option for your budget - Meal delivery in Boston often works out to be less expensive per portion than a restaurant delivery, but prices do vary. The list includes a variety of price points for different budgets.
Consider the extras offered – If you like a one-stop shop, many of the best meal delivery services in Boston offer additional items like proteins, smoothies, and snacks to come with your order.
Boston has some of America’s finest gourmet restaurants, grocery stores, and specialty food stops. But between Boston traffic and your busy schedule, getting there can be a challenge.
All my listed meal delivery services in Boston can help you prepare meals at home without the hassle of shopping and meal planning. In fact, many of them have made it onto our list of today’s top meal delivery services.
If you’re busy – and who isn’t nowadays? – you’ll find the added convenience and time savings of meal delivery services will make them well worth your while.
For adventurous home cooks who enjoy spending time in the kitchen, Blue Apron is my top choice as it offers a wide range of cuisines to choose from with instructions to keep your prep skills sharp and teach you some new kitchen tricks.
Purple Carrot is the highest-ranking vegan service on my list. It also offers gluten-free and high-protein options. Sunbasket also scored highly and has plenty of organic vegan meal kits, alongside meal kits that suit other diets, in case you need meals for other members of your household.
At $1.49 per serving, I found EveryPlate to be significantly cheaper than its closest competitors.
HelloFresh ships anywhere in the contiguous 48 states, including Boston and all of Massachusetts!
If you want takeout, try Grubhub – the only food delivery service that made it into my Boston round-up. You'll get delicious takeout, delivered contact-free to your door, and you’ll be supporting local Boston restaurants.