When you’re living in Louisiana’s Baton Rouge, not only do you have incredible views of the Mississippi River, there’s also an array of fantastic museums, galleries, and theaters on your doorstep. The last thing you want is to be stuck in the kitchen for hours each day. That’s why meal delivery services are becoming more popular than ever – they can provide you with nutritious meals at an affordable price and take away the hassle of shopping and planning.
But which company is right for you? Our experts have done the research to reveal the 10 best meal delivery services in Baton Rouge for 2021. Whether you’re following a specific diet such as keto or paleo, prefer your meals to be plant-based, or just want good old-fashioned American fare direct to your doorstep, there’s something on this list to suit everyone.
Home Chef – Best Overall Meal Delivery Service in Baton Rouge
Blue Apron – Recipes for Healthy Diets and Beginner Louisianan Cooks
HelloFresh – Fresh, Family-Friendly Meal Delivery in Baton Rouge
Meal delivery services, such as Home Chef and Sunbasket, offer prepared meals that are ready to heat and eat or meal kits for you to create a dish from scratch, usually on a subscription basis. You choose from a weekly menu and everything is delivered to your door.
On the other hand, food delivery services, such as Grubhub, deliver meals from your favorite restaurants. These meals are delivered as a one-time order – you simply make a purchase when your food craving hits.
Prepared dishes and meal kits – choose whichever suits your schedule
Customizable – swap, upgrade, and double-up on protein
Great variety – around 20 meals available each week
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Home Chef is our top choice for the best meal delivery service in Baton Rouge. The menu has great variety, with around 20 meal kits and prepared meals every week. However, what really sets it apart is its customization options, where you can swap, upgrade, or double-up on protein on almost every dish. You can even swap your meat for a vegetarian-friendly meat substitute.
While its standard meal kits usually take around 30 to 40 minutes to prepare, Home Chef also offers 15-Minute Meal Kits and Easy Prep Meals, many of which come with an ovenproof pan. There’s also a whole host of dishes under its Culinary Collection, which involve slightly more food prep.
Despite not catering to specific diets such as keto or paleo, Home Chef does have dedicated Calorie-Conscious, Carb-Conscious, and Vegetarian menus. Read more about the meals on offer in my colleague’s in-depth Home Chef review.
Residents of Baton Rouge can enjoy dishes such as Creamy Beef Bolognese Stuffed Peppers and Tomato Parmesan Turkey Meatloaf with Goat Cheese Zucchini. With a starting price of $6.99 per serving, Home Chef is also one of the more affordable meal delivery services on our list.
Diet-friendly – dedicated Wellness plan and WW-Approved recipes
Easy prep and cook – meals are ready within 30 minutes
Wine pairings available – purchase directly through the site
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Blue Apron is one of the best meal delivery services in Baton Rouge for those looking for an easy way to stick to a healthy diet. With plans that cater to either two or four people each week, many of its recipes are WW-approved, and there’s even a dedicated Wellness plan and a Vegetarian plan.
The Blue Apron meal kits come with all the ingredients you need as well as easy-to-follow recipe cards. Another fantastic feature is that it offers free shipping on orders of three or more recipes each week – and there’s always free delivery on the Signature For 4 plan. Read more about Blue Apron’s menu and meal plans in our expert review.
However, the stand-out feature for us is the option to add wine to your order. You can sign up for a personalized delivery of reds, whites, or both, and receive tasting notes, pairing tips, and information about each bottle. Perfect for adding an extra level of elegance to your meal as you look out over the beautiful views of Baton Rouge!
Plenty of variety – a minimum of 23 new recipes each week
Great value – from $7.49 per serving
Farm-fresh produce – high-quality, seasonal ingredients, sourced direct
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HelloFresh is another top choice for meal delivery in Baton Rouge. It specializes in providing nutritious, family-friendly meals from six different meal plans, including Veggie, Calorie-Smart, and Pescatarian. Many of the recipes are classic American cuisine but there are also tastes from around the globe – think Teriyaki Pork Bowls or Red Cabbage Okonomiyaki Fritters with Ginger Rice, Hoisin, and Spicy Mayo.
HelloFresh lets you choose from around 23 to 25 meals each week and with great filters such as Lightning Prep, One Pan, and Carb-Smart, you’ll be sure to find the dishes you want to eat. Read more about the HelloFresh menu in our in-depth review.
HelloFresh is all about preventing unnecessary food waste, and always uses seasonal, responsibly sourced, farm-fresh produce in its meal kits. All the ingredients come portioned to save you valuable prep time, too.
Huge variety – around 40 dishes across 10 meal plans to mix and match weekly
Options for specific diets – vegetarian, paleo, gluten-free, and many others
High-quality ingredients – fresh, organic produce in all its meals
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Sunbasket is a great choice for anyone in Baton Rouge who follows a specific diet. It offers both meal kits and prepared meals from 10 different meal plans – more than any other meal delivery service. These include Paleo, Vegetarian (some meals are vegan-friendly, too), Diabetes-Friendly, and Pescatarian.
The beauty is that you can mix and match your meals weekly. Read our in-depth Sunbasket review for more details.
You can choose from around 20 meal kits and 20 prepared dishes each week, as well as add-ons like breakfast, Grab-n-Go bars, and smoothies. There’s even an online marketplace where you can pick up cheese, cured meats, seafood, pasta, and more.
And with a 100% money-back guarantee within seven days of receiving your weekly order, Sunbasket is definitely one of our top choices for meal delivery in Baton Rouge.
Tons of choice – choose from more than 40 meals each week
Dishes to suit your diet – all meals are gluten- and peanut-free
Eco-friendly packaging – fully recyclable and biodegradable
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Freshly is another excellent meal delivery service for anyone who’s trying to stick to a healthy diet. All of its meals are prepared in a gluten- and peanut-free facility, and many of them are also soy- and dairy-free. This is easily identifiable by clicking through to each dish on the menu.
There are more than 40 dishes to choose from on plans that offer up to 12 meals per week. Browse by categories such as FreshlyFit, Takeout Twists, or the Signature Collection for single-serve dishes like the Green Goddess Turkey Bowl with Veggies and Whole Grains.
All the meals are ready to heat and eat in just three minutes. Read more about Freshly in our full review.
Unfortunately, Freshly doesn’t currently cater to vegans or vegetarians, but for those looking to bulk-up or lose weight, this is as effortless as it gets. Freshly also sends its meals in fully recyclable or biodegradable packaging and has more information on this in its website FAQ.
Certified organic ingredients – fresh, responsibly sourced, and non-GMO
Plans to match your lifestyle – Keto + Paleo, Plant-Powered, and more
Eco-friendly packaging – recyclable and reusable
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Green Chef offers three meal plans – Balanced Living, Keto + Paleo, and Plant-Powered – which means there’s something to suit every lifestyle. Many of its recipes are also gluten-free. Each menu features nine meals that change weekly, so you definitely won’t get bored.
Read our expert review of Green Chef for more details.
Most of the recipes Green Chef offers are easily assembled and cooked within 30 minutes. They come with detailed instructions, as well as portioned ingredients and ready-made marinades to ensure cooking your dish is as easy as possible.
Another reason Green Chef is such a top choice for healthy eaters is its dedication to organic, sustainably sourced ingredients. The company is USDA-certified, which means you can be sure the ingredients are of the highest quality.
With a starting price of $9.99 per serving, the cost of Green Chef is higher than some of the other meal delivery services on this list, but if you’re health-conscious and organic ingredients are a priority, it could be the company for you. And with delicious offerings such as Jerk Chicken with Spicy Mango Sauce and Coconut-Lime Rice, how could you resist?
Budget-friendly – from only $4.99 per serving
Easy to prepare – classic dishes ready in six simple steps
Excellent variety – choose from more than 14 dishes each week
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EveryPlate comes in as Baton Rouge’s most affordable meal delivery service, with all meals costing $4.99 per serving, no matter the size of your order and how many people you’re feeding. This makes it particularly great for families.
With around 14 dishes to choose from each week, you’ll mostly find American comfort-food classics like creamy pasta and stuffed meatloaves. The meals are ready in just six simple steps, with easy-to-follow recipe cards. Find out more in our EveryPlate review.
The one downside to having such affordable prices, however, is that there are limitations to the menu. EveryPlate doesn’t currently cater to specific dietary needs or allergies, and there are very few options (if any) for vegans. That said, if you’re a Baton Rouge resident on a budget, it’s definitely worth a try.
Fully plant-based – meals are vegan and organic
Extensive menu – choose from more than 40 dishes each time
Good range of dietary preferences – high-protein, nut-free, gluten-free, and more
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Veestro is a great option for anyone following a vegan diet or who might be keen to try some exciting alternatives to meat. It offers a huge range of more than 40 plant-based meals on its a la carte menu, including comfort-food classics like the delicious Tuscan Calzone or Chick’n Nuggets.
To make choosing your dishes a little easier, or to avoid allergens, you can filter your options by categories such as high-protein, gluten-free, kosher, soy-free, and more. You can read more about Veestro’s extensive menu in our expert Veestro review.
There’s a minimum order of 10 meals – and shipping is free if you subscribe to auto-deliveries – but don’t worry, the meals last for five days in the fridge and up to eight weeks when frozen, so the only limit is your storage space. Another bonus of Veestro is its recyclable and compostable packaging.
No cooking or prep required – all meals arrive ready to eat
Monthly membership option – free delivery if you join Grubhub+
Tons of choice – choose from more than 100 restaurants in Baton Rouge
Easy to order – via the website or user-friendly app
Grubhub is a well-established food delivery service providing the residents of Baton Rouge with meals from their favorite restaurants, such as Thaihey Thai Food and The Kolache Kitchen.
You can order via the Grubhub website or app – just select the restaurant you want or filter by cuisine or even the specific dish you’re after. Browse the menu, select your order, and track it from the restaurant to your door.
Delivery fees will vary but are usually around $3 to $6. You can also choose the free pickup option if you’re located nearby.
Another way to avoid delivery fees is to sign up to Grubhub+ which gives you unlimited free delivery on orders over $12. This usually costs $9.99 per month but you can enjoy a commitment-free 14-day trial first.
More than just food delivery – get convenience items, too
Trial membership available – get free delivery with Postmates Unlimited
User-friendly app – choose delivery or pickup, and track your order
Reliable service – catering to 4,200 cities across the US, including Baton Rouge
Postmates is another great food delivery service available to anyone living locally. Not only does it deliver restaurant meals, but also convenience items from grocery stores, for example.
So if you get home from work and realize you forgot to pick up toothpaste on the way home, just log onto the app or website to find your nearest store. Postmates will deliver without you having to move from your couch.
The delivery fee is generally around $4 but if you sign up for Postmates Unlimited at $9.99 per month or $99.99 per year, you can get free delivery on all orders over $12. Try out the membership free of charge with a seven-day trial if you’re not completely sure.
Meal Delivery Service
Dietary Preferences Offered
$6.99 per serving
Meal kits and prepared meals
$7.49 per serving
$7.99, or free on orders of three meals or more per week
$7.49 per serving
$9.99 per serving
Meal kits and prepared meals
$8.49 per serving
soy-free, dairy-free, low-calorie, low-carb
$9.99 per serving
$4.99 per serving
$9.90 per serving
$9.99 or free on all subscriptions
Bottom Line: Are Meal Delivery Services in Baton Rouge Worth It?
Definitely. Meal delivery services can really take the stress out of cooking without having to sacrifice a healthy diet. You can opt for a meal delivery service that helps you stick to a particular diet, and you can choose between meal kits and prepared meals – whatever suits your lifestyle by the Mississippi River.
Excitingly enough, a lot of these meal delivery services actually made it onto our top meal delivery services of the year across the US.
With a range of options available, you’ll be sure to find one that fits your needs.
EveryPlate is the most affordable meal delivery service in Baton Rouge, and ranked high on our list of the Cheapest Meal Delivery Services today. At just $4.99 per serving, and a flat delivery fee of $8.99 irrespective of your order size, EveryPlate might be worth considerng.
The meals are traditional American fare, however, there’s very little to suit dietary restrictions or allergies, and no options for those following a vegan diet. But you can learn about why it still might be worth considering EveryPlate in our expert review.
From $7.49 per serving, Blue Apron is another affordable meal delivery service. The company offers its Signature plan for either two or four people, and there’s also a dedicated Wellness plan and a Vegetarian plan for two. We go into more detail about this meal delivery services in our in-depth Blue Apron review.
Home Chef has a fantastic range of customizable dishes. Protein can be swapped, upgraded, and even doubled to suit your preferences. Home Chef also has around 20 meals on the menu per week, so there is plenty of choice.
Sunbasket is another great option for picky eaters simply due to the number of meal plans. There are 10 meal plans and more than 40 dishes that include both meal kits and prepared meals. You can also mix and match from all the menus to create the perfect weekly box for you.
Veestro offers more than 40 plant-based meals on its a la carte menu, all of which are prepared, nutritious, and tasty. The company’s healthy twist on classic comfort-food dishes are sure to tempt even those used to a more carnivorous diet.
Veestro also has a dedicated weight loss plan where you receive three meals a day, for either five or seven days a week, totaling 1,200 calories per day.
HelloFresh is another healthy meal delivery service in Baton Rouge. There’s a dedicated Calorie-Smart plan for those watching their weight, and only the highest quality, farm-fresh produce is used in the recipes. With more than 23 meal kits to choose from each week, it’s an easy way for families to enjoy nutritious, healthy meals.
These two meal delivery services actually made it onto our expert list of the Best Healthy Meal Delivery Services of the year.
Sunbasket is a great choice for anyone in Baton Rouge following a paleo diet. It’s no wonder that Sunbasket actually made it onto our list of the Best Paleo Meal Delivery Services today. The dedicated Paleo plan makes it easy to stick to your paleo diet and there’s always the option to mix and match other meals from any of the 10 dietary-specific meal plans. With add-ons such as breakfast, lunch, and snacks you definitely won’t be left feeling hungry.
With its Keto + Paleo plan, Green Chef is also an excellent choice for paleo dieters. Choose from nine mouth-watering recipes each week from this USDA-certified organic company that only uses the highest quality ingredients.