The people of El Paso County are as diverse as the regional microclimates. You may be in Colorado Springs for the Air Force Academy, the high-altitude workouts, or the jaw-dropping views. Each brings different needs and expectations to their search for the best meal delivery services in Colorado Springs.
Colorado Springs vegans newly arrived in the land of Rocky Mountain oysters, military spouses feeding families on a budget, and cooks wanting to step up their kitchen game are just some of the people who can benefit from a meal delivery service.
Like Colorado Springs, the meal kit industry is booming. Competition is fierce, and meal kit delivery companies struggle for new niches and market share. This means prospective new meal kit delivery customers have many choices. I’ve researched the best meal delivery services in Colorado Springs and put together some information that will help you choose wisely.
Home Chef – Best all-around meal delivery service in Colorado Springs
Blue Apron – Best gourmet and diet meal delivery in Colorado Springs
HelloFresh – Biggest meal delivery service in Colorado Springs (and the world)
Food delivery services like Grubhub and Postmates deliver hot food prepared by a restaurant straight to your door. All you have to do is eat. Food delivery is fast, convenient, and helps pandemic-hammered local restaurants. But restaurant meals can be expensive, and though takeout meals are tasty, they’re not always healthy.
Meal delivery services save you grocery shopping and meal planning time. Meal kit delivery services such as Green Chef bring meal kits to your doorstep.
If you’re learning to cook, meal kits offer clear instructions with pre-packaged, sorted ingredients. You chop, boil, saute, bake, and create great meals in your own kitchen. If you lack time, some delivery services such as Freshly, offer fully prepared meals you simply heat in your microwave or oven.
Meal kits available online or at your local grocery store
Most flexibility and customization options of any meal kit delivery service
Caters to many tastes and cooking experience levels
Home Chef meal kits can be found online or at your local King Soopers, a Colorado chain that, like Home Chef, is part of the Kroger empire. Home Chef’s ties to America’s largest supermarket chain ensure consistent access to a wide range of high-quality meat and produce.
If you take a look at Home Chef’s 30+ weekly meal options, you’ll find they’re complex enough to entertain more advanced cooks, but the instructions are clear enough for novices.
Its flexibility and customization options are fabulous, as you can see in our full Home Chef review.
Home Chef meals range from a 15-minute Sweet Chili Ginger Pork and Broccoli Stir-Fry (with a different protein if you prefer) to a sophisticated Culinary Collection. There are few vegan or keto offerings and specialty dieters will do better elsewhere. But for most palates, we believe Home Chef is the all-around best meal delivery service in Colorado Springs 2021.
Clear meal kit instructions and the app help you learn new cooking techniques
Partnered with WW (formerly Weight Watchers) for healthy diet meal options
The Signature for 4 family plan brings you four tasty family suppers for around $120/week
Eating at high-end restaurants can set you back $100 a plate or more, and Denver’s culinary scene is a long drive away. With Blue Apron, you can create restaurant-quality meals like Balsamic Chicken and Asparagus with Parmesan Mashed Potatoes in your home. You can learn more about it in our expert Blue Apron review.
Blue Apron’s recipes require a bit more cooking skill than those offered by Home Chef or HelloFresh. The instructions are clear but often require chopping, dicing, and browning. But with a little effort, and help from the app, you’ll be plating Calabrian Shrimp and Pancetta Pasta with Asparagus and Lemon Ricotta in no time.
Dieters will appreciate Blue Apron’s partnership with WW (formerly Weight Watchers). WW meals include tasty low-cal recipes like Turkey Kofta and Tzatziki-Dressed Salad. WW also offers recipe substitutions that make other Blue Apron offerings more diet-friendly. Blue Apron’s Wellness 360 campaign helps support a holistic, healthy lifestyle through home-cooking.
The world’s biggest meal kit delivery service
Outstanding customer service
Wide range of offerings, though a limited range of vegan or specialized dietary options
The company behind HelloFresh serves over 2.6 million Americans through its meal delivery services (it also owns Green Chef and EveryPlate), so it’s safe to say HelloFresh has meal kit delivery down to a science.
Enjoy vegetarian HelloFresh dishes like Sun-Dried Tomato Spaghetti with Fresh Herbs, Almonds and Parmesan while gourmet offerings include Bavette Steak in a Mushroom Sauce with Caramelized Onion Mashed Potatoes and Roasted Carrots.
HelloFresh's site makes it easy to find recipes that suit your schedule or dietary preference. The Hall of Fame menu tag, for example, helps you easily identify the highest-rated recipes from other HelloFresh customers.
Sturdy supply lines ensure fresh vegetables and proteins in HelloFresh meal kits year-round. And if your delivery gets delayed in a Colorado snowstorm, customer service will address your concerns by email, chat, or phone. Our reviewer said her customer service experience with HelloFresh was “hands-down outstanding.”
Free-range and responsibly sourced meat and seafood, with many organic options
Environmentally friendly packaging
Add breakfast, proteins, groceries, and snacks to your box
In the competitive meal kit market, some players aim for mass market share. Others thrive by delivering to smaller but dedicated niches. With paleo, vegetarian, gluten-free, and diabetes-friendly options in their prepared meals and meal kits, Sunbasket is Colorado Springs’ best meal kit delivery choice for specialized diets.
Most meal kit services offer a vegetarian recipe, a couple of calorie-conscious choices and a few lower-carb dishes. Sunbasket offers entire meal plans designed for stricter diets. It also provides several vegan recipes. For more about Sunbasket’s menu, check out our full-length Sunbasket review.
Paleo and keto eaters can enjoy Sunbasket meals like Hearty Fish Stew with Tomatoes, Kale, and Coconut Milk. Diabetic-friendly kits include Peruvian-style Halibut with Tomatoes, Lime, and Sweet Potato. If you have specialized dietary needs, Sunbasket will meet them with style and lots of great tastes.
Carb-conscious gluten-free, soy-free, and peanut-free meals
Microwave-ready meals can be ready in minutes
A great choice for busy office workers and people with limited kitchen space
If your office park offers minimal dining options and you’re tired of eating out of the vending machine, Freshly could be the answer. Pull a Freshly meal from the refrigerator, pop it in the microwave, and in a few minutes you have a tasty, healthy, hot lunch. While your Freshly meals arrive refrigerated, you can also store them in the freezer for several weeks.
They may resemble mid-20th century TV dinners, but don’t let the individually packaged trays fool you. These prepared freezer meals don’t rely on preservatives or high fructose corn syrup. Freshly also replaces carb-heavy ingredients like rice and potatoes with healthier choices like cauliflower and butternut squash.
Each week Freshly delivers between four and 12 single-serving meals. Freshly is an excellent choice for Colorado Springs singles and working couples. And because the meals are portion-controlled, Freshly can also be a great choice for dieters.
USDA-Certified Organic and non-GMO meal kits
Gluten Intolerance Group-certified gluten-free meal kits on the Keto + Paleo plan
Schedule weekly, bi-weekly, and monthly deliveries
You pay more per serving for Green Chef but everything in your meal kit is organic and sustainably sourced. If HelloFresh is the mid-range sedan of parent company HelloFresh Group, Green Chef is their high-performance sportster.
You can learn more in our Green Chef review.
Green Chef’s Plant-Powered menu contains many vegan and vegetarian offerings. Green Pea and Feta Falafel in a Lemon-Basil Yogurt Sauce will delight vegetarians, while vegans can enjoy Black Bean and Mushroom Enchiladas. The Keto + Paleo plan has entrees like Cheddar Chicken with Creole Dijonnaise and Balanced Living offers vegetarian and keto-friendly entrees.
Green Chef knows its market – active health-aware people looking to start or maintain a diet plan. Colorado Springs is full of fitness-conscious folks who are trying to stay on a plan. For them, Green Chef may be just what the trainer ordered.
Excellent way to get your family eating more home-cooked meals
EveryPlate’s familiar food is more likely to win over fussy eaters
At $4.99 per serving, EveryPlate is the most affordable meal kit delivery service on the market. EveryPlate is the family sedan of meal kit plans. Geared toward comfort and dependability, EveryPlate focuses on palate-pleasing familiar food.
Our expert goes into more detail about EveryPlate’s services, and just what makes it so affordable, in this EveryPlate review.
Everyone knows fresh, home-cooked food is better for you and your family than junk food. But the most nutritious meal is still wasted if your child won’t eat it. EveryPlate’s meals aren’t as health-focused as more expensive services and it doesn’t cater to specialized dietary needs, but EveryPlate’s less adventurous offerings are more likely to win approval from picky eaters.
When it comes to international dining, EveryPlate’s efforts at world cuisine generally stop at southern Italy. But if you’re looking for good food your whole family will enjoy at a reasonable price, this may be just the service you need.
A menu of more than 50 plant-based single-serving meals
Helpful for new vegans or newly relocated vegans trying to maintain their diet
The vegan scene in Colorado Springs is a work in progress. If you come from a larger city, you may find your dining options limited. Veestro brings vegan Colorado Springs transplants ready-made, animal-free meals that will help them take root in their new mountain home.
Every week a Veestro box arrives at your door with between 10 and 30 fully prepared frozen vegan meals. Pop them in your microwave, or heat them in your oven or stovetop, and in a few minutes, you’ll have a hot vegan meal on the table. Our expert review goes into even more detail.
A Veestro subscription can be especially helpful to new vegans. Adjusting to a new diet takes time and Colorado Springs dining is far less vegan-friendly than Denver or Boulder. Veestro can give you ideas for new recipes and keep you fed in a town where good vegan options aren’t always available.
Wide selection of cuisines from a variety of restaurants
Frequently offers discount coupons and specials
The app’s filtering capabilities let you find exactly what you’re looking for
Grubhub’s app provides a long list of restaurants that deliver to your address. You can search by cuisine, by restaurant name, or even by menu items. The app lets you track your order so you don’t have to worry about missing your driver.
You can get vegan cheeseburgers from Santana’s Vegan Grill, chicken sandwiches from Bad Mutha Clucka, and soup and salad from Panera – the choices are endless! And while restaurant delivery can get expensive, Grubhub regularly offers deals and coupons from its many partner restaurants.
Restaurant delivery meals don’t have to be unhealthy, either. An Açai Warrior Bowl from Vitality Bowls or a Detox Island Veggie Green Smoothie from Tropical Smoothie Cafe will leave you feeling better than a greasy mass-market takeout. You may be tempted to binge on door-to-door cheesecake, but with a little willpower, Grubhub can help you maintain your workout routine.
Dispatches and coordinates deliveries through Uber Eats
Delivers groceries and convenience items as well as takeout
Postmates Unlimited offers free delivery
Postmates was recently purchased by Uber and is becoming part of UberEats. For Postmates customers, this means a wider restaurant selection and faster delivery times.
Other delivery services focus only on food. Postmates will pick up groceries, dry cleaning, or just about anything else you can imagine. If you find yourself out of toothpaste, Postmates can pick up a tube at the drugstore and save you from shopping with bad breath.
Postmates delivery fee varies but is generally around $4. If you sign up for Postmates Unlimited ($9.99 a month or $99.99 per year), you get free delivery on all orders over $12.
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
$8.99 per serving
Meal kits and prepared meals
$8.49 per serving
soy-free, dairy-free, low-calorie, low-carb
$10.49 per serving
$4.99 per serving
$9.90 per serving
$9.99 or free on all subscriptions
Meal delivery services can help household cooks prepare healthier and tastier family meals. They can save Colorado Springs vegans from a life of soy burgers, help athletes with fat loss and muscle gain, and improve novice culinary skills. Whatever your situation or dietary needs, the services on our delivery list will help you toward better eating and a better life.
Meal delivery services save you trips to the grocery store and help you choose healthy, tasty meals. Though the pandemic has slowed things down nationwide, Colorado Springs still has one of America’s healthiest and fastest-growing economies. Time saved with meal kit delivery services is time you can spend on making money or improving your work/life balance.
With meals at $4.99 per serving, EveryPlate is the most affordable meal delivery service in Colorado Springs.
Sunbasket offers menus for pescatarian, paleo, and vegetarian dieters with diabetic-friendly and organic options as well. And for Colorado Springs vegans in a hurry, Veestro delivers prepared and fully plant-based meals to your doorstep.
Blue Apron has teamed with WW (formerly Weight Watchers) to offer diet-friendly menu options and optional substitutions like nonfat yogurt for sour cream in some recipes. If you’re on the WW plan, Blue Apron will be the best choice for you.
Green Chef’s offerings are 100% organic and it offers a tailored meal plan for paleo dieters. Green Chef also encourages you to stick to your paleo diet by limiting your choices to the plan you’re on. Sunbasket also has a Paleo plan but allows you to mix and match entrees across menus.