With all the cultural amenities of Portland, but more green space and less traffic – what’s not to love about Eugene? But with so much to see and do, in between work and classes, it can be difficult to find the time to prepare meals at home.
To make things simple, we’ve compared the menus and prices of Eugene’s best meal delivery services. From students to families, dieters to foodies, vegans and omnivores – everybody in Eugene will find something to love here.
Home Chef – Eugene’s best meal delivery service 2021
Blue Apron – Best for Eugene’s dieters and beginner cooks
Purple Carrot – Eugene’s best vegan meal delivery service
Meal delivery services will send a weekly box of food to your door on a subscription basis. Some services will provide meal kits, with ingredients and recipes to be made at home, while others send prepared meals that you simply heat and eat. Some services, such as Home Chef, offer both these options.
A food delivery service, like Grubhub, delivers food directly from a restaurant. You choose from the establishments listed on the company app, place an order, and your meal arrives hot and ready to eat.
Food delivery is quick and convenient – and Eugene’s restaurant scene is excellent. But regular takeout can be expensive and unhealthy if you aren’t careful with your meal choices.
Swap, upgrade, or double-up on protein with the Customize It feature
Plans for households of up to six people
Pickup available at your local Fred Meyer supermarket
Want your Argentinean Steak Flautas with vegetarian Impossible Burger instead? No problem! Home Chef’s Customize It feature allows diners to swap, upgrade, and even double-up on protein on many of its entrées, so you can mix up your meals to suit your needs.
It also offers a range of meal types, with something for every schedule. As well as its standard meal kits, look out for super-quick 15-Minute Meal Kits, and Oven-Ready dishes that offer little-to-no prep. Then there’s the Culinary Collection for date nights and special occasions.
Curious? Find out more about what our expert reviewer had to say. You can also find Home Chef meal kits at Eugene’s local Fred Mayer supermarkets if you want to try a couple commitment-free.
While you can filter the menu for low-calorie, low-carb, and vegetarian dishes, this is a service mostly suited to people without specific dietary needs. But with more than 20 meals on the menu each week, there’s plenty of choice for everyone in Eugene.
Dedicated Wellness plan and WW-Approved recipes
Optional wine pairing subscription
Easy-to-follow recipes with video instructions
Largely inspired by the healthy Mediterranean diet, Blue Apron’s dedicated Wellness plan is perfect for anyone wanting to eat better. The balanced, nutritionist-approved recipes include both carb-conscious and WW-friendly options, so you can learn to cook healthier meals at home.
For something more indulgent, Blue Apron also offers an optional wine subscription with food-pairing tips and bottles perfectly sized for two. You can find out more about this in our in-depth review.
Finally, Blue Apron’s app and easy-to-follow recipes will ensure even the most novice cook will have fun in the kitchen. Expand your repertoire with delicious and creative dishes such as Shrimp, Kale, and Mushroom Gnocchi, or Pork Chorizo, Potato, and Fig Bake. Sounds good, right?
100% plant-based meal kits and prepared meals
High-protein and gluten-free options available
Offers a selection of breakfast, lunch, and snack items
If you’re one of Eugene’s many vegans, you’ll be thrilled with Purple Carrot’s plant-based offerings. Its menu is one to rival the Cornbread Café or Vitality Bowls, and there are even high-protein, nut-free, and gluten-free meals available, too.
You’ll find around eight meal kits on the menu each week, alongside a range of microwavable prepared meals. And even if you’re not vegan – you’ll find a lot to love about Purple Carrot. This service makes veggies delicious with tantalizing international flavors, including Refried Butternut Tacos with Grape Salad and Slaw, or Black Sesame Gnocchi. Read our Purple Carrot review for more information.
Alongside the entrées, you’ll also be able to add breakfast items, lunch, and snacks to your order. Eating a plant-based diet has never been easier or tastier!
25 or more dishes on the menu each week
Seasonal and sustainable ingredients
Family-friendly recipes even the kids will love
With around 25 to 27 meals on the menu each week, HelloFresh offers something for just about everybody. From dieters to families, busy professionals to grad students with limited kitchen space – everyone can eat better with the help of this long-serving meal delivery company.
Each week it’ll offer meal suggestions based on your chosen plan and preferences (Meat & Veggies, Veggie, Family Friendly, Calorie Smart, Quick & Easy, or Pescatarian). You can then personalize that menu with your own choices.
You’ll also find categories like Easy Prep and Easy Cleanup – so there are plenty of options when it comes to choosing meals that suit your needs. Discover more in our in-depth HelloFresh review.
In a bid to become something of a one-stop shop, HelloFresh has also launched HelloFresh Market, offering grocery items like meat and produce alongside your meal kits.
Offers both meal kits and prepared meals
Diet plans that cover almost every kind of lifestyle
Add breakfast, lunch, snacks, and more to your deliveries
Sunbasket’s Fresh & Ready meals can be on the table in less than six minutes. That said, if you enjoy cooking, its meal kits will allow you to add exciting and tasty new dishes to your repertoire, including meals like Chicken Chop Suey or Curried Salmon and Kale Salad.
Sunbasket also caters to a variety of diets, with plans that include Paleo, Vegetarian, Gluten-Free, Carb-Conscious, Diabetes-Friendly, Mediterranean, and more. Find out more about the lifestyles it works for in our expert review.
You’re also guaranteed quality ingredients with this company – in fact, 99% of its fresh produce is organic, including its milk, yogurt, eggs, and tofu. So while Sunbasket is one of the more expensive services out there, Eugene locals with specific dietary needs, or who want to eat healthy and varied meals, may find it worth the investment.
29 exciting new recipes each week – all approved by Martha herself
A carbon-neutral company with a strong focus on sustainability
Order up to six meals per week for a family of four
Martha Stewart’s meal delivery service couldn’t be easier. The company delivers perfectly portioned ingredients and fun, six-step recipes with photos included. It’s a great way to get meals on the table in 30 minutes, as well as learn some new skills in the kitchen.
With a little practice, you could whip up meals such as Coffee Rubbed Steak & Homemade Chimichurri with Zucchini Corn Agrodolce, or Indian Butter Chicken in no time. It’s also a great service for families, with plenty of kid-friendly dishes like Turkey Chili with Crispy Tortillas, or Oven-Fried Beef Taquitos.
You’ll find 29 or more recipes on the menu each week, and even one or two desserts. You can also filter the menu by categories such as Vegetarian & Vegan, Health & Diet, Meat & Fish, Under 30 Minutes, and Family-Friendly, so finding something to suit your week should be easy. Check out our full Marley Spoon review to find out more.
High-quality proteins and certified-organic produce
Sustainable practices, including recyclable packaging
Prepped ingredients include ready-made marinades and spice blends
All Green Chef’s produce and eggs are certified organic, while its other ingredients, including the meat and fish, all promise to be responsibly sourced and non-GMO. The meal kits are expertly crafted to have the right amount of protein, wholegrains, and veggies – so you’re getting a perfectly balanced and nutritious dish every time.
You’ll find three meal plans available – Plant-Powered (Vegan and Vegetarian), Keto + Paleo, and Balanced Living. The number of meals on the menu depends on the plan, but generally you’ll find between nine and 12 per week. Keep in mind you can’t mix and match between plans either. Learn more in our complete Green Chef review.
While Green Chef’s options are more limited than other services, the quality of its ingredients is excellent. They’re also delivered prepped and measured, and most Green Chef meals will be ready within 30 minutes. Enjoy dishes like Black Bean Burrito Bowls, and Spicy Mango Chicken with Coconut-Lime Rice.
Starting price of $4.59 per serving
Hearty, no-frills comfort food the whole family will love
16 meals to choose from each week
With prices from $4.59 per serving, EveryPlate is the cheapest meal delivery service on our list. And while the price may be modest, the portions are not. EveryPlate delivers ample servings of crowd-pleasing comfort foods like French Onion Chicken with Roasted Carrots and Potato Wedges, or Pork Chili Loaded Sweet Potatoes.
To keep its prices low, EveryPlate doesn’t really cater to allergies or food intolerances. You’ll find 16 meals on the menu each week, around four or five of which are vegetarian. If you do need to keep an eye out for allergens, they’re clearly listed on the recipe cards.
EveryPlate’s weekly Premium option is also a bargain. For just $6.99 a serving you can enjoy fancier meals like Hotel Butter Steak with Crispy Potato Rounds and Cranberry-Studded Sprouts. Our detailed review tells you more.
Optional Grubhub+ membership helps you save on delivery fees
Hundreds of nearby restaurants to choose from
Options available for delivery or pickup
Some cravings can only be satisfied by takeout – and when those cravings call, Grubhub brings the Voodoo Doughnuts or the Pegasus Pizza to your door.
Grubhub is fast and convenient. The app lets you filter by cuisine, price, delivery time, or even specific entrée. Those on a budget can sort for restaurants offering free delivery, or take advantage of Grubhub’s frequent promotions and deals.
The company’s delivery fees vary, but are usually less than $7. If you find yourself using the service frequently, avoid those fees with a Grubhub+ subscription for $9.99 per month. Grubhub+ also gives you 10% cash back for every $100 you spend – and you can get a 14-day free trial before you commit.
User-friendly app to search and order through
Delivers restaurant food, groceries, dry cleaning, and more
Save money with Postmates Unlimited
Postmates can bring more than just dinner to your door. Your driver can stop by 7-Eleven for detergent and dog food or run to Simply Mac to pick up your repaired laptop – the possibilities are endless. Since the company was recently purchased by Uber, Postmates is now part of a large, sophisticated dispatch network.
It has a user-friendly app and website that lets you choose from a number of participating businesses. Fees usually range anywhere up to $10 – though surge pricing during busy periods may mean you’ll pay more.
For $9.99 per month (or $99.99 per year), Postmates Unlimited gives you unlimited free delivery on orders over $15. If you’re unsure, there’s a seven-day free trial period.
Meal Delivery Service
$6.99 per serving
Vegetarian, Calorie- Conscious, Carb- Conscious
Meal kits and prepared meals
$7.49 per serving
Vegetarian, Wellness, Diabetes-Friendly, WW-Approved
$9.99 per serving
Vegan, Gluten-Free, High-Protein, Nut-Free
Meal kits and prepared meals
$7.49 per serving
Vegetarian, Pescatarian, Calorie-Smart
$8.99 per serving
Vegetarian, Paleo, Mediterranean, Carb-Conscious, Diabetes-Friendly, Lean & Clean, Pescatarian, Gluten-Free
Meal kits and prepared meals
$8.49 per serving
Vegan, Vegetarian, Health & Diet
$10.49 per serving
Plant-Powered, Keto + Paleo
$4.59 per serving
Would you rather spend your free time hiking the Spencer Butte trail than planning meals and shopping for groceries?
Do you want to master new recipes and cooking techniques?
Are you having trouble sticking to a new diet or buying healthy food that tastes good?
If the answer to any or all of these questions is “yes,” meal delivery services are definitely worth it. There are meal delivery services in Eugene for every diet, lifestyle, and budget – including yours.
For even more options, check out our list of the best meal delivery services today.
With meals starting from just $4.59 per serving, EveryPlate is Eugene’s most affordable meal delivery service. If you’re looking for meal delivery on a budget, check out our list of the cheapest meal delivery services.
If eating organic is important to you, Green Chef is a USDA Certified Organic company. If you are following a specialized diet, Sunbasket has a number of dietitian-approved plans for different diets and uses organic non-GMO produce and hormone-free meat.
Those on the Weight Watchers plan will enjoy Blue Apron’s WW-approved meals, which include SmartPoints and ingredient substitutions to lower fat and calorie counts. Many of Purple Carrot’s vegan meal offerings come in at under 600 calories per serving.
While many meal delivery services offer a few paleo-friendly offerings, Sunbaskethas an entire menu dedicated to paleo dieters. Green Chef’s Keto + Paleo plan is also 100% organic and completely gluten- and grain-free.