There’s plenty to do in The Gate City, from drinking cocktails at 1618 Midtown to exploring the great outdoors. So, take meal prep off your mind, relax and take a stroll at the Greensboro Arboretum or go fishing at Lake Brandt.
How? By choosing one of the best meal delivery services in Greensboro in 2023. My colleagues and I have put together this list after comparing criteria including affordability, taste, and convenience.
Home Chef is the winner and for good reason. With its versatile menu and great price, it helps feed singles, couples, and families alike with little to no work.
Check out the whole list to see which meal delivery service is the best match for you and your loved ones, and enjoy your newfound free time!
Home Chef – The best overall meal service for Greensboro
Purple Carrot – Great exotic plant-based dishes in Greensboro
HelloFresh – The best family-friendly farm-fresh meal kits
Sunbasket – The best healthy meals for different dietary needs
Marley Spoon – Well-tested recipes from Martha Stewart
Great value for the price – from $7.99 per portion
Great for families – you can feed up to eight people with an order
A solution even for holidays – with bundles for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and more
Current deal: Get 18 Free Meals (50% off your first 4 boxes)!
Home Chef brings Greensboro residents meals that are healthy, balanced, and most important, super fast.
Take the above-pictured steak from the Express Plus category. It’s a gourmand’s dream, but it’s also ready in 20 to 30 minutes. So whether you want a simple taco or something more elaborate, you won’t be spending your whole day in the kitchen.
There are also Fast & Fresh meals on the menu that are already prepared and ready to pop in the microwave or oven. With your extra time, you can go for a walk along the streams and gazebos at Tanger Family Bicentennial Garden or take the fam to the Greensboro Science Center.
No matter whether you plump for the Vegetarian, Carb-conscious, or Calorie-conscious plan, a great feature is that the protein in the recipes is customizable.
You can switch pork for seafood, a burger patty for a vegetarian one, or even double the protein in your meal if you want to. Find more on the customization options in this in-depth review.
And besides the meal plans, you can also add breakfasts, protein bundles, or desserts to your cart. It’s the whole package.
Breakfast and lunch recipes – ready in just 5 to 15 minutes
Plantry items – pantry essentials, made vegan
Attention to health – designed to keep your cholesterol and sugar in check
Current deal: Get $30 off with code carrot30
Vegans and health nuts in Greensboro, rejoice! Purple Carrot’s recipes help you incorporate more veggies into your diet seamlessly, while making both your tummy and taste buds happy.
Take this healthy looking Spicy Mango Tempeh pictured above. It features toasted almond couscous and lemon arugula, is high in protein, and clocks under 600 calories. Plus, it’s under the Chef’s Choice label, so the sweet & spicy deliciousness is a guaranteed hit.
You’ll find other labels on the menu such as Gluten-free, Soy-free, and Nut-free. Find more on the menu allergens and tags in my colleague’s review.
Purple Carrot is also concerned with saving you as much time as possible: almost all meal kits are ready in under 35 minutes.
And for the extra-busy people out there (or lazy, like me) there’s also a convenient weekly menu of prepared meals. Ready in as little as two minutes, you can safely microwave them directly in their trays. You can eat them either at dinner, like the label suggests, or as nutritious lunches.
And one more thing: shipping is free to Greensboro residents on all orders. Hooray!
Plan ahead – see the menu six weeks in advance
Premium Picks category – for fancier dinner nights
Hall of Fame – well-tested recipes become customer favorites
HelloFresh is great if you want to feed a crowd, thanks to its family-friendly recipes, from One-Pot Wonders to burgers, pasta, and tacos.
You can choose up to six weekly recipes for two or four people, so it should cover dinnertimes during your busy weeks, whether you’re a couple or a small family.
The recipes are featured under numerous categories including Family Friendly, Fit & Wholesome, Quick and Easy, and Veggie. There’s something for everyone.
My colleague’s review expands more on each category, but the good news is that the plans aren’t set in stone. You can choose any of the 25+ weekly recipes when you order.
From easy prep and easy cleanup options to 10-minute lunches, HelloFresh surely tries its best to make your life in the kitchen easier.
And if you’re worried about your carbon footprint, recipes now have a rating to show their climate score, from Fair to Good to Climate Superstar! Now that’s an innovative way to rate eco-friendliness.
Caters to diverse diets – you can choose from 10 different plans
Premium ingredients – from organic veggies to responsibly sourced meats & seafood
Add-ons available – order tons of grocery items along with your meals
Sunbasket is a wonderful choice if you follow a specific diet or prefer a holistic approach to food. Vegan, vegetarian, paleo, and low-carb plans are all part of the menu. And if you have a soy or dairy allergy or type 2 diabetes, you’ll be happy to see meals that cater to you too.
Read more on the different diets Sunbasket covers in our in-depth review.
The menu is largely inspired by Mediterranean cuisine but draws inspiration from European and Asian fare as well.
The Sicilian Chicken and Kale pictured above is the epitome of healthy Mediterranean food and is included in the Lean & Clean and Protein Plus categories at under 600 calories per portion, with no dairy, gluten, soy, or added sugar. Plus, it also qualifies as paleo, carb-conscious, and diabetes-friendly.
The menu includes meal kits and prepared meals and there’s also a vast Market section. I’m talking huge, with items ranging from breakfast and lunch options, coffee, juice, smoothies, pasta, sauces, proteins, cheese, and so much more.
Note: If you suffer from celiac disease, Sunbasket’s Gluten-Free-Friendly meal plan may not be suitable for you. You can check out a service like Green Chef instead, which has a certified gluten-free plan.
Recipes for the whole family – suitable for adults and kids alike
Plenty of choices – over 40 unique meals each week
Commitment to sustainability – including carbon neutrality projects
These meal kits come from Martha Stewart’s carefully selected collection to bring you quality as well as unique flavors. The proprietary spice blends will make dinnertime an experience, and you’ll learn how to use ingredients in ways you probably hadn’t thought of before.
But that doesn’t mean they require any fancy skills or sophisticated kitchenware. Our detailed review will help clear any such doubts. Many recipes are ready in around half an hour or less, and all of them take just six easy steps.
This makes them accessible even to beginners. All of the recipes are labeled easy for this very reason, including the kid-friendly Bacon-Cheddar Burger pictured above.
Speaking of which, there are five main categories on the menu: Health & Diet, Vegetarian & Vegan, Meat & Fish, Under 30 Minutes, and Family-Friendly.
The menu is filled with recipes inspired by Mexican, Asian, and European cuisines, but also features classic American dishes. Anyhow, you’re in for a ride.
USDA-certified organic – highest quality produce
Chef-crafted recipes – feel like a pro in the comfort of your home
Suitable for celiacs – with a special gluten-free plan
What makes Green Chef stand out? Well, for starters, it’s 100% USDA-certified organic. Each and every ingredient is sustainably sourced from trusted farmers to bring you the highest quality.
The menu consists of 24 weekly recipes, two being the Chef Select premium recipes.
The meals are suitable for different dietary needs and preferences, from the Keto + Paleo plates to the Plant-Powered vegan and vegetarian recipes.
Some meals carry the label Fast & Fit as they have a low calorie count per portion, while some are Mediterranean-inspired and have a label so that they stand out too.
Many recipes feature proprietary sauces and spice blends, saving you time and bringing new aromas to your kitchen. For example, the keto-friendly Beef Patties pictured above come with a premade Sesame-Ginger Amino Sauce, a Chili & Ginger Spice Rub, and a Hot Sauce.
You can read our expert review to see for yourself if the convenience and quality that Green Chef offers are worth its price tag.
Budget-friendly meals – from $1.49 per portion
Creative recipes – with interesting flavor combos and seasonings
Diverse menu – 18 weekly recipes to choose from
EveryPlate offers a helping hand in the kitchen even if you’re on a tight budget. An order can feed two or four people for five days a week – and as the portions are adult-sized, it can be enough even for a family of five if you have small children.
The plans are pretty straightforward with names like EasyPlate, VeggiePlate, FamilyPlate, and ClassicPlate, but you can read more details about them in our dedicated review.
The recipes don’t have a ton of ingredients and most of them aren’t very fancy, in order to keep costs low.
But that doesn't mean that the food is bland in any way. The spices and aromatics in each meal kit keep things interesting, and the flavor profiles may surprise you, be it umami, sweet and tangy, or spicy.
And let’s not forget the Premium recipes that shine on the menu each week. Steak and seafood are just some of the things you can order when you want a sophisticated dinner, like the Blackened Shrimp Salad with Creamy Cajun Dressing pictured above.
Marketplace option – add kitchen utensils and unique spice blends to your cart
Microwave-friendly meals – three ready-made options each week
Eco-friendly packaging – easy to recycle
Blue Apron’s plans for two people include Signature, Wellness, and Vegetarian. There’s also a Signature for Four plan, which is perfect for small families in The Gate City. Check out our dedicated review to find out more about these plans.
You can order dishes with meat, fish, or Beyond Meat™, and the weekly changing menu is filled with family-friendly recipes inspired by international cuisines as well as local fare, so you’ll never get bored.
If you want something more crafty, like gourmet burgers, or crave the sophisticated feeling of more premium ingredients, Blue Apron offers a few options each week for an extra fee.
And, apart from the plans, there are breakfasts, proteins, desserts, salads, and other things you can add to your order. These are perfect for weekends or in-between meals and can easily save you more grocery store trips. After all, you can’t go to The Pyrle Theater on an empty stomach!
Another option is ordering à la carte bundles of meal kits in the Market section of the website. You can order wine boxes from there as well, or get a separate wine subscription curated to complement the taste of each meal.
Grubhub+ subscription – upgrade to get unlimited free deliveries
Local restaurants & pubs – get your favorite takeout without leaving the house
Quick & easy – conveniently order from the app or on the website
Grubhub is a food delivery service that brings you freshly prepared food from your favorite restaurants and pubs in Greensboro, including Pastabilities and The Captain’s Table.
It’s super simple: browse the menu on the app or website, select, and hit order. Then, track the food from the restaurant to your home to see exactly when the courier arrives.
You can also take advantage of the new Grubhub Perks feature where you can earn rewards for your loyalty and get free food from several local restaurants. Yep, free food, you heard that right.
Delivery fees are usually around $3-$6 per order. But if you sign up to Grubhub+, you can get unlimited free delivery on orders of $12 or more, for just $9.99 a month.
It can be particularly useful if you work or study from home and find yourself ordering food frequently (like I do). You can even test it for free for 14 days, with no strings attached.
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3 meal kits for 2 people/6 prepared meals
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Kits, speedy kits, oven-ready
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Fresh & Ready meals, 30-Min Meal Kits
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Wondering how to choose the best meal delivery service for you? Here are some of the criteria that my team and I used when selecting our top choices for this review:
Budget: Do you want to splurge on a premium dish and feel like a sous chef? Or on the contrary, do you want to cut back on meal costs? Either way, be sure to choose a service that fits your budget. Many of the services I’ve highlighted have options for both cases.
Diets: Everyone has different dietary needs and preferences, so look for a service that has options for every member of the family. You’ll find some great variety on this list, from low-carb and weight-loss menus to diabetes-friendly and vegan plans.
Flavor: Boring, bland food is the worst, right? Especially if you follow a more restrictive diet like plant-based or keto. Even if you go for a more affordable choice with fewer ingredients, look for recipes with flavorful herbs and spices, not just salt and pepper.
Flexibility: What if you need to skip deliveries, pause your subscription, or cancel completely? No need to worry, I’ve only included flexible delivery services in this list. You're welcome.
Yes, they are. With meal delivery services you can have more control over what and how much you eat, cut down on takeaway costs, and even work on some useful kitchen skills.
Plus, you can find meals that suit you and your family’s different dietary needs in one place. No need to spend hours in grocery stores or making complicated, time-consuming meal plans. Instead, you can spend that time having a blast with your loved ones at Wet’n Wild Emerald Pointe.
You can check out my top pick for Greensboro to see if the menu would be a good fit for you. But no matter which meal delivery service on my list has caught your eye, you’re going to be eating well!
EveryPlate ranked highly in my roundup as it’s the most affordable meal delivery service in Greensboro. With meals starting at $1.49 per serving, it can fit all types of budgets.
Home Chef came top of my list and also offers affordable meals so you can save money and time with the many low- or no-prep dishes on the menu.
Sunbasket is the best healthy meal delivery service for Greensboro residents. It offers both meal kits and prepared meals that feature certified organic ingredients. I was impressed by Sunbasket’s huge range of plans, from keto to diabetes-friendly to vegan.