There’s a lot to keep you busy in Little Rock, AR, so it’s little wonder people are looking for simple solutions when it comes to cooking healthy meals at home. Fortunately, I’ve compiled this list of the best meal delivery services in the area, so you can examine all the options available to you.
The list covers a range of diets and lifestyles, and many have really upped their game in the last few years. For me, Home Chef tops the list this year, thanks to its flexibility and customization options.
However, if Home Chef doesn’t suit you, there are plenty of other options that might.
What’s the Difference Between Meal Delivery and Food Delivery?
Meal delivery services and food delivery services will both deliver food to your door.
A meal delivery service, like Home Chef, provides either meal kits that contain recipes and all the raw ingredients you need to prepare and cook fantastically delicious dishes in your own kitchen, or prepared meals that just need to be heated and served.
A food delivery service, such as Grubhub, is simply a go-between for you and the restaurant from which you order. Once you’ve placed your order via the app, Grubhub will pick it up and deliver it to you.
Meal types for every kind of schedule
Customizable plans, so you can edit the number of servings with ease
Swap, upgrade, and double-up on protein in some meals
Special discount – Get 16 Free Meals!
Choose from four plans at Home Chef: Calorie-Conscious, Carb-Conscious, Vegetarian, and < 30 Minutes. Whether you’re looking for quick and easy dishes, or you want to cut down on carbs, the company’s flexible plans are designed to help you meet your lifestyle goals.
You can find out more about how to select your preferences in this dedicated Home Chef review.
The reason I love Home Chef is its flexibility and customization options. If you see something you like, tweak it to your exact taste by swapping or even doubling up on the protein. Want to switch the chicken in your Nacho Chicken Flatbread for sliced flank steak? It can be done!
It also offers a range of meal types, including 15-Minute Meal Kits, Oven-Ready Meals, and Fast & Fresh microwave meals. So if you’re tired after a long day at the Arkansas Arts Center, dinner can be ready in a matter of minutes.
Exciting, gourmet-quality meal kits
Optional wine pairing subscription available
Simple, easy-to-follow recipes with video instructions
Special discount – $110 off across your first 5 boxes!
Blue Apron offers a variety of exciting meal kits across four different plans. Choose from either the Signature or Signature For 4, the Wellness plan, or the Vegetarian plan.
The company is probably most known for its WW-Approved Wellness plan, which features balanced and carb-conscious meals packed with fruit, vegetables, lean proteins, and wholegrains. You can find out more about the menu in this Blue Apron review.
The dishes are also extremely easy to put together. The dedicated app and detailed instructions will ensure even the most novice cook will have fun creating healthy meals at home. It’s the perfect way to expand your repertoire!
Entirely plant-based meal kits and prepared meals
Exciting dishes inspired by global cuisines
Free shipping on every order
Special discount – Get $25 Off & FREE Delivery
If you’re looking for a vegetarian- or vegan-friendly meal delivery service in Little Rock, look no further! Purple Carrot is exclusively plant-based and offers both meal kits and prepared dishes.
And though the food is strictly vegan, it’s certainly not boring. You’ll discover a range of outrageously delicious ways to cook vegetables, from soups and hummus bowls to Vietnamese-inspired noodle and rice dishes. It also offers high-protein and gluten-free meals, plus quick-to-prepare options for breakfast and lunch.
The meals average between 500 and 800 calories per serving, and they’re designed to be balanced and nutritious with complex carbohydrates derived from nuts, seeds, fruits, vegetables, and legumes. All good stuff!
High-quality, sustainable ingredients, including Villari proteins and Colavita olive oil
Plans such as Veggie, Pescatarian, Family Friendly, and more
25 or more dishes on the menu each week
Special discount – 16 Free Meals + 3 Gifts + Free Shipping
If you want healthy, homecooked meals that your entire family can enjoy, HelloFresh could be the answer. For starters, it has a dedicated Family Friendly plan featuring quick, easy, kid-approved meals – and you can order up to six recipes per week for four people!
For the full lowdown, check out this expert HelloFresh review – I guarantee you’ll be able to satisfy even the fussiest eaters.
There’s plenty of choice, too, including options for Easy Prep and Easy Cleanup. The meal delivery service also promises only top-quality, seasonal, and sustainable ingredients.
Extensive menu and 10 plans to choose from
Uses only organic ingredients where possible
Special discount – $90 off Plus a Free Gift!
The name of the game at Sunbasket is variety. Not only does it have 10 meal plans to choose from, it also has more menus (and submenus) than I’ve ever seen. For example, in addition to a dinner menu, Sunbasket also has lunch, breakfast, snacks, proteins, and store-cupboard essentials like pasta and sauces. The lunch menu alone has six submenus.
You can read more about Sunbasket in this dedicated review. But in essence – if you want to whip up a quick, balanced meal before you meet up with friends at downtown River Market, Sunbasket could be a good choice for you.
The company also only uses only organic, farm-fresh ingredients where possible, including sustainable seafood and responsibly raised meats. All the recipes are dietitian-approved, too.
40 exciting recipes every week – all approved by Martha herself
Perfectly portioned ingredients to make cooking simpler
Plenty of vegan- and vegetarian-friendly options
Special discount – Get $120 off Your First 5 Boxes
Marley Spoon offers 40 meals every week across a range of plans that include Meat & Fish, Family-Friendly, Vegetarian & Vegan, and more. As well as meal kits, which are usually ready in about 30 minutes – give or take – the service offers a small selection of prepared meals (for those nights when cooking is off the cards) and desserts, too.
Check out this in-depth Marley Spoon review to learn more about the service.
And naturally – as a TV cooking legend – Martha adds her own influence to the service. You’ll find plenty of recipes, tips, and techniques on the blog, plus you get to enjoy Martha’s own curated signature spice blends.
Supports both craft and farm economies
Uses ingredients that are USDA certified organic
Offers a choice of healthy plans, including Keto + Paleo
Special discount – Get $130 Off + Free Shipping
Not only are Green Chef’s ingredients of the highest quality, but they’ll arrive prepped, measured, and mixed for you, so you can have meals on the table within 30 minutes. Green Chef also provides color-coded recipe cards for ease of use.
You can find more information about the quality of Green Chef’s ingredients in this professional review. It’ll also give you more details about how simple the recipes are to put together.
When you sign up, you’ll find three health-oriented plans for different dietary preferences – Keto + Paleo, Balanced Living, and Plant-Powered, the latter of which is a selection of vegetarian- and vegan-friendly meals. Keep in mind, however, that you can’t mix and match between plans with this service.
Easy recipes, ready in six simple steps
Budget-friendly at just $4.99 per serving
16 meals to choose from each week
Special discount – $40 OFF throughout your first 3 boxes
Of the services I’ve reviewed, EveryPlate remains the least expensive. It remains so by offering hearty, no-frills comfort-food dishes using basic, wholesome ingredients. It also doesn’t cater to niche diets or lifestyles – so if you have allergies or intolerances, this may not be the service for you.
You can learn more about what’s on the menu in this expert EveryPlate review.
EveryPlate offers four plans – the ClassicPlate, VeggiePlate, FamilyPlate, and the EasyPlate, where you’ll find a lineup of fuss-free meals that can be ready in less than 30 minutes. You can also order up to five meal kits each week that serve up to four people at a time.
Renowned for great service and on-time delivery
Browse eateries by name, cuisine, or specific menu item
Sign up to Grubhub+ for perks
One of the things diners love about Grubhub is its appropriately-named Perks program that allows you to browse restaurants and eateries in Little Rock and check out their special deals. It also offers a Referral program that rewards you with discounts when you refer mates to Grubhub’s offerings.
The service is fast and convenient. So when you arrive home from an Arkansas Razorbacks game and are feeling hungry, you can satisfy your cravings with a quick and easy takeout.
Delivery fees will vary from restaurant to restaurant – and will also depend on the time of day.
Partnered with hundreds of local businesses
Order anything from medication to flowers, as well as food
Access convenience stores, including 7-Eleven
Postmates earns a gold star for the organization of its site. It has a host of excellent filters that allow you to sift through a multitude of Little Rock restaurants, convenience stores, and more. You can sort each one by rating, price, popularity, and even delivery fees. It’s very useful!
You can filter the food options by dietary preferences as well. Look out for categories such as vegetarian, vegan, halal, and gluten-free.
The thing that made me go “wow!” is the number of non-food stores it works with. This includes pharmacies, retail stores, flower shops, and more. But, of course, it’s great for food delivery, too!
$6.99 Per Serving
$3.24 Per Serving
$8.32 Per Serving
$3.79 Per Serving
$5.99 Per Serving
$1.99 Per Serving
$6.00 Per Serving
$4.99 Per Serving
2 meals for 2 people
2 meals for 2 people
3 meal kits for 2 people/6 prepared meals
2 meals for 2 people
2 meal kits for 2 people/4 prepared meals
2 meals for 2 people
3 meals for 2 people
3 meals for 2 people
Kits, oven- & grill-ready, prepared
20 - 60 min. meal kits
30-minute meal kits
20 - 30 min. meal kits
Fresh & Ready meals, 30-Min Meal Kits
30 min. meal kits
30-minute meal kits
30-minute meal kits
If you’re looking to save time, money, and effort, meal delivery services are the way to go. All of the services listed here are available within Little Rock.
If you can get your dinner schedule squared away with a meal delivery service, you’ll have that much more time to check out everything the Arkansas capital has to offer. For a more general list, check out these Top Meal Delivery Services.
When it comes to affordability, EveryPlate’s prices can’t be beaten. It offers meals for a mere $4.99 per serving. It’s certainly a great place to start if you want to try meal delivery services for the first time but are worried about forking out the cash.
This is a tough call as most of the services listed above are relatively healthy. For me, the winner in this regard is Sunbasket’s offering, which ranked high on my list. It has 10 different plans which cater to a huge variety of diets, including Paleo, Vegetarian, Lean & Clean, and more. It uses high-quality ingredients, as well.
If you’re looking to lose weight, the best service could be Blue Apron. Its WW-Approved Wellness plan comes with a stellar reputation for healthy, balanced dishes and low-cal alternatives.
Find more weight loss options on our list of the Best Weight Loss Meal Delivery Services.
The winner in this category is Sunbasket because it has a dedicated paleo plan with a wide selection of dishes that change weekly. Green Chef is a close second as it has a dedicated Keto + Paleo plan.
This list of the Best Paleo Meal Delivery Services will give you even more paleo-friendly options!