Life is fast-paced, and that usually takes a toll on our eating habits. Luckily, you can enjoy healthy home-cooked meals with maximum convenience, thanks to the many meal delivery services in Maryland.
Enjoy delicious dinners, and even breakfasts, lunches, and snacks, without meal planning, shopping, or scouring Pinterest boards for healthy recipe hacks.
Thanks to its incredible customization options and different meal types, Home Chef took the top spot for me. But to help you choose which of the many companies out there is right for you, I've curated this expert-picked list of the 10 best meal delivery services in Maryland.
Customize It tool allows you to swap, upgrade, or double your protein
20+ recipes per week
Dietary options include vegetarian, and carb- and calorie-conscious
Current deal: Get 16 Free Meals!
If you enjoy cooking minus the shopping, you’ll love Home Chef. As the name suggests, Home Chef is a meal kit delivery service, meaning it sends your chosen recipes with portioned ingredients, along with detailed instructions on how to cook each dish.
Starting at $6.99 per serving, the recipes take anywhere between 10 to 50 minutes to cook. Choose from more than 20 recipes each week based on how much time you have and how elaborate a meal you want.
You'll find a varied selection of meal kits that range from gourmet dishes like Sirloin Steak and Horseradish Cream or Tempura Mahi-Mahi and Pickled Ginger Aioli, to comfort foods like Italian Sausage Cowboy Pie or Mozzarella Turkey Meatloaf.
Home Chef also offers portion sizes for up to eight people – perfect if you want to feed the whole family or have guests coming over. My colleague tested it out, and wrote about how it really works in this in-depth review.
Despite its well-earned popularity, Home Chef doesn’t cater particularly well to specific dietary preferences, such as keto or vegan. That said, it does have a good number of veggie options, and you can customize your protein in almost every dish.
Affordable – prices starting at $5.74 per serving
19+ recipes to choose from each week
Dietary options include WW-approved, diabetes-friendly, and vegetarian
Blue Apron is one of the oldest players in the meal kit delivery market, with several pluses to its credit. The recipes are known for being particularly tasty, it’s one of the least expensive meal kit services, and it’s a one-stop-shop for food, wine, and kitchen tools.
We go more into what sets Blue Apron apart in this expert review.
In addition to the Signature for 2 (with Vegetarian for 2 and Wellness for 2 options) and Signature for 4 plans, Blue Apron has a range of nutritionist-designed diabetes-friendly recipes. All the meal kits come with clear, detailed instructions to ensure your meals are prepared to perfection.
What sets Blue Apron apart, however, is its wine offerings. You can either subscribe to receive six 500ml bottles (perfect for two) a month, or purchase bundles at the Market.
Tasty, high-protein meals for active lifestyles
35 prepared dishes each week
Dietary options include Whole30, paleo, low-carb, and more
Current deal: Save $80 with code SALE80 plus FREE SHIPPING.
Snap Kitchen takes the work out of meal prep with its colorful, nutrient-dense meals that have been prepared by pro chefs. You can filter the menu based on calorie content, or the amount of carbs or protein – and the dishes are super varied, too.
As my colleague’s detailed review reveals, the gluten-free meals are not only made using top-quality, clean ingredients, but they also taste pretty good and can be ready in just three minutes (now that’s a diet I can get behind!).
Choose between six or 12 dishes per week. At $9.66 per serving, it is one of the more expensive meal delivery services out there, but if you value high-quality ingredients and convenience, this is definitely one to try.
Offers both meal kits and prepared meals
35+ recipes per week
Dietary preferences include paleo, gluten-free, diabetes-friendly, and more
Current deal: $90 off Plus a Free Gift!
Whether you’re in the mood to cook, or you want a simple heat-and-eat meal, Sunbasket has you covered. What's more, all its dishes are healthy, fresh, and certified organic (I talk about this more in this Sunbasket review).
Its main menu features more than 35 dishes, across both kits and prepared meals, many of which are inspired by other cuisines. As well as all-American favorites, look out for meals like the Korean Kimchi Fried Rice with Pancetta, and the Malai Potato Kofta Curry with Toasted Naan.
In addition to the dinners, you can also add on breakfast, lunch, snacks, and extra proteins.
Fresh ingredients sourced straight from the farm
25+ recipes per week
Dietary plans include Pescatarian, Veggie, and Fit & Wholesome
HelloFresh lives up to its name by serving fresh, high-quality ingredients that are delivered to you on a set day each week. You can change the day, skip a week, or cancel your subscription at any time without hassle.
Each week, choose between two and six recipes from its menu of more than 25, with plenty of options for vegetarians, pescatarians, and those on low-calorie diets.
While the quality ingredients and easy-to-follow recipes are a hit, what's even more impressive are HelloFresh’s generous portion sizes, even in the case of meat, fish, and plant protein. My colleague shared her thoughts about HelloFresh in this in-depth review.
And, while you can choose your recipes week by week, if you wish, you can also leave it to HelloFresh to send you meal kits based on your dietary preferences.
50+ prepared dishes per week
Dietary options include gluten-free, low-carb, and plant-based
Current deal: Save $125, Promo Code: SAVE125AFF
Freshly is your escape from prepping, cooking, and dishwashing. It's a prepared meal delivery service that offers a healthier alternative to restaurant food with controlled sugar, fewer processed ingredients, and as many fruits and vegetables as it can cram into its meals.
The dishes are prepared in a gluten- and peanut-free facility, and Freshly makes it easy to manage your dietary preferences with options that are dairy-free, soy-free, and even vegan.
Select between four and 12 meals from more than 50 tempting dishes per week. Given that the meals are delivered fresh, not frozen, they’re certainly flavorful. You can get the inside scoop on how the meals actually taste in my colleague’s expert Freshly review.
Freshly also offers a free 15-minute video consultation with a Wellness Expert who can help you select meals suitable for your lifestyle.
A USDA certified-organic company
Between nine and 12 recipes per week
Current deal: Get $135 Off + Free Shipping
Green Chef is a USDA-certified meal kit delivery service that prides itself on recipes that are organic, nutritious, and delicious at the same time. Even its Keto + Paleo plan is certified gluten-free.
The company describes itself as the number-one meal kit for eating well, which means all its recipes are packed with veggies, whole grains, and lean meats low in saturated fat.
In keeping with its health-conscious vibe, all the nutritional information is available on the website alongside each recipe, and also in your box. My colleague writes about this more in this in-depth review.
The most budget-friendly meal kit, from $1.49 per serving
17+ recipes to choose from per week
Dietary options include the VeggiePlate plan
Current deal: Get $1.49/meal + 20% off your next 2 boxes
It might not offer particularly fancy recipes, organic ingredients, or diet-specific meals, but you’ll still see rave reviews about EveryPlate. It definitely helps that this is the most affordable meal delivery service by far and offers a huge selection of crowd-pleasing recipes like tacos, pork chops, and meatballs each week.
Learn more about what sets EveryPlate apart, and whether it really is the best meal kit delivery service for you, in this review.
Of its 17+ recipes each week, you can select between three and five for either two or four people. The cooking time and other information, including the nutrition facts and allergens, is all clearly visible on the website, so you can pick your recipes accordingly.
Purely plant-based prepared meals ready in minutes
45+ meals to choose from
Dietary options include low-calorie, high-protein, soy-free, and more
Current deal: Save 35% Off! Code: EAT35
Veestro is a prepared meal delivery service catering to those on a completely plant-based diet. There are more than 45 meals to choose from, as well as eight breakfast items, and though the menu doesn't change weekly, there’s still enough to give you plenty of variety. Plus, the company adds new items to the menu every so often.
Veestro’s meals come frozen in bundles of 10, 20, and 30 – with no shipping fee if you’ve subscribed. You can learn more about Veestro’s pricing in this expert review.
When choosing your dishes, the meals can be filtered for allergens such as soy, gluten, and nuts, and there are dietary categories such as High-Protein and Low-Calorie. There’s a Weight Loss plan, too, which features many of the same dishes from the a la carte menu.
The most interesting thing about Veestro is its eclectic menu. From plant-based versions of comfort-food favorites, like the Chick’n Nuggets and BBQ Chick’n Pizza, to dishes from popular world cuisines, like the South Indian Coconut Stew, there’s something for every palate.
Get free delivery when you sign up to Grubhub+
Often has ongoing offers
Pickup also available if you’re out and about
If I’m being honest (and I am), despite the range of healthy and tasty meal kits and prepared meals available in Maryland, sometimes all I want is to not move from the couch, order something nice from my favorite place, and dig in.
For times like these, you need a food delivery service, and the first on my list is Grubhub which, frankly, needs little introduction.
For those not in the know, however, Grubhub is a food ordering and delivery service that partners with local restaurants. You can place your order through Grubhub's easy-to-navigate website or app and have it delivered or pick it up. Either way, you'll find plenty of interesting offers, including discounts and free appetizers.
The delivery cost could be anywhere between $1-10, though, for the majority of places, you'll find it’s less than $5. To waive this fee completely, sign up to Grubhub+ for $9.99 a month.
$6.99 Per Serving
$5.74 Per Serving
$9.66 Per Serving
$4.27 Per Serving
$3.79 Per Serving
$6.90 Per Serving
$5.99 Per Serving
$1.49 Per Serving
$7.16 Per Serving
$7.53 Per Serving
2 meals for 2 people
2 meals for 2 people
6 prepared meals
2 meal kits for 2 people/4 prepared meals
2 meals for 2 people
4 prepared meals
3 meals for 2 people
3 meals for 2 people
10 prepared meals
5 prepared meals
Kits, oven- & grill-ready, prepared
20 - 60 min. meal kits
Fresh & Ready meals, 30-Min Meal Kits
20 - 30 min. meal kits
30-minute meal kits
30-minute meal kits
When it comes to enjoying a meal, we all have moods. Some days we want to get creative in the kitchen, other days we want less cooking and more heating-and-eating. On others, we want nothing to do with the kitchen. Meal and food delivery services make it possible for us to live and enjoy every mood.
So frankly, there’s never a time or place where meal and food delivery services aren’t worth your while. From gourmet dishes to comfort foods to health-conscious recipes, Maryland’s meal delivery services have it all.
If you’re looking for prepared meals that cater to different dietary needs, Sunbasket is a great option. On the other hand, Freshly has a great selection of gluten-free meals, and Snap Kitchen offers high-protein, low-carb dishes perfect for those with an active lifestyle. So it all depends on your preferences!
Snap Kitchen’s varied menu only includes meals that are less than 600 calories per serving, so it can be a really convenient service for people looking to lose weight.
Convenience is never “cheap”, but when it comes to heat-and-eat meals, Freshly is one of the most affordable on this list. Considering that most of the meals are gluten-free and low-sodium, and all are prepared with top-quality ingredients, you’re definitely getting value for money.
If you’re looking for restaurants, Grubhub’s Maryland offerings are diverse enough to find delicious, healthy meals for every budget. If you’re looking for healthy meals that work for everyday, a meal delivery service is the better option. Services like Home Chef, Blue Apron, and Sunbasket offer healthy meals catering to several dietary preferences.