Between work hours and traffic jams, finding time for shopping and meal preparation can be a huge challenge. Meal delivery services save you time and improve your kitchen quality of life. But with so many choices, finding the best meal delivery services in Oxnard can be challenging.
Southern California is a diverse place, and Oxnard residents have a wide range of dietary needs. But on our list of Oxnard’s 9 best meal delivery services, you’re sure to find a service that’s right for you.
I’ve scanned ingredient lists, consulted colleagues, and weighed and measured the offerings at various meal delivery services. Adventurous cuisine or family-friendly comfort food? Meal kits or prepared meals? Omnivore or vegan? Our selection has something for everyone!
While Home Chef takes the top spot, every meal delivery service on our list has something to offer. Read on and eat better!
Home Chef – Best meal delivery service in Oxnard 2023
Blue Apron – Best meal delivery service for unique flavors at a good price
Purple Carrot – Best vegan meal delivery service in Oxnard
HelloFresh – The world’s largest meal delivery service
Sunbasket – Best meal delivery service for specialized diets
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Wide, customizable selection of meal kits and oven-ready meals
24 recipes per week, plus snacks and protein add-ons
Dietary options include carb- and calorie-conscious
Current deal: Get 18 Free Meals (50% off your first 4 boxes)!
Home Chef regularly scores high in our rankings because it does so many things well. Its Culinary Collection lets you cook restaurant-quality meals at home, while its Oven-Ready meals like Three-Cheese Chicken with Zucchini and Tomatoes are ready to bake without further prep.
Home Chef also offers calorie-conscious entrees for people watching their weight and carb-conscious meals for keto and Atkins dieters. Vegetarians and pescatarians will find lots to love about Home Chef, though it may not be ideal for those on more specialized diets. Learn more in our Home Chef review.
But Home Chef’s greatest secret weapon is its Customize-It feature. Most meals allow you to swap, upgrade, or double up on protein. You can make your Pan-Seared Chicken and Shallot Beurre Blanc with salmon filets, tuna steaks, or sirloin steak!
Home Chef is the best meal delivery service for most Oxnard residents, thanks to its flexibility, wide selection, and overall ingredient excellence.
Adventurous menus at a very reasonable price
19 new recipes every week
Dietary options include a WW-approved Wellness plan, and more
Current deal: Enjoy $180 off across your first 6 orders
Blue Apron’s menu adventurous flavors that you normally see only in high-priced premium meal delivery services, but at a starting price of just $5.74 per serving. Our dedicated reviewer declared “Blue Apron is absolutely worth the money.”
If you’re counting calories, Blue Apron’s WW-approved meals let you keep track of WW Smartpoints. And Blue Apron’s Wellness menu features healthy dishes inspired by the heart-healthy Mediterranean diet. Tahini Chicken and Warm Kale Salad (pictured above) isn’t just tasty, it’s good for you too!
Do you like wine with dinner? Blue Apron’s Wine Delivery offers six 500ml bottles every month for an average price of $10 a bottle. Each bottle comes with a chart to ensure a proper pairing between your wine and your Blue Apron meal. Blue Apron even has a selection of prepared meals for nights when you don’t feel like cooking.
100% plant-based meal kits and prepared meals
20 entrees each week, plus breakfast and lunch options
Dietary options include high-protein, gluten-free, and more
Current deal: Get $30 off with code carrot30
Many meal delivery services rely on meat substitutes like soy burgers for their vegan meals. Purple Carrot puts the vegetables front and center in its 100% plant-based meals. If you’ve had your fill of fake chicken, you’ll love Purple Carrot.
Not vegan? No problem! No matter what our diet, we could all stand to eat more healthy vegetables. Purple Carrot lets you add tasty plant-based proteins to your weekly menu. Our reviewer said, “even if you’re an omnivore like I am, you owe it to yourself to try Purple Carrot.”
No time to cook? No problem! Purple Carrot offers healthy vegan prepared meals, as well as a small selection of 100% plant-based breakfast and lunch dishes. Eating your vegetables has never been easier – or tastier!
Colorful, crowd-pleasing dishes to suit all tastes
More than 25 recipes each week
Plans include Veggie, Pescatarian, Fit & Wholesome, and more
HelloFresh is the world’s biggest and most popular meal delivery service. You don’t get that big without doing a few things right.
Southern California is famous for its heat waves, but HelloFresh’s packaging will keep your deliveries cold until you get home, even if you’re delayed in traffic. (Another thing Southern California is famous for… ).
HelloFresh runs like a well-oiled machine when it comes to customer service, selection, and ease of use. If any problems arise, HelloFresh will handle them quickly and politely. Our reviewer said “the customer service I received was hands-down outstanding.”
HelloFresh uses local food suppliers whenever possible. While not all ingredients are organic, all proteins are responsibly sourced and sustainably harvested.
Meal kits, prepared meals, and store-cupboard essentials
Up to 36 entrees to choose from per week
Plans include Paleo, Gluten-Free, Diabetes-Friendly, and more
If you’re on a specialized diet, it can be difficult to find a meal delivery service that fits your needs. Sunbasket’s menu offerings include Carb-Conscious, Paleo, Diabetes-Friendly, Mediterranean, and more.
If eating clean and healthy is important to you, Sunbasket uses only organic produce, responsibly raised meats, and sustainable seafood. You can learn more about Sunbasket’s 10 menu plans in my colleague’s detailed Sunbasket review.
Sunbasket’s menu includes interesting world recipes like Ethiopian Berbere Chicken (pictured above). And if you’re in a hurry, Sunbasket also offers a selection of Fresh & Ready fully prepared meals you simply heat and eat.
With prices starting at $4.27 per serving, Sunbasket is one of the more expensive meal delivery services on our list. But if you’re on a specialized diet, Sunbasket can be a great investment in your health.
Martha Stewart-approved meals delivered to your door
Around 40 choices per week
Dietary options include vegetarian, vegan, low-calorie, and more
The meal delivery service is a tough game, but consummate homemaker Martha Stewart has stepped into the arena with Marley Spoon. Marley Spoon offers a range of crowd-pleasing meal kits that add a touch of sophistication to family-friendly foods. (See how the Spinach-Ricotta Ravioli above is dressed with an Asparagus-Walnut Gremolata).
You might feel a bit intimidated at the idea of cooking Martha Stewart’s recipes. But Marley Spoon’s recipes are well put together and easy to follow. Our Marley Spoon reviewer said of her experience, “When the time came to cook, the recipe cards made everything clear.”
You might expect to pay a premium price for Martha’s magic touch, but Marley Spoon’s rates are very reasonable, with prices starting at just $2.99 a serving. If you’re looking to up your kitchen game, Marley Spoon may be perfect for you!
Peeled and chopped ingredients and prepared sauces
Around nine to 12 recipes per week
Dietary plans include Keto + Paleo, Plant-Powered, and Balanced Living
Green Chef’s menu is not so large and diverse as other services, and its starting price of $5.99 per serving puts it on the more expensive end of the scale. But Green Chef’s menu listings are uniformly excellent and made with 100% organic produce.
Green Chef sends their meal kits with sauces prepared and ingredients pre-chopped. Recipes are clear and easy to follow, especially since most of the work has been done for you. Our reviewer said ”the instructions couldn’t be more simple to follow. ”
Green Chef’s Keto+Paleo plan is great for people watching their carb intake, and vegetarians and vegans will love the Plant-Powered plan. But Green Chef doesn't allow you to mix and match between plans, so you’ll have to choose your plan wisely.
Affordable, home-style recipes from the minds behind HelloFresh
17 recipes to choose from per week
Some vegetarian and low-calorie options available
With a starting price of $1.49 per serving, EveryPlate is the most affordable meal delivery service on our list. If you’re on a budget (and who isn’t nowadays?), price is important. So how does EveryPlate do it?
EveryPlate features filling comfort food with basic, inexpensive ingredients. There are lots of pasta dishes (like the Mushroom Risotto above), plenty of burgers and tacos, and very few options for people with allergies or intolerances or specialized diets. Learn more in our detailed EveryPlate review.
While vegans are out of luck, the VeggiePlate menu has a good selection of filling vegetarian dishes. And EveryPlate’s Premium meals may be the biggest bargain in meal delivery. For only a little bit extra, you can enjoy meals like Bacon and Gouda Smothered Chicken.
Get free delivery on all orders over $12 with Grubhub+
Order from hundreds of local restaurants
Get snacks and convenience items as well as dinner
Meal delivery services are great, but sometimes you have cravings that only your favorite restaurant can fill. And when you’re looking for Ameci Pizza or Yokuzuna Sushi, Grubhub is there when you’re hungry.
Whether you order through their website or their app, Grubhub lets you search by restaurant or cuisine. (It will even search through restaurant menus to find the dish you’re craving). And after you order, Grubhub lets you track your progress to the door.
While delivery fees range between $3, Grubhub+ offers unlimited free delivery on orders over $12 as well as other perks. If you order food regularly, that fee will soon pay for itself. Not sure? Grubhub+ offers a free 14-day trial so you can decide for yourself!
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$5.74 Per Serving
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$3.32 Per Serving
$4.27 Per Serving
$2.99 Per Serving
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$1.49 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
Varies by supplier
Kits, speedy kits, oven-ready, prepared
20 - 60 min. meal kits
Meal kits, prepared meals
20 - 30 min. meal kits
Fresh & Ready meals, 30-Min Meal Kits
30 min. meal kits
30-minute meal kits
30-minute meal kits
Oxnardites have different needs, and may choose different meal delivery services. But no matter what you’re looking for, these tips will help you make sure the meal plan you choose is right for you.
Know your kitchen capabilities: If you’re an aspiring chef, meal kits can help you learn new kitchen skills. If you burn water, or you only have a microwave, prepared meals may be a better fit for you.
Don’t compromise on dietary needs: For example, if you’re a strict vegan, you might be able to cobble together meals from a general delivery service. But you’ll be much happier in a long run with a dietary service that has a dedicated vegan menu.
Shop for value, not just price: With a six-serving plan, an extra $1 per serving adds up to $6 a week. Six dollars isn’t a lot of money if it means the difference between meals you love and meals you tolerate.
Don’t be afraid to switch: Finding the right meal delivery service can take time and you may go through a couple before you find the one that’s right for you. All the meal delivery services on our list have liberal cancellation policies, so moving on is easy.
Spoiler alert: Yes, meal delivery services are worth it.
If you’re pressed for time and have limited cooking equipment, prepared meal delivery services let you eat healthy and tasty food without pots, pans, or culinary skills.
If you’re a busy household head trying to feed a family on a budget, meal delivery services can save you money and help you put tasty suppers on the table – especially if you take advantage of our special discount offers!
If you’re trying to learn how to shop and cook for a new diet, meal delivery services can teach you new cooking techniques and recipes.
Meal delivery services let you repurpose that shopping trip into a visit to the beach. And what’s the point of living in California if you don’t have time to visit the beach?
Whatever your dietary needs, there’s a meal delivery service out there that is worth it for you!
For its customization options, broad menu, and high-quality ingredients, Home Chef wins our pick as Oxnard’s best meal delivery service. Home Chef frequently lands at the top of our lists simply because it does so many things so well.
Sunbasket’s dedicated Paleo menu makes it the best choice for Oxnard paleo dieters. Sunbasket’s Paleo meals are dietitian-designed and made with 100% organic produce, sustainably-harvested seafood, and responsibly raised meats.
With meals starting at $1.49 per serving, EveryPlate is Oxnard’s cheapest meal delivery service. EveryPlate keeps its prices low by offering family-friendly, tasty, and filling simple recipes with inexpensive ingredients.