As someone who’s spent a lot of time in Indy, I can tell you there’s plenty of good food to go around. But it can be tiring (not to mention expensive) dining out all the time. So how do you keep your meals at home varied and exciting? Meal kit delivery services are the answer.
Meal delivery services can introduce you to fun, fresh recipes with big, bold flavors and prepared ingredients. Many offer low- or no-prep dishes, providing maximum convenience for your weeknight dinners. As a bonus, many of the best meal delivery services in Indianapolis can help you stick to a particular diet, too.
After researching the services that deliver to Indianapolis, my top choice has to be Home Chef. Its time-saving meal kits and customization options are hard to beat. Read on for the rest of my top picks.
Options to purchase both meal kits and prepared meals
Oven-Ready and Fast & Fresh recipes for easy weeknight dinners
Customize the protein in almost every meal
Current deal: Get 16 Free Meals!
Meal kits in general are a perfect way to save time in the kitchen, but if you’re looking for a super-quick dish to eat before heading out to the Lucas Oil Stadium or Mass Ave, Home Chef has the answer.
As well as a range of quick and easy dinners (including 15-Minute Meal Kits and Oven-Ready dishes), Home Chef lets you cook gourmet recipes with premium ingredients yourself with its Culinary Collection. Look out for the Tuscan-Style Scallop and Potato Stew with Cheesy Croutons, or the Fried Chicken and Honey Carolina Gold BBQ Sauce.
Our detailed review takes a closer look.
Home Chef is hard to beat when it comes to flexibility, too. The company is known for its customizable dishes, allowing diners to swap, upgrade, or double-up on protein in almost all of its meals.
Dedicated Wellness plan with WW-Approved recipes
Online marketplace features cooking utensils, signature spice blends, and more
Indianapolis is home to a bevy of great restaurants, but many of the best eateries are focused on American cuisine. If you’re in the mood to break away from burgers and fried chicken, Blue Apron is a great meal delivery service to explore new flavors. Our dedicated review goes into more detail.
This popular service provides lots of tried-and-tested, global-inspired recipes with all the ingredients you’ll need pre-portioned – so there’s no need to worry about sourcing exotic produce or seasonings. Coupled with clear-cut recipes, you can count on worry-free Bánh Mì and low-stress Lo Mein.
An international menu doesn’t mean you’ll have to miss out on classic American dishes though. After all, who doesn’t love a grill-out in the summer? Blue Apron’s Summer Grilling collection includes simple but delicious dishes like steak, grilled chicken thighs, and shrimp tacos.
Fresh, farm-sourced ingredients – always local where possible
Committed to reducing its carbon footprint with sustainable packaging
Extensive menu includes more than 23 new recipes each week
As one of the most popular meal kit delivery services in the country, you’ve probably already heard about HelloFresh’s well-loved recipes. It’s also up there as one of the best for families, with a dedicated family-friendly menu of dishes even the kids will enjoy.
HelloFresh has certainly earned its reputation and popularity, not least for its commitment to sustainability and minimal food waste. If you need more convincing, check out our dedicated review.
One of the company’s greatest strengths is its hassle-free, crowd-pleasing approach to dinnertime. Choose from 23+ recipes each week, including Easy Prep and Oven-Ready dishes that come with aluminum trays for easy cleanup. No oven? No problem – there’s even a range of No Oven recipes.
Choose from traditional meal kits and prepared meals
Premium, organic ingredients where possible
Current deal: $90 off Plus a Free Gift!
Indianapolis is rapidly earning its reputation as a foodie destination. However, if you subscribe to a particular diet or lifestyle such as keto, paleo, or gluten-free, you may still struggle to find local dinner solutions. Luckily, you’re sure to find all you need and more with Sunbasket, thanks to its comprehensive plans. Find out more in our dedicated review.
There are 10 plans to choose from, including Pescatarian, Carb-Conscious, and Paleo. And while there’s no dedicated vegan plan, Sunbasket does offer plenty of plant-based options. There’s even a handy filter in the menu so you only see the vegan meals. Plus, there’s always something to suit your schedule thanks to its Fresh & Ready meals – prepared dishes that just need to be heated in the microwave.
Sunbasket always uses trusted farms and sources to provide its produce and meat. 99% of the produce in every meal is organic. On rare occasions, weather or some other uncontrollable factor may force the use of inorganic ingredients. Customers are always informed when this happens.
Nutritionist-designed meals, always peanut- and gluten-free
More than 40 recipes to choose from each week
Current deal: Save $125, Promo Code: SAVE125AFF
Freshly is a company that focuses solely on providing high-quality, prepared meals that can be ready to eat in as little as three minutes.
Packed with whole foods and vegetables, and low-carb alternatives to rice and wheat, the entire menu is gluten- and peanut-free. That said, the meals are a tasty choice for anyone who wants an easy way to eat healthily. If you need more convincing, check out our dedicated Freshly review.
The company avoids highly processed ingredients and added sugars or preservatives, ensuring its chilled dishes – like the Creole-inspired Andouille and Sausage Gumbo – don’t just taste good, but are good for you too.
Order up to six meals per week
Plans for two and four people
40+ recipes to choose from each week
Current deal: Get $120 off Your First 5 Boxes
Endorsed by none other than Martha Stewart herself, Marley Spoon’s offering is perfect for anyone who wants to start cooking at home more often. Whether it’s time or skill that’s been holding you back until now, Marley Spoon’s straightforward meal kits could be the answer to consistent home-cooked dinners.
Marley Spoon has one of the largest weekly menus out there, with a good selection of meat, fish, and veggie recipes – our pescatarian reviewer found they had plenty of choice. You’ll also find dishes targeted toward healthy eating and families.
Each weekly box arrives filled with curated, seasonal ingredients and instructions that walk you through each recipe in six simple steps. The prep is quick and easy, too, thanks to Marley Spoon’s premade sauces and pre-portioned ingredients.
If you’re a complete beginner, check each recipe when ordering as you might be expected to have some pantry basics to hand, like oil, pepper, and sugar.
All packaging is recyclable, reusable, or compostable
Portioned ingredients, prepped spice blends, and easy recipes make it simple to follow
Current deal: Get $135 Off + Free Shipping
Green Chef is a USDA-certified organic meal kit company known for its commitment to sustainability and high-quality ingredients. With this brand, everything that can be organic is organic, including its produce and eggs. For more details, be sure to check out our review.
The company’s well-organized boxes and prepped ingredients make these recipes a breeze to follow. Choose from 9+ dishes per week on three different plans, including Balanced Living, Plant-Powered, or Keto + Paleo. Though keep in mind that you can’t mix and match meals from the different plans.
The balanced, chef-curated dishes include tasty Bavarian Power Bowls and Berbere-Spiced Shrimp with Cumin Cauli Rice and Cabbage and Mango Slaw. Green Chef may have fewer customization options than some other meal delivery services, but it certainly offers fresh, top-quality ingredients and is a perfect choice for vegans and low-carb dieters.
$1.49 per serving, no matter how many meals you order
Add extra protein to your shipment
Current deal: Get $1.49/meal + 20% off your next 2 boxes
Compared to other major cities, Indianapolis residents are fortunate enough to enjoy a relatively reasonable cost of living, but who doesn’t want to save money on their food budget? EveryPlate is one of the most affordable meal kit services on the market, at just $1.49 per serving.
Rest assured, the low price doesn’t mean EveryPlate skimps on flavor – it’s Cheesy Tex-Mex Pork Burgers is a perfect example of the comfort-food classics you can expect when you sign up. It also has a FamilyPlate plan that’s designed with children in mind.
What the low price does mean, however, is that it’s unable to cater to anyone with dietary preferences, intolerances, or allergies. And out of 14+ dishes each week, you’ll only find a few veggie options. For more about the dishes offered, see our dedicated review.
Its plans are also super simple – choose from three, four, or five meals per week for either two or four people.
Order up to 30 meals at a time to keep healthy food on hand
50+ plant-based dishes available year-round
Dedicated Weight Loss plan provides three daily meals, five or seven days per week
Current deal: Save 35% Off! Code: EAT35
Vegetarian and vegan restaurants are growing in popularity across the midwest, but Indianapolis could definitely stand to bring a few more plant-based eateries in.
For the vegans among us, Veestro is the perfect way to enjoy plant-based versions of classic, comfort-food dishes, including Pepp’roni Pizza, Baked Mac & Cheez, and Chick’n Nuggets. For a closer look at the menu, read our Veestro review.
The company’s expansive menu of 50+ dishes also includes more adventurous meals including Hawaiian Chili, Taco Bowls, and Yellow Curry, so it’s particularly great if you’re new to the vegan diet. It’s also ideal for anyone with additional dietary requirements – simply filter the menu to search for dishes that are high-protein, nut-free, kosher, and more.
Order from a wide variety of Indy eateries
Frequent offers, including free delivery and add-ons
Easy-to-use app allows you to track your order
With delivery available from more than 500 local restaurants, Grubhub is the leading food delivery choice for Indy residents. It also offers some of the lowest delivery fees and times of any service in the city.
If you find yourself ordering from Grubhub on the regular, consider joining Grubhub+. For a monthly fee, you’ll get free shipping and special deals from participating restaurants. Not sure? Consider signing up for the free two-week trial to see what benefits you can reap.
Place your order online or via the easy-to-use app, which includes filters to help you find exactly what you’re looking for, the option to track your order, and even the option to plan ahead and order up to four days in advance.
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2 meal kits for 2 people/4 prepared meals
4 prepared meals
2 meals for 2 people
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10 prepared meals
Varies by supplier
Kits, oven- & grill-ready, prepared
20 - 60 min. 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 still not sure how to choose the best meal delivery service in Indianapolis, here’s what to look out for to make your decision easier:
Dietary preferences – Does it offer vegan food? Vegetarian? Pescatarian? Of course, if you follow a specific diet, that’s what you look for. If you have multiple interests, look for a wider selection.
Customizability – This is vital if you’re a picky eater or suffer from allergies. Besides, the more you can personalize your plan, the more you’ll get from it and the longer you’ll stick with it.
Menu selection – Some services change their menu weekly while others have a large range of meals that always stays the same. A constantly changing menu is better for adventurous diners who want to try new things or those who get bored easily.
Price – Of course, price is always an important issue. Naturally, there tend to be trade-offs. Less expensive meal delivery services tend to have fewer bells and whistles in their plans and cater to the mass market, while more expensive ones tend to have a more niche focus, like weight-loss meals or organic ingredients.
Meal delivery services can help make up for the biggest drawback of Indy living – the relatively limited options for specialized diets. Rather than spending ages planning your meals or limiting yourself to the one or two restaurants that cater to your needs, meal delivery services like Sunbasket make it a cinch to enjoy tasty meals that suit your lifestyle.
There’s virtually no downside to signing up for a meal delivery service. When compared to grocery shopping, the time and money savings really do add up, and – because of the well-planned recipes – they often result in less food waste, too.
Freshly is my top pick for prepared meal delivery in Indianapolis. This service offers perfectly portioned and health-forward lunches and dinners. Whether you’re sticking to a diet, catering to an active lifestyle, or just want stress-free meals, Freshly makes it easy to enjoy chef-created dishes in minutes.
Healthy can mean different things to different people, which is why I love the inclusive nature of Sunbasket’s meal kits and prepared meals. Sunbasket ranked highly on my list due to the fact it caters to a wide variety of healthy diets, including paleo, plant-based, low-calorie, and more.
While you can find vegan meals from several services on this list, I have to give props to Veestro for offering the widest variety of plant-based dishes in Indianapolis. This constant menu of more than 50 vegan dishes ensures you’ll never get bored.
Green Chef offers the most streamlined diet options of any meal delivery service in Indy. This certified organic company offers three basic menus, catering to broad diet regimens.
The Plant Powered menu contains both plant-based and vegetarian dishes for those who prefer to reduce the number of animal products in their meals. The Keto + Paleo menu caters to the low-carb crowd with meals that conform to – you guessed it – the keto and paleo diets.