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 since it’s not feasible to dine out all the time, how do you keep your meals at home varied and exciting? Well, meal delivery services are the answer.
Not only can meal delivery services introduce you to new and exciting recipes, many also offer low- or no-prep dishes, delivering maximum convenience for weeknight dinners.
As a bonus, many of the best meal delivery services in Indianapolis can help you stick to a particular diet, too, be it keto, vegan, Whole 30, or otherwise.
After researching the services that deliver throughout Indianapolis, my top choice has to be Home Chef. Its time-saving meal kits and customization options are hard to beat, and with our special discount, you can 75% Off Your 1st Box + 60% Off Your 2nd and 3rd Boxes!.
That said, every service on this list has something to offer. Read on to find the perfect one for you…
Meal kits, oven-ready options, and more
25+ recipes available per week
Dietary options include carb-conscious, calorie-conscious, and veggie
Current deal: 75% Off Your 1st Box + 60% Off Your 2nd and 3rd Boxes!
Meal kits in general are a great way to save time in the kitchen, but if you often find yourself short on time and want something that’s simple to prepare before you head out to the Lucas Oil Stadium or Mass Ave, Home Chef has tons of options.
As well as a range of quick and easy dinners, including 15-Minute Meal Kits and Oven-Ready dishes, Home Chef has its Culinary Collection of recipes that are perfect for quieter nights. Look out for the tasty-sounding Tuscan-Style Scallop and Potato Stew with Cheesy Croutons, or the Fried Chicken and Honey Carolina Gold BBQ Sauce.
When they gave it a go for themselves, our reviewer revealed that they had “a pretty perfect experience” with Home Chef. And with such a broad menu to choose from, it’s easy to see why.
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.
WW-approved meals let you track SmartPoints
19+ recipes available each week
Dietary options include vegetarian, diabetes-friendly, and low-calorie
Current deal: Enjoy $130 off across your first 6 orders
Indianapolis is home to a bevy of restaurants, but many of the best eateries are focused on American cuisine. Blue Apron is a great meal delivery service to explore new flavors.
The service’s high-quality ingredients coupled with clear-cut recipes mean you can count on worry-free Bánh Mì and low-stress Lo Mein, as well as classic dishes like the Grilled Steak dish pictured. Its premium recipes are just one of the reasons this meal delivery service is so popular, as my colleague found out when they put Blue Apron under the microscope.
You can also pick up a great selection of extras at Blue Apron, including sides, appetizers, additional proteins, breakfasts, and desserts. Check out its wine subscription, too, which comes with pairing tips and bottles perfectly sized for two.
There’s also a small range of Heat and Eat prepared meals, alongside some oven-ready options – great for busy nights.
Flavorful, easy-to-prepare customer favorites
30+ recipes on the menu per week
Dietary options include carb-smart, vegetarian, pescatarian, and more
Current deal: Get 25 free meals + free shipping + 3 surprise gifts
As one of America’s most popular meal delivery services, you’ve likely 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.
Our reviewer tried HelloFresh at home and was impressed by its “balanced yet crowd-pleasing comfort food dishes.” They were also big fans of the service’s HelloCustom feature, which lets you swap out the protein on some entrees.
One of the company’s greatest strengths is its variety. Choose from more than 30 recipes each week, including tried-and-tested customer favorites like the One-Pan Cheesy Black Bean Tacos (pictured) that are ready in just 15 minutes.
HelloFresh also labels its recipes by difficulty, so you can choose dishes that match your culinary skills.
The first USDA-certified organic meal delivery service
30 recipes available each week
Dietary options include keto, paleo, plant-based, and more
Current deal: Get $250 Off + Free Shipping
Green Chef is a certified-organic meal kit company known for its commitment to sustainability and high-quality ingredients. With this service, everything that can be organic is organic, including its produce and eggs.
Ready-to-use sauces and seasonings make cooking healthy, sophisticated meals easier than ever. There are six plans to choose from, including Fast & Fit which promises calorie-conscious meals in 25 minutes or less; Mediterranean, Gluten-Free, and more. Find out more about these in my colleague’s tried-and-tested review.
It’s also widely known for its great keto options, with a dedicated Keto + Paleo plan, and a whole menu of plant-based meals, too. But what’s great is that you can mix and match across its plans, so you’re not limited to just one dietary type.
Pick-up breakfasts, lunches, snacks, and more
16 dishes on the menu per week
Dietary options include gluten-free, nut-free, and high protein
Current deal: Get $30 Off with code carrot30
Indianapolis’s vegans will be thrilled with Purple Carrot’s plant-based offerings. Not a vegan? There’s still so much to love about this service. We could all do with upping our veggie intake, after all, and Purple Carrot’s meals are a great way to incorporate more plant-based ingredients into your diet.
Whether you’re a dedicated vegan or just vegetarian-curious, Purple Carrot will broaden your plant-based food horizons. Our reviewer tried Purple Carrot at home and loved it, stating that its meals were “guaranteed to please even the fussiest of omnivores.”.
While many vegan menus rely on processed meat substitutes, Purple Carrot makes vegetables the star – like in the Tahini Cauliflower Steak dish pictured. Choose from a selection of easy-to-cook meal kits, or a wide range of prepared meals that can be microwaved in minutes.
Organic and gluten-free
100+ recipes across several meal plans
Dietary options include Whole30-approved, keto, vegan, and more
Current deal: 25% Off + Free Shipping With Money Back Guarantee
If you’re looking for meals to complement your workout regimen or eat at your desk after a lunchtime gym session, Fresh N Lean is a tasty and convenient choice.
With seven dietary-focused plans to choose from, including hard-to-come-by menus like Low-Carb Vegan and Whole30, the meals are on rotation and chosen for you each week. However, you can exclude up to 10 ingredients when you sign up, and the service caters well to those with common allergies, including gluten, shellfish, soy, dairy, and more.
My colleague reviewed Fresh N Lean at home and determined it to be “an easy way to fulfil your dietary needs.”
If you find the meal plans aren’t quite working for you, Fresh N Lean also offers a Bulk menu, which offers protein packs and sides such as quinoa and brown rice, along with snacks like breakfast muffins and coconut-almond buttercups that you can purchase a la carte.
Wide selection of Martha Stewart-curated recipes
45+ meal kits to choose from per week
Dietary options include vegetarian, vegan, no-added-gluten, and more
Current deal: Get $190 off Your First 4 Boxes!
Endorsed by none other than Martha Stewart, Marley Spoon’s offerings are 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.
Marley Spoon also has one of the largest menus out there, with a good selection of meat, fish, and veggie recipes – our pescatarian reviewer, for example, found they had plenty of choice each week. You’ll also find dishes targeted toward healthy eating and families.
Each box arrives filled with seasonal ingredients and step-by-step instructions that walk you through each recipe. You’ll find the prep is quick and easy, too, thanks to Marley Spoon’s prepared sauces and perfectly portioned produce.
From $1.49 per serving
21+ recipes per week, plus extras
Dietary options include vegetarian
Current deal: $1.39/meal On Your 1st Box
Indianapolis residents 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, with prices from just $1.49 per serving.
The low price doesn’t mean EveryPlate skimps on flavor, though – its Cheesy Tex-Mex Pork Burgers are a perfect example of EveryPlate’s tasty comfort-food dishes. This service also has a FamilyPlate plan that’s designed with children in mind, as well as a vegetarian (but not vegan) VeggiePlate menu.
What the low price does mean, however, is that it’s unable to cater to anyone with dietary preferences, intolerances, or allergies. Still, our reviewer found that despite this, EveryPlate is still “exceedingly easy to love.”
With more options on the menu now than ever before, if you have a hungry family to feed, you should definitely check out EveryPlate.
High-quality ingredients in every dish
30+ prepared meals each week
Dietary options include keto, low-calorie, plant-based, and more
Current deal: Up to $276 Off!
With prices starting at $6.19 per serving, Factor is one of the more expensive meal delivery services on our list. But if you’re on a specialized diet or looking for convenient, healthy lunches to take to the office, you may find Factor is an excellent investment.
Choose from a wide selection of keto, low-carb, vegetarian, vegan, and dairy-free meals on the Factor menu each week. Keto choices include tasty entrees like the Poblano Bowl (pictured above), plus, Factor also offers add-ons like protein packs, smoothies, soups, and wellness shots.
Our reviewer found Factor to be great for busy individuals who still want to maintain a healthy lifestyle. The meals are tasty, ready in minutes, and are great for helping you stay on track.
As an added bonus, every Factor subscription includes a free 20-minute consultation with an in-house dietitian, with further health support offered for an extra fee.
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 service 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? You can also take advantage of 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. You can also use the app to track your order and even plan ahead, with the option to order up to four days in advance!
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3 meal kits for 2 people/6 prepared meals
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Kits, speedy kits, oven-ready, prepared
20 - 60 min. meal kits
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30-minute meal kits
If you’re still not sure how to choose the best meal delivery service for you, here’s some of the criteria I looked at when compiling my top 10 in Indianapolis:
Dietary preferences – Does it offer vegan food? Vegetarian? Pescatarian? Of course, if you follow a specific diet, you might want to look for a service that specializes in that diet. However, if you have multiple tastes, look for a service that offers a variety.
Customizability – This is vital if you have a picky eater in the family 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.
Indianapolis is a great place to live, but finding time to prepare healthy meals can be challenging wherever you reside. Meal delivery services – just like my top pick Home Chef – can provide families and individuals with a range of tasty, home-cooked meals while helping you save both time and money.
In fact, they can even help make up for the biggest drawback of Indy living – the relatively limited options for specialized diets like keto, paleo, or vegan. It means you can enjoy foods that fit your lifestyle with ease.
With so many options out there to suit various budgets, dietary needs, meal types, and more, there’s virtually no downside to signing up. You’ll find tons of culinary inspiration, be able to add new foods to your repertoire, and even save on trips to the grocery store – it’s a win-win!
Home Chef tops my list as the best meal delivery service in Indianapolis. Home Chef’s broad menu and wide customization options make it the best choice for most families and individuals, although vegetarians and those on specialized diets will be better served by some of the other, more niche, options on the list.
Purple Carrot is the best vegan meal delivery service in Indianapolis. Several companies on this list offer vegan-friendly meals and special plant-based menus, but everything on Purple Carrot’s menu – from its meal kits to its prepared meals and snacks – is 100% vegan and 100% delicious!
Fresh N Lean gets my vote for the best diet-friendly meal delivery service in Indianapolis. With most meals coming in at under 500 calories, and a set menu of breakfast, lunch and dinner, Fresh N Lean can provide you with as many nutrient-dense meals as you need and offers seven different diet plans.