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Epicured Review 2022: Is It Still the Low FODMAP King?

Written by: Mike Pawlik on Nov 22nd, 2022

Getting meals that fit into your low FODMAP lifestyle is a real chore. Not only that, but even if you do manage to find them, most of the time, they don’t end up tasting all that great and can feel overly restrictive. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

Epicured offers an easy way for you to get good-tasting, low-FODMAP meals that don’t leave you bored of the same ingredients. I found the meals to be diverse, with over 30 entrees being available at any given time. This will allow you to try fresh recipes all the time.

You can choose many other types of meals as well including snacks, bowls, salads, breakfasts, and soups – and they’re all heat-and-eat. Order a single meal at a time, or bundles, with no minimum order requirements as well.

Pros

  • All meals are low-FODMAP and gluten-free

  • Discounted meal bundles

  • Covers every meal of the day, including breakfast

  • Current dealGet $20 off

Cons

  • Website is a bit tricky to navigate

  • Meals are on the pricey side compared to industry averages

  • No mobile app

Epicured Is Best For

  • Those looking for low FODMAP and gluten-free meals

  • People who want to save time by not prepping and cooking

  • Those looking for gourmet-style, Michelin-rated dishes

Epicured May Not Be Great For

  • Those on a budget

  • Those not following a restrictive diet

What’s on the Epicured Menu

Before I talk about anything else, I figured you would want to know that every one of Epicured’s meals is clinically designed to be both low FODMAP and gluten free. Dietitians work closely with chefs to make sure that happens.

In terms of choice, Epicured offers several cuisines for you to choose from including American, Chinese, Vietnamese, Thai, French, Italian, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Indian, and Mexican. All of Epicured’s meals are simple, heat-and-eat meals with no cooking required.

This is all based on a la carte orders – but there’s another way to order your meals. Epicured makes available what it calls Bundles. Bundles are essentially a chef-chosen assortment of 10 items including breakfast, mains, snacks, salads, bowls, and tapas that allow you to save money.

You can choose from 10 different bundles including Chef’s Choice, 3-Day, 4-Day, Fiber Fueled, Freezer-Filler, Vegan, Vegetarian, Family Style, and more. Since all Epicured meals are low FODMAP and gluten free, all of its bundles are, too.

The proteins in many meals are also customizable. Don’t like chicken? You can swap it for something else like shrimp, tofu, or beef. All the available swaps are detailed on the main menu. Meals based on a specific protein, such as the Chicken Fricassee, for example, don’t offer protein customization. Veggies can’t be swapped out.

In my experience, it’s very rare for a meal delivery service that only offers prepared meals to allow this level of customization. This is something you probably won’t see very often – I certainly haven’t seen this anywhere else.

You get a choice of about 35 mains. New meals are subtracted from and added to the menu each month. This is pretty good, but some competitors change up the menu on a weekly basis.

If you’re only doing low FODMAP for a little while, you’ll probably be quite satisfied with the relatively static menu, but you might find that it starts getting boring after a while if you’re following the diet long-term. Unless, of course, you’re a creature of habit and enjoy eating the same things all the time.

If you want a service that switches up its meals more frequently, on the other hand, then I recommend checking out Sunbasket. It changes up its meals on a weekly basis which will provide you with more variety and adventure.

There are easily enough choices for on the Epicured menu for you to have different breakfasts and mains, seven days per week. Lunches aren’t specifically mentioned on the website, but you have several other categories to choose from including Sides, Snacks, Soups, Beverages, and Bowls & Salads.

Something I noticed immediately is that most of Epicured’s dishes sound fancy, and like they would be served in a Michelin-rated restaurant. This means that only a small selection of meals might be child friendly. An example is the Paella De La Huerta – sounds fancy and I wasn’t sure what it was until I took a closer look.

Regarding dietary restrictions, all meals are gluten free and low FODMAP. Other diets that can be accommodated are omnivore, plant-based, and pescatarian diets. Sadly, however, none of the ingredients can be excluded or substituted, with the exception of the protein customization options.

On a positive note though, if you do have concerns, the extensive filtering system will let you filter out any dishes that don’t meet your specific dietary requirements. You can filter by dietary preferences, allergies such as soy or dairy, and nutritional needs such as the number of grams of fat, carbs, or protein in your meal. I haven’t seen this level of filtering ability in any other service which I really liked.

Epicured also has some more unusual filters such as “Extra Sensitive” for IBD & IBS Symptoms, and GERD-Friendly: Low Acid (no citrus or tomato). I’ve never seen these on any other meal delivery service.

Lastly, there’s a good selection of meals in case you have specific dislikes. I personally didn’t feel very limited when I had to filter out any specific ingredient like chicken, beef, fish, or shellfish. There are still plenty of options for you to choose from, no matter your needs.

Unboxing

You’ll notice that your box gets delivered in recyclable, environmentally-friendly packaging, albeit with some plastic. Everything comes in a tightly-packed box, and the meals are contained within an insulating bag, inside of the box.

Since you only get reheatable meals, each meal is neatly organized, labeled, and has all of the nutritional information right on the front.

Something else I really like about Epicured is that each meal comes in a reheatable container, and can also be frozen for future preparation. You can heat your meals directly from frozen as well if you don’t want to sit around and wait for them to thaw out.

Epicured gives full details on the website about how to heat up each meal. The black entree trays are microwave safe as are the clear plastic soup containers. Everything else must be transferred to a microwave dish first. Meals can also be heated in the oven (some meals come in oven-safe containers), and saucy meals such as curry taste best when heated on the stove.

Epicured says that each meal will be labeled with a use-by-date, however, I found them a little bit difficult to locate. Regardless, the meals will last approximately three days in the fridge, or about one to two months in the freezer.

Lastly, all meals also come in reusable containers since the lids can be taken off, or put back on at your leisure.

Cooking with Epicured

Every single meal you get from Epicured is already cooked and there’s very little (if any) cleanup. If you want to reuse the containers, simply wash them by hand or in the dishwasher, or just recycle them if you don’t need them.

Each meal comes in a reusable container and is fresh and never-frozen. All you have to do is simply reheat the meal using the microwave, oven, or stovetop, and eat it. Recommended best-before dates for each meal are roughly three to four days in the fridge, depending on the ingredients. Meals with no meat can last up to one week.

If you want to order more meals at a time, they can easily be frozen for future consumption.

Shortlist of My Favorite Meals

I really like the idea of the Turkey Meatballs with Penne because I’m a real sucker for pasta. Not only that, but turkey meatballs tend to be a lot lower-calorie than beef or pork, which is something else I personally appreciate.

The sauce is homemade, as are the meatballs, and the penne seems to be cooked to perfection – al dente, which is my favorite way to cook pasta.

If you want something on the more adventurous side, I also really like the idea of the Turkey Chili. Again, the turkey keeps the calories under control, and the chili spicing makes the dish really pop and could make it taste great.

Not only is it a super low-calorie dish at only 410 kcal per meal, but it also contains 30 g of protein thanks to the added lentils and chickpeas. It also contains a healthy dose of micronutrients like vitamins C and A, potassium, and iron, and contains no known allergens.

Shipping & Delivery

Epicured offers delivery to the continental US. The exact days for delivery will depend on your location. If you live in the NY Metro area, you can choose from Monday, Wednesday, or Friday. For everywhere else, you’ll be able to select from Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. The order cutoff day for deliveries is Friday at 1 pm your local time, one entire week before the delivery week.

In terms of rescheduling a delivery, skipping a week, or canceling your order outright, you must do so before the cutoff time (Fridays 1 pm) as changing your order once it’s been processed isn’t possible.

Though you don’t get access to an Epicured app, the website makes it pretty simple to choose your delivery date. The rest of the website is pretty clunky, but at least I found the delivery date selection to be a relatively hassle-free experience.

Subscription

Subscribing to Epicured is pretty straightforward and doesn’t take much time. You’re welcome to choose your meals or meal bundles first before signing up, though, you’re also welcome to sign up first.

It’s super convenient to browse the site and meals and add anything you want to your cart or basket. Once you’ve chosen all your products, you can then check out. You’ll need to enter your address to calculate shipping before you can complete your purchase.

How to Sign Up

  1. Choose meals and/or bundles – You can begin choosing meals by clicking on Menu. From there, you can choose each of your individual meals. If you prefer to get bundles, you can click on that instead. Add your favorite combination of meals and bundles to your cart.

  1. Create an account – First, before checking out, you’ll have to create an account. Add your personal information, then click the green Continue button.

  1. Add your shipping address – Before choosing your delivery dates and completing your purchase, enter your shipping address to calculate the cost.

  1. Choose your delivery date – Depending on your location, you’ll have access to a variety of different delivery dates and times. Select one that works best for you here.

  1. Enter your payment information and check out – At this point, you’re nearly done. Enter your credit card information, and complete your purchase.

Managing Your Subscription

Once you order your first meals, you have a subscription – and I found it really easy to manage my subscription. If you need to make any changes to your subscription, meals, or delivery dates (including canceling your account), this can easily be done from within your account dashboard.

Once you place your first order, Epicured will consider it recurring, so you’ll keep being sent the same meals. You can change your meals or cancel your subscription at any time as long as you do this before the weekly Friday 1 pm cutoff. You can also skip weeks if you like, again, from within your account dashboard.

Orders are locked and processed on a Friday so if you place an order after this time or make any changes, it won’t take place until the following week.

Customer Service

Not being able to cancel your plan, on your terms, when you want to, and customer support making it difficult is beyond frustrating. So, I went ahead and tested out Epicured’s support team to find out how easy pausing or canceling my plan might be. I’m happy to report it was easy.

If you have any questions, concerns, or issues at all, you can contact the support team quite easily via email, live chat, or phone. Live chat and phone support are available Monday through Friday, from 10 am to 5 pm, your local time.

Support isn’t limited to existing customers. While I was browsing the site, I had a few questions. It only took about one minute to connect with a live chat agent, and I was able to get all of my questions answered thoroughly. I was very impressed with the speed and professionalism.

Prices

Starting from

Minimum Order

Shipping Fee

$10.29 per serving

No minimum order

Free to $45

Meal Prices

Epicured’s mains start from $10.29 per serving, and can go as high as around $19-20. However, I found that most meals fall smack in the middle at around $13-15.

Snacks and soups start from about $4 but can go as high as $20. Bowls and salads range from $12-16, and breakfast from about $7.35-15.

Considering Epicured is a clinically-approved, diet-specific, low FODMAP, and gluten-free meal delivery service delivering only prepared meals, I find it acceptable that the prices fall into the higher end of the market.

The average-priced dishes are competitively priced – but there’s something for everyone. If you don’t mind the higher cost and want something really top-end then you can opt for the more expensive dishes.

Ordering bundles is a good way to save 5% off the cost of your order versus ordering each item individually. And as a new customer, there’s usually an offer to bring the price down on your first order, like Get $20 off.

In terms of delivery fees, it really depends on where you are. Here’s the exact breakdown.

If you live in New York City or the surrounding areas, or east of the Mississippi River, you'll get free shipping on orders over $100. It’s $10 shipping for smaller orders. If you live west of the Mississippi, you're shipping charges are $30-40 if your order is over $100 and $35-45 for smaller orders. For more details, the FAQ section down below has everything you need to know.

No refunds or returns are available with Epicured. If you do experience any issues or have a concern with your order, you’ll need to reach out to the support team. Support will then evaluate your situation on a case-by-case basis to see what can be done about any issues.

The Bottom Line: Is Epicured Worth It?

If you or someone in your household is starting a low FODMAP diet or suffers from celiac, Crohn’s, or irritable bowel disease, Epicured is well worth a try.

Working out which ingredients to eliminate, reading ingredient lists, and meal prepping can be a lot of hassle when you’re doing it alone. In that case, Epicured makes it very simple to get clinically designed meals that are all low FODMAP and gluten free to make your life easier.

However, I found the prices to be a higher compared to similar competitors like Freshly and Sunbasket.

These competitors are a little more affordable because they’re not created with a low FODMAP diet in mind, but could be a good choice if you’re just after gluten-free prepared meals, or are transitioning back to a less restrictive diet after the reintroduction phase.

FAQ

Is Epicured low FODMAP?

Yes. All of Epicured’s meals are low FODMAP. In addition, all ingredients are also gluten free, non-GMO, free from hormones, preservatives, antibiotics, and certified organic.

How much does Epicured cost?

Epicured meals can cost anywhere from $10.29 per serving, up to around $19 per portion. However, as well as the main meals, Epicured offers several meal categories including, but certainly not limited to breakfast, snacks, mains, sides, and bundles.

How does Epicured work?

You can purchase Epicured meals on either an a la carte basis, or in meal bundles. What that means is that you can hand pick your own meals, or let Epicured choose your meals for you from a selection of 10 different meal bundles.

You won’t be subject to a minimum order with Epicured, either. Choose anywhere from one meal to as many as you want – since it’s a la carte, there’s no limit.

About The Author

Mike Pawlik
Contributing Writer, Delivery Rank
Mike is a writer based in Calgary. Though he's written about technology, fitness, and lifestyle, as a seasoned cook, food remains one of his top passions
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