Winter is the perfect time of the year for ordering delivery from your favorite restaurants. Little compares to the convenience of dinner showing up at your doorstep, fully prepared. However, for those of you, like me, who pretend to eat healthy every now and then, delivery isn’t always the best option. Yes, pizza, Chinese, Thai and subs are good for the soul, but not necessary good for the waistline.
I recently discovered some services which will deliver pre-portioned, fresh ingredients for meals you pre-selected. Sure, you actually have to cook the meals, but they’re both delicious and healthier than most delivery options. There are so many pros of these services, but here are a few of the biggest benefits I’ve experienced so far:
- Ease: You get to choose your meals, and then everything magically comes to you.
- Convenience: You still get to cook, but you avoid walking or driving to the grocery store in snow, slush, rain, wind, cold, or all of the above.
- Efficiency: You only receive the exact amount of each ingredient you need for the number of servings you selected, so you’re not buying an entire bushel of cilantro to use 3 leaves. This also makes for more space in your refrigerator!
Below are two of the services I’ve used. Check them out, and let me know what you think. Happy eating!
Plated will send a weekly box filled with all the ingredients you need for the meals you chose for the week. You can change up the number of meals you want to order each week and your delivery day. Bonus: they’re running a promotion right now where you can get 4 free plates with the purchase of 2 plates! Here’s a sample of a Plated recipe and order page:
You can choose from the 2-person or family plan. With the 2-person plan, you get 3 meals for the week. For the family plan, you can choose from 4 or 2 meals. Even for 1 person, the 2-person plan works perfectly because then you have lunch for the next day! Shipping is free, and you can skip any week you want. They change the recipe options each week to ensure there’s a variety. Below is an example of a recipe and order page: