Five Boston Meal Delivery Services to Try Now

The days of frozen, processed ‘diet’ delivery services are over. Here, we explore the new batches of delivered grub.

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to determine that cooking for yourself is almost always healthier than eating in a restaurant. And while that makes total sense, some of us—you know who you are—simply do not have the time (or desire) to spend more than five minutes in front of our appliances. Fortunately, during the past few years, Boston has become home to a number of healthy meal delivery services promising to make cooking healthier, more convenient, and all around easier.

But with so many healthy meal delivery services to choose from, finding the one right for you can be a struggle. To make it easier, we spoke to five local companies to find out what they bring to the table.

 

The Foodery

The Foodery’s crab stuffed mushrooms. Photo provided

The Foodery

Best for: The ethical foodie

Based in: South Boston

Delivers to: Downtown and Greater Boston

Pricing: This is not for the penny pincher—each meal costs $18.49

Most popular meal: Mongolian beef with soba noodles, organic vegetables, and garlic-ginger soy sauce

The details: Customers choose from a weekly menu of fully cooked, chilled meals that are delivered to your doorstep. “As far as the mission, it’s pretty simple,” says co-founder Mike Speights. “Our mission is to make truly nourishing food massively convenient in Boston and beyond.” The company, which was founded in 2011, uses local, sustainable products and sticks to a few guiding quality standards, Speights says, including using meat raised free of antibiotics or hormones, as well as organic produce and spices. “Food, really from a convenience perspective, is also ripe for change as far as being something that’s on-demand,” he says. “Everything else in our lives is kind of on-demand now with technology, so why can’t we make food that way?”

 

Cooking From the Heart

Cooking From the Heart’s arugula chicken salad. Photo provided

Cooking From the Heart

Best for: Healthy eaters on a budget

Based in: Pembroke

Delivers to: Greater Boston

Pricing: Clients pay by the dish and order each month, with most single-serving entrees starting around $8; $50 delivery minimum

Most popular meal: Shepherds pie made with either ground turkey or tofu

The details: Cooking From the Heart has been operating since 1989, making it Boston’s oldest meal delivery service. “We have seen many food fads come and go, and have stayed true to our philosophy of offering balanced and interesting dishes without compromising taste and quality,” says owner Robin Salazar. And though Cooking From the Heart ensures that all of its dishes are made with fresh, healthy ingredients, Salazar says the service isn’t about calorie counting. “Many of our customers have lost weight eating our food, [but] we are not a weight loss company,” she says. “We allow our customers to choose the dishes which are right for them.”

 

Macro-Meidterranean

A Macro-Mediterranean meal.

Macro-Mediterranean

Best for: The holistic health nut

Based in: Medford

Delivers to: Customers nationwide

Pricing: Packages vary; six two-serving entrees costs $99

Most popular meal: The Chi-Noa breakfast smoothie, which contains chia seeds and quinoa

The details: Macro-Mediterranean combines the health benefits of the Mediterranean diet with principles of macrobiotic eating to construct its menu, which is available either through full meal plans or as individual meals. “We learned the theory of healing with food when studying macrobiotics, but having direct experiences over the past six years with people who are eating the food and telling us how it has made a significant difference in their life is the best thing we could have ever hoped to experience,” says owner Jeremy Hayward-Thomas, listing everything from reducing arthritis pain to lowering cholesterol as potential outcomes of the plan.

 

Healthy Habits Kitchen

Healthy Habits Kitchen meals. Photo provided

Healthy Habits Kitchen

Best for: The cooking enthusiast

Based in: Wellesley

Delivers to: New England

Pricing: Customers pay for each multi-serving meal; most are around $20

Most popular meal: Seasonal, sweet cider BBQ chicken

The details: Instead of delivering fully prepared meals, Healthy Habits Kitchen provides its users with the exact ingredients, in the exact quantities, needed to prepare its menu items. “It’s home cooking without the time-consuming chopping, meal planning, and grocery shopping, and superior restaurant flavors without the high cost, caloric content, and fat,” says owner Sue Schochet. Each meal, Schochet explains, is perfect for both the healthy eater and the time-crunched cook: They can be prepared in under 30 minutes, contain fewer than 400 calories per serving, and are 30 percent fat or lower.

 

Kombu Kitchen

Kombu Kitchen’s quinoa picadillo. Photo provided

Kombu Kitchen 

Best for: Vegans and others with dietary restrictions

Based in: Ipswich

Delivers to: Greater Boston, the North Shore, and select communities within 40 miles of Boston

Pricing: Pricing and delivery fees vary; one full week’s worth of meals for one person costs $299

Most popular meal: Truffled wild mushroom ragout with chive polenta and maple-glazed tempeh

The details: Life-long cooking enthusiast and cancer survivor Kristen Thibeault launched Kombu Kitchen to “change the way people think about eating right by making healthy food delicious and delicious food healthy.” With a variety of packages available, Kombu Kitchen releases a new menu of vegan meals each week. Thibeault stresses that the company consults with each client, allowing for customized plans. “I am focused on helping people with special dietary needs,” Thibeault says. “We work with many local hospitals and clients with severe medical conditions or allergies to offer vegan, gluten-free, and sugar-free meals.”

  • JJ Gonson

    And don’t forget Cuisine en Locale, with all local meals delivered or for pickup every Tuesday! Gourmet, delicious, all local and priced about the same as these guys! Check out http://www.cuisineenlocale.com