Not many people enjoy supermarket trips, especially following the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic! If you don’t fancy heading to the shops to get your groceries, you might want to consider a meal delivery service that provides kits with individual ingredients or pre-prepared dishes straight to your door. Who says you need to leave your house to get healthy, wholesome and balanced meals for your family? Here’s our pick of the best meal delivery services in the UK...
This top-rated service uses only 100 per cent free-range, ethically sourced British meat and sustainably caught fish to deliver fresh, nutritionist-designed recipes to your doorstep wherever you are based in the UK.
Prices start from £4.5 per meal, visit mindfulchef.com.
With a variety of different options for different needs - think the Family Box to create fuss-free dinners or the Rapid Box for meals that take under 20 minutes - HelloFresh is one of the UK’s leading meal delivery services and is currently serving all of the UK.
Prices start from £3.44 per meal, visit hellofresh.co.uk.
If you're looking to expand your culinary skills by trying global cuisines, then a Simply Cook box provides four recipe kits and step-by-step instructions to help you recreate some of your favourite dishes in 20 minutes. Add 4-6 items from your fridge or cupboard to the spices, herbs and sauces that come in the box to create everything from Thai red prawn curry to jambalaya and grilled halloumi salad. After a £3 trial, each box costs £9.99 with free delivery.
Prices start at £9.99 per box, visit simplycook.com.
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It's just as hard to get our hands on tasty and healthy snacks as it is full meals during the lockdown, which is why dedicated snack delivery service Graze is perfect for those who like to eat little and often. After you've told them your snack preferences, Graze will personalise your box and deliver it either twice a week, weekly or fortnightly. From cinnamon pretzels to lemon flapjacks, there are plenty of different options available. Boxes cost £4.49 but it's currently offering several boxes for free!
Prices start at £4.49 per box,visit graze.com
Abel and Cole
Abel and Cole are known for delivering organic produce, but it has also launched a new service called Food on the Table amid the coronavirus crisis. The service takes the non-organic food that was meant to go to restaurants and delivers it to people's doors, so you can pick up a specific fruit and veg or pantry box. But if you're interested in signing up then we hope you're a morning person - because deliveries can start from 5 am!
Prices start from £16, visit foodonthetable.abelandcole.co.uk.
Designed to refuel your body and mind, Balance Meals offer six different five day food plans based on your individual needs, activity level, and schedule. Keeping your meals fresh, the brand will split your order into two weekly, contactless deliveries nationwide using premium courier services. Want to try before you buy? Good news, Balance Meals offer a two day taster trial for £49 with options for meat-eaters, vegetarians, and vegans.
For more information visit balancemeals.co.uk
Riverford is known for delivering fresh, seasonal, organic veg straight to your door, but you can also choose fruit boxes and organic meat boxes. If it’s a meal kit you’re after, you can get recipe boxes, including the exact ingredients needed for exciting, seasonal meals. It is available nationwide and they are now accepting new customers.
Prices start from £9.45, visit riverford.co.uk.
Who doesn't love a good pasta dish? Pasta Evangelists offers a weekly menu of ten recipes to choose from, which take as little as five minutes to prepare. Choose from dishes such as gnocchi with lamb ragu or wild mushroom triangoli, with plenty of vegetarian and gluten-free options available. Homes across the UK can have the chilled recipes delivered not only to their door but even through the letterbox!
Prices start at £6.75, visit pastaevangelists.com
Vegan? This meal delivery service is for you. Allplants delivers plant-based, healthy frozen meals that are ready in minutes. Choose six meals from 22 different options such as a BBQ burrito bowl or spiced aubergine tagine, select your delivery day, et voila! Available nationwide.
Prices start from £4.99 per meal, visit allplants.com. £10 off first orders with code WFH10 + free weekday delivery.
Good news! Gousto is now opening up its service to new customers after halting sign-ups following the coronavirus outbreak. And fans of Joe Wicks' tasty meals will be pleased to hear that some of his Lean In 15 recipes are available on the menu each week.
Prices start at £6.20 per meal, visit gousto.co.uk.
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From a seasonal fresh fruit and veg box to lasagne or chocolate cake, Potage offers an array of different meals or ingredients that can be ordered in advance or on the same day. The handmade dishes are delivered chilled in either individual pots or large sharing platters, and they can be frozen and eaten at a later date. Not only can you order everything from breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and drinks, but Potage also gives you the opportunity to make a donation to NHS Charities Together with the promise of a box of its best-selling brownies as a thank you for your contribution.
Prices start at £9 per meal, visit potage.co.uk.
Fresh Fitness Food
Particularly good for any gym bunnies who want to keep count of their macros, Fresh Fitness Food delivers meal designed by nutritionists, prepared by chefs and tailored exactly to your unique nutritional requirements. Only available for those within the M25.
Prices start from £20 per day, visit freshfitnessfood.com.
No. 1 Food Prep
The nationwide delivery service offers consumers, fresh, clean and consciously curated meals with convenience packed full of nutrients and probiotics to help support immunity. There are 3 size options to choose from: The Lite (small), The Balance (medium) and The Max (large). What's more, the brand currently has an amazing initiative - for each order placed they will be delivering a freshly cooked meal to an elderly person in the area, so you can feel good about your purchase.
Prices are approx. £16 per day, enter code 'Safe15' at checkout for 15 per cent off, visit no1foodprep.com.
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Pick your perfect portion size in one of four different menu plans - Classic, Vegetarian, Pescatarian and Free-From - designed by expert chefs and nutritionists. Your daily box will include breakfast, lunch, dinner and two snacks, making mealtimes a breeze.
From £22.99 per day, visit balancebox.com.
Mindful Chef with Nandos
Mindful Chef is collaborating with Nando's on a limited edition box so that the Great British public can recreate their own Cheeky Nando's from home. The menu will feature two of Nando's most popular dishes, including the restaurant's iconic PERi-PERi butterfly chicken, chips & fino slaw and ¼ chicken legs, macho peas & sweet mash. The cut-off date for last orders is 23 June.
Prices start from £6 per person, visit mindfulchef.com
After entering your details, Fit Kitchen will suggest bespoke, healthy meals perfectly matched and balance to your profile and lifestyle - a great option for those with specific goals in mind.
Prices start at £4 per meal, visit fitkitchen.uk.com.
The nationwide healthy meal prep delivery service has introduced the 'KBK Just Prep' plan for those in self-isolation or unable to make regular trips to the supermarket. The plan includes meals that contain ingredients known to help boost the immune system and is jam-packed with fresh fruit, vegetables and meat. Customers can order on a one-off basis, where you purchase two-week plans every week, for as long as needed. The plans are currently available at a discounted rate with 15% off each week’s prep plan, bringing the cost to £85 per week. Each week-long package contains six days’ worth of healthy, well-balanced meals with three meals per day for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Prices start at £4.72 per meal, visit kbk.co.uk.
London's first and only food-waste-fighting fruit and vegetable subscription box is super popular and the London-based brand are now accepting new orders. You can choose from either a fruit box, vegetable box or a combination which contains nine varieties of veg and four types of fruit and helps save 1,803 litres of water.
Prices start at £9.45 per meal, visit oddbox.co.uk.
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Smith & Brock
Top restaurant supplier Smith & Brock have launched Knock Knock, a new grocery box home delivery service, providing Londoners with chef quality seasonal produce. Packed full of delicious fresh fruit and veg, artisan bread, sausages, fresh eggs, milk and more, Smith & Brock’s produce is often used by award winning chefs to create Michelin star menus at top London restaurants.
Prices start from £18.50, visit knock-knock-groceries.com.
The Bottle Club
Looking for more of a liquid lunch? Try The Bottle Club - a premium wine, spirits, beers and minerals website offering the finest beverages in the UK. Whether you're after wine, champagne, whiskey or all of the above, The Bottle Club is where it's at.
What to expect: At the time of going to press, there was an epic discount on the Palm Rosé by Whispering Angel. Crafted with grapes from Provence, the world-renowned rosé-producing region in the South of France, The Palm has all the hallmarks of a quality Provençal rosé: dry, light and crisp with a signature ballet slipper-pink hue. Priced at £12.99 instead of £17.99. Bargain!
Get involved at thebottleclub.com.
Created by head chef, Michal Snela, who previously worked in Michelin starred restaurants alongside Marcus Wareing, these are the crème de la crème of meal delivery boxes. The company delivers daily: that's five meals in a box, breakfast, lunch and dinner plus two snacks. There's no cooking required – just microwave the meals to heat them up.
The nutritious dishes use seasonal ingredients containing no processed meats, additives or preservatives. The company has strict hygiene procedures in place and uses sterile, airtight containers.
The Love Yourself Meal Box, is available to buy online from £21.00 (daily) at LoveYourself.
If you're looking to do something kind for someone else, maybe you could order in one for a neighbour who's struggling. It would be a great example of #HelloToKindness.
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