Due to the lockdown, most of us are self-isolating and social distancing due to the current coronavirus pandemic, making mealtimes slightly more tricky to organise - especially if you don’t fancy heading to the crowded supermarket with empty shelves. Enter meal delivery services - companies package up everything you need, either in kits with individual ingredients or pre-prepared, and deliver it to your door, meaning you don’t need to leave your house to get healthy, wholesome and balanced meals for you and your family.
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Here’s our pick of the best meal delivery services in the UK
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 - Hello Fresh is one of the UK’s leading meal delivery services and is currently serving all of the UK.
Meals include: Creamy Asparagus and Spinach Orzotto; Smoky Chorizo and King Prawn Rice
Prices start from £3.44 per meal, visit hellofresh.co.uk
This top-rated service uses only 100 percent 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.
Meals include: Haddock, Asian veg and Coconut Black Rice; Sweet Chilli Salmon Skewers, Noodles & Tenderstem
Prices start from £4.5 per meal, visit mindfulchef.com
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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.
Meals include: Pea and Mint Falafel with White Bean and Tahini Crush; Satay Salmon with Edamame and Tahini Slaw
Prices start from £20 per day, visit freshfitnessfood.com
Riverford is known for delivering fresh, seasonal, organic veg straight to your door, but you can also choose fruit boxes and organic meat boxes - or, if it’s a meal kit you’re after, you can get recipe boxes, including the exact ingredients needed for exciting, seasonal meals. Available nationwide.
Meals include: Pork and Apple Pan-Fry with Orzo Pasta; Sticky Chicken Wings and Peanut Slaw
Prices start from £12.65, visit riverford.co.uk
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 and your delivery day et voila! Available nationwide.
Meals include: Shepherd’s Pie with Mushrooms, Lentils and Sweet Potato; Aubergine and Split Pea Stew with Spinach and Squash
Prices start from £4.99 per meal, visit allplants.com. £10 off first orders with code WFH10 + free weekday delivery.
If you're a new customer looking to sign-up to Gousto, you will struggle. Due to coronavirus, the home delivery service has halted new sign-ups, but if you're already in their system you can continue with your orders. The good news? If you leave your contact details, when they get up to speed, the brand will contact you.
Meals include: Sweet chilli chicken stir-fry and sesame rice, smoky 'n' sweet BBQ chicken fajitas, chilli honey beef quesadillas with avocado, and chicken curry.
Prices start at £6.20 per meal, visit gousto.co.uk for more information.
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.
Meals include: Chicken and pesto spaghetti with goats cheese, chicken pendang with basmati rice, and harissa turkey with beetroot hummus and couscous.
Prices start at £4.72 per meal, visit kbk.co.uk for more information.
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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