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See below our selection of the UK's best mealkit delivery services. Read our reviews, and choose the right one for you.
Gousto is a meal delivery service, so you get your box delivered any day you wish, with the number of kits you've ordered. The instructions tell you what kitchen equipment you'll need and how to prep the measured ingredients included.
We like that there are a huge number of options, so you can filter through the dishes by everyday favourites, calorie-controlled meals, Lean in 15 menus, or kits you can cook in under 10 minutes.
If you're chasing a weight loss goal, the calorie-controlled options have around 300-400 calories a serving on average. They include Cantonese Soy-Baked Basa and Autumn Ratatouille (not bad for a low-calorie diet!).
Price: Regular box (two adults or one adult and 1-2 kids) - £24.99 for two recipes, £29.99 for three recipes or £34.99 for four recipes. Large box (four adults or two adults and 2-3 kids) - £31.75 for two recipes, £42.75 for three recipes or £47.75 for four recipes
Key Feature: Flexible meal delivery kits with a massive array of menu choices
Nutrition Plan Goals: Any! Choose from calorie-controlled to gluten-free, plant-based diets to vegetarian dishes.
There aren't as many meals available in some weight loss categories, but every menu looks tasty, fresh, and easy to prepare, so it's great for people without culinary skills who want to make nutritious and healthy meals for all the family.
If you get stuck or need any help, you can contact Gousto through their website, read through the FAQs or scroll the general help topics to learn more about the delivery service.
Talking of deliveries, they're FREE, cover most of the UK, and each box can be left in your designated safe place.
Gousto delivers the ultimate in meal kit flexibility. You don't need to sign your life away for the next year or commit to weekly deliveries if you just fancy one box to give it a go!
What's great is that you can mix and match, so if you want to improve your health or just make better meals for the kids, you can select from the family favourites and have a night in with something hearty and healthy.
You can also add calorie-controlled dishes, with portions to suit between one and four adults, so it's effortless to adapt your boxes to different dietary needs or nutrition goals.
Gousto meal kits are zero waste since you get everything you need, no more, no less.
Are you looking to reduce your food wastage or make a batch of something delicious, with every ingredient measured and prepared to provide the perfect balance of nutrition and calorie density? We'd give Gousto a go.
Green Chef was established to help tackle climate change issues that transpire due to the ineffective and unsustainable farming practices that occur in food production. As a result, the company only ever uses sustainable ingredients in its boxes and offsets any other carbon emissions that come from delivering boxes and any plastic packaging that they are, as yet, able to find a better alternative for.
However, it does also seek to provide customers with the very best ingredients and a wide range of recipes to cook. It caters to a variety of dietary requirements, leaning towards diets that help minimize carbon emissions anyway. That means Vegans, Vegetarians and those following the Keto diet are well catered for here.
"In our view, Green Chef offers a great choice of menus at a competitive price."
Green Chef keeps things simple, so that signing up to their product is quick and easy. In fact, signing up to their subscription based service takes almost no time at all. All customers need to do first is choose from a wide variety of meal plans. There are five on offer - Keto, Balanced, Lower Carb, Vegetarian and Vegan. Those five meal plans provide the following type foods:
Then, when customers have chosen which meal plan they want to adhere to, it is necessary to choose how many the recipes need to cater for. Green Chef do not have the biggest array of options here, though. Portion sizes can either feed two or four people.
Customers will then need to choose when the meal kit boxes need to be delivered. They will be assigned a day and the boxes can be left on a person’s doorstep thanks to the insulated packaging. That adds a convenience for customers as it means they do not have to be in to sign for a delivery. Once they have decided upon a delivery date, customers choose what meals they want to make that week. Recipes will be suggested depending on the meal plan a person has picked and there is a wide variety of foods on offer.
Following delivery, customers simply need to cook the meals they requested. All ingredients are of a good quality and come pre measured and prepped - saving you the most amount of time possible. Recipe cards are easy to follow and have step by step instructions, including photos. All customers then have to do is serve the food they have prepared for their household.
When it comes to meal kit delivery services, menus and pricing is critical for customers if they are to use these products for the long term. And, while Green Chef offers customers the chance to reduce their carbon footprint substantially, it still needs to offer delicious recipes at a value for money price point. Which, luckily, it does.
The menus are varied - regardless of the lifestyle plan that is chosen. And, it is good to see that the Vegan and Vegetarian options do not pale in comparison to the meat and fish recipes. Some of the time, meal kit delivery companies offer far fewer recipes that cater to those dietary requirements. Green Chef, however, offers customers just as much choice for Vegan and Vegetarian options as those that include meat and fish. That’s great as it means people learn new and innovative ways of cooking as well as being exposed to new ingredients and culinary methods.
In terms of pricing, Green Chef is pretty competitive. The portion sizes are big enough to satiate most appetites and customers will find that they waste far less food cooking with Green Chef and its premeasured foods. Importantly, the amount of time that is saved using a Green Chef box is considerable. So while it may be slightly more expensive pound for pound than buying the raw ingredients in the supermarket, customers also do not have to waste time going grocery shopping, meal planning and prepping food. In short, that is often well worth paying for.
Green Chef’s staff are helpful and attentive. However, for the most part, the website is thorough enough that needing to call the company is highly unlikely. Firstly, the FAQs page is extensive and answers many questions clearly and concisely. From managing your subscription to what to do about any delivery issues or payments, there should be an answer for everyone on this page. And, as t FAQ pages can sometimes make finding the question you need answering hard, they also have an effective Bot feature so that you easily find answers to any problems.
Green Chef offers a great product at a competitive price. By offering customers the opportunity to reduce their carbon footprint when buying food by purchasing from them, they are also answering a need. Every household in the UK could do with minimising waste and how much carbon is emitted in the production of the food they do consume. Plus, that food needs to come from ethical and sustainable sources - particularly in the farming of livestock and fish.
However, while being carbon neutral is undoubtedly a massive draw to Green Chef, the produce it offers and the recipes it creates for its customers to cook, are absolutely delicious. And, these meal kit delivery boxes still provide a great deal of convenience for all that buy them. Plus, at a very affordable price.
HelloFresh was one of the original meal kit delivery services. Started in an effort to help people make fresh, delicious meals in their home with none of the hassle, it started delivering specific produce for specific recipes to people’s door. Seeing a gap in the market that comes from modern day life being so short on time, HelloFresh wanted to help people eat convenient food that was not ladened with the same amount of salt and preservatives of convenience food.
It now delivers meal delivery kits to customers’ homes. It is a subscription based service that customers can sign up to - but it is easily adaptable should subscribers need to pause or skip deliveries.
"HelloFresh is a service that can really help individuals who want to streamline their lives in a meaningful way."
The HelloFresh website is pretty easy to use. As a new subscriber, you are taken through the sign up process automatically by the company’s website. It first asks your name and details as well as how many people you want your box to feed. Additionally, it asks what type of box you require. The company have broken that down into:
Once you’ve selected which box you want the website asks you how many recipes you want a week in addition to the number of people. It then works out how much that will cost per serving, so you can really keep an eye on your budget.
The problem we found when trying out the service was that you had to sign up, register and pay before you could select your meals. While you can have a look at what recipes the company has provided in the past (it has an extensive library on the website), you actually do not know what exactly you are buying before you part with your cash. For people who are not fussy, that will be absolutely fine. Particularly if they are ultimately signing up with HelloFresh for the convenience factor of it. However, some may be rightfully reluctant if there are only a few foods they either like or can eat.
They should be comforted by the fact that there is a huge array of recipes on offer, and they change weekly too. However, if you are on a specific diet - like Pescatarian or Vegan, the number of options available are already that much more limited. It would be good for people with such dietary restrictions, which are not uncommon, to be able to see what they are signing up to. They need to know the service offers them food that they will enjoy making and eating.
Once customers have signed up for the service, they can choose their meal plan each week and do so well in advance as well. It is easy to pause or skip deliveries when needed. For example, if a customer is going on holiday or simply knows they are going to be out a lot one week, they may not want a kit delivered.
When the meal kits are delivered, food is individually packaged to help customers know what ingredients they need for which recipe. The clear recipe cards are easy to follow, and can vary in complexity depending on what a customer is happy to do in the kitchen. The packaging can really add up, but the company are committed to being both sustainable and CO2 neutral. Much of the packaging can be recycled or reused.
While customers will need to have a few basics in their kitchen (oil to cook with, pans, knives and cooking utensils for example), the recipes are designed to be idiot proof to create. Plus, what’s great about them is that you will have a lot more variety in your diet and your family’s using HelloFresh. The portion sizes too ensure that you do not overeat.
When a customer signs up for HelloFresh’s service, it appears that there are only four options available to them as described above (Meat&Veggie, Veggie, Quick Cook and Family). That may initially put people off who have different preferences. For example, being Vegan or requiring a gluten-free diet. However, it is possible to stick to those diets with HelloFresh. They have such a wide range of recipes on offer that Pescatarians will always find a number of fish only meals, as will Vegans, or people who want a low calorie diet. The same can be said of gluten free meals.
In terms of pricing, HelloFresh asks subscribers to pay per box, but the company breaks down how much that costs per serving at the time of payment too. In reality, it means that customers pay a monthly subscription plus shipping.
Prices for two people start at £26.99 a week for three recipes, plus a £3 delivery charge. That equates to around £4.50 a serving. However, if you choose to increase your box to serving four people with 5 recipes a week your box will cost £64.99 plus £3 shipping. This equates to £3.25 a portion.
The customer service at HelloFresh is ok. In the first instance, there is a virtual assistant that can help you with the most basic of questions. The problem with those however is that you have to phrase your question in a way the assistant understands - it’s therefore prone to mistakes. It can, however, quickly put you in touch with one of the customer care teams. We found them to be quick and attentive in their answers - you can send them a query through their website, via chat or a form. Additionally, you can contact them via phone or Facebook.
HelloFresh is a service that can really help individuals who want to streamline their lives in a meaningful way. By taking out the need to do a big grocery shop each week or any form of menu planning, HelloFresh can provide customers with a varied diet that is interesting to eat yet nutritious too. Additionally, it can actually help save some customers money. If you are a household prone to food wastage, the pre measured ingredients will really help stop you wasting money on food you simply do not eat each week.
Mindful Chef is a meal kit and prepared meal delivery service that targets customers who want the freshest of ingredients and the healthiest of recipes. While heavily designed to be nutritionally beneficial, the company manages to offer a wide selection of delicious meals each week. Plus, it has a big emphasis on only ever using the best produce, so you’ll find ethically sourced beef, poultry and fish for example. Additionally, it is one of the few meal delivery companies that offer a single-person subscription. Finally, it runs a One Feeds Two charity which means for every meal it sells, it provides a school meal to a child living in poverty.
"Mindful Chef is probably at the more expensive end of the meal kit delivery market - but it’s easy to spend less by choosing specific recipes."
Signing up to Mindful Chef is pretty straightforward. The website has been designed to be as intuitive as possible. You choose a date that you want to start your deliveries and work through the process from there. You choose the recipes you want from the beginning and can pick up to 5 a week as a single person or a couple. As a family, you can choose up to three. A family box will serve 4 adults or 2 adults with 2-3 children.
Picking recipes that are suitable is simple through the filters that the site adds at the top of its recipe page. From there you can choose to double up on any recipes that really catch your eye. Plus the website highlights how many calories are in each meal and how long that meal takes to cook, as well as how much fat, protein or carbohydrate is in each dish.
Meal boxes are then delivered on your chosen day each week. You need to pick your recipes each week or they will be chosen for you. The company will send you email reminders so that you do not miss the cut-off time for making your choices. You can also choose to pause or skip deliveries so while this is a subscription service, it is also fully flexible. There is no commitment which is a big plus. Food is delivered in insulated boxes so that you do not have to be in to take delivery. Instead, your food will be left in a safe, designated space and will stay fresh in there for up to 48 hours.
One of the best things about Mindful Chef is its dedicated approach to providing recipes for those with the strictest of dietary requirements. It actively tries to provide a varied menu for those who are Vegan, Pescatarian, Gluten Free or trying to lose weight. Plus it flags up any allergens on its recipe cards so it’s easy to choose recipes for any other dietary requirements too. So if you are looking for a low-carb meal for a Paleo diet, it is simple to pick and choose meals suitable for you. Plus the company are big on trying to reduce the amount of ‘filler’ items in their meal kits. That means they tend to have a lot more protein than many other delivery kits as well as upping the veg. For those that want to reduce the number of refined carbs in their diet, this is therefore a good option.
Like with many other meal kit delivery services, what’s great about Mindful Chef is that all food is pre-portioned. It, therefore, helps reduce waste in your home. A lot of the packaging is recyclable but not all - which is a big drawback to trying to reduce plastic usage. However, the recipes themselves are easy to follow and offer a big convenience to customers who are short on time. By not needing to go to the supermarket or draw up their own weekly meal plan, Mindful Chef does take out a lot of the mundane surrounding food preparation.
MindfulChef is a subscription-based plan that can be stopped or cancelled at any time. You pay per box with free nationwide delivery. For one person, a box of three recipes (the smallest box possible), costs around £9 per serving. The exact cost of the box will depend on what recipes you choose. If you choose recipes that include steak or other expensive meat items, the box will be dearer than a week of vegetarian meals. For a family of 4, portion costs go down to around £6 - though the same rules apply. The recipes you choose can either increase the amount you spend or reduce it. In all, Mindful Chef is probably at the more expensive end of the meal kit delivery market - but it’s easy to spend less by choosing specific recipes. Plus, it’s comforting to know that the company does not use ‘fillers’.
The menu itself is very diverse. It is great that it changes each week so that even if you have a strict diet, you’ll still see a lot of variety. Many cuisines are used as inspiration for final recipe cards so you’ll see a lot of Asian influence, Indian food as well as hearty British menus like stews and pies. An added bonus that comes from using recipe boxes like Mindful Chef, therefore, is improving your own cooking skill and repertoire.
However, if you don’t want to cook, the company offers healthy frozen ready meals offering the ultimate convenience to time-strapped individuals. There’s a pretty wide selection that includes plenty of veggie and vegan options which is great to see. An individual portion will set you back around £7. It is also possible to add smoothie pouches and kits specifically designed with making healthy broths and soups in mind. A broth kit will cost around £5 a serving. Additionally, it’s a big bonus that customers can add fruit boxes to their order thus reducing the need to shop elsewhere for groceries. Fruit boxes include 11 pieces of fruit, so they’re sizable and cost around £10 a week to a weekly Mindful Chef bill.
Getting in touch with Mindful Chef is easy, plus they have a huge number of FAQs on its website which will likely answer any queries a customer may have. It’s possible to email them or talk to them over the phone. Responses were found to be timely and helpful so that resolutions to any issues were quickly rectified. Plus, it’s a big bonus that the company offers its money-back guarantee if you are not 100% happy.
Mindful Chef is one of the more expensive meal kit delivery services out there, but you do get what you pay for with it. While it may be more extravagant than other delivery services, the quality of the ingredients is excellent (for example it always uses free-range chicken) and it doesn’t build up portion sizes with lots of bread or pasta. The menu selection is broad so it never gets too samey. Perhaps the biggest problem with Mindful Chef is the fact that even though much of its packaging is recyclable, some of the preportioned ingredients like herbs or spices, do end up using a lot of single-use plastic. Ultimately, however, this is an excellent service that provides its customers with hearty, healthy meals that are a pleasure to prepare and eat.
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