Even if you love cooking, preparing delicious meals can be a real chore sometimes – especially if you have a family or a busy work schedule. Buying, washing, cutting, cooking, and cleaning can take an hour or more per day. On top of that, for novices, you'll hope that whatever you make turns out as good as it looks on Pinterest. Unfortunately, that's not always the case!
One great way to start learning how to cook awesome meals is meal kit delivery services. Though not all have dairy free options, these eight do. These dairy free meal kit delivery services will give you that satisfying feeling of whipping up gourmet-style dishes right in your kitchen, with the ease of not having to do a lot of the leg work. They'll deliver whatever you need for a delicious, dairy free meal, right to your doorstep each week.
Meal kit services let you become a pro chef in your kitchen with the help of prepped ingredients and easy-to-follow recipe cards. Though there seem to be fewer meal kit services with a large selection of dairy free options, many meal kit services have at least some meals to choose from each week. Plus, some will have customization options, such as requests to not include certain foods, or to select your specific meals each week.
Here are eight meal kit services that offer a selection of dairy free dishes. Also, we recently published an article about dairy free full prepared meals you can have delivered to your home. This cuts down on kitchen time even more! They would definitely be worth checking out, and at least trying for a week or two if this type of service interests you. Remember that you don't have to cook meals from scratch every night of the week, lol. You can take the night off a few days a week and give yourself more time for hobbies, work, and family.
Purple Carrot is a food delivery service that enables you to cook plant-based meals at home and has a strong vegetarian and vegan focus. This aspect means the meals tend to be dairy free, while also being a powerful source of nutrients. The company also has a strong focus on making sure people perform optimally, even on a vegan diet. As a result, the meals are often more protein-based and nutrient-dense than other vegan recipes. The meals are also gluten free, with limited sugar and soy content. They also avoid processed ingredients. With Purple Carrot, you get food that is good for you and good for the planet!
Purple Carrot ships the ingredients with easy-to-follow steps showing you how to make the meals. These are suitable even if you're a complete beginner in the kitchen. Signing up at Purple Carrot is a quick process. They just have three plans, so you select which one you prefer. The downside of this is that you do not get as many choices as you would from other meal services. On the upside, the quality of their ingredients is what you would get from the farmer’s market.
The meal kit service offers a two-person plan that serves three different meals per week at $72. For $80, you can order two meals for four which is better value compared to the two-person plan. Their third option, which is also their newest, is a high-performance plan. For $78 per week, two people can get three high-performance meals. Few other prepped ingredients services offer plant-based meals for people with very active lifestyles.
Terra’s Kitchen delivers fresh, farm-picked produce, with a focus on seasonal ingredients. The company offers more than 50 recipes and follows the principles of a Mediterranean diet and lifestyle. That includes a strong emphasis on plant-based foods, while avoiding processed ingredients. They also offer various types of meals to choose from including family meals, gluten-free, paleo, low-calore, vegeetarian and vegan recipes. Regardless of the type, all the recipes take between 15 and 30 minutes to cook.
Because the service is Mediterranean-based, some of the recipes do contain dairy. However, you can filter recipes by dietary restrictions. This includes a dairy free option, along with the ones highlighted above. So, it's easy to avoid dairy and still get some amazing meals.
The company doesn't offer a set meal plan each week. Instead, you pick and choose which meals you want. This means more work compared to some other plans but it's perfect for flexibility. If nothing else, the style means that you can make sure the meals you get are ones your family will love. They offer countless opportunities for customization. For example, if you want more meat in your delivery, you can usually add extra protein sources to your recipe. You can also add things like side salads and so forth.
Unlike many other meal services, the meals are individually-priced – and there are no menus to choose from. Most range from between $11.99 and $17.99 per serving, although there are some less expensive options as well. Most meals come in two servings only but there is a small selection of meals with four servings. Those would be great for a family or for leftovers. The first week's delivery is free. After that, you only get free delivery if your orders exceed $100. Orders below $100 come with a $4.95 delivery fee.
For every ingredient that you choose to add to your order, you will pay extra charges of between $3.99 and $9.99 per serving. You can order as many as three meals every week. The only downside of this meal kit service is that they do not have a fixed per serving price for their menu items. It means that their meals can get extraordinarily expensive for families. But, if you're only interested in a meal every so often, being able to order individual meals works perfectly.
Hungry Root specializes in delivering nutrient-dense food that also happens to taste good. The focus is a little different than with other companies. For example, there are many different healthy snacks available, along with ingredients like cauliflower rice and sweet potato ribbons. As a result, they're not quite a meal kit service but many of their options aren't full meals either. As the company states, the products are generally ready-to-eat or they can be cooked in less than ten minutes.
The foods are all vegan and gluten-free. The vegan aspect means that these are all dairy free as well. Hungry Root also focuses on making them low in sugar, sodium and calories, while ensuring they are high in fiber, nutrients and good fats. They use legumes, vegetables, and nuts as the foundation of most of their meals. The end result is very healthy food that tastes amazing and is extremely convenient.
Each meal comes fully prepped and packed individually. Often there will be a recipe to follow, which may involve cooking and using multiple individual ingredients. For example, the cauliflower rice and kale pesto pictured above are both used in the company's Kale Cauliflower Burrito Bowl recipe. If you are unable to use any of the foods within seven days after delivery, you can freeze them without a problem. The food arrives in “freezer-friendly” packaging to make the process easy.
You can choose from one of their two plans including the Starter Set which contains three meals (with two servings per dish) and four sides (sweets and snacks). It goes for a total of $59 and comes with free shipping. The second option is the Good Life plan which offers five meals (with two servings per dish) and five side snacks or sweets. The Good Life plan goes for $75 and is also delivered for free. Hungry Root curates the contents of every box so that you do not have to, and if you like, you can create your personalized menu for delivery.
The Plated food delivery service offers well-curated and easy-to-prepare recipes. In fact, Plated is one of my personal favorites and you can check out my review of their meal delivery service for more details. Their meals are provided through a weekly subscription service, but you can change plans, cancel or skip a week at any time you like. They guarantee freshness and quality for all their products and ingredients.
While the company doesn't focus on dairy free meals specifically, they make it easy to customize which meals you get each week. You can easily choose ones that are dairy free, along with options that suit your personal flavor and style preferences. This ability to customize is more comprehensive than most other companies that I've seen. It includes the ability to filter meals by many different sets of criteria. For example, some of their paleo meals include curries, lentils, seasoned seafood and dairy-free pizza.
You receive every ingredient needed to prepare each meal except for pepper, salt, oil, and eggs. The kit also comes with step-by-step cooking instructions on recipe cards. Currently, Plated delivers to over 95 percent of the US. They do not ship to some regions including Alaska, Texas, and Hawaii.
Plated has a great selection of plans, there are three different options, offering two, three, or four servings per night. In each case, you can choose between two, three and four nights per week. The two servings plan costs around $12 per serving, regardless of the number of days. The other two services cost around $10 per serving. Unless you pick only two dinners, shipping is free. Otherwise, you pay an extra fee $7.95. You can always upgrade meals to the Chef’s table at an additional charge.
The Chef’d meal kit company does not require subscriptions to use their services. Simply pick your preferred dishes and the portioned ingredients arrive at your door with easy to follow recipes. It is an excellent place to start for anyone trying out food delivery services for the first time and helps you understand what to expect. Other than the cooking instruction cards, every shipment comes with utensils and suggestions of the best wine to pair with the meal.
You can also choose from multiple meal plans, which suit different diet types. The company doesn't have a specific dairy free plan. But, you can filter the individual meals by many criteria, including whether or not they contain dairy. This makes it easy to find dairy free meals – and there are plenty of amazing ones to choose from. The best thing about their website is that they include a list of ingredients with each recipe to help you know what you are ordering precisely. This gives you the chance to double check that the meals are actually free from dairy and any other ingredients that you're avoiding.
When you initially place an order with the meal kit service, if you choose a regular delivery option, you will have to answer a few performance-based questions. It helps to narrow down and personalize your options. The pricing for different foods varies depending on the quantity ordered and the seasonal availabilities of different ingredients.
Most of their meals are crafted by famous chefs, giving you the change to recreate them at home. The disadvantage is that most meals may be complicated to replicate if you are a beginner. Chef’d ships to any zip code within the continental US. You can get a dinner for two for as low as $29.
Hello Fresh is another meal kit delivery service offering easy-to-prepare delicious meals. As the name suggests, the focus is on fresh food, including seasonal ingredients. This is perfect for people who can't get to farmer's markets or who don't have much time. There is no pre-set number of deliveries you can make with this service, and you can cancel your subscription any time you like. You only need to give a few days’ notice. Your meal box arrives at a date of your choice with the ingredients packed according to use. The kit comes with a placard containing meal preparation instructions and photos of what the end product should look like.
Hello Fresh offers some dairy free options, and they have a page on their website listing dairy replacements for all their recipes. You can have a look at the page to figure out how to work in dairy-free options to your meals. This approach is actually appealing, as it gives you many more options for which meals you can choose.
They have an app for both iOS and Android which makes it easier to place orders and contact them. If you have shipping issues or issues with your recipe, the app is a great help.
Hello Fresh offers three weekly plans. The Classic option goes for $9.99 per serving. It contains the most extensive varieties of meats, seasonal produce, and seafood. You can order for two and four people. Another good option for non-dairy products is the Veggie plan. It also goes for $9.99 per serving and serves either two, three or four people.
Since 2014, Green Chef has delivered organic prepped ingredients across the US except for Washington, Alaska, and Hawaii. They were the first USDA certified natural food delivery service, with 95% of their meals incorporating organic ingredients. You can access weekly menus online, which makes it easy to change things around and try different foods. They are the most expensive meal service in the US. Even so, the price may be worth it if you want organic ingredients.
Green Chef has a keto plan that offers fulfilling meals for anyone following the low-carb lifestyle. The meals do not contain any dairy products or gluten. This is slightly odd, as you can have dairy on keto. But, the plan is perfect if you've been interested in a keto diet but need to avoid dairy as well. You can also try out the paleo plan, which doesn't include dairy either.
Green Chef will deliver to your doorstep when you want it. The meal kit service is flexible too and you can place your order any day and also get it shipped to you on any day. You do not have to make any commitments to their service: therefore, you can skip weeks as you please. It takes about 30 minutes to create your meal since all of the ingredients are pre-prepped and pre-measured. Their meals come with ready-to-eat sauces and cost you an average of $14.99 per plate for two people.
This is another service that I've tried out myself as well. You can check out my full review to see details about my experiences – including what I liked and what I hated about the company.
Located in San Francisco, Sun Basket is a meal kit delivery service that offers easy-to-prepare, healthy, organic and sustainable ingredients. The service provides a range of different meal plans you can choose, including some that are focused on weight loss. Some of these are also dairy free, particularly the paleo meal plan and the Lean & Clean option. There is also a vegan plan.
These various Sun Basket plans ($45 off link) all work well and offer various recipes for you to choose from. This gives you plenty of flexibility and the ability to decide based on your own preferences. Some of the examples of their paleo-based dairy-free options include the Korean Rice Cakes with Ground Pork, Shiitake Mushrooms served with Black-eyed Pea Tostadas with Togarashi Cabbage and Watercress Salad. Please check out my full review of the service to learn more about what you can expect and what the meals actually taste like.
You get your meals delivered to your doorstep packed in a cooler filled with dry ice. Sun Basket's home delivery price per serving is $11.99, and the Family meal is $9.99 per serving. You must order at least three meals on the minimum from the meal kit service.
Sun Basket provides a wide range of options to suit people with different food preferences. They do not cover all the states in the U.S. because they strive to make sure they deliver only the freshest of ingredients. If they feel that a particular state is too far from their facility, they do not ship to such locations. Also, it’s one of the many companies that give back to the community, and they donate any leftover food to local food banks.
Marley Spoon is a dinner-only meal kit service that is available in a number of different countries including the United States. In the United States, the service is sometimes called Martha & Marley Spoon, because Martha Stewart plays a role in the company and in designing the recipes you receive.
The ingredients used aren’t organic but there is a strong emphasis on freshness and quality. This includes choosing healthy protein sources, like grass-fed beef and antibiotic-free chicken. As with all companies, the precise ingredients used are likely to vary depending on what is available.
Marley Spoon offers two different plans that you can order from. The first is for two people. You can either order two meals (for $48.00), three meals (for $61.50), or four (for $76.00). The ingredients are delivered at once, so you get to choose what nights you want to eat on. The plan can actually work for people living alone too, as you could eat the leftovers the following day.
The other plan is for a family, typically three to four people. This one costs $76.00 for two meals, $106.80 for three meals, and $139.20 for four meals.
Regardless of the plan, you get to choose the individual meals each week. These are based on the current menu and there are often around ten meals to select from. The meals are tagged with different criteria, such as gluten-free, vegetarian, dairy-free, customer favorite, and healthy. Full details about each are available on the site, including the cooking instructions.
But, if you’re strictly dairy-free, the selection may be too limited. Of the ten meals on the site at the time of writing, only four were dairy-free. That’s not many, especially if you want three or four meals each week.
The overall approach Gobble takes is similar to many other companies. But, the service also has some unusual features. The site boasts that you can prepare all of the meals in just a single pan, within 15 minutes or less. That’s completely true. I noticed that when cooking the meals for my Gobble review.
To do this, Gobble provides more prepared ingredients than other services. For example, many of the recipes come with sauce packets that you simply open and add in. Rice and noodles tend to be pre-cooked as well.
Whether this is good or not depends on your preferences. Personally, I didn’t like the style. I prefer spending more time actually making sauces. But, the meals tasted good for 15 minutes of work. If you’re very busy or don’t like cooking, Gobble might be the perfect choice.
As for the dairy free aspect, there is no dairy free menu or anything like that. Instead, Gobble allows you to choose your meals weekly. Some of these will be dairy free and all allergens are clearly labeled. As the company points out, you can also just exclude any dairy containing ingredients, although that isn’t ideal.
Because Gobble doesn’t focus on dairy free, they don’t offer any guarantees about how many dairy free meals they will have. It’s likely that there will be at least one or two every week but there is no way to be certain.
As for ordering, Gobble offers two plans, one for two people and the other for four people. In each case, you get three full meals per week. The meals average between $11.95 and $13.95 per serving, which is similar to other companies. You can also add servings and other items if you want to.
PlateJoy isn’t a meal kit service in the traditional sense of the word. Instead, it is best defined as a meal planning service (you can check out my full review here). The idea is that PlateJoy will help you to figure out your meals, find new inspiration and get the ingredients that you need effectively.
With PlateJoy, you get a customized meal plan, much like you might get with other services. The difference is that you don’t get ingredients shipped out to you. Instead, you’re provided with a grocery list that you can follow yourself. PlateJoy also pairs with Instacart and you can get your ingredients delivered that way.
So, why bother? Well, PlateJoy is pretty cheap for what you get. You’re often paying around $8 or $9 a month for the meal planning service, which is pretty amazing. Instacart is an additional cost but the delivery fees aren’t too bad, even if you plan to get groceries delivered from them each week.
The biggest advantage is flexibility. PlateJoy is able to cater for many more diet types than a traditional meal kit service ever could. This includes plans for slow cooker meals, batch cooking and much more. There are also various diet types in the list, which includes dairy free diets. You even get to choose other areas, like which types of milk you use and what equipment you have in the home.
The end result is a service that is much more flexible and is very easy to use. It’s not quite as convenient as a full meal kit company, especially if you end up shopping for the ingredients yourself. Still, for some families, the balance may be perfect.
Home Chef is a relatively new entry into the meal kit delivery field and it does have some great advantages. When I tried it myself, I was impressed with the variety of food and how easy the meals were to prepare. There is also a good combination of conventional meals and more unusual recipes.
The weekly menu is always available on the site, along with all the preparation instructions. This lets you see exactly what you’re getting before you sign up. Meals cost $9.95 per serving, although there is a $45 minimum weekly order.
A key aspect of Home Chef is your Taste Profile. This allows you to specify food preferences, along with any allergens. The company states that they will avoid those ingredients in your meals. However, doing so will limit the number of potential meals.
There is also the risk of cross-contamination. Home Chef mentions that their facilities do use dairy and other allergens. They also avoid using terms like dairy free or gluten-free on their site. This could be a problem for anyone highly sensitive to dairy.
At a personal level, Home Chef isn’t my first choice. I’m particularly fond of unusual flavors and meals. Home Chef did have decent variety but I have seen better options out there. Still, this is a personal preference. I imagine that many people would love the meals that Home Chef has to offer.