Everyone prefers a home cooked meal over fast food, and meal kit delivery services have made it a convenient process to have home cooked meals as often as you would like. You've heard of Blue Apron, right? They deliver the ingredients, and you cook the food according to their instructions/recipe cards. It makes cooking during the weeknight much easier, plus you get to save time on shopping.
Most people do not have the necessary time needed to plan, shop, and then prepare meals on a daily basis. If this rings true in your case, a meals delivery service is what you need. Blue Apron doesn't currently offer a gluten-free only option, but no worries. These ten meal kit delivery services have gluten-free options or deal with gluten-free meals exclusively.
Some of these services surprise you with your weekly meal choices, while most give you the chance to choose your own meals. They deliver the groceries (with accurate portions for no waste), then you use the freshly prepped ingredients to create meals of your choice.
Don't see one on the list that you know of and liked (or didn't like)? Let us know in the comments! This is supposed to be a comprehensive list and I'll update as more services are added. Also, if you don't have time to cook, you can always check out our list of gluten-free prepared meal delivery services, which make the meal for you beforehand and then deliver it fresh or frozen and ready for you simply reheat.
Keep reading to find out more about each individual service, and a link to their website. Please let us know in the comments if you found more similar services we can post. This will be a comprehensive list we'll add to over time!
Also, you may want to check out our post about paleo meal delivery services because there's a lot of crossover between the two types of diets. Double check with customer service for each service how they handle gluten, but you should be good to go since these are raw ingredients and not prepped around gluten-containing agents.
Terra's Kitchen delivers freshly prepared ingredients to help you cook Mediterranean-inspired meals. Their kits come with a recipe book packed with 50+ guides to make paleo, vegan, low-calorie, and, gluten-free meals. They also have family meal options with a 15-30 minute cooking time for all their meals.
The meal kits come with pre-chopped, peeled, washed, and portioned food to save time and avoid waste. Their proteins are non-GMO and antibiotic-free, and they sustainably source their seafood. Most of their food is organic too. Your order arrives packed in a climate-controlled returnable, reusable, and sustainable vessel. On the day of delivery, the package stays chilled till around 9 p.m or longer depending on the day's weather. You can select various combinations of food for the week as long as they fit within your vessel. Terra's Kitchen also has many different recipes to choose from.
You can either order meals under their Two-Serving Menu or Family Menu categories. You also have the choice of three dinners for two people, four dinners for two people or two dinners for four people. However, their salads and beverages are available in single serving options. Like with most other food delivery services, ordering from Terra's Kitchen does not come cheap. They have a minimum order amount of $62.99 and shipping is free.
Plated is another dinner-based meal kit delivery service. Each week they offer 20 different recipes to choose from, along with a couple of desserts. Their meals tend to be globally-inspired, so they're more interesting than what many other services offer. They have an app making it even more convenient to place your order. With this food service, you can change your delivery day weekly, skip some weeks, swap recipes, and cancel your subscription at any time. It is actually my favorite meal kit service and you can check out my review to see why.
Plated provides various filters to help you find the best meals for you, including low carb, spicy, vegetarian, quick cook, and no gluten. Plated isn't gluten-free certified but the risk of cross-contamination is low. Plated ships out all orders pre-portioned and with everything needed to cook the particular meal, except for condiments such as salt, eggs, pepper, and vegetable or olive oil.
Recipe cards accompany the kit with step-by-step cooking guidelines. Plated gives you the option of including desserts to your menu. The food arrives in several plastic wrapping for every ingredient, and while they encourage recycling, they could use better re-usable packaging.
The kits come with enough ingredients to make meals for two, three, or four people at $11.95, $9.95, and $9.95 per serving respectively. You can choose between two to four dinners weekly. Shipping is free except for two dinner orders, which has an additional $6 shipping fee. You can also upgrade your meals to the Chef's Table dinners to include seafood or specialty cuts of meats at an extra $2 to $18 per person. Their prices fall on the steep side for the average family but the service is still very good.
Certified by the USDA as an organic food meal kit company, Green Chef delivers non-GMO and sustainably sourced prepped ingredients to your home. The food service offers a selection of seven meal plans to meet diverse individual dietary needs. They include the Omnivore, Keto, Carnivore, Vegan, Vegetarian, Paleo, and Gluten-Free plans. All their meals take 30 to 45 minutes to prepare and taste great. You can check out my review for full details.
Green Chef has two ordering options. One is a two-person plan and the other is designed for a family of four. Under the two-person plan, you get three dinners per week, while the family plan provides two wholesome meals each week. All ingredients come packaged in a box with changing recipes to make your meals of choice every week. Pre-made marinades, spice blends, and sauces come with the kit. They do not have a minimum commitment period, and you can skip orders and cancel your subscription at any time.
There isn't an option to combine different meals to create your custom menu. Instead, you have to stick with their selected dishes under their different meal plans. Like with most food delivery service, their prices fall on the higher side and wouldn't be a convenient option for a large family for every day of the week. Their prices range from $10.49 to $14.99 per serving depending on the chosen plan.
Sun Basket provides fresh, prepped packaged ingredients to most parts of the U.S, except for states located too far from their facilities. They have a Classic Menu, Family Menu, and Rise and Shine Menu options (choose from all menus here, with a $45 discount). You get a selection of ingredients enough to cook two dinners and two breakfasts with the Rise and Shine menu.
Their meals are non-GMO, organic, and contain hormone-free meats. Award-winning chef Justine Kelly is behind their list of nutritionist-approved recipes. You get a choice of paleo, vegetarian, and gluten-free meals. Also, the food descriptions include details about potential allergens, and they feature helpful tags including dairy-free, soy-free, and spicy that come in handy when placing orders. Sun Basket is also a company that I've tried myself and you can check out my review for more details about what they offer.
Sun Basket does not have any vegan menu options, which does not make it the ideal choice for anyone who is on an entirely plant-based diet. If you do not have any food restrictions, you can try their Chef's Choice options. Unfortunately, you can only sign up for weekly subscriptions, which means that you cannot order single meals or food that is enough for just one day. Also, you have to call their customer service to cancel deliveries because you cannot do it online.
The Classic Menu features a weekly package with three daily meals (enough for two or four people) at $11.49 per meal. Their Family Menu comes at $9.99 per meal with the option of two, three, or four weekly meals (enough for four people). You pay a $5.99 weekly delivery fee regardless of the plan you choose.
Gobble promises to help you spend less time in the kitchen with their convenient, fast, and easy food delivery service. They deliver meal kits with farm-fresh ingredients sourced locally, and their proteins are hormone-free. Renowned chef Thomas Ricci creates all their gourmet recipes, which they promise can get you a cooked meal in just 15 minutes. This is true too and it's something I noticed when trying out the kits. You can find more details about the experience in my Gobble review. Their meals aren't all gluten-free but some are. You can select meals individually when ordering, so it's easy to just get the gluten-free ones.
The meal kit service delivers prepped and portioned ingredients which reduce cooking time significantly. They offer three-step recipe cards that make cooking easy. Although, in fairness, there are more than three steps involved in the recipes. One reason for the fast cooking time is that the sauces are premade and are simply provided to you. This does make the process easier, although homemade sauces have a certain something that Gobble doesn't manage to replicate.
When ordering, you can pick from their chef-designed menu with selections of dishes to suit diverse diets and preferences. The Gobble meals have between 500 to 700 calories, making them healthy and fast dinner options. Your order arrives in a big refrigerated box, with either a selection of ingredients to prepare four or six meals. The portioned ingredients come packed in individual bags, and they can last for up to five days in your fridge or as up to three months in your freezer.
Gobble allows you the flexibility to skip deliveries and cancel at any time. However, they only deliver on Tuesdays and Saturdays. You can either get their four meal plan at $13.95 per serving or their six or more option at $11.95 per serving.
If you are looking for a meal kit service with diverse selections of weekly recipes to suit your lifestyle, give Hello Fresh a try. This is another one that I've reviewed. It isn't my favorite meal kit out there but it still has some advantages. Hello Fresh puts together their weekly collection of recipes with the help of their in-house dietician. Each week, you get 15 new recipes to choose from, with meal preferences and customizable options available. They have a choice of omnivore and veggie diet plans with three meal plan packages.
Their Classic plan has the option of three or four meals per week for two or four people. The Hello Fresh Veggie plan features plant-based proteins and comes in a choice of three meals per week for two or four people. Their Family Plan has the option of two or three meals per week for four people. Most of the Hello Fresh recipes contain gluten; it is possible to swap out these ingredients to create equally healthy gluten-free meals. You can look out for the recipes labeled as gluten-free because they offer some specific gluten-free options each week. The selection of gluten-free meals isn't amazing but it would be fine for many people.
Like most other food delivery services, they only ship out a minimum order for two people. That's unfortunate anyone who wants meals in single serving portions! Of course, you could just keep the other half for leftovers.
The meal kit service delivers free of charge, and they send out orders seven days weekly. Their Classic and Veggie meals cost $9.99 per serving, while their Family meals cost $8.74 per serving.
Marley Spoon is another interesting meal kit service, also called Martha & Marley Spoon (due to the involvement of Martha Stewart). It relies on high-quality ingredients, although these don’t appear to be organic. The company delivers to most of the contiguous states, although you’ll have to step through the signup process to find out whether they ship to your area. Marley Spoon is annoying in that way.
There are two different meal plans to choose from. The first is designed for two people. You can order two, three, or four meals per week. This averages out to either $12, $10.25, or $9.50 per serving, respectively. The second is for three to four people. Again, you can select two, three, or four meals each week. This time, the average price per serving is $9.50, $8.90, or $8.20. Shipping is free for all options.
You could also choose a three to four person meal plan for a couple. The leftovers from doing so would mean that a box might last you close to a week.
There is no gluten-free specific meal plan to choose from. Instead, you select meals individually from the weekly menu. There are ten different meals to choose from each week and some of these will be gluten-free.
For example, the menu at the time of writing contained five meals that were gluten-free, while the remainder weren’t. This is a fairly poor selection – but it could be fine if you only want one or two recipes per week. It would also work if you’re not very picky about the meals you eat.
Peach Dish doesn’t consider itself to be gluten-free. Instead, the service uses a No Added Gluten label on many of their dishes and has a separate menu for these as well. Recipes in this category don’t contain any gluten. However, as Peach Dish points out, they’re not certified gluten-free (some of the other companies on this list aren’t either). This means that they cannot guarantee your meals will be gluten-free.
The style means that people with severe gluten allergies should only rely on certified gluten-free companies. But, for people who are less sensitive, Peach Dish could be an interesting option. I’ve tried Peach Dish myself too so you can find more details in my review.
The meals from Peach Dish are appealing. The company uses different ingredients and styles than most of the others that I’ve seen. This includes some Southern food, along with a focus on superfoods and some more unusual recipes. For example, there are dishes like Artichoke Risotto and Roasted Acorn Squash.
Unlike most services, you don’t sign up for a specific number of meals each week. Instead, you get to choose the meals individually. The price varies considerably. In the week I ordered, the cheapest for a two serving meal was $25 and the most expensive was $46. The exact prices are likely to change based on the current menu. That’s definitely on the expensive side but being able to choose like this is nice.
You can also alter the serving size, which is an unusual feature. This goes all the way up to 12 servings (depending on the meal) and is a perfect option for feeding a family. With the exception of Gobble, most other services only go up to four servings.
One final thing to mention is cooking time. The meals from Peach Dish aren’t fast and easy. Most take more than half an hour and many have an estimated time of 50 to 55 minutes. That’s a long time to spend in the kitchen– especially as most people pick meal kit companies to save time.
Chef’d is easily the most comprehensive meal kit service out there, offering literally hundreds of different meals. They also have a powerful organization system, making it easy to find whichever meals will match your diet. For example, you can filter based on cooking time, protein type, cuisine, and skill level. There are also sections for allergens and dietary lifestyle.
Selecting gluten-free under the dietary lifestyle will give you all of the meals that don’t contain gluten – and there is a large number of them. Each meal has pricing details, along with estimated cooking time and the number of likes. In theory, meals with more likes should taste better. However, people do vary in their preferences.
You can click on a recipe to find all the details you need, including ingredients, allergens, nutrition facts, and alcohol pairings. There are also details about what you need to have at home. For example, the dish Chicken en Papillote lists salt, black pepper, olive oil, and a rimmed sheet pan in this section.
With Chef’d, you’re mostly ordering meals individually. There are some meal plans available and the ability to get customized recommendations – but these just speed up the process. Regardless of what you choose, you pay based on the price of the individual meal. These prices vary considerably. Many meals for two are somewhere between $22 and $29. But, there are others that are $35 or above. Meals for four are more expensive again.
On average, the prices here are higher than most other companies. But, Chef’d may still be worth it simply for their wider selection.
One final option is Hungry Root, which is different than all of the other companies on this list. You are still getting a meal kit with Hungry Root but the components have been through more preparation. In most cases, you’re just getting two or three ingredients that you combine together over heat. Meals are fast to prepare as a result, with most taking less than ten minutes.
One example is their meal Butternut Squash Bean Skillet. When you order this, you get one bag of Butternut Squash French Fries and a container of Cucumber Corn Black Bean Salad. You cook the fries in a skillet with some water and then add in the salad. That’s it. Other meals are similar.
All of the options here are vegan and gluten-free. There is also a strong focus on nutrients and the meals tend to be minimally processed. So, you’re still getting healthy meals made from whole food ingredients. It’s just that the style isn’t what you might expect. If you’re looking for fast and easy food, Hungry Root makes sense. But, if you want to take the time to cook something amazing – this isn’t the right choice.
You don’t order meals individually with Hungry Root. They offer two meal plans. The first is The Starter Set, which costs $69. This contains three meals and four sides, snacks, or sweets. The other is The Good Life, which costs $99. It includes five meals and five sweets, snacks, and sides.
In each case, the meals offer two servings and the other components are large enough to be shared. You can choose the individual meals yourself or have the company pick for you. But, there are no options to add to or remove from this plan – so you’re stuck with those amounts.
In many ways, Home Chef is a good middle-of-the-road company. They offer some interesting meals that are fairly fast and easy to prepare but there is nothing extremely unusual included. This is a good balance for many people, although I personally find that I enjoy more unique dishes. That being said, the meal selection is interesting and there are plenty of dinners to choose from.
Whether this works on a gluten-free diet probably depends on your sensitivity level. Home Chef doesn’t use the term gluten-free to describe its meals. Instead, they rely on a Taste Profile feature. This allows you to select various ingredients that you want to be excluded from your meals.
Making the right selections here should mean that your meals are gluten-free. But, even if they are, there is the risk of cross-contamination. As such, Home Chef is best for people who are avoiding gluten in their diet by choice, not for people who are very sensitive to gluten.
Home Chef has flexible ordering options. You need a minimum order size of $45 each week but you get to choose the number of meals (from 2 to 6) and the number of servings (from 2 to 6) that you’re looking for. The meals are all roughly $9.99 per serving, regardless of your selection.
One final service to consider is PlateJoy. I’ve left this one until last, as it is a little bit different. Basically, PlateJoy is a meal planning service. It can save you a ton of time by picking our recipes for you each week and providing you with a shopping list to work from. You can see more details about how it works in my full review.
There is also an ingredients delivery component. PlateJoy works with Instacart, which allows you to have food delivered from local stores. The interaction between the two is seamless and you can easily add or remove ingredients before you purchase anything. Instacart isn’t available in all states and does have its own fees. Even so, it is a very interesting option and a great way to save time.
PlateJoy isn’t as convenient as the other services on this list. There is more work involved in setting up your account and in making your grocery order. Even so, the style has multiple advantages.
One is cost. You pay less than $12 a month for a 6-month PlateJoy membership and less than $9 a month for a 12-month membership. You also get to choose your own ingredients and you can shop locally if you want to. That’s a great way to cut down costs further. Besides, you may already have some of the ingredients at home.
Another key advantage is versatility. PlateJoy is able to offer more meal plans than most other services, covering many different diet types. Meal plans are also tailored based on other factors, like whether you are limiting carbs, whether you want out of season ingredients and even the kitchen tools that you have. This is perfect if you have picky eaters or complex dietary needs in your family.
PlateJoy won’t suit everyone. But, it can be a less expensive and more versatile option than other services.