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Canadian Meal Kit Delivery Options for Quick and Easy Meal Prep

Meal Prep

Between working 40+ hours a week and shuttling kids to their various activities, home life is becoming increasingly more busy. After a long day at the office coming home to cook a family meal can be daunting. Regardless of your skills in the kitchen, you might feel drained and not overly excited about not only whipping up something that your kids will eat but also something that’s healthy for all of you.

A few months ago this was my story. I was exhausted after long days and didn’t want to spend too much time in the kitchen when I finally got home. Miss O can help to a certain extent but the lion’s share of meal prep is my responsibility. With this in mind, spending time with my daughter is more important than anything. But wait…we have to eat right? It was at this time that I started to hear about meal kit delivery services. Not only can it be a challenge to come up with meals everyday (meal planning can help with this), but at times it could be a challenge to find the time to do groceries. So I was excited to find that not only would these companies, deliver groceries to me for the week, but they would also provide the recipes needed and perfectly portioned ingredients so that little to nothing was wasted. Jackpot!

In most cases you just have to log on to the company site of your choice and select which meals you’d like for the week. Once complete, you can sit back and wait for the goodies to arrive in a cooler (in most cases you don’t even need to be at home, they’ll leave it on your front porch until you get home). This service has exploded onto the scene and there are so many options to choose from.

What a great idea, right? You can take a few minutes to browse the sites and decide what you’d like to make for the week. The recipes are usually very easy to follow and quick to make, which is encouraging (I’m all for quick and simple meals). You and your family are exposed to various foods and flavours that you might ordinarily pass by and you can feel less stress because they’ve thought of everything for you.  All you have to do is mix and cook! Here are some of the Canadian companies I found during my research a few months ago. There’s something for pretty much everyone, regardless of your dietary restrictions. Prices vary but considering the grocery shopping is done for you and the time the whole process saves, it might be worth it. Plus, deliveries are usually free.

Chef’s Plate

Photo via chefsplate.com

Photo via chefsplate.com

This company uses “farm fresh ingredients” that it sources from Canadian farms. So you can be sure that you’ll receive seasonal ingredients. They offer two plans, a two-person plan and a family plan which feeds four people.

Features:

  • If you’re conscious about how your meat is raised, Chef’s Plate only uses meat from animals raised without the use of antibiotics and hormones
  • There’s a subscription but you can skip a week or cancel at anytime
  • Whether you choose the family plan or the two-person plan, they offer a good selection of recipes per week
  • You can choose the delivery day to receive your goodies (Monday to Friday)
  • You’re able to choose the number of recipes you receive per week (the minimum is two and the maximum is four for both plans)

Consideration:

  • If you have a serious food allergy this might not be the best option since all of their meals are packaged at the same location

Delivery area:

  • British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba and Ontario

Cost:

  • Two-person plan: $49.80 – $87.60/week
  • Family plan: $78.00 – $156/week

Hello Fresh

Photo via hellofresh.com

Photo via hellofresh.com

They provide high-quality, fresh and seasonal ingredients for their recipes.

Features:

  • They offer two plans:
    • Pronto Box offers 3 meals per week for two to four people and consists of time saving recipes
    • Family Box offers 3 meals per week for a family of four (including recipes kids are sure to enjoy)
  • There’s a subscription but you can pause it at anytime
  • They offer a “Meal Swap” option that allows you to change your selection for the upcoming week
  • Meal preferences allow the site to make selections for you. For example, if  you choose the “Beef Free” option, you’ll receive a different meat options in it’s place (they offer fish, seafood and pork)

Considerations:

  • While the ingredients aren’t always local, they work very closely with top quality producers to provide nutritious, balanced meal options
  • Users can’t choose the meals received in a given week but Hello Fresh is working hard to support this in the future
  • There currently aren’t any vegetarian options

Delivery area:

  • Currently only available in Ontario (Southern, Central and Eastern)

Cost:

  • Three meals for two people Pronto Box: $79.99/week (currently on sale for $49.99)
  • Three meals for four people Pronto Box: $139.99/week (currenlt on sale for $109.99)
  • Three meals for four people Family Box: $129/week (currently on sale for $99.99)

GoodFood

Photo via Goodfood

Photo via Goodfood.ca

Relatively new, GoodFood launched in 2014. Their mission is to change how Canadians cook.

Features:

  • To ensure optimal freshness, they rely on Canadian producers. They only resort to non-local options if availability from local sources are low or due to seasonality of some ingredients. They also offer vegetarian and gluten free options
  • They have a commitment to providing ingredients free of additives and preservatives (when possible)
  • All of the packaging your meal kit arrives in can be recycled
  • There’s a subscription but you can skip a week or cancel at anytime
  • You can choose to receive between two to four meal options per week and either two or four servings for each meal
  • There are three options to choose from:
    • Classic Box
    • Vegetarian Box
    • Family Box

Considerations:

  • Unlike other companies on the list, you don’t pick the meals you’d like to receive each week. Based on your preferences, they’ll create recipes tailored to your selections
  • If you have a serious food allergy this might not be the best option since all of their meals are packaged at the same location

Delivery area:

  • Everywhere in Ontario and Quebec

Cost:

  • Classic Box: Starting at $9.38/meal/person
  • Vegetarian Box: Starting at $9.00/meal/person
  • Family Box: Starting at $8.75/meal/person

UPDATE – MAY 2017: I chose to subscribe to this service. Check out my post about my experience with it.

Cook It

Photo via cook it

Photo via cookitboutique.com

Also a new player in this industry, Cook It strives to provide the absolute freshest foods it can get its hands on. Once an order has been confirmed, it then places an order with its suppliers to ensure you receive fresh ingredients.

Features:

  • Meal portions are available in multiples of two and users must order at least two servings
  • There’s a subscription but you can skip a week or cancel at anytime
  • Their packages are based on the number of people you need to feed in a given week (two, three or four) and the number of meals you’d like (between two to four). For example, you can submit an order for two meals for three people in a given week

Consideration:

  • Like GoodFood, recipe options are dependent on preferences you select during your registration

Delivery area:

  • All of Quebec

Cost:

  • Two people: Starting at $10.25/person/week
  • Three people: Starting at $9.75/person/week
  • Four people: Starting at $8.75/person/week

Prepd

Photo via thelunchbox.com

Photo via thelunchbox.com

This is a much smaller company based in Toronto. They’re still growing but are also fresh obsessed.

Features:

  • They offer meat, vegetarian and seafood meal kit options
  • There are six recipes to choose from each week
  • They attempt to use quality ingredients from local producers as much as possible
  • You’ll receive three meals per week but can choose for how many people (one, two or four)
  • If you’d rather not receive one of the three pre-selected meals in a particular week, you can swap it for something else
  • They’ll even substitute meats used in a particular dish if requested

Consideration:

  • Like all other meal kit deliveries, you don’t have to be home to accept the deliver but vacuum sealed meats and fishes will only stay fresh for about four hours after delivery. Depending on the time of day the delivery arrives, this is something to consider

Delivery area:

  • Currently, only Toronto
  • Specific border: 427 to the West, Steeles to the North, Victoria Park to the East and the lake in the South

Cost:

  • $10 per plate (three meals per week)
  • Orders for one person are $40/week (with three meals per week)

The Jolly Table

Photo via thejollytable.com

Photo via thejollytable.com

Like many of the available options, this company offers chef-created recipes that are sure to tempt and satisfy your taste buds. In addition to this, they work hard to source and use local, seasonal ingredients every single week.

Features:

  • There are six recipes to choose from each week. They include meat, fish and vegetarian options
  • Recipes for all of their meals are available online so you can try them on your own
  • They offer dessert! You can’t go wrong with macaroons
  • There’s a subscription but you can skip a week or cancel at anytime
  • They offer a rewards program based on orders, referrals, birthdays and sharing on social media
  • There are three delivery options to choose from:
    • One-month trial pack: new customers can signup to try the service. Four deliveries are included for the month. Choose to receive one, two or four servings with each order
    • There are three subscription meal plans that allow you to choose the frequency of your deliveries (weekly, bi-weekly or monthly)
    • Flexible option: choose when you want to receive deliveries

Consideration:

  • There are a lot of options (between number of people and number of servings, etc.) to choose from so it can be a little overwhelming

Delivery area:

  • Anywhere in Alberta
  • Delivery in Calgary is free

Cost:

  • One-month trial pack: $10.99/portion (ex. One servicing = four portions for four weeks = $175.84)
  • Meal plans start at $43.96
  • Flexible option: $12.99/portion

Fresh Prep

Photo via freshprep

Photo via freshprep.ca

This Vancouver based meal kit delivery service was established in 2014 and promotes its meals as easy to cook in 30 minutes or less. This is perfect after a long day, you won’t have to spend much time in the kitchen preparing your meals.

Features:

  • They offer two plans to choose from (custom plans are also available)
    • Two person plan (choose one, two or three meals per week)
    • Four person plan (choose one or two meals per week)
  • There’s a subscription but you can skip a week or cancel at anytime
  • Unlike other options, they have a brick and mortar store located in Vancouver so you can also pick up your order if you choose to
  • Cold-pressed juices are made everyday on their premises. Their website says that each bottle of juice contains four pounds of produce!
  • They also offer a selection of desserts (macaroons, squares and loafs)

Considerations:

  • Only orders over $30 qualify for free delivery
  • If you have a serious food allergy this might not be the best option since all of their meals are packaged at the same location and may come in contact with nuts or gluten

Delivery area:

  • Within the city of Vancouver

Cost:

  • Two person plan starts at $22 for one meal/week
  • Four person plan starts at $38 for one meal/week

Fresh City Farms

Photo via freshcity

Photo via freshcityfarms.com

For those of you who prefer organic options, this company is for you. Based in Toronto, their locally sourced options will cater to those who strive to support local farmers. They also have their own farm located at Downsview Park.

Features:

  • There are 18 “bags” to choose from and they can all be customized
  • In addition to meal kits (you can choose from five recipes each week), they also deliver organic meals and groceries
  • They can deliver to you or you can pick up your delivery at one of their “pick-up hubs”
  • They cater to various dietary needs (ex. vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free)
  • They have a DIY option that allows you to create your own bag
  • You can choose the frequency of your deliveries (weekly or bi-weekly)
  • There’s no commitment, you can cancel at any time
  • They also provide lunch and drink options for order

Consideration:

  • There’s a large selection of meal kits to choose from so unless you know exactly what you want, it can be overwhelming

Delivery area:

  • Across the G.T.A. (specifically Toronto, North York, Scarborough, Etobicoke, Mississauga, Oakville and parts of Markham and Vaughan)

Cost:

  • Vegan and vegetarian bags start at $8.25/portion (covers two meals for two people)
  • Variations of the meat, fish and vegetable options start at $10.50 (up to five meals for up to four people)

Food Trip To…

Photo via foodnetwork.ca

Photo via foodnetwork.ca

This is an exciting one because they offer a food theme, from a particular country, every two months. If you’re looking for a little adventure and like to try new foods (calling all foodies!), this option is for you. This concept is a little different in that you have to pick up the ingredients yourself but it’s well worth the effort.

Features:

  • Boxes come packed full with six products and four recipes that will feed up to six people
  • Boxes go one step further and provide cultural facts about the country you’re “visiting” so you can wow your friends with your smarts, a playlist of music typical of the country and a special surprise. You can fully immerse yourself in a new culture throughout the year
  • They offer two plans:
    • Around the world (visit a new country every two months)
    • Multi-destinations
  • There’s a subscription but you can skip a week or cancel at anytime

Considerations:

  • This is a fantastic option for folks who appreciate cultural diversity but they unfortunately don’t deliver outside of North America
  • They’re working on providing customers with the option of ordering boxes from previous months (in case you sign up after a certain country has been visited, you’ll soon have the option to go back and try it)

Delivery area:

  • This company is based on Montreal, QC but will deliver anywhere in North America (Canada and the U.S.). Free delivery available in Quebec

Cost:

  • Around the world: $37.90/box
  • Multi-destinations: $109.90/box

Dinnerlicious

Photo via dinnerlicious.com

Photo via dinnerlicious.com

This company plans three meals per week and delivers the options to you ready to prepare and enjoy. Deliveries are currently closed but will start up again on Monday, August 22.

Features:

  • There are three delivery options to choose from: One time, Weekly or Bi-weekly
  • You can choose your order size:
    • Small orders feed two – three people
    • Large orders feed four to six people
  • They cater to some dietary restrictions (ex. gluten-free and vegetarian) and they substitute beef and pork with chicken
  • Dinnerlicious will provide the main ingredients while you’ll have to provide the spices, sauces, condiments and basic panty & fridge items
  • They’re licensed for food prep and delivery

Consideration:

  • You’ll receive portions for three meals per week, they don’t allow for more or less. However, choosing the order size might help reduce or increase your order based on how much or how little you want in a given week

Delivery area:

  • Hamilton, Binbrook, Dundas, Ancaster, Burlington and Oakville

Cost:

  • Small orders: $56/week
  • Large orders: $95/week

Based on these selections there are clearly options out there to skip the grocery store and find inspiration online. These weekly deliveries make life a little less complicated. Please share if you’ve found any other options that have worked well for you!

Bon appetit!

2 Comments

  1. Dominique (Mississauga)

    May 16, 2017 at 10:46 am

    Thanks for that exhaustive list. Have you tried any? Did it work for your family
    ?

    • Milveen

      May 16, 2017 at 11:05 am

      Thanks for your question Dominique. About a month ago I subscribed to the GoodFood meal kit service. I actually wrote a post about my experience: My Experience With The GoodFood Meal Kit Delivery Service Check it out.

      My family and I are loving it so far. The meals only take about 30 mins to prepare and they taste great. I can’t say enough good things about how much time and effort its saved in the kitchen, especially on weeknights. If you decide to try one of these services, let me know how it goes!

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