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Who has the best Prepared Meals? How many times have you come home after a long day and stared blankly at your refrigerator or pantry, trying to figure out what to eat? Or stopped at the drive-thru for fast food because the thought of coming up with something for dinner was just too much?

You're not alone. For people who'd like the convenience of fast food with the benefits of home cooking, Prepared Meals are the answer. For every imaginable palate and preference, there's a prepared meal service that can help. Several of today's most popular services send you high-quality, often organic ingredients - including fresh produce like shallots and herbs - saving you the hassle of planning your meals and going to the store.

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4.5 stars
Veestro

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Prices start at $99 for a package of 12 meals

Available a la carte options

Free shipping on orders over $199

What's the greatest food on earth? If you said "Plants!", Veestro is going to be your match made in heaven for Prepared Meals.

Over time, Veestro has come a long way with an excellent selection of 100% vegan Prepared Meals. Whether you're trying an all-plant lifestyle on for size or you're fully dedicated to eating vegan, Veestro has you covered. Take a look at some of the options they offer:

  • Starter Pack: 10 meals and 1 juice, starting at $8/meal
  • Meatless Monday: 24 meals designed to transition you into eating more plants, includes 24 meals, starting at $9/meal
  • 21 Day Kickstart: 3 packs to choose from, 1-3 meals per day, starting at $8/ meal
  • Lunchbox Pack: 20 meals and 5 juices, all designed to be easy to heat (if necessary) and eat, with gluten-free options available, starting at $9/meal
  • Protein Pack: 25 high-protein meals, starting at $9/meal
  • Gluten-Free: 24 meals with a variety of breakfasts, lunches and dinners, starting at $9/meal
  • Wedding Prep: lunch and dinner for 30 days, starting at $9/meal
  • Kosher Pack: 28 kosher meals, with gluten-free choices available, starting at $9/meal

Trying to lose weight? Veestro does that too, with options for 3-, 5- and 7-day packages. You'll get about 1,200 calories each day, with prices from $209-$369 each week. Gluten-free packages are also available.

Veestro also offers a Juice Cleanse package, with 100% organic vegetable and fruit juices. Before you decide to order their 3- or 5-day option, it is recommended that you read through their Juice Cleanse Success Plan to make sure that it's a good fit for you and your nutritional goals.

If you're not sure you want to commit to a full package of Prepared Meals, Veestro has a fantastic array of a la carte options. Sort through all of the possibilities by browsing the categories: Breakfast, Soups, Entrees, Desserts, Juice, and What's New - or simply browse All Products to see what catches your eye (and your appetite).

No one will ever tell you that it's cheap to go vegan, but Veestro wants it to be as economical as possible for you to make the leap. They offer a rewards program on every order; earn points that you can use to get discounts on future deliveries. You'll get additional points for referrals and on your birthday, too. And, when you sign up for Veestro's newsletter by providing your email address, you may get a 10% discount on any a la carte Prepared Meals in your next order.

Unfortunately, the cost of delivering your food many not be as affordable, unless you live in California (where all orders under $198 ship for a flat rate of $12). If you live somewhere else, you may want to think large for your order: shipping is free for orders over $199, $19 if your order is $99 to $198, and a hefty $35 if it's less than $99. Veestro's Prepared Meals are usually delivered on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday, based on your delivery address.

Veestro's customers are a happy, helpful bunch. Click on any of the available menu options and you'll find not just reviews but also suggestions for modifying recipes to add flavor or make them more filling. We were impressed with the number of entrees that earned 5 stars from customers; two of the most popular are the Chick'N Nuggets and the Breakfast Burrito, if you're looking for a likely winner to start with.

Aside from the spendy delivery fees on smaller orders, there's only one obvious drawback to getting Prepared Meals from Veestro: their menu is strictly limited to vegan recipes. We're big fans of services that meet the needs of customers who often aren't able to buy meals elsewhere - like peanut-free prep facilities for people with nut allergies or diabetic-friendly entrees for those who are managing that condition - especially when those companies create meals that actually taste good too. But, only offering 100% plant-based meals doesn't make them a likely choice for individuals and families who are picky eaters or who want eggs, dairy, or even meat in their meals.

However, if you are vegan - or giving it a try - Veestro is probably the only provider of Prepared Meals that is guaranteed to fit the bill.

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4 stars
Home Chef

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Cost:

Prices start at $7.99 per serving

Free shipping on orders over $45

Home Chef has one of the longest histories among businesses that provide customers with regular deliveries of fresh ingredients and simple-to-prepare recipes. They deliver over 10 million meals a year, definitely establishing Home Chef as a recognized service in the Prepared Meals marketplace - and with their growing relationship with the Kroger brand of families, you're likely to see even more of this company in the future.

Every delivery comes with fresh, already-portioned ingredients to be used in recipes that are ready for the table in 30 minutes or less. Feel free to browse their available entrees before signing up for the service; you'll find Creamy Parmesan Steak Penne, Wood-Fired BBQ Chicken Pizza, and Korean Fried Chicken among the customer favorites. You will have to enter your email address in order to see your specific choices for Prepared Meals packages.

As you begin that process, keep an eye out for pop-ups; we got an offer of a $30 discount on our first order if we gave them our email address, so you may get a similar promotion. Later, while we were getting our account set up, there was another "flash sale" discount of $10 on a future order.

To get started, you'll need to select how many Prepared Meals you'd like to cook each week, from 3-6. Home Chef is one of the only services that has options for larger families: each of your meals can serve 2, 4, or 6 people, depending on what you choose. Another convenient feature of Home Chef's Prepared Meals is that you can plan your selections as far as five weeks in advance, allowing you to sit down and figure out more than a month's meals in a short time.

Another part of customizing your Prepared Meals is choosing your menu style. Do you like to eat meat? Vegetables? Seafood? You can select any or all of them to be included in the entrees you receive. You'll also be able to specify if you're looking for low-carb or low-calorie options, or if you want certain ingredients to be avoided (like milk, soy, red meat, mushrooms, shellfish, wheat, or pork).

Finally, enter the address where you want your Prepared Meals to be delivered and select the day you prefer. Make sure not to miss that step, because it defaults to Tuesday if you don't choose another day of the week. In our area, available delivery days were Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday.

In the past, Home Chef was criticized for not making their cancellation and refund policies abundantly clear - but comparing those policies with their competitors', Home Chef's are very similar. Weekly deliveries can be cancelled or paused anytime, with no long-term contracts. If you're not completely satisfied with their Prepared Meals, you can request a refund or credit. Be aware that if only part of your delivery had a problem - like a bruised apple or wilted basil - Home Chef may issue a replacement or a credit only for that part of your shipment, not for the entire package.

It seems that the Better Business Bureau also thinks that Home Chef is doing a good job in responding to customer complaints: at the time of this review, the BBB still rated Home Chef as an "A+". Looking at customer reviews presents a more mixed picture. Several of the more recent comments mentioned issues with the new delivery service chosen by Home Chef; packages were delivered late or to an incorrect address multiple times. Other customers had problems pausing or canceling the service, still receiving shipments even after submitting the request to put it on hold. Even customers who report being very satisfied with Home Chef sometimes mentioned missing ingredients - even essential ones like fish or chicken, and not just smaller components like cinnamon or garlic salt.

Home Chef continues to be a solid option if you like cooking but want the convenience of having ingredients and recipes delivered to your home. They're especially likely to be your Prepared Meals company of choice if you have a big family and don't want to order two packages just to feed everyone at your table. But, we recommend that you inspect every delivery carefully to make sure that all of your ingredients came in the box, and that you get in touch with Home Chef representatives right away if anything comes up short.

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If you have a loved one that needs to start eating a special diet for diabetes or other medical issues, you can choose a prepared meals company that offers ready-to-reheat meals packaged similarly to a TV dinner and that have been carefully created by nutritionists specifically for that condition.

On the other hand, maybe you've been tasked with bringing a mind-blowing main course to an important company function, but your skills in the kitchen are limited to boiling water and burning toast. No problem: just choose a Prepared Meals service that focuses on gourmet-level, special occasion entrees like chicken cordon bleu or even surf-and-turf.

When deciding which company is a good fit for your delivery of Prepared Meals, you'll soon notice that there's a wide variety to choose from. How do you select the one that's best for you? Here are some things to consider as you look at each service:

  • Menu. What does the provider offer? Can you choose from many different plans, like Vegetarian or Mediterranean? If you're trying to meet a special dietary need, like gluten-free or keto-friendly, will there be options for you? Does the type of Prepared Meals they send - reheat-and-eat vs. some cooking required - work for your situation?
  • Price. What will it cost to get your Prepared Meals? Can you choose to buy specific entrees a la carte, or do you have to buy a package?
  • Amount of Food. If you have a large family, is there a plan that will satisfy everyone? Are the serving sizes enough to fill you up?
  • Customer Service and Reputation. What have other people said about the experience of buying Prepared Meals from this business? Are packages delivered on time, with ingredients that are still fresh and properly refrigerated? If not, does the company's customer service department respond appropriately with a refund or credit?

TopConsumerReviews.com has reviewed and ranked the best Prepared Meals Delivery Companies available today. We hope these reviews help you find the right company to deliver the kind of meals you want, directly to your doorstep!

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