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Prepared Meals

  1. Bistro MD
  2. Home Chef
  3. Personal Chef To Go
  4. Plated
  5. Veestro
  6. Freshly
  7. Diet To Go
  8. Hello Fresh
  9. Sunbasket
  10. Harry & David
  11. Blue Apron
  12. Gourmet Station
  13. Magic Kitchen

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Best Prepared Meals

Has life become too hectic for you to adequately prepare a home cooked meal? Maybe you're looking to lose weight, or you just don't enjoy cooking? Well then - prepared meals might be the answer you're looking for.

Prepared meals bring the convenience of a well cooked, tasty meal straight to your door. You simply order your favorite dishes, and within a few days the meals you selected appear for your dining pleasure. You can heat the food via microwave, stovetop, or oven as needed - and when you decide you're ready to eat.

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Prepared Meal Reviews

5 stars
Home Bistro

HOME Best-In-Class Blue Ribbon Award

Home Bistro has a large selection of meals, including dietary and health-conscious meals. In addition to individual meals, you can choose from a set of meal plans that group together a variety of tasty dishes. Most meals can be heated up within ten minutes and the quality is top-notch. Read More... Visit

4.5 stars
Bistro MD


Bistro MD is designed by a doctor and features delicious gourmet food with an average of 1,200 calories per day. Meal plans are available for 5 or 7 days and include all meals with the option to add snacks.
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4.5 stars
Home Chef


Home Chef offers a high quality, reasonably priced product in the meal delivery market. With multiple recipe options to please any palate or satisfy any dietary need Home Chef delivers fresh ingredients to the consumer. Unlike most of the other prepared meal companies, Home Chef sends the ingredients for great meals. Your only job is to cook the tasty food in your home. Read More... Visit

4.5 stars
Personal Chef To Go


Personal Chef To Go offers unique meal options for those that appreciate fresh, delicious food. Unlike many of their competitors, this company never freezes their food. The menu is diverse but preselected and rotates approximately every 9 weeks. Meal options are available for singles, families, and couples that include healthy selections using high quality ingredients.
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4 stars


Weekly deliveries of pre-portioned ingredients, together with chef-designed recipes? If it sounds too good to be true, it's not. With Plated, you simply set up an online taste profile, receive quality ingredients, and follow a chef's recipes to cook extremely tasty food. A good selection of recipes each week, high quality ingredients, and ease of use means Plated is a meal delivery service worth considering. Read More... Visit

4 stars


What Veestro does, it does extremely well: namely, deliciously-flavored vegan meals, flash-frozen and delivered to your doorstep. Of course, if you're looking for a hearty burger or chicken parmesan, you won't find it with Veestro. But, if you're looking for help getting into a vegan lifestyle or just need someone else to do the hard work while you eat the good stuff, Veestro should be at the top of your list for prepared meals. Read More... Visit

4 stars


Freshly provides all-fresh meals that can be reheated in 3 minutes or less. All of their food is gluten- and peanut-free, making it an excellent choice for people with those food sensitivities. Although their meals tend to be slightly more expensive than their competitors', the flexibility of their delivery options and meal choices may make it worth the extra money for some customers. Read More... Visit

4 stars
Diet To Go


Diet To Go's prepared meals are designed to help customers shed extra pounds. There are 3 menus available to accommodate your health needs. If you live near a Diet to Go kitchen, free samples are available prior to purchasing. Read More... Visit

3.5 stars
Hello Fresh


Hello Fresh is a home food delivery service that focuses on delivering pre-measured, farm fresh, healthy food to your door on a weekly basis. The food is not precooked, but rather comes with detailed recipes and cooking instructions so that nutritious meals are easily prepared by anyone. While Hello Fresh is a great choice for anyone who enjoys cooking but doesn't have the time for weekly food shopping, the selection is a bit limited with this company. Read More... Visit

3.5 stars


SunBasket delivers weekly menus to your door that are healthy, organic, and delicious. The fresh ingredients and instructions will arrive in an insulated box and require assembly and cooking. SunBaskets offers a variety of options that cater to paleo, lean & clean, gluten-free, vegetarian, and general diets. Prices are within the range of most dine-out family restaurant menu items. If you don't like a meal, there is a money-back guarantee.
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3.5 stars
Harry & David


Harry & David is well known for gourmet-quality food and other gifts, and their Prepared Meals are an excellent choice for people who want a special occasion meal, appetizer or dessert. However, for those looking for everyday fare, Harry & David may not be the best fit.
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3.5 stars
Blue Apron


Blue Apron brings sustainable, farm-sourced produce and other ingredients to your doorstep for home preparation. If you're in a hurry or want pre-cooked meals, they may not be the best choice. However, if you're looking for fresh ingredients and creative recipes that will expand your repertoire in the kitchen, Blue Apron is a good choice.
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3.5 stars
Gourmet Station


Gourmet Station features some of the best cuisine featured in our reviews. There are international options such as Parisian and Tuscan. However, Gourmet Station is not the most convenient for every day meals.
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3 stars
Magic Kitchen


Magic Kitchen offers a full menu of meals to fit a variety of lifestyles. Meals are primarily targeted for senior citizens as preparations are easy - prepare and eat the meals in the dish they come in and senior citizen discounts are available. Unfortunately there is not a large selection of individual meals.
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As you can imagine, however, not all prepared meals companies are the same. Some companies serve tastier and better quality meals than others. Some provide diet-controlled meals for those customers who have special dietary needs. And of course, the cost for prepared meals varies across the board.

Before you search the internet looking for prepared meals that suit your needs, be sure to include these important aspects in your decision:

  • Variety and taste.  Are you going to find meals that you actually enjoy.
  • Cost.  How much will one or several meals cost as compared to competitors?
  • Return policy.  If you aren't satisfied with the meal delivery will you get your money back? has reviewed and ranked the best prepared meal providers available today. We hope these reviews help you find the home-delivered meals that you're looking for!

Gourmet prepared meal delivery: The modern TV dinner

If you come home from a long day at work and want to squeeze in a quick trip to the gym before bed, cooking a fresh and healthy meal may seem like a stretch. That's where meal prep companies come in. According to the chefs behind this growing trend, it ...

Published:  Wed, 07 Feb 2018 06:06:00 GMT

This man recreated all the meals in Lord of the Rings for a movie marathon to honour his late father

So at 6am, @Glitter_brawl & I are going to start a back to back marathon of the 3 LOTR films (long versions), and I've prepared a 14 course 'meal' to reflect what gets eaten on screen. Dad died a year ago, and this seemed by far the most reasonable way to ...

Published:  Mon, 19 Feb 2018 12:04:00 GMT

Sweetheart tarts: Express love with a home-cooked meal

You can be reassured that lovingly prepared food always charms the socks off folks. Which is always a great start on Valentine's Day! Jan Roberts-Dominguez is a Corvallis food writer, artist and author of "Oregon Hazelnut Country, the Food, the Drink, ...

Published:  Wed, 14 Feb 2018 05:16:00 GMT

How to cut calories (and save money too) on prepared foods

Financial editor Jean Chatzky reveals how much money you're saving by making these meals yourself.

Published:  Wed, 07 Feb 2018 05:45:34 GMT

Nestle and Tesco "˜best prepared' for alternative protein shift

Swiss food group Nestle and UK retailer Tesco have been named the "best prepared" companies as the food sector continues to witness a shift to alternative proteins. A new report, Plant Based Profits, produced by a US$2.4trn coalition of investors has ...

Published:  Wed, 14 Feb 2018 06:48:00 GMT

Trump Has a New Plan to Save Money on Food Stamps

Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney called the suggestion similar to the Blue Apron business, which sends prepared food and recipes to people's doorsteps, adding that the government would be able to save billions of dollars on the ...

Published:  Tue, 13 Feb 2018 00:00:00 GMT

Legal questions derail senior meals proposal

The counties are working on a deal to have meals for senior citizens in Queensbury and Glens Falls prepared in the Washington County Jail kitchen instead of the kitchen at the Cedars Senior Living Community in Queensbury. Warren County hopes to save $ ...

Published:  Fri, 16 Feb 2018 12:07:00 GMT

Tyson sees first quarter growth thanks to prepared foods

We drove solid results in each of our segments - beef, pork, chicken and prepared foods. We grew topline sales, with our retail and food service sales both outpacing the industry." Looking ahead, Hayes added: "As we look to the long-term ...

Published:  Tue, 13 Feb 2018 06:16:00 GMT

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