The Best Meal Delivery Services for Busy LA Families

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With kids back to school, the to-do list is getting longer by the day so let’s take somethings off the list and delegate one of the most time-consuming, thankless jobs parents have—feeding the family. Whatever your dietary requirement, we’ve got a meal delivery service for you. From organic, ready-to-eat snacks and lunches to cook-at-home ingredients the whole family can enjoy, check out the best meal delivery service for families in Los Angeles.

Prepared Snacks & Meal Delivery

Feel Sunnie

We all know the allure of a Lunchable is hard to resist but thanks to Feel Sunnie, you can provide your kids with freshly made, 100% organic, plant-based lunches and snacks you can truly feel good about (and your kids can still go gaga over the DIY aspect). Between their DIY taco box to DIY pizza, kid's will not be returning their lunch boxes full. Add on snacks and smoothies to your order and you can stick a fork in the week's lunch meal plan cause it is done. Our kids loved the granola and blueberry snack and don't be surprised if you find yourself keeping some of the snack boxes for yourself—the hummus and crackers are just the thing to keep your own afternoon hangries at bay. 

Good to Know: The packaging is recyclable and they are helping to fight hunger in the Los Angeles area—check out how you can help by donating a Sunnie box (or two) to underserved communities. 

Cost: Lunch packs are $6.99, snacks are $4.99, smoothies are $2.50; check out their bundle packaging for additional savings.

Online: feelsunnie.com

Lunch Breaks 4 Kids

Does a prepared meal delivery (choose from 4 up to 12 meals per week) delivered to your door every Sun. sound like a dream? Then head over to Lunch Break 4 Kids who offers LA-based families healthy and seasonal fare that can be eaten hot or cold. Lunch options include Alfredo shells with broccoli, pizza roll-ups and Asian noodle bowls with vegetable dumplings. They also partner with local restaurants for special meals on the menu so keep an eye out for that ever-changing option.

Good to Know: They've partnered with No Kid Hungry—every $10 spent will feed a hungry child.

Cost: $39.96 for 4 lunches

Online: lunchbreak4kids.com

Prepared Meals Delivered to Your Door

Taylor Made Cuisine

Striving to eat healthy sometimes feels like another full-time job but thankfully Taylor Made Cuisine has made it easy for you and the whole family by delivering everything you need (from breakfast to dessert) for the week. Offering meal deliveries in Los Angeles and Orange County, these ready-to-eat meals are nutrient dense and properly portioned—no more guesswork. Are you and the family following a special meal plan? They've got it covered—from KETO to pescatarian and vegan, all the meals are full customizable to meet your needs. 

What We Love: If you want to eat healthy but don't have the time or energy to cook (raises hand), Taylor Made Cuisine is for you.

Cost: Family meal plans start at $112 per week but you can also order meals, snacks and desserts for yourself.

Online: taylormadecuisine.com

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Thistle

If you are looking to up your family's health quotient this year, then Thistle is the meal delivery service for you. They offer fully-prepared breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as juices, snacks, wellness shots and more. Every week there's a new menu that's gluten- and dairy-free. You can also choose from vegan and non-vegan options.

While the majority of the Thistle menu appeals to greens-loving adults, our kid tasters loved the 24 Carrot Gold muffin and the nourishing green juice. Bonus for busy parents: the most you'll need is a few minutes to warm up the meals or eat them room temp instead. 

Cost: Customizable packages start at $11.50 per serving

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Territory Foods

Territory Foods enlists the expertise of talented local chefs and informed nutritionists to bring their unique culinary skill to every dish. If you'd like a seasonal, restaurant-quality meal made fresh, delivered to your door, and ready to eat in under two minutes, then this is the way to go. 

Cost: $13.95 per standard-sized meal

Online: territoryfoods.com

Yumi

Once upon a time, a pregnant mom was disheartened with the lack of fresh, nutritious, and yummy baby meals that were readily available (without spending hours steaming and puréeing on a daily basis). Thus Yumi was born. A meal delivery service made just for babies, this service offers healthy, fresh-made baby food, making it ultra-convenient to feed your baby without the added sugars, preservatives and allergens found in store-bought options. Now they even have nutrient-rich snacks like pizza bites (11+ months), mixed berry fruit leathers and finger food options like cauliflower puffs for those who are ready to go beyond spoon feedings! 

Cost:  There are 3 membership plans, starting at $5 per day

Online: helloyumi.com

Nurture Life 

Nurture Life caters to babies, toddlers and older kids with menus customized to each age group. Choose from selections like chicken parmesan and broccoli, beef lasagna or mac & cheese with cauliflower sauce to really get little mouths watering. Order weekly meals for the kiddos to be delivered to your doorstep, all freshly made, pediatric-dietician approved and ready in under one minute. 

Cost: $7.99 per meal

Online: nurturelife.com/

DIY Meal Kits Delivered to Your Door

Green Chef

Eating organic, healthy meals at home is the name of the game with Green Chef. Choose from three plans: Keto + Paleo, Balanced Living and Plant-Powered. Set up your deliveries to come weekly or less frequently if you prefer. Menus change every week and you'll enjoy options like Beef Tenderloin with Brown Butter Carrots, Chicken con Queso, Mediterranean Salmon and French Onion Pork Chops.

Cost: Meal plans start at $11.49 per serving

Online: greenchef.com

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Purple Carrot

Purple Carrot brings you plant-forward meals that are good for you and good for the planet. You can choose meal kits or prepared meals! All meals are meat-free and you can add on breakfast, lunch and snack items to get you through the week. Skip or cancel any time. 

Cost: Meal kits start at $9.99 per serving while prepared meals start at $12.99 per serving

Online: purplecarrot.com

Veestro

How about a choice of over 50 meals that are 100% plant-based, organic, non-GMO, chef-prepared entrees? Then look no further than this healthy bunch (bonus: they deliver nationally, too). There are no animal products of any kind. Chick'n Nuggets with chipotle dipping sauce complete with veganaise will do the trick every time for your kiddos and no one will miss the meat. Veestro food is available a la carte and they also carry a surprisingly delicious weight-loss menu plan. As with most vegetarian cuisine, many of the meals have nuts in them so be careful with a nut allergy.

Cost: Meal plans start at $9.90 per serving 

Online: veestro.com

Gobble

Say goodbye to grocery shopping, meal planning and prep, and all that cleanup! Gobble shops, chops, peels and delivers gourmet meals using just one-pan, all under 15 minutes. Talk about fast (yet still good for you) food! 

Cost: Meal plans start at $11.99 per serving

Online: gobble.com

Blue Apron

Blue Apron has been part of the meal delivery game for a long time and their expertise shows. Choose the Signature for 4 if you want to feed the family. We love that the meals typically take 40 minutes or less and include kid-friendly ingredients like baked chicken and pasta while exposing kids to different flavors like curry and chile-lime. With super easy-to-follow recipes, you can definitely get the kids involved in the cooking process. 

Cost: Meal plans cost between $8.99 and $9.99 per serving

Online: blueapron.com

Freshly

This weekly subscription service delivers fresh—not frozen—chef-cooked meals that can be heated and served in three minutes. With a food philosophy centered on less sugar, fewer processed and more nutrients, the menu offers better-for-you versions of comfort foods with smart ingredient swaps. For example, Chicken Parm is coated in almond flour vs. bread crumbs and topped with marinara sauce sweetened with honey instead of refined sugars; Mac and Cheese is made with brown rice pasta and cheesy sauce blended with a purée of cauliflower and butternut squash; and Turkey Meatballs are packed with mushrooms and served over zoodles for a lower-carb alternative to pasta.

Cost: Meal plans start at $8.49 per serving

Online: freshly.com

Martha Stewart & Marley Spoon

This cook-at-home food delivery service partnered with Martha Stewart to help harried families discover their inner home-eco pro. The menu features 29 choices every week and the website tags meals as family-friendly, under-30 minutes, vegetarian & vegan and other categories. Favorites include: chicken fajita bowl, bacon-wrapped skillet meatloaf and lemon-brown butter salmon. The website provides big, colorful step-by-step photos for careless cooks and kids who want to help. 

Cost: Meals start at $7.16 per portion, plus $8.99 shipping

Online: marleyspoon.com

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Home Chef

Home Chef meal kits offer fresh, pre-portioned ingredients and easy-to-follow, family-friendly recipes, delivered weekly. With a variety of recipes that rotate on a weekly basis, most meals include a "Customize It" option to accommodate any dietary needs or preferences. For busy parents, there's the 15-minute meal kit, which includes dishes like Honey Garlic Chicken with Broccoli and Carrots. Or, opt for more sophisticated meals from the culinary collection like Steak and Garlic Thyme Butter with balsamic Brussels Sprouts and Parmesan Twists. 

Cost: Meals start at $6.99 per serving

Online: homechef.com 

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HelloFresh

HelloFresh aims to bring the fun of cooking back into people’s lives by doing all the planning, portioning and shopping for in-season, sustainably-sourced, healthy and flavorful ingredients. HelloFresh prides itself on its delicious recipes with quick cook times; all your chopping, zesting and sautéeing will take less than 30 minutes. Family-friendly meals include Tomato Tortellini Bake, Ginger Plum Chicken and Pork Chops with Apple Rosemary Pan Sauce. 

Cost: Meals start at $8.99 per serving

Online: hellofresh.com

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Dinnerly

If your goal is to get a wholesome, easy meal on the table for your family, then Dinnerly is the meal delivery option for you. It's also one of the less expensive options. They keep their pricing down by using digital recipe cards, fewer ingredients and simple packaging. The choices are totally kid-friendly with options like sweet and sour Swedish meatballs, turkey burgers and enchiladas. Each meal has only five prep steps and takes less than 30 minutes to get on the table, perfect for rushed weeknight dinners. Not interested in getting your box this week? No problem! You can skip any time. 

Cost: Meals start at $4.69/person

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One Potato

Feeling like a short-order cook come dinner time is never ideal, which is why One Potato believes that it’s possible to prepare one meal that will satisfy everyone at the dinner table. The idea behind this family-friendly company is to make it easy for parents to serve up healthy, organic meals that appeal to both grown-ups and kids (even the fussiest of eaters). The best part, however, is that the prepped food kits are built to encourage your little chefs to get involved in the dinner-making process. Another bonus: Each meal delivery comes with your own organic slice-and-bake cookie dough, guaranteed to delight your sweeties.

Cost: $12.95 per serving

Online: onepotato.com

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Sunfare

Over two decades ago, this company started out as a gourmet food delivery service to the stars, pioneering the way for modern-day meal-delivery services. Nowadays, Sunfare offers full-service food delivery that can be customized to any of their healthy meal plans. For families, there's the Family Dinners program, which offers a wide range of main entree choices, plus up to two sides. It's the perfect alternative to ordering in...again!

Cost: Family Dinners (for 3) is $52.95 per day, with an additional $2.99 per day delivery fee. 

Online: sunfare.com

 

—Jenifer Scott & Andie Huber

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