While preparing a keto meal can be an enjoyable, meditative event, sometimes it’s the right time to let others do the cooking, especially if you’re working all day, raising young kids, in a culinary rut, or struggling to stay on a macros-minding track.
Fortunately, meal delivery services now have wonderful options for the ketogenic community.
More and more companies are offering fantastic, reasonably priced reasons to set aside your apron and pull up a chair to a delicious readymade keto meal or one that’s easily prepared from pre-prepped ingredients.
But which keto meal delivery services are worth the money and the macros? And of those, which is right for you? We tasted our way through the latest options that deliver nationally to bring you the keto mail order meals worth sinking your teeth into.
Aptly named, Green Chef delivers premeasured, super-fresh, Certified Organic ingredients, and instructions that allow you to quickly and easily cook up shockingly delicious, generously portioned meals for two. Their keto meal plans offer all the convenience and flavor of upscale meal kits with far fewer carbs. Their keto meals are also gluten-free.
What’s on the menu? How about beef fajita lettuce wraps? They’re straight-up gourmet thanks to the included Cuban spice blend and dairy-free aji verde sauce. Though the phenomenal dish tops out at 830 calories and 9 grams net carbs per serving, we found we didn’t need to use all the sauce in one go (Hooray for leftovers!), so we definitely consumed less of the macros.
Some of Green Chef’s keto dishes have higher net carb counts, such as the Kale Salad with Pork (870 calories and 16 grams net carbs per serving). However, the portion is generous enough that you can divide the meal into smaller portions (More for later!) or skip the included bountiful diced beets, which account for much of the carb calories.
Accompanying each kit is a recipe card with info on cooking time (less than 30 minutes), calories per serving, net carbs per serving, and noted allergens, making it easy to know what you’re getting. Trust us, it’s good.
- Amount/delivery frequency: Weekly with 3 recipes per week / 2 servings per recipe
- Storage: refrigerator
- Cost: $7.66-$12.99 per serving
- Highlights: Fresh, organic ingredients delivered prepped and ready to be combined and cooked into a gourmet meal, following simple directions
- Contact: GreenChef.com
If you’re excited for a completely no-fuss keto dining experience, Factor 75 is for you.
Factor 75 meals are packaged in single-serving recyclable plastic containers with a clear plastic cover that lets you see what’s inside. Sleek black and white branded sheaths cover the food and are easily slipped off to peek at what’s in store. Flip to the back of the sheath and you’ll learn the name of the meal, what’s in it, heating instructions (via microwave or oven), and macros. Nothing much to do other than heat and eat!
Meals stack nicely in the fridge, where they should be stored if you’re eating them within a week of receipt. Another option is to freeze them for future enjoyment.
Ease isn’t the only reason to order from Factor 75. Quality is another. The company focuses on organic produce and grass-fed meats that are free of hormones, GMOs, and antibiotics.
Most importantly, the meals are tasty! Examples include Tuscan Tomato Chicken, featuring a pre-cooked antibiotic-free chicken breast, a bed of kale accompanied by a Tuscan cream sauce, and a side of parmesan-butter cauliflower. It’s a total of 660 calories with a net carb count of 18. Yes, this is higher than those following a super-strict keto diet may want, but here too, meals are somewhat hearty, allowing you to eat smaller portions if desired.
- Delivery frequency: Weekly, four to 18 meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner for 6 days)
- Storage: refrigerator or freezer
- Cost: meal plans (ranging from 4 to 18 meals per week) range from $11 to $15 per meal
- Highlights: Quality ingredients, great flavor
- Contact: Factor75.com
Clean Eatz Kitchen
Clean Eatz describes their offerings as the “grab ‘n’ go meal” with “real ingredients and real results.” They’re not wrong. Their meals come in a microwavable container. Slide the colorful sheath loaded with all the meal information off, peel back the container film, and microwave for a few minutes to get a totally edible, totally keto meal.
From the Clean Eatz Kitchen website, you can choose from a selection of keto offerings, such as tasty Keto Garlic Parmesan Chicken, which comes with a good helping of bite-size chicken breast in an ultra-creamy, garlicky, cheesy sauce and a hearty pile of asparagus cut into bite-size pieces. Total calories come in for the meal at 358, including 26 grams of fat, 32 grams of protein, and 5 grams of total carbs.
Keto Prime Rib with Horseradish sauce and Cream Spinach was a bit trickier to heat since the paper-thin strips of beef were ready before the mound of frozen cream spinach, but a little stirring helped along the way. This meal came in at 434 calories, 34 grams of fat, 24 grams of protein and 8 total carbs. (It’s worth noting that this one contained a bit of wheat, which seems to come from the splash of beer included in the prime rib recipe.) While not quite as tasty as Factor 75 meals, these were still totally enjoyable and are recommended, especially since you can freeze them.
Ordering is convenient, too: select five (or more) meals from a pulldown menu and the food shows up a few days later at a shockingly low price, including free shipping.
- Delivery frequency: 5 meals (or more) at a time
- Storage: refrigerator or freezer
- Cost: $39.95 for 5 meals (or about $8 a meal), including shipping
- Highlights: Order on demand. Order as many as you want (in increments of 5), and they keep in the freezer.
- Contact: Clean Eatz
We’re always looking for more great delivered keto meals. Know of some we should check out? Let us know!