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10 Low Carb Meal Delivery Services Reviewed

Before I was strictly keto, I used to LOVE Plated, a service that delivers ingredients to your house in perfect portions so that you can make a pre-determined set of meals.

In fact, even after keto, I used it for a while, but often ended up getting half meals because I couldn’t eat the potatoes or rice, or I’d end up subbing in my own ingredients, which just ended up in a costly double shopping trip.

So now I’m looking for a real low carb meal delivery service, or even a good paleo one, for the weeks where life is crazy (almost every week) and when I just want someone to say “shut up and cook this” (basically every day lately). I guess it’s not really a “meal” delivery service so much a dinner kit delivery service. I still want to make the meals, I don’t want them wrapped in plastic or anything.

I haven’t used Plated in a while, but I do check up on them once in a while to see if they’ve started offering low-carb options. They definitely do once in a while, but not in the quantity I’d like, and not consistently enough for me to keep a weekly subscription.

So I regularly lurk the interwebs looking for other solutions that might be a little more low-carb friendly. Some deem themselves as Paleo friendly, but then they’re stuffing you with quinoa and pineapple, and that’s no good either. I’d even be happy with one that regularly has meat and salad, or meat and zoodles, or meat and cauliflower mash. I know it’d get repetitive, but I could get into it.

So just in case you’ve been looking around like me (or even better, have found something that works for you and can comment to let me know!) I decided to review the menus of some of the popular sites, and come up with my top three low carb meal delivery services.

Plated – $12 per person/meal

When I say I love Plated, I mean I REALLY love Plated. All of the recipes I’ve tried have been creative and delicious, and unlike others, their produce is almost always very fresh. In some other boxes I’ve legit had to toss half the ingredients because they were rotten. Gross. Not the case with Plated.

When looking at this week’s menu (which has seven dishes to choose from), I could find only one low-carb item on the menu: Greek Beeftekia with Feta and Kalamata Olives. This lack of options is what I’ve experienced regularly, which is why I’m not a subscriber anymore.

Another negative of Plated (at least when it comes to eating low carb) is that now that they’re super popular, they “sell out” of certain dishes. So even if I decided to opt into Plated for the one meal a week that is low-carb friendly, it might be sold out. And back I am at the grocery store, defeating the purpose. So I love Plated, but it’s not low-carb or Paleo-friendly. They also only list calories, not carbs as their nutrition facts, and some of the below options list the complete card of facts.

10 Low Carb Meal Delivery Services Reviewed

HelloFresh – $10.75 per person/meal

HelloFresh is another box I’ve tried and although I liked it, I did run into a few rotten ingredients, and the recipes weren’t as straight-forward as Plated’s were. I also think Plated has better packaging and insulation. The meals were all good though.

What I don’t love about HelloFresh is meal selection. You get two choices: the classic box, or the veggie box. Since we can’t have soy and we need protein, our option is the classic box. It’s $69 for three meals (per week). Unfortunately none of the options this week were low carb. In the following week, they had zucchini noodle lasagna, but even that recipe had 40 carbs. Ouch. That’s two days of carbs, no thank you.

But what I love is that they offer a full-fledged nutrition fact card which is important to us low-carbers when making decisions about our meals.

10 Low Carb Meal Delivery Services Reviewed
HomeChef – $9.95 per person/meal

HomeChef is the first real low-carb friendly meal delivery service I could find, but at the time of this writing, unfortunately I couldn’t find a single zip code that it delivered to (tried Boston, San Francisco, Providence), other than New York City.

Basically you go in, and select your food preferences, and not only is Paleo an option, but there’s a further option to suggest low-carb dishes. When I ran through the tool, I ended up with three almost perfectly keto dishes I could order.

Unlike HelloFresh, it doesn’t display nutrition facts on the site, but it does on the recipe cards, which  you can download from the site. And three almost perfect keto dishes is better than 0 keto dishes. When I looked at next week’s menu, I found three more that appeared to be keto friendly. And the week following there were two. 

10 Low Carb Meal Delivery Services Reviewed
Gobble – $13.95 per person/meal

Gobble is still limited delivery like most of the new dinner kit startups, but I had high hopes for this one. They’re marketed as 10-minute dinner kits which sounded amazing because all the ones above tend to take thirty minutes to an hour (or more.) And I love to cook, but the 10-minute meals sounded intriguing! Unfortunately, no low-carb options were available while I was reviewing. Just the regular filler sides: pasta, rice and potato.

10 Low Carb Meal Delivery Services Reviewed

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Blue Apron – $9.99 per person/meal

Blue Apron used to be a bit of a dictatorship. If you wanted one of their boxes, you’ll be forced into one chicken, one beef, and one fish dish every week. That’s why I never tried them. Well balanced, but dude, I’m not the fish-type. Now you can say you don’t want fish, but they’ll give you a vegetarian dish instead. I looked through four weeks of meals and couldn’t find a single low-carb dish. On to the next one.

10 Low Carb Meal Delivery Services Reviewed

Marley Spoon – $8.90 per person/meal

Marley Spoon is another fresh startup in the dinner kit world. And gosh their items sure do look tasty, but again, nothing low-carb friendly. They did have some grilled lamb chops and green beans which looked amazing, but we all know how big lamb chops are, and the main side was a giant corn of cob. If I got a giant corn of cob I don’t think I’d be able to stop myself from lathering it in butter and chowing down. In the following week, they did have a skirt steak romaine salad, but that’s not really something most people need a recipe card for, or to pay $8.90 per person for.

10 Low Carb Meal Delivery Services Reviewed

Peach Dish – $25 per two dishes ($12.50pp)

Peach Dish had a few options. The chicken breast, walnut, and snow pea salad recipe includes sugar, but I’d have just omitted it. The chicken fundita looked pretty good, and low carb. What I LOVE is that they do breakfast too, so you could order ingredients for a sweet pepper frittata too, or add a couple breasts of chicken or steak to your order if you want to make a bigger meal (or just so you can skip grocery shopping – yay!) In my opinion, if they keep it up with the low carb options, these perks would make it a win for me. Unfortunately I looked into future weeks and didn’t have the same success. I also didn’t find the ordering process to be very user-friendly. Sigh.

10 Low Carb Meal Delivery Services Reviewed

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Munchery – $9.95 – $13.95 per person/meal

Munchery is only available in New York, San Francisco and Seattle, but the first thing that caught my eye was the whole-roasted lemon and herb chicken. Of all the meal / ingredient delivery services, this was a first. They’re like eff the sides, we’re gonna give you a whole fricking chicken and that’s it. And you’re gonna love it.

But dammit, this was the only low carb dish I found. HOWEVER I appreciate that they offer nutrition facts.

10 Low Carb Meal Delivery Services Reviewed

Chef’d – $28 – $39 per meal ($14 – $19.50pp)

Chef’d calls themselves a “meal store,” and there are TONS of keto-friendly meals you can order (well, it’s just the ingredients, you cook at home). Some of my favorites were the chicken with tarragon, 40 cloves of garlic chicken, chicken en papilotte and chicken w/ goat cheese. So what’s the catch? The meals are $28-$40 for two, and you still have to make them. The recipes are made by famous chefs like Scott Conant and publications like Women’s Health and Men’s Health, but it’s eons more expensive than the other services. But you have a better selection. And nutrition facts are available. 

10 Low Carb Meal Delivery Services Reviewed

Green Chef – $14.99 per person/meal for Paleo

When I first looked at Green Chef, I was like, oh here we go again with the rice and and the pasta… but then I scrolled down further and saw they have Paleo meals, three per week. And not full of quinoa, either! Also, they’re a certified organic, sustainably sourced, and your chicken has a first name kind of place. 

In this week I looked at, they had tuna steak au poivre, stuffed poblano peppers with guacamole, and chicken ratatouille.  And they offer nutrition facts, which when split in half, had about 10 net carbs per serving. Then I saw this chicken cacciatore (pastaless) and I was like WHAT? SIGN ME UP.

So I signed up, and got hit with the ever so familiar “Shucks! We don’t deliver to your area just yet…” message. :::cries::: They’re based in Boulder, so if you’re at least in Colorado I’m guessing you’re in luck! (Update: they’ve expanded their delivery areas!)

10 Low Carb Meal Delivery Services Reviewed

After a grueling afternoon of research, resulting in all of my top favorites not delivering to me, you’re probably wondering which ones I’d recommend, right? Regardless of location, here are my top picks:

  • Green Chef – In my book, this seems like the best. They have a paleo menu, nutrition facts, and their ingredients are organic and good for you. If they delivered, I would have signed up today.
  • Home Chef – From what I can tell, another solid choice with good variety of items week to week that a keto person would be able to eat and cook. Nutrition facts are also available on the recipe cards.
  • Chef’d – Even though it’s the most expensive of the bunch, you can’t beat the variety, and it lists nutrition facts.

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