6 Delish Local Meal Delivery Services Making Nutritious Eating Easier

Jul 04, 2021 12:22PM

Guides Here’s where you can turn the next time you need a break from the kitchen. Get wellness tips, workout trends, healthy eating, and more delivered right to your inbox with our Be Well newsletter. Meal delivery services likes Night Owl Vegan can help make dinner simpler. Night Owl Vegan owner Sherimane Johnson created healthful, affordable meals that make it easier for people to try a plant-based lifestyle. Photo via Night Owl Vegan Facebook Planning, preparing, and cooking meals every day can get exhausting even in non-pandemic times. To help, we scouted out some spots in the area who can take care of all that for you. Here are six local healthy-meal services to turn to for consistently nutritious and delicious bites when you need a break from the kitchen.  Night Owl Vegan For when you crave: Plant-based comfort food and delectable desserts A former type 2 diabetic, Night Owl Vegan owner Sherimane Johnson believes food heals, which is why she creates healthful, affordable meals that make it easier for people to transition to a plant-based lifestyle. Whether you opt for the three-day, five-day or à la carte menu, enjoy comfort foods like (vegan) cheesy spinach grits, farro stuffed peppers, and hickory molasses seitan ribs. Bonus: Johnson also runs NaturallySweet Desserts, so you can satisfy your sweet tooth with vegan baked goods. REAP Wellness For when you crave: Plant-forward feel-good food Every week, Philly-based holistic health coach and former Be Well editor Adjua Fisher and chef Zach Rice whip up plant-rich salads, grain bowls, parfaits and puddings that aim to up your plant-intake game. (We all could use more greens!) Even better, all of REAP’s ready-made meals and snacks are free of gluten, dairy, meat and refined sugars, so you can focus on filling up on food that’s not just good, but good for you. Tahini and cacao oats? Caesar salad with seaweed and brussels sprouts? Your taste buds will thank you. Home Appétit For when you crave: Restaurant-quality meals at your dining room table Founded by chef Lee Wallach in 2015, Home Appétit is committed to providing area residents with high-quality food in its purest state. That means organic whenever possible, produce sourced from local farmers and CSAs, and no artificial sweeteners, high-fructose syrups, hydrogenated oils or preservatives. Orders are on a week-by-week basis, and each menu has two parts — “Greens and Grains” and “Entrées” — so you can easily customize meals with mix-and-match ingredients. You can’t go wrong with dishes like lemon-kale pasta, chicken shawarma, and green bean and tomato salad. Pro tip: Add bagels from Vanilya Bakery and cinnamon buns from High Street on Market to your order. Performance Meal Prep For when you crave: Hearty, satisfying dishes after a workout Started in founder Jesse Batt’s Roxborough apartment, Performance Meal Prep features solid meals derived from whole, sustainable ingredients, meaning these protein-packed dishes — like shredded pork picadillo and cauliflower chicken fried rice — keep you full all day. But what’s really great about PMP is its commitment to supporting local small businesses; its online grocery pantry includes provisions from Rival Bros., Kismet Bagels, and Fishtown Pickle Project. Pinwheel Provisions For when you crave: Nutritiously filling food on demand Pinwheel Provisions is a specialty food market focusing on healthy home meal solutions. Both Pinwheel’s Narberth shop and its online platform offer a variety of chef-prepared meals, pre-made sauces and spice blends, and ready-to-use frozen proteins and produce. With dishes like salmon burgers, Indian butter chicken, kale and veggie dumplings and stuffed chicken parm, Pinwheel is perfect for busy days. Plus, the company is eco-conscious, packing all frozen products in reusable and recyclable freezer bags to help minimize food spoilage and waste. Dig For when you crave: Family-style locally sourced seasonal favorites Though not a weekly service, Dig — the healthy fast-casual chain that sources seasonal ingredients from regional farms — offers several options for getting healthy meals delivered from its Rittenhouse location. Chow down on protein-forward market bowls, veggie-packed salads and à la carte sides that rotate with the seasons. If you’ve got housemates or kids — or just want to guarantee leftovers — opt for one of the family meals, which feed four to five people. Want to hear more from us? Join Be Well Philly at: FACEBOOK  INSTAGRAM  NEWSLETTER  TWITTER

Steven Buchanan