The Best Meal Kit Delivery Services in Vancouver

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Written by: Natalia S
Natalia I’m a Vancouver-based mom and writer who loves to cook. Hope you enjoy!

COVID-19 Update

With strict self-isolation measures in place, Vancouverites have been cooking at home a lot more than usual. People have been finding meal kit companies a sanity-saver during the pandemic. If you’re tired of trying to figure out what to cook or if you’re looking to cut down on grocery store runs, meal kits are here to help.

Are Meal Kits Safe To Use During The Coronavirus Pandemic?

According to the World Health Organization, there is no evidence that points to COVID-19 being transmitted through food nor food packaging. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations explains that the virus spreads from person to person, not from packaging to person since the virus has low survivability on surfaces.

Safety Precautions To Take When Handling Meal Kits

Local and international authorities say that risks associated with food and meal kits are very low. However, if you are still concerned, you simply need to wash your hands after handling meal kit packaging, after putting the ingredients away, before you start cooking and before you eat. When you wash your hands, use soap and wash for at least 20 seconds. It’s also good practice to disinfect countertops prior to food prep.

And don’t forget to opt for contactless delivery.

Lastly, read about how meal kit companies are responding to COVID-19 to see if the service you’re considering measures up.

Updated on May 4, 2020

Vancouver was recently named one of the healthiest cities in the world by Travel Supermarket. As a Vancouver local, that comes at no-surprise considering the ever-increasing number of vegan restaurants, yoga studios, and cyclists in the city. If you’re a Vancouverite, chances are that you’ve been tempted to order in a vegan meal delivered by a cyclist, after your evening yoga session. But that’s not a financially sustainable lifestyle for most.

This is why so many of us have signed up for meal kit delivery services. And when it comes to “recipe kit” (cook yourself) services and pre-cooked services, our healthy city has plenty of options to choose from.

Each company comes with their own unique features and a list of pros and cons. To help you decide which one is best for you, we’re dishing out all the details on Vancouver’s top 10 meal kit delivery services.

Fresh Prep

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Fresh Prep

$10.36
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Based in Vancouver, Fresh Prep was founded in 2014 for people in search of an easier answer to the question "what's for dinner?". Fresh Prep sources ...
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Delivers to:

Canada

Dietary Plans Available:

Diary Free, Gluten Free, Pescatarian, Vegan, Vegetarian

Dinners for:

Two (Couple), Four (Family)

Price per Plate

$10 to $15, $5 to $10

Free Shipping?

Yes

Intro Deal:

First 2 meals free

Sustainability

Ocean Wise, Recycling, Sustainability

HQ Location

Vancouver

Type: Recipe Kits

Fresh Prep was started by a group of childhood Vancouver friends who were inspired by the question “what’s for dinner?”. Since starting in 2014, they’re grown to be one of the largest services in Vancouver.

Pros: Ingredients in recipe kits are pre-chopped, minimizing prep time. Collaborates on recipes with other local brands, such as their recent promo with Juicery Co.

Cons: Cooler bags are fairly bulky (although they will arrange for pickup).

  • Best for: Young professionals looking to upgrade from takeout meals.
  • Dietary Options: Dairy free, gluten free, vegetarian, omnivore
  • Sustainability: Reusable cooler delivery bags. Some plastic packaging but they work with Urban Impact to dispose of it responsibly.
  • Added Services: N/A
  • Price per plate: $10.00-$11.00/plate

Fresh In Your Fridge

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Fresh in Your Fridge

$32.92
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Delivers to:

Canada

Free Shipping?

Yes

Dinners for:

One (Single), Two (Couple), Four (Family)

Fresh or Frozen?

Fresh

Dietary Plans Available:

Detox, Diabetic, Diary Free, Diet, Gluten Free, Healthy, Keto, Lean & Clean, Low-calorie, Low-carb, Low-fat, Mediterranean, Nut Free, Organic, Paleo, Pescatarian, Raw Food, Soy-free, Vegan, Vegetarian

HQ Location

Vancouver

Price per Plate

More than $20

Sustainability

Recycling, Sustainability

Household Size

Couple, Family, Single

Intro Deal:

No

Type: Pre-cooked

Fresh In Your Fridge is the most personalized option on the list. This service tailors your meal plans to your unique dietary needs, preferences, lifestyle, and goals. Meal plans are designed and cooked by certified holistic nutritionists who have received culinary training. Pre-COVID, a FIYF nutritionist would cook your meals in your kitchen. To ensure health and safety, they currently cook your meals off-site and deliver them to your doorstep.

Pros: Emphasis on customized meal plans, options include snacks/breakfast, ability to purchase one week at a time or commit long-term, price includes grocery shopping

Cons: Premium price (starts at $325 for individuals, $410 for couples, and $550 for families)

    • Best for: Working professionals who have dietary restrictions
    • Dietary options: Personalized to your unique dietary needs
    • Sustainability: Reusable plastic or glass containers 
    • Added services: N/A
    • Price per plate: $25.21 – $40.63

If you’re interested in trying Fresh In Your Fridge, mention ‘MKC’ when filling out the intake form for 10% off your first order.

2 Guys With Knives

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2 Guys With Knives’ Grilled Piri Piri Chicken

Type: Pre-cooked
2 Guys With Knives may have the most recognizable delivery vehicles in town. They are run by a fitness/nutritionist guru and an executive chef – yes, 2 guys. They create flavourful meals and snacks with nutrition benefits kept in mind.

Pros: Wide range of meals and add-ons covers all the bases… except smoothies. All meals tweak-able to fit dietary needs (as opposed to a separate menu). Programmable into MyFitnessPal.
Cons: Relatively high price per plate.

  • Best for: People who are nutrition-focused but still want to try new flavours.
  • Dietary Options: All meals are gluten-free. Omnivore, vegetarian/vegan, paleo, includes breakfast, snacks & desserts.
  • Sustainability: Delivered in a reusable bag with BPA-free plastic containers.
  • Added Services: N/A
  • Price per plate: $8.00-$16.00/item

Eat Your Cake

Type: Pre-cooked
Eat Your Cake is one of the most nutrition-focused options on the list. They tailor your program not just to dietary preferences, but goals such as weight loss and athletic support. Unlike many of these options, they also have a physical location on Broadway where you can go speak with their staff about a plan.

Pros: Emphasis on custom nutrition, very large menu that includes snacks/breakfast, in-person options.
Cons: Hard-to-use website and membership portal, high commitment level (average over $80/week although there are options for as low as $40.)

  • Best for: People who want extra support and have a clear fitness goal.
  • Dietary Options: Vegetarian, pescatarian, whole 30, bulletproof, omnivore, vegan, paleo, ketogenic
  • Sustainability: Biodegradable containers only for salads and snack packs, plastic containers are recyclable.
  • Added Services: Nutritional consultation, weekly worships, special events.
  • Price per plate: $5.00 – $14.50 (including breakfasts)

FED

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Miss Fresh’s Brussels Sprouts Pizza

Type: Pre-cooked

FED offers high-quality nutrition-focused pre-cooked meals. You can pick from one of their tailored plans and get 3 healthy meals delivered 5 days a week.

They create tailored plans to match your dietary preferences and will make sure to adjust meals accordingly to your restrictions or allergies.

On top of that, they glorify their meals and ingredients with beautiful and original photos and their blog, Sliced, is full of good stuff!

Pros: The possibility to customize your meal schedule by selecting the exact meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) and days you wish to receive your meals.
Cons: There is no vegan or vegetarian options.

  • Best for: People who want extra support and want to eat good healthy food with no hassle.
  • Dietary Options: Full nutrition, Low carb/ High protein, Keto, Slim, and Diabetes.
  • Sustainability: FED delivers their meal in temperature-controlled bags. You can just return the food containers in the bag during the next delivery. They also prioritize sustainable sourcing with fresh, local, in season and organic ingredients.
  • Added Services: À la carte menu.
  • Price per plate: $10.60-$13.27/plate

Movement Food

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Movement Food’s Quinoa and Beef Bowl

Type: Pre-cooked

Movement Food is the most fitness-focused of the bunch. Similar to Eat Your Cake, they help you optimize for certain goals (they even have a weight loss specific option).

Pros: Options for different portion sizes, easy-to-track macros (integrates with MyFitnessPal).
Cons: Most dishes don’t change week-to-week, which can cause recipe fatigue.

  • Best for: Time-strapped fitness junkies.
  • Dietary Options: Vegan/vegetarian, omnivore, low-carb, paleo.
  • Sustainability: None – meals are in plastic containers.
  • Added Services: Free nutritional coaching, local pickup network.
  • Price per plate: $5.00-$14.00/item

Real Meals

Type: Pre-cooked
Mission-based Real Meals is interesting for two reasons. One, they have one of the widest delivery ranges for local companies – covering from West Van to Delta/Tsawwassen. Two, instead of a health focus, they specialize in “comfort food”: casseroles, soups and chilis.
Pros: Wide delivery area, unique menu. All products come frozen and last long.
Cons: Less healthy/tailored than some of the other options. No subscription option.

  • Best for: People with a deep freeze they like to keep stocked.
  • Dietary Options: Gluten-free, vegetarian, omnivore
  • Sustainability: None – comes in plastic containers. They say this is because they’re microwave/oven safe.
  • Added Services: N/A
  • Price per plate: $8-10/plate

HelloFresh

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HelloFresh’s Pesto Chicken

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HelloFresh

$12.72
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Delivers to:

Australia, Canada, Europe, United States

Dietary Plans Available:

Low-calorie, Vegetarian

Dinners for:

Two (Couple), Four (Family)

Price per Plate

$5 to $10

Free Shipping?

Yes for order above $50

Intro Deal:

Yes

Sustainability

Recycling

HQ Location

Germany

Type: Recipe Kits
The only non-Canadian option on the list, HelloFresh is here because they have been making a big splash in Vancouver recently. Supported by the famous (notorious?) Samwer brothers, they’ve grown by offering an extremely easy customer platform and a tight brand experience.
Pros: Flexible subscription options, options for students.
Cons: Not local, so they ship through a 3rd party, which can lead to logistics issues if you don’t live in a detached home.

  • Best for: Trying out a meal kit service for the first time (lots of promos, very flexible).
  • Dietary Options: Vegetarian.
  • Sustainability: Recyclable packaging, liners, and ice packs.
  • Added Services: N/A
  • Price per plate: $10.83-$13.33/plate.

The Good Stuff

Type: Recipe kits – kind of.
The Good Stuff doesn’t compete with the others here – since they do smoothies only, it’s complimentary. In fact, their delivery drivers often see the bags and bins of these same companies on their customers’ doorsteps.
Pros: Emphasis on health benefits, includes unique superfoods, zero prep time.
Cons: Only does one type of food. You’ll need a blender (any blender will do).

  • Sustainability: Delivered in reusable bins. All packaging recyclable.
  • Best for: People without much time in the morning, people with health goals
  • Added Services: Nutrition consultations on smoothie mix and general health available.
  • Dietary options: All smoothies vegan/gluten-free.
  • Price per item: $5.00-$7.00 per smoothie.

And that’s a wrap! Read more about different meal kits.

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