It’s no secret that I love to cook. And I love to eat. Naturally, there are some nights when the thought of cooking exhausts me. Often those are the nights when the thought of getting back in the car and hitting a restaurant is equally exhausting.
The trouble is, there aren’t a lot of delivery options for gluten-free diners. We rely most often on a service called LA Bite, which delivers foods from local restaurants. There are a few restaurants in our area that make safe gluten-free foods. On those nights when I need help, this service is a (slightly pricey) lifesaver. Most major cities have options for similar services.
Recently, I’ve noticed an uptick in services that offer gluten-free meals, delivered to your home (or available for pick-up at specified locations). One, Freshology, is an underwriter on my local public radio station. They specifically pitch their gluten-free options.
While this approach doesn’t work for me — those rare nights excepted, I find spending time in the kitchen helps me unwind after a long day at work — it might be a game changer for you. Below, I note a few service that make eating gluten-free meals easier for you.
What is interesting is major players like Jenny Craig and Nutrisystem don’t offer gluten-free menu plans. They note some of their foods are GF, but it would be difficult to eat a varied, safe diet using these services.
As always, read the fine print carefully to know what you’re getting and what your obligations are.
- DeliverLean: DeliverLean is geared toward customers looking to keep calorie counts in check. They offer Paleo, vegetarian, and vegan options. They are exclusive to the lower east coast of Florida.
- Freshology: Freshology opened my eyes to gluten-free meal delivery services. See sample menus and information about pricing here.
- Healthy Chef Creations: Like Freshology, Healthy Chef Creations delivers to your door. This service delivers nationwide via Fed Ex; you receive a week’s worth of meals
- My Fit Foods: A co-worker uses this service and his very happy with it. She’s focused on weight loss, and the prepared meals are helping to keep her on track. Available to customers in parts of Arizona, California, Illinois, Oklahoma, and Texas. Here’s a sample of what they offer.
When I did a Google search for gluten-free meal delivery services, many of the results were already tailored to my geographic location. You may find other options in your area by doing your own search. Pay attention to results for services with Paleo options as they are generally gluten free.
Tip of the Week
Try before you commit. Most reputable services have options for you to test the meals and service before you lock into a week or month of meals.
Menu of the Week
Well, after doing that research, I’m feeling like I need something healthy for dinner. Just kidding. What I’m really thinking about is a meal that will create sufficient leftovers for lunch…plus it gives me the option of tossing all the ingredients into a slow cooker if I’d rather take a largely hands-off approach to dinner.
- Chicken Paprikash
- Steamed Rice or Gluten-Free Pasta
- Kale Tossed with Lemony Vinaigrette