By Trace Ferguson

Cooking can be daunting when you already have a full plate of other responsibilities. Between kids, work and the busyness of life in general, it can be hard to find the time to grocery shop, never mind meal prep. Meal delivery services are quickly gaining speed on a local and national scale. Some services take out the stress of grocery shopping by sending you fresh groceries and recipes. Others send you a fully cooked meal that only requires some reheating. Either way, we have found some meal delivery services that we hope will whet your appetite!

Eat The 80

Website: Eatthe80.com

Meal plan options: Vegan, paleo and traditional

Precooked food or fresh ingredients? Ready cooked meals

Cost: 5 meals/week ranges from $49.95 to $77.95

10 meals/week ranges from $94.95 to $149.95

15 meals/week ranges from $134.95 to $217.45

Delivery time: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Mondays, and again on Thursdays

Commitment: There’s no commitment! You can cancel your subscription whenever you like.

Local or national? Local to greater Gainesville

UFit Meals

Website: Ufitmeals.com

Meal plan options: Taste of Health (traditional), Primal (paleo), Olympian (macronutrient-focused), Personal Fit (for weight loss, building lean muscle or chronic illness) and Plant Based (vegan and soy free)

Precooked food or fresh ingredients? Ready cooked meals

Cost: Most plans are available as either five-day or 20-day options. There are many pricing options, but costs range from $47.99/five days for one meal/day to $965/20 days for five meals/day. Costs can range higher for the customizable Personal Fit program.

Commitment: There is an eight-week commitment upon purchase with a one-week trial period for the Personal Fit plan, but no commitment for the other options.

Delivery Time: 4–8 a.m. on Sunday and Wednesday mornings

Local or national? Services Gainesville, Tampa Bay and West Palm Beach

Chef Ami

Website: Chefami.com

Meal plan options: Only one meal plan option. The meals are not currently designed for vegetarians

Precooked food or fresh ingredients? All Ingredients for the recipes are delivered, but you have to cook the ingredients yourself. Ingredients are fresh, locally sourced and pre-portioned.

Cost: Three recipes/week for two people is $65/week

Three recipes/week for four people is $123/week

Three recipes/week for six people is $179/week

Commitment: There is no commitment, and you can skip any week.

Delivery time: Tuesdays

National or local? Local to Alachua County, and for every one meal purchased, one meal is donated to Bread of the Mighty to feed hungry children in Florida.

The Real Meal

Website: Therealmeal.net

Meal plan options: The Real Meal will set up a consultation with you to find out what types of meals are best for your needs, but all meals are diabetic friendly, heart healthy and gluten free.

Precooked food or fresh ingredients? Ready cooked meals

Cost: Prices vary from $4/meal to $14+/meal

Commitment: There is no commitment!

Delivery time: Delivery on Mondays only

National or local? Local to Gainesville with delivery to Alachua, Duval, Volusia, Marion and St. Johns counties

Hello Fresh

Website: Hellofresh.com

Meal plan options: Classic, veggie (vegetarian recipes only) and family (kid-friendly recipes)

Precooked food or fresh ingredients? All Ingredients for the recipes are delivered, but you have to cook the ingredients yourself.

Cost: Two meals/week for four people is $69.92

Three meals/week for two people is $59.94

Three meals/week for four people ranges from $104.88 to $119.88

Four meals/week for two people is $79.92

Five meals/week for two people is $99.90

Commitment: There’s no commitment! You can cancel your subscription whenever you like.

Delivery time: Delivery is available Monday through Saturday and you can choose the day and time your food is delivered.

National or local? Ships nationwide

Healthy Chef Creations

Website: Healthychefcreations.com

Meal plan options: The Healthy Chef Diet (Mediterranean style), Healthy Mommy, Healthy Senior, Healthy Living ­– Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner, Healthy Living ­– Lunch & Dinner, Gluten-Free Meals and Healthy Living – Breakfast & Dinner

Precooked food or fresh ingredients? Ready cooked meals

Cost: Prices range from $32.99/day to $59.99/day depending on the plan you choose and the number of meals you would like.

Commitment: There’s no commitment! You can cancel your subscription whenever you like.

Delivery time: Delivery is usually scheduled for Fridays.

National or local? Ships nationwide

Blue Apron

Website: Blueapron.com

Meal plan options: Two-person and Family (four people). Both plans can accommodate a variety of dietary preferences, such as vegetarian and pescetarian diets.

Precooked food or fresh ingredients? All ingredients for the recipes are delivered, but you have to cook the ingredients yourself.

Cost: Two meals/week for four people is $71.92

Three meals/week for two people is $59.94

Four meals/week for four people is $143.84

Commitment: There’s no commitment! You can cancel your subscription whenever you like.

Delivery time: Delivery is available Tuesday through Friday in most locations, and you can select your delivery day.

National or local? Nationwide shipping

PeachDish

Website: Peachdish.com

Meal plan options: You can select your meals (as many as you like) from 10 options each week. At least two of the 10 will be vegetarian options, and there are also no gluten added options.

Precooked food or fresh ingredients? All ingredients for the recipes are delivered, but you have to cook the ingredients yourself.

Cost: You must select at least $45 worth of food for your box to be shipped, but price will vary based on what meals you choose and how many.

Commitment: There’s no commitment! You can purchase your meals as a guest, and if you do subscribe you can cancel your subscription whenever you like.

Delivery time: You can select your delivery day from Wednesday through Friday.

National or local? Nationwide shipping

Terra’s Kitchen

Website: Terraskitchen.com

Meal plan options: Terra’s kitchen will select meals for you based on your preferences or you can select your meals (as many as you like) from over 40 options each week. There are always vegetarian, paleo and gluten-free options.

Precooked food or fresh ingredients? All ingredients for the recipes are delivered, but you have to cook the ingredients yourself.

Cost: Meals start at $9.99/per serving, but the minimum purchase for delivery is $62.99.

Commitment: There’s no commitment! You can cancel your subscription whenever you like.

Delivery time: You can select from the available delivery days for your location.

National or local? Nationwide shipping