I find cooking rather therapeutic, but I suppose it can be quite a chore to plan your meals, hunt for recipes, shop for ingredients, do the actual cooking, and then clean up afterwards, especially since we normal human beings need to eat three times a day.
It gets especially taxing when you’re trying to lose weight. Unless you’re part of the 1%, you’re not likely to have access to a nutritionist/chef, so you’ll probably end up having to do your own research about what you can and can’t eat, and then try to build a menu around that. Good luck getting yourself (and possibly your kids, if you have them) to eat what you come up with too, especially after everyone’s had a long day at work or school and would rather eat something greasy and comforting (mac and cheese!!!!) rather than a bowl of quinoa or whatnot.
The Philippines has an abundance of meal delivery services that cater to just about all sorts of dietary requirements, and they reputedly churn out some pretty tasty food too. Fortunately for our kababayans based in Australia, Oz has also caught up to this trend.
So, if you’re an AU-based OFW who needs a bit of a respite from cooking duty and/or would like to eat healthier but don’t have the time to meal prep, here are some Australian meal delivery services you can try:
The Cook’s Grocer.
Quick service description: This ready-to-cook delivery service partnered with celebrity chefs, restaurants, and nutritionists like Scott Gooding, A Tavola, Three Ducks, Fratelli Fresh, Longrain, and Nomad. Each wholesome, delicious, and seasonal meal was designed to be cooked in under half an hour, with all ingredients precisely measured out to ensure that there is no waste.
Delivers to: Sydney.
Price: Meals start at AUD24 for two adults and AUD99 for three adults, including the delivery charge.
Try This If: You want to try cooking different recipes every week without the hassle of sourcing and portioning high-quality, free-range, and hormone-free ingredients, and usually need to prepare meals for more than one person.
Skip This If: You live alone, and want an instant meal…or if you don’t live in Sydney.
Quick service description: Dietlicious provides high-quality, ready-made frozen meals that come in vegetarian, gluten and/or wheat-free, high-protein, dairy-free, or diabetic-friendly variations. Customers can order individual meals or opt for 1200-calorie, 1500-calorie, and 1800-calorie plans.
Delivers to: Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, Brisbane, Southern Highlands, Central Coast, Wollongong, and Newcastle.
Price: Individual meals range from AUD5.50- AUD11.90, while the calorie-controlled packages begin at AUD110.
Try This If: ou have specific dietary requirements, want to sample a wide range of dishes, or simply want a fuss-free meal that’ll be ready after a few minutes in the oven or microwave.
Skip This If: Fresh or raw produce is a priority for you, as all of Dietlicious’ meals are delivered frozen.
Gourmet Dinner Service.
Quick service description: Like Dietlicious, Gourmet Dinner Service offers a wide range of healthy and ready-to-eat meals that can be customized to suit various dietary requirements. However, they also offer non-frozen meals, all of which are made with fresh, seasonal, and locally-sourced ingredients.
Delivers to: Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra, and coastal cities in New South Wales and Queensland.
Price: Individual meals range from AUD7.50 to AUD14.50.
Try This If: You’re big on preservative-free, organic, and non-GMO meals.
Skip This If: You’re on a budget. Gourmet Dinner Service’s meals are more expensive than most of the ones on this list.
Quick service description: More of a “cook from scratch” meal delivery service, HelloFresh delivers fresh, high-quality ingredients in boxes, which contain enough for three to five meals per week that can feed two, four, or five people. Their brand of meal delivery is designed for customers who want to master their cooking skills and eat right without the hassles of meal planning.
Delivers to: Albury, Bendigo, Ballarat, the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and Southern Highlands, and most suburbs in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Canberra.
Price: Boxes start at AUD49, though a Family Box that can feed up to five people generally costs around AUD119.
Try This If: You’re looking for a more affordable option per meal and would like to whip up something that can satisfy omnivores, vegetarians, and everyone else in between without having to do the meal planning and grocery-shopping.
Skip This If: You prefer to be able to choose the meals you receive, and if you absolutely don’t want to go near the stove.
Quick service description: Fresh, vibrant, clean, and delicious meals that are sold individually or in five to seven-day meal packages (e.g., Fat Burner, Muscle Burner, Paleo, Clean, Clean and Lean, or Gluten-Free Detox).
Delivers to: Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Sydney Metro, Melbourne Metro, Adelaide, and Canberra.
Price: Snacks are priced at AUD4.95 each while meals cost around AUD9.95. Meal plans range from AUD99.50 to AUD213.95.
Try This If: You want to eat clean (i.e., no preservatives) without having to pay extra for delivery.
Skip This If: You want a wide range of vegetarian options.
Healthy eating can be a real pain in the ass, but services like the ones mentioned above can help things along, or at least get you started down the right path when it comes to taking better care of yourself and your loved ones.
Besides, contrary as it sounds, the healthier you eat, the less guilty you’ll feel about those occasional nights when you indulge in the more wicked stuff like instant noodles, chicken nuggets, or, well, Spam. Yum.