Food for Thought | 5 meal subscription boxes

There’s nothing like a home-cooked meal, and we all know the benefits of opting for freshly cooked food over a convenience meal, but what if you simply don’t have time to prepare a meal from scratch after a long day at work? That’s where a food subscription box comes in: delicious recipes and ingredients, straight to your door, exactly when you need them. We’ve sniffed out the top five for you.

Mindful Chef

Mindful Chef offers a simple way to help you eat more healthily. Each of their weekly boxes contains 2 to 5 healthy recipes, all gluten and dairy-free, using nothing but fresh ingredients. Dishes incorporate grass-fed beef, free-range chicken and UK-landed fresh fish, or you have the option of choosing from vegan dishes. As a mindful bonus, Mindful Chef’s One Feeds Two initiative means that for every box you buy, they will donate a school meal to a child in poverty.



Gousto is a great box for families; offering a range of size options. From family classics to fine dining, the boxes give variety while keeping recipes simple. Plus, they deliver seven days a week — including after work deliveries — giving you no excuse for panic-buying that unhealthy takeaway on the way home from work!


Hello Fresh 

No need for menu-planning, Hello Fresh makes dinnertime simple! Throw away the planners filled with vague meal ideas, simply choose your recipes from the weekly menu and await delivery. The ingredients are already portioned for ease, and everything is ready to cook.


Simply Cook

If quick-and-easy is your thing, you will love Simply Cook! The clue is in the name; each recipe is quick and simple, taking just 15-20 minutes. The box contains all spices and flavourings, hand-picked and blended by expert chefs. This is a cheaper option as you provide all fresh ingredients, and Simply Cook is currently offering a £3 trial to get you started!


Pasta Evangelists

Perfect for lovers of real pasta, Pasta Evangelists offers the freshest, artisan pasta and sauces. Restaurant-quality dishes are yours in a matter of minutes, using the ingredients in your box. The best news? They offer next day nationwide delivery, meaning you could be tucking into a 5* pasta dish tomorrow!

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