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A shrimp quinoa bowl from SupperBell. Photo courtesy of SupperBell

9 Local Meal Prep Services That Bring Dinner to Your Door

These Colorado companies will shop, prep, and cook for you.

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A comforting, home-cooked supper doesn’t necessarily mean having to battle crowds at the grocery store, thanks to local companies that deliver meal kits or ready-to-reheat entrées and sides. Whether you want to do the prep and cooking yourself or do no work at all, here are several options, in alphabetical order, that cater to a wide variety of cravings, budgets, and dietary restrictions.

Caveman Chefs

Subscriptions, trial meal plans, and à la carte selections from Colorado’s first paleo meal delivery company make sticking to your caveman diet easy—and tasty. Ready-to-heat and frozen options are available, and the chefs are happy to customize orders to your dietary needs. Use the code “family” at checkout for a 20 percent discount through April 2020.
Delivery: Monday and Wednesday to addresses in the Denver metro area and beyond (email them to find out more); Tuesday and Thursday via FedEx to addresses statewide
Price: $13.75 per serving
Sample Menu Items: Coffee-and-cocoa-braised grass-fed beef with sautéed spinach, cumin-cilantro yam wedges, and ancho chile gravy; almond-breaded chicken tenders with cauliflower mac and cheese

The Cooking Crane

Personal chef David Crane offers a rotating à la carte menu of 10 ready-to-heat entrées and sides every week.
Delivery: Saturday only to addresses in the Denver Metro area (order by Wednesday at noon for the week ahead); view the map here
Cost: $4–14 per serving
Sample Menu Items: Pan-roasted pork tenderloin; quinoa with green peas and mint; chicken piccata; garlicky green beans

Easy Entrees By Silver Spoons

Established by two busy moms, Easy Entrees’ packages of prepped ingredients, spices, and recipes let you put dinner on the table in about 20 minutes, and can also be frozen for up to six months.
Delivery: Wednesday and Friday only to addresses in Denver, Littleton, Aurora, Boulder, and beyond (learn more here); also shop for more than 45 entrées, sides, appetizers, soups, and desserts at the company’s Lone Tree storefront (9064 Forsstrom Dr., Lone Tree)
Price: $12–17 for two servings
Sample Menu Items: Chicken pot pie with a parmesan-breadcrumb topping; bacon-wrapped bangers and mash with caramelized onion gravy; caramel butter tarts

Green Chef

Kits arrive filled with sustainably sourced ingredients and recipes based on your chosen meal plan—keto, paleo, balanced living, plant based, or family friendly—and meals come together in about 30 minutes. HelloFresh, Green Chef’s parent company, offers a similar service with more recipe options and price levels.
Delivery: Available weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly statewide
Cost: $9.99–12.99 per serving
Sample menu items: Cajun shrimp and grits with sautéed collards and pickled corn relish; green pea and feta falafel with lemon-basil yogurt sauce, couscous, and kale salad

My Fit Foods

This health-oriented company has an extensive selection of ready-to-reheat breakfast, lunch, and dinner dishes, as well as snacks. Looking to improve your eating habits? Opt for a consultation with a My Fit Foods nutritionist.
Delivery: Daily between 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. to addresses in the Denver metro area; also shop for meals at the Denver Tech Center storefront (8101 E. Belleview Ave., Suite W-2)
Price: $3.99–11.49 per serving
Sample Menu Items: Gluten-free waffles with flax- and almond-breaded chicken breast strips and light agave syrup; lean turkey meatballs in marinara with zucchini noodles

A steak caesar salad kit with ciabatta from Aspen Bakery from Prefare. Photo courtesy of Prefare

Prefare

Prefare partners with local bakers, butchers, and distributors to source ingredients for its meal kits, which take 15 minutes or less to prepare. Bonus: For the next eight weeks, each package delivered comes with a deck of cards, dominos, or other game to help entertain families. Use the code “denver121” at checkout to receive two free meals through May 2020.
Delivery: Available for addresses in the Denver metro area, Boulder, Littleton, and Castle Rock (frequency varies according to your preferences); learn more here
Price: $11–13 per serving
Sample Menu Items: Instant Pot-ready chicken cacciatore; everything bagel-seasoning-crusted pork loin with green beans and creamy cauliflower mash

Sparrow Kitchen

Fill out an online assessment to help Sparrow Kitchen customize meal plans to your dietary restrictions, likes, and dislikes; fully prepared options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner are also available á la carte.
Delivery: Weekly to addresses in the Denver metro area; pick up is also available at their Hilltop headquarters (377 Albion St.)
Price: $9–20 per serving
Sample Menu Items: Cocoa strawberry quinoa breakfast bowls; pesto, spaghetti squash, and chicken casserole; balsamic-braised chicken with roasted Brussels sprouts and sweet potatoes

The Spicy Radish

Spouse partners Chris and Katie Kannen (she’s the chef) own and operate the Spicy Radish, which offers a rotating selection of fresh, ready-to-heat entrées, sides, and desserts.
Delivery: Sunday only to addresses in the Denver and Boulder areas (order by Thursday at noon)
Price: $10–29 for two servings
Sample Menu Items: Oven-roasted chicken tikka masala with naan; baked ziti and asparagus with parmesan butter

SupperBell

Dishes inspired by the culinary stylings of chef Frank Bonanno (Mizuna, Osteria Marco, Denver Milk Market, and others) are cooked from scratch daily, cooled in the refrigerator to preserve freshness, and delivered to your door. All you have to do is reheat and enjoy.
Delivery: Available daily to addresses in the Denver metro area (order by 3 p.m.); view the map here
Cost: $3.95–33.95 per serving
Sample Menu Items: Steak marsala with buttery mashed potatoes and green beans; almond-crusted salmon cakes and lentils braised in French vadouvan curry with tomatoes and cauliflower 

Bonus: Cook Along with Uncorked Kitchen & Wine Bar

Uncorked Kitchen & Wine Bar in Centennial launched one-hour live-streamed classes, conveniently paired with meal kits containing everything you need to prepare a multi-course feast at home. Pick up the kit from Uncorked, and chop and sauté along to produce dishes like enchiladas verdes, guacamole, and borracho beans. The best part: margaritas are included. Check out the schedule of upcoming classes here

Order Ingredients From Local Wholesalers For Your Own Recipes

Local wholesale food companies are experiencing a decline in orders as the suspension of on-site dining forces restaurants to close their doors or shift to takeout and delivery. Good news: These purveyors are switching to retail sales, allowing you to order bulk produce, meat, dairy, and more for delivery; Colorado Springs-based Food Maven began selling to consumers this week, and you can find a list of other sellers here.

This story is part of The Stay Inside Guide to Denver. For more ideas on enjoying the Mile High City from home, click here.

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