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A comforting, home-cooked supper doesn’t necessarily mean having to deal with rising prices at the grocery store, thanks to local Colorado meal prep companies that deliver meal kits or ready-to-reheat entrées and sides to your door. 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.
The source of the recipes for these scratch-made Italian meals is pretty legit: Italian native Mario Crobu’s mother. He and his wife, Kelly, spent years rolling pasta dough and perfecting their Bolognese sauce before launching Casa Crobu.
Delivery: Order by Tuesday night for Thursday delivery. Delivery fees vary based on where you live; check online for details. Local pickup of the frozen, ready-to-heat meals is available Monday through Friday at 4897 Oakland St.
Cost: Lasagnas serving two to four people from $27; a dozen ravioli for $12
Sample Menu Items: Mushroom and truffle oil lasagna; veal parmigiana; culurgiones, a specialty ravioli from Sardinia filled with potato puree and Pecorino 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
When COVID-19 dried up Liz Gonzalez-Lara and Erica Arteaga’s pre-pandemic businesses, they wasted no time starting a new venture delivering frozen Mexican meals to Denver homes. Most Dos Amigas recipes come from Arteaga’s family in Aguascalientes, Mexico.
Delivery: Order by Tuesday at 8 p.m. for Wednesday delivery in the Denver metro area ($45 minimum plus a $5 delivery fee).
Cost: $12 for six tamales; $22 for two pounds of barbacoa
Sample Menu Items: Red pork tamales; Jalisco-style barbacoa with dried chilies and spices; slow-simmered carnitas
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: Monday through Friday 1–4 p.m. within a 40-mile radius of the Littleton location (place your order at least one day ahead); also shop for entrées, sides, appetizers, soups, and desserts at one of the company’s five storefronts in the Denver metro
Cost: $12–22 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
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: $12–14 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 and Cherry Creek storefronts (8101 E. Belleview Ave., Suite W-2; 201 University Blvd.)
Cost: $6–13 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
Prefare partners with local bakers, butchers, and distributors to source ingredients for its meal kits, which take 30 minutes or less to prepare.
Delivery: Available for addresses in the Denver metro area, including Boulder, Littleton, and Castle Rock (frequency varies according to your preferences); learn more here
Cost: $11–19 per serving
Sample Menu Items: Instant Pot-ready chicken cacciatore; everything bagel-seasoning-crusted pork loin with green beans and creamy cauliflower mash
Spade & Spoon
Focusing on hyperlocal bakers, farmers, and makers, Spade & Spoon uses Front Range ingredients like Sfoglina pasta and Hearth Denver’s baked goods for its meal delivery kits.
Delivery: Order by Thursday night for next week delivery to addresses from Fort Collins to Lone Tree.
Cost: $113 for the Family Classics Box, which includes three meals that serve four each
Sample Menu Items: Italian sausage and mushroom stromboli; Tex-Mex cheese enchiladas with chile gravy; Japanese curry rice with tofu
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.)
Cost: $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: Saturday, Sunday, or Monday to addresses in the Denver and Boulder areas (order by Wednesday night)
Cost: $33 for two-serving family-style meals (delivery included)
Sample Menu Items: Oven-roasted chicken tikka masala with naan; baked ziti and asparagus with Parmesan butter
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: $4–20 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
Krissy Ostermiller opened her plant-based café inside Zeppelin Station on February 1, 2020. While COVID predictably sidelined the in-person café, Ostermiller still wanted to fulfill her mission of helping people heal from the inside out, using food as medicine. So she took her food to the streets, delivering the plant-based, organic, gluten-free meals to customers’ doors.
Delivery: The ready-to-eat meals (read: not frozen) are delivered twice weekly for optimal freshness. You can also pick up the goods at select Whole Sol Blend Bars, Modern Markets, and Choice Market.
Cost: Three days of lunch and dinner starts at $97
Sample Menu Items: Beet burger with sweet potato fries; ratatouille with coconut milk polenta; smoked tomato and roasted veggie frittata