7 Meal Kit Delivery Services For When You Don’t Feel Like Cooking From Scratch

It's as simple as unboxing a tasty treat


Kelleigh Korevaar |

Whether it’s a long day, a long week or a long time since you tried something new in the kitchen, these meal kit delivery services are sure to impress. They’re great because you’ll end up learning something and making things you might’ve never made before, without a lot of the hassle.

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We recommenced you order one and plan a date night of cooking in the kitchen together. A study conducted by relationship expert Dr John Gray found that 70% of the married couples surveyed actually like to cook together. Plus, those couples that do enjoy cooking together are significantly more satisfied in all areas of their lives than couples who don’t cook together.

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Between these 7 Delivery Services You’ll Find 36 Delicious Meal Kits To Try:

1. Sagra Foods Dine-In Boxes

Sagra Foods have a huge variety of Dine-In Boxes to try. Best part? You can do your grocery shopping while you’re at it. Before lockdown they only supplied directly to delis and restaurants, but now you can nab restaurant-quality ingredients at a great price.

Delivers to: Cape Town and Durban. You can find their delivery schedule here. If you live outside of the delivery areas you can contact them to discuss options.

Price: From R275

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The Sagra Dine-In Venison box contains 1kg Venison loin, 1kg frozen blueberries, 1kg white coco beans and 250g Oryx Smoked Desert Salt.

R 400

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The Charcuterie box contains Forest Hill Camembert, Healey's Cheddar, Col'tempo Cured Meats, Kalamata Olives, Goats Chevre and a Sourdough Loaf for four people.

R 275

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Sagra Foods also does a Pizza Box, Pasta Box, Brownie Box, Paella Box, Salmon Bagel Box and Burger Bagel Box, so you can get a few while you’re at it!

2. Col’Cacchio Pizza

Who doesn’t love a Col’Cacchio pizza? Right now on Buyfresh you can choose from six different pizza toppings; mushroom & herb, pepperoni, margherita, bacon & feta, chicken, bacon, feta & roasted red pepper and lastly, roasted butternut, feta & pumpkin seed praline.

Delivers to: Cape Town area and surrounds.

Price: From R69.95

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There's something for everyone! Great for a Friday pizza night.

R 69.95 +

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3. UCOOK

Choose between their Vegetarian, Easy Peasy or Health Nut boxes, or mix and match to create a varied assortment of meals. We love UCOOK for the variety and the ever-changing menu so you’re always learning something new.

Delivers to: Cape Town, Johannesburg, and Durban, and their surrounding areas

Price: From R265 for two meals for one person

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UCOOK is one of the OG meal kit delivery services.

R 265 +

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4. LikeAChef

Cook like a chef with fresh, easy to make meal kit dinners delivered to your door. Choose between the Classic Box, Pork-Free Box, Foodie Box and Wholesome Box.

Delivers to: Western Cape

Price: From R600 for two meals for two people

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Each week the menu changes so you'll never get bored.

R 600 +

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5. DailyDish

DailyDish is a favourite meal kit delivery service at MH HQ because it challenges you to try something new in the kitchen without being too overwhelming or having flavour combinations that re likely to be a miss. In fact, one MH staffer’s kids even got involved and made the meal.

Delivers to: Western Cape, Eastern Cape, Gauteng, Free State and KZN. Find out exactly where within these provinces they deliver here.

Price: From R425 for three meals for one person

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There are five different boxes you can choose from and they're all delicious

R 425 +

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6. Pasta Lab

I mean, who doesn’t love pasta? And who doesn’t love freshly made pasta without the hassle of spending hours rolling out dough or whatever goes into making it in the first place? Seriously, this is a pasta lovers dream! You choose one of their suggested boxes or build your own by picking a type of pasta, your favourite sauce and a garnish to top it off. Once it’s delivered you get to prepare restaurant-quality pasta in the comfort of your own kitchen (or cucina, as Pasta Lab refers to it).

Delivers to: Cape Town between 3 – 6 pm the day after your order is placed. All their boxes are freshly made on demand. 

Price: From R140

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This box contains pumpkin ravioli, artisanal butter and sage.

R 165

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Prefer things a little spicier? This box containing gnocchi, Arrabbiata sauce and dried oregano is perfect for you!

R 155

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Pasta Lab also does The Genovese Box, The Traditional Box, The Simple Box and of course, The Build Your Own Box.

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7. Woolworths

A lot of people don’t know about the great meal kit delivery options that Woolworths stocks, but they certainly should! These four options are the ultimate comfort foods that use quality ingredients from everyone’s favourite grocery store. We’re sold!

Delivers to: Major metropolitan areas

Price: From R175

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Try this easy 5-step Tomato, Spinach & Paneer Curry for your next curry night.

R 175

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If you're not one for a seafood paella, check out this Spanish Chicken & Chorizo Paella.

R 185

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It doesn't get much better than this 35-day matured Rib-Eye Steak, Mushrooms & Pearl Barley.

R 210

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A fish curry is the ultimate winter comfort food and this Hake Korma Curry will impress anyone.

R 190

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