FreshDirect does deliver items such as deodorant, fresh fruit, and bakery items, but it is the prepared meals we are most interested in. Their website has two sections that contribute towards the convenience of getting meals on the table. These sections are called Heat & Eat, and 4-minute meals.
- Heat and Eat, are mostly prepared foods, like a pot pie, marinated steak, or meatballs in sauce, but still need to be cooked.
- 4-Minute Meals, which are prepared meals that are microwave ready and can service as a dinner for any day of the week, or a trayed lunch you can bring to the office. Each meal costs between $7.99 and $9.99.
Each prepared meal is delivered refrigerated fresh and not frozen. Be sure to order accordingly, as FreshDirect will tell on the product page how lone each meal will remain fresh from the day it is delivered, and three to four days seems to be about the average. They are also clear in mentioning it is best not to freeze their meals to extend their life.
These gourmet meals come in a BPA-Free container, which is a nice (customer) touch. BPA stands for bisphenol A. BPA is an industrial chemical that has been used to make certain plastics and resins since the 1960s. No doubt, it must cost the company more for packaging that addresses the concerns of customers concerned about ingesting plastics. Facts about BPA.
- Note: When viewing products on the category page of their website, you have to click the text link to see the details of the product you are interested in. If you click the picture, you will only see a “Quick Buy” shopping cart feature.
The menu in the 4-minute meals section consists of 55 meals and is broken down into seven categories.
- Italian with twelve selections
- Smart and Simple (Under 500 Calories) with twelve selections
- Indian with ten selections
- Vegetarian with nine selections
- French with six selections
- Mexican with six selections
There is also a “Sides in a Snap” section with 18 selections. These include seven vegetable sides and eleven starch sides, but most of the meals in this section come with a side dish. As you browse through the categories, take notice of the heat index for spicy meals, another great customer touch point for those that might steer clear of a meal with spice, afraid it could be too hot.
The variety of items on the menu seems compelling and loaded with meals you probably won’t find at most other websites. It is pretty easy to create your selection of meals and send it as a meal plan or gourmet food gift. The Smart and Simple section is an excellent source for ecomonical weight loss meals. The company doesn’t offer a section for diabetic meals or low sodium meals, but nutritional information is posted for every product.
In the mood for Mexicano Beef Short Rib Enchiladas, Marinated Shrimp with Spaghetti and a Spicy Arrabiata Sauce, Moroccan Lamb with Whole Wheat Couscous, Parmesan Risotto with Porcini Mushrooms, or Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie? You don’t have to go to your favorite gourmet restaurant. You can just have it sent to your home from Fresh Direct.
Assuming they do deliver to your area, you will find you can have anything you might find at your local market, conveniently delivered to your home or office.
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Creamy Macaroni and Cheese
I wanted to try this traditional favorite and see if it was going to be as good as the boxed mac and cheese, or the frozen mac and cheese one could get in the supermarket. I found this to be creamy, as advertised, but not more than that.
This meal comes from their “Sides in a Snap” section, so it usually is only a meal for kids. Mine weren’t impressed as it really didn’t much in the way of flavor. The noodles were tender, the sauce was somewhat on the short side. but I think there may be a difference in meals when the chef puts his face on the package and when they don’t.
Lobster ravioli is one of my favorite appetizers to order when I go out to eat. I just couldn’t wait to open one up and see if it had real lobster meat or that plasticly-fake lobster meat. I was happy to see little chunks of the real thing, including some whole pieces of claw meat!
The sauce was equally as impressive. It tasted like a true lobster bisque, just thicker. The portion size is very close to what I normally get as an appetizer. Six ravioli, for a few dollars more, would make me a loyal customer of this dish. Until then, it’s just an appetizer. But a top notch one.
Chicken Parmesan and Spaghetti
Probably just your family, chicken parmesan is something we have on a regular basis. I even order out instead of having the pizza everyone else is having. This meal is just perfect. First, there is a real breaded chicken breast, and not one of those machine made ones. It’s a little smaller than what you would get out, but it is excellent.
The spaghetti is equally as enjoyable. There is just enough sauce to coat it, a little more would be appreciated, but the portion size is good, and the meal heats up in the microwave in three minutes. Next time, I’ll get some vegetable sides and have a quick and easy dinner solution on my kids most busiest nights.
Parmesan Risotto with Porcini Mushrooms, Asparagus and Peas
I was very impressed with this prepared meal. Reheating is “stupid” easy and the unique microwaveable container seems to steam the contents. What you get is a delicious risotto that is hard to believe came out of a microwave.
All of the components in the meal tasted fresh and it is easy to see the care and hand preperation that went into this meal. The asparagus was cooked to a perfect al dente, the mushrooms were plentiful, and the portion size was not overwhelming large, but certainly enough for a good lunch for light dinner. This is a great vegetarian meal I would order again, and again. At $7.99, I thought the meal was an exceptional value too.
Beef Bolognese Lasagna with Three Cheeses
My husband had the lasagna, and his first words were that the portion size was too small. It did look very small, so I reheated him a second meal. I served it on a salad plate, as shown in the picture, the lasagna measures about a three inch square. That is the only reason we gave it a silver medal.
However, it is the best lasagna we ever had from a meal delivery company, and we’ve had most of them, if not all. It is not even a close contest. I wish my picture came out better, it doesn’t do it justice. The sauce is excellent, the noodle are perfect, and again, you can see the attention to detail that went into making this meal. At $8.99, get two if you have a big appetite. We’ve paid a lot more for a lot less.
Moroccan Lamb with Whole Wheat Couscous
His second dinner of the evening was this meal, and he raved about it. I am not a lamb eater, but he said the chicks of lamb were perfectly cooked, delicious, and tender. Again, the vegetables were fresh and crisp, and I was surprised to see him gulp down the whole wheat couscous. He doesn’t eat or enjoy anything made from whole wheat.
If I had to say, I sensed he had a little trouble finishing his second meal. Overall, another excellent meal. By the way, it is on the Smart and Simple menu too, if anyone out there is on a diet, or watching your weight.
Mestizas Short Rib Enchiladas
I was excited to see this meal on the menu because I’m a huge fan of short ribs. One day, I fear, short ribs will be a dining event like wagyu beef because they are so expensive. They are pricey, they take a long time to cook, and they don’t yield a lot of meat. I was expecting an enchilada with just enough short rib meat to be able to use it in the name.
As is the trend with my meals from this company so far, I was pleasantly surprised again. Not only was the braised short rib beef well represented by portion size in the enchilada, it was prepared with the patient perfection required for proper beef short ribs.
There was a chopped vegetable-like ingredient I couldn’t identify, and it was delicious. I had to read the box to discover it was pickled cactus. Again, another example of culinary detail put into the creation and execution of these meals. It is a spicy dish, as one would expect, and well worth adding to your next order. I would also suggest one of their side dishes, such as black beans and rice, and a vegetable to make this a compete meal.
Never Thought of Fresh Direct
I was shopping for prepared meals and came across this website. I was looking for a meal delivery service in the city for my mother, and I never thought of this company. What an incredible job you have done to share these reviews with other consumers. I placed my order, and as your previous reviews indicated, shipping was almost too easy to believe, and much less than what I am used to paying. This is a concern for me because my mother is not going to be able to carry large boxes up to her apartment.
Once the food got inside her home, the quality was just as impressive. My mother loves everything she has tried so far. I tried one too and it was superb, the Lasagna. I am giving Fresh Direct as many stars as I can, and I wish I could give you one, too.
A Tour of Gourmet Dining Around the World
I may have sampled their entire menu by now, and I have to say I have been a very happy customer. Today, my husband and I had the Vegetarian Spaghetti with meatballs, the Coconut Chicken Curry, the Lamb and Vegetable Curry, and the Chicken and Cheese Enchiladas. It was like a tour of gourmet dining around the world.
Great Food and Great Service
I have been using them for many years but it is only recently that I tried their prepared meals. Why bother to cook? That is my feeling. I have one every day at work for lunch.
I love the packaging and the quality of the food. I had the Chicken Marsala today which is great. The shipping man is always on time and polite with me. I once offered him a tip and he said he wasn’t allowed to accept them. The one time I feel motivated to tip someone and they can’t have them. Anyway, great food and great service that reminds me of how living in New York City used to be.
Grilled Salmon with Saffron Rice and String Beans
This prepared meal comes from the “Smart & Simple” menu, meaning it is under 500 calories. I felt their website was pretty easy to navigate once I got used all of the information they post. Shipping was excellent. I think it was under $8, and it arrived by one of their own delivery men, who struck me as friendly, caring, and helpful. The microwave packaging is great.
The salmon was a good sized portion compared to other meal delivery services I have tried. I am not a big fan of saffron, but this was good and not overpowering. They didn’t cut the ends off of the string beans, which I thought was the proper thing to do. However, they gave a ton of them, so I am forgiving of that. I didn’t find the tops and tails too tough or bitter.
Parmesan Meatballs and Rigatoni
This was an exceptional meal that tasted as close to homemade as I have ever had from a meal delivery company. I wanted to show their microwave packaging too, for anyone that might consider using the meals as a lunch they would take to the office. These are are best microwave trays I have used, and they heat the meals perfectly.
What is there to say? Delicious homemade meatballs, a wonder sauce, perfectly prepared al dente rigatoni, and a generous portion size. You really can’t leave their website without adding this meal to your shopping cart. In my opinion, it is as good as prepared meal delivery gets.
Shrimp, Vegetable & Brown Rice Biryani
One of things I liked most about this meal was the little chili pictures they put on their website to let customers know how spicy a meal is. This meal has two out of five chilies, and I have to say that is exactly what I would score it as. I am not a fan of hot food, but I do like some occasional spice, and this meal was just that.
The shrimp came out perfect, not overcooked like could easily happen in a microwave. The vegetables and rice have a very nice texture, but it was the flavor of spicy yogurt sauce that won me over. I see this meal more as a lunch sized portion, and a great side choice for dinner.
Turkey Bolognese Lasagna
This is another very good meal, only the portion size is on the small side. My portion was about a three inch square. The noodles were tender and the sauce was delicious. So delicious, I wonder why they don’t have a Spaghetti Bolognese on the menu. The fresh mozzarella was a noted extra effort by the chef.
My husband could have easily eaten two of these as a dinner portion. If there was a little more sauce, I could have dipped a roll or garlic bread into the gravy, but it is one of the best tasting lasagnas I have tried from a meal delivery company.
Wow! Here is a meal you won’t want to pass up when you place your order. The picture can explain this meal better than I can, but the chunks of beef were huge. In fact, I had to cut two of them with my knife. Except I didn’t need a knife, the beef was classically fork-tender.
The vegetables were crisp and far from soft like you can get from a microwaved meal. The noodles were prepared to perfection too. The sauce could have used a little more wine flavor, but overall, this meal was superb, and the portion size was satisfying. Next time, I am getting a few of these. My compliments to the chef.