Meal Solutions For Busy Aussie Families

Mummy Review: Life gets real busy when you are parent. Sometimes, I get a bit overwhelmed and order food to go. I know that’s not a great, healthy option, so I looked for some options that are a bit healthier (and cheaper) than constantly getting fast food when you’re in a pinch!

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As a mum of multiple children, and several commitments throughout the week, sometime life gets crazy! Occasionally, I don’t feel like doing the grocery shop for the week, or cooking for that matter! I wanted to find some services that would help with busy mums and dads (and other busy people) who still wanted to keep a bit of the freshness and healthiness without an extravagant cost.

Did you know fast food is expensive? When we’ve done it before, a trip to a common fast food restaurant can cost upwards of $50 for our small family! Not to mention, I’m sure it’s not the healthiest and freshest option out there. I’ve compiled a few options for the busy people like me who are looking for an easier, healthier way! Below you will find a few different options and a chart to compare the different features available within each option. And, don’t forget to check out my review for each individual brand. Some come with discounts! Plus, check out the table at the bottom to compare the different options available.

What is your go to when it comes to super busy times? Maybe one of these services can become your new “go to”! There are both  ready to prepare and ready to cook options!

Ready To Prepare Options

These come with all of the ingredients you need (minus pantry basics) & a recipe card


Marley Spoon

Marley Spoon is a delivery service which offers fresh ingredients delivered with a recipe card for 2 & 4 person options. They offer selections of 2, 3 or 4 meals per week. You choose your menu from the options available every week, and they change weekly. You can change your order(like your choices on the menu) up to 6 or 7 days before delivery. Your order will roll over into the next week until you postpone or opt out. See here for my review (and a promo code) of Marley Spoon.

Aussie Farmers Direct

Aussie Farmers Direct is a food and grocery delivery service that now offers “choose your own,” weight watchers, and simple & fresh options for planning meals. They offer a range of selections for all diets and serving
sizes up to as many meals as you would prefer each week. They are adding new menu options all the time, and you can change your order up to 12 noon the day prior to delivery. They offer once off, weekly, and fortnightly options for your choices. See here for my review (and a coupon code) of Aussie Farmers Direct.

Hello Fresh

Hello Fresh is a ready to prepare subscription service which delivers all of the ingredients you will need besides pantry basics (such as salt, flour, etc). They offer meal boxes for 2 and 4 people for 3, 4, or 5 meals per week. Every week, they add new menu options, and you can change your order up to 11:59PM Sydney time to be delivered in the following delivery week. Their subscription service will roll over until you skip, or opt out. See here for my review (and $50 off your first order) of Hello Fresh.

Chef’s Palate

Chef’s Palate is a subscription service which offers ready to prepare in 20 minute meals. They offer a range of meal sizes from 1-6 adults in any number of meals from 1-5 per week. They offer around 9 choices per week and have new options each week. You can order up to 11PM on Wednesday for delivery the following Sunday or Monday, depending on your delivery options. The subscription service will roll over until you postpone or opt out. See here for my review of Chef’s Palate.

Ready to Cook Options

These come pre-prepared and just ready to put in the oven or microwave.

Dinner On The Table

Dinner On The Table is a ready-to-cook meal option for busy families. This service helps the community by providing meals for women made vulnerable by disabilities and their families. They have a variety of options each week for meals serving between 2 and 4 adults. Each meal requires no preparation on your behalf, only cooking. Order by 8am on your day of delivery for meals delivered the same weekSee my review for Dinner On The Table here.

Gourmet Dinner Service

Gourmet Dinner Service is an option offering pre-made meals that involve a little defrosting and time in the oven or stovetop, depending on the instructions indicated. They have a large variety of options that change every so often, and offer desserts, soups, meals and more for a complete meal. Order by 7am the day prior to your delivery day at the latest (or as indicated for your postcode. See my review of Gourmet Dinner Service (and $20 off a $100 order) here.

Gourmet Dinner Service, dinner, meal, food, family meals, meal delivery

Name of ServiceAussie Farmer's DirectChef's PalateHello FreshMarley SpoonDinner on the TableGourmet Dinner Service
People ServedVaries by meal choice.
Between 2 and 5 person serves.
1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 person serves2 & 4 person serves (or 2 adult+2-3kids serve)2 & 4 person servesVaries by meal choice.
Between 1-2 and 3-4 person serves
Varies by meal choice.
Between 2 and 6 people on average.
Cost (Per 4 Person, 4 meals)$149.00/week for best sellers Dependant on the meals chosen, you can select menu items more or less$159.90/ Week$154.95/ Week$143.20/ WeekDependant on the meals chosenDependant on the meals chosen
Subscription? Once off or self-renewing?Select once off, two weekly or monthly deliveriesSubscriptions roll-over until you postpone or opt outSubscriptions rollover until you postpone or opt outSubscriptions rollover until you postpone or opt outOrder as you needOrder as you need
Alternative Diets Available?Variety of foods including Weight Watchers menuVegetarian Menu also availableVegetarian Box also availableVegetarian Box also availableVariety of foods availableVariety of foods available
Available Areas?Check website for delivery areasSydney Metro, Central Coast, Newcastle through Wollongong
Check their website for further details
Areas in the states and territories of NSW, QLD, SA, VIC, and NTSydney, Canberra, Melbourne, Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Wollongong, Newcastle and NSW's Central Coast. Check website for delivery areas.Suburbs across Sydney (click for post codes)Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Brisbane and surrounds.
To check your postcode, click here.
Coupon or promo code?$25 off your first box using code APPLES25N/A$50 off your first box by clicking this referral link$35 off your first box by using this affiliate linkN/A$20 off your order of $100 or more while using the promo code
What is provided?Ingredients (besides pantry basics) and recipe cardIngredients (besides pantry basics) and recipe cards
All meals take 20 minutes or thereabouts
Ingredients (besides pantry basics) and recipe cardIngredients (besides pantry basics) and recipe cardPre-made, ready to cook mealPre-made, ready to cook (some after defrosting) meal
ReviewAussie Farmers Direct ReviewThe Chef's Palate ReviewHello Fresh ReviewMarley Spoon ReviewDinner On The Table ReviewGourmet Dinner Service Review

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