We can’t all be amazing cooks. In fact, many of us don’t have the time to be, but at the same time we all need to eat.
You’d be forgiven for thinking that if you can’t cook you’re resigned to a life of oven pizzas, takeaways and the most simple of diets. How wrong that is though. There are many ways in which you can enjoy great food even if you don’t like to cook, with a range of possibilities to suit all budgets.
From uncovering what is the best meal delivery service, to the best restaurant finders and takeaway services, we take a look at some of the most popular services and how you use them…
Starting at just $9.99, Home Chef is a fantastic foodie community that offers simple recipes with intense flavours.
You can choose from 15 different recipes and they’ll mail the ingredients and step-by-step instructions on how to make your meal.
They pride themselves on bringing you fresh ingredients, with them coming in insulated, biodegradable boxes to lock in that freshness.
All the recipes don’t take that long to follow, with a meal taking around half an hour, perfect for putting together after a long day at work.
Freshly is all about the freshness as you’d expect with over 30 dishes packed with all-natural ingredients.
A little different to Home Chef, with Freshly, the meals are cooked by the team and sent immediately, meaning all you actually need to do is heat the meals up and you’re dinner is ready!
All meals are gluten free and full of protein with dishes like steak peppercorn, turkey meatballs, chilli con carne and plenty of vegetarian options too.
It’s perfect for the busy family who need quick meals and with a range of price plans it can suit almost anyone.
Of course, we’ve probably all heard of Deliveroo and unlike the standard takeaways you can usually enjoy over the phone or internet, you can pick up some pretty healthy and high quality meals.
Delivering food from local restaurants, the number of dishes you can order is rich in variety and what’s more, you don’t have to do a single bit of cooking. You can find plenty of dishes on a budget, while the opportunity to splash out on a steak is also a possibility.
Of course, you have to budget accordingly and you are limited by what’s on offer in your area. If you live in a small city for example, the range of restaurants available to order from may not be that expansive.
Urbanspoon is one of a number of restaurant finder apps that are perfect for the days when you simply don’t want to cook. The app highlights a wide range of restaurants in your local area and allows you to browse their menus, prices and photos of the food on offer.
You’ll also find critics reviews as well as ratings by other foodies, giving you great insight into the feel of each place. One of the best features is you can filter by proximity, rating and cuisine meaning you can find exactly what you want before heading out the door.
What’s more, you can even make a reservation to have a table ready and waiting for when you arrive.