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Choosing a Meal Delivery Kit in The Netherlands: An Expat’s Guide

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Modern life sometimes means finding the time to cook at home can be a challenge, especially when balancing family, hobbies, and a career in a new country. Like many other countries across Europe and the rest of the world, ready-to-eat meal delivery kit companies have emerged in the Netherlands to meet these needs!

Whether you’re a busy professional or a parent with little time to cook, these meal delivery kit companies can be game-changers. They also provide meal options full of healthy ingredients. Gone are the days of relying on fast food for a quick meal!

Are you getting hungry yet? We have some favorites, so here’s a short list of some of the Netherlands’ most popular ready-to-eat meal delivery kit providers.

a flatlay of a meal delivery kit concept in the netherlands


HelloFresh is one of the largest meal delivery kit services worldwide and has a significant presence in the Netherlands. They provide an extensive range of meal plans, making them the perfect choice for busy expats who want a balanced diet! You can select your ideal menu, whether you want to experiment with new dishes or stick to familiar favorites. Their meal kits come with pre-portioned ingredients and straightforward recipes, allowing you to cook delicious meals with minimal effort. Simple, easy-to-follow instructions make them a great choice, even for those new to cooking!

A massive benefit to HelloFresh is the flexibility to choose from different meal plans, including classic, veggie, and family-friendly options. The recipes are diverse, with international cuisines, so you can try something new. You can also choose the number of meal kits you need per week and adjust sizes depending on the number of family members. This makes HelloFresh an excellent option for families, leaving more time to focus on hobbies, sports, and time together.

Green Chef

Green Chef delivers sustainable, eco-friendly meal kits. If you’re environmentally conscious, they’re an excellent choice. Green Chef emphasizes organic and sustainable ingredients to contribute to healthy, varied, and specific diets. They offer meal plans for various dietary preferences. Options include keto, vegan, and vegetarian. This makes it easier for those with specific nutritional needs to find enjoyable meals.

Green Chef’s commitment to sustainability is also reflected in its packaging and how it sources its high-quality ingredients. This makes it a great option for those concerned about their carbon footprint. Like HelloFresh, the meal kits come with pre-portioned ingredients and detailed recipes. This ensures a stress-free cooking experience. You can adjust your meal plan depending on the number of people and how many times per week you want to cook with Green Chef. They are at a slightly higher price than HelloFresh. This means they may be more suitable for couples or individuals than larger families. Prefer Organic? Go for Green Chef!


Now for something a little different. While HelloFresh and Green Chef provide the ingredients and guide you through the cooking, Factor delivers pre-cooked meals prepared by a chef! These only require heating up. A key distinction is that Factor’s meals aren’t frozen but always delivered fresh. This is ideal for busy lifestyles or if you need access to a full kitchen. Through a changing menu of 35 varied meal options, Factor offers a range of meal plans. These include keto, vegetarian, pescatarian and a unique chef’s choice. Factor’s meals are crafted with fresh, high-quality ingredients. They also involve dietitians in their menu creation process. This ensures a balanced and nutritious dining experience. If you value convenience or lack a flair for cooking, Factor’s ultra-convenient approach might be perfect for you!

Busy day at the office, or just back from a work trip? Simply heat in a microwave and enjoy a fresh, nutritious meal! Oh, and Factor has also scored the healthiest Ready-to-Heat meal by the Consumer’s Association (‘Consumentenbond’).

Marley Spoon

Marley Spoon offers various meal kits focusing on high-quality ingredients and creative recipes. Similar to Green Chef, they also promote organic and sustainable ingredients. Marley Spoon offers a wide range of recipes with celebrity chef Martha Stewart. If you enjoy experimenting with different dishes and flavors, consider Marley Spoon!


Ekomenu is a meal delivery kit service in the Netherlands known for emphasizing organic and locally sourced ingredients. Like the others on this list, they offer meal kits for different dietary needs, including vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free. Ekomenu’s commitment to sustainability and environmental responsibility makes it an excellent option for eco-conscious expats!


Dinnerly is a budget-friendly meal delivery kit service offering simple, straightforward recipes. It is an excellent choice if you’re looking for affordable meal kits without compromising quality. With a focus on unfussy, simple recipes and meals, Dinnerly is another good option for singles and couples on a budget.

a family in the netherlands opening a meal delivery kit

All meal delivery kit providers in our list offer various options for different preferences, budgets, and dietary needs. We especially love HelloFresh, Green Chef, and Factor for their variety of meal offers. Especially because they focus on convenience and flexibility!

Remember that whether you cook from scratch or prefer fully prepared meals, there’s a service that fits your lifestyle. Try out a few and see which one works best for you!