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- Pre-made meal delivery is the ultimate form of convenience: all you have to do is receive your order at your door and heat up the meal in the microwave.
- One of our new favorite services for pre-made meal delivery is Factor 75, whose chef- and dietitian-designed meals start at $11.
- I tried four meals, including Pesto Salmon and Cajun Shrimp Jambalaya, and loved them. They were delicious, easy to prepare, and nutritious.
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While meal kit delivery services help cut down on the time and effort of cooking, there are some of us who don’t even want to touch the stove, period. You can’t beat the convenience of a pre-made meal, especially when you’re having a busy week.
While refrigerated or frozen pre-made meals have a bad reputation for being flavorless or uninspiring, a recent wave of new pre-made meal delivery services is starting to change that.
Factor 75 is one of them. Not only does it deliver its meals right to your door, but it also works with chefs and dietitians to create a variety of dishes that cater to different nutritional needs, so you can stay healthy, no matter how busy you are.
The service’s plans range from four meals a week to 18 meals a week, so you can pick one that best fits your schedule and preferences. If you just need a quick and nutritious supplement to your regular meal routine, the four, six, or eight meal-plan will be best. The 12 or 18-meal plans are good if you don’t plan on cooking most of the week. The cost per meal goes down as the number of meals goes up — it’s $15 per meal for the four-meal plan versus $11 per meal for the 18-meal plan.
Factor 75 updates its menu every week. There are breakfast, lunch, and dinner options and you can filter by different nutritional needs such as paleo, keto, and plant-based. There are also add-ons under the “Factor+” category, including healthy desserts, soups, and cold-pressed juices for an additional cost.
Meals are always delivered on Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday depending on your zip code. They’re shipped in insulated boxes with cold gel packs, and you can store them in the fridge for up to seven days. Whenever you’re ready to eat, just heat the tray up in the microwave or oven.
The company provided me a code to try four meals, so I created an account and chose some dishes that looked tasty. I’m an omnivore and have no allergies or dietary restrictions, but if you have specific preferences, you can mark them in your profile so the menu is more customized to you.
Additionally, if you need help choosing meals for your dietary needs and nutritional goals, Factor 75 offers free consultations with its dieticians, who will set you up with a personalized nutrition plan.
There was a lot to choose from, but I ultimately picked the Pesto Salmon, Keto Poblano Bowl, Peanut Buddha Bowl, and Creole Shrimp Jambalaya.
I had no problems with delivery. Everything arrived safely and securely together in an insulated box.
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I was impressed by the quality and taste of each dish. They were all fresh and delicious and exceeded my expectations for refrigerated or pre-made meals. The shrimp, for example, were plump and juicy, and the garlic spinach that came with the pesto salmon — probably my favorite side — was creamy and flavorful.
Most of Factor 75’s meals are 500 to 700 calories. They’re nutritionally dense and made with natural ingredients, so I felt full and satisfied rather than itching to grab a snack just one hour later.
They also heat up in a few minutes, making them great for a lunchtime meal. During the week I tried Factor 75, I was working from home and packing for a move, so I didn’t have much spare time to cook. The Factor 75 meals were easy and convenient and took care of lunch so I could focus on other priorities that week. It helped that they actually tasted good and I looked forward to the next meals.
Factor 75 has various filters for different kinds of diets, but seems to have the most offerings for keto and high protein diets. If those are your priorities, you’ll have much to choose from in the Factor 75 menu. However, if you’re vegan or plant-based, you’ll probably have better luck with a service like Veestro, which is completely catered towards plant-based lifestyles.
I thought Factor 75 was great for someone like me who doesn’t necessarily have specific nutritional goals or adhere to a certain diet but wants to eat healthier in general. All the meals looked interesting and flavorful and the fact that they were high in protein, veggie-packed, or low carb was an added bonus.
For delicious and versatile pre-made meals, you can’t go wrong with Factor 75. It’s the perfect place to order meal delivery when you don’t want to deal with cooking and still want to stay healthy.