Meteor had multiple PRs improving the performance of their build in different areas, including:
They've introduced a new option in their deploy command: --cache-build . Using it in your deploy command Meteor will re-use your bundle if your git repository is in the same commit as the last time you deployed.
TL;DR: use --cache-build when deploying to Galaxy.
Want to start a new project with Meteor using Apollo in the data layer? Just run: meteor create myproject --apollo and you're good to go!
They also now have a simple one line command to create a new project using Meteor and Vue: meteor create myproject --vue