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Are you committed to a vegan diet and earth-friendly practices, but just can’t find the time to meet those goals? Consider a vegan food delivery service.
You’ve likely heard of meal delivery services like Blue Apron that deliver prepared meals to your home each week. You may not realize there are dedicated vegan meal delivery plans quite similar to Blue Apron.
With much of the country cooking at home right now, demand for these services has hit an all-time high. So, we are starting to see delivery delays (by a few days), ingredient substitutions and a reduction in menu availability. If you sign up, you will need to be flexible as these programs are operating a little differently during these trying times than they usually do.
All food service companies are taking extra precautions to protect workers from the coronavirus. Further, there is no scientific evidence to support that the virus can be passed by food and no cases have been traced to food as of April 2020.
We’ve chosen our best vegan food delivery winners based on several factors including quality of ingredients, nutritional value, the variety of meals and plan choices, sustainable ingredient sourcing, eco-friendly packaging, pricing and more.
Each vegan meal subscription box offers something different, so we’ve broken down our winners into “best of” categories to help you choose the best option for your diet and lifestyle needs. Check out our picks for vegan Blue Apron alternatives.
Established in 2014, Sun Basket has established itself as a leader in organic and non-GMO meal kit delivery. It offers a wide variety of options including Vegetarian, Pescatarian, Paleo, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Lean & Clean, Mediterranean and now Diabetes-Friendly.
If you’re a strict vegan, your menu is limited to 3 menu options each week, but if you are more of a “flexitarian,” you have the opportunity to pick something from the vegetarian or other menus, mix and matching for the same price.
Sun Basket’s labeling system clearly outlines the source for all food items. Most meals take about 30 minutes to prepare and are about 500-800 calories per serving. We love that each meal comes wrapped in its own paper bag so you can quickly grab what you need to get started and then recycle the bag when you’ve finished cooking. The sauce containers are great to reuse for salad dressings and storing household items too.
- Crispy tofu stir-fry with sweet Sichuan sauce and jasmine rice
- Mushroom muffulettas with olive tapenade and kale chips
- Sweet potato and black bean chili
Sun Basket offers 2 plans:
- Classic Menu: 2 meals (or 3 or 4 for an additional cost) for 2 people starts at $10.99 per serving
- Family Menu: 2 meals (or 3 or 4 for an additional cost) for 4 people
- starts at $10.99 per serving
- Shipping: $6.99 flat rate per order
Chip and Kale is a non-subscription plant-based meal kit service based out of Pittsburgh, PA. A new menu posts every Monday and you have until midnight the following Sunday to place your order.
Since there’s no subscription-model, the Chip and Kale meals allow for flexibility (don’t forget to go in and place your order each week). You can also order a la carte (buy what you need on any given week). They even offer desserts and brunch items.
Our Personal Review
Chip and Kale sent Kimberly, one of our writers, some sample meals to try out. She and her husband loved every meal that was sent. The meals were simple to cook and convenient, especially with a baby at home. The meals didn’t include any sides, so they added some to help round the meals out a little.
- Buffalo Tempeh Bowl
- Skillet Enchiladas
- One Pot Pasta Bolognese
- Thai Summer Noodle Soup
- 5 Meal Package for 4 servings: Starts at $5.25 per serving
- Shipping: Cost varies by location.
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Green Chef stands out for their creative and tasty vegan recipes, which can give you ideas to create your own vegan dishes. Each box contains healthy raw ingredients that are responsibly sourced from sustainable growers.
Each item is color-coded, making it easy to follow recipes, and 95% of their ingredients are organic. Green Chef also uses reusable containers, recyclable boxes and biodegradable, compostable jute to pad their boxes’ contents. In addition to their vegan meal plan, Green Chef offers omnivore, carnivore, gluten-free, paleo and vegetarian plans.
- Ginger-Curry Tempeh
- Middle Eastern Lentils
- Cauliflower Niçoise Salad
- Southwest Bean Burger
- Vegan Plan: 2-person plan; 3 meals per week starts at $9.99 per serving
- Shipping: Included
Video: Green Chef Unboxing
Want to see what’s inside a Green Chef box? Watch this quick unboxing video we made which shows what to expect when you get your delivery.
The Vegan Garden is a fantastic choice for people who want plenty of options. In fact, The Vegan Garden has the most extensive variety of menu choices, types of foods, meal plans and packages of any other vegan meal delivery service on the market.
You can even create your own à la carte order or choose a weight loss plan. With so many options, you may be able to skip the grocery store entirely.
Although they’re surprisingly tasty, all of their meals come frozen — a drawback for people who want entirely fresh food or those who want to prep their meals (and learn recipes). Of course, for people who want quick and simple meals, it doesn’t get much easier. They do require a two-month contract for all meal plans, so we encourage you to order à la carte before locking into a subscription.
- Vegan Breakfast Burrito
- Tikka Masala
- Lasagna Napoletana
- Cyprus Salad
- Meal Delivery Plans: Start at $199/month for 28 items of your choice (comes out to around $7 per item)
- Shipping: $29.00 per order ($19 in California)
Other Vegan Meal Kits
These didn’t make the top winning categories but are worth mentioning as well in the ever-growing vegan meal delivery market (no pun intended).
Fresh n’ Lean is a great option for people looking for little to no meal prep time. The meals come prepared and vacuum sealed, so all you have to do is heat them up.
They’re delightfully tasty for fully prepared dishes. All of their vegan meals are organic and include no meat or dairy, processed ingredients, MSG, GMOs, artificial flavors or ingredients, preservatives or gluten.
Their menu includes flavorful Asian-inspired, South American, Continental and Mediterranean classic dishes. Fresh n’ Lean also offers additional meal plans including Low Carb Vegan, ION Performance Protein+ and ION Performance Paleo. We couldn’t find much information about their packaging, except that it’s recyclable.
- Hearty Granola (breakfast)
- Crunchy Curry Almond Quinoa
- Red Pepper Squash Bowl
- Chipotle Cabbage Rice
- Vegan Plans start as $8.40 per serving (5 or 7 day plans)
- Shipping: Free
Purple Carrot is our pick for the best overall value with a vegan meal delivery service. They offer reasonable pricing for all-fresh ingredients that are super healthy, and they give you free shipping to boot. All of their meals include complex carbohydrates from sustainably sourced vegetables, nuts, seeds, legumes and fruits, as well as healthy fats and lean proteins.
Purple Carrot’s recipes are creative, full of flavor and easy to prepare. All of their packaging is made from post-consumer waste and is reusable, recyclable, biodegradable or compostable. They’ve also recently introduced a new meal plan, TB12 Performance Meals, created with Tom Brady and TB12. This meal plan is for athletes and people with an active lifestyle.
- Toasted Quinoa Stir-Fry with Crispy Sesame Shiitakes & Chinese Chives
- Tofu Tikka Masala with Spring Vegetables & Brown Basmati Rice
- Beluga Lentil Taco with Quick Guacamole & Sun Sprout Slaw
- Creamy Cauliflower Alfredo with Warm Broccolini Radicchio Salad
Our team member Jeff Butler has used Purple Carrot. Here is his experience.
My wife and I have been receiving Purple Carrot weekly since 2016. With three little kids, we don’t have the time or energy for meal preparation, and Purple Carrot fulfills our needs perfectly. They have a nice variety of quick meals that can be cooked in 25 minutes or less, while also having a great selection of more complicated (and tastier) meals that can take about an hour (good for weekends).
While very rare, there have been a couple of shipping mishaps and instances of un-fresh produce, but the support team was quick to resolve any problem. After all these years, the recipes never get stale, and we are always happy with the meals.
- 2 Serving Plan: 3 Dinners per week (option for 4) starts at $11.99 per serving
- 4 Serving Plan: 2 Dinners per week (option for 3) starts at $9.99 per serving
- Shipping: FREE
Similar to Fresh N’ Lean, Veestro’s meals are already prepped and ready to eat right out of the box. The company offers both one-time delivery and subscription options as well as breakfast, soups, desserts, juice cleanse and weight loss choices.
All of Veestro’s food is 100% plant-based, uses organic ingredients and is free of preservatives. They also offer gluten-free meals. All orders placed by Sunday will ship out the following Monday or Tuesday.
We love that Veestro makes eating healthy both easy and convenient. The meals are frozen and a la carte, so you can re-order the same dish again if you like it.
We did discover a few negatives to this service. The cooking instructions ask you to heat up the meals in the microwave rather than the oven or stove. Also, the packaging is a bit wasteful (although the carton trays are 100% compostable and plastic pouches are recyclable and BPA-free). With a steep shipping cost, Veestro is best for those who plan to order large volumes.
- Entrees: Country Fried Chick’n or Red Curry with Tofu
- Breakfast: Omelet Primavera or Oatmeal Breakfast Pie
- Soups: Hearty Vegetable Bean Soup or Quinoa Soup
- Weight-Loss Meal Plans (3 meals a day for 5 or 7-day plans) starts at $11/meal
- Shipping: Free for meal plans
Vegetable and Butcher prides itself on sustainably sourced, seasonally-focused meals from farmers that they know and trust. The recipes are crafted by a fine-dining chef who is also a registered dietitian.
All meals are pre-made, gluten and dairy-free and they offer vegan and paleo options. The fixed menu rotates weekly and you can choose a combination of items for breakfast, lunch and dinner for 2, 4 or 6 meals per week.
For those lucky enough to live in the greater Washington DC area, the company offers a 1-week trial that’s commitment-free and if you want to subscribe you save 10% on every box.
Vegans will want to go with the Vegetable’s Basket plan, but the company also has a Butcher’s box that may include pasture-raised chicken, grass-fed beef or wild caught seafood (for $1 more per meal). The ordering process was a little confusing compared to other sites because you can’t pick out your own meals.
- Breakfast: Tofu Scramble w/ Sweet Potato, Avocado + Pico de Gallo
- Lunch: Mixed Summer Greens w/ Strawberries + Roasted Walnuts
- Dinner: Korean Vegetable Bibimbap
- Vegetable’s Basket Plan: Starts at $11 per meal (select from Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner and 2, 4 or 6 days per week)
- Shipping: Free (or pick up at one of their pickup locations).
Check out the video below by 22 Days Nutrition that’s packed with tons of info about how you can benefit from a vegan diet, including weight loss.
When you consider going with a food delivery service, surely one of the considerations is how all that packaging and food sourcing ultimately affects our environment. We’re with you on this major concern. That’s why we chose meal delivery services that are committed to eco-friendly practices. All of our picks source their ingredients from sustainable growers and all packaging is either recyclable, reusable or compostable.
If you’re interested in other meal delivery services for family members who aren’t vegan, be sure to check out our article comparing many of the top meal delivery subscription sites.
What advice do you have for people new to the vegan lifestyle?
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