Whether you just became a vegan or you have been one for a while now, it's clear that the process involves making significant food adjustments and compromises. While vegan food can be absolutely delicious, you have to work hard to find it or to make it, especially if you are not located in a cosmopolitan area like LA, SF, or NY.
If you have trouble coming up with meal plans for your vegan diet, you are not alone. That's what makes vegan meal kit delivery services such an amazing thing. They get the groundwork done by sourcing the ingredients and coming up with accompanying tasty vegan recipes. This saves you the time of taking a trip to the grocery store, and hours on Pinterest trying to find the perfect meal for each day of the week.
It seems like there are selections of meal kit services serving just about every other type special diet needs out there. However, very few predominantly offer vegan meal kits. With some Blue-Apron style services, they will offer a vegetarian option but very rarely is it 100% vegan. On top of that, whether or not their packaging and delivery methods are vegan as well can come into question, but there's no evidence of a hard “yes” or “no” on that question. You'll have to do your own research on that.
Below are all the meal kit delivery services offering pure vegan options that I could find. So far, there are four. Know of more? Leave a comment and I'll add it to this selection. Sometimes they are regionally based. That's fine too!
Also, if you are unhappy with the selections below, I have another post on fully-prepared vegan meal deliveries that you just have to reheat. These types of services will save you even more time in the kitchen, although they will cost a bit more, generally speaking. There are also many more companies in that category. So, if you do want vegan options, you might need to turn to prepared meals instead. Don't worry, many of the companies produce amazing dishes.
Vegan Meal Kits
Green Chef is a USDA-certified organic meal kit company, one that strongly focuses on healthy and high-quality ingredients. All of their dishes are GMO-free and soy free. I particularly like their focus on quality and their ideas work well with principles of a vegan diet. As the image below suggests, Green Chef doesn't exclusively provide vegan meals. They actually have seven key meal plans: Omnivore, Carnivore, Paleo, Keto, Gluten-Free, Vegetarian, and Vegan. Here's the vegan plan including a discount!
Their vegan menu claims to offer innovative plant-based dinners, which rely on specialty ingredients and sauces that they create in-house. A quick glance at their vegan menu shows that the dishes are indeed interesting. This includes options like Hoisin BBQ Tempeh, Linguine ‘Alfredo' and Moroccan Cauliflower. If nothing else, the service might inspire you in the kitchen, helping to show you new directions and recipes to try on your own.
Their recipes are easy to use, backed with photos, step-by-step instructions, and chef tips. They deliver ingredients every week in a refrigerated and insulated box to keep the food fresh. However, the ingredients aren't organized well, which makes the process a little more difficult. Still, the recipes are easy enough to follow, even if you're an amateur in the kitchen,
I've tried out this service myself and you can read my full review for more details. I wasn't specifically focused on the vegan meals, so my experiences may differ from yours. Even so, I did get a good sense of the company and what they offer compared to other services.
The meal plans vary in price, with the vegan plan offering three vegan dinners each week, for $11.99 per meal. This is for two-serving meals, so the pricing isn't too bad. The service automatically renews your subscription every week, which you are free to cancel at any time. Cancellation is a little frustrating but it isn't the worst that I've seen. Additionally, their delivery and subscription services are flexible, which gives you the chance to find the best setup for your needs. They deliver to most parts of the continental United States, except for Alaska, Louisiana, and Hawaii. They charge a $9 shipping fee on every order.
The Purple Carrot
The Purple Carrot is powerful because the service focuses entirely on plant-based meals. This makes them experts at providing meals that are high in nutritional value, while still tasting amazing. In fact, Purple Carrot is well-known for creating innovative and unique meals, ones that you won't find elsewhere. Because the meals are entirely plant-based, you can be sure that they fit in with your needs. Plus, there is no risk of cross-contamination or that you'll get a meal containing meat by mistake.
They deliver pre-measured ingredients removing the guesswork out of the cooking process. Food is packed in recyclable boxes and comes with recipe cards that include easy step-by-step instructions. Most of their meals take roughly take 40 minutes or less to prepare.
Another cool thing is the plans. Their basic plan caters for 1-2 people, providing three meals per week for $72 ($12 per plate). They also have a 3-4 person plan, which is perfect for families. This one costs $80 per week and averages out to $10 per plate. However, you only get two meals per week with this plan, not three. There is also a third plan, which offers performance meals. This one is also for 1-2 people. It costs $78 per week, averaging out to $13 per plate. There is no shipping fee on any of the plans.
This last plan is particularly interesting. The meals are higher in protein than other Purple Carrot meals. This should make them more filling. That outcome is great for anyone interested in performance, such as athletes and anyone trying to gain muscle. The style would also be useful if you normally find yourself hungry after a vegan meal.
Finally, the subscription service is flexible. This allows you to skip or cancel your order anytime. For example, you might choose to skip if you're going away for a week or if you just want to cook recipes on your own for a while.
Chef'd is a little bit different. Unlike most other services, you're not limited to a subscription plan. Instead, you can order meals individually. You're not just limited to dinner either. Chef'd also provides breakfast, lunch and dessert meal kits. There are also meal plans to choose from, including some targeted at weight loss. But, none of these are vegan specific. As such, you'd need to focus on ordering individual meals. Thankfully, there are many of these to choose from.
The style does work well. It means you can choose precisely how many meals you get each week, along with what these are. The idea works perfectly if you have picky eaters in the family or if you have specific ingredients you love. The menu selection allows you to filter by many different categories, including the type of meal, cooking type, skill level and dietary lifestyle.
The main limitation is the selection. There are a large number of meals on offer but only some of these are vegan. The options do change over time, depending on the season and the current menus. Even so, you might find that there are relatively few options. This makes the service good for individual meals and specific situations – but it mightn't be one you want to rely on every week.
Despite this, the meals they do provide are interesting. Some examples include a Beyond Beef Mexican Bowl, Butternut Squash Soup, Potato Corn Chowder and Szechuan Tofu with Sticky Rice. Most recipes are available in two or four servings and the price varies from one recipe to the next. For example, the Beyond Beef Mexican Bowl costs $32 for two servings and $40 for four servings.
FreshRealm is amongst the few food delivery services that offer both prepared meals and meal kits. With over 100 dinner options, you can narrow down to your preferred vegan meal by using their customization tool. The meal kit company also serves both food-based retailers and individuals, which is highly unusual.
They also pack your meals in an attractive reusable vessel to keep waste to the minimum. The ordering system used calculates if your chosen items will fit into the delivery vessel. It means using a trial and error approach when selecting the ingredients to include in your kit. This style means you have more control but it can take much longer to create a meal kit that suits your needs. You also cannot figure out if you have reached the minimum order required to qualify for free shipping while picking out your order items. For many people, this style won't be ideal, as it decreases the convenience of ordering a meal kit. Still, the company is one to consider.
FreshRealm allows you to order freely with no membership packages needed. You get your first shipment after a week following signup. The ingredients arrive individually packed in plastic containers within the vessel. They do have a good enough selection of vegan recipes. However, their site does not allow you to browse their menus and recipes without creating an account, which adds a layer of frustration.
The cost of the FreshRealm meals ranges from $10 to $20 per plate, with two and three weekly meal choices. Interestingly, you can choose not to receive recipe cards which will save you about $0.75 per recipe.
Sun Basket is one of the most flexible meal kit services that I’ve seen. The company provides multiple meal plans that you can choose from, including paleo, gluten-free, vegan ($45 discount link), vegetarian, Mediterranean, and Lean & Clean. Like other services, you do get to choose your meals as well. This makes it easy to avoid any that you’re not interested in and focus on appealing ones.
There is also a strong reliance on organic and sustainable ingredients. Many of the ingredients are also seasonal, which means the meals and flavors will change over time. I love this style personally, as it always results in more interesting meals.
The ingredients are divided into individual bags based on your meal and Sun Basket minimizes the amount of cardboard that they use. The style makes it easy to find the right ingredients for your meals. All of the packaging is compostable and recyclable as well. The dishes are all easy to prepare and they taste good. Many of the meals are interesting, rather than typical dishes that you’d cook on your own time.
In addition to the meal plans, you can choose whether you’re cooking for two or four people. There are two options if you’re cooking for four, either a classic or a family menu. However, vegan meals are only supported through the classic menu. If you’re cooking for two, you automatically get the classic menu. For this menu, your only option is three recipes per week – that can’t be changed. But, three per week is pretty common among the different services and would work for many families.
Annoyingly, you have to step most of the way through the order process to find out much the meals cost and the price may depend on where you live. In my case, the meals were $11.99 per serving for a two-person plan and $9.99 per serving for either of the four-person options. Shipping was $5.99, although it was free for my first order. You can find full details of my experiences on my Sun Basket review.
With Terra’s Kitchen, you get access to a wide range of different meals, along with lunches, snacks, desserts, and drinks. The company heavily relies on fresh ingredients, which includes organic produce as much as possible. Ingredients are also provided in unusual packaging and are all pre-prepared. The packaging helps keep the ingredients fresh for as long as possible and makes the ingredients easy to store as well.
There are two ways to order. The first is a plan for one to two people, where Terra’s Kitchen recommends two to three different meals for you each week. The other is for three to four people, with two meals recommended weekly. Regardless of the plan, meals start at $9.99 per serving and you get to choose the exact meals that you want. When calculated out, the plans begin at $72 per week. The final price will depend on the meals you select.
Terra’s Kitchen is very interesting when it comes to meals. They don’t offer a weekly revolving menu, like many other companies do. Instead, they have a set menu that contains more than 50 individual recipes. Of these, there are currently seven vegan meals.
That isn’t a huge selection of vegan meals but it’s still better than many other companies. You also know exactly what meals are available before you start – you don’t have to gamble on the weekly menu.
Another cool thing is the information provided. As well as the recipe, Terra’s Kitchen includes nutritional details and ingredient information, along with a story about the meal itself. Overall, the company works well for health and the pricing is fairly similar to other services.
This is a completely different option if you want vegan meals. I say different because the ingredients from Hungry Root are much more prepared than you might expect. For example, some of their individual components include cauliflower rice, sweet potato ribbons, and kale pesto. Many are also already cooked or require minimal heating.
Most of their meals simply involve combining two or three components in a pan. You normally end up spending less than ten minutes cooking and you don’t need any specialized skills at all.
The meals are all entirely vegan, so you don’t have to worry about selection. There are various sides, snacks, and desserts as well. Those are all large enough to share, while the meals all serve two people.
When ordering, you choose between two boxes. They’re each sent out weekly. The first is The Starter Set, which costs $69 ($59 for the first week). This contains three meals and four sides, snacks, or desserts. The other plan is called The Good Life and costs $99 ($79 for the first week). This one is slightly larger and has five meals and five snacks.
You can choose the meals that you get yourself or let the company do this for you. The selection must be made after you pay. But, the website provides details about all of the meals and their ingredients, so you’ll know exactly what to expect.
PlateJoy isn’t really a meal kit service, not like the others on this list. Instead, the goal is to assist with meal planning. This basically means that they produce entire meal plans for you, based on your preferences. You’re then given recipes, along with an ingredients list. You can shop for the food yourself or use Instacart to have it delivered to you from local stores.
The idea is actually really powerful. Meal planning takes a considerable amount of time and effort, as does shopping for the ingredients. This becomes more complex on a vegan diet. You or your family members may have other food requirements to consider too, such as food allergies.
PlateJoy makes it incredibly easy to work out what you’re going to eat every week. The system is also comprehensive, allowing you to select many more preferences than a traditional meal kit service. After all, the company doesn’t have to prepare kits for each customer. This creates an amazing ability to be flexible. I looked at many of these options when I tried PlateJoy for myself.
This also means the service works well in many different situations. For example, if you’re dealing with picky kids or multiple dietary restrictions – you can tailor your PlateJoy settings accordingly.
PlateJoy is also reasonably priced. The service costs less $12 a month for a 6-month plan and less than $9 a month for a 12-month plan. There are separate fees for the Instacart side of things but they’re still not excessive (you can always choose to shop yourself if you would rather that). In fact, PlateJoy is a good low-cost alternative to meal kits. It gives you some of the same advantages but at a fraction of the cost.