The 7 Best Vegetarian Meal Delivery Services of 2020, According to a Dietitian

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Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Purple Carrot

"Purple Carrot ships pre-portioned ingredients for two to four servings, as well as recipe cards to consumers."

Best Ready To Eat: Urban Remedy

"Already prepared meals featuring low glycemic and anti-inflammatory ingredients designed to boost energy, improve mood, and ease digestion."

Best Frozen: Daily Harvest

"The taste, attention to nutrient-dense ingredients, and variety of products are sure to please any plant skeptic out there."

Most Customizable: Sun Basket

"Sun Basket lets you mix and match boxes to appease both vegetarians and paleo eaters."

Best for Gluten-Free: Splendid Spoon

"Splendid Spoon is a vegan, gluten-free, non-GMO meal delivery service focusing on soups, smoothies, and grain bowls."

Best for Weight Loss: Veestro

"If weight loss is a goal, Veestro offers a specific five- or seven-day weight loss plan based on 1200 calories per day."

Best Eco-Friendly: Green Chef

"Green Chef offers seven new menu items each week, and each recipe can be cooked in 30 minutes."

Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Purple Carrot

Purple Carrot

Purple Carrot

As of June 18, 2020, Purple Carrot wants to reassure customers that despite the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the service will continue to deliver meals to customers as scheduled, although anomalies may occur. Visit the Coronavirus FAQ on their website for more details.

Purple Carrot sets itself apart in the meal delivery sphere by offering only plant-based meals. Similar to other companies in the space, Purple Carrot ships pre-portioned ingredients for two to four servings—as well as recipe cards—to consumers who just have to cook and then plate.

Consumers opting for the two-serving plan can choose a high protein menu that contains meals with 20 or more grams of plant-based protein per serving, making it an excellent choice for athletes or active consumers. Menu options range from gnocchi al pesto to falafel spiced tofu and jeweled biryani.

Purple Carrot is especially careful to address different food allergies as well. There are nut-, soy-, and gluten-free meal options, and customers can browse the weekly menu and build a box based on their own dietary needs. In addition to dinners, consumers can add on “extras” for breakfasts, lunch, and snacks. Breakfasts start at $4.49 per serving, while lunches are priced at $8.99 per serving. 

Best Ready To Eat: Urban Remedy

Urban Remedy

Urban Remedy

Based out of California, Urban Remedy puts an emphasis on organic, locally-sourced food. Founded by Neka Pasquale, Urban Remedy’s mission is to help its customers Eat consciously and live vibrantly.

Shipped overnight to ensure freshness, you can receive already prepared meals featuring low glycemic and anti-inflammatory ingredients designed to boost energy, improve mood, and ease digestion. In addition to nourishing meals and snacks, you can order raw, 100% grain-, gluten-, dairy- and white sugar-free desserts that are divine.

Consumers can purchase curated meal plans or order a la carte. Meal plans range in price from $165 to $340 based on the number of days you choose, and individuals items range in price depending on ingredients and meal type. Some foods you'll find in Urban Remedy's plans include a vegan caesar salad, a rainbow salad, and a raw cacao mousse. Urban Remedy’s meals are also popping up at Whole Foods and health food stores on the East and West Coast, so you can grab a meal to try out before ordering a full plan.

Best Frozen: Daily Harvest

Daily Harvest

Daily Harvest

Skeptics will quickly be put at ease with Daily Harvest, a company that truly makes vegetarian eating easy. Tasty meals featuring nutrient-dense ingredients and a range of products make the company a favorite. If you're looking for flavorful, filling meals, go for their oat or chia bowls, but keep in mind each cup contains two servings.

Smoothie cups contain single servings, and some, like the cacao avocado, are higher in plant-based protein than some of the other more green and fruit-forward options. The harvest bowls contain single servings as well and act as excellent side dishes, but can also function as a main if you add an egg, a few extra veggies, or a small portion of high protein grains like quinoa or legumes.

Meals are delivered frozen and can be prepared in less than five minutes. Customers can choose between weekly deliveries of six, nine, 12, or 24 cups, or monthly deliveries of 24 cups. A 24-cup box makes the cost of each one $6.99, a steal, especially for smoothies that can range up to $12 dollars at high-end smoothie shops. 

Most Customizable: Sun Basket

Sun Basket

Sun Basket

Most meal delivery services only offer dinner options, but Sun Basket is one of the exceptions. Vegetarian consumers can order organic, oven-ready meals, or classic pre-prepped ingredients to cook at home, as well as ready-made breakfast, lunch, and snacks. All recipes are approved by an in–house dietitian to comply with the latest USDA dietary guidelines and most recent science-based nutritional recommendations.

Try the pappardelle with wilted spinach, sweet peas, and fresh ricotta or the creamy mushroom penne with baby kale and almonds. For two people, a classic menu selection offers the options of two, three or four recipes. Four-recipe option costs $10.99 per serving, and the prices increase from there.

Whether you are ordering for one, two or four people, Sun Basket lets you mix and match boxes to appease both vegetarians and paleo eaters. As an added feel-good bonus, Sun Basket donates an average of 1,000 pounds of food a week to Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo counties, the New Jersey Agricultural Society Farmers Against Hunger, and Hope Food Pantry of Monroe County.

Best for Gluten-Free: Splendid Spoon

Splendid Spoon

Splendid Spoon

Splendid Spoon is a vegan, gluten-free, and non-GMO meal delivery service focusing on soups, smoothies, and grain bowls. With three different plans, customers can choose between breakfast and lunch, just lunch, or their “breakfast, lunch, and reset plan” which includes five smoothies, five soups, and one full-day reset, featuring five of their light soups as meals.

The latter plan is designed for those looking to “reset” or refocus their eating. After ordering the first week of meals, you can then decide to customize your order based on which flavors you prefer. Meals options include brown rice taco bowls, butternut turmeric soup, a coconut curry rice bowl, and more.

Most dishes are less than 200 calories per serving and contain two servings in each container. An entire smoothie, soup, or bowl is ideal for a meal and half is perfect for a snack. Pairing a soup with one or two hard-boiled eggs on the side for a protein boost makes for a great meal. Or, add roasted chickpeas or pumpkin seeds on top for a crunch. Grain and soup bowls last in the fridge for one week or frozen for one month. 

Best for Weight Loss: Veestro

Veestro

Veestro 

Veestro is a 100% plant-based company that delivers prepared meals using organic ingredients. Consumers can choose between 10, 20, and 30 meals per week and can filter meals by gluten-free, high protein, or customer favorites. Meals last up to eight weeks in the freezer, and up to one week in the fridge. Choose from dishes like a jackfruit pozole or a lentil and spinach tagine. Prices for meals range from $9.90 to $11.70 depending on how many meals are being delivered.

If weight loss is a goal, Veestro offers a specific five- or seven-day weight loss plan based on 1200 calories per day. Some reviewers reported losing up to six pounds over two weeks with the weight loss meals, however, it is important to note that everybody is different in responding to diet changes. Named "best meal delivery" service by VegNews in 2018, some consumers have written contradictory reviews, noting that meals were less flavor-filled than they had hoped, but were able to spice things up by adding their own condiments and seasonings.  

Best Eco-Friendly: Green Chef

Green Chef

Green Chef

Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Green Chef is experiencing an overload of orders, and are therefore unable to keep up with demand, due to strain on product availability and fulfillment. This may mean that any orders or subscriptions placed through Green Chef will be shipped later than expected. 

Looking for something sustainable and delicious? Green Chef an ideal pick. The organic meal delivery company sends pre-measured, perfectly-portioned, and mostly prepped ingredients, as well as pre-made signature sauces, dressings, and spices for each recipe. Each week, Green Chef offers seven new menu items.

Every recipe can be cooked in 30 minutes, making two servings—perfect for couples or roommates. Dishes include black-eyed pea loaves, veggie and bean stuffed peppers, maple-glazed squash with figs, and more. For two people, the Plant-Powered plan starts at $9.99 per meal; one box contains three dinners, or six meals/servings total per box.

As members of the Sustainable Packaging Coalition and partners of the Plastic Bank, Green Chef reports that they have been able to offset the carbon footprint of every box sold. Consumers can head to their website where all elements of packaging are methodically broken down, informing customers of how they can reuse or recycle packaging materials.

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