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Looking for vegan meal delivery to make your life a little easier? If you’re ill and unable to cook, recently had a baby or just moved, vegan food delivery might make your life a little easier. Most plant based meal delivery services will send vegan frozen meals to your door, so all you have to do is reheat and eat. Meals are healthy and many cvegan even be tailored for specific requirements, for example gluten free.
Vegan Food Delivery Services Comparison Table
|Name of company||Price per meal||Packaging||Availability||Best for||Buy|
|Veestro||$9.90||Compostable & recyclable||Nationwide||Everyone! Top choice|
|MamaSezz||$4.71||Return to them & they'll recycle||Nationwide||New vegans|
|VegReady||$6.23||Plastic||Nationwide||Shelf-stable (no refrigeration required)|
|The Vegan Garden||$7.05||Unknown||Nationwide|
|Sakara||$23.26||Recyclable, and made of recycled plastic||Nationwide||Organic|
|Thrive Foods Direct||$10.00||Recyclable||Nationwide||Athletes|
|Food Nerd||$9.52||Unknown||Nationwide||Raw options|
|Planted Table||$10.00||Zero waste, reusable!||SF/Bay Area only||Zero waste, children's menu|
|Gomae||CAD$11.99||Zero waste, reusable!||Vancouver area only||Zero waste|
|Food Flo||$11.00||Reusable & recyclable (except ice packs)||California, parts of Arizona & Nevada|
|Fresh n Lean||$9.00||Recyclable trays but styrofoam packing material||Nationwide|
What is vegan food delivery?
There are essentially two different kinds of vegan delivery services:
- Meal kits
- Frozen meal delivery
More on each below.
Vegan meal kits
These are packages of pre-portioned ingredients, which you quickly and easily assemble into a meal. There’s still an element of cooking, but in theory it will take you less time than traditional cooking because everything has been measured out and chopped for you.
Vegan frozen meal delivery
This service provides entire meals, already made and ready for you to eat, delivered straight to your door. All you have to do is heat up the food and it’s ready to eat. I’ll be focusing mainly on these companies in this post.
Why and when to get vegan meal delivery
I definitely wouldn’t recommend getting vegan delivery food in the long term, because it’s not the most eco-friendly option (although in some areas you can choose a zero-waste company that uses reusable glass containers — see more below).* However, in certain circumstances, it can be a lifesaver.
When might it be useful to get vegan and vegetarian meal delivery?
- After the birth of a baby
- You’ve become sick, or are recovering from surgery, and are unable to cook
- You just moved and your belongings haven’t arrived yet, meaning you have no knives to chop and no pots and pans to cook in
I’m sure there are many other reasons you might need vegan and vegetarian food delivery service.
*Or maybe it is more eco-friendly than it appears at first glance? Recent studies and articles have offered conflicting views on the eco-friendliness of meal kit services. One study showed meal kits were more sustainable than a meal prepared from ingredients purchased at the grocery store because of reduced food waste. However, other studies pointed to packaging waste as a culprit in making meal kits less eco-friendly than supermarket shopping.
An important note on supplements
If you are eating a wholly plant-based diet (for example one of these meal services), be sure to include a B12 supplement in your diet! Several of the meal delivery service companies mention that on your website, but I thought I’d mention it too. :) If you follow a vegan diet and cook your own meals and use ingredients like fortified plant milks you may not need to include supplements (check the fortification levels in your foods), but if you’re exclusively eating from one of these services you should buy a good quality vitamin.
A note on diet culture and terminology
One major complaint I have about many of the vegan and vegetarian home delivery services is just how many of them promote vegan weight loss meal delivery services, terms like ‘clean eating’, ‘bridal meal plans’, detoxes and other harmful messaging. A ton of them also focus on what they’re free from (but this I guess could be very handy for anyone who’s got allergies or has to avoid an ingredient like salt because of a medical condition, which is why I’ve noted free from options). I’m sure all the negative and harmful messaging shows just how steeped in damaging diet culture we are as a vegan movement and as a society in general. At first I planned to only highlight companies that didn’t include any of this harmful messaging but there were so few I wouldn’t have even had an article to write.
Very few services promoted just great vegan food alone, which makes me sad. I’m hoping this will change. So for now, I decided to include all the vegan meal services I found, but maybe one day there will be enough that promote great vegan food alone, without negative messaging, that I will be able to have a post about those companies. In the meantime, I’d like to direct you to the wonderful resources put together by Taylor Wolfram, a registered dietitian who works as an intuitive eating dietian promoting an anti diet culture message. You can find her on Instagram here or her website here.
The best vegan meal delivery services
What are the best vegan meal plan services?
If you’re looking for a vegan meal service, here are the best ones. Plus, how to select vegan and vegetarian food delivery services that use less packaging. (Depending on your area, you might even be able to get your food delivered in reusable packaging!)
Cost: from $9.90 per meal
Packaging: 100% compostable trays or recyclable BPA-free plastic. Packed with dry ice for refrigeration.
Special Features: Options include gluten-free, soy-free, nut-free and Kosher. Everything is preservative-free and mostly organic (they say 96% of ingredients used are organic).
Best for: vegan home delivery, organic vegan meal delivery, value for money
Veestro is my top choice for vegan meal service. The company is completely vegan, so all their vegan frozen food is plant-based and also mainly organic.
All meals from this organic meal delivery company are preservative-free too and they offer gluten- and soy-free options (you can filter for these on the site). Veestro delivers everywhere in the US except Hawaii and Alaska.
Veestro has made strides to make packaging more eco-friendly, too. Each vegan food box is now packed in dry ice; they try to pack with just enough it evaporates by the time it arrives, but your items will still be cold. All the packaging is compostable or recyclable.
I’d prefer to see reusable packaging (recycling isn’t perfect!) but this is a step in the right direction, and I can see how it would be tricky to collect reusable packaging at this scale/across the entire country.
Unlike some companies, which only deliver dinner, Veestro’s vegan food delivery service offers vegan prepared meals for every meal of the day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) so you’ll be fed for all meals!
Unlike some other meal delivery companies, this vegan frozen food delivery service ships food frozen, rather than refrigerated — meaning it will last longer (up to 8 weeks in the freezer, or 1 week in the fridge).
You can select whether you want to order 10 meals, 20 meals or 30 meals. The more you order, the lower the cost per meal (prices start at $9.90/meal). Meals can be kept in the freezer 8-10 weeks and the fridge up to a week.
You get to choose which meals you want from the Veestro menu, which offers a high level of flexibility. Plus, they show customer ratings so you can get an idea of which dishes are most popular. Options might include beluga lentil braise, red curry tofu, breakfast burritos or country fried vegan chik’n.
Cost: from $9.00 per meal
Special Features: GMO-free. Gluten-free.
Best for: those looking for healthy options, anyone who want to order smoothies and soups
Splendid Spoon is a plant-based meal delivery service that specializes in soups, smoothies and bowls.
If you're looking for healthy, ready-to-eat options, Splendid Spoon is perfect for you.
All the soups and bowls keep for up to a week in the fridge or a month in the freezer, while the smoothies come with a use-by date.
I love how fresh and vibrant all the food looks and sounds, and I'm tempted by some of the options, like the orange hibiscus smoothie, Moroccan spiced buckwheat bowl and the coconut curry rice bowl.
All of Splendid Spoon's packaging is recyclable.
Every dish is GMO-free and gluten-free.
Cost: from $99 for one week (approx $4.71 per meal)
Packaging: They take care of packaging recycling for you; just return items with the return postage label that's included
Special Features: All meals are whole foods plant based meals made with organic ingredients and with no refined sugar, no gluten, no preservatives and no GMOs. Some soy-free options.
Best for: whole food plant based meal delivery, vegan gluten free meal delivery, new or transitioning vegans (they've got a package for newbie vegans!)
MamaSezz is a whole food plant based meal service and it's perfect if you're a new/transitioning vegan. They ship across the US. All their foods are gluten free, organic, non-GMO and refined sugar free.
Their food is made fresh to order and never frozen, and all you need to do is heat and eat.
It's also the cheapest vegan meal delivery on this list in terms of cost per meal.
Plus, they provide return postage labels in the packaging, so you can return your packaging to them for reuse and recycling.
MamaSezz offers a few bundle packages, including the Get Me Started Bundle, which is perfect for anyone new to veganism and provides a week's worth of vegan meals. They also have a 2-week plant based challenge bundle if you prefer to kick off your start to a plant based diet with two weeks of food.
Additionally, you'll find a Keep It Going bundle for after you've completed the 2-week challenge, an SOS (salt-free) bundle if you need to keep your sodium intake low, or the Athlete Bundle if you're an athlete.
the vegan garden
Cost: from $148 for one week (approx $7.05 per meal)
Packaging: Not very much information on their site but they do state they package using recycled foam and dry ice
Special Features: Gluten free
The Vegan Garden's vegan food delivery box makes life easier by sending vegan premade meals to your door, so you don't need to do any meal prep at all.
If you prefer to customise your order, the U Pick Em Plan allows you to customise your order with the meals you want. Otherwise, they have a few plans you can pick from, including a plan for newbie vegans.
The Pioneer Deal is perfect for new vegans: you'll receive 7 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 7 dinners, making your first week eating vegan a breeze.
Unfortunately, their website doesn't have a lot of information on packaging. They state they pack with recycled foam and dry ice, but I couldn't find info on the food containers and whether those are recyclable or not.
Cost: from $121.50 for one week of 9-10 meals (approx $12.15 per meal)
Packaging: Not very much information available on their website except that they're delivered in an insulated cooler bag with ice packs
Special Features: Mostly organic. Gluten free, nut free, soy free and other food allergies available on request.
Vegin' Out started out as a vegan and vegetarian meal service in LA and SoCal but now offers vegan meal delivery nationwide (except Alaska and Hawaii).
Their vegan ready made meals are made with organic ingredients where possible (approximately 75% of ingredients) and are freshly prepared and delivered right to your home.
Every week they put out a new menu, and menus repeat every 8 weeks, so you'll never get tired of having the same meals on repeat every week.
Plus, you can order just one week's worth of food rather than having to commit to a weekly contract like some other companies.
Each order contains 9-10 meals' worth of food (one entree plus one or two sides in each) -- all lunch and dinner food.
Unfortunately their website doesn't have a lot of information about the recyclability of their food packaging -- I'd like to know more about this.
Cost: from $29.99 a day for 3 meals (approx $10 per meal)
Packaging: They say packaging is 100% recyclable
Special Features: Organic, whole food plant based, non GMO
Best for: athletes
The vegetarian home delivery meals from Thrive Food Direct are whole food plant based, organic meals. The prepackaged vegan meals are developed by Brendan Brazier, and based on his bestselling Thrive book series.
They offer the best vegetarian meal delivery services for athletes. Brazier, who's behind the Vega line of supplements, is a former Ironman triathlete and writes about fitness and nutrition for optimum performance.
If you're an athlete, consider getting these fresh vegan meals delivered. They also state on their website food is always fresh, not frozen, and it's delivered refrigerated and ready-to-eat.
They don't have a lot of information on packaging on their site but they do state all packaging is recyclable curbside.
Cost: from $49.80 for case of 8 meals (approx $6.23 per meal)
Packaging: They openly admit their packaging is not as eco-friendly as it could be, but their aim is to get people replacing meat meals with vegan meals and thereby reducing their carbon footprint
Special Features: Shelf stable/no refrigeration required, GMO-free, gluten-free
Best for: new vegans, anyone without access to a fridge or microwave/oven (e.g. you could store them at work easily!)
VegReady has some of the most innovative vegan mail order meals I've come across. Their ready to eat vegan meals require absolutely no refrigeration at all and don't need to be heated, either. They're completely shelf stable and designed to be stored and eaten at room temperature.
They use a process called 'retort', similar to that used with spaghetti sauce or cans of food, rather than chemical preservatives to preserve the food.
This is such a cool idea and it could be incredibly useful to anyone without access to refrigeration or food preparation facilities. For example, the VegReady meals would be great to keep in an office, or if you were visiting somewhere remote without a fridge or place to prepare food.
I also really love how honest they are about packaging on their site. They freely admit they've used plastic and it's not as eco-friendly as it could be. They state that they've tried to create the most convenient food possible and therefore the packaging is plastic, but they've aimed their items at people replacing meat-based meals with vegan meals, and therefore they'll be reducing their environmental impact by switching to plant-based food.
Cost: from $9.52 per meal (for weekly package including all meals)
Packaging: No information
Special Features: Organic, gluten free, oil free, preservative free, GMO free, more than half raw ingredients
Best for: raw vegan food delivery
If you're looking for raw food meal deliver, then Food Nerd's your best bet! The only national plant based diet delivery service I came across that offers raw options, Food Nerd promises 51 - 100% raw ingredients (you can also order a la carte if you prefer).
All meals are made using organic ingredients and food is also gluten- and oil-free. Anywhere from 51-100% raw ingredients are used in their vegetarian mail order meals.
Food is prepared to be eaten fresh, so most dishes just require you to add sauces and/or toppings, shake and eat.
Unfortunately, I couldn't find any information about their packaging apart from that if you are in the Buffalo area you can pick up your meals and they use reusable pick up/drop off bags.
Cost: from $10 per meal
Packaging: Zero waste! Meals are packed in glass containers which you then clean, return, they sterilise and reuse. Containers are packed in reusable insulated bags.
Special Features: Zero waste, organic. Children's menu available. They can accommodate up to 3 food allergens (just select your allergens and they'll provide you meals free from them).
Best for: Bay Area/San Francisco customers
Exclusive discount: Use the code "THEVEGANWORD" for $10 off your first order!
Planted Table is my top pick for anyone in the San Francisco/Bay Area, because they offer the most eco-friendly plant based diet meal delivery. Their vegan meal subscription service is completely zero waste!
Your organic, vegan meals are packed in individual serving sized glass containers inside insulated bags and delivered to you (or you can pick them up from their Oakland kitchen). After you finish your meal, just rinse and dry the glass containers and repack them in the bags and they'll both be collected from you. They reuse the insulated bags and they clean and sterilise the glass containers for reuse.
Their vegan food meal delivery is unique in that it's food waste free, and free of plastic packaging and and disposable packaging.
Another unique aspect to their offering is they offer a children's menu! How cool is that?
If I were ordering in the Bay Area, I'd definitely opt for Planted Table. I hope eventually every city will have something similar!
Exclusive discount: Use "THEVEGANWORD" for $10 off your first order!
Cost: CAD$11.99 per meal
Packaging: Zero waste! Meals are packed in reusable containers inside reusable cotton jute bags.
Special Features: Zero waste, menu items created by local restaurants and food trucks
Best for: Vancouver customers
Discount: Use "VeganWorld20" to get $20 off your first order!
Gomae is my top choice for anyone in the Vancouver area, as it's the most eco-friendly option in the area. Their prepared vegetarian meals delivered are completely zero waste!
All meals are plant based and are packed in reusable containers in reusable thermal bags. The meals are packed in reusable containers, so all you need to do is wash and dry them, and place them back in the bag with the ice packs. They'll be collected, sanitised and reused, along with the bags themselves.
Gomae has one of the most unique propositions for vegan food delivered to your door. They partner with some of the most delicious and sustainable local restaurants and food trucks, who prepare your meals. Yum! You can see the food menu here.
I love the sustainability aspect of this vegan and vegetarian premade meal delivery service, and I love the unique idea of partnering with some of the best local restaurants and food trucks who provide amazing plant based meals.
Use "VeganWorld20" for $20 off your first order!
Cost: from $11 per meal
Packaging: Reusable cooler bags, disposable ice packs and recyclable food containers
Special Features: Organic, GMO free and gluten free food. They will make substitutions for allergens where possible (just get in touch with them).
Best for: Vegan meals delivered to home in California, and parts of Arizona & Nevada
Food Flo is the brainchild of Chef Flo, who for years prepared meals heavy in meat and dairy as she was taught in her native France. This changed when she switched to preparing plant-based foods.
Food Flo provides vegan meals delivered to your home that are organic and gluten free. At the moment, Food Flo delivers in all of California, and parts of Arizona and Nevada.
On their site, they state that the cooler bags used to send food are collected each week and reused. They instruct you to dispose of ice packs on arrival, and they provide recyclable food containers, which they encourage customers to reuse.
services with vegan options
Best meal delivery services with vegan options
In the rush for the best meal delivery service for vegetarians and vegans, some of the major meal delivery players have introduced vegan menus. Read on to find out which services now offer vegan frozen meals delivered and fresh vegan ready meals delivered.
Cost: from $12.99 for vegan entrees
Packaging: A mix of compostable and recyclable materials
Special Features: Low FODMAP, gluten free, GMO free, preservative free
Best for: low FODMAP and gluten free vegan meals delivered to your door
Epicured specializes in low FODMAP and gluten free meals delivered to your door, and they now let you order vegan meals online so they're the perfect choice for a vegan, low FODMAP meal plan. They currently deliver only in the Northeast, from Boston to DC.
All meals are cooked fresh and refrigerated, not frozen, and they claim food is prepared by Michelin star chefs and seasonal.
You can filter for vegan meals on the site, and you can select which meals you want to receive. You can choose from entrees, sides, a soup, bowls, breakfasts or snacks. If you're looking for a low FODMAP vegan meal plan, Epicured is the top choice.
In their FAQ section, they state their food packaging is a mix of compostable and reusable/recyclable plastics. The boxes are recyclable and lined with a plastic that's recyclable (however, it sounds like only certain recycling centers accept it). The ice packs are reusable or you should dispose of the pack or the gel inside in the trash (you can recycle the exterior).
fresh n lean
Cost: $9 per meal
Packaging: Food packaging is in BPA-free, recyclable trays and they say the plastic seals are also recyclable. The boxes are recyclable, as are the ice packs (cut them open and pour into the sink, then recycle the exterior). They use styrofoam padding, which isn't good, although they claim this is recyclable depending on your location.
Special Features: Organic, locally-grown ingredients, gluten free, GMO free. Get in touch to request the exclude a specific ingredient if you have an allergy.
Fresh n Lean sells vegan and vegetarian ready meals online, delivered to your door. Their meals are freshly made and refrigerated, not frozen, and ready to eat in 3 minutes -- all you need to do is heat them up!
Fresh n Lean offers free nationwide shipping. All food is organic, gluten free and GMO free and they say they use locally-grown ingredients (local to where they are based, in California, I suppose). If you have an allergy, they say to get in touch and they can exclude specific ingredients.
They offer an all-vegan option, which is clearly available on their website.
Cost: from $10.79 per meal
Packaging: All packaging is recyclable and they aim to make everything biodegradable
Special Features: Organic, GMO free, soy free, gluten free
Best for: athletes
Trifecta is the best vegan meal delivery for atheletes. Their service is specifically aimed at athletes, and it offers a vegan plan. You can select how many meals you want and how many days' worth of meals. They are organic, GMO free, gluten free and soy free and say they are macro nutrient balanced.
Their plans are aimed at athletes so a good option if you're training.
They also include some specialty items like Beyond burgers--which is good as it will keep your meals more interesting.
I like that they state all their packaging is recyclable and they aim to have completely biodegradable in the next 24 months.
vegetable and butcher
Cost: from $11 per meal
Packaging: Food packaging is compostable or recyclable, and ice packs and bags can be returned to the driver for reuse/recycling
Special Features: Gluten free meals. They say they work with local farmers and create seasonal menus. Soy free and nut free options.
Vegetable and Butcher is a meal delivery service based in Washington, DC that offers a vegan meal option (the Vegetable Basket). They are based in DC and deliver free to your hoem or office in the surrounding area, or offer pickup (enter your zip code on the site to see if they deliver to you).
They state their menus are created by a fine dining chef and a registered dietitian, and they work with seasonal ingredients and try to form partnerships with local farmers/food producers.
They state on their site all food packaging is either compostable or recyclable, and the ask you to return ice packs and bags to the delivery driver so they can reuse them.
Best vegan meal kits
As mentioned above, vegan meal delivery comes in two forms, refrigerated or frozen meals, already cooked and delivered to your door (all you need to do is heat and eat) like all those listed above, and meal kits. Meal kits come with pre-chopped and pre-measured ingredients, which you then cook at home. If you want more flexibility and the taste of freshly-cooked meals, while still saving time, a meal kit might be just the thing for you. To see my full reviews of vegan meal kits, click here.
Note: This post previously contained a listing for Sakara. A reader alerted me to the fact that this company is NOT vegan (they use honey!) in spite of everything on their website and social media misleadingly saying plant-based. I have deleted them from the list in this article. Please alert me to anything else like this -- unfortunately, a lot of companies are cashing in on the vegan trend...
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