4 Meal Delivery Services for the Busy Vegan

January 21, 2014

Take a cursory glance around you, and it’s clear: as a culture, we seem to thrive on a perpetual state of busy, a constant transience that reaches into all aspects of our lives. Whether you’re occupied by a demanding job, a family to care for, or even a furry feline, it’s likely you’ve had to cut corners in some areas of your life. And for so many people, these compromises take place in the kitchen.

Eating a plant-based diet meal plan or a vegan diet, while relatively simple, does not always lend itself to fast preparation. Sure, you could subsist on rice, beans, kale, and nutritional yeast on the busiest of days, but sometimes even this medley isn’t desirable. Sometimes, you just want a pre-made meal to tuck in the oven or microwave while going about your business. Sometimes, an Amy’s brown rice bowl or Tofurky pizza just won’t satisfy. When facing a crazy couple days, weeks, or months, what’s a health-minded vegan to do? The answer: vegan meals delivered to your door.

Veestro

A 100% vegan meal delivery service, Veestro provides pre-cooked meals to your doorstep. Simply visit their website, create an account, shop the meals plans or create your own, and place your order. Among the specialized meal plans offered, the company boasts the “High Protein Pack” ($209.99), a “21 Day Challenge 1 Meal per Day + Juice Cleanse Pack” ($189.99), a “Healthy Voyager Travel Meal Pack” ($99.99), and the “Take a Break From Cooking” ($209.99). If opting to select your own meals, Veestro features breakfast, appetizers, soups, entrees, and desserts. There are also designated gluten-free, kid-friendly, and family meal sections. All products can be microwaved, boiled, or thawed in their original packaging.

veggie lasagna veestro

Veggie lasagna is one of the many entree choices at Veestro

Thrive Foods Direct

Perhaps you’re already familiar with the Vega line of protein powders, nutritional supplements, and more, but you might not yet be acquainted with its sister company, which delivers nourishing vegan food anywhere in the United States. Thrive customers can choose among a variety of plans, including 10 entrees ($110), 5 entrees ($75), and Thrive Plus ($36 per day), which is designed for athletic persons. The menus are ever-changing, but may include meals such as an Apple Granola Crumble, Shiitake Mushroom & Spinach Risotto, and Vegetable Paella. A meals come pre-packaged and vacuum sealed.

eggplant chana masala

Eggplant chana masala at Thrive

Fresh N’ Lean

Fresh N’ Lean gives a new meaning to gluten-free, organic plant-based fare. At $15 for five lunch entrees, $22 for a 10 entree meal, and $28 dollars for a standard plan, this weekly delivery service is an affordable option for vegans who may be pinching their pennies. An example daily meal features Hearty Granola, Balsamic Vegetables with Quinoa & Mushroom Gravy, and Eggplant Curry with Brown Rice. Items can also be ordered a la carte.

mash sweet potato with gravy

Mash sweet potato with mushroom gravy at Fresh n’ Lean

Vegan Cuts Snack Box

If you’re traveling and won’t have access to a refrigerator for an extended period of time, consider signing up for a vegan snacks box delivery. For $19.95 per month, customers receive 7-10 healthy vegan snacks (mostly gluten-free), ranging from savory to sweet. This snacks for vegans box is also an excellent introduction to new and exciting vegan companies. Best of all, you can cancel your snack box at any time.

vegan cuts snack box

Vegan Cuts snack box (ferret not included)

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Photo: Veestro; Thrive; Fresh n’ Lean; tiffany_nadine via Instagram

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Contributing Editor Molly Lansdowne lives in Boston, Massachusetts. In her free time, she enjoys writing, practicing yoga, and traveling around New England. Follow Molly on Pinterest @bostonvegan and Instagram @molly_lansdowne.

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