6 Plant-Based Meal Kits for Vegans, Vegetarians, and Everyone Else

published Jul 30, 2021
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If you’re a vegetarian like I am, you know it can be a struggle, whether you’re searching for suitable items on a restaurant menu, avoiding spending an excessive amount on groceries (high-quality soy-based “meat” items are not cheap), or trying to fit enough protein into your diet. Luckily, I’ve got a solution for you: plant-based meal kits. These awesome boxes save you time (no excessive chopping and dicing!), trips to the store, and a whole bunch of money — plus, the meals are absolutely delicious. Whether you’re totally plant-based, flirting with the idea of veganism, or just an omnivore looking for some veggie-forward options, we’ve rounded up some of the best vegan and vegetarian meal kits below.

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Green Chef

This 100 percent organic brand caters to people with dietary restrictions, making it great for plant-based eaters (they also have keto and paleo options). Four meals for two people (eight meals total) cost $92 per week, which is definitely cheaper than a thorough grocery haul or several restaurant dinners. Green Chef's vegan options include Korean-style tofu tacos, a hummus-topped root veggies bowl, and refried bean and vegetable quesadillas. Vegetarians can also opt for creamy truffle and mushroom linguine or a honey-mustard kale salad with potatoes, among other delicious choices. Read more about our thoughts on Green Chef here.

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Sun Basket

Sun Basket is another option that we love for plant-based eaters. It rings up at a reasonable $96 for four dinners that each serve two people, making it great for couples or roommates. Select the "vegan" filter, and choose meals like two-bean sloppy joe wraps with mushrooms and tangy coleslaw; a spicy yuba stir-fry with rice noodles, tomatoes, and bok choy; and rainbow quinoa and black bean tacos with guacamole and cabbage slaw. (Is your mouth watering, too?)

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EveryPlate is one of our favorite meal kit brands for a tight budget, and if you've got limited time, it's a great way to avoid fast food. Four meals each for two people cost under $50, including shipping (yes, you read that right!). EveryPlate is also a good choice for people who are new to cooking, since each recipe has just six easy steps. This week's vegetarian options include mushroom and pepper jack quesadillas with caramelized onions, lime crema, and spicy pico; spiced chickpea basmati bowls with a tomato, cucumber, and feta salad; and firehouse veggie flatbread.

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One Potato

One Potato is a super family-friendly meal service, and it has great plant-based options to boot. During checkout, you can select the "vegetarian" plan, then customize your box based on how many adults, teens, and kids you're feeding — no wonder it's our favorite meal kit for families with little kids! Three meals each for two people cost under $78 (including shipping), and choices include spinach and red pepper croquettes with kale salad on the side; farfalle pasta with heirloom tomatoes and a white bean hummus crostini; and vegetable tamales with mole poblano. Currently, One Potato only ships to 16 states, but you can add your name to the waitlist to be notified if they extend their service to your neck of the woods.

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We're big fans of Dinnerly, especially if you're cooking on a budget. The price per serving starts at $4.69 — imagine getting a restaurant entrée for that little money! — and four meals each for two people costs around $55. They can make their meal kits so affordable (without compromising on quality) because they cut down on costs elsewhere: They use digital recipe cards rather than paper ones, fewer ingredients per dish, and simple packaging. The vegetarian meals include refried bean and cheese taquitos with fresh salsa and sour cream, creamy tortelloni with spinach and parmesan, a vegetarian poke bowl, and Mediterranean stuffed peppers. Oh, and don't forget to select the "make your box vegetarian" option at checkout!

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Sprinly is a 100 percent vegan and plant-based meal delivery kit. Rather than sending you prepped ingredients to put together yourself, Sprinly delivers fresh meals to your door. They use clean, organic ingredients — no refined sugar, no artificial preservatives, and all of their food is 100 percent gluten free — so you know you're giving your body the best. The menu changes each week, but this week's meals include General Tso's tofu, pesto zucchini noodles with chickpea patties, a chipotle sweet potato hash with plant-based chorizo, and Burmese lemongrass noodles.

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