Health & Nutrition

5 Plant-Based Subscription Meal Kits Guaranteed to Make Your Taste Buds Happy

Finding healthy recipes, shopping for ingredients, and making gourmet plant-based meals is a mission impossible for anyone on a tight schedule, right? Enter subscription meal kits. You can have delicious and hearty plant-based foods straight to your door. There are a wide variety of options available. Here are five of our faves.

Stuck in a cooking rut? It’s time to find some new recipes to jazz up your rotation — but that’s easier said than done. First, you have to scour countless cookbooks and websites looking for fresh ideas that make vegetables the center of the dish versus an afterthought. Next, you’ll need to go shopping for all the ingredients, sometimes hitting multiple stores to source very specific items and spending a lot of money on spices and other random components that you may never use again. And finally, you have to follow complex directions and techniques to create your masterpiece.

Or, you could simply order a subscription meal kit that’s delivered right to your door and start cooking. If the latter sounds more your speed, simply choose from this list of plant-based meal kits, and follow their easy step-by-step guides for a delicious dish:

Green Chef

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Quinoa Tacos with Cashew Crema. Jamaican Sweet Potato Bowl. Barbecue Chickpea Burgers. Is your mouth watering yet? Green Chef’s Plant-Powered plan features a new and carefully curated menu each week, and these are just a sampling of the vibe. Each delivery (you can choose from weekly, bi-weekly and monthly and there’s no minimum commitment) contains all the essentials to create three nourishing dinners for two, four or six people: high-quality, pre-measured ingredients — including complex sauces and spice mixes — and chef-crafted recipes.

Starts at $9.99/meal; greenchef.com

Purple Carrot

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Plant-based meals are Purple Carrot’s specialty and they don’t just stop at dinner — there’s breakfast, lunch and packaged snacks, too. Available in two or four servings, choose from such recipes as Pulled BBQ Jackfruit Sandwiches, Kashmiri Chickpea Bowls, and Tofu Marsala. You can also choose specific dietary needs, such as high protein or gluten-free. And if you’re tight on time, most of these recipes take just about 30 minutes to prepare.

Starts at $9.99/serving; purplecarrot.com

HelloFresh

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America’s most popular meal kit recognizes the importance of plant-based recipes, offering a Veggie plan that promises a wide array of seasonal, naturally produced vegetables. From BBQ Pineapple Flatbreads and Italian Garden Veggie Soup to Crispy Chickpea Tabbouleh Bowls and Cheesy Black Bean Enchiladas, there’s plenty of variety. Plus, Hello Fresh tests each recipe 45 times, to ensure the directions are as simple and the outcome as delicious as possible. There’s no commitment, skipping weeks is easy (and free), and the company offsets 100% of its carbon emissions to ensure a greener footprint.

Starts at $8.99/serving; hellofresh.com

Sun Basket

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Meatless meals inspired by global cuisines? Yes, please! From Mediterranean Two-Bean Pitas with Basil Pesto to Spicy Sichuan Mapo Tofu with Kale and Jasmine Rice (both of which are vegan, by the way) your taste buds are ensured a passport-free trip around the globe. Sun Basket’s Vegetarian plan is approved by in-house dietitians, serving up at least 20 grams, at least 5 grams of fiber, and 550-800 calories per serving. The company gives back through Feeding America, strives to source 100% organic produce, and its packaging is recyclable and compostable.

Starts at $10.99/serving; sunbasket.com

WeTheTrillions

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Do you have specific health conditions you’d like your plant-based diet to address? WeTheTrillions creates ready-to-eat (read: no cooking!) customized meals and snacks — but what sets them apart is their approach to food as medicine, specifically targeting such conditions as IBS, diabetes, and anemia. They also have plans to boost fertility, help with PMS and ease menopause symptoms. All meals are organic, plant-based, contain zero refined sugars, and are customized to your health needs and allergies (there’s a 3-minute health assessment to help determine your plan’s specifics).

Meal bundles are $35/day for 2 meals and 2 snacks; wethetrillions.com