Get access to everything we publish when you sign up for Outside+ Join today!.
Treat yourself to a meal-kit delivery service, which sends convenient pre-portioned ingredients for recipes that totally beat takeout. Many offer vegetarian/vegan meal options.
Ever heard of a Tokyo turnip? Or a honeynut squash? This company is all about introducing you to new and unique veggie varieties. “We work with over 150 farmers who grow specialty ingredients just for us,” says Culinary Director Chris Sorensen. “It’s truly a farmers’ market in a box.” A weekly veg subscription comes with online tutorials, fun ingredient bios, and optional wines you can pair with your meals. Eco perk: You can return packaging free of charge.
Veg faves: Delicata Squash Red Curry, Roasted Cauliflower Steaks, Creamy Fontina & Spinach Baked Eggs
Try it: $9.99/veg serving
No subscription required here—simply order what you want, when you want. Handy filters make it easy to find vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free recipes, many from magazines (including VT!) and celeb chefs. Trendy, good-for-you ingredients like kale and broccolini are part of the appeal: “Many people live in food deserts where they aren’t able to purchase certain fresh produce and other specialty items,” explains CEO Kyle Ransford.
Veg faves: Southwestern Black Bean Casserole, Roasted Kale & Beet Salad, Spinach Pesto Grilled Cheese
Try it: $9.50–16/veg serving
Hurray for this option’s sustainable sourcing (95 percent of the ingredients are certified organic) and separate vegan menu with sophisticated, filling recipes. As cofounder and CEO Michael Joseph puts it, “They’re not just a salad or a side dish as a main; they’re a complete, chef-crafted meal.” Great for weeknight dinners, the box includes chopped onions and premade spice mixes, sauces, and dressings that seriously cut down on prep work.
Veg faves: Mongolian Tofu, Butternut Squash Chili, Smoky-Sweet Tempeh
Try it: $10.49–11.99/veg serving
You get three hearty meals a week when you subscribe to this service’s meatless Veggie Box. The focus is on nutrition: Head dietitian Rebecca Lewis, MS, RDN, works with chefs to ensure nutritionally balanced recipes that incorporate seasonal produce and aren’t, she says, “just pasta and cheese.” Think quick, creative grain bowls and vegetable-centric comfort food, with regular contributions from TV personality Jamie Oliver to spice things up.
Veg faves: Quinoa-Stuffed Peppers, Swiss Chard & Wild Mushroom Penne, Jaime’s Asparagus and Mushroom Risotto
Try it: $9.08–9.83/veg serving
Philadelphia writer Tami Fertig enlisted the help of her veggie-loving toddler to sample meal kit after meal kit.