When it comes to us vegans, we know that from the very beginning, one of the hardest things about being a vegan is grocery shopping. It’s painstaking to walk into a supermarket and then go through each and every one ingredient carefully, to make sure that we are walking away with vegan ingredients.
For the past two years, we have been a customer of various vegan meal kit delivery services, and without question, I can say that it has made my life considerably easier for when I’m in a pinch. Before vegan meal kits, my wife and I would cook 95% of our meals at home because it was difficult to find a trustworthy vegan restaurant.
I can’t complain about the meals we cook, but it’s safe to say that they are never restaurant-grade. More importantly, we lacked variety, since it was easier to cook a meal that we were familiar with, with ingredients we knew were truly vegan.
Once we incorporated vegan meal kits into our life, we’ve been able to try ingredients that we’ve never known about before, and we’ve been able to make meals that we never knew existed!
With that being said, below is a list of the best vegan meal kit companies that we recommend. With each recommendation, we give you an introduction to the company, nutritional facts, as well as a discount code.
Best Vegan Meal Kits for 2023
1) Hungry Root
Hungryroot tops our list, and we believe it’s a great choice for vegan meals. Unlike many other vegan meal kit companies, Hungryroot places a large focus on also providing vegan grocery delivery. You can either use those ingredients to create your own favorite dishes or use their recommended recipes with those ingredients!
You can typically expect to pay between $11-$12 per serving. It is on the pricier side, but you do receive access to premium vegan ingredients, and they do a great job of introducing you to new vegan recipes.
- You create a diet profile with Hungryroot, which helps them curate the perfect recommendations for you. (For example, maybe you don’t want alternative meat)
- As you move ingredients in and out of your delivery, you receive different recommendations for recipes, so you can end up with a lot of different meals or choices.
- Their meals typically take between 10-15 minutes to prepare.
- They also provide you with on-the-go snacks and meals.
- As a new customer, you won’t be able to see the available ingredients based on your Diet Profile until you first provide your details and place your order. Only then would you be allowed to customize and create your first delivery.
- There is a lot of single-plastic usage across their ingredients.
2) Splendid Spoon
Splendid Spoon is a relatively new vegan meal delivery company, but they’ve been growing quickly due to its easy to go selection. Unlike the majority of vegan meal kits on this page, Splendid Spoon ships prepared food to your front door. You have the choice to receive:
- Bowls (soups or grains)
- Soups (the difference between these soups and the ones under “Bowl” is that these are meant to “reset” your digestive system
- Wellness Shots (a quick way of receiving all your nutrients)
All their food options are plant-based, gluten-free, GMO-free, soy-free, dairy-free, low in sodium and no added sugars.
Their smoothies are typically 170 calories per serving. Each bottle is labeled as being 2 servings. Click here to find more nutritional information for a typical smoothie.
Their bowls are usually around 250 calories per serving. Click here to find more information on the nutritional value of a grain bowl.
Their noodles are typically 170 calories per serving. Click here for more nutritional information on their noodles.
For their most expensive plan which is 5x Smoothies, 5x Grain/Soup Bowls, 5x Noodles, and 5x Light soups, you will pay $160. That is about $8 per item.
3) Green Chef
Green Chef is a meal delivery service that was founded in 2015. Similar to Sun Basket, Green Chef focuses on healthy-recipes by touting the following meal options: Keto, Paleo, Balanced Living, and Plant-Based. While a plant-based diet doesn’t necessarily mean it’s vegan, Green Chef does offer 3-4 vegan options within their plant-based meal plan every week. Interestingly enough, in 2018, the meal kit giant Hello Fresh acquired Green Chef. Green Chef lands high on our list of vegan meal delivery services due to their consistent 3-4 vegan meals per day, while using organic ingredients.
Unlike Sun Basket or Purple Carrot; Green Chef does not tell us the minimum nutrition macros for thier vegan meals. To figure this out, we looked at ten different vegan meals by Green Chef to come up with the averages below.
- Average Green Chef servings contains 500 to 700 calories
- Every vegan meal by Green Chef contains at least 13g of protein
- Every vegan meal contains at least 7g of fiber
- Green Chef vegan meals are typically high in Calcium, Iron and Potassium.
4) Purple Carrot
Purple Carrot is another meal kit delivery service that started in 2014. Unlike Sun Basket, Purple Carrot is a plant-based meal kit service, and more importantly, a very tasty one! Purple Carrot does not offer organic ingredients, but they do have an ample amount of vegan options (around 8 new meals per week). If you opt for a snack, they do offer vegan snacks such as Apricot Macadamia Overnight Oats and Bananas Foster Chia Pudding.
- Average serving contains 500 to 800 calories
- Every vegan meal contains at least 8g of protein (To be fair, they have meals as high as 40g of protein, but you’ll have to manually check when selecting your meals)
- Every vegan meal contains at least 7g of fiber
- If you order 6 servings across two different meals, you’ll pay as low as $7.99/serving.
5) Marley Spoon
Marley Spoon was founded in 2015 and partnered up with Martha Stewart for meal curation. Every week, there are 20 recipes to choose from in the following categories: Health & Diet, Vegetarian & Vegan, and Meat & Fish. Marely Spoon is slightly cheaper than the three vegan meal kit companies above, but they come in at #4 on our list due to inconsistent vegan options. While there are 3-4 vegetarian options per week, you’d be hard-pressed to find even one vegan meal in some weeks.
- Average serving contains 550 to 800 calories
- Every vegan meal contains at least 15g of protein
- Every vegan meal contains at least 5g of fiber
- The meals are rich in good fats such as omega-3s, olives, nuts, seeds and avocados
6) Hello Fresh
Hello Fresh is the oldest meal kit delivery service on the list by being founded in 2011! Moreso, they are the largest meal kit company as of 2019, holding 36% of the total market share. While their meals are delicious, and are well priced, they come in last on our list due to minimum attention towards their vegan options. Hello Fresh only promises vegetarian meals, but if you want a vegan meal, you will have to “remove the non-vegan items out of the vegetarian meal”- Ouch!
If you’re a vegan, and are a considering a vegan meal kit delivery service, then Hello Fresh is far from the best. It’s better to go with Sun Basket, or Green Chef (which is owned by Hello Fresh), for your vegan meal kit.
Since HelloFresh does not have a dedicated vegan menu, the numbers below are pulled from their vegetarian options.
- Average serving contains 600 to 900 calories
- Every vegetarian meal contains at least 17g of protein
- Close to 50g of fat in many of their meals, which is a bit alarming.