What’s the best vegetarian meal kit service?
We tested more than 15 services to see which ones had the best offering of vegetarian meal kits. It turns out the one service that traffics only in vegetarian food, Purple Carrot, is also the best. (They say do one thing and do it well.) I’ve spent more than 100 hours testing my way through well over a dozen meal delivery services, most of which have meatless menus, but none that stack up to the original veggie meal kit operation in terms of quality and inventiveness, making it the best option for most people looking for vegetarian meal kits.
Purple Carrot is the only 100% meatless meal kit, but nearly every service offers some plant-based options. So if you’re a carnivore hoping to eat more veggies or a newbie in the kitchen trying to learn plant-based cooking, other services may be a better fit. There are also fully prepared vegetarian meal subscriptions in case cooking just isn’t something you’re interested in. Again, a service that traffics only in plant-based cooking, Mosaic Foods, came out on top as the best vegetarian premade meal subscription.
We’ve tested meal kits and meal delivery services from several angles — best vegan meal kits (no eggs or dairy), best cheap meal kits and best meal kits for eating healthily. This time we looked at which services provide the best quality, variety and value for vegetarian meal delivery services. I cooked and ate plant-based meals from each and did a deep dive into their weekly menus to curate this list of the best vegetarian meal kits and meal delivery services for 2024.
Best vegetarian meal delivery for 2024
Other vegetarian meal delivery services we tried
- HelloFresh: This popular meal kit service has loads of weekly options and is a fine choice if you’re looking for easy weeknight meal kits and tons of options.
- Sunbasket: This service is comparable to Sunbasket in offerings and cost. It’s a solid pick for those seeking plant-based meal kits with options for meat too.
- CookUnity: This is one of our favorite prepared meal services, but it’s on the expensive side and isn’t worth the money if you’re choosing mostly plant-based meals.
- Territory Foods: This healthy meal service has only a few plant-based offerings on its menu, and they cost between $15 and $17.
- BistroMD: These meals are intended to promote weight loss. The meals with meat are good, but the plant-based recipes are bland.
- Home Chef: This meal kit service is good for families and has many plant-based meals. That said, there’s too much plastic packaging, and many of the recipes we tried weren’t exciting.
- Rootberry:These plant-based meals were good but not great, and the menu is limited.
- EveryPlate: This meal kit service is our favorite cheap meal kit service overall, but the plant-based offerings lack imagination.
- Sakara Life: While all the food we tried from this trendy, organic, 100% plant-based meal delivery was great (and Instagram-ready), it’s just far too expensive.
- Gobble: This meal kit service is solid and offers five or six plant-based options per week. That said, it’s also expensive with plans ranging from $12 to $15 per serving.
Vegetarian meal delivery services compared
|Veg options per week
|Price per serving (entree)
|CNET rating (out of 10)
|Mosaic Foods (prepared)
|Free if you order 12 meals
|Fresh N Lean (prepared)
|Daily Harvest (prepared)
How we test plant-based meal delivery services
To test each service, I tried at least five and sometimes as many as 10 or 12 meals from any given service. I chose a range of meals from the various menu and meal plan offerings. For instance, I mixed up the meal types to include pasta, rice bowls, soups, salads or any other vegetarian options offered by the brand.
When ordering, I took note of each meal delivery service’s website, including what information was provided (ingredients, nutritional info), how the menu was organized and how simple it was to pick a meal plan and order meals. When they arrived, I noted how securely they were packaged and checked whether each meal was still chilled or frozen.
Testing meal kits requires cooking, of course, and thus different practices and procedures for evaluation. Here’s more on how we test meal kits at CNET.
To reheat prepared meals, I took a twofold approach. For some meals, I meticulously followed the heating instructions on the label. But since these are merely suggestions, I reheated other meals the way I would if left to my own devices. Often that meant warming them in a nonstick skillet or reheating them in my air fryer.
Factors to consider when choosing a vegan meal delivery service
Meal kits or prepared meals
The first decision to make is whether you want vegetarian meal kits, which require some prep and cooking, or a prepared meal service that sends fully cooked meals that are ready to heat and eat. Meal kits will take more of your time and energy, but they’ll also cost a little less per serving and you’ll have truly fresh, plant-based meals.
Prepared plant-based meals require almost no time and energy to prepare, just heating, but typically run a few bucks more per serving. If you don’t enjoy cooking or need a break for a few meals each week, prepared meal services are the way to go.
Types of meals: 100% plant-based or a mix of meat and meatless
Some vegetarian meal delivery services such as Purple Carrot and Mosaic Foods specialize in only plant-based foods. Other services have veggie options mixed in with the weekly menus containing recipes with meat. Decide if you want to go full force with your plant-based diet or give yourself the option of a few meals per week or month with chicken or salmon.
Most meal kit services allow for flexibility in deciding if you want vegetarian, meals with meat or a mix of both, even after you’ve signed up.
Cost and pricing
Vegetarian meal kit delivery services range from around $6 to $13 per serving. If you want the most bang for your buck, choosing a budget-friendly meal kit such as Dinnerly or Blue Apron and selecting plant-based recipes will be your best bet. Mosaic Foods also has family-size meals that cost just $6 per serving, making it the most affordable vegan prepared-meal subscription we’ve tried. The more servings per week you order, the cheaper the per-serving price will be.
Speaking of which…
Number of meals and servings
Most meal services have a minimum number of meals you must order per week, but some are higher than others. For meal kits, you’ll want to order only the amount of servings you know you’ll cook and eat in a week since most of the ingredients can’t be frozen. Or choose recipes that freeze well so you can save leftovers for a rainy day.
Most prepared meals offer more flexibility since you can typically freeze them to thaw and eat later so you don’t have to worry about ordering too much. Although some, including Sakara life, send fresh salads and veggie bowls that may not be suitable for freezing.