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Best Meal Kits for Vegan, Gluten-Free, Paleo and Whole30 Diets + More

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best meal kits for vegans paleo whole30 and more

Better eating habits are easier than ever to achieve, thanks to these subscription meal kits! These types of services do the grocery shopping and meal prep for you, and best of all, there are options for almost every type of diet. Not only will you benefit from eating healthy, wholesome, home-cooked recipes—these meal kits can help save you time, make you more confident in the kitchen, and might even save you money (especially if you use our meal kit coupons).

We’re breaking down some of the most popular meal kits by the diet they support. See what’s on the menu for your eating plan! Hungry for more? Check out other food and snack subscription boxes.

Vegetarian Meal Kits

Most popular meal kits now offer vegetarian options. We’ve found that some of their recipes can even be made vegan if you omit garnishes like cheese or cream, or swap dairy ingredients with plant-based alternatives from your own fridge:

broccoli and cheesy risotto

Broccoli Parmesan Risotto with Cheddar and Shallot from our November 2017 Home Chef Vegetarian review.

1. Home Chef

COUPON: Save $30 off your first box with coupon code DM30

Home Chef’s weekly menu typically includes three vegetarian dinners (they can work as lunches, too) that put new twists on classic recipes. They also often offer vegetarian add-ons for breakfast or snacking.

Read our Home Chef reviews!

2. Blue Apron

COUPON: Get $30 off your first order! No coupon required—just use this link.

Usually, about half of Blue Apron’s weekly 2-person plan options are vegetarian. Choices are more limited for their 4-person plan, but you can always count on the dishes to feature exciting, foodie-friendly ingredients and flavors.

Read our Blue Apron reviews!

3. Plated

COUPON: Get 50% off your first week of Plated with any subscription plan (up to $79.60 value)! No coupon required—just use this link.

Plated’s weekly menus can include 10+ dishes (including returning favorites), which means there are usually proportionally more veggie options in this colorful subscription than most.

Read our Plated reviews!

4. Hello Fresh

COUPON: Save $30 on your first box! No coupon required—just use this link.

Hello Fresh has a specific “Veggie Plan” that features their three weekly vegetarian meal options. There’s no customization option here, given the limited selections, but the crowd-pleasing flavors are reliably tasty.

Read our Hello Fresh reviews!

5. Terra’s Kitchen

COUPON: Use code TKNOW35 to save $35 off your first order!

If you’re a vegetarian who’s also interested in clean eating, the Mediterranean diet dishes on the Terra’s Kitchen menu are a great option. This menu doesn’t change as frequently as with other services, but the list of 50+ existing recipes includes over 20 nutrient-dense vegetarian dishes—and they offer plant-based add-ons, like sides and beverages, too!

Read our Terra’s Kitchen reviews!

6. Green Chef

COUPON: Get 2 meals in your first order for free! No coupon required—just use this link.

Green Chef’s vegetarian plan offers you three weekly dishes, each inspired by international cuisine and crowd-pleasing classics. While the limited options mean no picking and choosing, the yummy flavors—and the fact that Green Chef does a lot of the prep-work for you (think pre-chopped veggies and ready-made sauces)—makes up for it!

Read our Green Chef reviews!

7. Sunbasket

COUPON: Save $35 off your first box! No coupon required—just follow this link.

Sunbasket’s chef-curated weekly menus feature an array of out-of-the-ordinary, restaurant-quality recipes, at least 3 or 4 of which will be veggie-friendly. To save you time (and amp up the flavor), Sunbasket recipes often include pre-blended spices and sauces made from quality ingredients.

Read our Sunbasket reviews!

Vegan & Plant-Based Eating Meal Kits

Plant-based eating is becoming more and more popular—and for good reason! These meal kits feature delicious vegan recipes to help you maximize your nutrient intake with minimal effort:

Check out our review of Terra's Kitchen for April 2017!

Terra Buddha Bowl from our April 2017 Terra’s Kitchen review.

1. Terra’s Kitchen

COUPON: Use code TKNOW35 to save $35 off your first order!

Terra’s Kitchen’s Mediterranean-Diet-inspired menu doesn’t change often, but its 10+ deliciously simple vegan recipes are flavors we bet you won’t mind returning to. Plus, Terra’s Kitchen does most of the prep work (a.k.a. chopping) for you, which means less time between you and a tasty plate.

Read our Terra’s Kitchen reviews!

2. Green Chef

COUPON: Get 2 meals in your first order for free! No coupon required—just use this link.

Green Chef’s vegan plan features three preset weekly meals with international flair and plenty of flavor. No lackluster veggies here—Green Chef’s dishes feature ready-made vegan sauces, dressings, and even ingredients like cashew cheese.

Read our Green Chef reviews!

3. Sunbasket

COUPON: Save $35 off your first box! No coupon required—just follow this link.

Each week, Sunbasket serves up 3 vegan recipes for their “Vegan Plan” subscribers, all of which capture Sunbasket’s signature chef-inspired flair. This is a great subscription for full-time vegans, but it’s especially good for people trying veganism for the first time, thanks to its flexibility. Even if you choose a Vegan Plan, you can swap your dishes with anything you’d like off the greater Sunbasket menu—if your cheese craving kicks in, or if you realize your body just feels better when you have a little steak in your diet, Sunbasket’s got you covered.

Read our Sunbasket reviews!

4. Daily Harvest

COUPON: New Daily Harvest subscribers can use coupon code THREEFREE to save 50% off your first Daily Harvest 6 Box!

Think of Daily Harvest a super simplified vegan meal kit. Rather than shipping a box of ingredients to prep, cook, and plate, Daily Harvest offers pre-prepped ingredients for superfood-packed smoothies, soups, “sundaes”, and (new for 2018) side dishes in convenient cups—just blend or heat what’s inside, and you’re done! The ingredient cups even double as an on-the-go containers!

Read our Daily Harvest reviews!

5. Purple Carrot

Purple Carrot is 100% dedicated to plant-based eating—no meat or dairy here! Each week, you’ll receive 3 pre-set, globally inspired recipes that promise plenty of flavor. And attention all athletes! Unleash your inner Kyrie Irving with Purple Carrot’s TB Performance Meals, a weekly 3-meal plan designed by Tom Brady that features high-protein, gluten-free dishes to fuel your active lifestyle in a cleaner way.

Read our Purple Carrot reviews!

6. Splendid Spoon

Splendid Spoon is a meal delivery service focused on liquid nutrition. Their grab-and-go smoothies and their drinkable and spoonable soups pack lots of 100% plant-based ingredients into a simple meal that you can take to work, sip on in the car, or enjoy at home.

Paleo-Friendly Meal Kits

Ditching sugar and grains? These meal kits don’t just suit your dietary needs—these are delicious dishes you’ll actually look forward to eating:

Sunbasket Roasted Chicken with Charred Orange, Sage, and Fall Vegetables

1. Green Chef

COUPON: Get 2 meals in your first order for free! No coupon required—just use this link.

Green Chef’s paleo dishes are not only protein-rich—they’re also certified gluten-free! That means dishes that are truly gluten-free, per the standards of the Gluten Intolerance Group’s Gluten-Free Food Service program. Each week, you’ll get three new pre-set recipes made with USDA-certified-organic ingredients that can be ready to eat in just about 30 minutes.

Read our Green Chef reviews!

2. Sunbasket

COUPON: Save $35 off your first box! No coupon required—just follow this link.

Apart from being free of gluten, grain, soy, corn, and dairy, Sunbasket’s paleo plan features organic and sustainable produce and homemade sauces to make your meals even more healthy, wholesome, and simple to make. Not sure if paleo is the right eating plan for you? No worries! Sunbasket doesn’t limit your weekly recipes to your plan—if paleo doesn’t end up floating your boat, you can swap your recipes out for anything on the greater Sunbasket menu.

Read our Sunbasket reviews!

3. Terra’s Kitchen

COUPON: Use code TKNOW35 to save $35 off your first order!

Unlike most meal kit programs, which have smaller menus that change each week, Terra’s Kitchen has a huge menu that changes very infrequently. There are around ten Mediterranean-Diet-inspired, nutritionist-curated paleo dishes on that menu at a given time, making it easy to reorder your easy-to-cook favorites.

Read our Terra’s Kitchen reviews!

4. Butcher Box

LIMITED TIME DEAL: Now through 7/19, link here to get $10 off and 2 free 10 oz. ribeye steaks!

Okay, so Butcher Box isn’t a meal kit, in that you don’t get all of the ingredients you need for a meal. But for paleo peeps who don’t have a great local source for meat, it’s a must-know. Whether you choose to customize your box or let Butcher Box pick for you, you can be sure you’ll get high-quality, humanely raised, antibiotic- and hormone-free meats, including 100% grass-fed beef, free-range organic chicken, and heritage-breed pork.

Read our Butcher Box reviews!

Whole30 Meal Kits

Making big changes to your diet, even if it’s just for 30 days, can be overwhelming. Let these boxes handle meal planning and grocery shopping, so you can spend more time celebrating how your clean-eating body feels:

Seared Salmon and Harissa Vegetables from Blue Apron’s Whole30 menu.

1. Blue Apron

COUPON: Get $30 off your first order! No coupon required—just use this link.

From 01/08-02/26, Blue Apron will include two official Whole30®-approved recipes a week on the menu for their 2-Person Plan. Blue Apron recipes are known for their unique, restaurant-quality flair. If you’re worried about an elimination diet tasting lackluster, Blue Apron is here to prove you wrong!

Read our Blue Apron reviews!

2. Terra’s Kitchen

COUPON: Use code TKNOW35 to save $35 off your first order!

It’s no surprise that the ever-versatile Terra’s Kitchen also has some Whole30 meals on the menu. Super-easy and quick to prepare, Terra’s Kitchen’s beef, chicken, and fish dishes are a great way to keep your tastebuds (and your schedule) happy during your Whole30!

Read our Terra’s Kitchen reviews!

Gluten-Free Meal Kits

Gluten intolerance can make mealtime a drag. These flavorful meal kits are out to change that:

1. Green Chef

COUPON: Get 2 meals in your first order for free! No coupon required—just use this link.

The Gluten Intolerance Group’s Gluten-Free Food Service program has officially OK’d this gluten-free subscription box as Certified Gluten-Free. That means that whether you just prefer to avoid gluten or you’re dealing with celiac’s disease, you can count on Green Chef’s dishes to be delicious, nutritious, and cross-contamination free.

Read our Green Chef reviews!

2. Terra’s Kitchen

COUPON: Use code TKNOW35 to save $35 off your first order!

While they don’t have the same certification as Green Chef, Terra’s Kitchen does advertise a ton of delicious gluten-free options on their menu. (Remember, this big menu doesn’t change weekly like other meal kit programs, but there are enough options that you avoid repeats for awhile— or you can keep getting the same meals over and over!) Because of their “plant-strong” perspective on cooking, many dishes are not only naturally gluten-free but nutrient-rich and deliciously clean.

Read our Terra’s Kitchen reviews!

3. Hello Fresh

COUPON: Save $30 on your first box! No coupon required—just use this link.

Hello Fresh includes gluten-free meals on their weekly menus, and while they aren’t certified gluten-free, these dishes are delicious options for folks experimenting with avoiding gluten. “Gluten Free” is noted on related recipes, so you can easily curate your weekly box.

Read our Hello Fresh reviews!

4. PeachDish

PeachDish is upfront about the fact that they’re not officially gluten-free, so celiacs or those with severe gluten allergies should try a different alternative. But if you’re just casually looking to cut back on gluten, PeachDish offers a farm-to-table-inspired menu of “No Gluten Added” dishes that should fit the bill!

Read our PeachDish reviews!

Ketogenic Meal Kits

Filling up on healthy fats is becoming more and more popular. And major meal kits are starting to take notice:

ketogenic meal kits from green chef

Cod with chermoula from Green Chef’s Keto meal plan.

1. Green Chef

COUPON: Get 2 meals in your first order for free! No coupon required—just use this link.

Keto eaters, rejoice! Green Chef is making it easier for you to meet your daily nutrient requirements without sacrificing flavor… and fun! Each week, you’ll get three new dairy- and gluten-free dishes that are packed with flavor and fresh ingredients.

Read our Green Chef reviews!

2. Butcher Box

LIMITED TIME DEAL: Get FREE bacon for the whole year! Plus, now through 7/19, follow this link to get $10 off and 2 free 10 oz. ribeye steaks!

Butcher Box may not be an official meal kit (it’s just meat, rather than pre-prepped ingredients and recipes), but its high-quality, certified-humane products make it an essential for keto fans. Oh, and did we mention their January promotion? Order now to get free bacon all year! That’s delicious bacon with no nitrates and no added sugar. Is your mouth watering yet?

Read our Butcher Box reviews!

Do you have a specific eating plan? Which boxes fit your lifestyle?

In addition to the mainstream meal kit subscription boxes we mentioned above, we know there are TONS of specialty meal kits tailor-made for healthy diets. Which ones have you tried? Which ones are you curious about?

Written by Anna Reilly

Anna Reilly

Anna loves collecting little treasures, be they pop-culture finds, handmade mementos, or new potions to put in her makeup bag. Beauty boxes got her interested in the subscription world, but now she’s swooning for all things kawaii!

All views in this review are the opinion of the author. My Subscription Addiction will never accept payment in exchange for a review, but will accept a box at no cost to provide honest opinions on the box. This post may contain affiliate/referral links. Read the complete My Subscription Addiction disclosure.

3 Comments

  1. I found it interesting that Marley Spoon wasn’t one listed. That’s my newest addition and I’m finding I enjoy picking the week’s meals. I – I’ll be better about doing the survey next year!

  2. I was just telling my husband yesterday that I wanted to try out a vegetarian meal kit but didn’t know the ranking. Thank you!!

  3. Thank you for the post, I really wanted a veggie plan comparison!

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