How much do vegan meal delivery services cost?

The meal delivery market is really on fire these days. I see companies popping up left and right on a regular basis. People want to eat at home but don’t want to spend the time grocery shopping and meal planning, I totally get it. There are 3 in the Bay Area that actually have vegan meals:

The Purple Carrot: $7.50/meal

Veestro: $7.83 – $11/meal

22 Days Nutrition – $9.50 – $12.50/meal

Out of curiosity, I want to know how much I’m spending in comparison with meal prepping.

I spend $50-80 on groceries each week for breakfast, lunch, and dinner for 7 days (there’s a lot of variance depending on whether I need to restock something in my pantry).

This is

3*7 = 21 meals — but I usually eat out once so let’s say 20.

Assuming the upper bound on grocery cost, this averages out to

$80/(20 meals) = $4 per meal

which is a little more than half of the cheapest option above.

I’m not putting down these services. They’re great, healthy options for when your time and energy is more valuable than the money you spend on food. At the end of the day, however, I think that cooking is an important but overlooked skill that people in my generation should learn. Eating out and eating these delivered meals isn’t realistic or sustainable for the average joe.

More importantly, I think people are getting further and further removed from knowing how the food we’re eating was made and what’s in it. I’m getting kinda political here because I’ve been reading & watching Michael Pollan’s stuff (he’s a champion for cooking your own food and eating more plants), but food companies are taking advantage of this. One way to overcome this is cooking your own food; I feel that in the process you’ll naturally start to think about all your options and whether or not you want to put something in your body, rather than having someone decide for you in a pre-made meal.

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