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The Vegetarian Meal Plan

  • Mouthwatering Meatless Meals
    Crazy-delicious vegetarian fare inspired by global cuisines
  • Incomparable Ingredients
    Organic fresh produce, eggs, and tofu made from non-GMO soy
  • Goodbye, Grocery & Regards, Recipe Research
    No more shopping or meal planning required

Vegetarian Meal Plan to Your Door

Chickpeas with kale and egg

Only the Freshest

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Protein Power

Plant-based proteins, like organic, non-GMO tofu, plus organic eggs

Hand-crafted Sauces and Hand-picked Spices

Exploding with flavors that span the globe and rock your world

Recipes for Success

All meal-kit recipes are developed by our award-winning chefs, so the deliciousness never ends

Vegetarian Nutritional Info

Sunbasket’s Vegetarian diet meals are a matchless, meatless balance of healthy and delicious to keep you satisfied and stoked. Plus, they all come with the approval of our in-house dietitians, so you know you’re gonna be good to go.

Pappardelle with spinach and hazelnuts
  • Portion Perfection: About 400-800 calories per serving
  • High in Protein: At least 10 grams per serving
  • High in Fiber: At least 5 grams per serving
  • Good Fats: Sourced from olives, nuts, seeds, and avocados
Kale Yes, Let’s Do This

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes! In fact, substantial scientific research links a plant-based eating pattern with better health and longevity. That said, at Sunbasket we recognize that there is no one-size-fits-all take on healthy eating––everyone's needs are different and it's important to consider the whole person, as well as other contextual factors. Pregnancy, activity level, GI conditions that may cause nutrient malabsorption, and other considerations may require increased attention to meet nutritional needs through a vegetarian meal diet. We encourage you to work with a registered dietitian and health professional to find a dietary pattern that best supports your unique needs.
You better be-leaf it! A vegetarian eating pattern that embraces high quality, wholesome ingredients is absolutely beneficial for your health. In fact, plant-based foods such as fruits, vegetables, beans, legumes, nuts, and seeds tend to be the most nutrient-dense foods out there, delivering the most nutritional bang-per-bite. Not only are plants loaded with micronutrients like vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and phytonutrients, they are also full of fiber, which supports healthy digestion and feeds your gut-friendly bacteria, boosting mood, immunity, and more. (To immunity, and beyond!)
Our Vegetarian meal plan relies on a variety of plant-based protein sources such as legumes (beans, peas, lentils, and soy-based foods such as tofu, edamame, and tempeh), whole grains, nuts, seeds, nutritional yeast, as well as eggs and dairy (such as yogurt or cheese), and... truckloads of veggies! It’s a surprise to many people, but all vegetables contain some amount of protein. One cup of cooked spinach, for example, has more than 5 grams of protein per cup. (That whole Popeye-getting-buff-from-spinach thing was no joke, huh?) When following a vegetarian eating pattern, the protein in your diet comes from a variety of sources that collectively add up.
We see what you did there––how do you “meet” funny, you vegetarian, you. But seriously folks, vegetarian-friendly sources of calcium include dairy products like yogurt and cheese, and non-dairy products (which are often fortified with calcium), greens (such as broccoli, kale and collards), pulses (peas, lentils, beans, and including soybeans, tofu, and tempeh), and some nuts and seeds (like almonds and sesame seeds or tahini). As for Vitamin B12, this nutrient is most commonly found in animal products, and can be found in eggs and dairy. Additionally, many grain products (breads, cereals) are fortified with Vitamin B12. Nutritional yeast, a popular vegetarian-friendly condiment known for its tangy, cheesy punch of flavor, also delivers Vitamin B12. (Speaking of, we formally apologize for that cheesy punch of flavor that began this paragraph. We were just horseradishin’ around.)
Yes! Milk and dairy products like cheese, yogurt, kefir, and ice cream are included in a vegetarian meal diet––just not vegan.
Eggs are also included on a vegetarian diet (but, again, not vegan) and are a good source of protein. One egg has varying amounts of 13 essential vitamins and minerals plus 6 grams of high-quality protein. Eggs are often a staple of a high protein vegetarian diet.
Our Vegetarian plan does not include fish. We do offer a Pescatarian meal plan, which mirrors the guidelines of the Vegetarian meal plan, but with the addition of fish. Our Pescatarian meal plan can be found here. Tell your friend; she might dig it.
Every body is different. Some may lose weight, some may gain weight, some may stay the same. Research shows that health-promoting behaviors, independent of weight, are the real drivers of optimal well-being. This means that we can improve our health, no matter our shape or size, by adopting health-promoting behaviors under our direct control––such as eating more plants! Will cutting out meat make you lose weight? Maybe, maybe not. But the real goal here is health promotion, and eating more plants will certainly support that. Go for the green!

Learn More About The Vegetarian Diet

Reasons to Eat Vegetarian

There are many great reasons for eating a vegetarian diet. The three most common are to improve health, to make more environmentally responsible choices, and to support animal welfare. Following a vegetarian eating pattern can help encourage a more nutrient-rich, clean diet that contributes to greater health and well-being. By abstaining from meat, vegetarians also reduce their own environmental impact, as meat production (especially beef) is a major emitter of greenhouse gases and a drain on our limited water resources. And as for animal rights, well, that one’s pretty clear––much like the conscience of a vegetarian.

Vegetarianism for Health

Rich in nutrients and fiber, vegetarian food supports the maintenance of your health, as part of a calorie-conscious, balanced diet and regular exercise. Do it for health!

Getting Used to Vegetarianism

Forget the plunge, sometimes you just gotta ease into that water. If you've been eating meat every day for your entire life, nobody here is asking you to cannonball straightaway into vegetarianism. It’s totally cool to start small. You could adopt Meatless Mondays (or Tofu Tuesdays, or even We-don’t-eat-meat Wednesdays…), then graduate to a few veggie days a week. (We know of a pretty handy meal plan that can make the transition seamless... Sun-something or other.) This approach is sometimes known as “reducetarian”––those who consciously try to consume fewer animal products at every turn. Then, before you can say “Jack Rutabaga,” you'll have all the vegetarian know-how to make a full-fledged lifestyle change.

Vegetarian vs. Flexitarian

If total commitment’s not your bag, baby, you could always try going “flexitarian” and make your own rules. Flexitarians follow a predominantly vegetarian lifestyle and acknowledge the benefits of a plant-based eating pattern but allow for flexibility in their food choices. Some flexies are cool with Thanksgiving turkey, dinner at a friend’s house, or choosing to order meat dishes only when eating out. Sometimes severe restriction can feel like a setup for failure. The notion of an "all or nothing" approach is far less likely to succeed than allowing for some built-in flexibility. You'll need to decide for yourself where you fall on the vegetarian spectrum, and remember, no choice has to be forever. But any increase in consumption of plant-based foods can be considered a win for your health and the environment. And you can always shop our full menu to find the variety you’re looking for.

Vegetarian vs. Pescatarian

Pescatarian, which comes from “pesce,” the Italian word for fish, is a plant-based eating pattern that includes plants, eggs, dairy, and––surprise!––fish, as well as other shellfish like clams and shrimp that are loaded in healthy minerals. Aside from being a good source of protein, many fish have healthful compounds such as omega-3 fatty acids. If you would like to try a pescatarian diet, Sunbasket's Pescatarian Meal Plan can be found here.