If you are trying to eat clean on a plant-based diet, you have probably been avoiding pre-made meals like the plague. With the popularity of plant-based meal-kit delivery services and vegan pizza delivery options being as high as they are these days, boxed and canned entrées often end up being regarded as “bad for you” in comparison to freshly delivered food.
Of course, sometimes we just don’t have the time to meal prep for the week, and also don’t want to go through the hassle of assembling a meal-kit meal, or shelling out the extra cash for takeout. On those days, whipping out a frozen, canned, or pre-bagged meal really doesn’t have to be a terribly unhealthy option. While nothing tastes quite as good as a home-cooked meal, we think there are plenty of viable, affordable options that can easily be incorporated into a mindful, healthy diet.
We’ve plumbed through Amazon to find 11 different pre-made, plant-based meals that for the most part won’t leave you feeling undernourished or unhealthy, and will really help you out in a pinch. Check them out below!
Grainful Thai Curry
This Grainful Thai Curry is a single serve frozen entrée that takes just four minutes in the microwave to prepare. It is made of whole grain steel cut oats with organic coconut milk, massaman curry, organic tofu, green beans, baby corn and red bell peppers. It boasts 20 plus grams of 100 percent whole grain steel cut oats in every serving and is a vegan, certified gluten-free option. You can buy a 10-ounce pack of five for $41.63.
Kim's Simple Meals Vegetarian Dairy Free Macaroni & Cheese
Kim’s Simple Meals Vegetarian Dairy Free Macaroni and Cheese is organic, gluten-free, vegan, dairy-free, kosher, and non-GMO certified. It is made out of gluten-free brown rice elbow macaroni, oat flour, sea salt, sugar, dehydrated vegetables (onion, garlic and tomato), yeast powder, natural smoke torula yeast, annatto powder (annatto extract, maltodextrin), citric acid, lemon peel powder and natural hickory smoke powder [potato maltodextrin, natural hickory smoke flavoring, and hydrated silicon dioxide (which acts as an anti-caking agent)]. You can buy a 10.5-ounce pack of six for $33.57
Daiya Cheezy Mac Deluxe White Dairy Free Cheddar Style Veggie
Daiya Cheezy Mac Deluxe White Dairy Free Cheddar Style Veggie is made with brown rice pasta (whole grain brown rice, rice bran, water), filtered water, dried vegetable blend (pea, carrot, red bell pepper), tapioca starch, non-GMO expeller pressed: canola and/or safflower oil, coconut oil, sea salt, vegan natural flavours, pea protein isolate, potato protein, tricalcium phosphate, cane sugar, lactic acid (vegan), xanthan gum, yeast extract, titanium dioxide (naturally occurring mineral), and onion. It is free of gluten, soy, peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish, dairy, eggs, and fish. Buy a 2-pack for $15.00.
Pacific Foods Organic Cashew Carrot Ginger Bisque
This Pacific Foods Organic Cashew Carrot Ginger Bisque is made with water, carrots, onions, cane sugar, coconut, corn starch, cashews, sea salt, roasted garlic, ginger puree (ginger, citric acid), spices, and sunflower oil. Pour contents into a microwaveable safe bowl, then cover and microwave on high for 1-2 minutes, or until hot. If using a stovetop, pour contents into saucepan. Heat over medium heat until hot, stirring occasionally. Buy a pack of 12 for $33.48.
Dr. McDougall's Right Foods Vegan Chicken Flavor Noodle Soup
Dr. McDougall’s Right Foods Vegan Chicken Flavor Noodle Soup is light in sodium, and is made with noodles (semolina durum wheat flour, niacin, ferrous sulfate (iron), thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), vegetables (onion, carrot, corn, garlic), potato starch, yeast extract, vegan natural flavors, soy sauce (soybeans, whet), sea salt, and spices. You can pick up a pack of six for $10.74.
Amy's Bowls in Brown Rice & Vegetable
Amy’s Bowls in Brown Rice and Vegetable are gluten-free, dairy-free, lactose-free, tree nut-free, vegan, and kosher, as well as light in sodium. It is 70 percent organic, includes soy, and is 260 calories for one entrée, with 9 grams of fat, 0 mg of cholesterol, and 9 grams of protein per bowl. You can buy one for $3.99 on Amazon Fresh.
Gardein, Seven Grain Crispy Tenders
Gardein, Seven Grain Crispy Tenders can be used to make up the base of a TV dinner or eaten as a full meal. They are dairy-free and vegan certified. “Just the burst of flavorful seasoned umami one sometimes crave,” one reviewer wrote. “Authentic, yet can be eaten with a good conscience for the animals, one’s health, and the environment. Love it!You can buy one from Amazon fresh for $4.49.
Hilary's, Eat Well Green Chili and Cumin Adzuki Bean Burger
Hilary’s Eat Well Green Chili and Cumin Adzuki Bean Burger is dairy-free, gluten-free, egg-free, soy-free, nut-free, corn-free, yeast-free, and non-GMO project verified. It contains coconut. “I loved these,” one reviewer wrote. “They were perfect for my ‘introduction’ to vegan meals and had the right amount of spice. They came quickly, too, and the price was satisfactory.You can buy 6.4 ounces of the burger on Amazon Fresh for $3.19.
Beyond Meat, Grilled Chicken-Free Strips
Beyond Meat, Grilled Chicken-Free Strips are made from non-GMO soybeans, peas and carrots, have 20 grams of protein per serving, and are both cholesterol- and gluten-free. Reviewers are divided about the product’s texture, with one writing: “Not my favorite chicken substitute. It has a strange texture.” Buy 9 ounces for $5.49.
Amy's Soups, Low Fat No Chicken Noodle
Tasty Bite Channa Masala Entrée
Tasty Bite Channa Masala Entree is made with onions, water, chickpeas, tomatoes, sunflower oil, coriander, salt, spices, chilies, bay leaf, and turmeric. Reviewers appreciate its convenience, with one writing: “Yummy, healthy, nonmeat meal that we serve over rice packets in a hurry, or over a pot of rice or quinoa.” You can buy one 10 ounce bag on Amazon Fresh for $2.50.
Make Your Own
If you take one day out of the week to meal prep, you can freeze your own foods and have homemade instant meals at your disposal! Personally, we’re huge fans of this Meal Prep Smoky Mac and Cheese recipe by Melanie Sorrentino, and also enjoy making big batches of this Sweet Potato and Quinoa Chili, and Ooey-Gooey Baked Ziti. Yum!
For more delicious and convenient vegan recipes, we highly recommend downloading our Food Monster App, which is available for both Android and iPhone, and can also be found on Instagram and Facebook. The app has more than 8,000 plant-based, allergy-friendly recipes, and subscribers gain access to ten new recipes per day. Check it out!
Lead image source: Meal Prep Smoky Mac and Cheese