The Vegan Garden + Meal Planning

This is a sponsored post on behalf of The Vegan Garden. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own, as always.

At one point in time, I seriously thought about going vegan. Over the years, I’ve followed a mostly vegetarian diet so going completely vegan seemed like the next step. But last year I decided that I was done labeling the way I ate. I was going to eat how I liked and what my body wanted. If that meant having dairy, chicken or a burger at some point, so be it. If it meant greens, beans, veggies and fruit, that’s good, too. In all honesty, since I got rid of the label, my eating habits haven’t changed that much. I still mostly eat a vegetarian diet. Being label free works best for me.

I enjoy cooking and am lucky enough to be able to set aside time to prepare my own meals. But I know not everyone does. There are a lot of meal delivery services out there and I’ve always been curious about one thing – does the food actually taste good? I recently tried a vegan meal delivery service called The Vegan Garden. They deliver homemade, frozen meals through FedEx. You can pick how many breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and desserts you want through their meal deals. They also offer Gluten Free options.

The Vegan Garden - happyfitmama.com

I was sent a meal plan for three days that included a breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert. Even though it’s cold outside, I was a little concerned that the food would thaw during the shipping process. Though it took over a week to receive my shipment, the food was solid as a rock. Side note: The original shipment that was sent to me somehow had three packages open in transit. Once I contacted customer service, another shipment was sent out. They stated that had never happened before and it is their policy to replace any product that is opened or not in an acceptable condition to the customer.

Vegan Desserts - happyfitmama.com

I didn’t follow the meal plan that was provided but rather sampled meals and desserts throughout the week. The Tutti Frutti Quinoa was delicious for breakfast, filling and very purple. It reminded me of similar breakfasts I’ve made for myself.

Tutti Fruitti Quinoa - happyfitmama.com

The most surprising meal was the Giardino Pizza. I wasn’t exactly sure how “cheesy” tasting it would be. I’ve had not so great melting experiences with vegan cheese in the past. But this was perfect. The crust was doughy. The sauce had just the right flavor. The veggies were crisp. And the cheese, while not exactly melted, had a good flavor. Definitely a favorite.

Vegan Pizza - happyfitmama.com

I’ll eat anything and am accustomed to vegan/vegetarian eating. I wanted a meat eating fan to do a taste test too. So I turned to Ron. He gave a big thumbs up to the Bangkok Salad and the Macaroni and “Cheese.” That was another surprise with it’s cheesiness. Just as delicious as the full dairy option, in both our opinions.

Of course, I can’t forget the desserts. I would be lying if I said they weren’t the best part. The Coco Mess Cookie was un.be.live.able. Chocolate, coconut, oats, rice cereal, peanut butter = fantastic combo that I need to replicate soon!

Coco Mess - happyfitmama.com

I really enjoyed tasting what The Vegan Garden has to offer. The food didn’t look that appetizing in it’s packaging and some even after it was prepared. However, it surpassed my expectations in taste and flavor. It was a nice option to have something on hand when I didn’t want to cook. My only complaint is that the ingredients and nutritional information are not listed on the packaging (it is listed on their website). It was an inconvenience to have to look it up when wondering “What’s in this?”

You can find more information on The Vegan Garden through their website or Facebook.

So what’s for dinner this week?

Sunday: Butternut Squash Apple Soup

Monday: Green Smoothie Pancakes

Tuesday: Easy Cauliflower Mac & Cheese

Wednesday: Ron’s Homemade Veggie Pizza

Thursday: Crock Pot Taco Chili

Friday: Date night!

Saturday: Another date night??!!

Have you ever tried a meal delivery service?

What are you having for dinner this week?

13 comments on “The Vegan Garden + Meal Planning

  1. Have never heard of the Vegan Garden before today, but looks like they have some great products, and I am sure they are a sustainable company that would be good to help promote :) I will have to look for their products!

    I LOVE cauliflower cheese! We have that as a staple in England, brings back many happy memories, as it was the only way parents could get kids to eat vegetables 😛

    Thanks for sharing!
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  2. I was a vegetarian for 5 years and vegan for a year. I started having some health issues so I began adding meat and dairy back into my diet. This year has taught me to listen to my body and not a label. What I find is I get flack from people either way. It’s others that want to label me. I am totally over dietary dogma. Green smoothie pancakes? I am intrigued.
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    1. Everyone has their opinions and feels the need to voice it. I don’t get it. I’m stealing the dietary dogma line – love it! Oh and green smoothie pancakes – make a green smoothie with whatever ingredients you want. Add it to dry pancake ingredients and prepare as usual. No extra liquid needed!

  3. I have also been sampling their food and have really liked it. I, too, loved the pizza. It was my favorite thing and I was least expecting that. I also really loved the peanut butter cookies :) I’ll be sharing more about my thoughts in January. Glad you got a chance to try too!
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