Freshly now delivers vegetarian meals made with clean, whole-food ingredients!
Freshly offers heat-and-eat chef-cooked meals and delivers them straight to your door. They recently launched a vegetarian line called Purely Plant, which includes plant-based versions of classic comfort food and international cuisines. All meals from this line contain proprietary plant protein blends and they are also gluten-free! Like other Freshly meals, the Purely Plant meals don’t require long prep time. You just have to heat them up and then they’re ready to be served!
The Purely Plant menu includes The Rainbow Harvest Plant-Based Burger, Unwrapped Salsa Verde Burrito, Farmstead Baked Lentil Pasta, Buffalo Cauliflower Mac & Cheese, Middle Eastern Falafel Bowl, and Indian Spiced Chickpea Curry Bowl. Prices depend on the number of meals per week. The minimum order is 4 meals/week, which is $45.96 or $11.49/meal (plus $5.99 shipping). A 6 meals/week plan is $56.94 or $8.99/meal (plus $5.99 shipping), and a 10 meals/week plan is $89.9 or $8.99/meal (plus $9.99 shipping). The biggest plan has 12 meals/week, which is $101.88 or $8.49/meal (plus $11.99 for shipping).
Middle Eastern Falafel Bowl. The first vegetarian meal in the box is inspired by Middle Eastern cuisine. This Falafel bowl has whole grains that make you feel full easily, plus added garlicky tahini sauce which is smooth, creamy and oozing with flavor. Each serving is packed with calcium, iron, and potassium.
As instructed, I placed it on the microwave for 3 minutes and let it sit for 2 minutes before serving! This meal smells so good already! The lentils, quinoa, wild rice, and brown rice is layered with roasted red, yellow, and green bell peppers with onions. Yum!
The falafel balls are made with garbanzo beans and seasoned with cumin, green onion, parsley, and cilantro. It was savory and it pairs well with the sesame seed-based sauce that packs a punch!
Buffalo Cauliflower Mac & Cheeze. Next up is a healthy and tasty combination of vegetables and pasta. This plant-powered mac contains a perfect blend of tahini sauce, nutritional yeast, creamy nut butter, and even hot sauce for a kick!
This dish is dairy-free, but you won’t even notice because it’s really cheesy. It needs to be microwaved for 2 minutes and 30 seconds. After heating it up, I let it stand for 2 minutes before I transferred it to a plate!
Tender cauliflower florets were oven-roasted in a tahini-buffalo sauce to make a spicy side dish. There’s also broccoli that balanced the meal. They used gluten-free pasta, made of brown rice and lentils. It’s perfectly cooked, as it was still firm and not soggy.
Meanwhile, the dairy-free sauce contains nutritional yeast, cashew butter, coconut milk, and butternut squash.
Indian-Spiced Chickpea Curry Bowl. Curry is a popular Indian dish, and this time, we’re trying its plant-based version. It has the creaminess and the coconutty flavor that we love about curry, except that it’s healthier and vegetarian-friendly. To make it filling, it’s served on top of basmati rice!
If you want to add more protein to your vegetarian diet, this dish is a great option because it’s packed with clean plant protein from chickpeas and brown lentils. Other ingredients include cauliflower, tomatoes, celery, and potatoes.
Look at that beautiful golden color! The curry contains turmeric, ginger, coriander, garam masala, cilantro, and lime, no wonder each bite tastes warm and comforting. It only took 3 minutes to heat in the microwave!
Unwrapped Salsa Verde Burrito. A burrito without a tortilla? I don’t really mind, especially if it’s plant-based, gluten-free, and dairy-free. Freshly’s vegetarian burrito contains brown rice and roasted sweet potato, mixed with salsa verde for a satisfyingly spicy and tangy flavor!
They also used plant protein crumbles for this one, which is composed of yellow peas, mushrooms, pinto beans, and fragrant spices. When you’re craving your favorite takeout burrito, you no longer have to break your diet because Freshly has this one.
Here’s what it looked like after I microwaved it for 3 minutes! The kick of heat is amazingly good. Plus, I feel good knowing that it contains a chock full of protein, fiber, vitamins, and minerals.
Farmstead Veggie Baked Pasta. We have another plant-powered pasta dish in the box, and this time, it’s baked lentil pasta. It’s packed with seasonal veggies that deliver nutrients our body needs plus a creamy marinara sauce that’s so hard to resist!
This one only needs to be heated for 2 minutes in the microwave before serving. Like the mac and cheese, this baked pasta uses gluten-free macaroni made with brown rice and lentil.
The sauce blended well with the macaroni and the veggies that include carrots, butternut squash, green chickpeas, broccoli, and mushrooms. It was so tasty and creamy. The coconut milk and creamy cashew butter were such an awesome alternative for dairy ingredients that usually go into pasta.
Freshly‘s newest offerings are plant-based meals. The initial menu is quite promising, and I was able to try five of them, which included vegetarian versions of popular international dishes and gluten-free healthy pasta! My favorite would have to be the vegetarian mac. It’s dairy-free, but the pasta turned out creamy thanks to coconut milk and butternut squash. I also love that they added cauliflower florets in buffalo sauce that added a kick of heat to the meal. I’m quite happy with these new vegetable-based meals from Freshly! They’re not just nutritious, they are also easy to prepare so you can still eat healthy food no matter how busy you are.
What do you think of the Freshly vegetarian meals?