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Top 5: Popular Meal Kits That Are Most (Vegetarian) Weight Watchers Friendly!

Top 5: Popular Meal Kits That Are Most (Vegetarian) Weight Watchers Friendly!

So you want to try vegetarian meal kits on Weight Watchers? Let’s look deeper into 5 of the top meal kit delivery services. Do they have a variety of vegetarian options? How many Weight Watchers points will their meals cost you?

Since meal kit delivery is all the rage, I thought I would investigate the top 5 available in my area (Columbus, Ohio). I have questions! Are there any that provide enough variety to make the meals interesting and give me choices? Are they offering recipes that make sense to order through a meal kit service (I can buy a box of pasta, jar of sauce, bag of onions and peppers from Aldi’s for $6.48 and that would make 8 servings). Are the choices offered WW friendly? I was surprised by what I found out!

Each of these recipes were calculated based on the suggested directions. They could be made a bit more WW friendly if you reduced the amount of oil called for in the recipe.


Top 5: Popular Meal Kits That Are Most (Vegetarian) Weight Watchers Friendly!


#5 Home Chef (Week of April 8th, 2019): Only 3 recipes available for Vegetarian Plan.

BEST Home Chef:  Triple Mushroom Risotto with Toasted Baguette  (748 Calories)  .   WW: 17

BEST Home Chef: Triple Mushroom Risotto with Toasted Baguette (748 Calories) . WW: 17

  • Triple Mushroom Risotto with Toasted Baguette (748 Calories) . WW: 17

  • Fiesta Corn & Guacamole Flatbread with Chipotle Ranch (734 Calories) WW: 20

  • Ricotta Rigatoni Casserole with Garlic Bread (768 Calories) WW: 23

WORST Home Chef:  Ricotta Rigatoni Casserole with Garlic Bread  (768 Calories)  WW: 23

WORST Home Chef: Ricotta Rigatoni Casserole with Garlic Bread (768 Calories) WW: 23


#4 Hello Fresh (Week of April 6th-12th, 2019): Only 3 recipes available for Vegetarian Plan

BEST Hello Fresh:  Basil-Oil-Topped Parmesan Risotto  (550 Calories)    WWP: 14

BEST Hello Fresh: Basil-Oil-Topped Parmesan Risotto (550 Calories) WWP: 14

  • Basil-Oil-Topped Parmesan Risotto (550 Calories) WWP: 14

  • Za'atar Crusted Grilling Cheese with Sumac Roasted Veggies (520 Calories) WWP: 16

  • Veggie Burrito Bowls (1110 Calories!!!) WWP: 20

WORST Hello Fresh: Veggie Burrito Bowls  (1110 Calories)  WWP: 20

WORST Hello Fresh:Veggie Burrito Bowls (1110 Calories) WWP: 20


#3 Blue Apron (Week of April 8th, 2019): For the “WW Freestyle” menu, only one vegetarian dish available unless you eat fish? I am so surprised that vegetarians were left out of the WW meal kit? Only 3 recipes available for Vegetarians in general.

BEST Blue Apron:  Roasted Vegetable Grain Bowl with Crispy Chickpeas ( 540 Calories)  WWP: 7 (Lowest Recipe)

BEST Blue Apron: Roasted Vegetable Grain Bowl with Crispy Chickpeas (540 Calories) WWP: 7 (Lowest Recipe)

  • Roasted Vegetable Grain Bowl with Crispy Chickpeas (540 Calories) WWP: 7 (Lowest Recipe)

  • Austin-Style Breakfast Taco with side of Black Beans (850 Calories!!!) WWP: 17

  • Pesto Pasta with Broccoli and Lemon Ricotta (680 Calories) WWP: 18

WORST Blue Apron:  Pesto Pasta with Broccoli and Lemon Ricotta  (680 Calories)    WWP: 18

WORST Blue Apron: Pesto Pasta with Broccoli and Lemon Ricotta (680 Calories) WWP: 18


#2 Plated (Week of April 7th to April 13th, 2019): 4 options for Vegetarian Plan, so at least you can opt out of 1.

BEST Plated:  Mushroom Provolone Panini with Fig Jam  (770 Calories)  WW: 14

BEST Plated: Mushroom Provolone Panini with Fig Jam (770 Calories) WW: 14

  • Mushroom Provolone Panini with Fig Jam (770 Calories) WW: 14

  • Nicoise Salad with Brie en Croute (670 Calories) WW: 15

  • Falafel Spiced Chickpeas with Eggplant and Naan (870 Calories!) WW: 16

  • Seared Gnocchi in Parmesan Broth (950 Calories!!) WW: 27 (Highest Recipe)

WORST Plated:  Seared Gnocchi in Parmesan Broth  (950 Calories!!)  WW: 27 (Highest Recipe)

WORST Plated: Seared Gnocchi in Parmesan Broth (950 Calories!!) WW: 27 (Highest Recipe)


#1 Sun Basket (Week of April 8th, 2019): 6 options available for Vegetarians, including 4 options that are also Vegan! Creative recipes.

BEST Sun Basket Option:  Curried Chickpeas and Sweet Potato over Basmati Rice  (580 Calories)  WW: 8

BEST Sun Basket Option: Curried Chickpeas and Sweet Potato over Basmati Rice (580 Calories) WW: 8

  • Curried Chickpeas and Sweet Potato over Basmati Rice (580 Calories) WW: 8

  • Fresh Fetttucine Primavera with Creamy Feta Sauce (500 Calories) WW: 10

  • Mediterranean Flatbreads with Beet Salad (700 Calories) WW: 15

  • Spicy Barbacoa Tempeh Bowls With Quinoa and Avocado (580 Calories) WW: 15

  • Bali Tofu Burgers with Sambal Mayo and Sweet Potato Fries (790 Calories!) WW: 15

  • Greek Salad with Falafel and Marcona Almonds (640 Calories) WW: 17

WORST Sun Basket Option:  Greek Salad with Falafel and Marcona Almonds  (640 Calories)  WW: 17

WORST Sun Basket Option: Greek Salad with Falafel and Marcona Almonds (640 Calories) WW: 17


I think that the most disappointing conclusion that I have after reviewing many of the meal kits on offer is that they do not seem to be balanced or particularly interesting meals (except for Sun Basket and Plated). Perhaps if you ate meat, but were looking to do a meatless Monday, the options available wouldn’t seem so limited? Meal kit people - pastas and grains are not the only thing available to vegetarians! At least pick more exciting grains like bulgur, quinoa or barley!

Let’s hope that in the future, these companies will put a bit more effort and thought to all of the delicious adventurous foods that vegetarians are looking for in their dinner choices.

Do you use a trusted vegetarian Weight Watchers friendly meal service? Let me know in the comments!

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