Deliver Lean Is Your Gateway to Veganism

All photos by Laine Doss
The Deliver Lean cooler. Like Christmas morning three times a week.
I've always wanted to try one of those meal plan services. After all, the thought of coming home to find something waiting that doesn't have chemicals or tons of added sodium sounds extremely appealing.

Trouble is that most of the meal plans out there involve eating beef and pork and at home, I try to eat vegetarian. So when I found out Deliver Lean had introduced a new vegan meal plan, I wanted to jump on board.

The company offered a week's trial and I accepted. Meals are $9.95 each based on an eight-week plan and you get three meals a day (with an optional juice). They're delivered three times a week, arriving on your doorstep in the wee hours of the morning. When I went to walk the dogs at 7:30 a.m. on a Monday morning, my first delivery was already there.

Mango summer rolls
I unpacked the soft-sided cooler to assess the food, it was sort of overwhelming. For breakfast I has burritos, coconut milk yogurt with fruit, and a chia pudding. Lunch selections included an eggless egg salad, kale salad with apples and walnuts, and sweet potato latkes. Dinners were stuffed peppers, spaghetti squash, and fajitas.

Each meal had the calories, fat, and carb counts on the package -- all about 300 calories each. At first I thought I would be starving. How wrong I was. In fact, that week I found myself eating way more than I usually do. With the addition of the juice, it was more than enough food and I found myself offering some of it to my husband to take to work or sharing dinner with him. Oh, and believe me -- I can eat.

Like all food, some menu items worked better than others. The chia pudding, for instance, was too thin for pudding, though I did enjoy the accompanying fruit, and the almond milk was way too watery -- especially when I was expecting (hoping) for an afternoon "shake."

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