Healthy, vegan meals
Can order a la carte
Freezer meals only
Can be expensive
Reheating meals can be confusing
Veestro was started by a brother and sister team, Mark Fachler Monica Klausner. Growing up in Costa Rica, they were used to healthy meals with loads of vegetables and fruits. They saw a gap in this area in the United States, so they started Veestro to provide plant-focused meals to people via delivery.
All of Veestro's offerings are plant-focused, vegan, and healthy, but they also have interesting and unique flavors. The meals come frozen to your door and you can heat them up via stovetop, oven, or microwave. We tested several Veestro meals to see what this service is all about.
How It Works: Easy, Low-Stress Ordering
We found ordering from Veestro to be straightforward. The site offers a la carte ordering for meals so there isn’t a worry about a recurring charge. That said, Veestro does offer a discount if you subscribe and would like to receive ongoing meal deliveries.
Before choosing meals, Veestro lets you select your plan size and gives you the option of 10-, 20-, or 30-meal orders. This can be a bit awkward if you are looking for four servings of a meal because the 10 meal plan will leave you with two leftover meals. Since each meal is individually packaged though, you can plan a few lunches or something else with those extra meals.
The a la carte option from Veestro is definitely unique in the meal plan universe, as many companies want to get you onboarded into a meal subscription right away. Veestro's no-commitment model is refreshing.
Choosing Meals: Interesting Vegan Options
Veestro allows you to choose whichever meals you like from a changing list of around 50 offerings. While the meals are all vegan, the flavors are unique and there are many meals with interesting flavor profiles. To fill up your plan allotment of meals, you can choose any number of any of the meals.
What We Made
- Miso udon: It should be noted that we tried this noodle soup in the peak hot days of summer, but it delivered wonderful flavor. The veggies were excellent, even if they were frozen. The bok choy even had a little bite to it, which was nice. The broth and noodles cooked quickly in the microwave and the flavors were deep and delicious.
- Chinese eggplant stir-fry: This was our least favorite meal, but it was still good. The eggplant and noodles were both rather soggy and even with the included peanut sauce, it was just OK on our plate. Something crunchy would have really improved the dish.
- Farro ragout: Normally, a ragout is a rich meat sauce, but this farro ragout is a nice vegan twist on the classic. Farro is a rich, nutty pairing with the sauce and it works surprisingly well. While the Veestro team would disapprove, a sprinkle of parmesan on top doesn’t hurt.
Support Materials: Printed and Web
There are plenty of supporting materials for Veestro's recipes and appear both in print (in the box) and on the Veestro website. You don’t even have to log in to see the information. Veestro is very transparent regarding its recipes and nutrition information, as you can view all of that before you sign up or order any meals.
Veestro also runs a blog called “Food for Thought” that is updated a few times a month with lists and recipe basics.
Packaging: Smart Boxes
We were very impressed with the packaging from Veestro. The meals themselves are stored in compostable trays that are microwave- and freezer-safe, so you can move the meals from the freezer to the microwave with no worries—and then compost the tray when you are done. The meals are sealed with a BPA-free plastic coating that is recyclable.
The trays stack nicely in a freezer and don’t take up as much space as you might think. Veestro appears to have put a lot of thought, planning, and testing into its packaging.
The Cooking Process: Microwave Works Great
Of the three meals we tested, we cooked them all in the microwave as that seems the most likely method for home cooks in a time crunch. We also tested them by thawing the meals and heating them on the stovetop, but the difference in taste and texture was negligible. It seems that these meals are made to be microwaved and they hold up well to it, as long as you don’t overcook them.
The farro ragout and miso udon meals we received worked especially well in the microwave and didn’t really gain much from heating on the stovetop. The eggplant stir fry was a little better on the stovetop because you could separate the ingredients a bit.
It should be noted that there are clearly some meals in the Veestro lineup that would benefit more from heating in the oven or stovetop. The crab cakes meal (with artificial crab) may lose its luster in the microwave and the chick’n nuggets might be best heated in the oven.
Flavor, Freshness, and Quality: Best Frozen Quality
Frozen meals have come a long way from the frozen aisle in the grocery store. The meals Veestro sends out are flash-frozen and the veggies even look fresh upon arrival. We were particularly impressed with the freshness of the vegetables in the miso udon.
The flavors and quality of the meals are good as well, although sometimes sauces were separated slightly. The miso udon, for example, has a sauce at the bottom and it helps to stir it after removing from the microwave to combine all the flavors.
Overall, we found Veestro to be of excellent quality in what is a very hard method for preserving and reheating fresh food.
We were particularly impressed with the freshness of the vegetables in the miso udon.
Nutritional Value: Good Balance
Plant-based foods can sometimes be hit or miss, but Veestro puts all of its focus on plant-based recipes. The nutritional value of the recipes is generally excellent and all of them have a good balance of fats, carbohydrates, and protein. Protein can be the tricky thing when it comes to plant-based foods, but Veestro manages to fit some protein into each meal.
If you are watching your calories, Veestro also offers a weight loss plan that involves three meals per day for a total of around 1,200 daily calories.
Veestro Is Good For
Vegan or vegetarian eaters who don’t have time for constant meal prep or just anybody who is looking for fast ways to have healthy meals might enjoy Veestro.
Veestro Is Not Good For
Carnivores or families that are on a tight food budget may not find Veestro to be a good fit.
Add-ons: Breakfast Options
The list of add-ons Veestro offers isn't numerous, but it does have a few breakfast options. All of the meals, however, could be eaten for either dinner or lunch—we actually found them to be excellent for fast weekday lunches. The breakfast add-on options include things like oatmeal pie and a breakfast burrito.
Customer Service: Email Is Fast
Veestro has several avenues in which to reach customer service: email, website form, and a phone number, while a robust FAQ section aims to answer a lot of questions. We emailed to ask about a sauce that was included in the Chinese eggplant stir-fry recipe. The sauce came in a packet on top of the recipe but without clear instructions on what to do with it. Was it supposed to be microwaved?
We received a reply within a few hours, which explained how the sauce should be heated and added to the meal.
Making Changes and Canceling: Online Portal
If you ordered a la carte, there's no need to cancel because you wouldn't have subscribed to anything. If you have a subscription and would like to cancel, you can do so via their portal online. If you would like to make changes to your order (the plan size or individual meals), you can do that at any point up until the deadline for that week’s deliveries—which varies based on your location.
The Competition: Veestro vs. Fresh n' Lean
We tested Veestro and Fresh n' Lean, which are both offering freezer meals that can be easily reheated in the microwave. The major difference between the two companies is that Veestro offers vegan, plant-based meals and Fresh n' Lean offers paleo, meat-focused meals. While the pricing is similar, we found the flavors and meals that Veestro offered to be more interesting if you are fine with skipping the meat.
That said, if you are looking for high-protein meals, Veestro would not be an ideal service. While these meals have some level of protein, Fresh n' Lean's menu would be a better fit.
The technology used to freeze meals nowadays is excellent and Veestro has found a way to craft really unique and interesting food and deliver it to you, without much loss in quality. That said, the meals are on the pricier side, so you do pay for the convenience and quality.
If you have the budget for the service though and are looking for some high-quality, frozen meals that are quick to reheat, Veestro is a great option. Even as meat-eaters, we will be happy to have a few Veestro meals in the freezer for when we are short on time.
We spent numerous hours looking through 48 meal delivery services’ websites, ordered meals and cooked them at home, photographed the process, spoke with customer service representatives from the companies, filled out detailed surveys about each company and their meals, and wrote in-depth reviews and comparison articles. Our expert panel includes dieticians, chefs, and longtime food writers. The one thing they all have in common is their love and knowledge of food.
The criteria we used to evaluate each company included:
- The ordering process
- Meal selection
- Packaging and support materials
- The cooking process
- The flavor, freshness, and quality of each meal and ingredient
- Nutritional information
- Customer service
- Product Name Veestro
- Lowest Price per Serving $9.90
- Number of Diets Served 5
- Number of Recipes 53
- Delivery Area 48 states
- Serving Sizes Available 1