I Tried a Plant-Based Meal Delivery Service—And It Makes Vegetarian Eating a Breeze
The words "frozen" and "vegetarian" may not sound like they go together, but I'm pleasantly surprised with this plant-based meal delivery service. Sticking to a vegetarian meal plan has never been easier!
Our editors and experts handpick every product we feature. We may earn a commission from your purchases.
I grew up in the Midwest where most meals center around meat. As a kid, some of my favorite home-cooked family dinners included chicken Parmesan, steak with loaded baked potatoes and a ham, potato and asparagus skillet. Until recently, I thought meat should be at the center of every plate. But it turns out meat is so ingrained in my diet that I didn’t bother looking into plant-based protein.
When I discovered Mosaic Foods, a plant-based meal delivery service, a door opened. I’ve tried multiple meal delivery services and love how simple (and delicious!) they make meal prep. So, a plant-based meal delivery service has to be the same, if not better, right? Mosaic’s mission immediately resonated with me. They create meals “heavy on plants and rich in hearty, whole-food ingredients.” Plus, they’re all pre-made frozen meals—no ingredient prep necessary.
Over the past two months, I’ve tried all that Mosaic plant-based meal delivery has to offer. And I’m pleasantly surprised with how easy the service makes meal prep. (And my body is happy with all the extra veggies, too.)
What is Mosaic Foods plant-based meal delivery?
Madi Koetting/Taste of Home
The words “frozen” and “vegetarian” may not sound like they go together, but Mosaic Foods makes the two a dream come true. Mosaic Foods plant-based meal delivery is similar to a regular meal delivery kit. Except, instead of receiving fresh ingredients to build the meal, Mosaic delivers pre-made, frozen meals. All you have to do is fire up the oven or microwave. They offer the convenience of a TV dinner, but with the benefit of plants on every plate.
With a variety of vegan and vegetarian meals to choose from, Mosaic makes it a breeze to eat your daily dose of fruits and veggies without having to think about it. Food is frozen at its absolute freshest, so you don’t have to worry about sitting down with a plate of wilting veggies.
They’re one of the best meal delivery services for families, too, thanks to their veggie-packed family meals. Just throw it in the oven and soak up time with the kiddos (or catching up on to-dos). Here’s everything Mosaic offers:
- Veggie bowls
- Family meals
- Oat bowls
How We Tested Mosaic Plant-Based Meal Delivery
Madi Koetting/Taste of Home
Intrigued by Mosaic’s frozen food meal delivery angle, I ordered meals with ingredients that are notoriously hard to freeze. In my own experience, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, green beans and leafy greens do not hold up well. So, if Mosaic could convince me that frozen, veggie-packed meals aren’t always a soggy disaster, I knew I’d have a new meal prep service to add to my mix.
My box arrived at my door on time and frozen. Meals come packed with dry ice and freezer packs to keep everything fresh. I wasn’t prepared for how cold the meals were straight out of the box. Pro tip: Wear oven mitts or grab a towel when putting these meals in the freezer!
The First Test: Single-Serve Meals
Mosaic offers a variety of heat-and-eat meals that are ideal for lunches or quick dinners. For my first test, I tried a variety of their single-serve meal options.
Spinach Artichoke Pizza
My first Mosaic box included a tempting spinach artichoke pizza. The size isn’t shareable, unless you’re feeling generous. But, that’s the beauty of it. It’s a personal pan pizza! I fired up the oven and the ‘za was ready to eat within 25 minutes. Filled with fontina and smoky gouda cheeses, spinach, artichokes and garlic on top of the crispy cauliflower crust, it tasted exactly like creamy spinach artichoke dip. I was impressed that the cauliflower crust had a thick crisp to it, too. And it was topped with pickled pepperoncinis. (I also added a few of my own pepperoncinis for extra tang.) The spinach artichoke pizza was a win in my books. It was creamy, crispy and pure comfort food.
Mac and Greens Bowl
I carried on the week with the mac and greens bowl. This was the cherry on top of a long day. Despite burning my finger taking it out of the microwave (wear oven mitts!), the broccolini and Brussels sprouts were the perfect complement to the creamy mac. Better yet, it didn’t even taste like I was eating a serving of veggies. The greens were delicately woven into the creamy mac and weren’t soggy. Success!
Tangy Thai Stir-Fry
Is your mouth watering yet? Filled with bean sprouts, carrots, red cabbage and of course, rice noodles, the tangy Thai stir-fry delivers on restaurant-quality flavors. The bowl is topped with a zesty tamarind sauce, baked tofu and crushed peanuts. It made a savory quick lunch that I felt good about eating afterward. For me, tofu is an intimidating ingredient. This meal taught me that tofu can be flavorful, it just takes the right sauces and toppings to round it out. You can catch me stocking up on this tangy dish for the next time I have a hankering for pad Thai.
Harissa Jackfruit Bowl
Another intimidating ingredient for me, jackfruit is something I never would have thought to cook with. Plated on a bed of quinoa, chickpeas, tomatoes and spinach and topped with a harissa tahini sauce and almonds, the jackfruit bowl didn’t disappoint. After heating it up in the microwave for a quick lunch, I thoroughly mixed it all together. I loved that every bite was packed with all the savory ingredients so I wasn’t getting a fork full of just quinoa or just jackfruit. And it had nearly 20 grams of protein! Though I don’t love tomatoes, I didn’t even notice them.
The Second Test: Family-Style Meals
If you’re cooking for a crowd, Mosaic stocks plenty of family-style meals as well. These dinners pack in the veggies while still featuring familiar flavors.
Corn, Greens and Tomato Grits Casserole
For the family meals, I started with the corn, greens and tomato grits casserole. Though Mosaic’s family meals take upwards of an hour and 30 minutes to bake, the beauty lies in the time I save not having to cook (or wash a mound of dishes). I just pop it in the oven, set a timer and carry on with my evening. The star veggies in this casserole are the tomatoes and spinach. Full transparency, I wasn’t a huge fan of this casserole, but I contribute most of it to the fact that I’m not big on tomatoes. And the grits were a tad bland (which is normal because they’re, well, grits). I added my own hot sauce to spice it up.
Buffalo Cauliflower Pasta Bake
Buffalo cauliflower meets pasta in this Buffalo cauliflower pasta bake. I popped it in the oven for dinner with my sister and boyfriend, because, well, there was no way I was eating this family meal alone. Unsure of how the cauliflower would heat up, I was shocked at how fresh every ingredient tasted. The penne pasta and cauliflower captured the perfect balance of soft but not soggy, while the mild Buffalo sauce brought it all together. Did I mention the ranch-seasoned bread crumbs? It had those, too. The family meal was packed with flavor and all three of us finished the meal off in one sitting—it was that good.
Faux Sausage Pumpkin Lasagna
You can never go wrong with a warm plate of lasagna. The faux sausage pumpkin lasagna is layered with pumpkin bechamel, kale, carrots, ricotta, faux Italian sausage crumbles and lasagna noodles. It’s another (almost) ready-to-eat family meal that goes from the freezer, to the oven and your belly in a little over one hour. In need of an easy lunch idea, I turned to the pumpkin lasagna. To me, it tasted like there were more kale and carrots to faux sausage, which I appreciated. Oh, and I can’t forget the ricotta-sage filling. It was *chef’s kiss.* This ratio was ideal for obtaining a proper dose of veggies with my lasagna. It ended up holding me over for a few days worth of lunches, and it kept my heart and belly happy all day long.
The Third Test: Smoothies and Snacks
Hungry between meals? Mosaic has you covered! I tried their smoothies and oat bowls.
Yep, Mosaic makes snack time healthy and satisfying with smoothies. The smoothie ingredients come frozen in a cup. All that’s required is blending it with your nondairy milk of choice. I tried the raspberry cacao smoothie and cacao cold brew smoothie. Not only were the smoothie delectably rich and thick, the taste was unreal. I’ve experimented with veggie-filled fruit smoothies, but my DIY versions never quite get the ratio of fruit to greens right. Mosaic nails it. With nine grams of protein and a hint of veggies, these smoothies are well-balanced. I was so impressed I would lean on Mosaic as a smoothie delivery service alone. (And don’t forget about the best fruit delivery services!)
The peanut butter, banana, & cacao oat bowl was exactly what I expected. I topped it with fresh banana for an easy breakfast. Surprisingly, it kept me full for hours. Because oats are easy to whip up, I won’t be relying on Mosaic for my breakfast needs, but it’s certainly a fun add-on.
- Meal options for vegans, vegetarians, low-carb and gluten-free eaters
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner options
- Family-friendly flavors
- No ingredient prep required
- Veggies in every meal
- Plant-based protein
- Easy to heat and eat
- On the pricier side
- Some ingredients didn’t heat up well
Is Mosaic food vegan?
Mosaic’s meals are 100% vegetarian, with some options that are solely vegan. If you’re looking for 100% vegan meals, look for the “V” icon.
How does Mosaic food delivery work?
Each box requires a minimum of six items. Choose your favorite items (up to 18) and the delivery frequency. Or, try it once and skip or cancel at any time. Meals ship frozen in recyclable packaging quickly after ordering.
Unlike Hello Fresh or Marley Spoon, Mosaic plant-based meal delivery arrives frozen. No slicing, dicing or chopping ingredients. Mosaic is 100% vegetarian, with several options exclusively for vegan eaters, too. Their “fresh take on frozen” offers the convenience of a heat-and-eat meal and the benefits of one’s daily dose of fruits and veggies. Nutrients are preserved when frozen, making it possible to eat veggie-packed meals no matter your lifestyle. Speaking of, check out these gluten-free and keto meal kits that take the guesswork out of ingredient prepping.
There’s a relieving aspect to Mosaic plant-based meal delivery. On days where you just don’t want to cook or you’re craving yummy, plant-based meals, Mosaic has your back. My three orders of Mosaic meals taught me that vegetarian meal prep doesn’t have to be difficult. I would order almost every meal again just to have easy options on hand. Plus, I’m a kid at heart and love that Mosaic sneaks veggies into every dish.
How to Order Mosaic Plant-Based Meal Delivery
Madi Koetting/Taste of Home
Skip the frozen food aisle at the grocery store and say hello to veggie-packed frozen meals from Mosaic. Boxes go for $60-$80, depending on the items you choose. Irresistible, plant-based goodness awaits!