Gone Vegan

Lindsay Hutton discovers the politics and pragmatics behind a meat and dairy-free diet.

Packaged, boxed-to-order diet food regimes are a dime a dozen these days. Few are worth the money; even fewer yield much benefit to health. Gobble Green, a US-based gourmet vegan food delivery service, is making a mindful stab at setting these services on a greener, wellness-focused path. And you won’t need to make a big chunk of room on your credit card to take part, either. Jenny Craig, eat your heart out. 

Upon hearing about the service, I knew I wanted to give it a try. There’s a gaping hole in the defrost-and-enjoy vegan eats category of food – and sometimes a hummus and Tofurky sandwich doesn’t quite cut it. Similarly, despite what you may have heard, the life of a freelance writer isn’t resplendent in Hemingway-esque cozy hours in a café or hours on a park bench lost in panic-free daydreamscapes.  Most of the time, it’s like being a farmer during a never-ending harvest; you work until the job’s done, no matter what day of the week or time of day. In fact, I usually fall asleep with my face in a notebook and my MacBook aglow beside me in bed. 

With that in mind, you can imagine my glee at being offered two whole days of gourmet vegan food delivered to my doorstep. Handily and neatly packaged, participants can choose online from a variety of meal options, including French toast sticks or whole wheat pancakes for breakfast;  “chicken nuggets” and a breaded eggplant sandwich for lunch and spaghetti and “meat” balls and aloo matar (Indian peas and potatoes) for dinner. And snacks. And mouthwatering desserts to boot. 

My choices:

DAY ONE

Breakfast: Whole wheat pancakes with organic maple syrup

Snack: Banana chips

Lunch: Spicy chili

Dinner: Spaghetti and meatballs

Dessert: Snickerdoodle cookies

DAY TWO 

Breakfast: French toast sticks with organic maple syrup

Snack: Dried fruit

Lunch: “Chicken” nuggets with sweet & sour dipping sauce

Dinner: Mango salsa burger with fries

Dessert: White cupcake

Almost thoughout, every item was far better than one could hope for from a food delivery service. The “meat” entrees were especially good: the spaghetti and meatballs was a near-perfect rendition of my own, full of flavour; the burger with mango salsa was a wonderful treat – the salsa is a winner. The breakfast items were tasty as well – both included a yummy helping of organic maple syrup that puts Aunt Jemima to shame. As Gobble Green’s efforts are brand spanking new, I can only imagine the food will go from great to outstanding. 

Though I would proudly put my recommendation to Gobble Green’s fare, my only suggestion would be to try to combine their food with fresh food at home. Frozen food, even though created as healthfully as Gobble Green’s, still loses some of the nutritive value in the freezer. Pairing any one of their meals with fresh fruit and vegetables would certainly satiate most appetites and palates. 

Another bonus: Gobble Green’s web page includes a thoughtful what, how and why about vegan health, cuisine and lifestyle hitting on all the major topics therein, including the usual health related queries as well as the environmental and humanitarian ethos behind it all. 

Two thumbs up, Gobble Green. Well played.