The vegan food scene has become a competitive arena in Toronto, and not just for vegans! Many prefer vegan food for sustainability and diversity in their diet – and vegan restaurants happen to have some of the healthiest options around. As for those busy days and lazy nights, TO hosts a number of delivery services that will bring healthy, hearty vegan meals right to your doorstep. [Image credit: iStock.com/Tommaso Cazzaniga]
Sprouted is a mobile startup in Riverside that delivers lovingly crafted organic, vegan meals right to your door. In addition to being egg- and dairy-free, the menu is also plant-based, paleo, gluten-free, soy-free, and mostly raw. With her background in kinesiology and nutrition, owner Sonya Tanzos knows that food can heal the body, but she’s made sure that Sprouted’s menu still hosts some all-time favourites (like pad thai and lasagna!). The weekly subscription is a great way to cut down on stress and keep yourself nourished during a busy work week.
With the tagline “wheatless and meatless,” Kupfert and Kim is a go-to for healthy lunch or dinner in the busy downtown core and financial district. An ideal option for those looking to order into the office, Kupfert and Kim is a testament that food can be fast and healthy. The menu offers a number of vegan and gluten-free options, including all-day breakfast. Dishes are packed with superfoods – Harvey’s Supersalad is chock full of mung beans, goji berries, hemp, chia and pumpkin seeds. Hot tip: eco-minded customers who bring their own container will receive a discount on their meal.
Feel Good Guru is not your typical fast food joint. Comprised of a small team of food and nutritional experts, Feel Good Guru operates on the conviction that foods really have the power to heal. They specialize in simple, organic whole plant foods and juices. Their menu offers a wide selection of high energy, colour rich juice blends from their ‘liquid farmacy’. For lunch, try their signature raw avocado and cashew cheese sandwich or the Queen West curry. But be warned- the cashew cheese has a reputation for being highly addictive.
Live Organic Food bar has a generous menu of conventional favourites with a bit of Japanese flare. Classics include veggie burgers, burritos and nachos made with walnut “taco meat.” Hearty salads and hot bowls are doused in miso dressing, umeboshi vinegar, and wakame. Live Organic also prides itself on avoiding preservatives, refined sugars and GMOs. Two locations covering the Queen West and Dupont areas make it easy to snag some delicious eats from Live.
Belmonte Raw is well known across Toronto for their juice cleanse programs, but they also offer a selection of high-quality, delivery vegan meals for those too busy to cook. Belmonte’s menu changes weekly, and features hearty dishes like the spaghetti and Neatballs (made with dehydrated nuts, seeds and spices) with a cashew pesto. Of course, you can also stock up on potent juice blends made to improve body, mind and spirit by energizing, and aiding the digestive system. Belmonte Raw serves from two locations – Riverside and King Street West.
For vegans in Little Portugal, The Goods is the place for smoothies, salad bowls and soups. The Goods on this menu are not only vegan, but also organic and safe for those who are lactose or nut intolerant. Check their website for daily specials. All delivery orders are brought to you by Good Foot Delivery, a social enterprise that employs people with developmental disabilities. You can feel extra good after lunch knowing that in addition to being socially beneficial, Good Foot also uses public transport to serve in an environmentally sustainable way.
In Koreatown, vegan foodies can rely on Apiecalypse Now! for vegan pizzas, snacks and baked goods. Apiecalypse Now! takes a different approach from other vegan foodie shops by specializing in comfort foods and everything indulgent. Vegans need no longer daydream about homemade pies, ice cream, or even, lasagna. Apiecalypse Now! has thought up a recipe for all of ‘em! Hot tip: add a refreshing homemade lychee limeade to your order for a sweet afternoon treat.
For those in East York, away from the hustle of downtown, Green Zebra Kitchen is a saviour. Green Zebra Kitchen offers a robust menu of quality vegan meals for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert. The Green Zebra menu is refreshed weekly, but usually packed with tempeh, legumes, and whole grains, and infused with diverse spices. For lunches or snacks, Green Zebra also offers specialty juices, dips, breads and kombucha. Plan ahead with a weekly meal plan, or order at your own pace.
Yam Chops is Canada’s first official ‘vegan butcher’ and purveyor of finely prepared vegan foods. The Yam Chops menu changes often and playfully transforms the most traditional meat dishes using plant-based recipes, like their Chick’n milanese and barbeque seitan ribs.