Tired Of Ordering Out? 6 Plant-Based Alternatives To Support Small Businesses From Pizza To Smoothie Bowls

These days we are all done with cooking for ourselves. Eating out for every meal isn’t the best for your wallet or your waist line. Enter the age of quality frozen pizzas and grab-and-go pouch takeout. Whether you’re grain-free, carb conscious or stuck on sourdough, dietary sensitivities and taste preferences can all be easily accommodated.

A Selection of pre-made gluten free and clean cauliflower crusts from Cali’Flour

Cali’flour Foods

When Amy Lacey was diagnosed with lupus, she made some drastic changes to her life and diet. Through trial and error, she created a pizza crust that tasted great and helped her body heal. This all led to Cali’flour Foods which offers “ultra-convenient meals that are low-carb, gluten-free and grain-free.”

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While not everyone needs a keto-friendly or low glycemic option, they’re an easy way to manage macronutrients and blood sugar while still enjoying foods that may have been off the table for a while. Their cauliflower based line, Cali’flour Foods, prides itself on using whole products and simple ingredients. With ever expanding options, cauliflower is about to get to a whole new level.

A selection of healthy meal starters from Saffron Road: Tikka Masala and crunchy chickpeas.

Saffron Road

Known as a “clean-label, world cuisine leader,” Saffron Road has cornered the market on diverse products using authentic ingredients. Founder Adnan Durrani’s was looking for a socially engaged way to bring people together. That vision turned into Saffron Road, a halal food brand that uses what Durrani calls “ethical consumerism: organic ingredients with no GMOs, no artificial ingredients, and no antibiotics.”

The name was inspired by the Silk Road, a former trade route interconnected with ancient cultures. So what does that mean for dinner? Try Chicken Tikka Tacos made with Tikka simmer sauce or Saffron Road’s Falafel-flavored crunchy chickpeas as a substitute for croutons. Their line of sauces are vegetarian or vegan and ready-to-use.

Creole Red Beans from A Dozen Cousins made in small batches with avocado oil.

A Dozen Cousins

If you’re in search of a mission-based brand whose goal is to make “authentic and nutrient dense natural foods,” look no further than A Dozen Cousins founded by African American CEO, Ibraheem Basir who launched back in February 2019. Featuring vacuum-sealed packs of culturally inspired “slow-simmered beans from traditional Black and Latino recipes” based on family dinners of his youth.

The name itself pays homage to Basir’s daughter and her 11 cousins. His goal is to make food with clean ingredients and authentic flavors by providing a variety of vegan, non-GMO, and even gluten free options. Ultimately, A Dozen Cousins Mission is “to help people living in under-served communities (such as low-income families and members of several ethnic minorities) who face many obstacles to living a healthy lifestyle due to tight food budgets and limited access to outdoor play centers – they are at a greater risk for obesity, diabetes, and other diet-related illnesses – A Dozen Cousins picks a different deserving non-profit to partner with each year.”

A selection of frozen smoothie packs and bite-sized fruits for easy consumption.

Pitaya Foods

Looking for a mission-driven smoothie company? Then Pitaya is just the thing. Their goal is to provide “healthy frozen smoothie base packs and fruit bite sized pieces with a range of varieties including Dragon Fruit, Acai, Passion Fruit, Coconut, Acai + Guarana, Watermelon, and Jackfruit.”

Pitaya Foods, based in San Diego, relies on their solar-powered facilities in Nicaragua and works directly with a network of local farmers to ensure clean working conditions and quality, organic fruit. Smoothies are helpful for adding vitamins to diets, kids and adults, alike. These smoothie packs utilize sustainably grown produce picked and frozen on site to make all those frosty dreams come true. With a 69% sales growth increase last year, the smoothie trend is still going strong.

The frozen almond flour crust cheese pizza from Capello’s.

Cappello’s

When friends, and co-founders, Ben Frohlichstein and Stacey Marcellus reunited in Colorado after working on farms around the world, they realized that their shared love of cooking for and feeding people had real potential. They now make “grain-free, frozen-fresh, paleo-friendly foods and create a delicious, cleaner pie with real food ingredients. It may sound nutty, but their Almond Flour Pizzas are abundant with protein, fiber, and healthy fats found in nutrient-dense almonds.”

Made with ingredients like whole mozzarella, cage-free eggs and coconut milk, the proof is in the ingredients.

The vegan margherita pizza from Alex’s Awesome Sourdough.

Alex’s Awesome Sourdough,

In 2016, Alex Corsini developed an autoimmune condition. On the road to recovery, he couldn’t help but notice the affects mass produced bread on his system. His doctor recommended he give sourdough a shot and that was it, he was hooked. “Sourdough, which is fermented with wild cultures, is a slower baking process that increases the bioavailable nutrients in the dough, lower its glycemic index and makes it easier to digest.”

Thus came the impetus to create the first ever frozen sourdough pizza brand. With three initial offerings including mushroom, sunflower pesto and mozzarella and grain free and vegan options, the sky is the limit. As if that wasn’t enough, these frozen pies are officially the first USDA Organic and Non GMO Verified pizza’s available in freezers.

I’m a freelance food, travel writer and chef based in Brooklyn, NY. My experiences range from cooking on yachts in Croatia with The Yacht Week, to startups in San

 

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