Thistle has in its cart a mixed bag of all vegetarian, vegan, and rich in protein foods, emphasizing a clean daily diet rather than just a single meal. With Thistle, you get the chance to modify your whole eating plan – starting from breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack.
The weekly menu is structured in such a way that you get to revise and upgrade all your meals every day with new and interesting recipes that, without Thistle, you probably would not be able to eat on your own.
Thistle meals are varied in the sense that you can eat some of their meals cold, while others need to be microwaved for 2–3 minutes (depending on the protein).
Every meal is labeled with the proper storage and heating instructions. The instructions are simple and beginner-friendly.
It’s like having a personal chef offering you a diverse diet that takes your nutrition to the next level. This gives you the opportunity to try authentic recipes like Burmese Khow Suey, Moroccan Autumn Tagine, Citrus Kale Salad, Coconut & Spirulina Super Smoothie, and Tiramisu Mousse Cup on a daily basis.
The extensive menu features meal recipes that are ready to eat, without processed ingredients, and free of gluten, dairy, and refined sugars. Having said that, is it all plant-based?
While focusing on a plant-based diet is one of Thistle’s special qualities, you still have the option to make a meal nonvegetarian if you’re a meat eater. So, the same recipe is done up in any one of two ways – Plant-Based or Meat.
Here’s a quick example from their current week’s menu:
The Green Grain Taco Salad recipe offers Adobo pinto beans as a plant-based protein alternative, while the meat version of the same recipe with all the same ingredients has cumin pulled pork.
And it’s not just the lunches and salads that have this option. Dinners like the Umami Mushroom & Lemon Miso Bowl have sesame baked tofu, which is their plant-based protein, and for meat, it comes with sesame ground turkey.
Just like that, Thistle’s menu is divided into their location-specific West Coast Menu and East Coast Menu. On top of that, they have menus for the present week, next week, juices, and sides.
Their juices and side dishes are varied and all plant-based, emphasizing portion control and an organic diet. Some of my favorites in juices are the following:
- The Watermelon Berry Cold-Pressed Juice with Organic watermelon, strawberry, lime, and chia seeds
- The Probiotic shot with Organic cabbage, lemon, orange, ginger, apple, and a probiotic blend
And in side dishes:
- The Thai Carrot Squash Soup with lemongrass, ginger, and lime
- The Southwestern Black Bean Salad with a spring mix lettuce blend, chickpeas, and grape tomatoes
Menu customization is limited, I’ll admit, considering that Thistle chooses your meals for each day of the week, excluding Sundays, and the meals are cooked and delivered straight to your door. If there are any ingredients you’d like to opt out of in a desired recipe, that won’t be possible.
However, you are given the chance to select ingredients to avoid before subscribing to their meal plans. The ingredients are common food allergens like shellfish, fish, coconut, peanuts, soy, pork, and tree nuts.
Concerning food allergies, Thistle is 100% gluten-free and dairy-free, making it a safe and healthy choice for people with celiac and other gluten- or dairy-related allergies or disorders.