BistroMD is already established as an effective, doctor-trusted, home meal delivery weight loss plan. But what if you have dietary preferences? Can the BistroMD meal plan be “veganized”, or at least be made lacto-ovo vegetarian?
Let’s look at BistroMD’s FAQ page to see what they say about vegetarian and vegan meals:
“We do offer a limited vegetarian menu. If you are a vegetarian, please let us know when you order online or when you place your order over the phone… Although we do offer a limited vegetarian menu, we don’t offer a menu that is strictly vegan, but our chefs are working on new meals to add additional variety to our meal plans”.
Is it possible to create your own vegan or vegetarian meal plans?
I do not know when this part of the FAQ page was first posted or last updated, but it gave me the idea that they are open to creating a vegan menu and are actually already working on it.
As a vegan, I looked at their menu and saw that it is very possible for them to come up with a vegan (and more easily, with a vegetarian) meal plan.
They have no vegan meals on their breakfast menu, save for fruit slices such as Fuji apples and peaches, mixed berries, and sweet potato cubes. They do have full vegetarian meals, such as Omelet with a Veggie Sausage Patty, Spinach and Mushroom Crepe, Spinach and Mushroom Omelet, Stuffed French Toast, Spinach and Ricotta Crepe. The buckwheat and sweet potato pancakes are also vegetarian.
Their snack menu only has one item that isn’t vegetarian or vegan (Dried Black Bean and Salsa Chicken Strip). Vegan snacks include Chocolate Pudding, Crisp ‘n Crunch Cinnamon Protein Bar, Crisp ‘n Crunch Double Berry Bar, Crunch O’s Barbeque, Kiwi Strawberry Twist Shake, Lemon Garlic Potato Protein Chips, Pineapple Orange Shake, Raisin Nut Mix, and Sweet BBQ Mix. The rest are vegetarian.
They have 2 vegetarian meals in their lunch offerings, Tri-Colored Cheese Tortellini and Vegetable Burrito with Carrot Raisin Salad. The Vegetable Chili is possibly vegan if the corn pudding is dairy-free.
There’s one vegetarian dish on their dinner menu, which is the Cheese Ravioli. The Penne a la Vodka is possibly vegan if the sauce is dairy-free and if prepared without meat-based flavoring such as beef or chicken flavor.
The sides included in the lunch and dinner meals are mostly vegan, such as:
-Cauliflower, butternut squash, and sweet potato purees
-Steamed, roasted, or stir-fried vegetables such as baby carrots, green beans, Brussles sprouts, asparagus, broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, bok choy, snow peas, spinach, bell peppers, winter veggies, haricot verts, spaghettini squash, yucca, mixed root vegetables, eggplant
-Boiled quinoa, green peas, black beans, and couscous
-Steamed / stir-fried brown rice and wild rice
-California slaw, artichoke salad, carrot raisin salad, and lentil salad
Some of these are high in protein such as quinoa (which contains more complete protein than soy), almonds, lentils, beans, couscous, brown rice, green beans, snow peas, haricot verts, broccoli, spinach, and bok choy. Also since they are not wary of soy, they can just substitute lean protein animal foods such as fish and chicken with tofu and tempeh. To me this is how they can easily veganize their vegetarian and non-vegan meals.
Still I wanted to double-check so I e-mailed the customer service, asking if they already have a vegan menu, and what the necessary pricing adjustments are for this kind of menu. This is the reply that I got from their very prompt customer service representative:
“Thank you for your interest in BistroMD. I will be happy to assist you today. I apologize for any inconvenience. Unfortunately BistroMD does not offer a Vegan meal plan. If there is anything else I may assist you with please let me know. Have a great day”.
Alright, so they still don’t have a vegan menu up to now. I thanked the kind customer service agent and asked her if they can at least offer a lacto-ovo vegetarian menu. It says in their FAQs that they are willing to create one should a customer ask for it. This is her response:
“Thank you for your reply. Our program places an emphasis on protein as a central component to lasting weight loss. Due to the specific nutritional platform set by our founding physician, Caroline J. Cederquist, MD, we are not able to offer a completely vegetarian or a lacto-ovo vegetarian program at this time. We are able to offer a program consisting of entrees that include chicken as the main source of protein, and that substitute in any vegetarian entrees, upon availability. Please let me know if you have any further questions”.
Okay. So they don’t offer a vegetarian plan at this time. By extension it could mean that they may offer it in the future. So don’t get your hopes up if you are interested in following a vegan or vegetarian meal plan. Once BistroMD starts offering both on a regular basis we’d be sure to let you know!