Don’t get us wrong, we love pizza and pasta as much as any other day-forgetting, Netflix-watching, working-from-home Melburnian. But there’s only so much feverish support of restaurants one can handle before a new, looser wardrobe is on the cards.

And while so many of our favourite venues are open for takeaway and delivery, here are our picks of the most nourishing, green, vegetable-loaded options, to help us all put the self-care back in self-iso.

Laneway Greens
Laneway Greens’ Wholefood @Homebox is green, lean and decently priced, coming out at around $10 a meal. Each box contains seven meals for either two or four people – think smoked Angus beef brisket with broth, rice and steamed greens; salmon with spiced tomato sauce; and falafel with roast veg. Chicken is free-range, the Tassie salmon is sustainably caught and vegetables come from local farmers and suppliers. There's a vegetarian option, too, which might include mushroom and bean stroganoff; Moroccan vegetable tagine; and shiitake, bok choy and tofu in miso broth. Delivery only.

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lanewaygreens.com.au

Matcha Mylkbar
St Kilda eatery Matcha Mylkbar is known for being friendly to dietary requirements, and its takeaway menu is full of vegan, gluten-free and nut-free options. It’s now introduced plant-based “survival kits” containing pantry staples such as alt-milks, kombucha, nut butters, acai, granola and vegan cheese, and cook-at-home dishes including gluten-free sweet potato gnocchi, popcorn “chicken”, matcha pancake mix and more – even toilet paper. Take away or get it delivered if you live within 20 kilometres.

matchamylkbar.com

Mabu Mabu
This Torres Strait-owned and operated cafe in Yarraville has transformed into a tuckshop, serving nutritious takes on nostalgic dishes that hero native ingredients. Expect pepperberry-spiced snapper; tacos filled with fish, emu or yam; kangaroo-tail bourguignon; and vegetarian kibbeh made with sweet potato and served with saltbush chimichurri. Check out the online pantry for green-tomato hot sauce, strawberry-gum spice, bush-plum barbeque sauce and other comely condiments, and keep an eye on Instagram for owner Nornie Bero’s damper masterclasses. Delivery is within five kilometres of Yarraville village, and pick-up is available too.

mabumabu.com.au

Proud Sprout
On weekdays between 11am and 3pm, head to Collingwood for a brown rice, quinoa or zucchini noodle bowl from Proud Sprout, loaded up with your choice of vegan chipotle tofu, free-range chook or chickpea masala, and additions such as pickles, roasted vegetables, coconut yoghurt and tahini. There are a couple of breakfast options and raw smoothies, too. Add a $2.50 tip for a roll of toilet paper or a $10 tip for a free month of Netflix. If you really can’t leave home, the cafe is on Deliveroo and Uber Eats.

proudsprout.com.au

Lentil as Anything
Order a pay-as-you-feel meal from this social enterprise and you can also help provide free, nutritious food to people who are struggling to access it. Pick up from Abbotsford or Thornbury – both locations are staffed by volunteers – or get delivery within two kilometres. Dishes might include coconut pilaf with beet-and-potato curry, and creamy polenta with Mexican-style beans. As a guide, $15 per serve covers the cost of food and delivery, while $25 also pays forward a meal.

lentilasanything.com

Soul Press
If you’re looking to pretty up your Instagram feed, order some colourful, nourishing dishes from this cafe, which has locations in Brighton and Edithvale. Both stores are open for takeaway, with a menu that includes green smoothies with dates and matcha; mixed greens bowls with pickles, edamame, hemp seeds and ginger-miso dressing; and vegan curries. There are raw desserts, too, and at-home acai starter kits that contain acai plus toppings such as choc goji berries, toasted coconut flakes, honey-roasted oats, peanut butter, and a coconut bowl.

soulpress.com.au

Cibi
This airy Japanese eatery, grocer and design shop has a new to-go menu, with bento boxes, ready-made meals, drinks and sweets. The bentos change daily but there’ll always be a fish or vegetarian option (maybe kingfish teriyaki with a pumpkin croquette and a slice of frittata with some fermented chilli koji), and there are soba-noodle salads and Japanese curries too. Check Instagram for specials, then pre-order for pick up from Collingwood.

cibi.com.au

Free to Feed
Free to Feed is a not-for-profit that supports refugees, new migrants and asylum seekers through food initiatives such as cooking classes, workshops, events and catering. Through its new takeaway and delivery service, Brave Meals, Free to Feed is serving meals for two that offer a little insight into the lives of some of our city’s most resilient residents. Get a vegan banquet (complete with momo, Nepalese dumplings) prepared by Apsara, who moved here from Kathmandu nine months ago. Or a Middle Eastern feast of lamb tagine, white bean stew and lamb-fat rice by Shadi and Ricard, who were forced to flee Syria. Pick up, or get delivery if you live within three kilometres, on Fridays only.

freetofeed.org.au

Shoku Iku
Shoku Iku owner Yoko Inoue is making raw vegan meals for pick-up from the Northcote shop. Browse the selection of plant-based carbonara noodles, falafel bowls, quiches, whole cheesecakes, pancakes and buckwheat porridge bowls online, then order ahead for pick-up on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Inoue is also running Instagram masterclasses, covering everything from raw vegan desserts and rainbow sushi to kid-friendly meals.

shokuikuaustralia.com

Tahina
Both the Northcote and Fitzroy stores of this Israeli favourite are open for takeaway, or you can get delivery via Deliveroo. The tahini plate with pita comes in at under $10, and the falafel and sabich pita pockets don’t cost much more. There’s also shakshuka baked eggs, salads and smoothie bowls. Tahina has also introduced an online marketplace selling fruit and vegetable boxes, essentials, falafels and more.

tahinabar.com

Streat
Streat supports some of our society’s most marginalised young people by providing work and hospitality training, and sources produce from local suppliers and farmers for its cafes and coffee carts around Melbourne. Now, it delivers (within seven kilometres of the CBD). Get hampers filled with bagels, free-range eggs, smoked salmon, and espresso brownies; vibrant green salads; chia puddings; vegan wraps, kofta, tagines and soups; and tonnes more.

streat.com.au

Tamil Feasts
Another social enterprise, Tamil Feasts usually hosts twice-weekly Sri Lankan dinners at Ceres in Brunswick to support people seeking asylum. Now its cooks are preparing filling meals for pick-up and delivery that’ll feed up to four people. The chicken-masala feast comes with potato bonda (a fried, battered chickpea and potato snack), curries, dhal, rice, sambal and pappadums – and you can add a jar of house-made lemon pickle and a bag of chai, too. Dates are released a week in advance every Wednesday. Order ahead for pick-up, and delivery is available within a five-kilometre radius of Ceres.

tamilfeasts.ceres.org.au