Food delivery boxes are no new thing but having ready-made healthy vegan meals delivered to your door is worth talking about. Healthista’s Yanar Alkayat reviews allplants
I’m not one for ready meals – I think the last pre-made packaged meal I bought must have been hungover at uni when quality ingredients were the last thing on my mind. I generally steer clear opting to home-cook from scratch but my magpie-eyes were instantly attracted to allplants.
These frozen, ready to eat plant-based meals come wrapped in artsy print packaging with Urban Outfitter-style graphic design; I wanted them in my kitchen right now. Luckily allplants kindly sent a delivery for us to review, which arrived on a day I had a friend over for dinner. She isn’t vegetarian or vegan so it was the perfect opportunity to put plant-based ready meals to the test.
Arriving via courier in a huge, exciting-looking yellow box, freezer insulated and cool, every piece of packaging is recyclable which is part of the allplants ethos for sustainability and environment care.
The taste test
Unlike other food delivery boxes where you have to cook the raw ingredients and the make the meal yourself, allplants delivers food that’s chef-made, ready to defrost and eat. This makes things totally effortless – high quality, nutritious vegan ready meals with no cooking involved? What’s not to like.
Once we’d cooed over the insta-style sleeves we dug straight in: Jerk Jackfruit with black rice and peas; Thai Green Curry with tofu, edamame and sugar snap peas; and Cashew Mac with kale, cashews and macaroni. We cooked all three and feasted.
Meals like Cashew Mac are far more delicious than I would have ever made myself
The standard of food is a world away from a high street takeaway – tofu chunks generous filled the Thai curry, the cashew mac was packed with nut protein and interesting ingredients like fashionable jackfruit made it all the more interesting. Portions were more than enough for two so even had enough for lunch the next day. It was hard to call a winner but the Cashew Mac got my vote – rich and creamy it’s one dish I really miss as a vegan and never cook myself so this felt like a real treat.
My friend agreed these dishes would please even non-vegans. The price is on par with takeaway prices so if you’re buying for one, each dish works out to about £7.67 each when ordering six. As they are frozen, there’s no hurry to eat them and are perfect for storing away for a rainy day when time is short.
Great service if it’s your first foray into vegan eating or need to stock up on meals ready but don’t want to resort to unhealthy takeaways, or if like me, you love to cook but need a back up of super tasty food when you’re too tired to do it yourself. Meals like Cashew Mac are also far more delicious than I would have ever made. The only downside I could see from the website was not being able to order fewer than six dishes which seemed a bit restrictive and possibly a bit pricey for some. Otherwise, loved it and would definitely recommend.
Healthista’s digital director is Yanar Alkayat also a health and beauty writer for the UK national press. She blogs on ethical beauty and lifestyle at brightershadeofgreen.co.uk and tweets at @YanarBeauty.