One of the biggest success stories to come out of lockdown (both of them) has been the DIY meal kits. Restaurants and chefs that aren’t able to send out ready-to-eat food put together a box of ingredients instead, which you then cook at home, meaning you can get a taste of your fave restaurant and feel like a pro chef in the kitchen. And plant-based peeps don’t have to miss out because there are all these vegan meal kits available for delivery…
Chirky is a lockdown born biz delivering planet conscious meals to Londoners on the very same day that they’re made. And although they aren’t exclusively plant-based, their vegan options are our fave including dishes like miso glazed tofu with sticky jasmine rice and sugar snap peas; creamy pearl barley risotto with seasonal squash, sage and green pesto; and porcini mushroom bourguignon with mash. And as well as being delicious, their range also comes in compostable and recyclable packaging.
After closing their pop-up restaurant in Islington, Slaw Food are now getting into the recipe box game by delivering zero-waste and sustainable food nationwide. There’s 6 plant-based meals on the menu to choose from, including miso noodles with roasted brussel sprouts and a butternut squash curry topped with roasted squash skin and seeds. So forget nose to tail, this is root to leaf…
The New Vegan from Breakfast en Bread
This is a vegan meal kit you’ll want to wake up to. The Barge House have pimped their Breakfast en Bread for the plant-based peeps and created The New Vegan. It features kale, cannellini beans, juicy toms, oyster mushrooms, slow roasted banana shallots and plenty of vegan mozzarella stuffed into their signature sourdough. Why make your own when this epic brunch can be on your table in just 20 mins?
Ultimate Vegan Kit from Dirty Vegan
This Dirty Vegan kit contains everything you need for a packed plant-based night in for two. Containing Beyond Meat chilli cheeseburgers, bake-at-home cookies from Vida Bakery and four MEDA drinks including two CBD elderflower spritzes and two espresso medatinis to wash it all down with. So yeah, you can’t go out for the restaurant experience but it can come to you.
After smashing it with their at-home bacon naan roll kit, Dishoom have created a version that vegans can enjoy with this vegan sausage naan roll kit. Alongside the new plant-based sausages (made from fermented vegetables and spices) create specially for Dishoom with help from Neil Rankin, the boxes include vegan dough balls, tomato-chilli jam, vegan cream cheese and coriander as well as the ingredients for Dishoom’s signature masala chai.
Hoppers’ own ‘Cash & Kari’ retail range features meal kits, restaurant-blend curry powders, Sri Lankan spices, ready-to-drink cocktails, and Hoppers’ own-brew beers. There are a range of at-home kits including the vegan Breadfruit Kari, which includes banana chips, veg rolls, string hoppers and pol sambol alongside the kari.
Taco ’bout a fiesta. Club Mexicana now deliver their infamous vegan tacos nationwide for people to recreate in the comfort of their own home. The menu changes monthly and they make it very easy for you put the Mexican feast together. The Al Pastor taco box features Club Mexicana’s homemade al pastor seitan, marinated in Meriel’s secret chilli adobo sauce, accompanied by fresh corn tortillas and taco toppings like caramelised pineapple, red onion and a zingy salsa verde with coriander, and chilli lime seasoning.
The Vurger Co.
We love the The Vurger Co.’s naughty, plant-based fast-food range and now they’ve launched ‘At Home’ DIY New York Melt burger kits for those who can’t make it down to their spot. The 100% vegan feast includes Beyond Meat burger patties, cheese, lettuce, sliced gherkins, tomatoes and jar of house-made burger sauce, with two portions of skin-on fries to be cooked at home. It’s an eco-friendly kit with completely compostable packaging and a reusable freezer bag, plus they’re delivering nationwide, and we think it’s basically a steal at only £18.95 for two people.
As you can guess from the name, Yummy Plant-Based is all about vegan goodies like their DIY Falafel Kit. Enough for four people, the kit contains enough mix for 25-30 falafels, spicy tomato sauce, houmous,
tehina, green chilli dip, pickles, red cabbage salad, za’atar seasoning and fluffy pitta breads, and they deliver anywhere within the M25.
Vegans can get in on the Sunday roast action thanks to allplants, who have launched a feast box containing cranberry & walnut loaf, roast potatoes, red cabbage, truffle cauliflower cheese, rosemary roasted veggies and either tiramisu cheesecake or sticky banoffee pudding for dessert. The’ve also teamed up with Choose Love to donate £5 from every box to the charity.
Granted there have been a fair few kits flying around over lockdown, but as the UK’s first 100% plant-based recipe kit, this one is different. It’s vegan and delivered by bike where possible so it’s already helping the planet, and om top of that GRUBBY also donate a meal to a child living in poverty for every box sent out. The menu changes weekly but expect nutritious, veg-packed classics like chilli sin carne and satay noodles. Talk about food with a conscience.