I must be honest, friends, if there’s one thing I never thought I’d see it’s a genuinely tasty mail-order vegan meal service. With creamy pastas and hearty stews. In recyclable packaging. TO YOUR DOOR. OMG. Wot.
Since I dipped my wee vegetarian toes into the bracing waters of veganism around 11 years ago, I’ve embraced cooking and all the usual vegan home cooking milestones: cashew mac, homemade seitan, buffalo cauliflower, aquafaba yorkshire puds, etc. One certainly gets into the habit of cooking from scratch when there aren’t many supermarket options. It’s really only in the last year or so that convenience vegan food has exploded. Lawd, I remember the first time I got my hands on an Amy’s Daiya rice mac & cheeze microwave meal. What a time.
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The truth is that home cooking isn’t for everyone. Certainly, these days I’m not as adventurous as I used to be. My energy levels aren’t always great and I’m pretty busy with work and other extra-curricular activities. The idea of varied, delicious, entirely plant-based dinners delivered to my door is QUITE APPEALING. The folks at AllPlants recently got in touch and offered to send me a couple of samples to try out. Obviously I tucked in a napkin, grabbed a knife and fork, and said “yes ruddy please”.
AllPlants kindly sent me a rigatoni carbonara, a bhaji dhal, and an aubergine and split pea stew. Regular readers will know that I’m a carb-loving gal and so it’s no surprise that the first meal I dove into fork-first was the rigatoni carbonara. This was rich and creamy and complemented perfectly by a crispy, bacony-mushroomy topping. I devoured the lot in one sitting. Was this meant for sharing? WHOOPS.
The bhaji dhal was topped with impressive wee rectangular bhajis sitting atop a richly spiced lentil dhal. N and I demolished that one as a quick dinner before heading out for an evening community group meeting.
I’d saved the aubergine and split pea stew for a solo dinner, as N has yet to befriend the aubergine. It was a wonderfully flavourful paprika-fest of generous eggplanty/squash chunks, creamy spiced split peas, and topped with tenderstem broccoli (aka posh broccoli) and toasted coconut flakes.
Each meal serves two (um, or is intended to) and is served in fully recyclable packaging and the box can be returned free of charge to AllPlants for re-use. This was particularly impressive to me! Everything AllPlants do is ‘planet positive’ – from the ingredients, to the box, to the tray the food is served in. Each meal cooks in around 12-15 minutes in the microwave from frozen. For me, the biggest and most exciting benefit is having the choice of a range of inventive and interesting plant-based meals, portioned out exactly, in my freezer for use on days when I’m too busy, too tired, or too blah to cook up an elaborate vegan dinner. Those are the days I tend to feast on marmite on toast for dinner, and while I’m all for B vitamins, sometimes a little extra flavour and protein goes a long way…
As I mentioned in my online review, I’d absolutely 100% recommend these meals for new vegans, vegans who don’t fancy cooking, vegans with health conditions that limit their ability to cook/prepare food, and anyone else at all. Because they are tasty, eco-friendly, convenient, and all round super!
If you want to get a discount off your first box, either code “JEN15” at checkout via this link.