I’ve been curious about meal delivery services for awhile. I haven’t come across any vegan ones though, until The Purple Carrot. A friend of mine uses it regularly and really enjoys it, so I thought I would try it out. I was pretty impressed!
**These are my own personal opinions, this is not a sponsored post. I did not receive anything for trying this service or for writing this post.
Everything arrived the day they said it would and they packed enough reusable ice packs to keep everything properly cold so as not to worry about food safety. The meals included colourful pictures of the meals with recipes. All of the food was separated into the 3 individual meals and clearly marked. All you need to do is prep & cook the food. It really does help save time with meal planning and grocery shopping.
They have a couple of options:
- feeding 2 people three times a week
- feeding 4 people twice a week
We opted for the 2-person option. So I picked the meal I thought would be best to make the first night, leaving the other meals for the next two nights.
Red Paella with Roasted Green Beans and Almonds
South Indian Coconut Pancakes with Homemade Chutney
Garlicky Greens Curry
All three meals were pretty good. I looked suspiciously at the first meal, thinking it wasn’t going to be enough for two people, but when I made it, it ended up being more than enough for two people and we had leftovers. To be honest, I found it slightly bland, but was surprised at how perfectly the rice cooked and overall really enjoyed the meal. The second meal was my favourite. I have never been successful at making pancakes and these were even gluten-free. I followed the instructions exactly and was excited to make perfect pancakes for the first time ever. They were delicious and fluffy and filled with flavour. It wasn’t quite enough for two people though, so I made dal to go with it. The homemade chutney was a nice addition too! The last meal I was I wasn’t enthralled with. That’s not because it wasn’t delicious, I am just not a fan of mustard greens. The sauce really helped soften it and lent a good flavour. It wasn’t quite enough to cover up the bitterness for me though. Terry loved it on the other hand.
We opted not to continue with the service. We both really enjoyed it and if we both worked full time and had more income and less time, we would reconsider. But I enjoy cooking and have time to make us meals, so it isn’t something we really need right now.
- high quality food
- cuts down time on meal planning & grocery shopping & food prep
- reasonably priced, working out to approximately $11.33/meal
- options of having meals to feed 2 or 4 people
- knowing the menu ahead of time
- having the option to skip weeks/suspend service when you want
- being able to cancel at any time
- simple, easy to follow instructions
- allows you to try new foods you may not normally try
- completely plant-based
- customer service is quick to respond and is very helpful
- is a little pricy (pro & con as it is pricy on a budget, not pricy if you aren’t)
- not always gluten-free and they can’t sub ingredients to make things gluten-free
Have you tried any vegan meal services?