Want vegan food delivery to your door to make your life a little easier? A number of companies are now selling vegan ready meals or their vegan recipe box, delivered to your door. This article is specifically about vegan meal delivery UK (if you’re looking for the US version, click here to see the best vegan pre-made food delivery and click here to see the best vegan meal kits in the US).
Whether you want a recipe box that still allows you to do some cooking (but makes it faster) or you prefer vegan delivery of pre-made meals to your door so you don’t have to lift a finger in order to prepare dinner.
Vegan Meal Delivery UK: Comparison Table
Looking for vegan delivery UK? The best vegan meal box UK wide? I’ve put together the comparison table below, or read on for vegan meal delivery reviews.
|Name of company||Type||Starting price per serving||Insulation material||Special features||Buy|
|All Plants||Frozen vegan meals||£4.99||Dry ice||Vegan company|
|The Vegan Apron||Vegan recipe box||£4.95||Denim||Vegan company|
|Mindful Chef||Vegan recipe box + frozen meals||£4||Recycled denim offcuts|
|Riverford||Vegan recipe box||£5.60||Reusable ice packs||Organic|
|Feastbox||Vegan recipe box||£5.50||Recycled denim||Asian + Middle Eastern meals|
|It's Thyme||Frozen vegan meals||£5||Denim|
|Fresh Fitness Food||Pre-made fresh vegan meals||£23 per day||Synthetic foam||Perfect for athletes|
What is vegan food delivery?
A vegan meal box delivery can save you a lot of time–you can cut out meal planning, food shopping, food prep and, depending on what you order, even cooking.
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Vegan delivery vs vegan recipe boxes
A vegan delivery service comes in one of two forms: a vegan delivery box/recipe box containing a recipe card and enough pre-portioned ingredients to cook the recipe(s), or a vegan meal delivery service that ships pre-made vegan meals delivered to your home, cutting out cooking entirely. I’ve rounded up the best of both below. Don’t forget, if you get a vegan recipe box, you’ll still need the right kitchen tools in your kitchen.
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Are ‘vegan’ delivery boxes actually vegan (use of wool in insulation)?
In the course of researching this article, I discovered that some delivery box companies are selling ‘vegan’ boxes full of vegan food products, but which are insulated with a wool insulation product. Apart from those who eat plant-based for health reasons, this wouldn’t be acceptable to most vegans who are vegan for health or environmental reasons, and alternatives are readily available (including eco-friendly recycled denim offcuts). I was really disappointed to learn this.
Luckily, alternatives are available, in the form of hemp insulation and recycled denim offcuts, and many suppliers already use one of these.
I’ve been in touch with all the companies listed below to check their insulation materials and have only listed those who confirmed they are vegan. At the bottom of the article, I’ve also listed some boxes which, at the time of writing, use wool insulation.
Why and when to get vegan meal delivery?
You can save a lot of time with vegan and vegetarian ready meals delivered to your door, or with recipe boxes, which cut out time spent shopping and prepping.
Vegan meal plan delivery is ideal if you’re going through a busy time in your life, like if you just moved house, had a baby or are going through another really busy time.
But what about the environmental impact? Initially, like most of us, I assumed that these services were really bad for the environment because of the packaging waste. However, recent news articles have shed a different light on the situation. A study showed that meal prep kits are actually better for the environment than a trip to the store. This shocked me!
Of course, I guess it depends on how much food waste you normally generate, since the main reduction in impact was down to the meal kits reducing food waste. Still, it made me think differently about the eco-friendliness of the vegan meal box.
Best vegan food delivery services
If you’ve decided you want to get vegan home delivery, you may be wondering which vegan meal prep delivery to choose, since there are so many now. While one of the biggest meal kit providers, Hello Fresh, still fail to offer vegan boxes, don’t fear, because many vegan alternatives exist, from all-vegan companies like AllPlants and The Vegan Apron from vegan options from major players like Riverford. So, below, I’ve outlined the best services, and details about each, like cost, their packaging (and whether it’s recyclable or compostable) and any special features.
Type: frozen premade meal delivery
Cost: from £4.99 per serving
Packaging: Recyclable. Return packaging free of charge for recycling.
Insulation: dry ice
Special Features: All plant-based company. Gluten free options.
Best for: vegan home delivery meals
Exclusive discount: use “VEGANWORD” to get £10 off your first order!
AllPlants is a plant based food delivery service. They deliver frozen vegan meals, made by their chefs and delivered to your door. All you need to do is heat and eat them.
AllPlants are my top pick for prepared vegan food delivery service. If you’re looking for frozen meals you don’t need to cook, then AllPlants are a good option for you.
I really like that all their packaging is recyclable but they make it extremely easy for you by providing free return postage — you just ship all packaging back to them and they’ll make sure it’s recycled in the most efficient way!
AllPlants have a range of chef-prepared plant-based meals, from cauliflower tikka masala to fiery jerk jackfruit with black rice. And their star meal (which I’ve heard a lot of good things about!), the cashew mac with kale, mushrooms and cherry tomatoes.
You can choose from single portion sizes or servings for two (the latter being a more cost-effective option).
USE “VEGANWORD” TO GET £10 OFF FIRST ORDER!
Type: vegan recipe box delivery
Cost: from £4.95 per portion
Packaging: The box is recyclable, ingredient packaging is compostable and biodegradable and denim as an insulator.
Special Features: Gluten free options available.
Best for: those who want to cook but would like to save time
The Vegan Apron is an all vegan meal prep service. They send boxes of ingredients to make seasonal recipes. They work with chefs and organic farmers to create seasonal vegan recipes, and then pack and ship boxes within 24 hours so you get the freshest ingredients.
Your box will arrive with enough ingredients for each recipe, and 3 recipes for 2-4 people.
You can choose between 20-minute boxes, the comfort food box or the gluten-free box.
Recipes might include tofu pho, fresh spring rolls or mushroom pasta.
They also offer special 2-week introductory rates, so you can order a box at a discounted rate to try out the service.
Type: recipe box and food delivery with vegan options
Cost: from £4 per meal
Packaging: Free returns on insulation and ice packs (they will reuse). 90% of the rest of the packaging is recyclable and they aim to be plastic free by 2020
Insulation: recycled denim offcuts
Special Features: All gluten-free
Best for: one person or more (one of the only companies to offer boxes for 1 person, as well or 2 or 4)
Mindful Chef offer the only service I know of that offers both plant-based recipe boxes (that you cook yourself) and vegan meal delivery services (where you get sent pre-prepared dishes that you don't have to cook). However, at this time, their meal delivery service only offers 4 frozen meal options and only one of those is plant-based. Still, it could be a way to get a recipe box and a frozen meal for backup if you need it.
Mindful Chef have been selling vegan recipe boxes for awhile now, and have amassed a following, who say their plant-based meals are innovative and offer good variety. They also donate a school meal to a child living in poverty for every meal ordered.
Not all of their packaging in recyclable yet but at present 90% is, and they aim to be plastic-free by 2020. They also offer free returns on their insulation and ice packs for reuse. Their insulation is made of recycled denim offcuts, so eco-friendly and vegan!
One thing I love about Mindful Chef is that unlike most recipe boxes, which serve 2-4 people, they have an option for 1 person. Anyone who's cooked for one knows it can be difficult t oget serving sizes correct and not end up with the same meal for five days in a row -- or wasting food!
Many of their meals can be made in 15 minutes or less, and they're all gluten-free.
Vegan meals might include nasi goreng with tempeh and red rice or sesame tofu with mango and a spicy ginger dressing, served over brown rice.
Type: recipe box with vegan options
Cost: from £5.60 per portion
Packaging: Mostly recyclable and/or compostable. Boxes, ice packs and chill bags to be left outside before the next delivery for reuse.
Insulation: ice packs
Special Features: Organic
Best for: organic vegan meal delivery
Riverford, in addition to selling organic veg boxes, now sell organic recipe boxes, with the option to order vegan boxes.
I spoke to someone on their customer services team who told me they never use wool insulation for vegan boxes; they use ice packs for their vegan boxes.
I like that they reuse boxes, chill bags and ice packs. They instruct you to leave them out before your next delivery so the driver can collect them for reuse. They state other packaging is recyclable or compostable, apart from vacuum-packed items like tofu, which must be disposed of in the bin.
Riverford have a selection of vegan recipes available each week and you can order as many as you want (each serve two). You can easily filter for vegan on their site.
Vegan dishes might include asparagus, peanut and beetroot salad or Greek pasticcio with roasted vegetables.
Type: recipe box vegan options
Cost: from £5.50 per person
Packaging: Not much information
Insulation: recycled denim
Best for: exploring different Asian and Middle Eastern recipes
Feastbox sell a vegan meal subscription box, from the owners of Red Rickshaw, the largest online Asian market. Their vegan meal delivery boxes contain Asian and Middle Eastern recipes.
Each week they have 12 different recipes, and you can select between 2 and 4 for your box. They always have vegan options, and they're clearly marked as vegan.
Recipes might include Turkish filo pie stuffed with chickpeas, squash and spinach or baby aubergines in a coconut curry sauce.
Type: frozen vegan meal delivery box
Cost: from £5 per portion
Packaging: Recyclable and compostable. Free returns on packaging (they'll recycle it for you)
It's Thyme offer a vegan meal service shipping pre-made frozen vegan meals to your house. It makes things simple for you -- all you need to do is reheat and eat. They have a number of vegan options on their site, and you can easily find vegan options marked with a V+ here, or you can order a vegan box to try a selection of dishes.
Vegan dishes include black chickpea curry and chilli sin carne.
Their packaging is a mix of recyclable and compostable, and they use denim for insulation. They also offer a free returns shipping label, so you can send your packaging back to them for recycling.
fresh fitness food
Type: fresh, nutritionally-designed food delivered each day
Cost: from £23 per day
Packaging: Fully biodegradable containers
Insulation: synthetic foam
Best for: athletes
Exclusive discount: Use "CAIGAL10" to get 10% off your order
Fresh Fitness Food offer vegan prepared meals delivery that are the best vegan meal delivery service for athletes. They offer one the most complete vegan meal planner service I've come across in the UK, with all meals provided each day.
You'll select your fitness goal and days you want delivered, and they'll design nutritionally sound meal plans, in conjunction with a Michelin star menu consultant and your meals will be freshly prepared, and delivered to your door in a cooler bag each day.
You can select a vegan meal plan easily.
At the moment, Fresh Fitness Food deliver within the M25 in London, and select postcodes in Manchester, Leeds, Birmingham and Nottingham.
Discount: Use "CAIGAL10" to get 10% off your order
Companies that market vegan or plant-based food delivery box option that is packed in wool insulation*:
- Abel & Cole (currently testing a hemp-based alternative, but this hasn't been rolled out yet -- I'll update the post when it has)
- Gousto (mark the box as plant-based)
*These boxes contain vegan food ingredients, and the companies have marked these boxes as vegan or plant-based, but due to the wool insulation, they would not be acceptable to most vegans. I've been in touch with these companies about alternatives.
A previous version of this article mentioned Pasta Evangelists, which has now been removed. I received a box labelled vegan for review from them, which contained a tub of parmesan cheese, but after I spoke to them about it they said they won't include cheese in any future vegan boxes (if anyone order from them, can you please confirm with me).
Other companies selling vegan meal delivery or recipe boxes; insulation materials unknown so please contact them individually:
- Spring Green London (vegan meal delivery London)
- Balance Meals
- Detox Kitchen (vegan food delivery London)
- Raw Fairies' raw vegan meal delivery
Companies with NO vegan boxes:
- Hello Fresh
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