Want vegan food delivery to your door to make your life a little easier? Now you can find vegan meal delivery, UK wide.
In this article, I’ll be reviewing:
- Mindful Chef
- Fresh Fitness Food
- Vibrant Vegan
- Pep Kitchen
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, there’s a plant based meal delivery UK based service for you!
These companies are now selling vegan ready meals or their vegan recipe box, delivered to your door. This article is specifically about the best 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).
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|
|Mindful Chef||Vegan recipe box + frozen meals||£4||Recycled denim offcuts|
|Gousto||Vegan recipe box||£2.98||Cardboard|
|Riverford||Vegan recipe box||£5.60||Reusable ice packs||Organic|
|Feastbox||Vegan recipe box||£5.50||Recycled denim||Asian + Middle Eastern meals|
|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.
delivery vs recipe boxes
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.
If you’re looking for vegan meals delivered UK wide I’ve noted which services cover the whole country and which are city specific.
delivery vs recipe boxes
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’ food box delivery 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 a vegan food delivery box (that you still need to cook), but which cut out time spent shopping and prepping. With vegan meal prep delivery UK wide, you’ll still need to do some cooking but it will save you time preparing.
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, 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 vegan options from major players like Gousto and 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, vegan ready meals delivered UK wide
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 vegan frozen meals delivered you don’t need to cook, then AllPlants are a good vegan and vegetarian meal delivery service for you.
I really like that all the packaging on their vegan ready meals delivery 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.
If you’re looking for vegan meals delivered to your door, it’s my top pick. They ship their plant based ready meals UK wide.
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: recipe box and food delivery with vegan options
Cost: from £4 per meal
Packaging: Insulation/cool bags can be returned for free, ce packs are now home recyclable and they aim to remove as much virgin plastic from their packaging as possible
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), plant based meal delivered UK and vegan recipe boxes UK
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). Many rave about their meals and they're possibly the best vegan meal subscription box in the UK for their range of offers, quality of food and flexibility of serving sizes.
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. Their shipping is carbon neutral through DPD, they also offer free returns on their insulation and their ice packs can now be recycled at home. Their insulation is made of recycled denim offcuts, so eco-friendly and vegan! They also have a 0% food waste model, because they go direct to food suppliers and order precisely what customers need for the week.
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 to get 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 and food delivery with vegan options
Cost: from £2.98
Packaging: Recently switched to the recyclable Eco Chill box
Insulation: Specially-created cardboard box (Eco Chill Box)
Special Features: 10-minute recipes available
Best for: vegan food delivery UK from a major company
Gousto is one of the biggest meal kit delivery services in the UK, and they have vegan options! Previously, they used wool in the insulation, rendering their boxes not vegan, but last year they made the switch to an innovative (and vegan!) packaging solution, the Eco Chill Box. It uses layers of cardboard as insulation and is recyclable. Their aim is to switch to all recyclable or compostable plastic by 2022.
Gousto's vegan cook at home boxes come with enough servings for either 2 or 4 people. You can choose from the recipes of the week, and recipes are clearly labelled by how long they take to cook (some can be prepared in as little as 10 minutes!).
Recipes might include creamy chickpea curry loaded sweet potato, black dahl with kachumba and naan, Thai jackfruit 'fish' cakes with chilli mayo or creamy sun-dried tomato and cavolo nero gnocchi.
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.
Since Riverford is an organic food company, these vegan meal boxes make the perfect choice if you're looking for organic vegan food delivery.
You can order their vegan food box delivery UK wide.
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, vegan meal prep UK wide
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. In terms of their plant based food delivery, all UK postcodes on the mainland are covered, but harder to reach areas of the Scottish Highlands or Northern Ireland may take a day longer.
Recipes might include Turkish filo pie stuffed with chickpeas, squash and spinach or baby aubergines in a coconut curry sauce.
fresh fitness food
Type: best vegan fitness meals UK (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
Type: Plant-based meal delivery
Cost: £4.95 per meal
Packaging: 100% is recyclable, compostable or reusable and delivery is carbon neutral
Best for: frozen vegan meals delivered
If you're looking for vegan food delivered to your door, Planty is one of the latest vegan meal subscription services in the UK.
Planty ships frozen vegan home delivery food to you, so all you need to do is heat it up in the oven or microwave. You can choose between plans of 6, 8 or 10 meals.
All their meals are vegan and include dishes such as yaki miso udon noodles, vegan chicken tikka masala and vegan mac and cheese.
Type: vegan meal kits
Cost: £8.99 per meal
Best for: low-plastic vegan meal kits UK
Dishy has one of the most unique vegan recipe box delivery models here, aiming at reducing plastic waste: first, you get a box of their plastic-free Essentials, which contains spices and sauces you'll need for cooking (if you already have some of the spices in your cupboards, you might be able to pick up just a few more). Then, they ship your meals without single-use plastic packs of those ingredients. They say this results in an impressive 20x less plastic than a standard recipe box!
You can also buy plastic-free refills for the spices in the essentials kit directly from them.
All the recipes in each vegan cooking box can be made in 30 minutes or less and you can choose from dishes such as Thai green curry, the ultimate vegan burger or mushroom and hazelnut rigatoni.
Type: premade frozen vegan meals
Cost: from £5.00 per serving
Packaging: the tray is compostable and film is recyclable. However they don't list what's in the rest of the packaging/insulation
Best for: plant based ready meals delivered
Vibrant Vegan's vegan box meals come frozen and can be reheated in 8 minutes or less.
They also have gluten free options. Each box comes with 6 plant based meals and you can choose from options such as high fibre, high protein and low salt.
Choose from dishes such as West African peanut stew, teriyaki gyoza or diavolo seitan 'meatballs' and spaghetti.
Type: frozen vegan meals
Cost: £5.90 for one portion or £6.95 for two portions
Packaging: Compostable and recyclable. Free returns of boxes, liners and icepacks for reuse.
Insulation: recycled denim insulated liners
Best for: healthy vegan food boxes delivered
Pep Kitchen's nutritionally balanced vegan meals are perfect if you need dinner on the table in minutes. They sell meals in portions for one or two people, plus bundles for different times in your life. There's a new parent bundle, a work-from-home bundle and more.
They also sell vegan cookies and condiments plus drinks for that little bit extra.
Their vegan meal plans are developed by two chefs who graduated from Leith's School of Food & Wine and have experience in the London restaurant industry as well as street food industry.
One thing I like about their approach is how baked-in sustainability is. All their materials are compostable and recyclable and they encourage customers to return boxes, icepacks and liners (for free!) to be reused. Their insulation is made out of eco-friendly recycled denim.
Choose between dishes such as jerk sweet potato curry, wild mushroom and lentil ragu or coconut dhal and gunpowder roots. Plus, add on back-at-home cookies and gut-friendly drinks from Happy Inside and Momo kombucha.
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)
*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:
Companies with NO vegan boxes:
- Hello Fresh
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