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By Amanda Bochain
Reviewed by Rebecca Housh, MS, RDN
Hungryroot is your one-stop shop for all your grocery and meal planning needs. Not only do they have an incredible selection of groceries to choose from, but they also have a ton of meal kits and recipes. You choose the recipe and they will send you everything you need to make it! All of the food Hungryroot carries is free of partially hydrogenated oils, artificial sweeteners, high fructose corn syrup, preservatives, and artificial colors. It is delicious, clean food. Get 30% Off Orders Of $99+ FREE Gift For Life >>
What We Like
Easy to make meal kits
Options for every diet (a lot of allergen-friendly (esp. gluten-free and vegan) options)
Food recommendations based on your dietary preferences
Grocery items available and easily customizable
What We Don’t Like
Packaging- Products could be packed better so that they are not damaged during transit
Recipe cards have very little information
Point System for ordering was confusing
For our Hungryroot reviews, we received the following:
Ingredients for the Classic Linguini and Meatballs recipe
We scheduled our Hungryroot box to be delivered on a Sunday and it arrived right on time. The big box was well insulated and everything inside the box was cold. There was only one large ice pack at the bottom of the box and all of the groceries were piled inside with no real packaging otherwise. Because of this, the bag of spinach we received was ripped and the top of the spinach artichoke dip had fallen off in the box but everything else was well sealed and looked fresh.
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The box was lined with a thinner cardboard layer and the packing slip and recipe card were stuck between the outer box and inner cardboard. At first, we couldn’t find the packing slip but later found it underneath the inner liner. There was nothing else inside the box other than the groceries, packing slip, and recipe instructions. Get 30% Off Orders Of $99+ FREE Gift For Life >>
Now, let’s get into the details of the groceries we tried!
The recipe for making the flatbread was very straightforward and simple. We only needed four ingredients to put it together:
Whole wheat sprouted flatbread
Spinach and artichoke dip
Sweet Italian Chicken Sausage
The recipe started by heating the flatbread in the oven. While the flatbread was baking, the sausage was sliced and browned in a skillet. Once the flatbread was warmed, the spinach artichoke dip was spread across each flatbread, topped with some of the seared sausages, and then piled high with baby spinach. The flatbread went back in the oven to wilt the spinach and then it was ready to eat!
The flatbread was nice and dense and held up under the ingredients well. You could visibly see the whole grains in the flatbread and it had a nice, sweet flavor. It looked healthy and was very filling thanks to the fiber from the whole grains and spinach and the protein from the Italian sausage.
The spinach artichoke dip was also delicious. It was a little bit thin and dripped off the flatbread but it was easy to just dip the flatbread in any extra sauce on the plate! We didn’t put too much of the spinach artichoke dip on the flatbread to keep it less messy. A little bit went a long way though, and it added a great creamy texture to the meal.
We received two packages of the sweet Italian sausage but could have made all 6 flatbreads with just one pack. There was a lot of sausage! The sausage was nice and tender and you could see the peppers and seasonings inside the meat. It came fully cooked so you don’t have to worry about cooking times- just saute until it is browned and crispy!
The bag of spinach we received was massive. There was enough spinach to top each flatbread and then still have half a bag left to use on another recipe. The spinach was nice and fresh and added a healthy veggie to the meal.
Overall we really liked the flatbread recipe. The ingredients were all high-quality and the recipe was very quick to make. The artichoke dip and chicken sausage gave a unique flavor and there were plenty of ingredients included in the box to make lots of flatbreads! Get 30% Off Orders Of $99+ FREE Gift For Life >>
Hungryroot Reviews: Meal Kit Recipe 2- Linguini and Meatballs
Three ingredients from the Hungryroot box were all we needed to make this linguini and meatballs recipe. Here is what we received to put this meal together:
Grass-fed beef meatballs
To make the dish, we seared the meatballs with some olive oil in a skillet until they were browned. While the meatballs were cooking, we boiled the cauliflower linguini until it was nice and tender. The marinara sauce heated in the microwave and was then poured on top of the cooked cauliflower linguini and tossed together. The meatballs were added to the plate and the recipe was complete!
We were excited that the linguini was made with cauliflower as it adds a vegetable to the meal. The pasta was fresh so it only took about 2 minutes to cook. The noodles actually did not taste like cauliflower at all, just like classic linguini! They did not fall apart when cooking (like some gluten-free pasta has a tendency to do) and held up under the weight of the sauce and meatballs too. Definitely an amazing gluten-free pasta option.
The marinara sauce was very straightforward. It had a few chunks of tomatoes but was otherwise quite smooth. It had a tangy taste that you’d expect in a pasta sauce and was very lightly seasoned. It was much fresher than a jar of sauce that you would buy in the grocery store.
The grass-fed meatballs arrived fully cooked so they only needed to be heated. They were very soft and easy to eat. There were about 30 meatballs included in our box which were plenty for two people for a large dinner and leftovers. We like that the meatballs were also gluten-free (no breadcrumbs added!) which made this whole meal gluten-free.
We really liked this linguini and meatball recipe. It was another great dish to make on a busy night as it only took about ten minutes from start to finish. The cauliflower linguini was probably the best part of the dish since it was made with a “secret veggie” but didn’t have a strong cauliflower taste. It made getting your daily vegetables easy and delicious! Get 30% Off Orders Of $99+ FREE Gift For Life >>
The next recipe we tried was the chicken and guac tacos. To make this meal, we received:
Soft corn tortillas
Cucumber, black bean, and corn salad
Seasoned, grilled chicken
Making the tacos was essentially all assembly. The chicken was already cooked so it just needed to be reheated via a frying pan or microwave. The tortillas were softened in the microwave as well then topped with the sliced chicken, cucumber black bean salad, and drizzled with the avocado cream. That was it! Pretty easy tacos.
The soft corn tortillas came in a very large pack. There was more than enough to use to make tacos and some leftovers afterward as well. They were all very soft and the perfect vessel for the taco fillings.
The avocado crema was quite tangy as it was made with white vinegar. It didn’t have much spice but more of a sweeter style of guacamole. It was very smooth and bright green. It was perfect as a sauce for the chicken tacos.
We received two small containers of the cucumber black bean and corn salad and this was really what made these tacos unique. The salad was full of chopped veggies and was very fresh. The cucumbers had a nice crunch and the vinegar marinade was tasty as well. You could definitely eat this salad straight out of the container with a spoon. Having this mix made the tacos easy since there were multiple ingredients and seasonings mixed into one scoop.
The grilled chicken came in two packs, each with two chicken breasts. You could see the grill marks on one side of the chicken and the chicken was packed in water which kept it juicy. Since the grilled chicken was already fully cooked, it just needed to be reheated and sliced. There was enough chicken for about 8-10 tacos so plenty for four people.
All in all, these tacos were quite good and another fast recipe to make. The cucumber black bean salad was the star of the show and made the tacos more exciting. We really liked the avocado cream as well and could see using it for avocado toast, as a dip for chips, or as a sauce in other dishes. Get 30% Off Orders Of $99+ FREE Gift For Life >>
Hungryroot Reviews: Breakfast
Ancient Grain Pancake Mix
The Ancient grain pancake mix was very easy to make. All we had to do was add water and oil to the mix and stir. The pancake batter was very thick and dense. When I scooped the batter into the hot frying pan to cook, I had to spread it around a little with the back of my spoon in order to make it flatter and more like a pancake rather than a dense lump. I would recommend adding more water to the batter than directed in order to thin it out a little bit.
The pancakes themselves were very dense and filling. They were not the usual light and fluffy pancakes you may be used to. However, the gluten-free mix was quite tasty. It had a subtle rice flavor which makes sense since it is made with rice flour! It was not sweet at all but I topped my pancakes with some fresh chopped fruit and maple syrup which gave the dish the perfect amount of sweetness. I would definitely make these pancakes again as a healthy breakfast option. Get 30% Off Orders Of $99+ FREE Gift For Life >>
Hungryroot Reviews: Snacks
Pipcorn Heirloom Cheddar Cheese Balls
Cheese Balls are always a fun and exciting snack. We were thrilled to try these cheese balls as they claimed to be healthier than the regular grocery store version because they are made from non-GMO heirloom corn and organic cheddar cheese. They are flavored with organic cheddar cheese and organic paprika. The cheese balls have no artificial ingredients added which is pretty amazing for a snack like this!
The flavor of the Pipcorn Heirloom Cheddar Cheese Balls was amazing. They tasted like real cheese and had a wonderful crunch. They were easy to pop in your mouth and enjoy! Definitely a perfect snack for anyone who loves authentic, cheesy flavors. Get 30% Off Orders Of $99+ FREE Gift For Life >>
Hungryroot Reviews: Sweets
Carrot Cake Coconut Cookies
We absolutely loved these cookies. Upon the first bite, we were hooked. The cookies are very soft and have a strong coconut taste. Anyone who enjoys sweetened coconut will love this cookie! The coconut taste does overpower any carrot cake flavor though. There is a touch of cinnamon taste but mostly it is all coconut!
There were 5 cookies in the pack and each cookie was about 3-4 bites. The cookies are gluten-free, soy-free, and vegan. However, you don’t have to be following any specific diet plan in order to enjoy these tiny morsels. They are a fantastic, very flavorful cookie to enjoy at the end of any day.
Almond Butter Brownie
This paleo brownie from Base Culture was very tasty. We couldn’t tell it was gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, soy-free, and preservative-free. It had a rich chocolatey taste with nutty almond butter drizzled on top. Get 30% Off Orders Of $99+ FREE Gift For Life >>
Hungryroot Reviews: Groceries
We chose a few different grocery options to be included in our box including Pea Snaps, Pork Carnitas, Plant-Based Smoked Chorizo, and Spinach Ricotta Ravioli. We tried to pick a good range of items so we could really review each type of grocery that Hungryroot carries. So here is what we thought.
We ordered pea snaps which was essentially a bag of fresh sugar snap peas. While the peas tasted delicious and were quite crispy, they had white spots all over them. We looked this up and it says that this is likely due to rough handling. Peas with white spots like ours are still okay to eat but have just been tossed around. This was the only issue we had with any of the groceries in the Hungryroot box and, it was not actually a major problem.
Pork Carnitas were the next grocery item we picked and they were amazing. The pork came in a vacuumed sealed package that had the cooking directions clearly written on the back. The carnitas was fully cooked so they only needed to be reheated in the microwave or skillet. We chose to heat the pork in the microwave and the end result was tender juicy meat.
There was enough juice in the package to pour over the carnitas like a sauce. The meat had a sweet, orange flavor and there were even pieces of orange zest nestled into the dish. We would definitely buy this meal again as it was easy and yummy! Get 30% Off Orders Of $99+ FREE Gift For Life >>
Plant-Based smoked chorizo was next on the list. It was packed in a small black box and labeled as vegan, gluten-free, nut-free, and soy-free. The chorizo was made from pea protein and tomato paste as the main ingredients. That along with lots of spices made it a deep red color.
To cook the chorizo, we crumbled it into a saute pan to brown and then made it into a risotto. When cooking the chorizo, it kind of just fell apart and crumbled rather than brownie well. It looked a little dry so we added extra broth to the risotto. While the texture of the smoked chorizo was not quite the same as regular meat, it did have a strong, smokey flavor that was tasty.
The last grocery item we received was the spinach ricotta ravioli. These were a complete hit with everyone in my family. The ravioli was fresh, not frozen, so they cooked in about 3 minutes in boiling water.
The pasta was nice and soft and the filling was packed with ricotta cheese and chopped spinach. One package was enough to serve two adults and there were 13 ravioli in the pack. Very tasty dish and it would go well with a variety of the Hungryroot sauce options too!
When signing up for Hungryroot, you can choose to receive a free gift each week. We opted to receive the “premium protein” of the week. Our premium protein was a bonus pack of the Sweet Italian Chicken Sausage that we also used in the flatbread recipe. This was exciting as we loved the juicy, easy to make sausage in the flatbread recipe and could now make it again! A very good bonus item. Get 30% Off Orders Of $99+ FREE Gift For Life >>
The quiz starts off by asking if you would like a FREE veggie, dessert, or premium protein each week. We chose the protein!
Next, you can choose how many people you are feeding, one, two, or more. Dietary goals such as losing weight, saving money, or just grocery shopping less are the next questions on the quiz. Hungryroot asks if you have any restrictions and preferences so, if you are gluten-free or a pescatarian, you can choose these options.
The next section of the quiz asks how you tend to eat at each meal. Are you a snacker? Do you skip breakfast? Do you sit down and have a full meal three times a day? These answers will help make a grocery box specifically for you! After this comes sample pictures of each meal. Click the ones that look good to you so Hungryroot knows your specific preferences.
Once your quiz is complete, you are ready to sign up and take a look inside your grocery box! Hungryroot fills your box with foods they think you will love based on your quiz. However, you can easily go through the list and delete foods that you don’t really want. You can add in any groceries you’d like from the site too. While the suggestions are great, the box is totally customizable. Get 30% Off Orders Of $99+ FREE Gift For Life >>
Hungryroot Reviews: Plan Options
After the quiz, you will have several plan options to choose from with recipes starting at $8.49 per serving and add-ons including breakfast items, snacks, and sweets starting at around $2 per serving. Hungryroot’s smallest plan starts at $59.94 and includes 3 two-serving meals.
Depending on the plan you select you are given “points” to spend in the Hungryroot market. So if one week you want 3 meal kits/recipes and all sweets you can do that. And then if the next week you want to stock up on meat and seafood you can do that as well. Everything is fully customizable.
We found this a little confusing on the Hungryroot site. It would be much easier if the plans were associated with points from the beginning vs recipes and ready-to-eat items.
With our plan, which has 3 recipes with 4 servings each for a total of 12 lunch/dinner servings plus 2-3 breakfast servings, 5-7 snack servings, and 7-10 sweet servings, we received 83 credits to spend in the “market” and the price of our plan is $161.85 weekly. Get 30% Off Orders Of $99+ FREE Gift For Life >>
See below for more details on the “point” breakdown for all of the items in our order.
Hungryroot Reviews: Bottom Line
Hungryroot is a convenient grocery delivery service that has a lot of options and choices. Their commitment to selling foods with no preservatives or additives makes shopping for healthy, clean food easy.
We loved the wide range of groceries for specific dietary needs and liked how many unique recipes and groceries Hungryroot offered. There were so many recipes to choose from and all of them looked delicious. You could cook Hungryroot every day for months and never eat the same thing twice! We loved how easy the recipes were to put together and our grocery delivery definitely saved time both in the kitchen and since we did not have to go grocery shopping at a “real” store.
We also really liked the number of allergen-friendly options available, including gluten-free and vegan, for those on more restrictive diets.
We weren’t a huge fan of the Hungryroot packaging as all of the groceries were just tossed in the box. The bag of spinach was ripped, the peas were a little beat up and the top of the spinach artichoke dip had fallen off. Packing the food a little better probably would have prevented all of these small issues. The point system for ordering food was also a little confusing especially for someone ordering for the first time.
We would recommend Hungryroot for anyone looking to make healthy eating, grocery shopping, and weekly meal planning easier. There are a lot of meal kits to choose from and the groceries that we received were fresh and delicious. It is nice that Hungryroot fills your box for you based on what you want to eat and it is also great that you can pick and choose what you really want. Get 30% Off Orders Of $99+ FREE Gift For Life >>
This post has been reviewed and approved by our dietitian Rebecca Housh, MS, RDN, LDN for nutritional accuracy.
Rebecca Housh is a registered dietitian based in Chicago, IL. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Human Physiology from Boston University and a Master of Science in Human Nutrition from the University of Illinois in Chicago. Rebecca is passionate about the idea of food as medicine in both preventative and therapeutic care. Her current professional interests lie in food security, food access, and nutrition for chronic disease.
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