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Purple Carrot is a plant-based meal kit delivery service. Like other meal kit services, they deliver a weekly box with ingredients and recipes to cook during the week cutting down on planning, prep, and cook time. All of the Purple Carrot meal kits are vegan, consisting only of ingredients from plants, and they do not include dairy (including cheese!), meats, eggs, or fish. If you are like me, a “vegan virgin”, this type of meal kit may sound a little scary, a lot intimidating, and not very appetizing.
I have never ordered a week full of plant-based meal kits for my family. Sure, I’ve eaten tofu and salads, but meat has always been a central part of our dinner. My husband and I have been wanting to eat less meat for our health as well as for the environment, but we were worried about finding options that our whole family would love. And, as the primary cook in the family, I have no idea how to even begin to find recipes, ingredients, and plan dinners. It all seems a bit overwhelming.
Enter Purple Carrot!
With a bit of apprehension, we tried a meal kit box from Purple Carrot with 3 meals for 2 people, and couldn’t have been more surprised (in a good way!). The meals were extremely flavorful and packed with quality ingredients. Read on for our full Purple Carrot review and watch the unboxing video to see inside the box. (Spoiler: free food!)
For this Purple Carrot review, we opted for the Thai Tempeh Khoa Soi, the Curried Chickpea Bowls, and the General Tso’s Tofu meal kits as well as the Peanut Butter Cup Truffle Pouch as a snack. We also received a free sample of the Forager cashew milk strawberry yogurt along with a coupon from Forager in the menu booklet.
We started our plant-based journey with the Thai Tempeh Khoa Soi. This meal was our least favorite of the three, but we still enjoyed it. Especially the crispy onions and the delicious sauce. We would’ve loved more tempeh and bok choy, and fewer noodles as the dish was a little carb-heavy for us.
Next up was the Curried Chickpea Bowls. We loved these bowls! We actually added another can of chickpeas to feed our family of three as well as grilled corn and ate outside on a warm June night. The curry flavor was wonderful and paired well with the millet and the gai lan, which were both new to us.
Last but not least we tried the General Tso’s Tofu. This was our favorite! We loved the taste of the crispy tofu covered in the tangy General Tso’s sauce with black and white sesame seeds on top of the quinoa and broccoli. So much better than take-out!
Being new to vegan cooking, we would love more explanation of the unique (or maybe unique to us) ingredients that were used. For example, we know and love tofu, but had never tried tempeh. We had also never tried millet or gai lan. Just in case you are also new to plant-based eating here are some of the unique ingredients that were used.
Tempeh: Fermented product made of soybeans (Tofu is unfermented and made from soy milk)
Millet: Cereal grain from the grass family (gluten-free)
Gai Lan: Cantonese name for Chinese broccoli
Watch the video below to get a sneak peek inside our Purple Carrot delivery.
The Purple Carrot menu offers 8 dinner recipes, 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, and almost 10 snacks on any given week. I think a common misconception around plant-based food is that it isn’t flavorful and with Purple Carrot that could not be further from the truth! They are all about creating flavor-packed plant-based meals and are anything but bland.
We love this quote from Purple Carrot “We’re pro-plant, not anti-animal. When it comes to plant-based living, we’re realistic. Eat what you love, but eat more plants.” My family absolutely LOVED our Purple Carrot meals. They were unique and flavorful and packed full of healthy ingredients. And while we aren’t going to eat plant-based all of the time, Purple Carrot makes it easy to eat delicious vegan meals whenever we want. For us, we will be ordering from Purple Carrot once a month and look forward to trying new and interesting ingredients as well as doing our small part in helping our environment.
Try Purple Carrot plant-based meal kits today!
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