8 of London’s Best Vegan Meal Kits & Deliveries for Veganuary
Giving up meat for Veganuary but don’t know where to start? There’s plenty of plant-based restaurants in London to try, but if you feel like having a night in, try one of these vegan meal kits or delivery services for a slap-up meat-free meal at home…
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DabbaDrop delivers hearty, flavoursome home-cooked Indian meals to your door that make you feel better for eating them. A meal subscription service established by two friends, DabbaDrop is kind of a modern take on Indian Dabbawalas who would deliver meals to workers across cities. Each week (or fortnight) offers a different meal that includes a couple of curries – aloo gobi and peas, Goan curry and saag tofu for example – with dahl, naan, chutneys, ratia and sides such pakora and samosas. Dishes are £15 per person and each dabba is for two people, delivered by bike and in reusable stainless steel tiffin tins.
One of the UK’s first 100 per cent plant-based recipe kit service, Grubby delivers easy to make and affordable meal boxes to your door. What’s on offer changes each week; there’s buddha bowls and bliss bowls as well as pasta and Asian-style dishes too. You also have hearty stew and salad-style dishes such as Harissa roasted sweet potato and lentil stew and beetroot risotto with toasted walnuts and fresh apple. Most of the fresh produce you’ll find in your box comes from UK family-run farms, and for London deliveries, boxes come by bike. Each box contains two meals for two people and dishes come out at £6.50 per dish, and there’s a curated Spotify playlist on a QR code you can listen to while slicing and dicing.
Delivered on Fridays, so one for the weekend, Hopper’s Sri Lankan Kari Feast (£45 for two people) is packed with texture and flavour. You’ve got crunchy banana chips and croquette-esque vegetable rolls to start with. The mains revolve around the warming breadfruit (the lesser-known cousin to jackfruit) curry that comes with a slight kick of chilli, rather than a punch, which you can mop up with string hoppers – steamed nests of vermicelli-style noodles). Throw in a couple of sides and a mango tapioca pudding for dessert, and you have one of the best Sri Lankan meals around.
4 The Cinnamon Club
You might think a DIY Indian dinner might be finicky to assemble at home, however, The Cinnamon Club’s offering come with most of the hard work done for you. One of the best Indian restaurants in London, The Cinnamon Club’s Vegan Meal Kit (£100, serves two) are packed with flavoursome and vibrant dishes. It includes South Indian spiced lentil, tomato and pepper soup, and vegan chaat for starters as well as a grilled aubergine with sesame tamarind crumble, and chargrilled cauliflower with spinach nutmeg sauce for mains. You’ve got dal and the gloriously named sunshine rice for sides as well as chilled coconut kheer with char-grilled pineapple, stem ginger and quinoa crumble for dessert.
5 Dirty Bones
Serving up NYC-style comfort food, Dirty Bones meals are for the day after the night before or a Friday night treat. The Ultimate Veganuary Kit (£40) feeds two people and all the kit you need to make two vegan chicken burgers including peanut butter mayo, facon, skinny fries and the ever important onion and garlic salt. It also comes with meda drinks and hippeas puffs to snack on while preparing and Bad Brownie brownies for after. If you fancy a cheese burger, the Vegan Hero Kit (£40) which has everything you need to make a plant-based cheese burger – including gherkin and dressing – and comes with skinny fries too. Looking ahead, there’s also meaty meal kits should you discover veganism is a fleeting fad.
6 Pasta Evangelists
Pasta Evangelists have a range of vegan pasta dishes to try this month including a creamy black truffle cacio e pepe with pici and thyme pangrattato; a summery pea and shallot ravioli with Belazu garlic oil and lemon pangrattato; the hearty roast aubergine sauce with cre3ste di gallo and fresh basil; and a classic semi-dried tomato pesto with malloreddus and toasted almonds. If you want to go meat-free, but still want the cheese, there are plenty of vegetarian dishes to choose from too. Dishes start at £5.50 per portion (min two serves per dish), are quick to prepare and freezable, so you can always stash them away for later.
7 Rudy’s Vegan Diner
Camden’s only vegan diner, Rudy’s, has several DIY kits for home if you’re craving diner-style dishes from the comfort of your couch. Each kit is a deconstructed version of Rudy’s favourite menu items, complete with everything you need to make veganised versions of classic American junk food at home. The kits include the Rudy’s Reuben, complete with a whole loaf of rye bread and ample vegan pastrami; and the Dirty Burger kit which has everything you need for a cheese burger dripping in sauce. A third kit has the ingredients for both the reuben and the burger. Each kit feeds four people and costs £36.
8 Après Food Co
Award-winning Clerkenwell restaurant Après Food Co has overhauled its business model to launch innovative health-focused food boxes with plenty of vegan options. Available nationwide, the nutritionally-balanced, restaurant-quality dishes are specifically designed with health in mind (co-founder Catherine Sharman is a nutritional therapist, as well as the head chef, which is a bonus). Plant-based offerings include o beetroot and apple fritters with mint and chili dressing, shakshuka with rosemary garlic roast potatoes and Sicilian aubergine caponata with toasted pine-nuts. Tailor your box to the number of people you want to feed and dishes you want to order. Each dish comes individually portioned and prepared so all you need to do is heat it up. Dishes start from £5 per portion, and can be frozen.