Update: Since posting my initial review, HungryRoot as expanded it’s offerings and is not 100% vegan anymore. They do still offer vegan options, along with other healthy alternatives. For more information or to sign up, click here.
I’m obsessed with food subscription boxes. The less I have to go to the store the better! I recently came across the HungryRoot subscription box and decided to give it a try. HungryRoot sends 100% vegan, gluten-free food packed with nutrients, complex carbohydrates and healthy fats. All of their products include healthy fats and complex carbs to keep you healthy and energized throughout the day. However, that’s not why I decided to try it.
Yes, there was an appeal of how healthy the items were, but the main reason I wanted to try it was because there was minimal cooking. I have absolutely no problem with cooking. I actually enjoy it when I have the time. But, that’s the key phrase – when I have the time. I often find myself looking for an easy solution to my meals because I don’t have time or energy to cook after my busy workday. Knowing that some items come ready to eat and some items are just 10-15 minutes away from being ready to eat was enough to sell me on the product and order my first box.
In the first box I received the following items:
- Banana Nut Brownie Bites
- Almond Chickpea Cookie Dough
- Avocado Bean Southwestern Salad
- Chickpea Butternut Squash Skillet
- Creamy Corn Cauliflower Risotto
- Crunchy Carrot Lentil Mix
- Lemon Artichoke Quinoa Bowl
- Italian Herb Chickpea Medley
The first recipe I tried was the brownie bites. Now, this called for mixing the “Banana Bread Overnight Oats” with the “Black Bean Brownie Batter.” I didn’t end up doing that, and just cooked the brownies. I was making them for a tailgate, and we all agreed we just wanted the regular brownies. They were amazing! They were nice and gooey like typical gluten brownies and we all really liked them. I would totally make them again. It also made me look forward to baking the Almond Chickpea Cookie Dough.
The next two items I tried were easy, grab and go types. I loved the Italian Herb Chickpea Medley (pictured on the right). It was a nice mix of flavors and was certainly filling, which is why the Crunchy Carrot Lentil Mix the next day was a bit of a disappointment. It wasn’t bad, but there was something about it that didn’t satisfy my taste buds. I think some of it was the texture. The name has “crunchy” in it, but it wasn’t the least bit crunchy. The red wine vinegar in the dish made it soggy. I think I would have liked it better if it was crisp like I was expecting. I’m not sure I’d add it to my box again unless I was using it to cook with other ingredients they supplied to create another dish.
The first dish I tried where you had to “cook” was the Avocado Bean Southwestern Salad. Basically, you made some salad dressing from the avocado crema they provided and mixed the black bean dish with the bag of super salad mix, hence the quotes around “cook.” I really enjoyed this salad. It seemed more like a slaw once put together, but it was really good and kept me filled for the afternoon at work.
Since the next couple of weeks are a bit hectic and I’ll be traveling again, I decided to hold off on getting another box until April 4th. That will be right after I return home from Easter at my parents’ meaning I’ll need to restock the fridge and this will be a great way to go so.
If you’re interested in checking out HungryRoot, click here to get $30 off your first box!
Disclaimer: This review is completely my own opinion. I was not contacted by HungryRoot and have not received any compensation for this review. All thoughts are my own. For more information, read my disclosure policy.