Purple Carrot Vegan Meal Kit Subscription Box Review + Coupon – May 2018


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Purple Carrot is a meal kit subscription box that specializes in 100% plant-based vegan dishes. In addition to the standard plan, they also offer a high-protein line called TB12 Performance Meals curated by plant-based pro-athlete Tom Brady!

I’m not a vegan, but I’d say about 70% of what I eat is plant-based. I’d love to increase that percentage, so I’m excited to have Purple Carrot’s help! I’m eager to learn some new recipes that can satisfy my curious palate. Too many salads or basic bowls and I start reaching for the cheese again.

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Purple Carrot believes in the healing power of plants, as well as the fact that many plants are less stressful on the environment than meat production. They demonstrate their eco-friendly values in their recyclable boxes and non-toxic ice packs (with recyclable plastic wrapping). Their site states that “the vast majority of our packaging is reusable, recyclable, biodegradable, or compostable.”

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About Purple Carrot Plant-Based Vegan Meal Kit Delivery Service

The Subscription Box: Purple Carrot

The Cost: $12.00 per serving or $72.00 per week

COUPON: Save $20 off your first order with code NEWCARROT!

Good to Know: You can skip or pause shipments so long as you do so by the deadline each week. You can see several weeks worth of menus ahead in your account so you can conveniently set your schedule. Note that unlike other meal kit subscriptions, everyone gets the same three meals each week. (Subscribers can’t pick and choose from several recipes.)

The Products: Everything you need to make three vegan dinners each week! Purple Carrot expects you to have several basic tools and ingredients, including olive oil, salt, and pepper. They supply the rest, plus an easy-to-read recipe card for each meal!

Ships to: Contiguous US

Purple Carrot May 2018 Review

purple carrot enchiladas recipe card

purple carrot recipe card for torta

Purple Carrot Vegan Mole Enfrijoladas

Calories per Serving: 810

Prep & Cook Time, According to Purple Carrot: 30 minutes

Actual Prep & Cook Time: About 30 minutes

purple carrot torta ingredients

purple carrot torta ingredients laid out

This dish was a little confusing to wrap my head around at first. You essentially make a pan of seasoned black beans, then puree them into a sauce. (Be aware, this subscription assumes you have a food processor!!!) Rather than pour that sauce over something, you actually dip tortillas into the sauce, dousing them in the savory goodness. The other half of the recipe involves making a refreshing citrus salad to add contrast to the rich, hearty flavor and texture of the bean dish.

purple carrot torta dish

purple carrot torta and black beans

The result is a really unique and unexpectedly simple dish. The tortilla ends up providing a tender, satisfying texture that’s filling and flavorful. The beans are warm and comfort-food-esque, and the combo of avocado and orange in the salad make for a refreshing complement. This dish was totally new to me, but I’d definately cook up these flavors and textures again!

purple carrot asian carrots recipe card

purple carrot asian carrots recipe card

Purple Carrot Vegan Whole Roasted Carrots

Calories per Serving: 620

Prep & Cook Time, According to Purple Carrot: 30 minutes

Actual Prep & Cook Time: About 30 minutes

purple carrot roasted carrots recipe

purple carrot carrots and noodles ingredients laid out

This dish was so simple to make! The recipe has two main parts—roasting the carrots and preparing the bed of savory-sweet udon noodles on which the carrots will sit. The trickiest step was just making sure the udon didn’t overcook. (I feel like mine could’ve come out a little bit sooner—they cook pretty quickly.) The carrots roast in the oven after a quick toss in some oil and agave nectar to complement their natural sweetness.

purple carrot carrots and noodles

purple carrot asian carrots and noodles

I wanted to love this dish, but I feel like it was just a bit heavier and a little clumsier than I would’ve liked. A lot of that is plating—I plated the dish based on how it looked in the photo on the recipe card, with the carrots laid long over the noodles. But the carrots are a little clumsy in such big pieces. I’d probably chop them into chunks and mix them in with the noodles. Oh, and the noodles themselves were yummy, but a little one-note. There are bok choy and edamame mixed into the noodles, but the flavors sort of meld together into one. If I made this again, I think I might make fewer noodles and up the greens, so that it is more like a noodle salad and less like a noodle-heavy lo mein type of dish. In short, I liked all of the ideas happening in this recipe, but everything all together didn’t feel quite right.

purple carrot portabello mushroom blt

purple carrot blt recipe

Purple Carrot Vegan Portobello Mushroom BLT

Calories: 780

Prep & Cook Time, According to Purple Carrot: 30 minutes

Actual Prep & Cook Time: About 30 minutes

purple carrot mushroom blt ingredients bag

purple carrot mushroom blt ingredients laid out

This twist on a BLT uses mushrooms marinated in barbecue flavors to replace the traditional bacon. It was super easy to cut, coat, and leave aside the portobello mushrooms—they picked up the flavors of the spices super quickly, and I immediately wondered how yummy this recipe might be if I left them to marinate for an hour or even overnight instead of a quick few minutes!

purple carrot sandwich and fries

purple carrot sandwich recipe

I was pleased with the lip-smacking flavors that I created in this dish, though in future iterations, I’d probably go lighter on the liquid smoke (which was way stronger than it needed to be). I also need to work on my steak fries. The oven-baked ones I made via the recipe were delicious, no doubt, but they lacked the crispy finish of traditional fries. I don’t know if I cut them too thick or didn’t cook them quite long enough… Either way, this is a recipe I’ll be making again, so I’ll definitely do some experimenting!

Verdict: I really appreciated the uniqueness that this box introduced. The enfrijoladas and the roasted carrots with Asian-inspired flavors were dishes/combinations I hadn’t delved into before, so I liked introducing my taste buds to those new experiences. That said, there were little things—the balance of flavors/ingredients, namely—that I wasn’t in love within these recipes. The experimentation and practice in the kitchen, though? That’s a lot of fun. Servings are $12.00 a pop, based on the price of the box, which is pricey for something I’m making at home. (Though it’s probably on par with something I’d get as takeout food.)

To Wrap Up:

Can I still get this box if I sign up today? No. Purple Carrot rotates it offerings week to week. However, you can sometimes find recent recipes on the Purple Carrot site!

Coupon – Save $20 off your first order with code NEWCARROT!

Value Breakdown: Each serving costs $12.00, meaning this box cost $72.00.

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Written by Anna Reilly

Anna Reilly

Anna loves collecting little treasures, be they pop-culture finds, handmade mementos, or new potions to put in her makeup bag. Beauty boxes got her interested in the subscription world, but now she’s swooning for all things kawaii!

Posted in Food Subscription Boxes, Meal Kit Subscriptions, Purple Carrot Reviews, Subscription Box Reviews| Tags: purple carrot | 8 comments

8 Comments

  1. I agree with the other comments…too expensive for what you get. I’m all for veg meals but these seem high carb and not enough healthy veg. Noodles are cheap and was that plain white bread? This concept could be so much better with more quality ingredients and less cheap, white starch. Some of the other meal services do veg meals much better than this.

  2. $12 a serving seems like quite a bit for plant based meals. I can cook so much more for a fraction of the cost, with more vegetables and leftovers. These meals seems a little heavy on the carbs side, and very weak on the vegetable, “plant-based” side of a meal. Seriously, these meals shouldn’t be costing over $5 total for each meal pictured.

    Great review though!

    • I was absolutely thinking the same thing!

    • Agreed. In recipes, meat is usually the most expensive ingredient. Without the meat, cheese, etc., I would assume they would send pricier ingredients or larger portions.

  3. I think these meals are nutritionally unbalanced for a person who is vegan. They are fine for people who eat plant based diets a few days out of the week. It’s always great to get new recipes and incorporate aspects of them to your routine.

    • It’s been fun to learn some new recipes, but I will say some of the dishes feel a little unbalanced (flavor-wise) or underwhelming for the cost. I don’t know enough details to say whether these dishes are/aren’t nutritionally balanced enough for full-time vegans, so that’s a good thing to call out! Thanks for sharing your take, Diana!

  4. $12 a serving. Wow. Just Wow. I make So many similar dishes that are a whole less complicated and at a fraction of the price. You could do so much better using a Vegan blogging site. At $24 an entree you would at least have leftovers and some building blocks for additional meals. I am amazed.

    I realize the convenience is not having to shop for the items but compared to similar services the ingredients and value don’t compare.

    These recipes don’t make much sense and had added steps that are unnecessary. Roasting the carrots is how to get the sweetness out of them. Why coat with agave prior. That makes no sense and would Caramelize and get bitter before the carrots get tender.

    Great review but I’m just amazed at this box. Put it on par with Oreos for value.

  5. maybe if you tried grating or shredding the carrots that would help the noodle dish? I agree that it doesn’t need so many noddles though…

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