Each week, you'll be able to choose the dishes you'd like to receive from Sprinly's ever-changing menu. I personally liked that you could choose how many of each recipe you'd like, too. If you've got a favorite dish, you can get a few of that meal, rather than having to choose all different items.
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About Sprinly Plant-Based Meal Delivery Subscription Box
The Subscription Box: Sprinly
The Cost: Choose 6 meals per week for $109.00, 12 meals per week for $199.00, or 18 meals per week for $289.00. Shipping is free for all plans.
The Products: Pre-prepared, plant-based meals made fresh and delivered to your door each week. Each meal is packaged individually with preparation instructions. Some meals can be enjoyed right out of the fridge, while others require just a few minutes of heating up before they're good to go. (Their microwave-safe boxes make heating easy!)
Good to know: All Sprinly meals are organic, dairy-free, 100% gluten-free, and contain no refined sugars.
Sprinly Meal Delivery Service Review, June 2018
For about a month, Facebook had been serving me ads for a newer company called Sprinly. Since I'm always curious about the latest, greatest subscription box, I decided to poke around their site a bit. I mostly stick to a vegetarian diet, and in general, I've been trying to maintain a more consistent plant-based lifestyle. Sprinly's meals are all vegan and looked really yummy (and filling, size-wise) from what I could see on their site. Sprinly has a slightly smaller coverage area—it's mostly in the midwest—which I'm guessing allows them to send along special touches like this hand-written note introducing me to the subscription!
All of the meals come individually packaged in microwave-safe containers that fit neatly into the fridge. Unlike meal kits that give you the ingredients for your meals but require you to do the cooking, these meals come about 90% complete right out of the box. Any final prep steps are written out on the packages and usually aren't much more complicated than shaking out some toppings or popping the dish into the microwave to heat it up for a few minutes.
Cilantro Lime Kale Quinoa Bowl Balsamic Cannellini Beans, Coconut, and Walnuts
When I think of plant-based foods, salads and grain bowls like this one are the first dishes that come to mind. So, conceptually, this dish struck me as a little more obvious/run-of-the-mill. I did like the balance of flavors here, though. There's plenty of crunch thanks to the carrots, cabbage, peas, coconut, and walnut bits. I was worried that it might be a bit dry, but once the cannellini bean mixture and the refreshing, creamy dressing soaks into the quinoa, it's actually really satisfyingly luscious.
Zucchini and Carrot Pasta Marinara with Plant Balls
This was my favorite dish in this week's box! The directions have you pour the marinara over the zoodles, julienned carrots, and veggie balls before heating the dish in the microwave. I loved how deliciously tender the veggie noodles turned out, and those plant balls? SOOO tasty. They're meaty in texture and deliciously savory. And with the marinara, which is made even better with a dusting of the red pepper flakes, and the cashew parm, which gives the dish a familiar, yet dairy-free kick of saltiness? Mmm MMM, is that ever good! I really don't miss the pasta, the meat, or the cheese at all!
Peanut Soba Noodles with Tofu and Broccoli
This dish includes actual noodles, in addition to julienned carrots, which makes the dish feel even more voluminous. I loved the creamy peanut sauce—it made the dish just as flavorful as a box of takeout noodles, but this dish has a lightness to it that I really liked. I ate it for lunch and was happy to find that I didn't feel that "oh no, gotta take a nap now" vibe immediately after, hehe. I never like when tofu is too silky, but these little bites had a heartier, tender quality that I really liked.
Mediterranean Sweet Potato Hash with Greek Garlic Herb Sauce
This dish is essentially another salad, but the nuts, black beans, and cubed sweet potato make it really hearty. I was almost too full after eating this one! (But in the best way, haha.) I've never paired sweet potato with Greek-style dressing, and I was surprised by how much I liked the garlicky goodness mixed with the natural sweetness of the potatoes.
Fajita Bowl with Sprinly Lentil Walnut Crumble
For whatever reason, this dish didn't wow me as much as I expected. I think it was just a little too dry with all the beans and quinoa. The salsa was yummy but I might've done with a little more. Or maybe some cashew cheese would've given this a little extra oomph. The dish was definitely filling, and the Mexican-inspired flavors were fun, but it wasn't as impressive as some of the other meals.
Coconut Kale and Quinoa Antioxidant Salad with Apple Balsamic
The last dish in the box is another salad filled with broccoli (love), tomatoes (love), carrots (super yum), and apple slices (SO good). The standout of this quinoa-based salad is the dressing, which has a tasty sweetness and acidity. There are coconut flakes, hemp hearts, and sunflower seeds to shake over the salad, too. It's very good and full of great nutrients, but I guess it's less exciting than some of the other more creative dishes.
The Verdict: I loved the convenience of this subscription. Cooking up a creative, plant-based meal can require a little more effort than I'm willing to put in when I come home after a long day of work. These meals are almost totally ready to go right out of the fridge, plus they're faster to prep and more healthful than most of the frozen dinners I might nab at the grocery store.
The struggle, of course, is that the price is pretty steep for what ends up being a few relatively simple dishes. The salads, in particular, didn't feel very "special" to me. If I make a hearty salad for myself, it usually involves a combo of cherry tomatoes, carrots, greens, and some kind of grain—not something I feel compelled to pay $18.17 for (the average price per meal with the 6-meal plan). I appreciate that the ingredients are as healthy and wholesome as they are, and the prepared items I tried (thinking of the veggie balls here) were suuuuper tasty. But the price doesn't quite justify the convenience when I look at what I actually got.
To Wrap Up:
Value Breakdown: The plan I tried cost $109.00 + free shipping for 6 meals. That means that the average cost of each meal was about $18.17.
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