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My Honest Hungryroot Review: Is This Plant-Based Meal Plan Worth It?

My Hungryroot Review

Is Hungryroot Worth It?

Hungryroot is a fresh food delivery subscription that aims to “make healthy eating easy.” Mix and match ingredients from their catalog of pre-prepped veggies, sauces, proteins, and more to create quick plant-based meals in a matter of minutes.

I love the premise of Hungryroot, and I was curious to see if it was truly as tasty and convenient as it seemed to be. In the end, I found Hungryroot to be a flexible, fast, tasty, and healthy service that delivered everything I had hoped for.

by Lacey Volk, MSA Reviewer, Busy Mom & Conscious Eater
August 15, 2019| 18 comments

This package was sent to us at no cost to review. (Check out our review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)

How Hungryroot Works

Hungryroot is a little bit different from other meal kits you may have heard about or tried before. It’s not quite recipe-based like Blue Apron or Home Chef, nor does it offer fully prepared meals like Daily Harvest or Freshly. Here’s what you need to know before signing up:

Is Hungryroot a meal kit?

Nope! Most meal kits have you choose the specific recipes you want to cook each week, then send you the pre-portioned ingredients to make those recipes. But with Hungryroot, you’ll receive a set number of ingredients that can be combined to create a variety of different recipes.

You can select “pairings” of items that are meant to be eaten together, so if you’re used to thinking in terms of recipes, it is possible to shop Hungryroot in that way. The product catalog is very flexible, and the ingredients are meant to be combined in different ways. The ingredients can also work well with food you already have on hand from your regular grocery shopping.

But Hungryroot is like traditional meal delivery subscription services in that it lets you easily edit your preferences, update delivery dates, skip weeks, and cancel online.

What kind of food does Hungryroot offer?

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  • Types of Available Items

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    Currently Hungryroot offers products in the following categories:

    • Fresh Cut Vegetables (Shredded Brussels sprouts, beet “noodles”, butternut squash ribbons, and more.)
    • Grains & Pastas (Think pastas made from non-wheat flours or rice + alternative grain combos.)
    • Sauces (Thai Peanut Sauce, Kale Pesto, Beet Pesto, Superfood Tomato Sauce, and more.)
    • Proteins (Prepared meat, fish, tofu, and more.)
    • Grab-and-Go Foods (Oatmeals, soups, grain and bean salads, etc.)
    • Sweets (Plant-based treats, such as their famously popular Black Bean Brownie Batter and Almond Chickpea Dough.)
    • Jazzy Extras (Things you might sprinkle on top of a salad or snack on throughout the day, like Crunchy Bean Toppers.)

    You can easily see the nutritional information and cooking instructions for each item online, as well as recommended pairings. Here’s the listing for Hungryroot’s beet noodles, for example:

    Can I pick the items I want?

    Yes! You can either select the exact items you want to receive, or let Hungryroot make selections and recommendations for you. There are a few things you should know here:

    • When you make your own selections, they aren’t 100% guaranteed. If an item isn’t generally available when you place your order, Hungryroot won’t let you select it. But they have a disclaimer that says if an item is unavailable when your order does ship, substitutions will be made for you. For that reason, I recommend setting preferences (see below) so you still get items you’ll use.
    • Set dietary preferences so you won’t receive products you don’t want. You can set your dietary preferences to combinations of vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, and/or soy-free. If you make those selections, Hungryroot will automatically only give you products that fall into the categories you’ve picked. (They’ll also gray out the items that are excluded by your preferences, so you can see which items you won’t be receiving.)
    • You can also set preferences for individual foods. You can go through the entire catalog and flag items as Never, Sometimes, or Often. If you flag things as Never, Hungryroot will never pick those items for you or use them as a substitution. On the flip side, if you set items to Often, they might choose those items for you more frequently.

    Screenshot of the hungryroot never, often, sometimes selection

    What are the plans?

    Since Hungryroot isn’t recipe-oriented, the plans focus on the number of items you receive instead of the number of recipes/servings you’ll get (as is the case with other meal kit services). Currently, the plans are:

    • Small ($69.99) – 11 items per week (suggested for one person)
    • Medium ($99.99) – 16 items per week (suggested for two people)
    • Large ($129.99) – 21 items per week (suggested for families)

    A complete “meal” from Hungryroot typically combines about three ingredients and serves two or more. On the Small plan, for example, you could easily put together 3 meals to serve 2 people each, plus a few Grab-and-Go items or desserts.

    Is Hungryroot paleo, vegan, keto, or low calorie?

    As you can see above, Hungryroot offers a lot of different products! You can easily use Hungryroot if you are vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, or soy-free. When you sign up, you can filter their available products based on your preferences:

    Hungryroot Dietary Preferences

    Based on my experience, folks following special diets can also use the service, but it may take a little more work on your part and it will limit the total number of items you’ll be able to select from:

    • Low Calorie & Weight Loss: Maybe, depending on the details and some work on your part. Not everything Hungryroot offers is low calorie, but I found it was super easy to put together meal options that were less than 500 calories per serving. The hardest part is calculating the total calories per recipe, since the number of servings in each ingredient varies. (You have to add up the calories per package and then divide by the number of servings to get it right.)
    • Whole30: Yes, with some work on your part. You can easily filter out soy, dairy, and gluten using the dietary preferences above, but if you’re also avoiding legumes and beans as part of a typical Whole 30 plan, you’ll have to check the ingredients in the prepared foods and sauces closely. You’ll have to set preferences or choose your items a la carte to get this to work for you.
    • Paleo: Maybe, depending on how strict you are. Here again, you can easily filter out dairy and gluten, but you’ll have to check the ingredients of other products closely to see if they meet your criteria. If you’re strictly eating no processed foods at all as part of a paleo diet plan, then I wouldn’t recommend Hungryroot, since a large part of the appeal (and deliciousness) comes from the sauces and prepared proteins. But if you have more of a “lazy paleo” mindset and are open to minimally processed sauces and prepared foods, it could still be a good fit.
    • Keto and Low Carb Diets: Maybe, depending on your total carbs/day target. I have not done keto myself, but I’m a little familiar with the rules, as several people in my family are experimenting with it now. I’m not 100% sure if Hungryroot would be a good fit for keto, but I’ve included the total and net carbs (calculated as total grams carbs minus grams fiber) for each recipe I tried, so you can get a better idea for yourself.

    If you’ve used Hungryroot and follow one of these diets, we’d love you to share your experience in the comments!

     

    My Hungryroot Review

    Some background info: I like to say that I’m an “ex-vegetarian.” I love vegetables, and the years as I spent as a vegetarian shaped the food I like to eat and cook today. I aim to eat a primarily plant-based diet, but I’ve learned that it’s easier to keep my body happier when I’m getting some of my protein from lean meats and eggs.

    I also LOVE to cook. Prior to having kids, experimenting in the kitchen after I got home from work was a big part of how I decompressed from the day and spent time with my husband. Things are a little crazier these days—we have two kids under age 5, and I work full time. I don’t always have 45 minutes to make dinner from scratch, especially if it’s from a meal kit where I’m only getting two servings and no leftovers.

    Enter Hungryroot

    Choosing My Items

    I decided to hand-pick the selections for my first box, instead of letting Hungryroot decide what to send me. I settled on a mix of Fresh-Cut Vegetables, Sauces, and Proteins, with one Sweets selection added in. As you go through the process, you can see suggested pairings, which I found to be helpful.

    I was initially disappointed that some of the more unusual options like Beet Pesto and Mango Cultured Coconut Cream (a vegan yogurt substitute) were unavailable to me. For me, part of the draw of Hungryroot was that it offered items that I couldn’t find easily in stores! (It looks like Hungryroot’s selection can vary seasonally, so their whole catalog isn’t available all the time.)

    Once your order is locked down and ships, so you can browse exactly what you’re receiving and see suggested combinations:

    My item selections on Hungryroot's website.

    Unboxing My Order

    Hungryroot’s packaging was secure, and the fresh foods arrived nice and cold. (I did want to note that Lasership was the carrier, at least for my region; I have had issues with them in the past, although this delivery was perfectly fine.)

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      I ended up receiving all of the items I requested, with no substitutions. Everything was fresh and in perfect condition when it arrived.

      Since Hungryroot is a flexible system and you can mix and match items to make a lot of different recipes, I figured that I would show you all of my ingredients first, and then show you how I cooked them up after. Here’s the breakdown of what I got:

      Fresh Cut Veggies

      Fresh Cut Veggies: Shaved Brussels (9 oz), Cauliflower Rice (14 oz), and Kohlrabi Noodles (10 oz).

      I’ve definitely gotten shaved Brussels sprouts and cauliflower rice from my local grocery store, but kohlrabi noodles were a totally new experience for me. As someone who doesn’t exactly love zucchini noodles and hadn’t yet branched out into adventurous “zoodle” territory, I was excited to dig into those.

      Proteins: (Clockwise from top) Cucumber Corn Black Bean Salad (10 oz), Wild Mushroom Chicken Meatballs (7.2 oz), Ginger Tahini Yuba Noodles (4 oz) Hot Smoked Roasted Salmon (4 oz).

      I was excited about ALL of these options! Hot Smoked Roasted Salmon sounded delicious, and I knew the Wild Mushroom Chicken Meatballs would be something even our preschooler would eat. I was probably most curious about the Ginger Tahini Yuba Noodles because I’d never even heard of yuba before; it’s filed under protein because it’s made from tofu (sometimes called “tofu skin”). The bean salad was kind of a last-minute choice, since I wanted to grab something from the ready-to-eat section of the catalog, too.

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        Sauces: Thai Peanut (8 oz), Superfood Tomato (8 oz), Chickpea Pesto (8 oz).

        As you’ll see in the recipes I prepared, the sauces are the “magical” part of Hungryroot. They help you combine otherwise simple ingredients into something delicious very, very quickly. Thai Peanut seemed like a solid choice, since I can never make a good homemade peanut sauce, and I was really interested to see if the Superfood Tomato sauce (enriched with hulled hemp hearts) was as good as it sounded. Chickpea Pesto also seemed like a crowd pleaser.

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          Sweets: Almond Chickpea Cookie Dough (9.7 oz)

          No way could I get a box from Hungryroot without trying one of their plant-based cookie doughs! I went with Almond Chickpea, since I had previously tasted the Black Bean Brownie Batter (as part of Anna’s previous review). I was curious to see how this dessert would compare (read on to see how it bakes up and how it tastes.)

          My box also came with a catalog of sorts. The booklet offers some basic ideas about how to mix-and-match items to create different types of meals. It also covers some of Hungryroot’s products in different categories, so you can browse the selection offline.

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            I had already planned out some possible combos ahead of time when I was making my item selections, but if you let Hungryroot pick the items for you, this handy, quick guide should help you navigate the best ways to use the items you ended up with.

            My Meals

            Here’s what I ended up creating from my first box:

             

            Shaved Brussels + Ginger Tahini Yuba Noodles + Thai Peanut Sauce

            On the first night of having Hungryroot in my fridge, I was totally exhausted from work and basically wanted to cook the fastest thing possible. Here’s the recipe I grabbed from the Hungryroot website:

            Recipe

            I am totally on board with any recipe that only involves three ingredients and some basic stir-frying! I pulled out my ingredients, then paused. Um… was this going to be enough food for two people?

            Shaved Brussels Meal

            Here are the two ingredients stacked on a typical Fiestaware dinner plate, for reference. The package of Yuba Noodles was super small and compressed, and I knew the sprouts would cook down. I was a little skeptical this would be filling enough. The Yuba Noodles package said it contained just one serving, which made me even more skeptical. On the whole, this seemed too small and too simple to actually be good.

            A few minutes of stir frying and mixing later:

            I know it doesn’t look like much, but this meal was so good. And it took less than 10 minutes to make!

            The Thai Peanut sauce was delicious; it wasn’t overwhelmingly peanutty, which is how my homemade versions often turn out. It was nice and smooth and blended well, although I did use a bit more than the recipe called for (about 6 tbsp instead of 4). My husband and I both added a bit of sriracha, too, but it didn’t need it. I was also a little worried this meal would all be one consistency, but there was enough contrast between the Brussels sprouts and the noodles that it wasn’t an issue.

            Thumbs up from me and my husband on this one. All the ingredients combined were enough for two biggish bowls, which did prove to be filling enough in the end–I felt satisfied and didn’t snack on anything else after dinner.

            Servings: 2 as prepared
            Calories: 407 per serving (815 total, including 1 tbsp olive oil for cooking)
            Leftovers: Over half a container of Thai Peanut sauce
            Carbs: About 20 grams per serving total, about 10 grams net carbs per serving

             

            Cauliflower Rice + Chickpea Pesto + Hot Smoked Roasted Salmon

            Once again, this was a “cook the vegetable, mix in the sauce and protein until warmed” type of meal recommended by Hungryroot. The cauliflower rice was even packaged in a microwavable bag, so I didn’t even have to dirty a pan to prepare this. Another quick win for busy me!

            I double checked the serving size on this item a few times, because when I eat salmon fillets, I feel like they’re normally at least this big per person. I learned that a proper serving size of salmon should be 2-3 ounces—this package is 4 oz, so technically this is 2 servings. Again, it didn’t “feel” like enough to split this between two people, but I pressed on. I was curious to see if my husband would say anything, since he’s got a much bigger appetite than me, generally.

            This meal had some pros and cons for me. Pros: The fresh cauliflower rice somehow was better to me than the frozen kind I normally buy; it had a larger “grain” so to speak, and I think I prefer this texture. The salmon was really good, too! I’d say the flavor profile was much more “smoky” and less “hot” than I expected, but it did have a little bit of heat to it for sure.

            Cons: The Chickpea Pesto is basically just hummus with a little pesto mixed in. It was delicious and bright on its own, but since it isn’t a super smooth hummus, I don’t think it worked as well as a “sauce” in this context. (It was better as a hummus snack with carrots and crackers the next day.)

            In the end, it was quick and still tasted really, really good. Since the salmon was flaked and mixed in with the veggies, my husband also didn’t comment at all on the serving size… so once again, we were both satisfied with this meal even though it seemed like it wouldn’t be enough. Hungryroot is proving to be a real education in serving sizes!

            Servings: 2 as prepared
            Calories: 280 per serving (560 total, including 1 tbsp olive oil for cooking)
            Leftovers: Over half a container of Chickpea Pesto
            Carbs: About 18 grams per serving total, about 11 grams net carbs per serving

             

            Kohlrabi Noodles + Superfood Tomato Sauce + Wild Mushroom Chicken Meatballs

            My third meal was just slightly more work. Hungryroot suggests browning the meatballs first for the best flavor. I still prepared this meal in one pan by browning the meatballs first, then adding in the kohlrabi noodles, and finally stirring in the sauce. This took a little longer than the other two recipes, but still clocked in around 15 minutes.

            I should also note that I didn’t see this combination on the Hungryroot website, but I just knew when I was doing my shopping that I wanted to try these items together.

            Kohlrabi Noodles with Sauce and Meatballs

            This meal honestly might have been my favorite! The kohlrabi noodles were shockingly good; they had a much better texture than zucchini noodles to me, personally, and they didn’t have an overwhelming flavor. The sauce was bright and delicious and just a touch spicy thanks to the crushed red pepper. I don’t normally like marinara-type sauces, but the consistency of this one was perfect: not too chunky, but also not watery.

            The meatballs were so good that my preschooler actually stole all but one of mine! I even got him to take a bite of the kohlrabi noodles, which is huuuuuge for a picky kid who doesn’t even like pasta. I’m not always on board for chicken-based sausages and meatballs, but the mushroom seemed to make them “meatier” than usual without tasting like mushrooms, if that makes sense. I’d definitely eat this meal again (as would my whole family).

            Leftovers: None.
            Servings: 2 as prepared, but this probably could have been 3 smaller meals if desired
            Calories per Serving: About 381 per serving (762 total, including 1 tbsp olive oil for cooking)
            Carbs: 25.5g per serving total (18g net carbs per serving)

             

            Ready to Eat: Cucumber Corn & Bean Salad

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              This salad was a crossover item on the menu: it’s technically ready to eat, but it can also be used as a protein and mixed in with other veggies if you prefer. I generously gifted some of it to my husband to eat for lunch one day when he was complaining that there was nothing to eat. 😉

              It was bright and refreshing, thanks to the cucumber and vinegar. I also thought the texture was good, and the beans weren’t too mushy or too firm overall. I have a hard time imagining using this as an “ingredient” after snacking on it straight from the tub, since it was a solid bean salad that held up on its own just fine.

              Leftovers: None.
              Servings Per Container: 3
              Calories: 100 per serving (300 per container)
              Carbs: 42g Total Carbohydrate per container (33g Net Carbs)

               

              Chickpea Almond Cookie Dough

              This was an interesting treat, and I’m so glad I tried it! I couldn’t resist tasting it raw—something Hungryroot actually encourages, since this is an eggless recipe.

              I think I was expecting more of a hummus-like texture—the dough turned out to be a little wetter and goopier than I thought. It was really tasty though! The prominent flavor definitely comes from the almonds in the batter, plus there’s a touch of sweetness and chocolate. A couple spoonfuls was a good way to put my cookie cravings at ease.

              Almond Chickpea Cookies

              We did bake a few cookies just to see, and while no one would mistake these for an old-fashioned Toll House cookie, they were still delicious. I wasn’t sure how my preschooler would react, since they’re not as sweet as a traditional cookie, but he enjoyed spooning them out and eating the finished product, too.

              Once again, the big win here is the time savings: we made fresh cookies with a healthy twist in less than 15 minutes and with basically zero cleanup. Win, win, win.

              Leftovers: None.
              Servings Per Container: 9
              Calories: 100 per serving (900 per container)
              Carbs: 11g Total Carbohydrate per serving (10g Net Carbs)

              Is Hungryroot Worth It?

              Convenience

              I honestly feel like Hungryroot helped me eat the way I want to eat easily, quickly, and with very little planning. Food boxes are always a balancing act for me–I work full-time and do all the cooking for my husband and two kids. Depending on the delivery day and our schedule, sometimes meal kit boxes feel like they actually make my life harder. Like yes, I would love to make these delicious looking honey-sriracha pork chops and roasted veggies for dinner tonight! But it turns out that I actually don’t have 45 minutes to cook today, because my 4-year-old won’t come inside, and the baby is screaming because he is teething, and I am running late because I had to stop and get gas on my way home from work.

              By comparison, having Hungryroot ingredients in my fridge with no specific meals planned actually felt kind of freeing. Each meal came together in about 10-15 minutes tops, as promised, and mostly in a single pan. I didn’t even have to use a cutting board! And at least early in the week, if my mood changed, I could change the actual recipe I planned on making and combine a different sauce or protein together, since almost everything is mix-and-match.

              It also saved me a good chunk of time and energy at the grocery store. We still had to shop for staples, but I didn’t have to worry about putting together as many meals, which was a definite burden lifted from my shoulders.

              Feel-Good Factor

              I’d describe my preferred diet as “relaxed Whole30” or maybe “busy mom paleo.” I limit processed carbs and dairy and try to primarily eat veggies, fruits, and meats. I’m still trying to lose a few pounds after baby #2, so I count my calories, but not obsessively. I still occasionally eat a cheeseburger and an ice cream cone, but on the whole, I recognize that I feel better and have more energy eating a diet rich in plants and uncomplicated foods.

              In an ideal world, I’d eat the kinds of things I made with my first Hungryroot shipment all the time. I felt full and satisfied after eating, everything tasted great, and the meals I put together were fairly low-calorie. Each meal centered on plants and featured a correct portion size for meats and proteins. They were definitely a healthier choice than anything else I could have cooked up in 15 minutes or less.

              Price & Value

              With this Small Hungryroot box, I was able to put together three dinners (2 servings each), one lunch (one serving), and the chickpea cookies for dessert (which lasted a few days). We had Chickpea Pesto left over, so we snacked on it for lunch with some baby carrots we had on hand, and I used the remaining Thai Peanut sauce as a salad dressing for weekend lunches.

              That’s about 8 total servings of food for $69, or about $8.63 per serving. That puts Hungryroot’s pricing on par with or slightly better than services like Blue Apron (which is $8-9.99 per serving for comparable plans), and the meals were much faster to prepare.

              Is Hungryroot cheaper than going to the grocery store? This really depends on the stores around you and what they carry. For sure, some of these items could be found cheaper in stores. My local Trader Joe’s has frozen carrot and zucchini spirals/noodles for $2.99 per 7 ounce package, and I know cauliflower rice can be pretty cheap, too. But I didn’t see kohlrabi noodles or hot smoked salmon or almond chickpea cookie dough on my last store visit. And I know if Trader Joe’s doesn’t stock something, my local chain grocery store definitely doesn’t. I do most of my shopping at Aldi, which is cheap and amazing, but the selection gets very repetitive after awhile. Plus they don’t regularly carry a lot of specialty items consistently (outside of their extensive gluten-free section, anyway).

              If you’re good at shopping the sales and like to put together detailed shopping lists every week, Hungryroot might not be for you. But if you like the flexibility and convenience and the (sometimes unique and unusual) plant-based items they offer, it’s worth trying!

              How to Get the Best Box

              Overall, I thought this was a great experience! I’m not sure that I would get a box every week, but I definitely see more Hungryroot in my future (maybe when we have a busy week on the schedule, or when I’m stuck in a recipe-inspiration rut).

              That said, here’s what I’d do differently with my next order:

              • I’d order fewer sauces, so that I don’t have leftovers. I could typically make one meal (with two servings) from a Fresh-Cut Vegetable, a Protein, and half or less of a Sauce container. (The only exception was the Superfood Tomato Sauce, but I also LOVE tomato sauce and tend to overdo it anytime I’m using it.) Since I ordered three sauces (each one with a veggie and protein pairing to make a complete meal), I was left with two half-containers of different sauces after everything else in my shipment was eaten. They didn’t go to waste, but I could have easily replaced one of the sauces with a Grab-and-Go item, or added on another vegetable or protein and made another full meal instead.
              • I’d consider using Hungryroot to complement my grocery shopping. Some of the veggies are things I could easily pick up locally for cheaper, and the beauty of Hungryroot is that it isn’t a rigid system. I could easily grab a few bags of shredded Brussels sprouts from grocery store shelves and fill up on more exciting products, sauces, and proteins from Hungryroot to fill out our meals for the week.
              • I’d consider sizing up! Seriously! On the Medium plan, you can get 16 items for $99. With my new sauce strategy above, I think I could get 6 meals (12 servings) out of 15 items, plus a ready-to-eat lunch or breakfast or Sweet added in. That would be 13 servings for $99, or $7.61 per serving… which is a pretty decent deal considering how quickly these meals come together, how good they taste, and how (relatively) healthy the food is.

              Next time, I also might let Hungryroot pick for me! I played it safe this time around, but now that I know how delicious it all was, I think some surprises might actually be fun.

              Thinking of trying Hungryroot yourself, or maybe you have some other tips? Let us know in the comments!

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              Written by Lacey Volk

              Lacey Volk

              Lacey’s introduction to the world of subscription boxes was Julep Maven, but she quickly moved on once she discovered there were subscriptions for cooking, coffee, and art supplies. Current favorites include Crate Chef and Ecocentric Mom, and she’s looking forward to trying more.

              18 Comments

              1. I might order a small box after reading this review! I love the mix and match freedom and that it’s truly about convenience. Don’t get me wrong, I love cooking, but I also get really excited when I find hacks for healthy eating when I’m strapped for time. I am a Daily Harvest customer for life! Takeout, delivery and fast foods make me feel blah physically and more so I feel really guilty about my budget. This service might seem expensive or not even be an option for some people, but to me I spend way more than the cost per serving if I pick up food or opt for delivery. Originally I was JAZZED when I did a quick ingredient-check and saw that NONE of the sauces I looked at contain unhealthy oils. Hooray! Sadly, as I researched other items like a soup, the tofu burgers and nuggets and even a protein mix of carrots and lentils I found that those items all used inflammatory, very unhealthy oils like soybean and sunflower. Hungry Root, I hope you’re reading this and make an effort to remove those ingredients and switch to only using oils like olive, avocado and coconut. I’m gonna order a few items but a lot of them will be off the table for me unless you revise recipes. Pretty please!

              2. Finally, a meal plan I want to try and they don’t deliver to Albuquerque, New Mexico! Argh!

              3. I’m seriously tempted after reading this review. We tried Blue Apron and the meals were exhausting to make. This looks MUCH more doable for us!

                • Exhausting is the word. I just made a “simple” dish using 4 bowls, 1 pot, and 1 pan. So much cleanup and work.

              4. I don’t see the point of ordering and paying for these things as being ” special” if they aren’t all organically grown, non- GMO!

                I think Green Chef offers a lot more best- source meal ingredients after looking at the two sites. There aren’t unlimited choices of this flaked stuff and that chopped melange’ like Hungryroot ships out, but full produce in the skin is safer to ship and then to hand clean yourself and chop using very clean surfaces.

                I didn’t see a lot of dark green or orange vegetables in your meals. Some tomato sauce… The beet noodles were a good choice. Kind of like what people make with those spiralizer things if they have huge beets.. 🙂

                Do they make any claims about who works for them? Do they have certain farms they buy from because of their excellence? Do they employ chefs and Registered Dieticians to create the food combos and monitor the selection guides for nutritional and calorie content ( within the customer’s allowed guidelines, I suppose)..

              5. Thanks so much for this review. I am definitely going to try this now. I can’t spend a lot of time doing prep due to back issues so my family has unfortunately had to deal with lots of take out and premade meals.

              6. Did you pay for this or was it free for your review? I usually see that info but I didn’t see it noted here -maybe I missed it?

                • Ooh thanks, looks like we missed that note, I’m adding it back in now. We did receive this box for free, Hungryroot asked if we’d be willing to do an updated review since they had expanded to new products since our first review back in 2017.

              7. This was super interesting and helpful! I’ve done Blue Apron and Hello Fresh before, both of which I really liked, but I’d never even heard of Hungryroot! I’m single, vegetarian and live in an area with tons of fresh, healthy and cheap options, so the time, prep/clean up and cost of BA and HF is too much for someone who doesn’t like to cook that much or wash dishes. Hungryroot, however, might really work for me! Thanks!

              8. Great review, thanks! I like to try to go with organic ingredients if possible (have been getting Green Chef for a couple of years because they are organic and we have been very happy with them) but this sounds intriguing for non Green Chef days. I wonder if they use organic ingredients?

                • Hi Donna! They use some organic and non-GMO ingredients, but the whole catalog is not exclusively organic. When you click into individual items to see the nutritional info etc, they are clearly identified as organic if they are such. Hope that helps!

              9. Great review! I enjoyed learning all about this service I had seen but didn’t really know what it was.

                One question – do they provide any info about the sourcing of the meat? It’s something I prioritize!

                • Yep they include that info in their FAQ! The chicken is organic, free range, and antibiotic-free, and the salmon is farmed responsibly. They only offer chicken and salmon at the moment; the rest of the proteins are tofu and plant based.

              10. So it’s mail order groceries basically?

                • Hi Mary! I’d say yes and no. Since you can pick out what you want, you can definitely use it to just order items you might normally buy at a store. But since many of the items are designed to be combined together to make meals, and Hungryroot offers pairing suggestions and the subscription option, it’s a little bit different too. And you couldn’t order all of your groceries this way if you also need to buy staples like milk, coffee/tea, etc.

              11. Thank you so much for this review. I have looked at hungry root a few times but been a little hesitant because the whole menu that you download from their website is so huge! It does contain all of their possible food combinations, so I’m a little intimidated like I might pick the worst combo ever, make it and waste some food. It looks like the box they sent you would’ve been hard to make a bad meal though. I love that it’s veggie based and I don’t have a good store around here where I can get those type of convenience vegan foods. Plus i love yuba noodles!

              12. What a thorough review and an intriguing meal service. I have never tried a meal service plan, but may give this one a try.

                • Let us know if you try it! 🙂

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