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My Sprinly Review — Vegan Meals in a Hurry

Sprinly Review

Organic, Plant-Based Meal Delivery

Pros: 

  • Quick & easy meals arrive ready to heat & eat
  • Food is ready in under 5 minutes
  • Meals are organic, vegan, gluten-free, and contain no refined sugars
  • Chefs work with nutritionists when developing recipes
  • Food is fresh, never frozen

Cons: 

  • Limited options to choose from each week
  • One of the pricier meal delivery services
  • Portion sizes are sufficient, but not ample
  • Delivery is not yet available US-wide

My Verdict: 

Sprinly has a lot to offer— especially for vegans and those looking for healthy, pre-prepared meals in a hurry. It’s far from the cheapest meal delivery service, but if you’re looking for plant-based meals that are ready to heat & eat, the convenience might make this subscription well worth the cost. The food is organic, gluten-free, and super fresh, and I found the meals left me feeling energized and satisfied. 

by Lindsey Morse, Part-time Vegan & Meal Delivery Superfan
January 7, 2021| 14 comments

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

About Sprinly

Plans & Pricing

  • 6 meals per week: $109 per week + free delivery ($18.17 per meal)
  • 12 meals per week: $199 per week + free delivery ($16.83 per meal)
  • 18 meals per week: $289 per week + free delivery ($16.06 per meal)

When you sign up, you’ll choose how many meals you’d like to receive each week. There’s no set 2-person or 4-person meal plan; you just order however many meals you need to feed yourself and your family. Currently, there are 6 meals to choose from every week, so if you opt to order more than 6 meals per week, you’ll double up on recipes.

Minimum Order Quantities: The smallest plan available from Sprinly delivers 6 meals per week (each meal serves 1), but if you order 12 or 18 meals per week, you’ll receive a reduction in the per-meal price.

Shipping

Sprinly doesn’t yet deliver to the entire United States. From their website:

We’re now shipping throughout the East Coast, Midwest and South. We’re continuing to expand and adding new delivery zones regularly, so stay tuned!

Here are some of the areas they currently service: Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky, Indiana, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, West Virginia, Buffalo, Nashville, the Greater Chicago Area, and more. You can check to see if Sprinly is currently serving your area by visiting their website, clicking the button at the top of the screen that says “get started,” and entering your zip code in the provided field.

Deliveries are couriered by FedEx and arrive on Tuesdays or Wednesdays.

Good to know:

  • You don’t have to be home to accept the box.
  • You can track your deliveries or provide delivery instructions using FedEx Delivery Manager.
  • Food stays cold with insulating liners, gel packs, and cooling material.

Packaging & Recycling

Here’s a quick overview of how to recycle the packaging you receive with your Sprinly delivery:

  • Sprinly insulated box: You can break down and recycle curbside or as you would other cardboard.
  • Ice packs: Gel packs are non-toxic and can be reused for packed lunches or picnics. If you don’t want to keep them, you can cut off a corner, empty the gel into the trash, and recycle the plastic casing. Sprinly also suggests donating unwanted gel packs to homeless shelters, food banks, or local scout troops.
  • Plastic wrapping: The plastic wrapping is recyclable.
  • Eco-friendly insulated liners: These are 100% compostable.
  • Food containers: Sprinly’s food containers are freezer safe, oven safe, microwave safe, and made from 40% recycled materials. They are also fully recyclable.

Sprinly’s Menu

Menu image via Sprinly.

Every week, Sprinly offers subscribers 6 meals to choose from. All are vegan, gluten-free, and organic. The food is developed by Sprinly’s chefs with the help of a nutritionist, and as such, these meals are definitely healthier than your average meal kit offering: they contain no refined sugar and controlled levels of sodium and oil. But the surprising thing (at least for me), is that the menu doesn’t feel overly restrictive and über-healthy. Vegan cuisine sometimes gets unfairly pigeonholed as “rabbit food,” and while you’ll definitely find salads and grain bowls on offer here, many of the menu items fall more into the comfort food category. Pasta, stews, and tacos regularly pop up on the menu. Some recent menus have included:

  • Mediterranean Oasis Bowl with Baked Falafel and Dill Tahini
  • Zucchini Noodle Pad Thai with Baked Tofu
  • Ancient Quinoa with Royal Beet Medallions and Greens
  • Smoked Sweet Potato Tacos with Red Pepper Salsa and Lime Crema
  • Sweet Corn and Shiitake Penne Pasta with Fresh Shishito Peppers

About the Food

Preparation Instructions

Meals from Sprinly are packed in plastic baking trays, and different meal components (like side salads and garnishes) are carefully separated to make sure they don’t mingle too much before cooking time. Everything is shipped fresh and never frozen, and once the meals arrive you can keep them in the fridge if you’re planning to eat them within the use-by date or you can freeze them if you need to prolong the shelf life. Cooking instructions are provided on the label, and steps vary by meal. If a given meal has a side salad or a garnish, Sprinly will instruct you to remove it and set it aside before heating the remainder of the dish. Some meals can be consumed cold, but most meals have heating instructions for both microwave and stovetop preparation (oven instructions are currently in the works, too).

Will Sprinly work with my special diet?

If you follow a vegan diet, avoid dairy, or eschew animal products, Sprinly has you covered. The meals are also organic, gluten-free, low in sodium and oil, and free from refined sugars and sweeteners.

Nutritional Info & Calorie Content

Sprinly meals are plant-based and designed around nutrient-dense ingredients. The ethos is very much on creating meals out of healthy ingredients vs. calorie counting; that said, the meals generally range from 300-650 calories per dish. Sodium levels are typically around 200-500 mg per serving. Nutritional information and a list of ingredients is available on the back of every package, as well as online.

My Sprinly Review

Why Sprinly?

I’ve tried a lot of meal kits over the years, but I’m always eager to try out new subscriptions— especially ones that are vegan or vegetarian. Now, I’m not a strict vegan; I eat meat, seafood, and dairy. That said, this past year my husband has made a concerted effort to limit his intake of animal products, and I’ve been happy to support that journey. We’ve switched to non-dairy milk products and very rarely eat meat at home. My kitchen isn’t 100% vegan by any means, but I’m always looking for new plant-based recipes and cooking hacks. The idea of being able to stock the kitchen with fully-prepared, high-quality vegan meals is extremely appealing to me, so I was happy to welcome Sprinly into my home. 

I’ll talk about the food in a minute, but let’s start by navigating the sign-up process and recipe selection.

Signing Up

Menu image via Sprinly.

When you sign up for Sprinly, the process is extremely streamlined. Just go to the Sprinly website, enter your zip code to make sure they service your area, decide how many meals you’d like per week, put in your payment info, and voila!

Meal Selection

Menu image via Sprinly.

Unfortunately, I can’t access past menus on the Sprinly site, so I can’t show you menu pics from the week I ordered; however, the above image should give you an idea of what the menu selection page looks like. I had a total of 6 dishes to choose from, and I ended up trying one of each available meal:

  • Baked Lasagna with Tomatoes, Basil & Creamy Mushrooms
  • Pesto Pasta with Sun-dried Tomato Cakes
  • 8-Spice Cashew Vegetable Soup with a Citrus Detox Salad
  • Kenko Spiralized Vegetable Bowl with Tofu & Shiitake
  • Amalfi Lentil Bolognese with Gluten-Free Pasta and Cashew “Parm”
  • Fajita Bowl with Our Sprinly Lentil Walnut Crumble

Do you see what I mean about the menu having a bit of a “comfort food vibe”? I certainly didn’t expect my vegan meal delivery to include lasagna, pasta bolognese, and a fajita bowl!

Upcoming menus are available online, and you can pick out which meals you’d like to receive. You’re welcome to pick one of everything or even 18 of the same meal.

My Box

My Sprinly box arrived in excellent condition, and I immediately brought it inside to unpack the contents and get the meals into the fridge. Peeking at the meals beneath their belly-band labels, my first impression was a good one. The food looked great, different components were neatly separated, and all of the greens I could see looked fresh and crisp. (No soggy salad here!)

 

My box included a welcome note from the founders with information about how they are navigating meal delivery and food safety in the age of COVID-19.

My Meals

 

Meal Pick #1: Baked Lasagna with Tomatoes, Basil, & Creamy Mushrooms

I had a lot of great options to choose from in my Sprinly delivery, but this one was really calling my name. I have never before attempted to make vegan lasagna, so I was excited to try this meal. (I mean, how does one even begin to cook up a dairy-free version of something that’s typically 30% cheese?) After removing the salad, I heated the lasagna in the microwave for about 2 1/2 minutes before transferring it to a plate and topping it with “cashew cheese.”

Let’s start with the salad. While simple, it was wonderfully fresh and light— a perfect accompaniment for a heavy pasta main. Now, the lasagna. First of all, I have to point out that Sprinly meals are always gluten-free, so all of the pasta dishes in this box are made with flour substitutes. I am an absolute stickler for texture, and I’ve tried countless gluten-free pastas that just don’t cut it for me. Here’s the kicker: I had no idea this pasta was gluten-free. It was that good. As for the lasagna dish as a whole, I thought it was okay. It was a fair departure from the lasagna I’m used to, and without the traditional filling, this— for me— was less like lasagna and more like noodles, sauce, and mushrooms in the shape of lasagna. Even with the generous topping of “cashew cheese,” I just didn’t get a lot of rich, cheesy flavor. I also found this to be a little underseasoned, but I recognize that’s a matter of personal preference. I don’t want to sound too negative, here. Overall, this was a satisfying dish that made for an enjoyable lunch. I’m just not sure I’d order it again. 

 

Meal Pick #2: Pesto Pasta with Sun-dried Tomato Cakes

Now, if I feared that vegan pasta couldn’t deliver rich, cheesy flavor, this Pesto Pasta dish convinced me that all things are possible. The dish is a combination of brown rice noodles, cherry tomatoes, spinach, and pesto with little sun-dried tomato cakes that are made using garbanzo bean flour.

Again, the noodles were fabulous, and I LOVED the vegan pesto. It’s made with sunflower seeds, garlic, lemon, basil, spinach, kale, and olive oil, and I am totally going to try and recreate this recipe in my own kitchen. The lemon juice gave the sauce a delightful brightness, and the addition of the sunflower seeds was a revelation. They provided a nuttiness and a richness that I found addictive. My only complaint is that the cakes were really great straight out of the oven but hardened as they cooled. I know Sprinly likes to use oil sparingly, but I can’t help but think a bit more fat in the recipe would improve the texture and moisture level.

 

Meal Pick #3: Fajita Bowl with our Sprinly Lentil Walnut Crumble

Next up is Sprinly’s take on a fajita bowl. This meal combines seasoned rice with black beans, peppers, onions, tomatoes, salsa, lime crema, and “fajita crumble,” which is made from lentils, walnuts, and mushrooms (and some other yummy things). Compared to the other meals in this shipment, the portion size of this bowl was generous. I heated the meal according to the instructions, but the rice needed an extra minute or so to finish cooking. (This is probably a good point to remind everyone that microwaves vary widely. Mine frequently needs more time than is recommended, so it’s possible my machine is to blame for the cooking time not falling within the indicated range.)

This was tasty and filling, and it was one of those recipes that would likely have been mostly vegan anyway, so I didn’t feel like anything was missing. On the contrary, this dish contained pretty much everything and the kitchen sink, and the ingredients all worked together really well. The salsa was outstanding, the lime crema was lovely, and I really enjoyed the “fajita crumble.” Again, I found the seasoning left me just a little wanting, but overall, this dish was delicious. I would order it again in a heartbeat.

 

Meal Pick #4: 8-Spice Cashew Vegetable Soup with a Citrus Detox Salad

When I’m cooking plant-based meals at home, I tend to make a lot of soups, stews, and curries, so this meal is a lot like something I’d make for myself. The main difference, of course, is that these types of meals tend to take a fair amount of time to prepare; having stew delivered that was ready to heat and eat saved me a significant amount of time. The soup arrived in a small container within the larger Sprinly meal tray, and I warmed it up in the microwave for three minutes while I dressed the salad and topped it with pepitas.

Since this soup is so much like something I’d make myself, it wasn’t the meal I was most excited to try, but it ended up being one of my favorites. It’s made with tomatoes, vegetable stock, garlic, onion, carrot, sweet potato, celery, kale, and garbanzo beans. The flavors of the veggies all worked really well together, and it was thick and hearty. This was also a case where I appreciated the “fresh never frozen” approach to meal delivery. This soup really tasted like it was freshly homemade. Additionally, several of my Sprinly meals had me reaching for the salt and pepper shakers, but I thought this soup was seasoned really nicely. I also have to give Sprinly props for the salad. I have been on the gripe-train for the past month or so because it has been impossible to find good-quality, fresh greens in my local grocery store. I’ve all but given up on finding spring mix that isn’t soggy, so imagine my delight to receive this BEAUTIFUL little side salad. I couldn’t have asked for fresher greens.

 

Meal Pick #5: Kenko Spiralized Vegetable Bowl with Tofu & Shiitake

When it came time to heat this meal up, my husband was hovering around the kitchen looking for grub. As soon as it was ready, he grabbed a fork and dove in. (He loves veggie noodles.) I swear, within the blink of an eye, most of this dish was gone. I had to rush over and insist he let me taste test it! As soon as I took a bite, I understood. This is an awesome recipe.

The veggies came out of the microwave cooked but not overcooked, and the zoodles tasted as though they’d just been sliced— I really can’t overstate how impressed I am with the freshness of the meals I received. After cooking the veggies and tofu in the microwave, I topped them with the provided Kenko sauce, and I’m 99% sure Sprinly makes this sauce from tahini, sesame oil, and magic. For a meal that only clocks in at 216 calories, this dish was packed with flavor. It was simple but executed perfectly. If I had to describe this dish in three words: fresh, light, umami.

 

Meal Pick #6: Amalfi Lentil Bolognese with Gluten-Free Pasta and Cashew “Parm”

Last up was another pasta dish. This time, Amalfi Lentil Bolognese. When I first opened up the meal and checked out the food, I was a little surprised. It seemed like the sauce to pasta ratio was a little off. (There was a healthy portion of bolognese!) Still, I went with it. I heated the meal as per the provided instructions, plated it, and topped the dish with “cashew parm.”

Once I started eating, I got it. This isn’t your traditional pasta dish. This sauce isn’t just a flavoring for the noodles; the addition of lentils turns it into something more akin to a stew. So, this is kind of a hybrid pasta/stew meal… and it works! Despite being a bit unexpected, I really enjoyed this dish. Looking at the ingredients, I’m not sure there was anything spicy in the sauce, but I still got a little bit of heat from it. (Maybe from the black pepper?) The flavor was like a spicy(ish) tomato marinara, but the addition of the lentils took the dish to another level. It was hearty and interesting. Big fan!

Is Sprinly worth it?

Let’s not beat around the bush: at around $16-$18 per meal (depending on your order quantity), Sprinly is pricey. This is one of the more expensive meal delivery services out there, so if you’re on a budget, this probably isn’t the subscription for you. But if you’re a vegan looking for organic meals that are quick and healthy, Sprinly has a lot to offer.

Did it taste good?

The short answer is yes. Here’s the slightly more in-depth one: overall, I found Sprinly‘s meals tasty. Specifically, I thought the soup was excellent, the spiralizer bowl was tasty, the salads were great, and the pastas solid. Do I feel the food was a little underseasoned for my particular palate? I do. But I will be the first to admit that I enjoy well-seasoned food, and seasoning to (my) taste doesn’t always make it easy to adhere to restricted sodium levels. To be fair, it’s always possible to add salt to prepared foods— which I did for several of the meals but you can’t take it away. So I can’t really fault Sprinly if we don’t happen to see eye to eye when it comes to seasoning. That issue aside, I found the meals to be creative, well-balanced, and satisfying. 

What about the portion sizes?

The portion sizes I received varied between meals. The fajita bowl was a big plate of food, almost too large for me to comfortably finish, but the soup and spiralizer bowl were on the lighter side. Ultimately, I was satisfied with all the meals, but I can see how some might not be substantial enough for everyone. My husband, for instance, loved the spiralizer bowl but was back in the kitchen a couple of hours later looking for a snack.

Was it convenient?

Absolutely, 100%. Vegan takeout is a rare thing where I live, so if I want a vegan dinner I usually have to cook it myself. Having fully-prepared vegan meals delivered to my door was awesome and definitely helped me save time on cooking.

Is it easy to skip a week or cancel?

It is! To skip a future delivery, sign in to your account and navigate to the delivery calendar to make changes to your upcoming order(s). Note that the deadline to skip or modify upcoming orders is Tuesday at 11:59 pm EST for the following week’s delivery.

If you’d like to cancel, you can do it online. Once you’re signed into your account, just click “I would like to cancel” and follow the prompts.

Should YOU try Sprinly?

I’d recommend Sprinly to anyone who:

  • Is looking for fully-prepared, plant-based meals.
  • Wants to save time while eating meals that are dairy-free, meat-free, and gluten-free. (And hassle-free!)
  • Doesn’t mind paying a premium for the convenience of vegan meal delivery.
  • Wants healthy, organic, delicious meals that are healthy and satisfying.

 

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Written by Lindsey Morse

Lindsey Morse

Lindsey is a professional baker, cold brew coffee addict, and rosé aficionado who loves writing about food and wine. When she’s not sharing her love of subscription boxes with the world, you’ll find her in the podcasting studio, perfecting her cake decorating techniques, or cursing her way through the New York Times daily crossword puzzle.

Comments (14)

  1. On the bright side I can’t believe how fresh these look. Totally not into low calorie eating (how do you even have the energy to work out?) or the fear of cooking with fats (healthy fats your body needs) so this isn’t for me regardless of the price.

    I’m on my first week of Factor and I’m really enjoying it!

    • They were very fresh. I’m a stickler for good produce, and I was impressed with the quality. Personally, BB, I tend to agree when it comes to calories. Even if I’m counting calories, I usually implement some form of intermittent fasting so I can eat more substantial meals. But I recognize that not everyone feels the same way. I have plenty of friends who eat multiple small meals per day and wouldn’t blink at a 300 calorie lunch. (And, to be fair, half of the Sprinly meals I tried were in the 600-700 calorie range.)

      Glad to hear you’re enjoying Factor! I’m hoping to try it for myself soon!

  2. On the bright side, $18 penne and lentils makes the Whole Foods hot bar look downright affordable.

    • This made me laugh. I have absolutely loaded up a hot bar container, only to get smacked with sticker shock at the register. Whole Foods is dangerous!

  3. Since you got this for free, would you actually spend that amount of money for this sub? It seems outrageous priced for what you get, I mean soup and salad for $16-$18?

    • Especially when one meal was around 200 calories. 200 calories is more like a snack.

    • Good question, Kristin. Personally, I’m not a strict vegan. I like eating vegan occasionally, but I also regularly eat dairy and shellfish (and sometimes meat). As such, other meal kits provide more options that work for me for less money. My husband takes a stricter approach to veganism, so I posed your question to him, too. He said given the price, he wouldn’t subscribe weekly, but that he will probably order a box if I’m away for a week and he’s feeding himself. His logic is that while it’s pricey, he likes the convenience of having fresh vegan meals stocked in the fridge (and would probably pay around the same for vegan takeout). So, would I personally pay for another box? Probably not. But my husband would.

      • Thanks so much for the follow up. I know you pay for convenience with food subs but I’d be hard pressed to pay more than $12 per meal.

  4. Wow! I just signed up for a local vegan meal delivery service. $86/week for six meals; that seemed expensive to me but now I feel like it’s a bargain.

    • Can I ask which one? We don’t cover a lot of local meal delivery services, but I personally like to look into them to try and stay on top of what’s out there. 🙂

      • It’s called Vegan Taste in Phoenix, AZ. Can’t wait for my first delivery on Monday!

  5. The price is INSANE.

  6. Wow. Maybe they just don’t photograph well, but these meals look incredibly unappetizing, the price is ridiculous, and the portions look small. I’m vegan but I wouldn’t dream of paying these prices for this food. I can buy vegan frozen dinners at the grocery store for 5 bucks that look far better than this.

    • Fully agree. I’m vegan too and I constantly feel guilty for buying so many $4 or $5 frozen meals from Trader Joe’s, but this makes me feel much better about it.

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