By Rob, 5 mins read

Grubby, the plant-based recipe kit that doesn’t cost the earth

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Grubby, the UK’s first 100% plant-based recipe kit is on a mission to make plant-based cooking more convenient and accessible without costing the earth

Pros

  • Real focus on sustainability
  • Seriously tasty meals
  • Save time not having to buy your own ingredients
  • Not just for vegans

Cons

  • More expensive than buying your own ingredients
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I can see the appeal of recipe kits like Grubby, if you live a busy life it can be hard to find time to plan, go out and buy all the ingredients you need for tasty, nutritious meals every week.

I really enjoy cooking (if you couldn’t guess), but even I don’t always have time to cook new, tasty, healthy meals every week (running my own freelance business and being a dad of 2), so I thought I’d give Grubby a try and share my thoughts.

Grubby’s commitment to the planet

This was honestly the thing that drew me in, you can tell that Grubby seriously cares about the impact they have on the planet, they:

  • use around 90% recyclable, biodegradable or compostable packaging
  • offset their waste through food waste partners so nothing goes unused
  • source most of their ingredients from the UK
  • all recipes have a carbon rating, helping you make more informed decisions
  • recipes show how much CO2 you’ve saved compared to a meat-equivalent meal
  • they even deliver all their recipe kits via bicycle in London

On top of all of this, Grubby even donate a free meal to children living in poverty in Uganda for each box sold – having donated more than 12,000 meals already.

One thing I was a little bit disappointed about was the plastic that some of the produce came in. This is what Grubby have to say on the matter:

Help us keep Grubby green 🌍

From time to time, plastic is used in our boxes… the tricky truth is that in some instances, plastic still plays an important role in tackling food waste and keeping produce fresh. Don’t get us wrong, we’d much rather use eco-friendly alternatives, and we’re pushing ourselves to continuously research and test new materials.

So this is definitely something Grubby is aware of and is continuously looking into – for more information on the sustainability of their packaging make sure to check out their FAQs.

How does Grubby work?

Each week you can choose up to 3 recipes from a lineup of 8 (the recipes change every week).

If you’re someone who likes to plan ahead, you can even choose the meals for the following 3 weeks.

Your Grubby box will be delivered on either a Monday or Tuesday – depending on the day you select in the Grubby app when choosing your meals.

If your circumstances change you can skip weeks or change the delivery day.

Once your box arrives, you can expect to find fresh, pre-measured ingredients inside for all of your meals – with each recipe’s ingredients found in separate bags based on the recipe.

If you’re lucky, you might even get a freebie in your box – in my case, I got a free vegan hazelnut truffle chocolate bar from Rhythm. Safe to say it didn’t last long.

And if you like to listen to music whilst cooking, each recipe card has a QR code to a curated Spotify playlist so you can listen along whilst cooking.

Grubby freebie – vegan hazelnut truffle chocolate bar

How much does Grubby cost?

Now that we’ve covered all of that greatness, how much will Grubby set you back?

Well, you have 2 options to choose from:

  • £26 for 2 recipes per week (£6.50 per serving)
  • £34.50 for 3 recipes per week (£5.75 per serving)

Are the meals any good?

So now that you know what Grubby stand for and how it works, are the meals any good?

In the first box my wife and I tried:

  • Butternut, pepper & pinto quesadillas, avocado salsa
  • Roasted med veg risotto and toasted seeds
  • Pak choi and sugar snap laksa

Ease

This recipe required a bit of context switching – oven, frying pan, making the sauce and preparing the salsa.

But the recipe was structured in a way that meant I didn’t fall too far behind and everything was ready when it was meant to be.

Time

It did take me a little bit longer to make, the recipe said 30 mins but it ended up taking me around 40 mins.

Taste

I knew when I was cooking it that it was going to taste good.

The balance of flavours between everything was spot on, you wouldn’t guess you’re eating so many different veggies in one go. If I got this in a restaurant I’d be really happy.

Ease

This recipe was pretty straightforward, it didn’t involve too much context switching.

I did find the order of steps could’ve been better (as the veggies from the oven were ready much sooner than my risotto in the pan).

Time

Timings were pretty accurate, it took maybe 5 mins longer than stated.

Taste

Taste-wise, it was okay. Not the most flavoursome meal, but when you got a spoon with the toasted seeds, the flavour kicked in. I’d happily eat it again but I wouldn’t choose it over their other recipes.

Ease

This was the recipe I was most looking forward to. Following the recipe was pretty straightforward – it mostly consisted of chopping veggies and adding them to a pan.

Time

Timings were again pretty accurate, it probably took me 25 mins to make – whereas the recipe said 20 mins.

Taste

It had a generous portion size (possibly could’ve served 3 people depending on how hungry you are). As for taste, it was great, the crunch that the peanuts added were an underrated addition – would definitely eat this meal again.

Pak choi and sugar snap laksa

Would I buy Grubby again?

Yes, my wife and I have ordered another box – so we get to try out another 3 delicious meals.

If you’re in the market to try out one of these recipe kits, I’d definitely recommend giving Grubby a try.

Whether you’re new to plant-based eating or you’ve been plant-based for a while, Grubby is definitely worth a try – you’ll be making healthy food choices that have less impact on the planet.

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