I’ve been trying and comparing all of the best vegan recipe boxes. So this week, I was excited to receive a delivery from Feast Box.
Feast Box is different from other meal kit delivery services because the recipes come from all around the world. You won’t find any fake meat in your box, just authentic ingredients that let you taste the true flavours of world recipes.
But is Feast Box good for vegans? And would I order again?
Read on for all the details plus an exclusive discount code that will get you 30% off, should you decide to try it for yourself.
Feast Box Ingredients
I ordered two meals from the Feast Box vegan menu – the vegan tacos and the tofu miso ramen. I ordered these because I know that I like these dishes and because they don’t take too long to cook.
The booking time varies with Feast Box dishes, but if, like me, you don’t have a lot of time to spend in the kitchen, the website makes it easy to select the recipes that are relatively quick to make.
The Feast Box menu changes each week and includes lots of recipes for things I’ve never even heard of! So, if you’re feeling more adventurous than me, you can try dishes such as Masala Mogu, which is ‘cassava in a spicy Desi-Chinese sauce, served with home-cooked papads’, and other exotic dishes.
Still, even with my simple-sounding tacos and ramen noodles, I was impressed to see how many unusual ingredients were included in the box. The noodle dish came with star anise, a cinnamon stick and a can of lotus roots.
As the ingredients are all measured out, there’s no waste and you can cook as if you’re a TV chef with everything already portioned.
Other meals kits I’ve tried include a few cloves of garlic. With Feast Box, the garlic is already minced into a paste which I love because it saves time and mess.
Feast Box promises restaurant-quality ingredients and that’s what I got. The only exception was a rather sad-looking bendy carrot which I replaced with a fresher carrot that I had already in the fridge. I reported this to FeastBox who apologised and passed the information on to their quality control team.
Feast Box Recipe Cards
Your Feast Box will contain a recipe card for each dish.
This double-sided A4 size card has a picture on one side with information about the history and culture of the dish. On the other side are step-by-step instructions and nutritional info.
On the recipe card, it says ‘please follow each step carefully’ – and you really do need to!
If you’re a beginner in the kitchen, you may find some of the instructions to be a little vague. For example, the instructions to fry the tofu read ‘Gently place the tofu in the hot oil and seal on all sides. Remove from the pan and place on a plate with an absorbent sheet of paper’.
Vegans who like to cook will know that perfect tofu takes practice. I find that tofu tastes best when it’s drained and pressed to expel any liquid, cooked in a very hot pan, turned frequently and cooked for at least ten minutes.
If you’ve never cooked tofu before and followed the Feast Box instructions exactly, I expect that your tofu may be a little mushy.
For that reason, I would recommend Feast Box to people who have at least an average level of cooking skills. If you’re a complete novice, you’d be better with a simple box, like Gousto.
Feast Box Packaging
Feast Box use recycled denim offcuts and non-toxic frozen gel to keep ingredients cold for up to 48 hours. This means that you don’t need to worry about being home for your delivery, you can have it left outside your home or with a neighbour.
As the denim insulation is already recycled you can just throw it away if you wish. However, I like to come up with creative ideas for mine such as filling cushions or placing them under pot plants so they don’t need watering as often. If I don’t have a use for it, I will give it away to someone in my town via a local Facebook group where people give away things they don’t want.
I don’t know about you, but unnecessary plastic really gets on my nerves. Feast Box doesn’t include as much plastic as some other recipe boxes, but it’s far from plastic-free.
I was particularly disappointed with the pineapple pieces which came in a plastic pot complete with a folding plastic spoon that I had no use for. I can see why the company has chosen that type of pineapple as it’s a very small portion, but throwing that useless plastic spoon away pained me!
Feast Box has an initiative called Give Back Box to help you to recycle your box more effectively.
If you like, you can fill your empty box with charitable donations like clothes, shoes, toys and books. Then, you head over to the Feast Box website, print off a label and drop off the box at your nearest CollectPlus point for free. The contents are then distributed to the charity ExtraCare.
While this sounds like a nice idea, I have to drive past several local charity shops to reach my nearest CollectPlus point. From there, the box could be sent across the country, as ExtraCare charity shops only exist in the North of England and the Midlands.
So, by taking the box to a CollectPlus point, my donation would have a much larger carbon footprint than if I used to box to take donations to a local charity shop.
The Feast Box meals I cooked…
Here are some photos of the vegan meals I cooked with my Feast Box delivery. Read on for my review of the cooking process and the end results.
✅ Calories: 917 ✅ Fat: 26g ✅ Carbs: 143g ✅ Protein: 31g ✅ Salt: 0.79g
One thing I must say about Feast Box is that the portions are very generous!
The tacos confused me a little as the picture showed what I thought were two large tacos per serving, but I received a packet of ten smaller wraps. It was only later that I realised that their photo used a side plate, whereas I used a dinner plate.
Still, five tacos per person is a huge portion. I managed three before I got full. If you have a family of three or four, I’d say that you can probably feed the whole family with a two-person meal.
Another thing to be mindful of with Feast Box is that you have to use your common sense where the recipe is concerned. Step one was to preheat the oven. Fine, you would think? Well, it would be except that the oven wasn’t needed for another half an hour and even then only for five minutes to warm the wraps.
As I was cooking on the hottest day of the year and it was already 30 degrees in my kitchen, I opted to turn off the oven and warm the wraps in the microwave for 30 seconds instead.
Overall, the tacos tasted incredible and were much healthier than the tacos I’d usually make. Instead of fake meat, they had black beans. And instead of vegan sour cream, the homemade salsa used cider vinegar, pineapple and coriander.
I’ve only used black beans in Chinese-style dishes before but I’ll certainly be making these again, just maybe not so many of them.
Tofu Miso Ramen
✅ Calories: 609 ✅ Fat: 15g ✅ Carbs: 92g ✅ Protein: 32g ✅ Salt: 4.52g
Next up was the tofu miso ramen which was another absolutely huge portion. I used my biggest bowls and it just about fit in!
Although I didn’t manage to finish eating the whole portion, I really enjoyed this dish. It tasted so flavoursome and every mouthful was a new experience.
If you’re sensitive to spicy food, you really do need to be careful with Feast Box as the website doesn’t give any indication as to how spicy things are. I love spicy food and I regularly buy the brand of noodles that came in the delivery. Because of this, I know how hot they are – very!
So, when I saw that the recipe included an extra pot of red chilli flakes I opted to leave them out for the sake of my poor husband. I’m glad that I did because the ramen was hot enough without any more chilli and I could have easily ruined it for him had I gone ahead.
I was also slightly concerned about how much salt was in this recipe with 75% of your daily allowance in one meal. It tasted great, but the nutrition is something you may wish to look at when choosing which recipes to order.
How much does Feast Box cost?
Feast Box vegan meals cost between £5.20 per person and £7.40 per person. This is based on meals for two people, and varies depending on which specific meals you choose.
If you order Feast Box vegan meals for four people, the cost drops to between £3.90 and £5.55 per person.
When I was on the Feast Box website, I saw a pop-up offering me a discount. So even though I don’t have a code to give you, take a look at the website and you may be able to snag a deal.
Get 30% OFF Feast Box
When you use discount code ‘CVFEAST30’
Feast Box Vegan Review