8 food subscription boxes we're loving right now in the UK

It's not all about meal-prep boxes — though we cover those, too. By Team Commerce2020-03-04 16:18:11 UTC BEST DEALS ON SUBSCRIPTION BOXES THIS WEEK  Food rocks. If it's yummy, then we're into it.  We know that we're not alone in being...

8 food subscription boxes we're loving right now in the UK
It's not all about meal-prep boxes — though we cover those, too.

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Food rocks. If it's yummy, then we're into it. 

We know that we're not alone in being obsessed with food, and there are literally millions of people all around the world who constantly think about what they're going to eat next. The only problem with this obsession is that there is simply not enough time in the day to properly source tasty ingredients and create challenging meals. Life gets in the way.

Fortunately, there are plenty of food-themed subscription boxes out there that can help you out. Some are useful for planning out your meals, while others are great for trying something new. There is something for everyone.

These are the food subscription boxes we're loving right now.

Good for feeding a family • Several plans to choose from
The Bottom Line
Hello Fresh is particularly great if you're short on time

HelloFresh

You can choose between the Classic Plan, Family Plan, or Rapid Plan to feed up to four people.
  • Price: About £5 per meal
With HelloFresh, tailor your deliveries and meals based on how many people you're cooking for and the amount of recipes you want to receive in a given week. You can choose between the Classic Plan, Family Plan, or Rapid Plan to feed up to four people. Pricing is broken down per meal, so if you're buying three meals each week for two people, that works out to be about £20 per week (although they often run introductory rates where you can knock 35% off your first four boxes.
You'll be able to choose from 18 new recipes each week, and the pre-measured ingredients always take less than an hour to prepare — often just 30 mins. Choose recipes that fit into your diet, or opt for new flavours you've never tried.  
One-person box • Vegan recipes available • Fresh vegetables and generous protein portions
Don't deliver seven days week
The Bottom Line
Mindful Chef is health focused and is the only company that offers a one-person box

Mindful Chef

Mindful Chef food box delivers everything you need to make delicious low-carb evening meals, and they have a one-person box.
  • Price: About £7 per meal
Mindful Chef provides healthy and delicious recipe boxes and offers something that offers do not — the UK's only one-person box.
With Mindful Chef you'll be sure to eat loads of nutritious vegetables and natural food. The recipes are designed to encourage you to eat food that benefits you and your body. All the recipes take under 30 minutes and have less than eight steps. So things are easy to follow even for real beginners. 
There's 16 recipes to choose from each week and everything is super healthy. You'll be eating lean, gluten-free, and organic food that can help you to lose weight without feeling like you are on a diet.
As an added bonus, for every meal that Mindful Chef sells, they donate a school meal to a child living in poverty. Mindful Chef is the only recipe box to operate this one for one charity model. Mindful Chef customers have donated around 800,000 meals to date.
You can now get £10 off your first two boxes (£20 off total) of Mindful Chef, with a free recipe book included, using the exclusive code MASHABLE20.
Great value • Specially blended ingredients • Quick and easy recipes
You need to buy ingredients separately
The Bottom Line
Doesn't inlcude all the ingredients necessary to create the recipes but this gives you more freedom to switch things up

SimplyCook

Easy to follow 15-20 minute recipes that utilise authentic flavour ingredients at a great price.
  • Price: £2.25 per meal
SimplyCook offers you the chance to cook with authentic flavour ingredients that are hand-picked and blended by expert chefs. Each recipe comes with an accompanying cartridge of spice and stock pots but you will need to buy the other ingredients.
You can expand your repertoire with over 50 chef-inspired recipe kits that guide you to create dishes from all over the world in just 15-20 minutes. The SimplyCook chefs create unique flavour blends that contain as many as 18 different ingredients. The carefully measured kits can include culinary pastes, infused oils, garnishes, rubs, specialist stocks, and herb/spice blends that you won’t find in the supermarkets
Boxes come with four recipe kits, each designed for 2-4 people (depending on portion size). This allows for customers to choose whether they cook for one and save the rest for later or add a few more fresh ingredients to feed the whole family.
SimplyCook boxes are just £9.99 each meaning you are paying around £2.25 per meal.


Meals for two or four people • Gluten and dairy free options • 100% British meat
Less detailed instructions than others
The Bottom Line
Gousto is a great options for health conscious cooks who want variety and ease

Gousto

With veggie, gluten free, and dairy free options, Gousto is a fantastic option for healthy eaters.
  • Price: About £5 per meal
Gousto keeps things fresh by focusing on quality, simplicity, and variety.
It's this simple focus that means you get fresh ingredients and easy to follow recipes that make tasty, home-cooked dinners, including family classics, ten minute meals, and fine dining dishes.
You choose from over 30 exciting recipes each week, with Gousto delivering seven days a week. You can pause or skip anytime, giving you the freedom to make Gousto work for you.
Your recipe box includes precise amounts of ingredients so there's no food waste, quality produce from trusted suppliers with 100% British meat, and easy to follow recipe cards for meals for two or four people.
With Gousto you can cook tasty home cooked meals without the fuss.
Plant-based • Packaging is recyclable
One of the more expensive options
The Bottom Line
Allplants makes it really simple for people to eat healthy with minimum effort.

Allplants

Nutritionally crafted and hand cooked meals, all made from plants.
  • Price: About £5 per meal
Allplants makes it quick and easy to eat 100 percent plant-based meals as part of your busy day-to-day routine. 
Allplants delivers totally plant-based dishes, prepared by chefs, to your door. Meals are ready to eat in minutes from frozen, and all the packaging used is 100 percent recyclable, partly compostable, and mostly reusable. 
When you hear frozen, it's easy to think that the food isn't as nutritious, but Allplants disagree. The company state that freezing the food "locks in your nutrition for longer" and makes each dish available on your schedule.
The cost for a one off order is £46.02 for six single portions, and £68.04 for six double portions. You can save 12 percent by subscribing, bringing the cost to £40.50 for six single portions, or £59.88 for six double portions.
You can now get £10 off your first order with the exclusive code MASH10. 
Organic meals • Recyclable and returnable boxes • Great selection
Not the cheapest option
The Bottom Line
The premier option if sustainability is key to you

Abel & Cole

Abel & Cole is a fantastic sustainable option, with organic meals and recyclable, returnable boxes.
  • Price: About £6.50 per meal
Take your pick from Abel & Cole's seasonal weekly menu where there’s something for everyone.
Each week, Abel & Cole will hand-pick and send you new recipes it thinks you’ll absolutely love. If you’ve shown a preference for four veggie meals a week, that’s exactly what they’ll send you the following week. You can make any changes up to midnight two days before your delivery. You can select more or fewer recipes, the choice is yours. Bliss.
With 15 inspirational recipes to pick from every week, and top-notch organic veg, meat, and spices, you'll have access to the best organic ingredients with easy-to-follow recipes and less waste.
So if you want a sustainable, organic, and tasty option, Abel & Cole should be top of your wish-list.
100% organic • One-off purchases • Seasonal produce • Prime cuts option for foodies
An expensive option
The Bottom Line
Riverford offers bags of choice and seasonal ingredients that take the hassle out of preparing impressive meals

Riverford

Riverford supplies 100% organic produce, fresh from the farm to your kitchen.
  • Price: Around £13 per meal
With Riverford recipe boxes you have a lot of options, with the choice between simple, light, foodie, vegan, vegetarian, meat, and prime cut packages. The only thing that isn’t flexible about your recipe boxes is being 100% organic.
Riverford organic recipe boxes provide all the ingredients you need to cook inspiring seasonal meals for two people from scratch. Riverford cooks create inspiring seasonal recipes with simple step-by-step instructions. They then deliver exact quantities of every ingredient free, and you don't need to be home when it's delivered.
Each recipe is easy to follow and takes around 30 minutes to cook. Options change weekly so you'll definitely find something you love. Riverford is ideal for those who’d like to try out their first recipe box because each box is available as a one-off purchase.
Lets you customise boxes based on preferences • The first box is often half-price
Pricey if you're not already spending on snacks
The Bottom Line
Twice weekly, weekly, or fortnightly deliveries means fresh snacks, and the customisable flavour profile is super cool

Graze

You'll receive a curated box of different treats and goodies based on your profile.
  • Price: About £4.50 per box
Graze lets you customise your own snack profile based on what you like to eat or your health preferences. Twice weekly, weekly, or fortnightly, you'll receive a curated box of different treats and goodies based on your profile. It's a great way to try new snacks and stock up on some faves.
Some of their flavour combos are seriously cool. Expect to get things like bagel sesame sticks, black pepper popcorn, and even salted fudge and peanut cookies. Your first box might be half off, but after that you'll be charged about £4.50 per box.
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