This is just the veganning…
2021 is in full swing which means it’s time to follow through on those New Year’s resolutions we reluctantly came up with. If, like me, you’ve opted for Veganuary in an attempt to cast aside meat and lower your carbon footprint for the month, here are 8 truly scrumptious plant-based DIY kits from London’s best eateries to work your way through.
It’s true what they say, you can take the girl out the restaurant but you can’t take the restaurant out of the girl – especially if she can order a DIY kit straight to her door. So sit back, relax and wait for the vegan treats to come to you.
Club Mexicana have been providing plant-based Mexican delights to Londoners for years and these vegan wizards have now also developed a range of home taco and nacho kits to see us through Veganuary. There are five extremely tasty kits available and each requires very minimal effort to assemble. Now anyone can “become a fully fledged Club Mex Taco Chef” from the comfort of their own home. Read all about their meal kits here.
Following the raving success of their vegan junk food diner in Camden Town, Rudy’s opened a completely plant-based butchers shop on World Vegan Day last November. Rudy’s Vegan Diner now offers an array of meat-free, dairy-free, and guilt-free goodies that can be delivered straight to you! And if you’re craving a not-so-dirty burger, you can pick a meal kit with your favourite ingredients and assemble your very own at home – this is the kind of DIY we can get on board with. View their full range here.
3. Doughnut Time
Those with a sweet tooth cannot go wrong with Doughnut Time’s insanely delicious plant-based treats. Developed over lockdown 1.0, their vegan DIY kit contains the ingredients to recreate two of their most popular desserts – Ice Ice Bae Bae and Sia Later. All you’ll need is an apron, scissors, a cooling rack and a steady hand to decorate these bad boys. Head to their website to order yours.
Biff’s has been named London’s best vegan junk food joint by a member of the Secret London team – and rightfully so! Fortunately, these insanely talented chefs have created a couple of meal kits featuring their famous burgers to carry us through Veganuary with a touch of indulgence. You’ll have The Big Jack Kit (chicken-style jackfruit patties, vegan brioche buns and their top secret burger sauce) and The Father Jack (chicken-style jackfruit patties, bourbon BBQ sauce, onion rings and their infamous vegan bacun jam) to choose between – or better yet, treat yourself to both. Order yours here.
5. Patty & Bun
Patty & Bun have also launched a pretty irresistible range of burgers for us to recreate at home, including a 100% plant-based box. This kit includes four vegan patties, ‘THIS Isn’t Bacon’, vegan smokey mayo, pickled and caramelised onions, vegan cheese, buns and of course, instructions. You’ll also have enough ingredients to make Patty & Bun’s classic ‘Ari Gold’ cheeseburger as well as the oh-so-sweet Smokey Robinson burger. Head to their website to order.
Dishoom carried us through 2020 and the subsequent lockdowns with their breakfast bacon naan kits. Luckily, it wasn’t all too long until they created an equally delicious plant-based alternative. The vegan sausage naan rolls, developed by Chef Neil Rankin of BBC’s Great British Menu, hit their website just a few months ago and have already become a crowd favourite. You’ll have the chance to bake your very own this Veganuary with their home DIY kit that includes all the necessary ingredients and instructions to emulate the restaurant’s unique flavours. Order yours here.
Hoppers’ Cash and Kari range boasts a selection of meal kits including the very popular Vegan Breadfruit Curry. This mouthwatering Sri Lankan dish also arrives with vegetable rolls, banana chips, string hoppers and pol sambol! You can even add cocktails or their very own-brew beer to your order if you’re after a little tipple. Head to their website to order yours.
8. Pasta Evangelists
There are few things in life more comforting than a warm bowl of pasta. Fortunately, vegans won’t have to go without this month thanks to Pasta Evangelists and their meal kits. Each box includes everything you’ll need to make a 5* pasta dish in just five minutes, including freshly made pasta, an authentic sauce and a delicious garnish. Pea and Mint Triangoli (with wild rocket pesto) or Orechiette (with broccoli and chilli sauce) tickle your fancy? It definitely tickles mine. You can view their full range here!