New Zealand Vegan Food Boxes

Posted On
October 16, 2019
An Article By
Mark

Home delivered food bags or boxes have taken off here in New Zealand in recent years. They’re providing easy and healthy meal options for families, couples and singles who struggle with deciding what’s for dinner each night when time is short or just want to mix it up a bit and experience new flavours and dishes.

Food box options for plant-based eaters are now making an impact within the industry and providing some excellent vegetarian and vegan meals that are easy to cook and delicious. Whether you prefer ready-made meals (heat and eat) or cooking from scratch, there are some quality choices now available.

Below we have given an initial breakdown on a selection of vegan food box delivery services, take a look below.

1. The Kai Box

All The Kai Box food is plant-based only, free of meat, dairy, and eggs. You can choose from the existing set boxes or customise your own. The Kai Box also caters to special dietary requirements such as gluten free.

What’s In The Box?

The Kai Box uses organic food where possible, and you are provided with fresh healthy ingredients and easy to follow recipes to prepare your meals. Some “pantry staples” are required to complete the meals each week these include things like salt and pepper, olive oil, soy sauce/tamari, maple syrup, soy milk/other non-dairy milk, rice vinegar, balsamic vinegar, sesame oil and cornflour.

The Kai Box Options

Currently there are 4 great vegan food box choices at The Kai Box, these are:

  • Breakfast Box. Only available in conjunction with ordering one of the other Kai Box options. $40, feeds two adults with four breakfasts included.
  • Couples Box. Designed to feed 2 adults over four nights the couples box is priced at $85. Gluten free option $95.
  • Family Box. This box has three options, a gluten free box ($115), standard family box ($105) and larger family-extra sized box ($125). Each meal feeds 3 adults, or 2 adults and 2 small children for a total of four nights (the larger box will feed 4 adults or 3 adults and 2 children).
  • Kickstart Low Carb Box. This low-carb 100% plant-based box is $150 and feeds two adults for five nights.

How Long To Prepare Each Meal?

Each meal takes around 30 to 45 minutes to prepare.

Delivery

The Kai Box are the only company that deliver vegan food boxes nationwide.

  • Auckland – Sunday between 4pm – 8pm
  • Wellington, Hamilton, and Tauranga – Monday evening
  • Rest of New Zealand (Nationwide including Waiheke Island and Waikanae) – Tuesday

Shipping Costs

Shipping fees apply to all orders, at The Kai Box these vary it is best to contact them for shipping charges using the email

2. Green Dinner Table

Green Dinner Table provides restaurant quality plant-based meals for homes in Christchurch and Wellington. The meals are created by professional chef Tom Riley and you are provided with all the fresh ingredients and sauces needed to recreate the dish at home.

What’s In The Box?

Restaurant quality sauces, pastes and spice mixes that are made fresh weekly, along with the usual fresh vegetables and plant-based proteins such as beans, tofu, vegan cheeses and nuts and seeds.

Green Dinner Table Options

There are currently two great food box options to choose from.

  • Couples Box. Choose from a 3 or 5 night plan (3 nights $99, 5 nights $129), as well as a gluten free option ($114 for 3 nights and $144 for 5).
  • Family Box. Again there are 3 or 5 night choices (3 night $124, 5 night $159) along with gluten free for an additional $15 per box).

How Long To Prepare Each Meal?

On average the meals provided can be prepared and cooked within 30 – 40 minutes.

Delivery

  • Christchurch – Monday between 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm for the 3 night plan, Sunday between 3:00 pm and 6:30 pm for the five night plan.
  • Wellington – Monday between 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm

Shipping Costs

Shipping for Green Dinner Table is included in the cost of the food bag – no extra cost!

3. My Food Bag

My Food Bag predominantly sells meat and dairy based food boxes but does offers a vegetarian and limited time only vegan option. My Food Bag also deliver nationwide.

What’s In The Box?

Fresh seasonal ingredients and nourishing and attractive food that “delights the senses” are the focus for My Food Bag. This included free-range and sustainably farmed products whenever possible as well as simple step-by-step recipe instructions.

My Food Bag Options

There are currently two great vege options from My Food Bag:

  • My Veggie. Vegetarian food box that may include eggs, cheese and other dairy products. Feeds 4 adults or 2 adults and 2 teens, $130 for four nights.
  • My Pant Based Bag. Only available for a limited time, this is the only vegan option from My Food Bag. The box feeds two people for 4 nights and costs $124.

How Long To Prepare Each Meal?

Average cooking times are for My Food Bag are 35 minutes.

Delivery

Delivery days are Sunday or Monday depending on your location and insulated boxes will keep things cold until you get home. For more information on where My Food Bag delivers to see here.

Shipping Costs

My Food Bag delivery is free!

4. Berkano

Berkano is a Christchurch based heat-and-eat meal distributor. They only make 100% plant-based meals and ship nationwide. Even though this is not a traditional food box or bag, we have included it anyway for those who prefer a little less time in the kitchen.

What’s In The Box?

These are frozen ready-to-eat vegan 100% plant-based meals. There is no cooking or preparation involved it’s simply a matter of heating them up either in the microwave or the oven. Some New World supermarkets also stock a selection of Berkano frozen meals.

Berkano Options

Because meals are ordered on an individual basis, it is important to note there is a minimum order amount of $50.

  • Fitness Menu. Focusing on serving sizes and protein, carbohydrate and fat ratios, the Fitness Menu has some great gluten free options and a good range of heat and eat meals based around rice and veges.
  • Gourmet Menu. For family favourites such as lasagna, curry and cannelloni take a look at the Gourmet Menu.
  • Desserts Menu. Grab a vegan treat to go with your ready to eat meal – choose from rocky road, apple crumble, vegan cheesecake slices and much more.
  • Gourmet Mock Menu. Coming soon. Utilising mock meat substitutes to create family favourites.
  • All Plants Menu. Coming soon. Just plants, the traditional vegan way, no meat substitutes.

How Long To Prepare Each Meal?

All Berkano meals arrive ready to eat; they just need to be heated. It is advised to leave the dish to stand for a couple of minutes after heating and give it a good stir before serving.

  • Microwave – heat for approximately 6-9 minutes or for the larger size 13-15 minutes depending on the meal.
  • Oven – 30-35 minutes or 40-45 minutes for the larger size meals. Remember to remove tray from its sleeve/heat-proof film.

Delivery

All orders are shipped frozen in insulated containers with ice packs to keep them fresh to your doorstep. Berkano ships to the whole of New Zealand.

  • Christchurch – Mondays any time between 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
  • Rest of New Zealand – Tuesdays

Shipping Costs

Orders must be placed before midnight Friday for these freight options – otherwise extra freight charges will apply.

  • Canterbury $11.90
  • Christchurch City $8.90
  • Rest of South Island $11.90
  • Auckland $11.90
  • Rest of North Island $17.49

5. V On Wheels

Handmade plant-based meals that are mainly gluten-free and oil free. The V On Wheels service is also only for ready-made meals delivered frozen.

What’s In The Box?

These nutrient-dense ready-to-eat meals are created with South American and Asian influences. Meals are available to order individually or as part of a weekly plan.

V On Wheels Options

Each meal is approximately 400 grams and is 100% plant-based, you can order individual meals or weekly boxes.

  • Busy You – Week Plan. 7 different frozen meals are provided in the box for $91.
  • Only Gluten Free – Week Plan. 7 gluten free meals for $91.
  • My Favourites – Week Plan for 2. Choose your favourite 12 meals for 2 people for 6 nights, $145
  • Day n’ Night Plan. This box provides 6 lunches  and 6 dinners for one person.
  • Couples Week Plan. 12 meals design for two people over 6 nights at a cost of $150.
  • Family Deluxe Meal Plan. A comprehensive box of 17 meals designed for the whole family, or just those wishing to stock up. This Family Deluxe box is $204.

How Long To Prepare Each Meal?

  • Microwave – Heating takes approximately 3-5 minutes.
  • Oven – In a pre-heated oven cooking takes approximately 20-30 minutes.

Delivery

Customers must provide a chilly bin left outside their home for the meals to be placed in if they are not home at the time of delivery.

  • North Island – Tuesdays and Thursdays

Shipping Costs

V On Wheels do a flat rate delivery of $10 per order.

6. The Whole Meal

The Whole Meal provides fresh oil-free, gluten free ready-made vegan meals with minimally processed and unrefined ingredients used as much as is possible. No aluminium coated or non-stick coated cookware is used in the production of their foods. The Whole Meal has a zero waste policy and only delivers to East Auckland area.

What’s In The Box?

The Whole Meal focuses on ‘Whole Food Plant Based’ (WFPB) options that are healthy and easy to eat. The fresh (not frozen) food is delivered in reusable containers. There are new dishes and flavours each week created with inspiration from around the world.

The Whole Meal Options

While you can order individual meals on an as needed basis the weekly plans are designed for ordering from two nights a week up to 5 nights. There is also a monthly plan which included 20 meals.

  • Single. Two meals a week $34, three meals $49.50, 4 meals $65, 5 meals $80
  • Couple. Two meals a week $66, 3 meals $93, 4 meals $122, 5 meals $150
  • Family Of Three. Two meals a week $93, 3 meals $126, 4 meals $165, 5 meals $202.50
  • Family Of Four. Two times a week $120, 3 meals $162, 4 meals $200, 5 meals $240

How Long To Prepare Each Meal?

Meals are to be consumed by 8pm on the day of delivery or refrigerated and consumed within 3 days. All meals are delivered fresh not frozen.

After transferring meals to a microwave or oven safe container they can then be heated in the usual way. It is necessary to hand wash and dry container the meal arrived in and place it out for collection at your next order.

Delivery

Currently The Whole Meal only delivers Monday to Friday, 4-7pm to addresses located in East Auckland. This includes the areas of Cockle Bay, Howick, Bucklands Beach, Botany, Dannemora and Pakuranga up to Panmure see website for more info.

Shipping Costs

The Whole Meal delivery is free!

We love hearing about vegetarian and vegan based restaurants, products, shops and resources in New Zealand. Have we missed any vegan food box delivery services? Then please feel free to let us know here.

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