f you are a vegan, stressing to find what to cook to divers your dinners at home – you have reached the right place!
More and more meal kits services are now providing options that cater to a plant-based diet while also focussing on the environment.
Today we are going to be looking at two of those companies – Sun Basket and Purple Carrot.
Sun Basket is one of the first meal kit delivery services in the market. Their priority is creating a diverse menu, including many vegan plant-based meals, using the best fresh organic ingredients.
Continue reading to see our full Purple Carrot Vs. Sun Basket Comparison
Sun Basket Vs. Purple Carrot Offered Plans
Sun Basket provides two different subscription meal plans – a classic two-person plan and a family plan, and you also have the option for a one-time purchase.
The weekly classic menu includes several dishes that have been designed to cater to a vegan plant-based diet. The menu also includes meals to cater to other diets such as gluten-free, paleo, vegetarian, Mediterranean, and more.
With Purple Carrot, you have a choice of two different plans that cater to two people or four people per meal. You have the option to choose the number of meals you desire every week as part of your subscription.
Both companies’ plans offer complete flexibility, so you can change your meal plan, skip a delivery, or pause your account at any time!
Variety of Meals
Sun Basket is known for its incredible variety of 25 dishes per week catering to many dietary requirements. Some of these requirements are vegan (at least three vegan options per week), pescatarian, gluten-free, diabetes, soy-free, and vegetarian.
With Sun Basket, you also have the option to mix meals from different diets so that you could get two vegan meals and one gluten-free meal, for example.
All of Sun Basket meals are created with health and balance in mind, and the quality of their organic ingredients is notably high. It is also notable that the company design most meals to be quick and easy to cook, with some menu items that are even ready to heat and eat.
Purple Carrot is a 100% plant-based service providing a weekly eight dinners plant-based menu suitable for vegans and non-vegans who would like to increase their consumption of plant-based ingredients. Also, the company offers a few breakfast and lunch options.
Purple Carrot offers a categorized menu with meals for a gluten-free diet, a high protein diet, a low-calorie diet, and quick and easy meals.
Style and Complexity of Meals
Sun Basket offers a diverse menu with all-organic ingredients. Our experience with Sun Basket has shown us that the ingredients they use are always organic and of the highest quality. While they cater to a diverse range of dietary requirements, convenience is also a priority with Sun Basket, and most of their meals take no longer than 30 minutes to prepare.
Purple Carrot’s weekly menu is made up of six plant-based dishes that you can mix and match from the different plans. Their menu has International influences, including American, Mexican, Mediterranean, and Italian. The company also offers the option of three recipes per week on the TB12 plan, which are high in protein and calories and designed for those with a physically demanding lifestyle.
Sample Meals From Purple carrot and Sun Basket Vegan Menu:
- Eggplant and potato moussaka with lentil-walnut Kima
- Warm fusilli salad with roasted winter squash and mushrooms
- Black bean–cauliflower tostadas diablo with tangy cabbage slaw
- Italian Cannellini Bean Stew
- Tandoori Spiced Tofu with Apricot Quinoa Pilaf & Mango Chutney
- Crispy Quinoa Cakes with Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Quality of Ingredients
When it comes to the quality of ingredients, Sun Basket is an industry leader by making the fantastic promise that all their ingredients are organic and sustainably sourced. Their ingredients come from a trusted network of suppliers that include fishermen, farmers, and fresh produce growers who adhere to sustainable, responsible, and eco-friendly practices.
Purple Carrot did leave some question marks for us regarding the consistency and quality of their ingredients. Some of the ingredients we received, such as the lettuce, carrots, and radishes, appeared to be excellent, but others were somewhat disappointing.
Two of our dishes had cucumbers as an ingredient, but they were soft and inedible after a day or two in the fridge. Likewise, with the avocado, it remained hard and inedible, and these ingredients needed to be replaced with items we purchased from the supermarket.
There is very little information available about where Purple Carrot sources their ingredients from. So, you do not know if they use local suppliers, sustainably sourced ingredients, non-GMO ingredients, meats free of preservatives, etc.
The delivery box used by both companies is a joy to receive! They have been specifically designed for food delivery, with inbuilt insulation in the box itself, and contents are packed with ice or gel packs.
Both boxes are well organized, with all ingredients being individually wrapped, labeled, and arranged. With the package, you also get the recipe cards with full instructions for preparing your meals.
Sun Basket Vs. Purple Carrot – The App and Website
Both Sun Basket and Purple Carrot offer attractive, well organized, and easy to use websites. Sun Basket also offers a very easy-to-use app. Your plans can be easily managed online. You can register, select your plan and desired dishes, stipulate payment method, and update your details.
Both Sun Basket and Purple Carrot offers a subscription service. Their services come with a fair amount of flexibility in that you can skip weeks whenever required. With both, you can easily cancel your account online, so you don’t need to talk to customer service.
Sun Basket goes the extra mile when it comes to flexibility – the company offers the option to make a one-time purchase with your choice of sample meals.
Bottom Line – Our Winner Is Sun Basket!
When it comes to plant-based options, Sun Basket and Purple Carrot offer a diverse range of options, but our winner, without a doubt, is Sun Basket!
Sun Basket not only offers vegan options, but they provide a diverse menu that caters to many different dietary needs, and they allow the option to mix and match between plans. The company designs the meals to be very easy to cook, so it would be fun to become the home chef you always wanted to be without stressing it.
Moreover, the quality of ingredients Sun Basket uses is second to none. The company guarantees that all their ingredients are organic or come from a trusted network of suppliers that follow eco-friendly and sustainable farming practices.
Unfortunately, we found inconsistencies with the quality of the ingredients provided by Purple Carrot, and we also could not find specific information regarding where their ingredients come from.