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Green Zebra Kitchen Review

In Book Review on September 2, 2014 at 6:19 AM

In case you haven’t noticed, the past month has a whirlwind. An international trip, an international move, an international exam, while beginning a new job with many hiccups along the way (the funeral, the delayed pod, the broken car, the broken ankle, oh yeah). Suffice it to say, I had lots of things on my mind. I had to focus on other things and thankfully, I found a fabulous vegan delivery service to help take care of keeping me well fed.

Green Zebra Kitchen is a Toronto meal delivery service that comes to your door. All meals are vegan and gluten-free and they use only organic, whole foods with as much local, seasonal produce as possible. Run by brothers Gregg and Dan, they both trained at Natural Gourmet Institute in New York City and know how to cook. Let’s just say I was blown away by their creations. Delicious, creative and healthy. I think I even learned about new ingredients (how could that possible be? – but it is true! Have you heard of nepitella?).

There are a few plans you can purchase, but there are always 3 mains and 3 sides and you can swap any in/out if any do not appeal to you. Furthermore there are extras if you would like breakfast items (ie granola, oatmeal, smoothies) and extra sides (sauerkraut, flatbread, kale chips, hummus) or dessert (like dark chocolate almond butter cups). I ended up with their Plan B, meant to serve 3-4 meals.

Let me share with you the delicious meals of the  week:

Green Zebra Kitchen Review

 

Blue Tortilla Lasagna with Black Bean, Butternut Squash, Corn, Pickled Jalapeno, and Cashew Cheese

I am sorry my picture does not give it the credit it deserves because it was delicious. Blue corn tortillas were used to make a Mexican-inspired lasagna with a vegan cashew cheese sauce.

Green Zebra Kitchen - Blue Tortilla Lasagna with Black Bean, Butternut Squash, Corn, Pickled Jalapeno, and Cashew Cheese

 

Which was paired with: Kale Salad with Pumpkin Seeds, Edible Flowers, and Lime Vinaigrette

Nice and light, this was a simple (and delicious) kale salad.

Green Zebra Kitchen - Kale Salad with Pumpkin Seeds, Edible Flowers, and Lime Vinaigrette

 

Tuscan Chickpea Tempeh Bowl with Sungold Cherry Tomatoes, Roasted Mushrooms, Olives, and Nepitella

I originally thought there would be chickpeas and tempeh in here, but it was tempeh made form chickpeas. I didn’t even know that was possible but it was delicious. I only wish there was more tempeh!

Green Zebra Kitchen - Tuscan Chickpea Tempeh Bowl with Sungold Cherry Tomatoes, Roasted Mushrooms, Olives, and Nepitella

 

Which was paired with: Yellow and Green Bean Salad with Beets, Roasted Chickpeas, and Italian Vinaigrette

This is where I got my chickpea-fix along with all the other beans. Nice and light, it paired well with the more flavourful quinoa bowl.

Green Zebra Kitchen - Yellow and Green Bean Salad with Beets, Roasted Chickpeas, and Italian Vinaigrette

 

Massaman Thai Curry with Tofu, Red Pepper, Tamarind, Lime Leaves, and Coconut Milk

I found this a bit too sweet for me, but Rob loved it. He was bothered that there were no peanuts. Apparently peanuts are a quintessential ingredient for Massaman curry. That was Rob’s complaint the last time we tried making Massaman curry at home, so at least he is consistent.😉

Green Zebra Kitchen - Massaman Thai Curry with Tofu, Red Pepper, Tamarind, Lime Leaves, and Coconut Milk

 

Which was paired with: Red Rice Salad with Shredded Broccoli, Carrots, Cashews, Cilantro, and Miso Ginger Dressing

Again, this was a nicely flavoured salad with not too much dressing. The ginger and miso were merely shades in the background.

Green Zebra Kitchen - Red Rice Salad with Shredded Broccoli, Carrots, Cashews, Cilantro, and  Miso Ginger Dressing

Extras:

Red Pepper, Walnut, Pomegranate Dip

AKA Muhammara. Delicious.The best of all the meals, and it wasn’t even a meal. I have made muhammara before and forgot how wonderfully delicious it can be.

Green Zebra Kitchen - Red Pepper Dip

 

Carrot Cake Balls

The next day, I accused Rob of stealing a ball but here I can easily tell he didn’t swipe one – I started out with 5! These were nice. A bit more moist than my typical dessert balls, but nice and light without being too sweet.

Green Zebra Kitchen - Carrot Cake Balls

Mango Lime Green Smoothie with Collards and Banana (unpictured)

I have a picture of the smoothie at the top. It was sweet but I would not have known there was collards (or any greens) hidden in it by the taste. It was green but did not taste green.

The menus change weekly and all orders need to be received by Friday for Monday delivery. I have spied other meals including, but not limited to:

Tempeh Reuben with Cauliflower, Potatoes, Garlic Scape Dill Kraut and Cashew Cheese

Moroccan Vegetable Stew with Red Lentils, Preserved Lemon, Olives and Zhoug

Chipotle Mac & Cheese with Yams, Roasted Cauliflower, Basil and Fresh Tomatoes

Biryani Bowl with Tofu, Chickpeas, Broccoli and Tamarind-Coconut Curry Dressing

Coconut Corn Chowder with Oyster Mushrooms, Potatoes and Chickpeas

Baked Falafel Bowl with Broccoli, Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Quinoa Tabouli and Tahini Dressing

Overall, I highly recommend the food. The meals are healthy and totally Janet-friendly.

As advertised, it easily feed 3-4 people and even more if you supplement with additional quinoa/rice/etc from home to stretch the meals further. The diversity is vast and truly, the only thing keeping me from ordering every week would be the price ($62+tax for the plan B). I wish they would open a restaurant so I could get a quick fix at random times throughout the week.

Have you ever used a meal delivery service? I think it is great for times when you don’t have time to cook or if you are travelling to Toronto for business and don’t have time to make/find your food or you want some great vegan options should you host a party (if you do that, please invite me over!).

Note: I was provided with a week’s worth of eats for my review. I ended up loving it so much I bought it the next week, too.

  1. I’ve heard about them, but never had a need to use the service. Nice to know it’s there though should I ever! All looks so delicious and super cool about that chickpea tempeh!

  2. The food looks so interesting and delicious. Now all you need is an excuse to keep the deliveries coming!🙂

  3. I’ve wondered about Green Zebra Kitchen, everything has always looked lovely, but I wasn’t sure it would be filling enough. Sounds promising! Thanks for sharing.

    Probably a better option than my usual goto on busy week🙂

    • I love Green Zebra! I get it almost every week and it is usually plenty of food depending on the dish. I get the full or half order depending on what is offered. It is not cheap but on par with take out — but better because it is nutrient dense and organic.

  4. […] ended up buying a lot more prepared foods than ever before. At the farmer’s market close to our house, they would sell flavoured tofu […]

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