In this post I’ll share my honest review of the Splendid Spoon meal subscription box.
Splendid Spoon is a plant-based meal subscription box company that offers over 40 different ready-to-eat smoothies, soups, and bowls. If you’re trying to eat healthier, but don’t have the time to cook from scratch every day, read on!
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The Splendid Spoon box arrived to me in one day via Fed Ex. I noticed that the box is well-insulated and all the packing materials are recyclable. After looking at some older Splendid Spoon reviews I can see that they have continued working to make their packaging even more sustainable which I think is wonderful!
The contents of my box included “bowls” – think grain bowls, buddha bowls, etc – smoothies, and something called a “wellness shot.” Everything was completely frozen thanks to a small piece of dry ice included in the packaging.
Splendid Spoon Bowls Review
I received five different bowl meals in my box. They come in microwave-safe, recyclable plastic containers (which I am keeping because I love reusing these type of containers for freezing leftovers!). Each of these bowls was frozen solid when I got them.
In order to reheat the bowls, you have to remove the lid and microwave for 2-4 minutes. I microwaved my bowls in the containers they came in and then transferred the contents to my own bowls for the sake of being able to show the ingredients better, since some of the bowls are layered (with rice on the bottom, for example).
Below I will describe each of the bowls I received in more detail!
Moroccan Spiced Buckwheat Bowl
The ingredients in this bowl are: buckwehat, butternut squash, broccoli, chickpeas, water, scallions, currants, extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice, Ras Al Hanout (spice blend), garlic, salt, and ginger.
After heating up this bowl I could already tell that it was going to taste delicious because the smell was very appetizing.
This bowl tasted amazing! I love all of the spices it contained. It wasn’t really a “hot spicy” that would make your mouth water and your nose run, but like a nice warm spicy like what you get from cinnamon and ginger.
The texture of the chickpeas and squash are soft and perfect in this bowl. The broccoli has just the right amount of crunch and softness. This was definitely one of my favorite bowls in the box!
Aloo Gobi Quinoa Bowl
So for the aloo gobi quinoa bowl it contains: quinoa, potatoes, cauliflower, sweet potatoes, red peppers, mushrooms, carrots, extra virgin olive oil, green peas, salt, curry powder, and turmeric.
The aloo gobi quinoa bowl had a really gorgeous array of colors with the red peppers, green peas, orange sweet potatoes, cauliflower etc. It had a very yummy and appetizing aroma.
Taste wise, this one has a more mild flavor, and it’s not spicy. The turmeric is a good flavor combo with the quinoa in my opinion. I’m not someone who LOVES the taste of quinoa, although I do eat it anyway because I know it’s good for me.
Well, in this bowl it was delicious. It wasn’t mushy at all, but had a nice fluffy consistency with just the right amount of crunchiness.
For the veggies in this bowl the potatoes, cauliflower, sweet potatoes, carrots and mushrooms have that nice roasted flavor.
Overall this aloo gobi quinoa bowl had a great savory taste that would make an awesome, filling, and satisfying lunch on the go or at home.
Cuban black bean bowl
You can see that each of these bowls are packed to the top with ingredients! This is what it looks like frozen:
And then cooked, after I have transferred to a bowl:
The Cuban black bean bowl is made out of organic brown rice, plantains, organic kale, organic tomatoes, black beans, scallions, lime juice, red onion, garlic, salt, cilantro, extra-virgin olive oil, jalapeño pepper, cumin, dried shiitake mushroom, paprika, chipotle powder, and oregano.
This both smelled absolutely delicious and I couldn’t wait to try it!
The taste of this ball was not spicy. The seasoning was delicious. The kale is chopped into very, very small pieces so even if you don’t like cake kale you will probably be able to tolerate this just fine.
I had never had plantains before trying them in this bowl, and I thought that they tasted great, and added a nice slightly sweet element to the bowl.
The black beans seem to have a deliciously spiced tomato-based sauce that’s totally mouthwatering and will make you want to eat every last bite of this bowl!
Brown Rice Taco Bowl
This bowl contains black beans, organic kale, organic brown rice, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, onion, organic red peppers, pumpkin seeds, extra-virgin olive oil, lime juice, tomato paste, scallions, poblano peppers, garlic, cilantro, chipotle pepper, black pepper, paprika, red chili pepper, oregano, and ancho pepper.
This bowl is smelling and looking amazing with a combination of the sweet potatoes and the dark green kale, the black beans, brown rice and the yummy looking green pumpkin seeds. Frankly it looks super duper appetizing!
I really like the seasoning in this bowl and it’s a little bit spicier than the Cuban bowl – which I really love.
The kale is really cooked well and chopped up into small pieces so that it doesn’t taste bitter at all. It has a nice sweet taste and it blends in well with the rest of the dish.
The addition of the pumpkin seeds adds a satisfying crunch to the bowl and I love that there aren’t just a few pumpkin seeds but a decent amount!
This kabocha congee bowl contains water, squash, coconut milk, organic brown rice, onions, pumpkin seeds, lemon juice, coconut oil, sea salt, cayenne pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice.
Kabocha is the Japanese word for pumpkin and refers to a type of squash or pumpkin called Kabocha squash. I think it tastes and looks a lot like acorn squash. Congee is Chinese rice porridge which is typically made with savory ingredients.
Here’s the Splendid Spoon kabocha congee frozen:
And the cooked kabocha congee:
This congee is a very pretty yellow color from the squash. It has a really yummy coconut-y smell that’s very appetizing!
The kabocha congee tastes very creamy with a very mild level of spiciness. I wouldn’t really call it spicy at all but rather nicely seasoned. The coconut taste is there but it is not overwhelming.
You could easily want to have this congee as a breakfast lunch or dinner on a cold morning or when you’re feeling under the weather. It’s definitely a great, comforting meal!
The pumpkin seeds add a nice extra bit of protein and crunch. This was my favorite meal of all the foods in the box!
Splendid Spoon Smoothies Review
The smoothies in my box came packaged in square plastic bottles. They were mostly frozen. I could immediately tell that I was in for an adventure with these smoothies since they contain many ingredients I’ve never had before!
Dragon Fruit Berry Smoothie
This smoothie contains: pineapple juice, dragon fruit, raspberries, avocado, P protein, Chia seeds, vanilla powder, and Himalayan sea salt. It comes in a 16 ounce bottle and when you get it in the mail it’ll be frozen or partially frozen.
Having never tasted dragon fruit before I was excited to taste this smoothie!
This smoothie is dark purpleish-reddish color. It tastes really good and quite unique! It’s one of the more sweet smoothies in the box.
I can definitely taste the raspberries, pineapple, and dragon fruit. The consistency is very smooth although it is not completely smooth. There’s a little bit of gel like texture from the chia seeds, raspberry seeds, etc but that didn’t bother me.
My kids tried this smoothie and they both really seem to enjoy it, too!
This almond butter and jelly smoothie contains purified water, strawberry purée, bananas, almond butter, coconut nectar, baobab powder, pea protein, and Himalayan salt.
This smoothie has a unique light brown color with a little flecks of what I am assuming are strawberry seeds banana seeds.
I’m not really used to the taste of almond butter, since I’ve only had it a handful of times and not in a smoothie until now. But I will say that the banana flavor and a strawberry purée definitely come through taste wise!
Green Matcha smoothie
This smoothie contains purified water, bananas, avocados, lemon juice, dates, hemp protein, vanilla powder, match a putter, and spirulina.
Don’t let the green color scare you! This smoothie is an intriguing blend of flavors that work together well.
The first thing you notice is the scent of banana. The smoothies taste is very mild, although the matcha is definitely the star of the show.
It is somewhat creamy tasting, and has a completely smooth texture.
Mint Chip Smoothie
This smoothie contains banana, almond butter, coconut nectar, coconut nibs, baobab powder, pea protein, Swiss chard juice, spirulina, peppermint, and Himalayan salt.
This smoothie has a pale green color with many little flecks of brown, reddish brown and white. The smell is really nice and reminds me of mint chocolate chip ice cream.
The flavor of this one is very sweet, creamy with a hint of mint and a little bit of dark-chocolat taste from the cacao nibs. I can definitely taste the bananas and the almond butter in it too.
My husband also tried this one and he really liked the taste of it as well.
Blueberry Coconut Smoothie
This smoothie contains purified water, blueberries, cashew butter, pea protein, baobab powder, coconut flakes, chia seeds, vanilla powder, açai, cinnamon, and Himalayan salt. It’s a dark-ish purple color with a very smooth blend.
The taste of this one is probably one of my favorites of all the smoothies that were in the box. I really like the combination of blueberries and cinnamon along with the vanilla powder and coconut.
I also really liked the taste of the cashew butter in it, which give it a balance between sweetness and creaminess. The blueberry and cinnamon are strong flavors in it and I think they taste really lovely together!
Splendid Spoon Wellness Shot
The wellness shot contains ginger, orange juice, lemon juice, and oregano extract. It comes in a small jar that contains 3 ounces of this juice, just enough for a few sips.
This little wellness shot tastes very sweet and orange orangey, as well as hot and spicy because of the ginger, lemon juice, and oregano extract. It’s definitely got a strong “zing” that will help you wake up!
Other ingredients in this little wellness shot include Himalayan sea salt. It does not contain any added sugar.
I felt more warmed up after drinking it which is something I always notice when I have ginger. I drank it in the afternoon around 4-5pm, which is a time of day I often start feeling sluggish. I don’t like to have coffee that late in the day because it’ll mess with my sleep, so this little shot was a perfect caffeine-free pick-me-up!
Splendid Spoon Subscription Box Review Conclusion: Would I Recommend It?
Yes! Overall, I had a great impression of the Splendid Spoon meals and smoothies. They all seem to be great combinations of nutritious, plant-based vegan ingredients, and the variety of flavors in each dish was a pleasant surprise. I love that each dish contained fiber-rich whole grains and veggies, and the quality of the food and its preparation also seems very good.
I think Splendid Spoon would be great for someone who has a goal of eating healthier, but doesn’t have the time to cook homemade meals (or to learn new recipes!). It’s the convenience of frozen foods, minus the processed crap. With Splendid Spoon it’s easy to eat what’s good for you.
A Splendid Spoon subscription would also be great for someone who’s looking to make the switch to a completely plant based diet. All the meals in my box were tasty and filling, and I didn’t feel like snacking for the rest of the day when I ate the Splendid Spoon bowls for lunch.
I hope you found my review of the Splendid Spoon box useful. If you have any questions about it you can leave a comment below or check out the Splendid Spoon website. Thanks for reading!