8

Forelle Raw Vegan Meal Delivery, Portland

Daikon Rainbow Carrot Pad Thai, Forelle Raw Vegan Plant-Based Meal Delivery, Portland

This post is in collaboration with Forelle Foods.

Greetings from Portland, Oregon! We (and the cats) have finally recovered from our week long cross country drive from the east coast. While we were still in the midst of unpacking, it was a lovely surprise when Forelle’s founder, Tim Gowen, reached out and invited me to try their raw vegan meal delivery. Talk about great timing as it’s not always easy to eat healthy while you’re in the middle of a move.

There are meal deliveries with vegan options, and then there’s Forelle, a Portland based meal delivery offering 100% raw plant-based meals. If you’re not familiar with raw food, it just means that no ingredients are heated above 115 F. This retains all the nutrients in the ingredients, making raw vegan food the best stuff you could fuel your body with. Raw food is great if you need to refresh and reboot, or if you’re looking to maintain a healthy, clean eating.

Forelle Raw Vegan Plant-Based Meal Delivery, Portland

Forelle officially launched this Monday, and they deliver to doorsteps around the Portland area via zero emission vehicles seven days a week. Made of 100% post-consumer, recycled materials, Forelle’s packaging is thoughtful and well designed. Everything is handcrafted, from the handwritten labels to Chef Salimatu Amabebe’s made from scratch creations, before Tim personally delivers each box to customers. Depending on how many days and meals you order, it ranges from $12 – $18 per meal. Not bad considering it comes straight to your door and all you have to do is assemble each dish.

Forelle Raw Vegan Plant-Based Meal Delivery, Portland

Let’s take a look inside, shall we? Each meal comes in its own container and sauces are kept separately so everything is at its freshest when you enjoy it. I’m no stranger to raw food, and I can honestly say that Forelle is among the best raw vegan that I’ve had. Over the years, I’ve had a number of raw vegan dishes that are too tart, but that’s not the case here. You feel fully satisfied after each meal, and each meal feels balanced and complete.

Forelle Raw Vegan Plant-Based Meal Delivery, Portland

Breakfast: Strawberry Breakfast Bowl with Raw Peanut Butter Granola
What you don’t see in this photo is the layer of pink strawberry mousse underneath the mountain of granola, coconut, and fresh strawberries. The mousse had a creamy, yogurt-like consistency that contrasted the crunchy granola. I’m normally not a peanut butter gal, but this granola won me over. The only miss for me was the ratio of ingredients. It seemed like a lot of dry granola for the amount of strawberry mousse.

Strawberry Breakfast Bowl, Forelle Raw Vegan Plant-Based Meal Delivery, Portland

Lunch: Bok Choy Mango Slaw with Lemon Cilantro Dressing
You can always count on a raw vegan salad to be photogenic. Beautiful mixture of colors and textures. It never occurred to me to make a slaw out of bok choy (one of my favorites to saute), and the fresh mango was especially tasty. The bright, zesty lemon dressing brightens everything up. Even as devoted veggie eater, I sometimes have a hard time getting excited about salads, but this is one of the good ones.

Bok Choi Mango Slaw, Forelle Raw Vegan Plant-Based Meal Delivery, Portland

Dinner: Daikon Rainbow Carrot Raw Pad Thai
In this raw vegan interpretation of pad thai, daikon and rainbow carrot noodles in various shapes and sizes make this noodle bowl a delight to eat. I don’t know about you, but I really enjoy twirling colorful veggie noodles on a fork. The noodles had released some water in the container (typical of veggie noodles), but they didn’t get soggy. You’ve got some classic toppings: bean sprouts, scallions, peanuts (there’s a peanut theme going on here), and limes. All the individual components of this dish are great, but it’s the sauce that brings this dish to life. Don’t be shy, drizzle on that sauce and enjoy!

Daikon Rainbow Carrot Pad Thai, Forelle Raw Vegan Plant-Based Meal Delivery, Portland

If breakfast, lunch, and dinner aren’t enough to fill you up, you can also add on a snack for a $5. My second delivery from Forelle included jicama fries with sundried tomato ketchup. The dehydrated jicama fries were chewy and spicy, while the ketchup had a creamy, cooling effect. Some of the other snacks include kale chips, trail mix, hummus and veggies, and dried fruit.

Forelle Raw Vegan Plant-Based Meal Delivery, Portland

Breakfast: Banana Walnut Chia Pudding
Chia pudding is one of my favorite ways to start the day, especially when it’s topped with some of the biggest blueberries I’ve ever seen. The banana slices tasted fine, but weren’t looking their best as they came pre-sliced. This wasn’t that different from chia pudding that I make myself, but the addition of maple in the pudding was a clever and tasty move.

Banana Walnut Chia Pudding, Forelle Raw Vegan Plant-Based Meal Delivery, Portland

Lunch: Red Cabbage Slaw with Creamy Dressing
Salads are definitely one of Forelle’s strong suits. Hope you’re ready to do lots of chewing! Crunchy shreds of cabbage and carrot topped with a light ranch-like cashew (?) dressing. Every once in a while, you’ll get a bite with shred of Thai basil in there. Those were my favorite bites. There are golden raisins, coconut flakes, and black sesame seeds in there too.

Red Cabbage Slaw with Creamy Dressing, Forelle Raw Vegan Plant-Based Meal Delivery, Portland

Dinner: Raw Taco Salad
Tacos and nachos might be my favorite type of raw vegan dish. Why? Because raw vegan nut and seed meats are the best. Forelle’s spicy maple walnut chorizo really nails that taco flavor and texture. Like most nut and seed meats, it fills you up. The rest of the ingredients are fresh, but pretty standard for a taco salad. It all mixes together into a tasty salad, but I can’t help but wish there were a cashew based sour cream thrown in there too.

Raw Taco Salad, Forelle Raw Vegan Plant-Based Meal Delivery, Portland

Note: This post is in collaboration with Forelle Foods. I received complimentary meal deliveries from Forelle. This was not in exchange for a positive review and all opinions expressed here are my own.

Save

Save

You Might Also Like

8 Comments

  • Reply
    Mitzie Mee
    July 20, 2016 at 10:58 pm

    Talk about a warm welcome (or, not warm..below 115 F that is:))! The food looks delicious and I like that you mix it all together yourself.

    • Reply
      wazwu
      July 25, 2016 at 12:14 pm

      Hahah, it was a very cool welcome perfect for summer. ;)

  • Reply
    PinaySkattebasse
    July 21, 2016 at 12:50 am

    OMG. Looks delicious. Esp the strawberry breakfast. :) Very nice packaged too. Bon apetit!

    • Reply
      wazwu
      July 25, 2016 at 12:10 pm

      Everything from Forelle was so delicious! :D

  • Reply
    Vivian
    July 25, 2016 at 5:43 am

    hmmm that looks so good!! Would love to try myself too! ;) xo, Vivian

    http://www.twoward.com

    • Reply
      wazwu
      July 25, 2016 at 12:06 pm

      I love a meal that combines delicious with healthy! ;)

  • Reply
    sileas
    July 25, 2016 at 7:36 am

    Hehe I think their name is quite funny for a vegan food delivery (“forelle” means trout in German, but that’s probably by accident ;)) The food though looks absolutely healthy and delicious! I’ve never had raw pad thai and would love to give it a try :)

    • Reply
      wazwu
      July 25, 2016 at 12:08 pm

      How funny! They may have trout in the name, but there’s certainly no trout on the menu. ;)

      Get yourself a spiraler and make your own veggie noodles for a raw pad thai!

    Leave a Reply

    This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.