Testing the new vegan menu at Snap Kitchen

Snap Kitchen has unveiled a new vegan menu. I tried the meatless meatballs with marinara sauce and creole "fab" cakes, shown here after bicycle transport from downtown Austin to the Allandale neighborhood. Pam LeBlanc/Austin American-Statesman

Snap Kitchen has unveiled a new vegan menu. I tried the meatless meatballs with marinara sauce and creole “fab” cakes, shown here after bicycle transport. Pam LeBlanc/Austin American-Statesman

 

I’m a notoriously dismal cook. (Except for pies.)

It’s not so much that I can’t cook, but I’m always running late, traveling or exhausted from the latest workout I’m trying out. My husband handles dinner duty 95 percent of the time in our household. I’m eternally grateful.

But last night, I brought home dinner.

Snap Kitchen has unveiled six new vegan meals for the fall season. They dropped samples off for me at the Austin American-Statesman. I stuffed them into my backpack and pedaled them home on my bicycle.

Here's what the creole "fab" cakes look like on the Snap Kitchen website, and without bicycle transport. Photo courtesy Snap Kitchen

Here’s what the creole “fab” cakes look like on the Snap Kitchen website, and without bicycle transport. Photo courtesy Snap Kitchen

 

The new lineup includes sweet potato black bean sliders with veggie frites, meatless meatballs with marinara, creole fab cakes, spicy dan dan noodles, veggie pot pie and apple oat crisp.

Since Chris and I couldn’t eat all that in one sitting, we picked the meatballs and fake crab (fab) cakes, popped them in the microwave, then divided each in half for sampling.

Thoughts?

The food from Snap Kitchen is pretty good.

The meatballs ($7.99): Ultra tender, fall apart at the touch of a fork spheres of yumminess made of black beans, chick peas, brown rice, mushroom, onion, sweet potato, herbs and spices. The meatballs came on a bed of fairly pedestrian pasta, dusted with a Paleo version of Parmesan cheese. Overall, I give it a thumbs up.

The fab cakes ($7.99): Interesting and tasty, these thick patties, about the size of a mashed Ding Dong (do they even make those any more?) look like real crab cakes, but they’re made with hearts of palm, water chestnuts, bamboo shoots, almond flour and some vegan mayonnaise. The water chestnuts give a surprising crunch. I liked them, even though it didn’t taste exactly like crab, which I love even more. Snap Kitchen pairs it with broccolini (yum!) and red peppers and a creole mustard sauce.

Here's what the meatless meatballs in marinara sauce look like on the website. Photo courtesy Snap Kitchen

Here’s what the meatless meatballs in marinara sauce look like on the website. Photo courtesy Snap Kitchen

The apple oat crisp ($4.99): I’m going to be honest. This looked like ground beef with red peppers chopped into it. Or (gasp!) dog food. Perhaps, though, this was a result of the bike ride home. The good news? It tasted much better than it looked. The cranberries, raisins, granny smith apples and pistachios combined to make the rolled oat-based pudding taste exactly like Christmas. (Yay!) It came with a heart-healthy version of anglaise sauce made with cashews, vanilla and orange zest instead of sugar, milk and cream. Eat it for dessert or breakfast.

Other thoughts?

The problem with most restaurants is you don’t know what’s in the food you eat. It might be laden with salt, sugar and fat. Most of the time, I’d rather eat at home, where I know what I’m consuming.

But … I like the idea of being able to pick up a healthy meal on the run.

As with all these healthy meal pickup and delivery services, though, there’s too much packaging involved. The containers are recyclable, but still. It bugs me. I hate waste. I hate disposable containers. I hate trash.

Snap Kitchen operates seven Austin area locations. For more information go to www.snapkitchen.com.

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