I’ve been trying out a range of frozen vegetarian foods by Goodlife this week. Goodlife Foods produce frozen, vegetable based products that they say “make the vegetables the star of the show” and rather brilliantly they only use natural ingredients.
Being a busy family cook with a vegetarian husband to feed, I love veggie meals I can quickly grab out of the freezer and shove in the oven – especially if the boys and I are having a meat-based meal. I’d not come across this range before, so I was keen to get stuck in. I sometimes find vegetable based convenience food to be a bit on the bland side, so I was hoping these might be different.
What did we try?
I chose the three products available at my nearest branch of Waitrose, and that was the Mushroom & Spinach Kievs, Picador Parsnip and Carrot Nut Burgers with Crunchy Cashews and the Spice Veg Bean Burgers. I loved the jolly packaging which really stood out from the other vegetarian products in the freezer section.
Mushroom & Spinach Kiev with a Creamy Garlic and Cheese Sauce
Our verdict: Close textured, bold flavours, crispy coating and ultra pleasing cheesy garlic sauce that oozed out of the middle when I cut into them – this really feels like a substantial meal. I served it up with a green leaf salad and a posh herby mix of wheatberries and lentils that caught my eye in Waitrose. Oh how I love meandering around the aisles at Waitrose looking at all the posh food – it’s just as well it’s a 30 minutes drive away or I’d be emptying my bank account there far too often!
How much? RRP £2.49 for a box of 2
Picador Parsnip and Carrot Nut Burgers
Our verdict: These aren’t particularly good looking burgers, but I was super impressed with the texture and flavour. The cashews give the burgers a super crunchy texture, which I really appreciate as I find a lot of veggie burgers a bit on the sappy side. I also loved the sweetness from the parsnip and carrot too which went brilliantly served up in seeded flatbreads with tomato salsa, lettuce and peppers. Oh yes, they’re also Vegan friendly!
How much? RRP £2.29 for a box of 4
Spicy Veg Bean Burgers
Our verdict: Matthew absolutely loves a hearty burger and these really fit the bill coz they’re whopping! Wonderful in a soft and buttery brioche roll with mayo, salad and pickles, the chipotle chilli gives them a very pleasing kick. I think they’re great value given their size, and will definitely be buying them again. These are also suitable for Vegans.
How much? RRP £2.29 for a box of 4
If you’re trying to cut down on the amount of meat you’re eating, this is a fantastically tasty range to try out on your family. It’s great to see a new brand on the scene who clearly care about the quality of their products, and have developed a range with genuinely lovely flavour combinations with a much appreciated emphasis on texture too which can often be neglected in vegetarian/vegan foods. I also really want to try the other new items recently added to the range – French Bean & Spinach Sausages with Wensleydale Cheese and the Falafel with Chickpea, Cumin & Coriander both sound delicious!
Where can I buy?
Waitrose, Ocado, and now in Iceland Warehouse stores – find more stockists here
Find out more over on their website www.goodlife.co.uk
Disclosure: I was commissioned by Goodlife Foods to share my thoughts on their range, all views are my own and I was not instructed to write a positive review.