Goodlife make delicious vegetarian meals packed with vegetables.
I have one simple philosophy for eating well – and that is to add extra vegetables to every meal whenever you can. This can be something as simple as having a green smoothie at breakfast, grating a carrot into your porridge or cereal, or adding tomato to your weekend fry up. Serve a salad on the side at lunch, take a box of carrot or pepper sticks to work to snack on. In the evenings serve a dip with crudities rather than crisps, add a handful of fresh vegetables in place of half your pasta or rice. By getting into the habit of making smart swaps it is very easy to eat more vegetables with very little effort. And by concentrating on the good stuff here is less room for the bad stuff.
Ed and I are firmly omnivorous, but a large proportion of our meals are plant based, or meat free, and we’ll often make our vegetables the star of the show. We recently tried some of the products from Goodlife, who like us think that vegetables should be the star of the show. The company makes a variety of frozen vegetarian and vegan products; burgers, sausages, falafels and kievs which are all packed with and celebrate the vegetable. What we really liked was the focus on vegetables, rather than the products being vegetarian analogues of their meat free alternatives. At between £2 – £2.50 the products are good value (cheaper than the equivalent of high welfare meat), and can all be cooked from frozen.
Falafel with Chickpea, Cumin & Coriander
These bite sized falafels cook from frozen in just 15 minutes. Crunchy on the outside, soft inside and delicately flavoured with cumin and coriander. With 14 in a packet, there is enough for 3 portions. The first time we had them I served in a wrap with a tahini sauce, lots of salad, fresh herbs and slices of avocado. They are also ideal to dip into hummus (double chickpeas – yum), or to pack as they are as a snack. Vegan and gluten free.
Mushroom & Spinach Kiev with Creamy Garlic Sauce
We enjoyed these veggie Kievs on a bed of butter spaghetti which was perfect to soak up the garlic cheese sauce, they would work equally well on a bed of mash, ratatouille or roasted vegetables.
The Kiev is made with a creamy garlic sauce, encased in a spinach and mushroom mixture and then coated in crunchy breadcrumbs and seeds. Absolutely delicious. The sauce was thick and creamy, garlicky, but by no means offensive to your fellow commuters the next morning. Lots of textures and flavours and actually far better than the chicken version.
French Bean & Spinach Sausages with Wensleydale Cheese
Theses sausages are unashamedly made of vegetables, and like all the Goodlife range, celebrate veggies, rather than being a meat substitute. Again they can be cooked from frozen. Filled with French beans, peas and the Wensleydale cheese the sausages had a lovely flavour, and texture down to the crisp outside. We served them with a bean mash, salad and a good dollop of tomato ketchup. Leftovers were sliced and tossed into a pasta with tomato sauce. Equally good hot or cold they are perfect for picnics and packed lunches, and we’d love on in a sandwich with some pickle., or as part of a full English dipped into some runny egg.
Regardless of your dietary choices some Goodlife products are well worth keeping in the freezer for a quick supper or for when vegetarian friends visit. Suitable for new vegetarians who are finding their way and may well miss meat containing products, but also equally suitable for longer term vegetarians as the products do not set out to be a meat replacement.
Review commissioned by Goodlife. All opinions our own.