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The Rise of the Vegan Ready Meal

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Veganism is having a BIG moment in 2018. It is going seriously mainstream and it is about bloody time!

One of the biggest things for me so far this year is the discovery of vegan ready meals. We love to cook, don’t get me wrong. My husband is pretty incredible at it too, but sometimes you just don’t have time or can’t be bothered right?

Enter: Healthy, vegan ready meals.

I’ve talked about it before on my blog but my husband works nights and is a bit crap at eating healthy food because his shift patterns are just a bit weird. I’m constantly on the hunt for ready meals he can take to work that can be heated up in the microwave and keep him satisfied during his long shifts at work. We’ve tried all sorts, but we have finally hit jackpot with the following two brands.

All Plants.

So Allplants are like a meal subscription service, but you can pause it or have it as often as you like. It’s about £60 for 6 meals that serve two people and we have a box delivered every fortnight. You can order it to serve just one person too and that is obviously cheaper, but we tend to eat them either together or my husband eats a whole two portions in one go. He’s skinny, he can get away with it. It works out at something like £4.99 per serving for the meals for two and £6.75 per serving for the meals for one. So either way, it’s cheaper than him going to Mcdonalds and ordering a depressing veggie burger or Subway for a salad sandwich.

This picture is of the bourguignon which I believe has now been amended slightly and is known as the hearty roots stew. It was for two so we added mash and broccoli and it was pretty amazing.

All Plants Vegan Ready Meals

You can filter them to be gluten free, spice free, whatever you need really. They are all vegan and delicious and so full of flavour. We’ve tried quite a few now and have loved them all, except the jackfruit one which was just a tad too spicy for our tastes. Here is the range that they do right now, but they make tweaks and adjustments all the time to the recipes.

  • Cashew Mac
  • Super Green Risotto
  • Keralan Sundown
  • Wild Green Curry
  • Polpette Orzo
  • Cauli Tikka Massala
  • Fiery Jerk Jackfruit
  • Biryani Jewel
  • Lasagne Al Noci
  • Smoky Soul Chilli
  • Kimchi Grain Bowl
  • Hearty Roots Stew
  • Moussaka
  • Sunset Tagine

We particularly love the lasagne and the Mac n cheese. Though, the recipe for the lasagne did change recently and I have to admit I think I preferred the old recipe. Purely because it was much fresher and full of flavour. I think with the new recipe they have hit the traditional ‘lasagne’ taste much more but I don’t know, I still prefer the old one.

Wicked Kitchen

Wicked Kitchen are the new range that are available at Tesco and they are incredible. The range is so varied and diverse. The meals are incredibly full of flavour and they are so easily available and affordable. I think most of the meals are £4 and they come in a little plastic pot like a conventional ready meal does. They can be found in the same section in the aisles too.

Their range is massive so I won’t list in all but it includes:

  • Sandwiches and wraps (and not just hummus and falafel either which is a welcome change)
  • Muay Thai Curry
  • BBQ Butternut Mac n Cheese
  • Bolognaise
  • Meatballs
  • Pizzas
  • Teriyaki Noodles
  • BBQ Beans and Mash
  • Naked Burrito
  • Cauli, Bhaji and Coconut Rice
  • Gunpowder Potato Chana Masala

I am a big fan and so is my husband. They are just so convenient. I just cooked the Mac n Cheese at home and look at all these gorgeous colours from all the veg in the picture below. It was full of flavour and has filled me right up. Plus, the portions are excellent!

The Rise of the Vegan Ready Meal

We’re wholly embracing all the changes that seem to be taking place surrounding veganism so far this year and how commonplace it is becoming. Everytime I go to Tesco or something, I almost hope that the meals have all sold out, because that will show everyone just how in demand these kinds of things are!

I think this year we will see so many more options for eating a plant based diet, both in the supermarkets and in restaurants too. I’ll keep you posted!

**Just to be clear, because I know it’s a big deal right now, none of this is sponsored. All of these meals have been bought with my own money and the brands don’t even know I am writing this post. So there ya go.

 

 

 

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