Bean Loves a good box
For anyone who has never been into the frozen veggie section in supermarkets, Goodlife produce a large selection of burgers, sausages, roasts and grills that are all completely vegan. The thing I like most about Goodlife is that all of their products are made out of vegetables. Don't get me wrong, I love mock meat on occasion, but I do like a good veggie burger that doesn't rely on soya and one that is packed with lots of veggie goodness. I don't usually view frozen processed food as a good quality, healthy option for me, but munching on Goodlife has left me with zero guilts and a craving for more.
I was lucky enough to receive everything during all the nice weather we've had recently, so I've been having lots of healthy salad bits with it all. But anyway, time to share it all with you.
All the goodies Goodlife sent me
Spicy Bean Quarterpounder and Vegetable Quarterpounder
Goodlife Spicy Bean Quarterpounder's were pretty much the only thing I'd tried before I got sent all the other treats and I still stand by them being my favourite vegan bean burgers. I love them because they're not thin and dry or filled with mostly potato and little else. They're a nice big burger, packed full of beans and flavour.
The Vegetable Quarterpounder was just as impressive and wowed my housemate as much as it did me. I loved the crispy breadcrumb coating on these and there was something that made them taste a little different to a normal veggie burger, we couldn't quite work out what it was, but they were kind of sweet and I loved that about them.
Bean and Vegetable Quarterpounders. Served with a salad with a raw caesar
dressing and potato salad
Spinach & Lentil Grills and Spicy Lentil & Vegetable Wedge
These were the more unusual bits I got sent and I really enjoyed them. It was nice to have something I could throw in the oven that was a little bit different. The Spinach & Lentil Grills were a hit, definitely one of my favourites out of everything sent. Packed with beans, lentils, bulgar wheat and quinoa, they've got a nice thin and crispy texture. I loved them and had to go back for seconds. Incredible!
The Spicy Lentil & Vegetable Wedges were really different. I guess I would describe them as little dal patties. They were gorgeous and not too spicy either, so my housemate could enjoy them as much as I did.
Spicy Lentil & Vegetable Wedges and Spinach & Lentil Grills.
Served with tabbouleh, coleslaw & potato salad.
I really liked the flavour of these sausages, I love leeks and they were definitely something different to Linda McCartney's. I think I made a poor choice in how I served these. I decided to have them as part of a fry up, which is fine, but we had bubble & squeak as part of the meal and it just felt like a bit too much potato for me, as tasty as they were!
My potato fest Fry up
There's a suggestion on the website to line them up on top of a cottage/shepherds pie to replace the usual mash potato. I think this would work really well and I think I'll try that next time. Or maybe a fry up without the bubble and more vegan bacon instead.
Root Vegetable Roast
I love roast dinners and these made an impressive roast for us this week. I usually avoid nutty, vegetable roast things because I can find them quite dry. This was different though, the sweetness of the squash and parsnips was delicious and then the little bits of crunch from the nuts and chickpeas was ace. It also felt much healthier than the usual pie, although the site suggestion of wrapping the roasts in pastry is incredibly tempting!
Root Vegetable Roast. Served with roasted beetroot, roasted cauliflower,
roast potatoes, peas, carrots, swede and broccoli.
Overall, I'm really impressed with the Goodlife range. I'll definitely be buying the Lentil & Spinach Grills and the Bean & Veggie Quarterpounders regularly. If you haven't tried any of their stuff yet, I recommend you go out and get some. You won't be disappointed.
It's great to have such a large all vegan selection stocked in the supermarkets. Goodlife is available in Waitrose, Asda, Tesco, Sainsburys and selected health food shops. Check out the website to find out where it's available near you.
Also follow @createagoodlife on Twitter, they're great fun to follow and tweet some really interesting stuff.