I heard so much hype about the new range of vegan food products that were being bought out by the biggest frozen food supplier and supermarket Iceland.
I first my heart did a happy dance and then sunk. I am a vegan who is coeliac, and I feel so excluded from all the new vegan trends. New foods such as the Vivera range and the vegan minced beef from Sainsbury’s. A lot of these products contain wheat or made from seitan which is a wheat gluten product.
I was surprised that at least four of the new food from Iceland was gluten-free too. So I trundled off and bought the following products. This is my interpretation of how I felt they performed and what they bought to the table. It would be great to hear what others think of the products. I did want to try the sausages but I admit the look put me off a bit.
- No Bull Mince beef
- No Bull burger
- No Chick chicken strips
- No Bull Meatballs
Next came the No Bull burgers. These were the first product out of Iceland stable. I had heard so many great reviews about this product. For me, a burger is a rare find. My partner cooked it up as on the cooking instructions and it looked so delicious with the nice char-grilled top. I could not wait to chow down. Then, oh no the middle was cold. I have tried another and happy to report I love these, they do however need a longer cooking time than instructed. These will be fabulous on the BBQ. Well done Iceland.
I did not know what I was expecting with the chicken strips. I think I was expecting to see something like the Quorn pieces. I was really surprised that these looked like frozen chicken strips. At first, I thought they looked too real. I had the perfect recipe to try these out on, no chick and mushroom pie. I had made a leek and mushroom pie earlier for the blog so wanted to try these in a recipe. I absolutely love these and so far are my definite favourite. I cannot wait to try them in a Thai curry or fragrant stir fry. I will buy 2 bags on my next shopping trip.
Last on my list was the No Bull Meatballs. Now I must admit I am not really someone who eats meatballs generally. These looked really nice when I opened the packet. They have a really short cooking time in which they look wonderfully brown. I cooked them to this point and then stirred them through my pasta sauce. The texture and taste were lovely. I think if you are a fan of all things meatball, then these will be just the thing for you.
Well, those are the four that I tested. This was not a blog about whether vegans should eat food that resembles animal products. For me, anything that helps create new vegans works for me. Well done to Iceland Food. I cannot comment on the vegan food range that containe
d wheat or gluten for obvious reasons. Apart from the minced beef, I was happy with the products and shall definitely be returning.