Tried & tested March- April

We all know it is tough right now.  We are only allowed to shop for groceries on one trip and been told to avoid nipping to the shop for non-essentials. Social distancing and food shortage due to some people hoarding has now made shopping for food a nightmare, grocery shopping is not an option for me so I have to rely on the elusive supermarket delivery slot or rely on others.

I loved to go around supermarkets to see what new vegan and gluten-free items were available, plus if I was lucky to find a new double whammy for myself which was vegan and GF as well all the better.

After a little harder job than normal, the items below are some of the best foodie finds in my opinion so far this spring.


Like Meat Nuggets £3.00 for 180g (roughly 9 nuggets) and their Like Meat schnitzel £3.00 for 2

 

Fairly new kids on the vegan block come from a range of vegan food from Germany. To my great delight, most products were both vegan and gluten-free These are a few I have tried and recommended, although they do have a more extensive range. I have found these products mainly in Tesco’s and sometimes Morrisons.

I love both of these products, although the nuggets are a little expensive. Super quick to cook on the hob and tender. Great with a salad or in the case of schnitzel in a bap for a chickenless sandwich. Great to keep in the freezer when only this type of food will do.

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  • Vegan
  • Gluten
  • Soya Based
  • Good source of protein

Heck Vegfurter Pack of 4 £2.75 320g

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At first glance, they do seem rather expensive for 4 sausages or frankfurters compared to the meat variety. Then I thought well it is nice to perhaps have some for a BBQ. I have tried various vegan frankfurters and not as yet found a nice one that was worse the money. These were lovely but to be honest I sort of expected that from Heck. I am a big fan of their meat-free sausages.

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  • Vegan
  • Gluten-free

Naked Glory Roast Tenderstrips £2.75 240g

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These are roasted tenderstrips from Naked Glory. I could not test these as they contain wheat, as does the rest of their range. From what I have seen, and been told these are pretty good and make fantastic in wraps. Cooking time is 8 minutes so great if you want a tasty quick meal. Also, why add your own sauce and serve with rice

5/5 unnamed

 

 

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Nut-free

Mummy Meagz Rocky Road bar £1.29

A006996_neuWas given one of these as a treat. Maybe not a  healthy food choice but really nice and satisfied, a sweet need moment. If you like rocky road then you will love these. They are also available in mint and orange flavours.

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  • Vegan
  • Gluten-free
  •   Lactose-free

Plant Pioneers Banana Blossom £1.50 400g

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Just when I get used to cooking with jackfruit then along comes another vegan meat alternative. I was so skeptical about this one, the tin sat in the cupboard for a while before I was brave enough. Once marinaded in certain spices it is used as a replacement for fish, deep-fried in a nice beer batter. Worth a try if you fancy something different.

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  • Vegan
  • Gluten-free
  • Nut-free

Leon Garlic Aoli £2.50 245g

Aioli

 

I love aioli and have made my own on occasions, it is nice though to have one waiting for me in the fridge too. This one by Leon is so good. It has been used in their restaurants for quite a while now. You would not know this is made with aquafaba and not eggs. Grab one from Sainsbury’s, you will not regret it.

5/5unnamed

 

  • Gluten-free
  • Egg-free
  • Lactose-free
  • Vegan

Plant Chef vegan coleslaw at Tesco £0.79p

Close up of coleslaw with mustard seeds

Coleslaw is not something I buy myself, especially since becoming vegan. I like to add different flavours to my own to suit your own taste. I had tried the Morrisons version but was not keen. This one seemed less watery and although it had pleasant taste it was not for me I’m afraid.

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  • Vegan
  • Gluten-free

Old Mout cider (pineapple & raspberry) £1.80 500ml

Apart from Gin, which I adore, for me, it has to be cider. Nothing beats sitting in the sun with an ice-cold cider. Old Mout is one of my favourite warmer weather alcoholic drink well apart from the kiwi and lime. It is not too strong at 4%, which is better in the day. Also, they have just introduced a non-alcohol version called Berries and Cherries.

5/5unnamed

  • Vegan
  • Gluten

Violife Epic Mature £2.90 400g

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There are so many vegan cheeses available on the market now. I am not a big cheese fan, especially the stronger ones. I wanted one that would have enough flavour to use in cooking and one which melts well. I was recommended this one by one of my followers on my Facebook page. I am so glad I listened as I do not enjoy their regular cheddar. It has a lovely tang to it and does melt well. Used this one in baking my cheese scones which came out so well. It has the nearest taste and texture to the real thing I have found so far.

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  • Vegan
  • Gluten-free
  • Nut-free

GRO Porcini Ravioli co-op £2.80 300g

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It is so unusual to get a pasta dish that is both gluten-free and vegan, a rarity indeed. I love the taste of porcini mushroom but I was a little disappointed with the strength of the filling. The fresh gluten-pasta was lovely. I think they missed the mark a little and could have made it tastier and with a kick.

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  • Vegan
  • Gluten-free

I hope you enjoyed some of these too. Roll on when I can go around the different supermarkets again soon. If you have tried some of these products let me know what you thought of them.

 

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