"Nobody puts veg in the corner..."
That's the philosophy behind Goodlife and their veg-tastic products. Keen to make your greens the star of the show, the British company have been developing their tasty vegetarian products for the last 25 years. From veggie veterans to flexitarian foodies, the product range spans from vegatable packed sausages to meat-free burgers, with a few gluten free and vegan options in there too.
A lover of vegetarian recipes, I teamed up with the lovely Goodlife lot to sample their newest creations; Mushroom & Spinach Kievs, Chickpea, Cumin & Coriander Falafel and French Bean, Spinach & Wensleydale Cheese Sausages.
The first veggie friendly addition to the Goodlife repertoire are the Mushroom & Spinach Kievs. With a garlicky, Mature cheese sauce, these oozingly delicious delights can be rustled up in 20 minutes. I served with sweet potato chips and a peppery side salad. I don't eat chicken so these are a new way to re-discover the classic kiev, all brought together in a crispy and crunchy seeded breadcrumb casing. Find them in the frozen section in Ocado at £2.49 for two.
Next up! Timeless bangers 'n' mash, but not as you know it. These French Bean & Spinach Sausages, also £2.49 from Ocado, have to be my favourite. Again embracing veg as the hero, these vegetable packed sausages are also made with peas, leeks, cauliflower, onion, bulgar wheat and Wensleydale cheese. Team up with fluffy mash, buttered greens and a generous helping of vegetarian gravy.
Plus, with a classic pork sausage coming in at around 140-170 calories and 10-15g fat (based on looking at both supermarkets and leading brands), the 86 calories and 3g of fat per sausage in these seems like a seriously healthy switch-out.
Last up were the versatile falafels, which are both vegan and gluten free. Made from simply 71% chickpeas, 21% onions and season, these falafels are seasoned with the likes of parsley, cumin, coriander, lemon, black pepper, garlic powder and chilli. I served mine with a coriander yoghurt, but they would be great in a wrap or part of a mezze platter. Find a box of 14 in your Ocado freezer aisle for £1.99.
In all these are great products which make meat-free meals all that more interesting. I've also tried out their Beetroot & Feta Sausages in the past (yummy) and have a box of the Tomato, Mozzarella & Basil Sausages waiting for me in the freezer for when I want a quick but wholesome meal.
Have you tried out any of the Goodlife products? What's your review of the new ranges?
In collaboration with Goodlife