f you are vegan or following a plant based diet times are seriously exciting. I just couldn’t be happier to see more and more vegan options finally widely available. My latest ultra exciting discovery is Wicked Kitchen by Tesco which a is a 100% vegan range of delicious ready meals, sandwiches and pizzas. If you have been following me for a while you know by now that my kitchen is my happy place, meaning that I cook 99% of my meals from scratch so I admit I don’t regularly buy already prepared meals. Saying that, I am completely aware that not everybody has tons of times on their hands to cook from scratch everyday (I work from home and I am also a food blogger which yes, obviously helps) therefore I think it’s great that there is finally a completely plantbased range out there for those busy times when you just can’t be bothered to cook.
The range includes sandwiches and wraps, salads, ready meals and pizzas for a total of 10 options. The range has been developed in collaboration with chef Derek Sarno with the aim to create a “Wicked Kitchen” – a new range of irresistible meals that celebrate everything that’s ‘wicked’ and tasty about plants.
I have tried 3 ready meals and 2 pizzas (yes, I had a proper feast!) and I can honestly saying there were all really delicious.
My favourites are probably the pizzas maybe because we all know how hard it is to find a good vegan pizza. Actually, maybe I should reformulate, where can you find a vegan pizza apart from health food stores? So the BBQ MUSHROOM SOURDOUGH PIZZA and the CAPONATA SOURDOUGH PIZZA are literally a breath of fresh air. My Friday nights in watching Netflix are now sorted, no need to take 3 tubes to Wholefoods anymore, I can just pop to my local Tesco and get myself a crunchy, super flavoursome vegan pizza. And that’s one of the main reasons I am so excited about this range is that finally scrumptious, satisfying and delicious vegan options are available to EVERYONE.
The other 3 meals I have tried are the NANA’S MUSHROOM BOLOGNESE, VEGGIE PASTA & AMAZEBALLS and BBQ BEANS & MASH. The mushroom bolognese was full of flavour with a rich tomato sauce and I what I love the most about it is that some carrot noodles were mixed with the wheat tagliatelle which is such a clever way to sneak in extra veggies into your meal.
The Veggie pasta & amazeballs is such a creative take on the classic “meatballs pasta” The veggie balls are made of chickpeas, aubergine and onion and they are super delicious combined with the rich tomato sauce. Again I was impressed to see that courgette, aubergine and peppers were added in the sauce to make getting those “5 a day” even easier.
Finally the BBQ beans & mash was super scrumptious and ideal for those cold nights when you want something delicious but super nourishing at the same time. I love the smoky flavour of the beans combined with the creamy butternut squash mash.
For too long the common misconception has been that vegan food is boring, bland and uninspiring. I honestly believe that this range will definitely help to change the perception of plant based food and hopefully will make people realise that vegan food can be scrumptious, exciting, creative and satisfying.
Finally we all know we should be reaching our 5 a day with a variety of vegetables and fruit, sadly three quarters of adults in the UK fail to eat their recommended 5 a day. I really hope that by having more delicious veggie options widely available it will encourage people to make more room into their diets for delicious plant based food.
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