I love meat. If I’m honest, I eat too much of it. I’m a runner, so I’m like “yay protein”. But I also love all types of food and was recently offered the opportunity to try some products from Goodlife Foods. Goodlife create vegetarian meals and they work with British farmers to source the best vegetables, making them the main feature of a meal. So instead of using meat substitutes, they focus on vegetables.
As regular readers know, I also have a 3-year-old girl. She has always loved her veggies, especially peas, carrots and brocoli, but over the last few weeks has decided that she’s not going to eat them after all. They told me this day would come. I hoped it would not. Alas, it did. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want to go down the route of “tricking” her into eating foods, but I hoped that this would prove to be a way of sparking her interest in vegetables again.
I was sent a selection of products from the range to try; French Bean & Spinach Sausages with Wensleydale Cheese, Falafel, and Mushroom & Spinach Kiev. I can’t eat mushroom, so I also took the opportunity to try the Picador Parsnip & Sweet Carrot Nut Burgers with Crunchy Cashews. These items are freezer foods and don’t need to be defrosted, so a handy option when you think you don’t have anything in the house to eat. The burgers and the falafel are also suitable for vegans and are gluten-free.
We had a great feast over at my friend’s house, where we cooked the lot to enjoy with salad. My friend Karen is gluten and dairy free, so she was pleased to actually be able to sample some items from the range.
These were a hit. Initially, we were slightly thrown by the fact that they were green. Frozen green sausages look odd. But then, they’re full of green veggies so we really should have expected this. These are loaded down with beans, spinach, petit pois and Wensleydale. And when I say loaded, they really are loaded. You can see the vegetables through the skin and peas escape when you cut in half. They tasted fresh and would be great as a light dinner on a hot day. They were even better cold – I enjoyed a couple the following day with some Spanish omelette. Rose loves sausages and cheese, so it was a great way to get some veggies in her.
Neither Karen or I could eat this, but you get two in a box and they were duly polished off by the husbands who really enjoyed them, commenting that the sauce was lovely and cream, with the mushroom making it filling without feeling too heavy. The kiev would probably make a substantial evening meal.
I have a love/hate relationship with falafel. I find they can often be too dry. These had a pleasant texture, not too crumbly. Karen really loved these. I wasn’t so keen on them hot, but I had a couple of them cold in a wrap later on and much preferred them cold when the spices had had a chance to develop. Grab these for lunch box meals, with salad, or in pitta.
Yum! These burgers were my favourites. Previously, I’ve found most veggie burgers to be made with a substitute and just not be very nice. These reminded me of an AMAZING vegetable burger I had in a pub in Greenwich a few years back. Unusual for me to opt for the veggie option instead of meat, but this particular burger sounded amazing and I was not disappointed. So I was excited to try the Goodlife burgers. They’re slightly sweet, with the cashews adding to a great texture and adding a punch of protein. Rose also really liked these.
The Goodlife range is available from Ocado. Products range from £1.99-£2.65. Iceland have also just started stocking the kiev, falafel, and spinach sausages, with the kiev retailing for £2. Let me know if you decide to try them – they are a great option for an easy “meat-free Monday”.