Review: Goodlife veggie foods – from veg-filled bangers and burgers to kievs and falafels. At Goodlife they celebrate vegetables and include as many as they can in their products!
I love to cook. I love turning piles of vegetables into plates of delicious food. But sometimes life gets hectic. I have to take the kids to Rainbows and Beavers some days. Or perhaps I’m tired from a long day of work. When I was writing my upcoming cookbook I spent up to 10 hours a day baking in the kitchen. The last thing I wanted to do after that was cook a meal.
On those days I turn to ready prepared food, but it is soooo important to me that it’s healthy. And full of veg. I can combine veggie sausages with peas and potatoes for a very fast meal. I can stick some falafels into the oven and just serve them with salad, pita and hummus. Veggie burgers can rapidly be turned into a table of family-friendly food. There ain’t no shame in that!
I have a few brands of veggie foods that I turn to on those busy days and for years now Goodlife has been one of them. I love their bright packaging that surrounds really creative foods packed with veg and flavour. So I was delighted when they asked me to review some of their range.
For a quarter of a century, Goodlife have been turning vegetables from Great Britain’s best farmers and into prepared vegetarian foods. They want you to enjoy their veg-filled foods and enjoy the… good life!
I’m hugely passionate about veg, enough so that I even put them into my vegetable cakes! Goodlife are equally veg-obsessed. They make them the star of the show of all of their product range. I like that they work closely with British farmers to harvest veg at their peak and produce protein-filled tasty sausages, burgers and more.
You can pick up Goodlife’s products at Booths, Waitrose, Ocado, Iceland and Goodness Direct.
“We want to put vegetables in the spotlight, celebrating them in all their natural glory! They’re great and too many people see them as a bit on the side – our veg deserve better.
Our vegetarian sausages, burgers and kievs are packed full of your favourite veg with absolutely no artificial additives, preservatives or colourings; they look good, do good and taste good!
So join us in championing our unsung heroes; humble pea, the bashful parsnip and the shy beetroot! Nobody puts veg in the corner…”
Goodlife sent me a few of their frozen veg-packed products to try, including vegetarian Kiev’s, falafels and sausages. We really loved sampling all of the products and that they’re filled with vegetables. Keeping them in the freezer makes it quick and convenient to put together a veg-filled meal.
French Bean and Spinach Sausages
These sausages are very green! My favourite colour. I paired them with peas and purple mashed potato for an amazingly vibrant meal. The sausage are filled with beans, peas, spinach and Wensleydale cheese, with a subtle hint of nutmeg.
I often eat ‘meat substitute’ veggie sausages, but I love that these aren’t trying to emulate the texture of meat. They’re just rammed with vegetables and full of flavour. I also like that they haven’t pureed all of the veg, so you can see the whole peas when you cut them open.
Falafel with Chickpea Cumin and Coriander
Like most veggies, I’m a bit of a falafel aficionado. Some can be a bit dry and crumbly, and others are lacking in flavour. These, on the other hand, are fantastic. They have well-balanced spices and a great texture that isn’t too dry. I also like that they’re frozen, so you can just use the amount you need at a time. We had ours traditionally, in a wrap with hummus and salad. I’ll definitely be keeping a stash of these in my freezer.
Mushroom and Spinach Kiev with Creamy Garlic and Cheese Sauce
Review: Goodlife Foods’s Kiev. These kievs are packed with vegetables and bursting with flavour. I love garlic and these have loads. Just throw them into the oven for 20 minutes and they are a great main part of a meal. We served them with a ‘mega’ salad: spinach leaves with all the salady things we had in the fridge: bean salad, rice salad and olives. My husband loved it so much he had it two nights in a row and said we should always keep some in the freezer. High praise, indeed!
Disclosure – This post was sponsored by Goodlife. All opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting the brands that make it possible for me to write Veggie Desserts and mess up my kitchen.