Review: Goodlife – Making Veg The Star of the Show
I’m all for cooking from scratch. But sometimes, it’s nice to just whip something out of the freezer! Especially things that I don’t tend to make myself at home.
Goodlife have been producing delicious vegetarian meals for over 25 years and offer a wide range of vegan and vegetarian products such as bean burgers, veggie sausages, vegetable kievs and falafel, all of which can be cooked from frozen.
I’m not really one for ‘meat substitutes’, so I’m glad that Goodlife share my view that vegetables should be the star of the show! Although many of their products are inspired by things that are usually made with meat, they are unashamedly veg-focused. Just how I like it!
So Goodlife have commissioned me to review three of their current products – their mushroom kievs, their french bean sausages and their falafel. I know. It’s a tough job, but someone’s got to do it.
Mushroom & Spinach Kievs with a Creamy Garlic & Cheese Sauce
If it’s got garlic in it, I’m there – and these kievs are deliciously garlicky, which I love. Perhaps a little too much… I ate them both. On their own. With nothing else.
It all started because I cut one in half, just to see what they looked like inside. And then I thought I’d cut the other one in half too, just in case it looked different. And then I had a little taste test. And then suddenly all four pieces had disappeared and I had a full tummy. But if you have a little more restraint than I do, they’d be perfect with roasted vegetables and mashed potatoes, or maybe green beans. Or, you could even slice the kievs and scatter the slices onto a tortilla wrap in a frying pan with some extra cheese and then fold it over to make kiev quesadillas… But I might be getting a little carried away there!
They’d also taste great with roasted cauliflower, as shown in the video below:
The breadcrumb coating on these kievs is satisfyingly crunchy and the sauce definitely doesn’t disappoint.
I wouldn’t say they’re particularly photogenic… but they do taste good! And that’s what we’re all interested in, after all!
French Bean & Spinach Sausages with Wensleydale Cheese
First things first, it might sound obvious but, these sausages are green! The beans, peas and spinach give these sausages a gorgeous fresh green colour. That’s the main thing I like about these sausages – they’re not pretending to be meat. I’m not one for meat substitutes and I love that these are unapologetically veg-like. They look like vegetables, they taste of vegetables. Oh and did I mention that they’re green?
They crisp up beautifully in the frying pan and hold their shape well when cooking.
I ate mine with green lentils and fried onions, but I think they’d be great in pesto pasta too. Or in a sausage-sandwich. Or with baked beans… Ooh or as bangers and mash!
I really like these sausages.
They fall apart a little when you try to slice them though, so presentation-wise, you’re best off serving them whole.
Falafel with Chickpea, Cumin & Coriander
Like all falafel, these are a little dry. But it’s a problem that’s easily solved – just smother them in hummus or tzatziki or baba ganoush. I enjoyed these falafel in a flatbread with salad and some carrot chutney.
Spice-wise, these are quite mild, so you they go well with strongly flavoured sauces or relishes.
Anything with added moisture works well though, such as this vegetarian tagine, shown below…
The falafel are suitable for vegans and also gluten-free, unlike the french bean sausages and the mushroom kievs which contain both wheat and dairy, so they’re handy for if you have guests with specific dietary requirements.
If I had to rank these products in order of preference, the sausages would definitely take first place. I would recommend the sausages to anyone and everyone! The garlicky kievs would come in a close second, and in third place would be the falafel. I’d be interested to try some of their other veggie sausage flavours in the future too; especially the tomato and mozzarella.
This post is sponsored by Goodlife, however all views are my own.