Some days I rather think I could be a vegetarian. I don’t ever feel like I ‘need’ meat with every meal and sometimes it’s nice to have a change but there are meats that I enjoy eating so don’t think I could ever genuinely give it up. I’ve been tempted to do ‘Veganuary’ and those kinds of things but it would probably mean cooking three different meals for four people in this family and it’s just not worth the hassle.
Goodlife are a brand who have been creating vegetarian meals for over 25 years. They seek out only the best and most amazing vegetables from Great Britain’s best farmers and use them to create their meals. They work closely with farmers to sow, grow and harvest vegetables at their peak which ensures that the vegetables going into their meals are fresh and tasty. Two of their products have just launched in Morrissons (freezer aisle) and I’m here to tell you all about them.
Goodlife 3 Bean Chilli With Cauliflower Rice
Chilli is one of my favourite meals and I absolutely love it with cauliflower rice too. I usually use turkey or beef mince to make it but this one is obviously totally meat free. It’s really important that in these meals protein is still present and this meal is what I’d consider high in protein.
I was really looking forward to trying this and, after 8 minutes of microwaving, it was ready. Firstly, these meals are great for parents on the go. Whether it’s a quick lunch time meal or an easy dinner, you can cook these in less than 10 minutes from frozen and they contain three of your five-a-day. It’s low fat, high protein and gluten free and, as well as being vegetarian of course, this caters for quite a lot of people.
The cauliflower rice was pleasantly chunkier than the rice I make at home and it microwaved really well; by that I mean it wasn’t mushy and it wasn’t hard, it had a really nice al dente texture which is what I’d prefer! The mix of beans are really good too and the addition of sweetcorn was a brilliant idea as it works really well. That’s flavour was superb and the chilli tasted really similar to how I make it at home – you got the spiciness which wasn’t too hot and you got the tomato flavours coming through and it was genuinely delicious.
It only lacked a couple of things for me. One is that I’d have liked a little bit more cauliflower rice and I’d have liked to have seen a few more beans in the chilli. The packaging showed a chilli which appeared packed with them and I’d really love to see that in the bowl.
Overall? I’d happily buy this again if I knew I was having a meal for one kind of night and wanted something with lots of nutritional value. This meal is only 276 calories which leaves lots of room for dessert!
Goodlife Vegetable Masala With Sweet Potato, Creamy Coconut Milk + Cauliflower Rice
Curry is one of my all time favourite foods and we actually already make a curry with these exact ingredients so I was intrigued to see how the vegetarian version would weigh up (we usually make ours with chicken).
It looked incredibly appetising on the packaging and I couldn’t wait to tuck in. Again, it’s three of your five-a-day, is also protein rich and is only 294 calories (always thinking about dessert!).
I’m not ashamed to admit that I burnt my mouth once or twice because I couldn’t let it stand and cool for the minute it’s meant to but it just smelled so delicious. The Indian spices were really obvious and it all looked and smelled very fresh. It was utterly divine!
It was creamy, full of flavour and the red peppers really gave it some added texture and this was definitely my favourite out of the two dishes. I wouldn’t hesitate to throw this in my shopping trolley. If you’ve got some naan bread lying around, throw one of those in the oven and have it with this and you’ve got the perfect meal.
Again, a little bit more cauliflower rice would’ve been nice, but in all honestly I could’ve eaten this three times over because it was that good. I have to admit because I was enjoying it so much I forgot to take any pictures of it whatsoever (oops!). You can take that as testament of how nice it was.
These Goodlife meals are obviously meat free but they’re also packed full of flavour, delicious, convenient and filling. They’re available in Morrissons for £2 each and they’re worth every penny! Head over to see the rest of their range – I’m dying to try some of their sausages now!
*I was sent these products in return for a review. All views and opinions are my own.