I thought I would do a post outlining different brands that do vegan frozen and fridge foods and which foods are good and which aren’t so good.
I’ve picked five brands which are quite popular food brands. Some are awful and some are amazing.
I thought I would get the awful over with first. A lot of new vegans are surprised by how ‘real’ this tastes but from the first bite I ever had of their stuff, I was disgusted, if I’m being honest. Quite a few vegans agree with me. Their restaurant is really good though — you should totally go there, but just don’t buy their frozen stuff, unless you like that taste, which would surprise me.
It was founded by Heather Mills, a well-known vegan, after marrying Paul Mccartney (and then divorcing him). I’m not really a fan of her as a person but I’m always a fan of fellow vegans so I thought I’d test it out. It was actually one of the first brands I tested out after becoming vegan. I thought that was what I’d have to get used to for the rest of my life.
The Cheatin’ range sounds like it’s going to be a good alternative to meat, but it is anything but. The slices are awful. 2/10 at best. The other items by Vbites are also as terrible; the meat style isn’t in the style of meat at all, but rather like something else entirely wearing a face mask of meat. And don’t get me started on Cheezly… the first vegan cheeze I ever tried, and I felt sick.
The worst vegan brand out there, in my opinion. Some people do like them but I am not one of them.
Overall, I give them a 2/10, for trying.
Another one of Paul McCartney’s wives, though sadly deceased. Unlike VBites, they aren’t exclusively vegan, but they do quite a few vegan products. Their sausage rolls are lovely, I have to say, but their sausages aren’t quite as good. You can tell that they’re fake, but they are acceptable, and in gravy they are wonderful. Just, not without gravy, in my opinion.
The other day I received wonderful news that a few more vegan dishes are going to be added in the next few weeks, and that really makes me happy. They are supposed to be festive so we can taste them out in time for Christmas. Linda McCartney isn’t a brand I would have everyday, as they aren’t the best ever, but they’re decent, and sometimes that’s all you need.
I give them a 6/10, for sometimes being nice.
For a long time, I couldn’t have any Quorn, as none of their stuff was vegan, but when I heard of the addition of a vegan range, eventually, it made me really happy as I had enjoyed their stuff when I was vegetarian.
However, their vegan stuff is generally dry, unflavoursome, and plastic-like. I am not a fan. My mum even tried seasoning up their fillet-styles with some garlic and mushrooms but it didn’t change anything, and garlic is a really strong herb! Their vegan pieces are also not very nice and I am really not a fan of their vegan stuff. Don’t even get me started on the fishless fingers…
Quorn is slightly better than VBites, in that I don’t generally feel sick when having their stuff, so I give them 3/10.
Like VBites, this brand is exclusively vegan, except their food is a little nicer. Their chicken-style burgers are actually one of my favourite burgers to have, as they do taste quite nice. However, not all of their food is that nice. For a while, I was a fan of their chicken-style nuggets, but recently I’ve noticed how plain they are and I’ve gone off of them. Their prawn-style pieces don’t taste a thing like prawn but they are better than the chicken-style nuggets at tasting like chicken! I have them when I want a chicken alternative, not a prawn alternative.
As well as this, their mushroom pies were a favourite of mine for a while. I have also recently gone off of this. I suppose they’re a brand that are good for short-term but you might go off them if you’re into long-term food! My mum actually once mistook curry pies for mushroom pies and I’ve never been a fan of curry pies but I had to have it anyway and I really did not like it, but that’s probably due to my taste.
Fry’s gets a 7/10.
Amy’s is the one on this list where I haven’t tried any of their meat-free ‘meat’ (burgers, in this case). They’re a vegetarian brand, with some vegan products, but gosh, the vegan products that they do are great!
The worst thing I’ve had of theirs is chinese noodles, which is pretty good. Not the best, but decent. I recently had their vegan lasagna for the first time. It was spicy, which I found odd, because no lasagnas I have ever tasted before were spicy. I think it was nice though, but their wasn’t enough cheeze. They should have done more, in my opinion. Next time, I’ll be adding some of my own!
Let me get onto the single-greatest vegan frozen meal I have ever tasted though: their vegan mac n cheeze. I used to have it all the time, until the freezers broke at the place I used to get it from. I was devastated and nowhere else near me did it. Everywhere sold Amy’s, but not the dish I wanted. Recently, I learnt that Ocado did it, and specifically made an order (their minimum requirements are £40) just so I could have it again. I went to lengths so extreme, because it is love.
They say distance makes the heart fonder, and it certainly did for me and this macaroni cheeze. It was just as beautiful as I remembered it, with a cheezy taste so wonderful that it could be compared with non-vegan macaroni cheeses. That macaroni cheeze is a 9/10, would be a 10 if they put it in every shop ever!
Overall, Amy’s is an 8/10, and I think the mac n cheeze brings it up a lot. If you ever want to go vegan, the first food I recommend you try is that.
If you are considering going vegan, Amy’s and Fry’s are good starting points. Linda McCartney is also nice, but I would think about staying clear of Quorn and VBites. But everyone has their own taste.