Back to work today, not much has happened recently so I’ll get straight in to the review.
Today I am reviewing some tinned vegan food. Sometimes, after a long hard day, the last thing you want to do is spend ages cooking something. That’s where I find tinned food comes in handy, it’s usually well priced and contains veg and pulses that are vital for a vegan diet.
I spotted these new Heinz pulses in Sainsbury’s and jumped at the chance of eating something new. The first tin I tried was the tagine chickpeas. They come in a rich sauce with a kick of spice and a tang from the lemon and vinegar. It went perfectly with cauliflower rice. Absolutely delicious and I’d eat it again. The 390g tin was £1.25.
Ingredients: Tomatoes (42%), Chickpeas (35%, contain Sulphites), Pumpkin, Carrot, Red Pepper, Onion, Modified Cornflour, Sunflower Oil, Sugar, Concentrated Tomato Puree, Rapeseed Oil, Garlic, Salt, Spirit Vinegar, Spices, Flavouring, Spice Extract, Lemon Powder, Antioxidant – Ascorbic Acid.
I also tried the dhal curry lentils which made a surprisingly nice addition to hash browns, the lentils were soft and full of flavour. I found the flavour intense but not too hot or spicy, again this tin was delicious and I’d have no problem eating it again. This 390g tin was also £1.25.
Ingredients: Green Lentils (51%), Tomatoes (25%), Onion, Red Pepper, Concentrated Tomato Puree, Modified Cornflour, Cornflour, Salt, Sunflower Oil, Spices, Chilli, Herb, Sugar, Garlic, Flavouring, Spice Extract.
The next three tins were picked up from my local independent health food shop, I love their fridge range but I hadn’t bought any of their store cupboard range until recently.
First I tried the organic bean cassoulet from Free and Easy. It’s basically beans and veg in a sauce which tastes like veggie tomato pasta sauce. The veggies and beans are soft and the sauce has a strong flavour. I wish I liked this product but there was something in the sauce that didn’t agree with me and I think it was the thyme (recently thyme has begun to taste like cleaning fluid to me, no idea why). This reaction kind of ruined the experience for me and I wouldn’t buy it again. I paid £1.89 for the 400g tin.
Ingredients: Water, mixed beans (20%), onion (16%), tomato puree (10%) diced carrots (7%), chopped tomatoes (5%), celery (4%), vegetable bouillon (sea salt, maltodextrin (from maize), rice flour, vegetables (7%) (onions, carrots, parsnip), yeast extract, sunflower oil, parsley, turmeric, sea salt, garlic, thyme, bay, black pepper.
I also picked up a tin of nut luncheon, I remember my friend eating this in school and I was curious. It’s not as easy to get out of the tin as the instructions make out. It tastes mild, and almost like some sort of nut or bean pate. I fried half the tin, cut into pieces but it didn’t brown too well. The texture is soft but still with some substance and cooked it has that same pate taste. I could actually eat a lot of this but it’s quite filling. I paid £2.25 for the 420g tin.
Ingredients: Water, peanuts (49.1%), sea salt.
Finally, I bought another product from Free and Easy, their organic chickpea and vegetable curry, another tin which I ate with cauliflower rice. It had a deep spice flavour to it which was warming and earthy. The tin was chock full of vegetables and was really delicious. I paid £1.89 for the 400g tin.
Ingredients: Water, chickpeas (22%), onions (17%), carrots (11%), tomato puree, green beans (6%), peas (5%), curry powder (turmeric, coriander, chilli, sea salt, onion, cumin, fenugreek, ginger, garlic, fennel, black pepper) (1%), rice flour, sunflower oil, sea salt and coriander.
Do you have any favourite tinned food? Let me know in the comments below.