Vegan Substitutes Review

Hi everyone,

The nice weather has disappeared and we are having torrential rain right now, I wish the sun would come back out. I can’t wait for summer. This week is a little bit exciting for me but I don’t want to say anything until everything is totally confirmed, I will let you know next week if everything goes to plan.

I’m not the kind of person who just eats vegetables and fruit, I have nothing against purist vegans who only eat the good stuff but personally, I like to eat meat and dairy substitutes so that’s what today’s review is all about. Unfortunately, this is another post where I have lost all the photos but hopefully, I can get through these older posts and the newer ones will have photos to accompany them.

I spotted this Feto tofu in my local health food shop and it made me really curious, it was a plain white block covered in herbs. I don’t usually have herbs with tofu so I was excited to try it. Feto is tofu fermented with vegan yogurt cultures. I found it really fresh, the texture was slightly thicker than regular block tofu and it had a sharp saltiness to it which reminded me of halloumi. I didn’t really like the herbs on top, if it had been coated in a little garlic instead then I think it would have been pretty much perfect. I would buy a plain version of this, I reckon it could be a good substitute for salty cheese if pressed in a health grill. You can find Feto for just over £3 online.

Ingredients: Tofu 97% (soya beans 55%, water, coagulating agents: magnesium chloride, calcium sulfate), sea salt, herbs 1.2% (rosemary, basil, savory, marjoram, oregano, thyme, anise, lavender flowers), vegan yogurt culture: Str. thermophilus.

I absolutely love mac and cheese, it is my favourite pasta dish so when I saw this vegan alternative from Terra Vegane I snapped it up despite it being a little expensive. I tried the alfredo version which I received in a subscription box and found it to be tasty with a gooey texture and I was impressed. I was expecting the cheddar version to be an upgrade but I felt like it had less flavour, wasn’t cheesy at all and had a sort of bread like taste to it. I wouldn’t buy it again, plus it’s easy to find cassava or tapioca starch and make your own gooey vegan cheese sauce that tastes exactly how you want it to. The 200g box retails for around £3 online but can be more expensive in stores.

Ingredients: Macaroni (wheat), cassava starch, nutritional yeast, salt, rice flour, carrot powder, lupine flour, spices, mustard, locust bean gum, citric acid.

I found these Soupologie soups in ASDA and was surprised to find out that they are a vegan brand as many fresh soups contain dairy of some variety.

The first one I tried was the beetroot and pomegranate with chia seed sprinkles, the texture was thin but still had some substance to it, the beetroot flavour was quite strong and the pomegranate added a fruitiness. The colour was really pretty and the chia seeds added a little more texture to the mix. I would definitely eat this again.

Ingredients: Water, beetroot (16%), carrots, parsnip, onions, pomegranate juice (2%), rapeseed oil, vegetable stock (potato starch, hydrolysed vegetable protein (soya), sea salt, palm oil (sustainable), vegetables 10% (onion, parsnip, leek, carrot), maize starch, parsley, celery seed, turmeric, white pepper, garlic, mace, lovage, nutmeg) , pink Himalayan rock salt, coriander seeds, nutmeg, mustard, black pepper.

The other variety I chose was the curried sweet potato with coconut and raw cacao and toasted coconut sprinkles. This flavour was almost like a korma but not as strong and with a little more of a coconut taste. It was sweet with a deep spice and I loved it but I wished that the soup had been thicker with chunks of sweet potato. Both of these flavours are £1.50 but I had them reduced.

Ingredients: Water, sweet potato (17%), onions, parsnip, carrots, coconut cream (3%), curry blend (1% – coriander, turmeric, fenugreek, salt, chilli, garlic, cinnamon, clove, black pepper, mustard, ginger), rapeseed oil, vegetable stock (potato starch, hydrolysed vegetable protein (soya), sea salt, palm oil (sustainable), vegetables 10% (onion, parsnip, leek, carrot), maize starch, parsley, celery seed, turmeric, white pepper, garlic, mace, lovage, nutmeg) , garlic, pink himalayan rock salt, raw cacao powder (0.05%).

Another tofu product that I bought recently was the oriental flavour from Tofoo. I’ve tried the plain version and found this tofu to be thicker than Cauldron’s tofu and it needs less draining. This oriental marinated version is pre-drained and flavoured so it’s really easy to prepare a meal. The texture was great and it was quick to cook but I feel like it really didn’t have much flavour. I would definitely take the time to drain a block of tofu if I could add the amount of flavour that I wanted. The 160g pack was £2.50 in Tesco.

Ingredients: Tofu (97%) (water, soya beans, nigari), cane sugar, ground black pepper, lemon grass powder, desiccated coconut, mint powder, garlic powder, ginger powder, red chilli powder, sea salt, ground cumin.

I didn’t like the vegan Quorn burgers but I thought I would still give the nuggets a go, I found the texture to be similar to the burgers, not enough texture and a little too moist, the outside coating was okay but I just didn’t like them. I much prefer Fry’s chicken nuggets. I paid £2.50 for the 280g bag at ASDA.

Ingredients: Mycoprotein (53%), wheat flour (contains added calcium, iron, niacin & thiamine), water, sunflower oil, wheat starch, potato protein, pea fibre, firming agents: calcium chloride, calcium acetate, wheat semolina, natural flavouring, wheat gluten, salt, yeast, sage & sage extract, stabilisers: carrageenan, sodium alginate, onion powder, garlic powder, white pepper, onion extract, colour: paprika extract, raising agent: ammonium bicarbonate.

The last product on this review is ASDA’s own brand vegetable sausages. These are big fat sausages that are full of vegetables, simple as that. I thought they had a good flavour and they went well with hash browns and beans. I feel like children would really like these. A bag of six sausages is £1 and you can’t really argue with that!

Ingredients: Vegetables (48%) [carrots (38%), onions (29%), broccoli (24%), sweetcorn (9.5%)] , water , white rice (12%) , dried potato , potatoes , fortified wheat flour [wheat flour, calcium carbonate, iron, niacin (B3), thiamin (B1)] , tomato paste (3.5%) , rapeseed oil , potato starch , sugar , salt , garlic purée [garlic, citric acid] , yeast extract.

Hope you’re having a great day!

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