With Veganuary in full swing, more people than ever are eating plant-based in 2020. Cooking vegan meals from scratch however can be time consuming and, sometimes, after a long day of work it’s the last thing we want to be doing. Enter vegan ready meals! Our favourite supermarkets have been slowly but surely introducing large, vegan ranges into their stores, and they’re getting great feedback. Quick, simple and cruelty free? Check, check and check.
Waitrose & Partners
Feed Me Vegan Vegan Shepherds Pie, £3.99
Created by Instagram influencer and Made In Chelsea star Lucy Watson, the Feed Me Vegan range has been raved about by models and celebs alike. The vegan shepherds pie is made up of smooth potato mash over a vegan mince & vegetables in a rich gravy. Simple yet oh-so-delicious.
Vegan No Chicken Samosa, £2.07
Who doesn’t love samosas? These tasty ‘No Chicken’ versions use soy mince, potatoes, onions and spices to create tasty little parcels of cruelty-free yumminess.
Vegan Mac & Greens, £3.75
Perfect as a side dish or a meal all on it’s own, this macaroni with creamy sauce, broccoli and kale is topped with ciabatta crumbs, grated solidified coconut derivative and bulgur wheat to make a tasty dish you’ll buy over and over again – trust us.
Marks & Spencer
Plant Kitchen No-chicken Kiev, £3.50
Serve up this vegan take on the supermarket’s classic chicken dish, made instead from soya, filled with a flavoursome garlic sauce and coated in golden breadcrumbs. Just add chips and crunchy slaw (or a salad if you want something light).
Plant Kitchen Cauliflower Popcorn Bites, £3
We aren’t exaggerating when we say we are obsessed with these popcorn bites. Small florets of cauliflower are coated in a fluffy batter that’s gorgeously crisp on the outside, while the cauliflower stays tender within. Simply bake in the oven until golden, then serve with the sweet-and-spicy Buffalo dip and an ice-cold beer. This is vegan junk food at its best.
Plant Kitchen BBQ Pulled Jackfruit Pizza, £3.50
Pizza is the nation’s favourite comfort food, but if you’re vegan or doing veganuary, the options can, unfortunately, be limited – until now! M&S’ vegan pizza’s sourdough base (erm, yum) is topped with sticky BBQ sauce, tender pulled jackfruit and dollops of vegan cheese. Our only complaint is that it isn’t bigger, as we could’ve eaten it over and over again.
Love Your Veg! Chorizo Style Shroomdogs, £2.25
Use these Shroomdogs in a veggie fry-up, slathered in ketchup and placed in pitta or put on top of a mountain of mash for a tasty and comforting dinner. You won’t regret it.
Love Your Veg! Sweet Potato Katsu Curry & Rice, £2.70
This delicious ready meal of crispy breaded sweet potato in a warmly spiced coconut sauce, served with sticky jasmine rice, provides all of the taste with none of the effort. Stick in the microwave for a meal that’s ready in mere minutes.
Love Your Veg! Chilli Bean Non Carne & Rice, £2
This warming microwave meal is the height of comfort food – and we think the chilli tastes just as good as the meat version. Made up of Red kidney beans, black eyed beans and black turtle beans with red pepper in a chilli spiced tomato sauce with basmati rice, it’s healthy and delicious with just the right amount of spice.
Wicked Kitchen Packed Puff Pie £4
Sometimes, in the cold winter months, only a pie will do. This hearty puff pastry pie is packed with roasted cauliflower and oyster mushrooms in a brandy gravy and topped with crunchy seeds. Comfort food at its best.
Wicked Kitchen Fiery Filthy Wedges £3.50
For when you’re craving a bit of junk food, these spicy potato wedges will really hit the spot. Slathered in a barbecue sauce and topped with oyster mushrooms, green jalapeno peppers, dairy-free mozzarella cheese and cheddar cheese alternatives, we can’t wait to serve these at our next gathering.
Wicked Kitchen Chinese BBQ Shreds and Greens £4
For a midweek meal that’s both healthy and quick to prepare, this asian-inspired dish is perfect. Made up of cooked rice and edamame soya beans with a barbecued shredded mix of Eryngii (king oyster) mushroom, chargrilled broccoli, cauliflower and green beans, this dish is finished with a seed topping and a wedge of lime. We have a feeling this will be a regular on our weekday menu!