We tested Tesco’s new vegan range and I’m handing over my 20 chicken nugget box
*Awaiting incoming vegan tweets of appraisal*
Tesco recently launched a range of 20 vegan meals, including a wrap, pizzas, salads and even a naked burrito. We tested to see if the meals were worth the hype and quite possibly a late Christmas present for us veg enthusiasts in the UK.
I'm a pescatarian who avoids dairy, but I'm semi-inspired by Veganuary. I chose to include my French omnivore friend Anaëlle and Belgian vegetarian friend Hannah in the jury. Only a selection of these meals were tested since we were working on a student budget and there's some limitations to Tesco's home delivery. We rated each dish out of a maximum of five points.
Carrot Pastrami Spiced Wrap
A beetroot wrap filled with fresh vegetables was mustardy and pleasingly minty according to Anaëlle. Hannah was positively surprised by pickled carrots and radish. A beautiful wrap that I will most definitely buy again.
Our rating: 4.75/5
Smashin' Pumpkin Falafel
This sandwich is filled with harissa dressing, roasted red pepper and "just spicy enough" falafels. Hannah appreciated the level of spice. A delicious sandwich with a lot of texture (A) but nothing new under the sun.
Our rating: 4/5
Muay Thai Curry
A beautiful dish! Way too spicy for Anaëlle. Incredibly fragrant and flavoursome.
Our rating: 3.5/5
BBQ Bean & Mash
Anaëlle fell in love with the satin smooth texture of the butternut squash mash. The flavours of the dish are well balanced but ratios between components are a bit off. Too little mash.
Our rating: 3.75/5
BBQ Mushroom Sourdough Pizza
BBQ Mushroom Sourdough Pizza didn't have any cheese (vegan cheese is always a risk) on it. A lot of mushrooms with BBQ spices with almost like a meaty flavour. The base was rather thick so I wouldn't call it pizza necessarily.
Our rating: 2.5/5
The Wicked Kitchen range is great news for vegans of UK. Some of the sampled foods were definite hits, maybe one a bit of a miss.
Unfortunately all of the meals were packaged in plastic, which was not ideal for an earth loving vegan.
Thank you Tesco, we hope other chains will follow in your refreshing footsteps.