Thursday, 22 May 2014

Review: Tesco's New Meat Free Range #vegetarian

We have been trying the new frozen meat-free range from Tesco.  Building on their previous range of bakes, burgers and the like, the re-launched range has a wide selection of different ideas, including packets of risottos and curries which can be cooked in the wok straight from the freezer.  This brilliant idea means you can walk in the door and have dinner on the table in just 10 minutes - genius!

The Vegetable Moussaka and Courgette & Butternut Squash Bake sounded great and had a pleasingly recognisable list of ingredients - you could actually buy everything on the list in the supermarket yourself, unlike the ingredients of some ready meals.  The bakes took 40-45 minutes to cook in the oven, although just 13 minutes in a microwave.  We cooked both of them to serve with the super-speedy Vegetable Barley Risotto.

There is something so handy about shoving things in the oven whilst you get on with everything else that needs doing, and although we don't do it often, it is very handy to have some healthy ready meals waiting in the freezer for when we need them!  Our dinner was ready easily and quickly, and it was very tasty.

The Vegetable Moussaka had good thick slices of potato and aubergine and a crisp cheesy crumb topping.  The sauce in the Courgette & Butternut Squash Bake was really yummy, and again the pieces of vegetable were easily discernible and very 'real'.  It also contains borlotti and pinto beans for protein, and has a nice mozzarella crumb topping which remains crispy and adds a nice contrast in texture to the vegetables.  The barley risotto was a bit different, but we weren't convinced about the texture of the barley, although this may be because we are not used to eating barley and is of course down to personal preference.  The flavour of the dish was good though.


The spinach and mushroom pastries were also very tasty, with a well-seasoned filling and crisp puff pastry.  We had ours with the Bulgur Wheat with Edamame mix which was slightly unusual.  The Bulgur Wheat mix was really nice and made me wonder why we don't have bulgur wheat more often.  I think the last lot of dried stuff got thrown away in the end, so this frozen alternative is a great one to keep in the freezer.


Our last easy fast freezer packet was the delicious Spinach, Lentil & Potato Curry.  This has definitely earnt its place in our freezer, with great spice and texture you wouldn't believe it was a frozen meal.  It would be a great accompaniment to other curry meals, and would make a fantastic quick lunch with a little rice or naan bread.  A fantastic freezer standby.


Tesco Meat Free products retail at £1.75 per packet, and are currently on offer at 3 for 2 both in store and online.  We highly recommend the range as a great addition for your freezer.


  1. Thanks for highlighting these, I tend to plum for the same vegetarian foods in Tesco and hadn't noticed they had new items out.

  2. I have only tried the Vegetable Moussaka and I agree - it is delicious. I am not a veggie but I don't eat a lot of meat. This is a lovely range though thank you x

  3. oh they look nice. I have not had good experiences with Tesco Meat Free in the past - had to throw their fake bacon in the bin, it was so bad. But it looks like they've improved the range so maybe I'll have another look.

  4. So pleased I stumbled across this, thank you! Itcan be so difficult to please a faddy teenager, this should help.


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