Monday, 18 September 2017

Review: Goodlife Foods

As busy parents, preparing food that is tasty and healthy is obviously a concern of ours. We do tend to try and cook from fresh most of the time, but there are nights when we are in need of an 'easy' meal option. Pizzas and takeaways often feature as part of this and although we know they are not the healthiest of options, sometimes it just suits what we need for that moment in time. We're also keen to expand our repertoire regarding food and often try to incorporate some vegetarian options.

We were excited to be given the opportunity to review a new brand called Goodlife Foods.  Goodlife Foods believe that every meal should have vegetables as the main bulk of the meal, and source the best vegetables to create healthy and tasty vegetarian meals. I think this is an excellent idea - combining the use of fresh vegetables in a ready meal is something that I think we as a family could definitely make use of on a regular basis, to diversify our meal options and also to introduce new vegetable combinations that perhaps we wouldn't have considered otherwise.

The kids are sometimes a bit fussy about trying new things, but we set aside a few meals and told the kids that we would be trying something new 'for mummy's blog' and they all were on board!

Goodlife Falafel with Chickpea, Cumin & Coriander

These yummy little falafel balls are made with cumin, coriander, garlic, chilli and lemon juice. To cook them we just popped them in the oven for 15 minutes. They were very firm and really lovely to eat. We served them with a large salad and had pitta breads and yoghurt and mint sauce with them. The pack has 14 balls in so just the right amount for one meal for our family (five of us all together) and at £1.80 per pack, this is also excellent value.

Goodlife French Bean & Spinach Sausages with Wensleydale Cheese

These veggie sausages are made of peas, spinach, Wensleydale cheese, cauliflower, green beans with rehydrated bulgur wheat and couscous in a vegetable casing. We really enjoyed these. They come in a pack of 6, so we did buy two packs (some were leftover for lunch the next day!) These are a great alternative to pork sausages and a lot healthier. These were Rosie's favourite!

Goodlife Vegetable Masala with Cauliflower Rice Ready Meal

Both myself and Warren tried this one, as the kids are never really fussed about curries. This is a big bowl of health as far as I can tell. The meal contains cauliflower, red pepper and sweet potato and curry sauce with coconut milk, onion, lentils and chick peas, which is a whopping three of your five-a-day in one meal - can't argue with that! It tasted really good too. I am a big fan of cauliflower rice anyway, and the sweet potato and pepper made this a really lovely creamy curry to go with it.

Goodlife Mushroom & Spinach Kiev with a Creamy Garlic & Cheese Sauce

This is a perfect veggie kiev. Made with mushroom and spinach and a garlic and cheese sauce coated in a seeded breadcrumb - it is perfect to go with mashed potatoes, new potatoes or even pasta. The two younger girls particularly enjoyed this. There were two in each pack and they both manages one each. The sauce was really creamy and we thought this tasted great.

Overall I would really recommend these products. Not only are they vegetarian, they are actually packed with lots of vegetables, and are also low fat. I think the price is actually great for a ready meal too - definitely better than splashing out on take-aways or pizzas - this is always the quick (and expensive!) way that we are trying to avoid going forward. We would definitely look to purchasing these products as part of our staple shop.

We bought these products from Sainsbury's but they are stocked in other supermarkets. I am looking forward to trying out any new products that Goodlife produce - we really enjoyed testing these products.

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