I’ve finally found frozen vegan “meat” balls that meet (excuse the pun) my three criteria- they can be bought locally, they don’t fall apart when cooking and they are tasty! Of course you can make your own vegan “meat” balls but it’s so handy knowing that there is a convenient option available for those evenings when you want to quickly rustle up a hearty dish of “meat” balls and pasta.
I heard the rumours on social media that Iceland were increasing their vegan food range but I thought it would take ages to come to my local store (if it came at all). While shopping with my sister I noticed that the No Bull Burgers were no longer in the vegetarian freezer. I thought they’d stopped selling them and walked on. Then I came to an exclusively vegan freezer. I couldn’t quite believe it. A vegan freezer (well, a freezer full of vegan food!)! Of course I took a photo of it (as did my sister!)!
Sorry for the “arty” shot- I wasn’t planning to write a post and took this quick snap just to share with vegan friends. Take a look at all that vegan goodness! It will take me a while to try out all of this range. I have tried the No Bull Burgers before and they’re really nice. The range also includes No Porkies Sausages, No Porkies Chorizo Slices (I’m excited to try these) and No Chick Fillets. You can see the full Iceland Vegan Range here.
As I mentioned, we’ve found it difficult to buy frozen vegan “meat” balls locally and when we tried the closest ones from Holland & Barratt they just fell apart while cooking so we may as well have used vegan mince. They’re reasonably priced at £2.
These “Meat” Balls looked the part and we couldn’t wait to try them so Dave cooked us Vegan “Meat” Balls and Pasta. Read on for the recipe:
3 cloves garlic
2 peppers of choice (we used 1 yellow, 1 red)
2 vegetable stock cubes
teaspoon black pepper
2 x 400g tin tomatoes
1 Tablespoon Tomato Puree
Splash of soy sauce.
300ml red wine
tablespoonTesco Free From Grated Cheese
2 tablespoons Italian herbs
192g No Bull “Meat” Balls
Pasta of choice (roughly 100g per person. We used fusilli but spaghetti is a popular choice with meatballs!)
Grated Vegan Cheese (optional- we used Tesco Free From Grated Cheese)
Grated carrot (optional if you wish to add even more veggies- stir in with the onions)
Saute the chopped onions and peppers until soft.
Add the chopped garlic and stir.
Add the Vegan “Meat” balls and fry until brown.
Pour in 2 tins of chopped tomatoes, the tomato puree, red wine, soy sauce and vegetable stock. Stir well,
Season with black pepper, Italian herbs and a tablespoon of dark chocolate chips.
Simmer and stir for 15-20 minutes.
Meanwhile, cook the seasoned pasta until al dente.
Serve the pasta and vegan “meat” balls with grated cheese and vegan garlic bread (Tesco Hearty Food Co. Garlic Bread (previously Tesco Value) is accidentally vegan and costs just 32p.
I only took a quick snap on my phone (yes I know I’ve gone heavy on the cheese!). We were really pleased with the “meat” balls. They kept their shape and tasted delicious. Rebecca said that they taste like the No Bull Burgers. Although I’m happy to just have pasta and vegetables it’s great to be able to add a vegan “meat” to make the meal really hearty. We will definitely buy these again and I can’t wait to taste the rest of the range.
Have you tried any of Iceland’s New Vegan Range? Will you be trying the No Bull “Meat” Balls?