We recently sampled some Goodlife veggie ready meals. They have 3 of your 5 a day, are low calorie and packed with vegetables. Here’s what we thought of them.
Goodlife Veggie Ready Meals
I love cooking, but still, sometimes it’s good to have a back up for when I can’t be bothered, I’m tired, or there’s no food in. These Goodlife meals can come to the rescue without being full of unpronounceable ingredients or being unhealthy. In fact, they’re quite the opposite!
Both the 3 Bean Chilli and Vegetable Masala have cauliflower ‘rice’ rather than carb-heavy standard rice. I like that they’re also filled with loads of vegetables, enough to make one meal give you 3 of your 5-a-day portions of veg! They’re also low calorie, saturated fat and salt. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a ready meal that has all green lights on the nutritional info before. The Chilli is vegan while the curry is vegetarian, but they’re both hearty enough to fill up my meat-eating husband. They would make a great transition for anyone trying to cut down on meat.
Frozen Ready Meals
I’ll have to admit now that this is possibly the first frozen ready meal that I’ve ever had. I’ve bought chilled ones often, but I haven’t quite made it down the frozen aisle to pick up a meal. Veggie burgers, pre-chopped garlic and frozen spinach – oh yes. But as a veggie the frozen meal options are pretty limited so I haven’t looked.
Having seen that Goodlife can make a their frozen chilli and curry with only natural ingredients I completely now see the benefit of keeping a few stashed in the freezer for easy meals.
I’ve often discounted ready meals as being full of, well, crap. Many of them are. So when I got these Goodlife ones I first turned to the ingredients list. I was definitely pleasantly surprised! It’s all just veggies and spices. It’s pretty much what you’d make at home, but you don’t have to chop any onions. I assume that by having it frozen they don’t need to add any preservatives or additives like many other similar meals. That’s definitely opened my eyes further to the benefit of my frozen ready meal section.
The meals are made for the microwave or the oven. I don’t have a microwave so just popped them into a hot oven for 40 minutes.
Goodlife Vegetable Masala
The Goodlife Vegetable Masala with Cauliflower Rice is lovely. The cauliflower rice is a nice rice-like texture and is a great way to lighten the meal. The masala is gently spiced with big chunks of roasted sweet potato, peppers, chickpeas and lentils. The curry sauce is well spiced with loads of flavour.
I did think that with such small amounts of milk (a little whey powder in the curry paste and sodium caseinate from milk which is maybe there as a stabiliser in the sauce?), perhaps they could have used an alternative so vegans and those who are dairy free could enjoy the meal.
The vegetable masala is only 294 calories for a big portion. It’s filling, low in salt, sugar and sat fat, but does have 20% of the day’s fat. It has 11.6g of protein which is quite good. It’s a great choice whether or not you’re trying to lose weight.
Goodlife 3 Bean Chilli
The Goodlife 3 Bean Chilli is lovely. It’s vegan, full of protein (25g) and low in fat, saturated fat, sugars and salt. Plus it also has 3 of your 5-a-day portions of veg! It comes in at only 276 calories but kept me full all night and I didn’t wake up hungry at all. The chilli tastes lovely and quite fresh with just the right amount of heat for me. It also has cauliflower rice which is a nice change from the usual rice and adds extra flavour. I really liked this one and I’d happily keep some in the freezer. I cooked it in the oven from frozen in 40 minutes.
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You can get these meals at Morrisons in the frozen aisle. I couldn’t find them at my two local Morrisons (which are pretty small), but I was able to order them online with no problem.
Disclosure: I received Goodlife veggie ready meals to review and was compensated for my time. All opinions my own.