This week we’re taking an in-depth look into one of our favourite ranges of vegan products; Squeaky Bean. We’ve been spying all of their new goodies in our local supermarket, so we did the hard task of trying them out for you! We first tried their stuff a while back when they released a few different flavours of vegan chicken-style pieces. You may recognise these from our previous post all about meat-free chicken substitutes. In this post, we’ll dive deeper into some of the other new flavours of vegan goodness they’ve got to offer, and give you a few ideas of how they could be served up.
TASTY FISHLESS FINGERS – £2.50
By a mile, vegan fish finger sarnies were the first thing that came to mind when we saw these on the supermarket shelf. Fish finger sandwiches are a classic nostalgic meal for so many of us. To get it spot on, the fingers have to have that crispy golden crust, and these 100% delivered on that front. What’s great too is they crisped up amazingly in the oven, so no need to panfry. You can throw them in the oven for 15 mins, just set and forget. You can easily smell the fish fingers as they cook up, however, the taste isn’t as strong as the aromas. I loved them, but Freya thought they could do with a little flavour boost. Despite this, we still both loved them. You get 9 in a pack for £2.50, so we think they’re pretty good on value. We decided not to complicate things too much; we had them with some thick-cut rustic bread, vegan tartar sauce, rocket and lemon.
POTATO & ONION TORTILLA – £2.00
The next thing we tried is another meal that I used to eat often as a kid. Mum would regularly make Spanish style omelettes full of fluffy potatoes. The Potato & Onion Tortilla really impressed me. When we tried it, we both mentioned how home-made it seemed. I was half expecting it to be more rubbery and shop bought-ish, but it totally wasn’t. It has all the lovely fluffiness that Mum’s used to have. You can have this either hot or cold, so you could, when summer rolls back around, take this on a picnic. At only £2 this is a great picnic addition. Alternatively, you could pan fry it as we did, and have it topped with vegan yoghurt (vegan aioli would also be delicious), rocket, dill, lemon, salt and pepper.
ITALIAN DELI HAM & NYC DELI PASTRAMI STYLE SANDWICH SLICES – £2.50
These vegan slices were a big shocker to me, they are so delicious! When we first tried them, we had them laid out on a vegan charcuterie board for a starter to a vegan Italian dinner party. We bought them on a bit of a whim, just to try them out; the thought of vegan ham to me is slightly off-putting so I was all ready to be disappointed and let down, but we were blown away. The vegan NYC Deli Pastrami was my favourite out of the two; I liked to wrap it around a breadstick and dip it in tapenade. You do get quite a few slices in a pack but at £2.50 they’re not the most bang for your buck. We recommend giving them a go as part of a vegan dinner party style starter like this. If you need some inspiration for this, look out for next week’s blog post all about putting a board like this together.
READY RO EAT CHICKEN STYLE BBQ PIECES – £2.75
Much like the tortilla, the Ready To Eat Chicken Style BBQ Pieces are also a great vegan picnic option. The BBQ seasoning is great, and the texture of the vegan chicken pieces is realistic; they are soft without being spongy or squishy. We had them as part of a nourish bowl dinner to add in some protein which is at a respectable 21g per 100g (just over 33g of protein per packet). They’re currently on special offer at our local Sainsbury’s for £2.25, or £2.75 at their regular price. It’s a pretty good deal at its regular price, but great on offer. You can easily make one packet into four hearty sandwiches or two big dinner salad bowls.
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