What an exciting time for UK based vegans – Tesco have teamed up with Derek Sarno of Wicked Healthy to bring out a range of vegan ready meals and takeaway wraps, sandwiches and salads.
For a long time I have thought that some of Tesco’s competitors have had a better selection of vegan products within their stores, so I do think for Tesco this is going to be an absolute game changer. I am so pleased to see big supermarkets getting involved and producing vegan products. I am not usually someone who buys ready meals but I do think this will make vegan food more accessible for everyone and perhaps will be something that people who aren’t vegan will consider trying.
The Wicked Kitchen range was released on the 8th of January and I was on it! My Auntie works at Tesco so on the day I just said to her “GET ME WHATEVER YOU CAN!” I was super keen to try this range, I didn’t care what it was!
I got the Wicked Teriyaki Noodles, Veggie Pasta & Amazeballs and the BBQ Butternut Mac, all of which are reviewed below.
BBQ Butternut Mac
The first I tried and my favourite of the bunch! I’m a big fan of mac and cheese so I had high expectations and this certainly delivered. The macaroni was so soft and delicious, the mushrooms had a beautiful smokey flavour from the barbeque sauce (this is coming from a mushroom hater!) The red cabbage added a lovely crunch to what otherwise may be a squidgy dish and the parsley added another flavour element, something I will be considering adding to my own mac and cheese in the future.
Rating: 8/10: I really loved this dish but rated it an 8 as I would have liked the mac to be slightly more cheesy tasting – Maybe I just need to bung some nooch in there!
Veggie Pasta & Amazeballs
The strozzapreti pasta used in this was SO good and something different to the usual spaghetti with meatballs. I’m so glad they didn’t try to make it more healthy and use corguetti and I’m also glad that they did something different to using a soya based meat substitute for the ‘meatballs’ but instead used falafel-like balls made of chickpeas which were very yummy! The sauce has an amazing chargrilled flavour which makes a change to the norm, I find some vegan tomato based pasta dishes can be so dull and this was the complete opposite.
Rating 8/10: I know, the same rating as the Mac… But I loved it! Not a perfect 10 because I do think this one could be made quite easily at home but hey, it’s good to encourage non-vegans to try new tasty dishes out that can be easily shoved in the microwave!
Wicked Teriyaki Noodles
The noodles and the sauce in this dish were lovely. The crispy onion pot was a great touch and an absolute saving grace. The main part of this dish was large slices of mushroom (which looked weirdly similar to chicken) which I really disliked. I am not a mushroom fan anyway (note, I did love the mushrooms in the BBQ Butternut Mac), so others may absolutely love this but I found them to be chewy and tasteless unfortunately. I’m interest to hear what others think of this dish, so do let me know if you’ve tried it!
Rating 5/10: To be fair to this dish, I did love the rest of it just disliked the mushrooms!
Curried Cauli, Onion Bhaji & Coconut Rice
A very light dish with good flavours. I would have liked the curried cauliflower to be more flavoursome, it was quite mild. The chickpeas are a nice touch and makes this dish more filling. The onion bhaji’s are AMAZING! I wish there could have been more of them or bigger ones!
Rating 4/10: Nice but nothing to write home about (except for the bhaji’s, obvs!)
Carrot Pastrami Spiced Wrap
The carrot pastrami has such a good flavour and the texture is amazing! Definitely makes what could be quite a boring carrot wrap into something that I would eat again. This had a lovely creamy filling too and I love the colour of the wrap!
Rating 6/10: LOVE the creamy filling and the carrot texture. Would purchase again.
The Rest Of The Range…
I really enjoyed trying out the Wicked Kitchen range and am keen to try more. A full list of their products are below:
Sandwiches and Wraps
Carrot Pastrami-Spiced Wrap, 270g, £3
Beetroot tortilla wrap power-packed with crisp, punchy carrot and a vibrant vegetable mix.
Sweet Potato Pakora Wrap, 270g, £3
Sweet potato pakora, fire-roasted red pepper, crispy carrot and creamy Sriracha vegan mayonnaise in a tortilla wrap.
Smashin’ Pumpkin Falafel Sandwich, 249g, £3
Not your ordinary pumpkin falafel – dressed with punchy vegan harissa mayonnaise, crunchy vegetables and roasted red pepper hummus on tomato bread.
Rainbow Curry Bowl (GF), 245g, £3.50
Wicked colourful curried pulses with fiery sweet potato, onion bhajis, fragrant mango and a cool minty dressing. This one’s gluten free.
Moroccan-Inspired Bowl, 179g, £3.50
Turmeric bulgur wheat salad, spiced beetroot, tangy pickled red cabbage and roasted red pepper hummus.
Wicked Teriyaki Noodles, 296g, £4
Teriyaki-style noodles with press-roasted cluster mushrooms, sweet ‘n’ savoury glaze, Asian-style vegetables and tangy lime to finish.
Naked Burrito, 400g, £4
Pulled king Eryngii mushrooms roasted in a blend of Mexican inspired spices and jalapeños.
Nana’s Mushroom Bolognese, 400g, £4
Slow-braised meaty eryngii mushrooms and vegetable linguine in a legendary secret sauce from Derek’s grandmother’s recipe.
Caponata Sourdough Pizza, 280g, £4
Wood-fired sourdough, aubergine and caper caponata and a pop of zingy salsa verde.
BBQ Mushroom Sourdough Pizza, 300g, £4
Pulled king oyster mushrooms and spice on wood-fired hand-stretched sourdough.
Source of list can be found here.
Have you tried any of Tesco’s new vegan range? I’d love to hear what you think and what I should be trying next!