It’s funny how I’ve never spotted Aldi’s vegetarian range before and here’s me thinking it’s brand new. But before I continue to review these products, I feel it’s only fair to put a disclaimer out there and tell you that I’m not actually a veggie, but if someone said I couldn’t eat meat ever again, I wouldn’t be all that sad. As a kid, I’d been unknowingly favouring vegetables; I remember my Dad asking while serving our Sunday roast: “Are you going to eat this meat, or shall I give it to your brother now?”. I was always happy enough filling up on lots of mixed vegetables, mash and gravy, so I let him have it.
But when I decided to try being vegetarian (and then vegan for most of my early 20’s), I remember Holland and Barrett’s fake-meats weren’t at all affordable to student living. In fact, the main reason I eat meat now is that it’s less hassle to cook separate meals, but in the day when I work from home, it’s my kitchen and I fill up mostly on the things I love. No one can grumble.
And thanks to social media and our increasing demands for different eating habits and lifestyles, our choices are forever growing. If you didn’t watch Channel 4’s What Britain Buys last Monday, there was a bit featuring Madeleine Shaw and it was fascinating. I just wish we had the range back then with what there is today.
- Mae’s Kitchen Vegetarian Sausages – 1 Syn Each
My friends over at the Slimming World Vegetarian Facebook group tell me these are only 1 syn each. As with most non-meat sausages, I do feel they all could do with extra flavour, but I loved how these were quick to grill straight from frozen, so no need to defrost overnight and they beautifully expanded like a risen loaf. They kept me full for breakfast and were lovely as sausage wraps with a sprinkling of cheese and chilli sauce. Come to Mama!
- Mae’s Kitchen Meat Free Mince – Syn Free
This probably was my least favourite out of the three because it didn’t leave a lasting impression on me when I whipped up a really quick Sloppy Joes for lunch in a 60g wholemeal roll. However, I am pretty sure I will change my mind if I swap the chicken of my Syn Free Jalfrezi curry.
- Mae’s Kitchen Chicken Style Pieces – Syn Free
I can’t believe these are syn free and they’re so chunky, uniquely square and filling. They also go great with strong flavours like fresh chilli, lemon juice, sauted vegetables and a quick homemade guacamole that I put together (side note: avocados aren’t syn free). I also fancy trying these next time with my Carbonara recipe but omitting the salmon or perhaps a Syn Free version of my Pasta Bake.
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