When I first became vegetarian, there were only a few frozen food companies offering veg*n meals. Amy’s Kitchen was (and is still) one of them. At some point, Gardenburger came around and made veggie patties more mainstream. And now there is a plethora of vegan options in the frozen foods aisle.
Look at some of the newest meals being offered for vegans I found at my local Whole Foods. Candle Cafe (the famed NYC restaurant) has entered the frozen foods market and now offers four vegan varieties: Seitan Piccata with Lemon Caper Sauce, Mac and Vegan Cheese, Tofu Spinach Ravioli, and Ginger Miso Stir-fry. I bought three of these flavors and also a Whole Foods brand Vegan Lasagna.
First up- the Candle Cafe Seitan Piccata with Lemon Caper Sauce. I thought this one was very tasty, although I also thought it was a bit too lemony for me (lemon flavored items aren’t one of my favorites). This was a very light meal and at only 210 calories, it may not satisfy your hunger. I would definitely recommend having a side, soup, or salad handy to compliment this meal.
Next up – the Candle Cafe Tofu Spinach Ravioli. This was my favorite of any of the meals reviewed here. Like the seitan, this meal was small and I would recommend adding a side, soup, or salad along with it. It had a great sauce and the ravioli was moist and wonderful.
The last of the Candle Cafe frozen meals was the Mac and Vegan Cheese. I wasn’t a big fan of this one. The Daiya sauce clumps up and only sticks to a few noodles – leaving some bites to be super flavorful and others to be bland. I prefer Amy’s Kitchen Vegan Mac and Cheese a lot better.
And finally, I gave the Whole Foods brand Vegan Lasagna a shot. I did not like it. I thought the sauce was kind of tangy (like unripened tomatoes had been used) and the filling was kind of bland. I also didn’t like that only a few large broccoli florets were used instead of being cut into smaller pieces and spread throughout the dish.
All in all, I’m definitely going back for the ravioli and probably none of the others. There are lots of other options in the frozen foods aisle that I enjoy and I’m sure you’ll find ones that you would enjoy as well. Hit up your local health foods store to see what you can try.