Friday, January 7, 2011

Vegan Convenience Meals

Well, it's a new year, and with that comes more crowded gyms and diet ads everywhere.

While I'm not a fan of this, I do hope that this means I get more coupons on things I like eating, like yogurt and vegan foods.

Convenience foods are nice when you're lazy/busy, even though they aren't nearly as good as full-on cooking. With my dairy issues, I have long gone without them until realizing that Whole Foods sells them significantly cheaper than other mainstream markets.

The first exhibit is this vegan mushroom soup. It is creamy and would probably be GREAT with potatoes and other veggies. I expect to use this as a casserole or soup base at some point. These retail for about $2.39 a box, which serves 2:

Amy's is a brand I've reviewed before, and here they are again:

Above: I didn't like this tamale pie at all. With only 150 calories, though, it is pretty filling and supplies protein. I just didn't think it tasted like tamale at all. Yes, I write my name on everything I store in my work freezer to prevent theft. Ya' gotta do what ya' gotta do. ;)

Above: I've had this before and thought it was the closest thing to those calorie-bomb meat versions of these. This thing has under 400 calories, perfect for a lunch. Unfortunately, it is supposed to be cooked in an oven, and here I went microwaving it. The shell obviously didn't like me too much for that.

Above: Finally, a brand I've never seen before. Anything that's pesto and vegan catches my attention. While this was creamy, it was too herby for my taste. It is just a bit over 300 calories and chock full of protein and priced reasonably (I think around $4).

Obviously, these things aren't cheap, but better than going out! Yes, I had a long busy period at work last year and accumulated these meals for your viewing pleasure. Many of these lunches were consumed after 2 PM. *blah*

In my case, I actually plan on avoiding these for a while and going for home-cooked or whole food instead. I definitely did not cook much toward the end of 2010 and hope to end that trend now.


  1. I never buy these box meals. I haven't had one in a really long time. Weird right? Considering I eat so terribly. I refuse to eat meals in a box. Even healthy ones. I'm lucky that I have a cafe when I run out of things to pack for lunch. Mostly I just cook a really big dinner on Monday and pack it for lunch that week. I'm not a very picky lunch eater so it works but boring sometimes. I am normally sick of it by Wed.

  2. I have a serious case of Amy's product love - and I haven't met one of her products that I didn't like - so I am going to have to try the Tamale! I really like her new light & lean line, especially for a quick lunch, or after yoga, when I just need something quicky and light!