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Tesco Launches NEW Plant Based Range Wicked Kitchen

Wicked Kitchen Launch

This Veganuary sees the launch of plant-based Wicked Kitchen at Tesco, developed in collaboration with self-confessed plant-pusher and pioneering chef, Derek Sarno.Derek has partnered with Tesco to create Wicked Kitchen – a 20-strong range of irresistible meals that have all the punch, crunch and zing to satisfy hungry bellies and demanding vegan taste buds.

Wicked Kitchen - BBQ Butternut Mac
Wicked Kitchen – BBQ Butternut Mac

From carrot pastrami-spiced wraps to Wicked Teriyaki Noodles, and Kung Fu Bowl to Caponata Sourdough Pizza, this is the healthy, vibrant, flavour-packed range of convenience foods that vegans, vegetarians and those wishing to increase their plant intake have long been waiting for!

Derek Sarno

Derek, formerly the senior global chef at Whole Foods Market, has big plans for the UK vegan market and says he wants to make it easier than ever for people to eat more plants.

He says: ‘For too long, vegans have been overlooked, with many offerings that are available seemingly created to appease rather than truly please. Wicked Kitchen plans to change all that. My aim from the start was to create recipes that were 80% healthy and 20% wicked – recipes that would delight vegans and give them the options they craved, whilst also attracting meat-eaters and encouraging them to try plant-based foods. The flavours are well-balanced and layered with bold, intense, delicious flavours so that Wicked Kitchen can help even more people transition to a plant-based diet, as well as satiating the needs and wants of vegans.’

Wicked Kitchen - Muay Thai Curry

With the number of vegans in the UK rising exponentially, and a third of the population identifying as flexitarian, Tesco has recognised the time is right to significantly expand its plant-based range, and take it from a niche market right into the middle of the mainstream.

Wicked Kitchen - Hoi Sin Mushroom Wrap
Wicked Kitchen – Hoi Sin Mushroom Wrap

 

WICKED KITCHEN

THE FULL RANGE

Sandwiches & Wraps 
* Spicy Frijoles Wrap
* Carrot Pastrami-Spiced Wrap
* Smashin’ Pumpkin Falafel Sandwich
* Hoi Sin Mushroom Wrap
* Sweet Potato Pakora Wrap
* Fiery Tofu & Slaw Sandwich

Ready Meals
* Muay Thai Curry
* Nana’s Mushroom Bolognese
* Wicked Teriyaki Noodles
* Naked Burrito
* Veggie Pasta and Amazeballs
* BBQ Beans and Mash
* Gunpowder Potato Chana Masala
* BBQ Butternut Mac
* Curried Cauli Onion Bhaji & Coconut Rice

Salads
* Rainbow Curry Bowl
* Kung Fu Bowl
* Moroccan-Inspired Bowl

Pizzas
* Caponata Sourdough Pizza
* BBQ Mushroom Sourdough Pizza

Wicked Kitchen - Naked Burrito

The Wicked Kitchen range is available in 600 Tesco stores nationwide.

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Pret A Manger’s New Vegan Tip-Top Hot Pot

Pret A Manger’s New Vegan Tip-Top Hot Pot
Launching today, Pret A Manger is introducing Tip-Top Hot Pots to its menu for the first time. Packed full of vibrant and flavourful ingredients, this new Pret concept provides customers with a separate “topper” so that fresh, delicate flavours can be stirred into a big, bold hot pot at the very last minute.

The new vegan Cauli & Sweet Potato Dhal Tip-Top Hot Pot will launch alongside a new vegan Apple & Almond Butter Snack Bowl and a limited-edition vegan Falafel, Avo & Chipotle Flat Bread.

Customers have been asking for more vegan options, and Pret chefs have been experimenting with plant-based ingredients and flavours to meet the challenge. The new dishes will sit alongside existing vegan favourites in regular Pret shops, such as Coconut Porridge, Butternut Squash Dhansak, Kale, Lentil & Roasted Spices Soup, Tomato Soup, bestseller Sweet Potato Falafel & Smashed Beets, Chia Pots and Dairy Free Chocolatey Coconut Bite to name just a few. Pret has a wide-range of delicious vegan options for breakfast and lunch, and snacks for on-the-go customers.

In 2015, Pret’s CEO Clive Schlee had noticed sales of Pret’s vegetarian products growing; the Beets, Squash & Feta superbowl was outselling chicken and salmon versions. Clive asked customers for their feedback on what they wanted to see next from the company – almost 10,000 people voted and Pret opened a veggie pop-up in Soho the following June. The pop-up was initially designed as a space to trial new vegetarian and vegan recipes for a month, but it became so popular that Pret decided to keep it open for the summer, before making it a permanent shop in September 2016. A second Veggie Pret opened in Shoreditch in April 2017, and a third on Exmouth Market, Clerkenwell, in October 2017. In regular Pret shops, more veggie and vegan options have been introduced, and they now make up 51% of the sandwich and salad offering to meet customer demand.

In addition to new vegan items launching this January, customers who bring in a reusable cup will be able to enjoy a new 50p discount on Pret’s hot drinks. In December, Pret’s CEO Clive Schlee tweeted asking customers, “How do we encourage customers to bring reusable coffee cups to @Pret? We’re thinking of increasing the discount for bringing your own cup from 25p to 50p. Our organic filter coffee would cost just 49p. I’d love to hear your thoughts.” Clive was inundated with suggestions, ideas and feedback, and, as a result, a new discount will be introduced. Pret has also committed to sourcing a well-designed reusable cup ready to launch later in the year.

Tip-Top Hot Pots

An exciting addition to Pret’s menu, the Tip-Top Hot Pots will be available in two varieties for customers to enjoy: the vegan Cauli & Sweet Potato Dhal and the Chicken & Butternut Squash stew. Each pot comes with a separate pot of ingredients (the “Topper”) as Pret believes the best way to get fresh, delicate flavours into a big, bold hot pot is to stir them in at the very last minute. A handful of spinach, a squeeze of lemon juice and a sprinkle of toasted seeds and it’s “tip-top”.

Vegan Tip Top Hot Pot

New Vegan Additions

Cauli & Sweet Potato Dhal Hot Pot, £6.25 (vegan)

A warming, mildly spicy, coconut dhal, with chunks of roasted sweet potato, roasted turmeric cauliflower and baby plum tomatoes. Top it off with the pot of fresh spinach, toasted seeds and a squeeze of lemon.

Apple & Almond Butter Bowl, £1.99 (vegan) – New Vegan Sweet Treat

Customers have been asking for more vegan snacks. Pret has kept this recipe nice and simple: crisp, green apple wedges with a generous dollop of almond butter.

Falafel, Avo & Chipotle Flat Bread, £3.99 (vegan)

Sweet potato falafel and freshly sliced avocado with a dollop of chipotle ketchup. Topped with pickled onions, crunchy red peppers, fresh coriander and charred corn and black bean salsa. Available in shops from Thursday 4th January until Monday 5th March.

Coffee

As well as the new 50p discount on hot drinks for those who bring in a reusable cup, Pret is also celebrating 10 years of 99p organic filter coffee in January. The coffee is still organic, ethically and sustainably sourced, and costs just 99p – or 49p if customers bring in a reusable cup. Clive’s blog post is available to read here.

Please note that the Tip-Top Hot Pots will not be available in Pret transport hubs, Petit Pret shops and a handful of other Pret shops.

For full details and nutritionals, please visit www.pret.co.uk.

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The First Ever Christmas Vegan Cheese Platter is Here!

Violife Christmas Vegan Cheese Platter

The tradition of the ubiquitous Christmas cheeseboard can be a struggle for any vegan out there. The good news is that this festive season sees the launch of the first ever vegan cheese platter available from Ocado and Sainsbury’s.

Award winning Violife has launched a Christmas Dairy Free Platter which includes 200g slices of classic Cranberry After Dinner Wedge, Blu Block and Mature Cheddar Flavour Block, all ideal for a dairy-free cheeseboard.

The plant-based company has long championed great tasting food that appeals to people who are vegan, flexitarian, vegetarian or dairy-intolerant with its family of products, which give the textures and delicious flavours associated with dairy without compromising on taste.

Violife’s dairy-free cheeses are made from coconut oil so they have a unique flavour and creamy texture. They also include Vitamin B12, a nutrient often lacking in vegan diets.

I will be honest, coming from France (a country claiming to have 450 cheeses), vegan cheese is not a natural fit for me. Still we cracked opened Violife’s Christmas Dairy Free Platter last week to see what all the fuss was about.

Violife Vegan Cheese Platter

We were nicely surprised by the creamy texture and tastiness of all the cheeses.  I am not generally a fan of cranberry cheese so it was my least favourite but Blu Block had a true blue cheese taste which I really enjoyed. Mature Cheddar Flavour Block tasted just like cheddar and was Graham’s favourite. I was really pleased that despite of being made from coconut, none of the cheeses had a coconut aftertaste.

So yes, Violife’s Christmas Dairy Free Platter was an overall winner! I would recommend you serve the cheeses at room temperature to fully enjoy their delicious creaminess.

Violife products are 100% vegan and free from; lactose, GMO, gluten, nuts, soy, preservatives and cholesterol. So you’re guaranteed guilt-free and allergen-free eating!

Violife’s Christmas Dairy Free Platter is available from Ocado and Sainsbury’s (SRP £5.50 – £6)

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Pret A Manger’s First Ever Vegan Christmas Sandwich

Pret A Manger’s First Ever Vegan Christmas Sandwich

Even if you are trying not to think about Christmas (just yet), the roll-out of festive menus is a definite sign that we are getting closer to one of the busiest time of the year. Pret A Manger is launching its Christmas Menu today.

This year, the classic Christmas Lunch and Veggie Christmas Lunch sandwiches are joined by a new Very Merry Christmas Lunch, Pret’s first ever vegan Christmas sandwich. Pret’s chefs have created a special vegan stuffing that is combined with grilled carrots, crispy onion, caramelised pecans, spinach and a Port & orange cranberry sauce.

All three Christmas sandwiches will carry a gold sticker to show that 50p from the sale of each one is donated to the Pret Foundation Trust to help the homeless. The PFT has been running for more than 20 years with the aim of alleviating homelessness. Every Christmas Sandwich sold will donate 50p to support the Pret Foundation Trust, including running its fleet of Charity Run vans which redistribute unsold food to the homeless throughout the night, every night. Find out more here.

Pret Veggie Christmas Lunch Sandwich

 

Here are the vegetarian and vegan options to look out for in Pret A Manger’s Christmas Menu.

 

THE MAIN EVENT

Pret’s Veggie Christmas Lunch Sandwich, £3.50 (Donates 50p to the PFT)

This award-winning vegetarian sandwich combines chunks of roasted butternut squash, nutty Christmas pesto and peppery rocket served with a spoonful of yoghurt & mayo dressing and a sprinkling of crispy onions on granary bread. 

New! Very Merry Christmas Lunch Sandwich, £3.50 (Vegan) (Donates 50p to the PFT)

Pret’s Vegan Christmas Sandwich combines grilled carrots, spinach and a vegan stuffing on granary bread. Finished with a port & orange cranberry sauce and a handful of caramelised pecans and crispy onions.

Very Merry Vegan Christmas Sandwich

New! Festive Winter Salad, £4.50 (Veggie)

Pret’s first Christmas salad combines roasted butternut squash, broccoli and spinach with a sprout & apple slaw. Topped with a creamy Wensleydale & cranberry crumble, caramelised pecans and pomegranate seeds, this colourful salad is served with a French dijon dressing.

Brie & Cranberry Baguette, £3.50 (Veggie)

Three slices of delicately flavoured French Brie on Pret’s stone baked baguette. Served with port & orange cranberry sauce, toasted pistachios and a handful of wild rocket.

 

SWEET TREATS

 

Melvin, The Melting Gingerbread Snowman, £1.25

When Godfrey the Gingerbread Man goes for his winter break, Melvin, Pret’s melting snowman gingerbread, takes his place…

Pret’s Christmas Muffin, £1.60 (Veggie)

This special Christmas Muffin is a delicious combination of cranberries, currants, orange zest and almonds that have been baked into a soft and fluffy muffin dough. Topped with a sprinkling of icing sugar and almonds

Christmas Tiffin, £1.60 (Veggie)

An indulgent mix of crunchy gingerbread biscuit and cranberries bound with chocolate and a hint of orange. Layered with white chocolate, dried cranberries and chopped pistachio

Mince Pie, £1.35 (Veggie)

Handmade in Yorkshire by specialist bakers, Pret’s mince pies are made in small batches to a traditional recipe. The mincemeat was made in July and has been gathering flavour ever since. Topped with a Pret star and a dusting of icing sugar

Clementine, £0.60

Pret’s clementines are juicy and perfectly sweet. A favourite seasonal winter fruit.

 

DRINKS

 

New! Festive Flat White, £2.75 (Veggie or Vegan)

This seasonal special adds a dash of mince pie syrup, with notes of apple, plum and cinnamon, to a flat white (or any other coffee). Available with milk, soya or rice-coconut milk alternative -rice-coconut milk is an extra 35p.

Pret A Manger Festive Drink

Mint Mocha, £2.75 (Veggie or Vegan)

For those who can’t choose between a coffee or a hot chocolate, Pret’s Mocha, with a shot of mint, is an indulgent Christmas treat. Available with milk, soya or rice-coconut milk alternative – rice-coconut milk is an extra 35p.

Mint Hot Chocolate, £2.80 (Veggie or Vegan)

Pret’s organic hot chocolate with a shot of mint and an optional topping of whipped cream. Available with milk, soya or rice-coconut milk alternative – rice-coconut milk is an extra 35p.

 

Visit Pret A Manger’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for more info.

Pret a Manger PFT Xmas

 

 

 

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Oumph! Vegan Pop-Up lunches at Whole Foods Market in London

Oumph Vegan Pop-Up lunches at Whole Foods Market in London 2

To celebrate World Vegan Month this November, Whole Foods Market is hosting a series of exclusive vegan pop-up lunches in two of their London stores, serving award-winning plant-based Oumph! Tacos and Kebabs.

As regular readers will know, I am such a big fan of Oumph. Made from soya beans, Oumph looks, feels and tastes like meat but is completely plant-based, free from gluten, dairy and nuts.

The Oumph! range of products are easy to cook. They are versatile and suitable to grill, boil, sauté, deep-fry or heat over an open fire. They make perfect food for sharing and enjoying together.

The current UK range includes Pulled Oumph!, Thyme & Garlic, Kebab Spiced and The Chunk.

The Chunk is Pure Oumph! and contains only soya protein concentrate, water and salt. You can then add your own seasonings to make it your own.

Pulled Oumph!, Thyme & Garlic and Kebab Spiced are already seasoned so you can simply add vegetables, herbs, condiments etc.. of your choice.

Oumph

The dates for Oumph! Vegan Pop-Up Lunches are as follows:

Tuesday 31 October: Oumph! Taco Tuesday, Whole Foods Market Kensington. 11.30am – 2.30pm.

Wednesday 1 November: Oumph! Kebab Wednesday, Whole Foods Market Kensington. 11.30am – 2.30pm.

Tuesday 14 November: Oumph! Taco Tuesday, Whole Foods Market Piccadilly. 11.30am – 2.30pm.

Wednesday 15 November: Oumph! Kebab Wednesday, Whole Foods Market Piccadilly. 11.30am – 2.30pm.

 

Oumph! is part of a wider concept within Swedish based Food for Progress and a tool for igniting positive change in the way we create, prepare and enjoy good food on a global scale.

You can read more about Oumph here.

 

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Carluccio’s Launches Meat Free Monday Vegetarian Pop-Up

Carluccios Cucina verde

Carluccio’s is the latest name to embrace the meat free trend as flexitarians, vegans and vegetarians will be able to dine together at Cucina Verde, Carluccio’s first ever exclusively vegetarian pop-up, featuring over 20 Italian veggie and vegan dishes from Antonio Carluccio, in collaboration with cook, food blogger and writer Anna Barnett.

From 23 October, for four consecutive Meat Free Mondays, the Cucina Verde will be popping-up on the first floor of Carluccio’s flagship restaurant on Covent Garden’s Garrick Street.

Taking vegetables from humble sides to championing elements, the entire first floor of the Covent Garden restaurant will be converted into a meatless dining experience, with eye-catching displays of key ingredients reflecting the quality and provenance of the produce.

 

Antonio Carluccio's Cucina Verde

 

Neil Wickers, CEO of Carluccio’s comments: “We have seen a huge demand for more vegetarian and vegan dishes, many from our millennial diners who are giving up or reducing their meat intake, either for environmental and/or health reasons. Our new menu firmly puts the spotlight on vegetables and the Cucina Verde has been created to further highlight the variety of delicious meat-free dishes we now have on offer across all our restaurants every day”.

The first national restaurant group in the UK to launch such an initiative, the Cucina Verde marks the arrival of Carluccio’s Autumn/Winter menu which features one of the largest selections of vegan and vegetarian dishes of any nationwide restaurant group.

Vegetables are no longer just humble sides, but the main event in many of Carluccio’s new dishes and, with the number of vegans in Britain having risen by more than 360% in the past decade, a fifth of them living in the capital, the menu reflects this demand for meat-free dishes and a shift to a more flexitarian approach to dining.

 

Butternut Squash Carluccio's Cucina Verde

 

Suitable for vegans, autumn/winter menu choices include crostini al funghi, sautéed mushrooms and kale in garlic and chilli on toasted ciabatta; the traditional Puglian dish with a vegan twist of polpette di pane featuring meatless bread balls of semi-dried tomatoes, garlic, capers and rustica olives in a tomato sauce on spaghetti and orecchiette al cavoflore with cauliflower purée, sautéed kale, chilli and roasted turmeric cauliflower floretsOther vegetarian choices, all of which can be adapted for vegan diets, include the vibrant zucca con verdure arrostite – roasted butternut squash and vegetables with pine nuts (served with or without goat’s cheese) and garlic herb breadcrumbs and pasta e fagioli, a traditional thick soup of pasta, borlotti beans and tomatoes from northern Italy.

Simply too good to every take off the menu are Carluccio’s signature vegetable dishes of penne giardiniera, giant Pugliese penne with crispy spinach balls; Antonio’s famous mushroom risotto with a hint of chilli and truffle oil as well as a fabulous sharing verdure board laden with roasted peppers with garlic, tomato and onion, poponcini peppers with pesto, red onion marmalade with goat’s cheese bruschetta, marinated artichokes, balsamic onions, caponata, mint & garlic marinated green beans, mixed olives, caper berries and homemade focaccia.

With the new menu available across the UK and Ireland this month, and the pop-up putting down temporary roots in Covent Garden, Garrick St, London WC2E 9BH from 23rd October, come and celebrate the joy of vegetables.

Spaces are limited so make sure you book online from Friday 13th October or call the restaurant on 020 7836 0990 quoting ‘Cucina Verde’.

Buon appetito!

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Tofurky Launches Protein-Packed Vegan Sandwiches

Tofurky Vegan Sandwiches

Vegan lunch options have just become a little bit easier as Tofurky launched this week a range of four protein-packed vegan sandwiches: TLT (Tempeh ‘bacon’, Lettuce and Tomato), Chipotle Chick’n, Ham-style Salad, and Chick’n and Sweetcorn.

Tofurky is an American company that started in the 1980s when Seth Tibbott decided to make tempeh from scratch to share with his friends and family. Fast forward 35 years, Tofurky now offers a whole range of plant-based food from burgers, deli slices, pizzas to hot dogs. The soybeans used in Tofurky’s products are organic, 100% GMO-free and grown in the US.

Tofurky Lunch

Out and about, I am always frustrated by the lack of convenience meat-free food. Don’t get me wrong I love a good falafel wrap but it does get repetitive. Meat substitutes are not to everyone’s taste but with 3.5 billions sandwiches (yes billions!) purchased in the UK each year, it is certainly good to have more plant-based options, especially if they can bring together vegans, vegetarians and flexitarians.

Now I guess the question on your mind is “Are these any good?”. Well, I did try and test them last week. Here is my verdict!

Tofurky Ham and Style Vegan Sandwich
Ham and Style Vegan Sandwich – Rating: ★★★★★

I was not sure about this one at first as the “ham” slices are bright orange. Yet this sandwich was surprisingly tasty. Packed with tomatoes and spinach, it has plenty of mustardy punch which works really well against the smoky flavour of the tofu ham. My favourite!

 

Tofurky Chipotle Chickn Vegan Sandwich
Chipotle Chickn Vegan Sandwich – Rating: ★★★★★ 

This is another winner with a punchy chipotle sauce blended with vegan mayonnaise. The tofu chicken and wheat pieces add some satisfying texture. A really tasty lunch I could definitely have more often.

 

Tofurky TLT Vegan Sandwich
TLT (Tempeh ‘bacon’, Lettuce and Tomato) Vegan Sandwich – Rating: ★★★✰✰

The combination of tempeh ‘bacon’, lettuce and tomato was a bit bland for my taste. If you are craving bacon, this is unlikely to do the trick. Left me rather unsatisfied.

 

Tofurky Chickn and Sweetcorn Vegan Sandwich
Chickn and Sweetcorn Vegan Sandwich – Rating: ★★★★★ 

Another classic made perfectly vegan. The chunkiness of the tofu chicken pieces and sweetcorn is really satisfying while the vegan mayo brings some creaminess and tasty flavour.  In many ways this sandwich tastes better than the real thing. Loved it.

 

Tofurky‘s vegan sandwiches are available from this week at Whole Foods Market. You will also find them at Planet Organic, As Nature Intended, Holland and Barrett, selected independent health food stores and Ocado in upcoming months. Enjoy your lunch!

 

 

 

 

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Pret A Manger Opens Third Veggie Store: Try It First . . . For FREE!

Pret A Manger Third Veggie Store

Things have been moving pretty fast at Pret A Manger since its first pop up Veggie Pret last April. So fast indeed that the chain is now opening its third vegetarian-only shop next Wednesday October 11th.

The shop, located on Exmouth Market in Clerkenwell, will join the two existing Veggie Pret shops on Broadwick Street in Soho, and Great Eastern Street in Shoreditch. The Exmouth Market location is the first shop to open exclusively as a Veggie Pret, and not on an existing Pret site.

Pret A Manger has also announced a brand new veggie & vegan menu that will be launching across all three Veggie Pret shops. It will be available in the Soho and Shoreditch Veggie Pret shops from tomorrow (3rd October).

 

Sneak Preview of Pret A Manger New Veggie Menu!

Beans, & Avocado Power Pot, £2.99, vegan
Pret’s baked breakfast beans topped with freshly sliced avocado.

Mushroom Florentine Toasted Tortilla, £3.99, veggie
Mushrooms and spinach mixed with creamy béchamel sauce and Italian cheese, folded into
a kibbled rye tortilla, before being toasted at the counter.

Halloumi, Red Pepper & Basil Toastie, £3.99, veggie
Thickly sliced 7-seeded bloomer bread filled with halloumi, red pepper tapenade, Kalamata olives, red pepper and fresh basil. Toasted to order at the counter.

Vegan Ragu & Red Pepper Hot Wrap, £4.25, vegan
This vegan hot wrap combines a chunky veg & lentil sauce with crunchy red peppers, roasted tomatoes, Kalamata olives and crispy onions.

Sweet Potato, Coconut & Cashew Flatbread, £3.75, vegan
Sambal sweet potatoes combined with coconut yoghurt, fresh coriander and mint, and wrapped into a flatbread with cucumber, red pepper, roasted cashew nuts and a handful of baby spinach.

Avocado & Falafel Flatbread, £3.75, veggie
Avocado and sweet potato falafels with yoghurt sauce, lemon juice, parsley & red onions. The flatbread is then finished with fresh tomato and spinach.

Italian Veggie Baguette, £3.75, veggie
A baguette bursting with classic Italian flavours, with slices of mozzarella, red pepper, Kalamata olives, fresh whole-leaf basil, and a chunky veg & lentil sauce.

 

Try It First . . . For FREE!

Get ready to celebrate the exciting new opening on Exmouth Market as General Manager, Beata, and her team of 16, will be offering a sneak peek of the shop and free lunch for 500 customers next Tuesday.

Details of the event will be shared on Pret’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram from this Thursday.

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Oumph! Vegan Range Now Available at Wholefoods

Oumph

Ever since trying Oumph! last year, I have been looking forward to seeing it in the shops here in the UK. Well, I have some good news, as the award-winning Swedish range is now available at Wholefoods in four varieties: Pulled Oumph!, Thyme & Garlic, Kebab Spiced and The Chunk.

Sorry, but what is Oumph! ??

Oumph! is a soy based meat analogue which has taken Scandinavia by storm. In 2016 it was awarded Food Product of the Year by the Swedish Grocers Federation. The full range is completely plant-based, free from gluten, dairy and nuts. Maybe some of you did already try it at Just V Show this Summer.

The soya is bought from producers in countries where farming doesn’t take place in deforested areas.

What does it taste like?

Quite simply Oumph! looks, feels and tastes like meat. The first time I tried it, I was sooo convinced it was meat! While seasoned vegans and vegetarians might feel squeamish, others will enjoy its structure, bite and chewiness. What a fantastic range for flexitarians who are looking for tasty meat substitutes. It’s a product for everyone and my kids absolutely love it.

The Oumph! products are designed to create cravings for a wide audience, including families, foodies, chefs and fast food loving vegans.

How do I cook it ?

The great thing about Oumph! is that it is really easy to cook. You can simply fry it from frozen or thawed in a little bit of oil but also grill, boil, sauté, deep-fry or heat it over an open fire.

Oumph Open Face Kebab

The current UK range includes Pulled Oumph!, Thyme & Garlic, Kebab Spiced and The Chunk.

The Chunk is Pure Oumph! and contains only soya protein concentrate, water and salt. You can then add your own seasonings to make it your own.

Pulled Oumph!, Thyme & Garlic and Kebab Spiced are already seasoned so you can simply add vegetables, herbs, condiments etc.. of your choice.

Once cooked you can serve Oumph! on bread, tortillas, wraps, grains, noodles, salad . .  Think tacos, kebabs, nachos, barbecues, it is really versatile so you can adapt it to your own liking.  At the launch event this week, we enjoyed some tasty Pulled Oumph! Sliders, Thyme & Garlic On-The-Go Salads and Open Face Kebabs.

Oumph Slider

Where do I find it?

Look out for Oumph! at your nearest Wholefoods in the frozen section. SRP £4.99 for a bag of 280 gram.

You can read more about Oumph! here, follow them on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

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