Product Type: Tesco Ready Meals
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Tesco Meat Free Veggie Quarter Pounders - Pop one of these into your bun!
Tesco Meat Free 4 Vegetable Quarter Pounders
Member Name: geodougal
Tesco Meat Free 4 Vegetable Quarter Pounders
Advantages: extremely fresh tasting, versatile and quite good value!
Disadvantages: need more seasoning and stronger tasting veggies!
I am not vegetarian, in fact I eat a lot of meat and a majority of my diet contains meat but on the odd occasion when I fancy a change I turn to the supermarkets meat free ranges. I am very familiar with both Tesco's and Asda's meat free ranges and today I will be telling you what I think about Tesco's veggie quarter pounders! This is the first time I have bought this particular product in Tesco's meat free range; I noticed it whilst browsing what Tesco's had to offer in their freezer section and thought they looked quite tasty and putting that with the fact that the other Tesco meat free products I have tried have mostly been successful I thought I'd give them a shot.
~ About Tesco's Meat Free Range ~
Tesco's meat free range is a range of frozen food products aimed at vegetarians and bi-tarians, which are apparently people who eat meat but often opt for the veggie options. The aim of Tesco's was to re-create popular meals that would usually contain meat as veggie friendly and something that would still have the all the flavour for the non-vegetarians without the need for meat. Tesco's meat free range includes vegetable quarter pounders (which I'm reviewing), vegetarian mince, meat free Lincolnshire style sausages, Mexican style bean burgers, vegetable fingers, cheese and spring onion bakes, falafel balls, mushroom risotto bakes, meat free Glamorgan sausages, cauliflower cheese grills, Mexican style salsa bakes, nut cutlets, meat free style balls, meat free Mediterranean style sausages, chickpea and barley gumbo, meat free bacon style rashers and meat free chicken style and mushroom pies.
So as you can see there is plenty of variety on offer for vegetarians and non-vegetarians. I think It's nice that this range isn't just aimed at people who don't eat meat, they have considered the likes of me who are fans of flavour and often fancy a change from the usual meaty dishes.
~ Product and availability ~
Tesco's Meat free vegetable quarter pounders are only available at Tesco's stores, along with the other products from the meat free range. They are available to buy in a box of four quarter pounders for £1.99 (which works out at about 50p each) but seem to be on a continuous offer of any 2 of Tesco's Meat free products for £3.00 which gives you a saving of just under £1.00, so feel free to mix and match! I don't think £1.99 is a particularly bad price to pay for 4 decent sized quarter pounders in my opinion and the deal makes them even better value.
~ Packaging ~
Tesco's meat free vegetable quarter pounders come in a dark green, rectangular cardboard box, which has since been updated from the one Dooyoo are showing, but isn't very dissimilar. The image on the front is pretty much the same; two breaded quarter pounders on a plate with some new potatoes and green beans (serving suggestion). One has been cut in half to reveal its very fresh looking vegetable filling of what looks like peas, carrots and sweet corn. There is a very clear at a glance nutrition chart along with cooking time from frozen displayed on the front. Next to this there is a label stating that this product is vegetarian society approved. The back of the box tells me that these are a blend of vegetables, seasoned and coated in breadcrumbs. There is also clear allergy advice, more detailed nutritional information, heating instructions and an ingredients list.
~ cooking ~
These quarter pounders take 22-24 minutes in the oven. I left mine in for 24 as I wanted them nice and crispy. They can also be grilled for 18-20 minutes. Whilst they were cooking I got the odd wiff of fresh vegetables, which was pleasant. These are very simple to cook, they don't need turning over or anything so you can set your timer and come back when there done.
~ Taste, texture & appearance ~
Taking these out of the oven I noticed that they kept their shape very well, they were perfect circles just as quarter pounders should be and were about as thick as a meat quarter pounder. They looked lovely and golden on the outside and felt nice and crispy to touch. Cutting one in half they look exactly like the picture, quite fluffy and packed full of brightly coloured vegetables. These veggie quarter pounders taste very fresh, like the vegetables have been grown in your own garden sort of fresh. There's definitely no artificial tastes going on, they taste very natural. The texture of these is quite strange, there are some chunky bits of vegetables and some very mashed up pieces which I guess gives them a bit of an edge. I could definitely taste sweet corn, carrots and peas and perhaps some pepper? I know there was some red flecks in there. The breadcrumb coating was ok, could have perhaps done with a bit more seasoning but had a nice crunch to it and complimented the vegetable filling well, I would perhaps recommend adding a bit of salt and pepper to them.
~ Other information ~
Each quarter pounder contains, 205 calories, 2.8g of sugar, 8.9g of fat, 0.9g of saturates and 0.7g of salt. So they are pretty high in calories really considering there mainly just vegetables.
They contain no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives.
They are suitable for vegetarians and vegans!
The actual veggies that are in these quarter pounders are carrot, potato, sweet corn, red pepper, onion, cauliflower, peas and green beans.
This product contains wheat, gluten and mustard. Cannot guarantee nut free.
~ Overall opinion ~
I served my quarter pounders with some vegetables and potatoes like the suggestion on the front of the box, however you could just as easily pop them into a burger bun as they are so versatile and go with practically anything. Perhaps this would be a good way to get your kids to eat more veggies, just tell them it's a burger! I think these are very tasty and a welcome and deserving product of Tesco's meat free range. I will be buying these again no doubt and would recommend them to anybody, vegetarian or not! It's just a shame that all the vegetables are not as detectable, I'd never have guessed there was onion in it and that's usually such a strong flavour as is cauliflower, I think if these flavours were stronger and there was more seasoning on the bread crumbs these would be worth 5 stars.
They don't take my top spot as favourite in my Tesco meat free range rating, cauliflower cheese grills still remain no.1 but these aren't far behind at all!
Summary: Great change from the meaty variety!
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