So I don’t normally blog about supermarkets because, well, I just think there are probably more interesting things in life. But when you’re vegan, it’s weird how even the smallest thing like the prospect of dairy-free garlic dough balls can seem so exciting! When I was in California, I swore by WholeFoods, it was like vegan heaven! You can check out my blog about it here. But since coming back home, it seems that the UK supermarkets are slowly but surely beginning to catch up with the States! And currently in the lead, although with some strong competitors, seems to be Tesco. Here are a few top picks from my latest shop.
Tesco‘s own range of dairy-free products just seems to be growing and growing. Over two years into my vegan journey, I’m finding that I’m beginning to avoid packaged foods more and more and make everything from scratch, but these new additions were just too tempting not to indulge in. I was also pleased to see that Tesco now stock vegan Quorn products, which seem to be popping up all over the place now. Check out my blog about how great it is that Quorn are finally ditching the dairy here.
There’s been a lot of hype about the Free From Garlic Dough Balls, and it turns out they actually sell dairy-free good old fashioned garlic bread too! Like I mentioned earlier, it does feel pretty weird to get excited about such small things, but garlic bread was something I really missed since going vegan. Sure it’s easy enough to make your own, but these are perfect for something a little different. I also picked up the vegan garlic pizza bread from Morrisons last week which is definitely worth a try, too.
These Oriental Cakes with Lemongrass & Ginger Dipping Sauce were a welcome surprise. This is the first time I had ever seen them, and they were delicious! Perfect for a starter if you have company for dinner, or just a treat for yourself.
And the thing that makes me most happy about the awesome vegan range at Tesco? The labelling system! Most items are clearly marked as ‘vegan’ on the front of the packaging in a circle at the top right-hand corner, although some you may have to search a little deeper for. Could this be the end of tirelessly scanning the ingredients each time to check if a product is vegan? Probably not just yet, but it’s a great start!
So a huge well done for Tesco for leading the way with UK supermarkets, and enabling people to see just how easy it is to live vegan. As more and more people begin to ditch meat and dairy products where the secret ingredient is the suffering of animals, the planet, and their own health, it’s great to see a classic supermarket adapt to this change.
N.B.: Other products I picked up were Three Bean, Sweetcorn & Roasted Red Pepper Burgers; Vegetable Grills and Butternut Squash & Kale Nut Roast.
What’s your favourite new vegan supermarket item?