Although it’s always best to cook fresh meals with real ingredients, sometimes in a pinch you may wish to have a vegan ready-meal to hand. You may be busy, feeling poorly or a carer with no time to cook drawn-out meals. Here are some of the best on the market. They are made with natural ingredients (most are in sustainable packaging, you can recycle any plastic at most supermarket bag bins these days, if not in household recycling). They are also all free from palm oil. Also see the best vegan meal delivery companies.
If ordering online, store ice packs away from pets and children. These are not real meats, so don’t give leftovers to pets, as some may contain pet-toxic ingredients.
Lazy Vegan Ready Meals
Lazy Vegan offer soy-free meals made with fresh vegetables and their unique chicken-style pieces made from pea protein. Free from gluten, just stir-fry from frozen in a pan for 8 minutes or heat in the (shudder) microwave. Sold across Europe, the range includes:
- Thai Green Curry
- Tikka Masala
Plantifull Food Co was founded by a couple to make healthy eating easy. Range includes mushroom risotto and mac & cheese.
Sometimes all you want is a quick and easy meal to pour out of a tin. The problem is that most instant tinned meals in shops either have animal products, or are just made with vegetables. These quick and easy vegan tinned meals are sold in many good health stores across the UK and some supermarkets (like Co-op, NISA and Waitrose). Just open the tin, heat and eat! As well as tasting nice, they also have protein, so are great to stock up on and keep in the cupboard. Keep away from pets, as they contain toxic ingredients like faux meat, garlic, spices etc.
Vegan Cheesy Macaroni Pasta is a ready meal in a tin, made with edamame beans, mixed peppers and chives, in a creamy vegan cheese sauce. Low in fat, and a great meal idea to kep in the cupboard.
Chilli Chorizo is made with tangy tomato, red kidney beans and a hint of chilli.
Mediterranean Macaroni Meal is made with tangy tomato and vegetables, of mixed peppers, butter beans and couscous.
Suma Tinned Ready Meals
These tinned vegan ready-meals are ideal to buy in bulk, and keep in the cupboard. Just heat up and serve with veggies and good bread, for an instant meal. Vegan Cheesy Pasta Pot is a delicious ready meal in a tin, sold by SUMA. There are lots of other flavours too. Find it online or in health stores and Co-op or Waitrose supermarkets. Made with natural ingredients (no palm oil), it’s nice with fresh crusty bread. It’s made with a mix of potatoes, red peppers and green beans, so also helps to up your veggie intake for the day. Made in the UK in an easy-to-recycle can.
SUMA is one of England’s top health food wholesalers, which also runs Food Groups, delivering wholesale-price food to communities with the help of someone with a large garage and an administrator. This way, everyone gets access to good food deliveries, without the high price of swanky health shops, or having to use supermarkets.
Hungry Planet (US) offers meals developed by a top experienced chef. The range includes Chicken Piccata with rice & broccoli, Italian sausage with penne & peppers and Salsibury Steak with smashed potatoes, gravy and green beans.