Wednesday 29 January 2020

Shopping around in an attempt to become fully vegetarian

Marks & Spencers veggie burgers
Marks & Spencers veggie burgers
Aldi's veggie burgers
Tesco's veggie burgers

Edel Coffey

ONE of my long-term goals is to make my diet fully vegetarian. I was a committed vegetarian throughout my teens but somehow fell off the wagon in college (something to do with all heretofore closely held principles being thrown out the window and re-tested). During my school days, however, veggie burgers were my saviour, providing easy meals in a house where the phrase 'this is not a hotel you know' was common around a dinner table with increasingly varying dietary requirements.

And I still eat them from time to time if I'm not in the mood for anything too heavy.

For the naysayers, vegetarian food is better now than ever. Tasty, healthy and full of beneficial vegetable ingredients.

Marks & Spencer Edgy Veggie Burgers

Price - €6.49

Price per 100g - €2.70

A nicely flavoured veggie burger with soy, lentils and beetroot among other ingredients. Don't be put off by the startling beetroot colour. It's just a by-product of the natural ingredients.

Per 100g, you get 177 calories, 9g of protein, 4.4g of sugar and 7.1g of fat.


Tesco Dee's Organic Omega Burgers

Price - €3.90

Price per 100g - €1.69

I was slightly disappointed with these cutlets. They look great, the ingredients list is excellent but they taste a bit bland and the texture is a little pasty. However, they are low in salt, sugar and fat and are suitable for vegans and coeliacs.

Per 100g, you get 187 calories, 6.4g of protein, 2.7g of sugar and 1.5g of fat.


Aldi Mae's Kitchen Nut Cutlets

Price - €1.69

Price per 100g - 48C

These brought me right back to my adolescence so, for the nostalgia factor, these get full marks. There's a nice flavour and a good distribution of nuts and they're great value too.

Per 100g, you get 334 calories, 7.9g of protein, 5.5g of sugar and 21.9g of fat.

4/5 Edel Coffey

Irish Independent

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