It’s amazing how many products like crisps, soup, meat-sustitutes and sauces are thickened or coated with with wheat or lactose (from cheese). There’s been quite a few times I’ve stood in a super market feeling totally bewildered that, after half an hour of reading labels I’ve still only got one item in my shopping basket.
These items are free from dairy, wheat and of course meat!
If you fry this well it has a pretty good texture and tastes quite smokey. I also love the deli style ‘facon’ from Asda as it tastes really smokey and you can keep it in the fridge. This is available in most supermarkets. Don’t bother asking an assistant for ‘facon’ though, they won’t get the joke, trust me.
Free & Easy Potato and Leek soup is surprisingly thick and also really tasty. I happened to find this in the amazing vegan workers co-op Unicorn in Chorlton. Click on the image to go to the Free & Easy website and see their whole range.
I love this bread! Genius bread was originally created by a mum for her child who has a gluten allergy. It’s gluten and dairy free and behaves like ‘normal’ bread, compared to some free-from breads that can be really dry and heavy. It’s available at most supermarkets but you can click on the picture to go to the website and see the whole Genius range.
These dairy & gluten free brownies are delish! The Co-op ones are equally as good. Personally I prefer the ones from Morrison’s as they are more chunky and less gooey but I s’pose it depends on how you like your brownies.
Seggiano make the best vegan pesto (red and green) I’ve ever tasted! It contains a generous amount of olive oil so it’s not too dry and the pine nuts and cashew nuts make it thick and quite creamy. Available at most veggie deli’s and some supermarkets.
I’ve tried a lot of veggie gravy, from the disgusting to the completely bland kind. This caramelised onion one tastes so rich and unique. You only have to use 3 teaspoons to get a really good consistency.
These are also available in Spicy and Tangy Lemon. The cassava is a root vegetable a lot like a potato but from the texture of these crisps I’m guessing a lot more dense. Cassava chips are available in the ‘world food’ isle in most supermarkets or Caribbean shops.
Tamari is the awesome wheat free cousin of soy sauce. It can be a little tricky to find in supermarkets so you are best trying the ‘world food’ isle or the ‘free-from’ isle. Most specialist food shops will stock it and traditional Eastern Asian shops of course.
I found these in my local Co-op and then noticed them popping up in other supermarkets. Made from pure fruit they are so much nicer than those red leather shoe laces and healthier than Haribo, these are really quite addictive! I’m working my way through the whole fruit rainbow.
Hope this has helped you with some tricky food shopping. Now I need to figure out how to use the different kinds of miso before I buy a big jar of it.