Everdine Frozen Ready Meals:
All too often when you buy ready meals, you end up feeling as if something is lacking. That ‘five a day’ recommendation doesn’t seem to have filtered through to the manufacturers and particularly the frozen options (which are, after all, the most convenient) can be quite lacking in vegetables. While I am not vegetarian or vegan, I know my friends who are, really struggle to find good veggie options. Enter Everdine, a convenient, nutritious and healthy range of frozen ready meals which you cook straight from the freezer.
We’ve been testing some of the range here at London-Unattached and have been quite impressed.
Firstly, the packaging is robust and secure. Our selection of eight meals arrived carefully packaged with ice blocks and wool lining to keep everything frozen. There are recycling instructions for the packaging. And each meal comes carefully labelled with a full ingredient breakdown, nutritional analysis, cooking and storage instructions, together with a helpful set of emojis to show you what is vegan, what is veggie, how to cook the dishes and more. Most of the dishes are a reasonable size for one person, with around 500 calories per pack.
And, most cook from frozen in the microwave (which is a remarkably healthy way to cook and avoids destroying the nutrients in the food.
Our selection comprised Vegetable Gyoza with Miso Broth, Smoky Chicken Fajitas, Shitake and Tofu Teriyaki, Rainbow Vegetable Pad Thai, Mushroom Spaghetti Carbonara, Jerk Chicken with Pineapple Salsa, Cherry and Hoisin Duck with Wilted Greens and Cajun Blackened Salmon. We haven’t tried everything yet but so far we’ve been very impressed.
Although none of the meals we had were labelled as vegan, most of the vegetarian options were suitable for our vegan friend who eats that way for medical rather than ethical reasons and can tolerate what food manufacturers call ‘contamination’. Her favourite dish was the vegetable gyoza with miso broth, which contains spiralised vegetables, soba noodles and shitake mushrooms along with the steamed vegetable gyoza.
But she also loved the shiitake and tofu teriyaki and the rainbow vegetable pad thai. All have no obvious signs of meat or eggs, though the pad thai has a tiny amount of milk.
Meanwhile, we’ve been feasting on Cajun blackened salmon, which was a beautiful portion of spicy coated salmon on a bed of sweet potato, red quinoa, creole beans and chorizo.
And on Jerk Chicken with Pineapple salsa which is a marinated cooked chicken breast with basmati rice, pineapple, spinach and sweetcorn.
Both absolutely delicious. We’ve more to come and will update once we’ve tried the rest of the selection
The good news is that Everdine have not only reduced their prices since we first agreed to review, but they’ve offered a special discount for London-Unattached readers. Just use the special code “IN1UNATTACHED” when you come to check you. It will give you £25 off your first box, making it just £30 for 8 meals.
To find out more, just go to the Everdine site where you can currently order
8 Meal Box (classic or veggie): £55.20 (£6.90 per meal)
12 Meal Box (classic or veggie): £76.80 (£6.40 per meal)