PEP up your kitchen with frozen vegan dishes
Living in lockdown and with restaurants still closed I am keen to discover new food sources we can eat at home. My son is a vegan and he can’t always enjoy the same food as the rest of the family, so it was great to discover a new delivery service that provided tasty and nutritious, protein-packed frozen vegan meals which I can stock up on and that are super quick and easy to prepare.
PEP Kitchen is a start-up food business led by chef founders Joe Coulter & Ben MacAndrews who, after eight years working in restaurants and street food, has teamed up with the aim of inspiring people to eat more plant-based food.
PEP Kitchen first started trialling their dishes at Venn Street Market, Clapham, in December 2019, honing their recipes and establishing those meals most in demand. And launched themselves for delivery in 2020. Their mission is to keep the nation’s freezers stocked with street food inspired vegan meals. Ensuring that, during the current Covid19 crisis and beyond, anyone can enjoy one of their seven prepared frozen meals, ready in under 10 minutes.
These creative, healthy meals are brimming with delicious ingredients and bold flavours combinations, dishes largely come in under 400 calories, gluten-free and are high in fibre and good sources of protein.
We received two dishes directly to our doorstep to try out; a mung bean & lentil moussaka and gunpowder roasted roots with coconut dahl. Frozen, simply packaged with clear instructions on how to heat (either over or microwave).
The moussaka was a new take on the classic Greek dish, layered with roasted aubergine, potato and with laced a rich ragu of mung beans and red wine, topped with oregano infused bechamel. Cooked it in the oven so it had a nice crispy top which looked very inviting, my son really enjoyed it and thought it was wonderfully hearty, herby and full of flavour.
The roots with dhal went down equally well, a combination of tender spiced roasted root vegetables perfectly spiced with fresh coriander, chilli and a dash of lime. Served with brown rice and creamy coconut spinach dhal.
Other dishes in the range include: ‘Szechuan Mapo Tofu’ and ‘Jackfruit Massaman Curry’, ‘Jerk Sweet Potato Curry’, ‘Map Tofu’, ‘Chipotle Bean Stew’ and a ‘Harissa Hotpot’. All are created with inspiration from some of the pair’s favourite street food experiences.
It’s also good to know that PEP Kitchen is aiming to build a sustainable food business that is good for people’s health and the environment. The founders use their experience as restaurant chefs to ensure that alongside these aims there is no compromise on a great tasting product. The packaging is 100% home compostable or recyclable. PEP use award-winning Huhtamaki Fresh containers and recycled denim as insulated liners in their delivery boxes. Another deliberate decision of the team who are committed to creating something that considers the environment at its core.
Co-founder Joe says that:
“It’s all about bringing some fun, energy and flavour to everyday cooking which oozes naturally out of the street food scene and works so well with amazing plant-based ingredients”.
“Creating highly nutritious food is vitally important to us. We are determined to make it easy for people to make positive changes to their diet, both for themselves and for the environment”.
PEP Kitchen provides a quick and easy way to eat healthily at home and to keep the freezer stocked up during lockdown.
Each dish costs, £5.75 each and are available to purchase from the PEP Kitchen website. They are delivered across the UK via a carbon-neutral delivery service, and at the moment in response to the COVID-19 crisis, and in order to offer additional support Ben and Joe are currently providing free home delivery across the UK.