Wednesday, 9 December 2015
FRY'S SOY & QUINOA COUNTRY ROAST (REVIEW)
It's almost that time of year again, when families gather for the festive season and indulge in some good cheer, good food, and perhaps some good ol' bickering too (well..hopefully less of the latter!). If you're the only vegan in your household - like moi - then chances are you're already racking your brain as to how to navigate or contribute to the dinner table come December 25. On the one hand, you don't want to be a burden and put on the family member(s) in charge of the meal that day. On the other, you don't want to be left with a sad looking plate of side-dishes-turned-main-meal while everyone else chows down on fully loaded plates. To avoid any of that awkwardness (especially if you're not the one doing the meal planning), you'd do well to come prepared. OR, if you have the will, time and stellar skills of persuasion, you can offer to take over completely and get your family to try an exclusively vegan Christmas meal this year, in which case you'll need something totally amazing to knock their socks off.
This is hopefully where Fry's Country Roast should come in. If you read my last post on their Rice Protein & Chia Nuggets, you'd have seen how enamoured I was with that product. Consequently, I had very high expectations of this particular one, and I was not disappointed.
The Soy & Quinoa Country Roast (500g) easily serves up to 4 people and so I had the pleasure of sharing it with a couple of friends who also weighed in with positive comments about the taste, although one did voice - and I agreed - that she would have liked to see even more quinoa in the product.
The roast, which comes in a handy rectangular, oven-proof foil tray, took about 30 minutes to cook at gas mark 4. It sliced well, held its shape completely and had a crisp finish on the outside. It was packed full of flavour (it contains a generous selection of herbs such as parsley, coriander, rosemary, basil, marjoram, oregano, sage and thyme) and stood well with a serving of maple-roasted mixed vegetables. With more time, I would have liked to have served it with a nice vegetable gravy, but even without that, the roast was delicious and succulent. According to the cooking instructions, the roast can also be steamed in the foil packet, which I imagine would make it even softer and more succulent if that's the desired result you want.
Now on to some health and nutrition info. As well as being high in protein and omega 3 fatty acids (flaxseed oil is listed as one of the ingredients), the roast is also a non GM product and contains no antibiotics, so you can feel safe and confident about serving this to your family.
I love how this roast is designed to conveniently take the stress out of Christmas cooking. I'll be heading home myself on the 23rd of this month and I already have plans to stuff a couple of these in my suitcase. I have a feeling I'm going to be that vegan who tries to take over the Christmas meal this year. Family, you've been warned...
Fry's Country Roast is available to buy online and at Morrison's stores across the UK. For a full list of stockists, visit their official website for more info.
Note: Thanks to the Vegan Lifestyle Association for the opportunity to carry out this review. It has not been paid for and the products were sent free of charge. This is my genuine and unbiased review of the product.