I initially picked up a macaroni cheese but after seeing the calories and ingredients I decided against it and headed off to the frozen meals aisle - an aisle I usually avoid, but as I had seen a number of veggie meals advertised in the Tesco price drop magazine I figured it was worth a look. I eventually came across their 'meat free' range which was tucked away near the ice cream and there was not a huge amount of choice - only a small selection of very similar looking meals - veggie fingers, bean burgers and so on. I absolutely love bean burgers and make them my self when I get the time, so I decided to try the bean burgers. There were a couple of choices available - plain or Mexican style. Although the Mexican style appealed to me most as it sounded tastier, I ended up picking up both to try as they are on long-term offer - buy any two products from Tesco's meat free range for £3. Alternatively you can buy one pack for £1.99. I think £3 is a good price for two packs as each pack has four quarter pounder burgers. I was going to stock up on them, but decided to try them first to ensure that I actually liked them, which I'm glad about, as I am not keen unfortunately!
Tesco describe these quarter pounder Mexican style bean burgers as ' vegetables and spicy beans coated in herby breadcrumbs.' The burgers are obviously meat free and the burgers are very spicy, as indicated by the red circle with three chilli's on the front of the pack. Spices include cumin, chilli, coriander and black pepper. The four burgers come in a rectangular cardboard box which has a green colour scheme. The pack has all the info you need written on it clearly, for example the brand and product name, a brief product description, cooking info, calorie content, ingredients and so on. Allergy info is also included and shows that these burgers are not suitable for anyone with a wheat or gluten allergy.
I made the decision to go vegetarian a couple of months ago for various reasons. Firstly because I wanted my breast milk to be of high quality and after finding out how many chemicals (eg antibiotics and steroids) are injected into and fed to animals, I didn't feel that eating meat would be doing much good. The information that I disovered about animal protein after watching a documentary promoting vegeterianism also concerned me and I vowed never to eat meat or drink cows milk again. I've been doing really well so far and have not touched any meat other than to prepare it for my boyfriends meals - it doesn't appeal to me at all any more, however I have found myself becoming quite bored just lately with my meals. I make 99 per cent of my meals from scratch and usually I am quite happy with a big salad and jacket potato or a nice stir fry, but I decided the other day that I couldn't be bothered to cook and a salad really didn't appeal as I'd had such a busy day and was tired, so my boyfriend drove me to Tesco and we had a quick browse to find something quick, tasty and of course suitable for veggies.