As much as I love to create in the kitchen sometimes life just gets totally nuts and you have to rely on pre-made meals. As a vegan that’s not always easy. So I was hella excited when I spotted this 365 Organic Vegan Lasagna in Whole Foods recently. Lasagna was always one of my favorite things as a vegetarian, so yay for veganized versions!
Last week life was kinda hectic. I was prepping for my yoga finals, and working, and trying to get back into a post-vacation work schedule. Needless to say time was not on my side. So I was happy I’d thought ahead and got something I could bake and forget! Quick and easy should be the name of my kitchen because that’s how I like to cook.
365 Organic Vegan Lasagna
Whole Foods isn’t somewhere we normally shop. So when we do go, it’s definitely lives up to it’s moniker of “whole paycheck”. The 365 Organic Vegan Lasagna was actually competitively priced so I didn’t mind spending dollars for convenience. The lasagna looks pretty damn unappealing uncooked. So much so that I didn’t even take a photo.
At 320 calories per package/serving it’s an acceptable entree with salad. The 10g of protein comes mostly from wheat gluten. The dish is soy free, and contains no dairy or eggs. As always the image on the package is totally different to reality.The package looks totally FULL of veggies and a thick sauce. In reality.. not so much. It was pretty flat.
The eyes were not convinced this was a lasagna because it lacked substance. So I put the taste buds to the test. The lasagna pasta sheet was… chewy. Perhaps because it’s a frozen ready meal? The vegetable sauce was actually quite nice. It was just thin, and lacked any consistency. What did strike me as soon as I took it out of the oven was the fat. With 9g of fat, it’s clearly visible in the sauce and on the pasta. Honestly they could reduce that by half and I’d be happier.
In all with the salad it didn’t taste TOO bad. However it didn’t really remind me of lasagna. I liked the blend of the marina and cheese sauce together. But I’d have liked more vegetable filling. It was less a lasagna and more a floppy pasta pizza. If I had to score it out of 10 this would get a 5/10. I would buy again if I needed a ready meal for quick and easy dinner. While it had some flavor it had no real substance for the calories/fat. It was tasty though so it had that going for it.
What’s your favorite quick and easy meal?
Do you use frozen ready meals?
Are you a lasagna fan?