Homemade is always best. I am not usually one to endorse pre-packaged processed foods. If you’re generally short on time, I would tell you to plan ahead so there is always something homemade in your fridge or freezer to grab and go. HOWEVER, I am also a mom of 3 young kids in several activities each and a wife to a guy who is incredibly busy most of the time. I get it. There isn’t enough hours in a day, or sometimes even in a week, to get done what we intend to get done. Although I don’t make a habit of it, I am not above relying on pre-packaged food every once in awhile if it makes our life easier in the long run. I know all of zero people that don’t use some sort of convenience food at those moments when you just need to save your sanity and take the easy route. Once upon time you would have been hard pressed to find quick but hearty plant based options in the fridge/freezer section of your grocery store. Luckily, these time’s are a changin’! I recently had the opportunity to try out a few Lightlife products and at the end of this post, I will give YOU the opportunity to try them out too!
Lightlife recently reached out to me to review their products and while I did receive free product coupons for the items sampled, I am not being compensated and all opinions here are my own. They were generous enough to send me some extra free product coupons to pass along to YOU, my dear readers, so keep reading to find out how you can get your hands on one of them.
Lightlife has an extensive product list, but seeing that it’s BBQ season, I knew I wanted to try a burger. They have two varieties to choose from, but the Black Bean Burger is what caught my eye. I love a good black bean burger and one that holds up on the grill is an extra bonus during the summer months! I actually took one of these burgers to a family gathering a few weekends ago. Burgers were the star of the show that day and thanks to Lightlife’s vegan burger my plate didn’t look much different than everyone else’s. The burger held up perfectly on the grill. I loaded it onto a whole wheat bun with lots of arugula, fresh cucumbers and my Creamy Cumin Ranch Dressing. I could taste the smoky black bean flavor and it didn’t fall apart when I bit into it. Was it as good as my homemade Black Bean Salsa Burgers? No, it wasn’t, but again, we are talking about these products for those times when we are in a pinch. Not many packaged grocery store foods are better than their homemade counterparts….plant based or not. Would I keep a box of these in my freezer for those nights when I have no idea what I’m going to put on the table and no time to figure it out – yes I would. These burgers make a great quick meal and you can dress them up anyway you like. They can be grilled, heated in a sauté pan, baked or microwaved. And while you will find these burgers in the refrigerated section of your grocery store, they can be easily frozen for up to 1 year!
Next up, I wanted to try the Smart Deli Veggie Turkey Slices. My kids love sandwiches and they make such a quick lunch. Its nice to have something different than PB&J for a change.
I was pretty impressed with the look and texture of these deli slices. They resemble actual turkey slices to me more than real turkey deli meat does. Real turkey deli meat is so slimy and thin. These meatless slices had some texture to them and weren’t slimy at all. Lightlife Meatless Veggie Turkey Slices contain more protein, iron, calcium and fiber and less sodium per serving than your average deli turkey slices (I used this one for comparison) and they are obviously cholesterol free. I piled them up on whole grain sesame bread with a creamy lemony white bean and dill spread, lettuce, tomatoes and pickles. It was delicious and did actually taste like turkey. I can definitely see myself enjoying these every once in a while when that deli sandwich craving strikes. They would also make a great addition to a lunchbox…child or adult.
Not all of Lightlife’s products are vegan, but they are all vegetarian. Some of them contain egg whites, so be sure to check the labels before purchasing.
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