Anything that makes eating gluten-free easier gets a thumbs up from us, and these award-winning Soulful OnePots from the Soulful Food Company couldn’t get much more simple.
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There are currently eight gluten-free flavours in the range, four of which are vegan, the majority low in salt and fat, and all hand-made without any artificial preservatives. We tested ours on a hob and microwave, also freezing a couple to see how well they fared. There’s little difference between the cooking methods besides timings and the amount of washing up, and the defrosted OnePots are just as good as those heated from fresh. So what do they taste like?
Ultimately, these really do taste like a good home-cooked stew. The flavours are surprisingly natural, with fresh vegetables delivered daily to Soulful from Covent Garden Market and strictly outdoor-reared, 100% British meat. Take this Chestnut Mushroom Stroganoff with Red Rice.
Combining two types of mushrooms with onion, carrot, celery and a silky double cream sauce, this surprisingly low fat take on a classic stroganoff is wonderfully wholesome with proper, hearty chunks of vegetables and a deep, rich sauce, delicately spiced with paprika.
Even better is the West African Peanut & Chickpea with Red Rice. This nutty sauce is packed full of sweet potato, black beans and kale, making for a uniquely tasty – and surprisingly hearty – one-pot vegan stew.
But it’s the Butternut, Lentil & Spinach Hotpot which is Soulful’s most popular OnePot, also bagging a Great Taste Gold Award in 2011.
This vegan recipe combines chickpeas, butternut squash, yellow split peas and green lentils with coconut, lemongrass and a warming hint of Indian spices for a delightfully creamy dish that’s full of texture and bursting with flavour.
Vegans are similarly well served by the Brazilian Tomato & Black Bean OnePot with Cashews & Quinoa, which uses a combination of creamed coconut and coconut milk to add richness to this smooth, nutty stew.
Coconut also features heavily in the Thai Green Chicken Curry with Kelp Noodles, which sauce-wise is probably our favourite of the lot.
Regrettably the small portion of thin kelp noodles do take a bit of a backseat to the sauce, but decent chunks of tender free-range British chicken, babycorn, sweet potato and red peppers help give it to the body it needs to be truly satisfying.
Not that they need to be eaten on their own. This curry sauce is so tasty you really will want some gluten-free bread to mop it up, and it’s a similar story with the Mushroom Stroganoff which contains so little rice you’re better off adding your own on the side anyway.
And there’s no need to feel guilty about it either. Each pot averages just 250-450 calories, meaning you really can pair them with whatever you fancy. We much preferred the quinoa-based Mexican Bean & Sweet Potato and vegetarian Sri Lankan Cauliflower & Kale as side dishes to meat or fish, with the only OnePot not tickling our tastebuds being the Vietnamese Pulled Pork with Quinoa & Red Rice, which was just too sweet with sweet chilli sauce.
Would we buy them again? Absolutely. Retailing between £3.49 – £3.79 per 380g pot, they’re an affordable way to enjoy a hot, healthy, gluten-free lunch, and even as a side dish they offer enough flavour to really ramp up any meal. Vegans and vegetarians are particularly well catered for – to the point it barely registers you’re eating a meat-free meal at all – and readers of Frankly Gluten-Free can now enjoy a huge 40% off, meaning you can happily work your through the lot and find your own favourite.
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