FTC: Thank you to Sweet Earth for sponsoring this post and allowing me to further share my Vegan journey.
For the last three years I’ve been going back and forth between being a vegan and being a meat eater. I’ve made several attempts to stay on the vegan side of things to help lessen my PCOS symptoms. I also used veganism as a means of managing my weight (FYI: being vegan doesn’t automatically mean you eat healthier).
Throughout my constant back and forth I’ve always been concerned and struggled with two things. How much money it costs to create healthy vegan meals (I am an avid meal prepper), and how easily accessible healthy vegan meals would be when I needed them last minute. After all finding vegan food on a budget can be a bit of a hassle if you don’t know where to look.
As a millennial I don’t often have the time or the money to eat the way I know that I should. That is why when I got the chance to try out some meals from Sweet Earth I jumped at the opportunity. Sweet Earth is a company that creates flavorful plant centered convenience products. So when I don’t have time to make a full meal from scratch, I’m glad I can head to my local Target and grab one or ten of their healthy frozen meals.
Vegan Food On A Budget: Sweet Earth Foods Review
Here’s the deets on what I tried:
What I Loved:
Vegan Cauliflower Mac:This was my favorite meal by far. I am a huge mac and cheese fanatic, and haven’t had the best luck with the delicious and nutritious combo. I either wind up with super yummy mac and cheese that is beyond unhealthy, or a complete and utter fail when attempting a healthier version.
The Sweet Earth Vegan Mac was a pleasant surprise. I paired it with vegan cornbread (because I like my carbs with more carbs) and it was the BOMB. The bonus was definitely skipping out on the hefty post meal guilt I often feel when I indulge in comfort food.
Vegan Aloha BBQ Quesadillas:This was my second favorite meal after the cauliflower mac and cheese. I don’t usually love quesadillas, but I LOVED this one. It was bold, flavorful, and had just the slightest kick of spice from the jalapenos. I was so happy to find out that this meal (or snack) is 100% vegan, because it’ definitely becoming a staple part of my meal planning rotation.
And I don’t know how Sweet Earth was able to pack such a powerful flavor punch into those tiny vegan grounds, but I am thankful simply for that. I could eat a whole bowl of just those bb grounds and be happy forever.
Best part besides the grounds? The fact that I was able to make this meal in 3 minutes! Sweet Earth gives you several different ways to prepare their meals, and for this one I chose the microwave route. I didn’t have time to warm it up on my cast iron skillet, but it is definitely a route I see myself taking in the future when I want a crispier wrap.
Word to the wise this can get a bit messy, but because of how delicious it was I didn’t mind the clean up.
What I Liked:
Salsa Prime Quesadillas:The Salsa Prime Quesadillas, not as amazing as the Aloha BBQ Quesadillas, but pretty tasty. These quesadillas are vegetarian friendly, but do contain two types of real cheese: cheddar and mozzarella.
You’ll definitely pick up a bit of spice from the black beans and chili peppers, but the flavor is salsa themed so that is to be expected. The chipotle savory grounds are pretty tasty and vegetarian friendly as well, but I think my flavor palette simply enjoyed the BBQ flavored grounds more.
Pad Thai:This may come as a shock to you, but I have never had Pad Thai a day in my life.GASP!I know. So I was weary about giving this meal a chance because I knew I wouldn’t be familiar with the flavors.
For those of you who know and love all Pad Thai has to offer, I will tell you this, this Pad Thai newbie is a fan. Though not vegan (there are no animal products in this but it is made in a facility that processes milk and eggs), the vegetarian Pad Thai is a perfect blend of sweet and savory. The noodles are yummy and this meals packs a whopping 8 grams of protein and 4 grams of fiber!
What I Struggled With:
The Brazilian Organic Burrito:I’ll be honest… I don’t love burritos, in any shape or form, so this meal had a slight disadvantage from the start. The Brazilian is also vegetarian friendly due to the presence of the swiss cheese. The Tuscan savory grounds didn’t float my boat like the previous vegan grounds in the other meals did. I got about a quarter of the way before I gave up and gave it to my brother, who LOVED IT!
Needless to say, even though I didn’t love/enjoy it doesn’t mean that the flavors weren’t amazing to someone else.
OVERALL THOUGHTS:I like that Sweet Earth has provided a healthy vegan/vegetarian alternative to frozen meals. I also like that they have a wide range of meals highlighting different cultures and flavors. Sweet Earth Foodscomes highly recommended, and is available nationwide. I’ll be heading to my local Target a lot more often to restock my freezer and add some variation to my weekly meal planning.
You can learn more about all of the Sweet Earth Products here and find out where you can find Sweet Earth products local to where you live.
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Hey there! I’m Melissa, co-founder of Trials n Tresses, natural hair and beauty lover, binge tv watcher and lover of life. When I am not creating content for TNT, I’m busy teaching the future of society.