Veganuary 2021: Supermarket Vegan Launches You Need To Know About
by Laura Barns
Clued up on the best vegan high street restaurant launches for Veganuary 2021? The excitement doesn’t stop there – nope, not even close. As well as some of the high street heroes expanding their green offering, supermarkets have also added some amazing eats to their vegan ranges.
Here’s our pick of the best items to pick up in your next weekly supermarket shop to celebrate Veganuary.
Image source: Aldi
It’s not just yurts and new skis you’ll pick up in that aisle this January – Aldi has loads in store for plant-lovers in 2021. New menu items include an arrabbiata pizza topped with vegan chicken a Jamaican-style chilli bean stew, coconut and apple dhal, and dairy-free ice cream. Have no fear – established favourites like Plant Menu’s Red Onion & Rosemary Sausages and the Earth Grown Classic Meatless Meatballs will still be on offer.
Image source: Asda
Vegan meat alternative lovers rejoice. Asda’s vegan and plant-based lines are growing (and GLOWING) with the addition of bacon-style rashers, chicken-style kievs, nuggets, and shawarma. AND, in selected stores across the country, there are now vegan butcher counters, where you can source all your plant-based favourites.
Image source: Co-op
Co-op is our nearest supermarket at allplants, so we’re especially excited about its growing options for when the elevenses hits. The chain is set to nearly double the vegan offerings of its Gro brand in the new year. Favourites include Sizzle Steaks made with mushrooms and plant protein, Chick’n Kievs with a roast garlic filling, Mushroom & Spinach Wellington, meatless pies, and Linguine Meatball Marinara with a mildly spiced tomato sauce, mushroom meatballs, SunBlush tomatoes, vegan mozzarella, and parsley. Sign us up.
Image source: Lidl
Lidl’s new vegan offering isn’t so Lidl (sorry). Kick-off Veganuary in style with treats including garlic mushroom pizza, no-beef pasties, “cheese” pasties, “sausage” rolls, sweet potato moussaka, Meatless Farm items, three kinds of vegan cheese, and more.
Image source: M&S
The Plant Kitchen range is probably my favourite thing in the entire world, apart from maybe my dog when he’s behaving, so I’m really excited it’s expanding even further this Jan. I can’t wait to try the Melt in the Middle No-Fish Cakes, New York Style No Salt-Beef Pretzel Rolls, Chicken-les Tikka, No-Beef Meatballs, No-Chicken Southern Fried Tenders, Plant Kitchen BBQ No-Chicken Pieces, and Piri Piri No-Chicken Pieces.
Image source: Ocado
Add even more vegan delights to your next Ocado shop, including a host of new vegan seafood meals such as Vegan ZeaStar Crispy Lemon Shrimpz, Novish Vish Burger, Novish 6 Vish Sticks, and Vegan ZeaStar Kalamariz.
Bonus: vegan product launches from big brands, available in supermarkets
Image source: Hellmann's
Can’t live without mayo? You don’t have to this Veganuary, thanks to the heroes at Hellmann’s. The new vegan bacon, chipotle, and garlic mayonnaises are perfect for veggie burgers, chips, sandwiches, salads, and well…anything, really.
Image source: Magnum
Were you loving the vegan Magnum in 2020? In addition to PETA’s Vegan Food Awards winner Vegan Classic and almond ice cream, pleasure seekers can now indulge in the new Non-Dairy Sea Salt Caramel bars.
Image source: Higgidy
Quiche and pie lovers, this one is for you. Higgidy’s winter range is back with three vegan pies that are comforting and delicious. Meet the Spinach & Roasted Tomato Vegan Quiche, the Porcini Mushroom & Spinach Vegan Little Quiche, and the Mini No-Pork Pies.
Tried any of the above, or have we missed something special? Let us know in the comments.
By Laura Barns
Laura is our Copywriter, who is obsessed with the Hearty Roots Stew (and has been known to eat a double serve for lunch on more than one occasion). On her day off you’ll find her walking her puppy Ralph, stopping off at bookshops and cocktail bars along the way.