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5 Best Vegan Ready Meals UK 2022

Having some plant-based ready meals in the freezer is essential for anyone who leads a busy life, especially new vegans trying to stay on track. A delicious pre-prepared dinner should be a simple purchase, but it's important to make sure that the one you choose is healthy and high in protein so that it's satisfying. You might also want a dish that's low in calories and saturated fat if you're trying to lose weight.


With so many tasty products to choose from, selecting a vegan ready meal isn't always easy. So, we've put together this guide with lots of handy tips and delicious recommendations. We've found the best vegan ready meals the internet has to offer, all available from Tesco, Asda and Waitrose, to give you some real food for thought!

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  • Last updated: 18-02-2022
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With Specialist Consultation From Registered Dietician Kate Roberts

With Specialist Consultation From Registered Dietician Kate Roberts

Kate Roberts is a registered dietician who also specialises in vegan paediatrics via her Instagram page. Working with mybest UK, Kate has commented on a variety of vegan articles to help you better understand what is best to look out for when shopping vegan!

How to Choose a Vegan Ready Meal in the UK — Buying Guide

New to the world of vegan ready meals or just looking for something exciting to stock your freezer with this week? We're here to guide you through the crucial aspects of finding the best dish to chow down on - let's get started!

Consider Your Preferences When It Comes to Cuisine and Flavour

Consider Your Preferences When It Comes to Cuisine and Flavour

Sometimes we're looking for a satisfying ready meal that emulates a home-cooked dinner or a takeaway, while at other times we just want something simple that can be heated up quickly. There's a lot more scope in the world of vegan ready meals than you might think, so it's worth considering exactly what you want to eat.


Think about which cuisine really tickles your tastebuds - do you prefer zingy Tex-Mex flavours or comforting tomato-based Italian meals? When it comes to curry, Indian dishes like tikka masala tend to be pretty spicy, whereas a Japanese katsu sauce is much milder in terms of heat. Middle Eastern cuisine is a popular choice due to its warm, smoky aromas, while a French dish like quiche is a lighter option.


Whichever cuisine you go for, look for products boasting lots of vegetables, spices, protein-packed pulses and fibre-rich grains. These will provide the complex flavours you'd find in a homemade meal and will keep you feeling fuller for longer.

Kate Roberts
Registered Dietitian
Kate Roberts

The huge variety of vegan ready meals these days means that you can experience new flavours and ingredients. It is also a very convenient way to have a wide spectrum of nutrients. However, it is good to read labels carefully as many can be spicy and contain chilli peppers which are not to everyone's taste!

Fridge Food Is Great for Single Living, Frozen Works for Families

Fridge Food Is Great for Single Living, Frozen Works for Families

There are loads of vegan ready meals out there that can be stored in either the fridge or freezer and then cooked from chilled or frozen. However, this isn't always the case so it's important to check the label to make sure a product will be suitable for your needs.


Those without a microwave needn't worry — almost all ready meals can be cooked in the oven (or on the hob, depending on their contents). If you've already got a full fridge and would prefer to stock your freezer up, opt for products that are suitable for freezing.

Kate Roberts
Registered Dietitian
Kate Roberts

Ready meals are prepared and processed in different ways. This means that you can get them frozen, chilled and at room temperature. Many can be put in the oven and microwave but it is best to check on the label. Some could also be cooked on the stovetop. It is important to keep ready meals at the recommended temperature to reduce the risk of spoiling food or getting food poisoning.

Check the Nutritional Information and Ingredients List if You Have Other Dietary Needs

While most vegans are used to checking the ingredients list for animal-derived products, you might also be wondering how healthy a meal is or whether it meets your other dietary requirements. In this section, we'll quickly go through some important points to help you find something nutritious that fits in with your lifestyle too.

Stay Under 6g of Salt A Day to Avoid High Blood Pressure

Stay Under 6g of Salt A Day to Avoid High Blood Pressure

The salt content in a ready meal is often overlooked, but it's a key factor to monitor as some products can contain large amounts that we might not notice. Many of us eat too much salt daily which can cause complications such as raised blood pressure, so it's a good idea to get used to checking the salt content in the food that you consume.


It's advised that adults eat no more than 6g of salt a day, which is around 1 teaspoon. To help you out, we've listed how much salt per serving is in our ranked products. Many products also display this information using the colour coding system on the packaging, with red meaning a high salt content.

Kate Roberts
Registered Dietitian
Kate Roberts

Ready meals are notorious for being high in salt, aim for meals that are less than 1.5g of salt (0.6g of sodium) per 100g, or look for green or yellow on the 'traffic light' label. Salt can increase blood pressure and put a strain on your kidneys so it's important to be vigilant.

Vitalise Your Body by Keeping Below 70g of Total Fat A Day

Vitalise Your Body by Keeping Below 70g of Total Fat A Day

Whether you're counting calories, following a low-fat diet, or just want to chow down on something healthy, it's always a good idea to check the saturated fat content. We'll provide this information for each product, to help you avoid consuming too much at dinnertime.


The recommended daily intake for adults is less than 70g per day of total fats and less than 20g per day of saturated fats. Foods are considered high in saturates if they contain more than 5g of saturates per 100g, so look for foods with 1.5g of saturates or less per 100g. 

Kate Roberts
Registered Dietitian
Kate Roberts

Saturated fat is usually associated with animal fats, it increases cholesterol and can cause arteries to become blocked which in turn increases the risk of coronary heart disease, therefore it is very important to be aware of saturated fat in meals.


Just because a food is vegan does not mean it will be automatically low in saturated fat, there are vegan sources of saturates such as coconut oil. Aim for low or medium amounts per meal if you eat them regularly, aim for 1.5g or less per 100g.

Avoiding Gluten, Soy or Nuts? Make Sure Your Ready Meal Suits Your Requirements

Avoiding Gluten, Soy or Nuts? Make Sure Your Ready Meal Suits Your Requirements

For vegans who have allergies or other dietary requirements, buying a ready meal may have felt very restrictive in the past. Luckily there are plenty of options out there nowadays that are also free from gluten, soy and nuts. Meals containing rice, lentils or other grain alternatives are great options for coeliacs or those on a gluten-free diet — and they're terrifically tasty too!


It's essential to check the ingredients list as certain dietary requirements are not shown on the front of package — many vegan ready meals contain soy as a meat or cheese substitute. Opt for a ready meal using oat or coconut milk instead if you fancy some soy-free creaminess in your pasta dish or curry. 

Kate Roberts
Registered Dietitian
Kate Roberts

Label reading is always important if you have any allergies or intolerances. Since 2014 legislation from the European Union made it illegal not to emphasize 14 of the most common food allergens, this includes wheat, soy and nuts. It doesn't include the other gluten containing foods barley and rye, therefore people with Coeliac disease would have to look for meals labelled 'gluten free'.

5 Best Vegan Ready Meals in the UK

Whether you fancy a classic dinner like chilli con carne, a comforting quiche, or something totally new, our top 10 list has you covered with appetising vegan offerings from Waitrose & Partners, Higgidy, and Wicked Kitchen.

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TescoPlant Chef Mushroom Fettuccine Pasta

£2.50

CuisineItalian
Heating MethodsOven, microwave
StorageFridge, freezer
Salt per Serving1.3 g
Saturated Fat per Serving3 g
Other Dietary RequirementsNut-free
4

ASDAVegan Spaghetti Bolognese

£2.65

CuisineItalian
Heating MethodsOven, microwave
StorageFreezer
Salt per Serving1.6 g
Saturated Fat per Serving1.6 g
Other Dietary Requirements-
3

HiggidySpinach & Roasted Tomato Vegan Quiche

£3.00

CuisineFrench
Heating MethodsOven, can be eaten cold
StorageFridge
Salt per Serving(1/4 quiche) 0.82 g
Saturated Fat per Serving(1/4 quiche) 4.3 g
Other Dietary RequirementsNut-free
2

ASDAPlant Based Veggie Tikka Masala & Rice

£1.55

CuisineIndian
Heating MethodsOven, microwave
StorageFreezer
Salt per Serving1.5 g
Saturated Fat per Serving3.4 g
Other Dietary RequirementsNut-free
1

Wicked KitchenBigger Big Bros Enchiladas

£5.00

CuisineTex-Mex
Heating MethodsOven
StorageFridge
Salt per Serving2.1 g
Saturated Fat per Serving4.8 g
Other Dietary RequirementsNut-free

Compare the Best Vegan Ready Meals

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Wicked Kitchen Bigger Big Bros Enchiladas 1

Wicked Kitchen

2
ASDA Plant Based Veggie Tikka Masala & Rice 1

ASDA

3
Higgidy Spinach & Roasted Tomato Vegan Quiche 1

Higgidy

4
ASDA Vegan Spaghetti Bolognese 1

ASDA

5
Tesco Plant Chef Mushroom Fettuccine Pasta 1

Tesco

Name

Bigger Big Bros Enchiladas

Plant Based Veggie Tikka Masala & Rice

Spinach & Roasted Tomato Vegan Quiche

Vegan Spaghetti Bolognese

Plant Chef Mushroom Fettuccine Pasta

Features

A Zingy, Mexican-Style Meal of Tantalising Enchiladas

A Nut Free Tikka Masala Full of Fibre In Recyclable Packaging

A Vegan Quiche: Ideal for a Picnic or Light Lunch

Spaghetti Low in Saturated Fat and High Protein Content

A Generous Serving of Pasta in a Cheesy, Creamy Sauce

Price£5.00£1.55£3.00£2.65£2.50
CuisineTex-MexIndianFrenchItalianItalian
Heating MethodsOvenOven, microwaveOven, can be eaten coldOven, microwaveOven, microwave
StorageFridgeFreezerFridgeFreezerFridge, freezer
Salt per Serving2.1 g1.5 g(1/4 quiche) 0.82 g1.6 g1.3 g
Saturated Fat per Serving4.8 g3.4 g(1/4 quiche) 4.3 g1.6 g3 g
Other Dietary RequirementsNut-freeNut-freeNut-free-Nut-free
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