[Review] – Strong Roots Frozen Vegan Products

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Strong Roots. All opinions expressed are my own. In this post, I review six of their frozen vegan products. 

I thoroughly enjoy cooking my food from scratch because I am in full control of the ingredients that go into it. I also find cooking very therapeutic, strangely enough. In saying that, there are days when I would rather just kick back and order a takeaway.

Yes, with the vegan ‘movement’ growing every day, there are more options available. But, I’m very picky when it comes to ingredients and food quality. I’m not one of those vegans who eat anything just because it has a vegan label on it. I prefer to eat quality food with no artificial flavouring, flavour enhancers or unnecessary chemicals.


A representative at Strong Roots contacted me recently to try out their premium frozen vegan food range. Prior to them making contact, I had never heard of them. I’ve since learned that they are a new start-up company from Dublin focused on creating premium gluten-free and delicious recipes. Strong Roots aim to be the first choice for consumers of premium and healthy frozen food based on innovation and creativity.

After learning more about the company, you can imagine how excited I was to try out their products!

Strong Roots Frozen Vegan Products

I received six products:

  • Oven baked sweet potato
  • Ripened avocado halves
  • Beetroot and bean burger
  • Garlic roasted sweet potato
  • Kale and quinoa burger
  • Roasted beetroot wedges

Oven Baked Sweet Potato

“Our mouth-watering oven-baked sweet potatoes are made using the best varieties of this humble root vegetable from the best growers of sweet potatoes in the world. They have been specially produced with a Gluten-Free rice flour batter. We have discovered the best way to give you a firmer and crispy fry with a real sweet potato taste.”

To cook, simply arrange them in a single layer on a baking tray and bake for 18-20 minutes.

Ingredients: Sweet potatoes (86%), Sunflower oil, Rice and Maize flour, Modified Potato starch, Potato dextrin, Salt, Raising agents: Diphosphates and sodium carbonates, Stabilizer, Xanthan gum, Spice extract: Paprika, Turmeric.

Nutritional information (per 80g serving): 129 Kcal, 4.6g Fat, 19g Carbohydrates, 2.7g Fibre, 1.6g Protein.

Each bag contains 6 servings.

My thoughts: These sweet potato chips were very crispy and delicious once cooked. I’ve always struggled to get sweet potatoes crispy, but I had no such problems with this one. I found the chips to be slightly oily, but that’s probably because I usually eat an oil-free diet. If there’s one product I highly recommend from this brand, it is this one!

Available to buy from Whole Foods, Waitrose.

Beetroot and Bean Burger

“This delicious burger is made of beetroot, kidney bean and bulgar wheat and is perfectly seasoned. It’s crispy texture, flavours and the exciting colour is formed by natural ingredients. Our Beetroot and Bean Burger helps you to add vegetables, grains and cereals to your diet in an exciting way to keep you fuelled.

Ingredients: Kidney beans 28%, Water, Sunflower oil, Potato flakes, Cooked bulgur (Gluten) 9%, Beetroot 8%, Carrot, Corn starch, Bread crumbs (Wheat flour, Salt, Yeast), Mustartd (Water, Mustard seed, Vinegar, Sugar, Salt, Flavouring, Spices), Slt, Dried vegetables (Onion, Tomato, Garlic), Herbs, Lemon juice concentrate, Thickener: hydroxypropyl methyl cellulose, Garlic powder.

Nutritional information (per 65g): 152 Kcal, 8.8g Fat, 13.4g Carbohydrates, 4.3g Fibre, 2.6g protein. 

My thoughts: These burgers are slightly crispy once cooked. They have a very earthy (possibly from the beetroot), beany flavour. I wasn’t very crazy about these burgers possibly because of the beetroot. I like beetroots raw, but I’m not too keen on them when they’re cooked. If you like beetroot, you’ll probably love these burgers.

Available to buy from Waitrose, Whole foods

Baked sweet potato, beetroot and bean burger with lambs lettuce, hummus and cherry tomatoes.

Garlic Roasted Sweet Potato 

Product description: “What happens when you mix sweet potato, garlic, onions and some herbs? An explosion of flavours! If you are not a sweet potato fan, trust us, you won’t be able to resist eating these! You will get a crisp, mouth-watering sweet potato chunk perfectly seasoned for those days when you want to impress your taste buds.”

Key attributes: Gluten-free, low in saturated fat, a source of fibre.

To cook, simply arrange in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake for 23-26 minutes.

Ingredients: Sweet potatoes (90%), Soybean oil, Modified food starch, Rice flour, Corn starch, Salt, Dextrin, Dehydrated garlic, Dehydrated onion, Black pepper, Leavening (Sodium acid pyrophosphate, Sodium bicarbonate), Extractive of paprika (colour), Xanthan gum, Basil, Thyme, Rosemary.

Nutritional information (per 80g serving): 100 Kcal, 2.6g Fat, 15.8g Carbohydrates, 3.75g fibre, 1.5g protein.

Each bag contains 6 servings.

My thoughts: These potato chunks have a very subtle garlic, herby flavour. Once cooked, they are crispy on the outside but very soft on the inside – delicious! They are very moreish, not great if you’re trying to control your portions, haha! But, if that’s not your concern, you’ll have no trouble eating the whole bag by yourself. Once again, I did find these potatoes a tad oily, but if you’re used to eating oil, you will find them absolutely fine.

Kale & Quinoa Burger

“Our Kale and Quinoa Burgers are a vegan-friendly, low sugar and a low saturated fat alternative for your meals. With its crisp quinoa crust, mixed vegetables and no-artificial flavours, they bake to a tasty and crisp burger. They are suitable for a variety of uses as a starter, or side or simply as a burger in a bun!”

Ingredients: Curry kale 18%, Quinoa 13%, Water, Breading (Spelt Flour, Puffed quinoa, Sunflower oil, Salt, Yeast), Sunflower oil, Potatoes, Carrots, Roasted onions (Onions, Rapeseed oil), Soy Beans, Potato flakes, Wheat Flour, Vegetable bouillon (Iodised salt (Salt, Potassium iodate), Maltodextrin, Onion powder, Garlic powder Spices, Rapeseed oil, Soy sauce (Water, Salt, Soy beans, Wheat), Iodised salt (Salt, Potassium iodide), Sugar, Curry powder, Garlic powder, Ground ginger, Black pepper.

Nutritional information (per 75g serving): 151 Kcal, 8.5g Fat, 14.6 Carbohydrates, 1.8g Fibre, 3.2g Protein

Each bag contains 6 servings.

My thoughts: Of all the items I was sent, this one is my absolute favourite because it is jampacked with flavour! The quinoa in the burger gave this a wonderful crispy texture I didn’t expect to like it as much as I did because I don’t particularly like kale. In saying that, I couldn’t taste the kale at all. If you could only try one product, I would highly recommend this one!

Available to buy from Waitrose, Amazon fresh and Whole Foods Market

Garlic roasted sweet potato with kale and quinoa burgers, peas and avocado.

Roasted Beetroot Wedges

 “Making tasty and nutritious recipes with beetroot has never been easier. Our Roasted Beetroot Wedges are already peeled, cut and coated in rice flour for a firmer texture. There is no fuss or additional prepping required.”

Ingredients: Beetroot 91%, Sunflower oil, Modified potato starch, Rice flour, Potato and tapioca dextrins, Salt, Raising agents: diphosphates, sodium carbonates, Stabilisers: methyl cellulose and xanthan gum.

Nutritional information (per 80g serving): 54Kcal, 1.6g Fat, 5.8g Carbohydrates, 2.4g Fibre, 1.6g Protein.

Each bag contains 6 servings.

My thoughts: These beetroots were really crispy, with an intensified sweet flavour once cooked. I mentioned previously that I don’t like cooked beetroot, but I could tolerate these because they reminded me of potato wedges. I found them a little too oily for my taste, but once again, if you eat oily foods and like beetroot you may enjoy them. 

Availabe to buy from Waitrose, Amazon Fresh and Whole Foods Market.

Ripened Avocado Halves

Avocados are great when it comes to adding variety and balance to your meals, but the hassle of not having them ripe sometimes pulls us away. Our Peruvian avocado is perfectly ripened, pitted and freshly frozen for your convenience, we love them as a base for smoothies, salads, or on toast!

Ingredients: Avocado (99%), Salt, Antioxidant: Ascorbic Acid, Acidity Regulator: Citric Acid

Nutritional information (per 75g serving): 132 Kcal, 12.8g Fat, 1.8g Carbohydrates, 3.5g Fibre

 

 

 

 

Fried rice with Brussels sprouts, Butter beans, Beetroot wedges and avocado half.

Overall, Strong Roots vegan products are delicious! I would highly recommend their sweet potatoes and the kale and quinoa burgers. You can buy selected products from whole foods market, Waitrose or Amazon Fresh.

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2 Comments

  1. eliza
    5th August 2018 / 3:10 PM

    have you read the list of unhealthy ingredients in some of these frozen foods?,they are vegan but they cant be healthy. Too many people buying processed vegan food which are not at all healthy. Processed is processed and contains unhealthy chemicals.

    • 8th August 2018 / 12:53 PM

      Hi Eliza

      I don’t usually eat processed foods and if you follow my Instagram page and most of my recipes you’ll notice that. I don’t think it is necessary to be 100% perfect when it comes to food because it can lead to disordered eating. I eat whole foods at least 95% of the time, but if I want something processed, I will have it.

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