Tesco has teamed up with chef and innovator Derek Sarno to create Wicked Kitchen, a range of plant-based meals that are affordable, convenient and irresistible whether you’re vegan or simply enjoy a delicious vegan-friendly meal. The range is available exclusively at Tesco, and it was launched recently in over 70 Irish stores nationwide.
Wicked Kitchen celebrates everything that’s wicked and tasty about plants. Derek Sarno, the man behind the development of this collection, is a former senior global chef at health food giant Whole Foods Market, and his dishes make it easier than ever for people to eat more plants.
Expect to find exciting flavours, from smokin’ pasta and amazeballz to wicked-meaty mushrooms, each meal has been created to offer a visually appealing and delicious assortment of flavours and textures.
There are seven ready meals in this exclusive range, ideal for lunch or dinner, each priced at €5.00. Among the dishes, you’ll find Nana’s Mushroom Bolognese, a slow-braised meaty eryngii mushrooms and vegetable linguine in a legendary secret sauce from Derek’s grandmother’s recipe; Caponata Sourdough Pizza, a wood-fired sourdough, aubergine and caper caponata and a pop of zingy salsa verde; and BBQ Mushroom Sourdough Pizza, with pulled king oyster mushrooms and spice on wood-fired hand-stretched sourdough.
Regarding this collaboration, self-confessed plant-pusher and pioneering chef, Derek Sarno, said “For too long, vegans have been overlooked, with many offerings that are available seemingly created to appease rather than truly please. Wicked Kitchen plans to change all that. My aim from the start was to create recipes that were 80% healthy and 20% wicked – recipes that would delight vegans and give them the options they craved, whilst also attracting meat-eaters and encouraging them to try plant-based foods.”
He hopes that the well-balanced flavours in these dishes help more people transition to a plant-based diet and at the same time, to please vegans who crave easy and tasty alternatives.
Tesco and Derek are recognising the growth in flexitarian eaters as well, and with the plant-based market going from niche to mainstream, they have gone the extra mile to ensure this range becomes a favourite of vegans and food lovers in general.
More information: tesco.ie