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Grocer New Product Awards 2016

Last year, Goodlife entered an insipringly vegtastic range of products into the Grocer New Product Awards. After months of testing with a panel of expert judges, we finally heard some fantastic news - that our Red Sky Tomato & Basil Sausages with Creamy Mozzarella and our Cauliflower & Mature Cheddar Sausages with Truffle Oil had made it through to the grand final, with the winner being announced at an awards ceremony in London in October.

Some of our team headed down to London with our fingers crossed that we had won. The vegetarian category was the last to be announced, and much to our disappointment, we unfortunately didn't win! That didn't stop us, however, and this year we decided to enter the two newest products in the Goodlife range - the Mushroom & Spinach Kiev with a Creamy Garlic & Cheese Sauce, and the Leek & Caerphilly Glamorgan Sausage with Wholegrain Mustard.

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Exciting New Vegan Product!

As many of our lovely fans may have heard - we're about to launch a brand new Vegan product!

This exciting new product will be the 9th line in the Goodlife range, and the third of our products which is suitable for vegans. Keep your eyes peeled here, or on our facebook page - www.facebook.com/createagoodlife!

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Farm Shop & Deli Show 2016

As some of you may have heard - for the second year in a row, the Goodlife team of Vegenistas took a road trip from Veg HQ down to the Farm Shop & Deli Show at the NEC in Birmingham.

Armed with some cooking utensils, aprons, a freezer and some veg crates, we set up our stand, ready for the thousands of people who were due to head through the doors of the exhibition over the course of three days.

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Goodlife Veggie Kievs and Sausages Review

The Brick Castle

As some of you may already have seen in our recipe pages, there's a lovely lady called Jenny (at The Brick Castle) who is a big fan of our products. We sent her some sausages and burgers in 2014, and she developed a fab recipe for a simple, yet delicious sausage and bean pie. The recipe got rave reviews here at Veg HQ and it was a winner with our team members' kids getting stuck in making them at home!

When we were releasing our brand new Mushroom and Spinach Kiev with a Creamy Garlic and Cheese Sauce, and our Leek & Caerphilly Glamorgan Sausages we thought "who better?" to review our products again. She used the sausages in a Vegetarian Sausage and Potato Supper - adjusting a Mary Berry Recipe to suit. Check out the link on the right of the page for the recipe!

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World Land Trust – Keruak Corridor

As you may know, we're avid supporters of the World Land Trust and the fantastic work they carry out across the globe. We're currently donating to their Borneo Orang-utan appeal, and they have recently announced some very exciting news from Malaysian Borneo. The purchase of the final family owned plot in the first phase of the Keruak Corridor is under way!!

That means there is just one riverine parcel left unprotected. Once secure, this plot will connect an unbroken corridor of forest properties along the north bank of the Kinabatangan River between Keruak Virgin Jungle Reserve and Lower Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary. This was WLT’s dream when the Trust launched the Borneo Rainforest Appeal for Big Match Fortnight in 2013.

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Goodlife and WODAC

Every year we participate in several "theme days" in the aid of charity - including "Wear it pink" day and "Christmas Jumper day", and 2015 was no exception. We decided to do something a little different at Christmas this time. A member of our team suggested we do a little fundraising for a local charity - to give back to our community. One charity that sprung to mind was WODAC; Warrington Open Door at Christmas

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Restaurant Review – Bistro 1847

Rating: *** ½

Named after the year the Vegetarian Society was formed, 1847 serves modern dishes across four menus; á la carte, taster, Sunday lunch and express lunch.

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Vegenista Academy – The Pea Harvest

As you know, our Goodlife team are all fully fledged veg experts - vegenistas! To keep us up to date with all goings on in the veg world, we pay a visit to our farmers and suppliers regularly to learn about the veg, the growers and the processes they go through to make sure we have the highest quality of ingredients to go into our products. Only the best for Goodlife!

Our most resent Vegenista Academy visit was to a farm owned by the man referred to only as "The Pea God" (well - we didn't make up the name, but he really is the master of peas!) as well as to the factory that processes our peas to see exactly how it's done.

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Goodlife in Inverness

The Goodlife Team took a trip up to the Scottish Highlands to spend a couple of days with students in a few schools around Inverness. We took some of our delicious vegetarian foodservice sausages with us for the kids try – Cauliflower Cheese “Cheezy” Sausage, and the Tomato, Red Pepper & Mozzarella “Pizza” Sausage.

We cooked up the sausages for three different schools, getting the kids to try them with their lunches and let us know what they thought.Our mission was to change the kids’ and cooks’ opinions on vegetarian food – we wanted to show them that vegetarian food can be interesting adn tasty, as well as good for you.

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Education Catering

Here at Goodlife, we have a passion for making good veg taste great – and we’ve been doing it for over 25 years!  We understand how important it is for growing kids to get more vegetables in their diets, in tasty and interesting ways – and this is why we developed some brand new products, just for schools.. We believe that nobody puts veg in the corner, and we love to celebrate the natural deliciousness of our veg, putting our products at the centre of the plate.

Our product developers have been hard at work creating mouth-watering vegetarian sausages that are low in fat, salt and sugars, but high in flavour. They have produced inspiringly vegtastic vegetable based sausages, which look great, taste delicious, and are packed full of the freshest vegetables, which are grown specially for us by our amazing farmers.

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Veg of the Month – Mushroom

Mushrooms are the only vegetable in the Goodlife office that divide opinions - it's very much a "marmite" subject: we either love them, or hate them! They're really versatile and each variety has its own unique flavour - often a very woody/earthy flavour. The main varieties we'll see in supermarkets are Button, Shiitake, Oyster, Chestnut, Portobello and Porcini.

Mushrooms tend to grow in damp, dark places - often on the bark of a tree. However, some mushrooms grow underground, and these are known as truffles! Although truffles are much more expensive than mushrooms - due to the fact they are much more difficult to find or grow.

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Veg of the Month – Kale

Over the past few months, the presence of Kale in supermarkets and recipe books has grown - and we can see why! It's a firm favourite at Goodlife HQ and often finds its way into our lunches. The curly, deep green leaves of Kale liven up a boring summer salad, with a flavour that packs a punch - Kale has a rich, earthy flavour, and can somtimes be quite bitter, and although you may not like the taste to begin with, it's surprisingly addictive!

Kale is a brassica, related to cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli and sprouts, and is an offshoot of a wild cabbage which is mainly found in parts of Asia (bet you didn't know that!) It's also known as a superfood - which is a term used to describe a food which is full of nutrients, and is full of health benefits. Like we need another excuse to eat more Kale?! It's a leafy green that's delicious raw, added to a stir-fry or salad, in a superfood smoothie, or oven baked with a little salt. Check our some of our Kale recipes and try them for yourself!

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