DiGiorno and Stouffer's Are Launching Plant-Based Pizza and Lasagna Options
Starting in Spring 2020, you can grab the same DiGiorno Rising Crust Supreme and Stouffer's Lasagna that you know and love—minus the meat. The new versions of the product, which tag "meatless" onto their names, use Sweet Earth Awesome Grounds in place of ground beef.
Sweet Earth joined the Nestlé family in 2017, right before plant-based went big. The California-based company uses textured yellow pea protein, wheat gluten, canola oil, coconut oil, and other ingredients to create its ground beef substitute.
In terms of taste, texture, and quality, the new Awesome Grounds options will taste similar to their meaty counterparts. Think about it: it's the same meaty taste you crave, simply swapped for a plant-based alternative.
According to Nestlé, the decision to include Sweet Earth in its frozen staples comes from the popularity of plant-based options in the current food market.
"There's no denying the current modern food movement is revolutionizing the plant-based space," said John Carmichael, president of the foods division at Nestlé, in a press release. "By adding Sweet Earth Awesome Grounds to Stouffer's and DiGiorno offerings, we're able to offer our customers the chance to incorporate plant-based meals into their diets, while still enjoying the same convenience and delicious flavor of brands they know and trust."
These products are perfect for carnivores looking to cut back on their meat consumption and instead get more plant-based protein into their diet (without sacrificing a meaty taste!) and for vegetarians looking to up their protein intake. Vegans will still need to skip these two, though: These products have plant-based ingredients, but they're not vegan-friendly because the pizza and lasagna still contain real cheese.
Want to try these products for free? Get a head start on the new non-meat options by entering the Try It Meatless sweepstakes to win free samples of both frozen meals. The giveaway is only open today, so enter now and clear those freezer-shelves later. Meatless Monday is about to get a delicious makeover! And for more plant-based ideas, see The Best and Worst Foods to Eat on a Plant-Based Diet.