6 of the Best Plant-Based Frozen Appetizers to Buy at the Grocery Store Right Now
Have you taken a stroll down the frozen food aisle lately? If so, you might have noticed this year’s bounty of frozen plant-based appetizers are gloriously abundant. Pizza bites, wings, tots, tenders … it’s almost hard to choose. (Really, though, there are no bad choices.)
Which frozen apps should you try? I haven’t eaten meat in more than 10 years and I have plenty of thoughts! Some of these plant-based picks are year-round staples in my house, while others are new to shelves — and my holiday spread — this year. Let’s take a look!
1. Birds Eye Crispy Green Beans
These green beans are lightly breaded, baked (not fried), ready in 10 minutes, and have a five-star rating across multiple grocery sites! I tried them for the first time last year and they reminded me of the ever-popular green bean casserole we nostalgically make on Thanksgiving. I plan to serve them this year at all my holiday gatherings.
Buy: Birds Eye Crispy Green Beans, $3.19 for a 12 ounces at Target
2. Gardein Ultimate Plant-Based Chick’n Tenders
These are a ridiculously good alternative to traditional chicken tenders. (I might not eat meat now, but I ate a lot of it when I was growing up, so I’m qualified to weigh in here!) I recommend serving them with a side of hot sauce.
Buy: Gardein Ultimate Plant-Based Chick’n Tenders, $8 for a 15 ounces at Target
3. Green Giant Broccoli & Cheese Veggie Tots
I love serving these broccoli cheese tots at our family gatherings because it means everyone gets more veggies. These potato-free tots and are made with real cheese and are lower in calories, sodium, and fat than traditional tater tots.
Buy: Green Giant Broccoli & Cheese Veggie Tots, $3.69 for a 14 ounces at Target
4. Birds Eye Frozen Cauliflower Wings
Like the veggie tots, cauliflower wings are a perfect way to eat more veggies. Lightly breaded and covered with a Buffalo sauce (or garlic Parmesan sauce), these wings cook in just 20 minutes! They’re also way easier for party guests to eat compared to traditional wings.
Buy: Birds Eye Frozen Cauliflower Wings, $3.19 for a 12 ounces at Target
5. MorningStar Farms Veggitizers Veggie Pepperoni Pizza Bites
These new Veggietizers by MorningStar Farms feature plant-based cheese and pepperoni. They make a great alternative to deep-fried pizza bites (or pizza, for that matter). I serve these on a large platter with some marinara sauce.
Buy: MorningStar Farms Veggitizers Veggie Pepperoni Pizza Bites, $4.39 for 9.5 ounces at Target
6. Eggland’s Best Three Cheese Egg Bites
These bites, from one of my all-time favorite egg brands, are made with cage-free eggs and have 14 grams of protein per serving. At four per box you’ll need to buy multiple boxes if you’re hosting a slightly bigger group, but they’re worth it — especially if you’re having a brunch-y sort of afternoon shindig.
Buy: Eggland’s Best Three Cheese Egg Bites, $5.79 for 8.4 ounces at Target
Do you have a favorite plant-based frozen appetizer? Tell us about it in the comments below!