I love it when brands I know from home set up shop across the Atlantic. Many brands I’d buy all the time back in the U.S. don’t exist in France and aside from importing them myself or hoping My American Market has them, there’s not really much you can do except try to find an equivalent. Recently I discovered that Amy’s Kitchen (known as Amy’s in the U.S.) — an organic and vegetarian convenience and frozen foods company — is available in France. They have a line of soups and frozen meals and I was eager to see if they lived up to the tasty Amy’s I knew and loved from the USA.
Amy’s Kitchen in France
At any given time back in the U.S., my freezer always had a couple of burritos from Amy’s. They were easy to heat up in the microwave, made a great healthy meal option and you could usually stock up when they were on sale. In France, I’ve slowly been discovering all the brand’s offerings, and although I’m not vegetarian and don’t follow a gluten-free diet, I enjoy vegetarian meals and love the variety Amy’s Kitchen has to offer.
Do Amy’s Kitchen products in France live up to the Amy’s name I know from the U.S.? Are the products worth it? Yes and yes!
About Amy’s Kitchen
Founded in 1987 by Rachel and Andy Berliner after giving birth to their daughter Amy, Amy’s Kitchen specializes in a line of organic soups that are gluten free and vegetarian in addition to a line of delicious vegetarian frozen meals, many of which are gluten free. Made with simple and natural ingredients and always GMO and preservative free, the company launched in France in October 2013. All of Amy’s Kitchen products in France are currently made in the U.S. and imported. While the company is more well-known and widely available in the U.S. than in France, that is changing little by little, and if you’re in France, you can locate Amy’s Kitchen products near you here.
First, let’s take a look at the Amy’s Kitchen lineup in France.
There are six soups, two of which are “meal soups” that are a little heartier. The four regular varieties are lentil vegetable soup, split pea, creamy tomato and creamy mushroom. The heartier soups are the Italian-style rustic vegetables and Provencal Country-style soup. The soups are excellent and aren’t overly salty like canned soups can sometimes be. The flavors were distinct and the soups were well seasoned but not overpowering. The hearty soups were packed full of veggies and are a great meal option on a cool day.
My favorite soup is… surprisingly the pea soup! I generally don’t even like pea soup but the flavor of the Amy’s Kitchen Soupe de Pois Cassés was really well balanced, not too salty and full of flavor. I was sure the mushroom or tomato soup would be my favorite but nope, pea soup won! If you were to buy just one soup, make it pea soup!
Amy’s Kitchen in France also specializes in frozen meals just like you’d find in the U.S. They have veggie lasagna, macaroni and cheese, Curried Thai veggies & rice, cheese pizza, veggie burgers, one burrito offering that’s cheddar, rice and beans, and more. You can see the full lineup here.
My favorite frozen meal was……… ahhh it’s hard to pick just one. I really enjoy the veggie lasagna and the burrito. But I also really like their macaroni and cheese. And the Thai veggies had a spicy kick that complemented the veggies beautifully. So what am I saying here? That you can’t really make a bad choice when it comes to Amy’s Kitchen products in France. Everything I tried was excellent, both microwaved and when baked in the oven (two options to warm up the meal). The veggie burgers were delicious and even Tom raved about them. We added some cheese, lettuce and tomato and had the quinoa-based burgers one night and will keep buying them. Easy to make and they taste great! Again, I’m not vegetarian, nor do I follow a gluten-free diet but the taste of Amy’s Kitchen’s foods will appeal to diners with broad palates.
Just how broad? Well, my dad — would would turn his nose up at the mention of health food — is hooked on the mac and cheese and I was pleasantly surprised to find this in France! My dad doesn’t seek out healthy products but my mom bought the Amy’s macaroni one time and my dad ended up loving it, so now they regularly buy it as a side dish to eat with dinner. It was creamy, flavorful and if you hadn’t told me it was gluten free, I never would have guessed based on the taste.
What I love about Amy’s Kitchen in France:
- The food actually tastes good. Sometimes frozen foods can lack flavor or taste overly salty but not Amy’s Kitchen. I was happy to find that the brand’s offerings in France are similar to those in the US and the same Amy’s taste that I know from home is the same in France.
- You have the option of microwaving the meals when you’re in a hurry or baking them in the oven.
- The lineup is diverse. From soups to frozen meals ranging from pizza to pasta to veggie burgers and more, there’s something for everyone.
- The brand is environmentally conscious and uses all recycled packaging and environmentally friendly vehicles for transport.
What can be improved about Amy’s Kitchen in France:
- The price. As with many things in France, prices are steep. All the meals are single portions and the suggested retail prices in France are as follows: Thai curry veggie dish is 4.95€ and it’s 285g. A pack of 4 veggie burgers is 6.49€. The gluten-free veggie lasagna is 4.95€ and 265g and the pizza at only 170g is 6.95€. With the products being imported, certified organic, etc., I understand why the prices are high but that doesn’t make it any easier on the wallet. Amy’s Kitchen is looking to produce their European products in Europe soon, so stay tuned. Perhaps that will bring the prices down a bit.
- Portions are small. All meals are single-serve portions but if you’re starving, you may want to supplement with a side salad or something similar. You will definitely not be stuffed after eating.
- Only one burrito choice. When I think of Amy’s in the U.S., the brand’s burritos come to mind first. The burrito selection in the U.S. is fabulous but in France, Amy’s Kitchen only has one variety. It’s super tasty, but I’d love to see a few other burrito varieties soon. I know this might not work for the French market.
- Amy’s Kitchen in France is not widely available. I used the product finder on their website and was happy to see that one of the big chain supermarkets in town supposedly carried the products. But upon going there and speaking with the manager, they actually didn’t carry the products and weren’t even familiar with the brand. Amy’s Kitchen products are hard to track down in smaller towns but their customer service department got right back to me and they are very responsive to customers’ needs.
Two thumbs way up! Amy’s Kitchen in France has a tasty lineup of products that will delight your taste buds — vegetarian or not. Whether you grab a soup or a frozen meal, the products are easy to heat up, taste great and come in handy when you need to eat in a pinch. Highly recommended on both sides of the Atlantic.
Have you tried Amy’s Kitchen products? What’s your fave?
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