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It’s rare, but sometimes it pays to be ethical.

Alpha Foods, a California-based food company responsible for bringing tasty plant-based meals to the frozen food aisle, has secured a major funding boost, according to Food Navigator. The company plans to use the investment to expand their reach beyond Walmart, Kroger, and Publix, as well as expand into refrigerated products later this year and into 2020.

The company’s $7 million haul was driven by New Crop Capital and AccelFoods. CEO Loren Wallis told Food Navigator how a new era of vegan eating has fueled demand for their products, saying:

“It feels like we’ve reached a tipping point, that this is the perfect moment in time for our brand, when millennials in particular are looking for foods that are healthier, kinder to animals and kinder to the environment. They also love grab and go products.”

The round of funding comes after an initial venture in 2016, one year after the company was established. According to Forbes, this brings their current raised total to $9.5 million. As of now, Alpha Foods products are sold in 6,000 to 7,000 stores, but that number could double or even triple in the next year, Wallis added.

As demand for vegan products continues to rise, investors have been lining up for a slice of the (cruelty-free) pie. With their financial future looking healthy for now, Alpha Foods is well-positioned to meet demand with their pot pies, tamales, burritos, and more!

Your Own Frozen Food Delights

Of course, you don’t need to peruse the freezer section for great vegan meals on ice. Check out these freeze-friendly recipes, courtesy of the Food Monster App.

Smothered Burritos
Vegan Smothered Burritos

Source: Smothered Burritos

Zsu Dever‘s Smothered Burritos are large enchiladas that are covered with red, green, or white sauce. The filling can be varied; they can include roasted vegetables, potatoes, vegan meats, vegan cheese. The filling combinations are up to you and your wild imagination! These burritos are stuffed with vegan chicken, cumin rice, vegan cheese, cilantro, and scallions. Get creative and get cooking! Of course, they freeze very well.

Refried Bean Enchiladas
Vegan Refried Bean Enchiladas

Source: Refried Bean Enchiladas

Just because you’re on a budget doesn’t mean that you have to skimp on flavor. Melanie Sorrentino‘s simple Refried Bean Enchiladas are packed with refried beans (which you can make oil-free), tangy black olives, and green salsa, then covered with spicy sauce and baked until warm and bubbly. They’re served with a simple side of rice seasoned with cilantro and summer squash. Buy the affordable ingredients, freeze up this dish, and have delicious healthy food all week long.

Hamburger Helper
Vegan Hamburger Helper

Source: Hamburger Helper

The texture of the tofu and the flavor and consistency of the sauce in this recipe have been refined and perfected! Meaty, chewy tofu in a thick, savory sauce. Tara Binder‘s vegan spin of Hamburger Helper is a great freezer choice!

Clean out that freezer, grab some reusable containers, and make room for all of the delicious recipes that you’re going to try! These are just some of the ideas, but definitely check out our article on Freezer Food to get an even better grasp of food storage. You can find tons of recipes on the Food Monster App, over 15,000 in fact. It’s available for both Android and iPhone, and can also be found on Instagram and Facebook. Full of allergy-friendly recipes, subscribers gain access to new recipes every day. Check it out!

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