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If you are a vegetarian then Quorn is probably sometimes one of your saviours. Not because we want something that makes us feel like we are eating meat but more for the variety and extra nutrients it gives.
I don't eat meat substitutes too often simply because I didn't like the general meat experience when I was a meat eater and don't like to repeat that experience but sometimes, as mentioned above, you fancy a change and your diet requires it. That's when I would turn to something like this product and I must admit that I do have it perhaps once every few weeks as it is a very versatile item.
These Quorn Pork Style Ribsters are a great all rounder as they are less than 5% fat, an excellent source of protein, and contain only 105 calories per serving! They cost about £2 but I would say this was well worth it for 168g (easily 2 servings at least).
Whilst cooking them, they have a frying onions sort of smell which is quite appetising. Their flavour is a little similar to this too but on first bite you notice more the smokey flavouring that it is covered with and honestly this can really add something special to a meal! The texture is soft and supple and is very similiar to how I remember soft chicken tasting (but don't take my word for it as it was a very long time ago) and although I don't like meat substitutes that remind me of a meat texture, these are actually quite pleasant for a change from vegetable and pulse textures.
I have used these Ribsters served in so many different ways but one of the quickest and my most favourite is to cook it in a pan with a little olive oil and then to serve inside a big baguette with fried onions and mushrooms, with a little french mustard and mayo and believe me, this is a really mouthwatering and quick meal if you are in a hurry (and aside from the bread it is pretty low fat too). Another great way to cook this is with vegetables and potatoes covered in a little white wine sauce or pepper sauce (again as you would do with a steak). I have also cut these into cubes to add to a curry or to have with rice and stew. They really are versatile! The only thing I would avoid is reheating them as they go a bit soggy and eating them cold as they do loose flavour if left overnight.
For those of you who are unsure what Quorn actually is (as I was) it is made from a mycoprotein (a kind of natural fungus), water, hydrated textured vegetable protein, wheat gluten, pea protein, wheat starch, vegetable fat, palm oil, milk protein, onion, dried egg white, paprika and beetroot extract and tapioca starch.
Having researched a little into this, the only problems I know of are that this product is not Vegan and I don't think the dried eggs or dairys used are free range but many of their other foods expressly mention that the egg contained in teh ingredients is free range.
In general I would recommend these Ribsters becuase of their lovely flavour, texture and versatility!