“ Brand: Quorn / Type: Vegetarians „
I never used to eat any Quorn products until I started to live on my own and now I buy them all of the time, (when I can afford to) as part of my new healthy eating regime. Quorn is lower in fat and calories and contains no meat and so is suitable for vegetarians. I am not vegetarian myself but I do like to substitute my meat every now and then with a Quorn product.
One tasty option they have at the minute is the Quorn Cottage pie with I I eat all to myself on a night when I get back from Uni. The pie is quite big at 500g and is designed to fill up two people but I manage to eat a whole one on my own. Half of this would never fill me up, anyway.
I cook mine in my microwave for 8 minutes after I've taken the outer wrapping off. This way it makes the potato topping a bit on the sloppy side so if I want it more crisp then I'll cook it in the conventional oven but this takes over half an hour (and longer if you have to wait for the oven to heat up) and so I just usually microwave it. The potato is light and fluffy on the top and underneath there is the delicious mix of Quorn mine with added peas and gravy. II always make a little jug of extra instant gravy to go with my cottage pie as I like it swimming in the stuff.
This is a great tasty way of filling you up and perfect for the winter evenings when you feel cold to the bone and you want something hot and tasty and ready to eat quickly. There are about three hundred calories on the hole lot so it's not going to make you fat and it only cost £1.75 from the cheap shop in the chilled cabinet.
I love these pies and I really recommend them, whether you're a vegetarian or not.
Quorn, Quorn beautiful Quorn! I'm a huge Quorn fan and have been for many years, they now have a great range of vegetarian products which I simply adore.
Quorn Cottage Pie - 300g:
'Succulent Quorn mince in delicious gravy, combined with peas and carrots and topped with fluffy mash'
When it comes to ready made meals I don't really mind them but I do always like to look at the calories within the meal; and when it comes to the calories in Quorn they also seem to be better than bog standard ready made meals.
I have had this meal on several occasions now and for me its lovely comfort food for a cold night which goes perfectly with some steamed vegetables. One major no no I have found with this meal is do NOT microwave it. It does state that this meal can be microwaved but it really doesn't taste as nice, the mash topping seems to take a rubbery looks and it feels like lumps of glue going down your throat!
For me this meal always has to be oven cooked this way you have a nice light crisp topping on top of the mash and soft mash underneath. Then the bottom layer you have rich tasting gravy with quorn mince, peas and carrots. There is a good amount of cottage pie but to make it a meal and fill it out some more I normally have some steamed vegetables.
Whilst cooking you can smell the gravy and it smells absolutely scrumptious, I think this meal is very well balanced which a nice amount of mash and a lot of mince, vegetables and gravy. As one thing that sometimes bugs me when it comes to meal with gravy there is never enough, so I was happy to see this gave the perfect amount. It didn't come out running from the meal for being to running/watery; it was of medium consistency which covered well.
The taste of this meal was not only incredibly flavourful but extremely morish each mouth-full was pure comfort on a plate. The mash topping tasted of creamed mash and the underneath was rich; peas and carrots were also just right nice and soft to eat. For me this meal is really filling once you add your extra vegetables without added something extra you maybe wanting more after.
I love Quorn not only because being a vegetarian this makes doing my meals easy and effortless, but they are low in fat, high in protein and a source of fibre. Still not the healthiest of meals but much better other ready made meals on the market.
(For the whole meal)
Calories - 206
Sugars - 6.9g
Fat - 3.6g
Saturates - 0.9g
Salt - 1.5g
Contains - Egg, milk, mustard, celery, barley and gluten.
How to cook:
Oven - 40 minutes at 200c, fan assisted oven reduce cooking time by 5 minutes.
Microwave - 10 minutes (but not recommend, it spoils the taste of the meal for me)
Price and Availability:
Available from Asda, Morrison's, Tesco, Sainsbury's, Somerfield, Waitrose and Iceland. This meal can sometimes be found on offer for only £1.00 which is excellent value for the quality of meal you're getting, normally price is around £2.49.
This is one of my all time favourite Quorn meals; it tastes great, very morish, and even better when on offer! I would recommend this meal to all and you can not tell your not eating meat. I did try yesterday their new lower fat version of this meal and it really wasn't half as good, so my advice is stick to the original!
Five out of five stars from me.
Thanks for reading :o)
All packaging can be recycled, needs to be kept frozen and cooked from frozen.
'Mycoprotein is the main ingredient in all Quorn products. It's made from a member of the fungi family (like mushrooms and truffles) and is a high-quality meat-free protein that's naturally low in fat, with very few calories. It's high in dietary fibre (important for your digestive system) and has the essential amino acids your body needs, with no cholesterol or trans fats at all.'
Some people may not be aware of what is used in Quorn for meat substitute above is a small text taken from the Quorn web site. If you would like to know more please visit - www.quorn.co.uk/About-Quorn/ or mycoprotein.org
Mashed potato (52%) [Potato (with preservative: sodium metabisulphite), milk, butter, salt, flavouring, white pepper], water, Quorn mince (8%) [mycoprotein*, rehydrated (free range) egg white , roasted barley malt extract], onions, peas (3%), carrot (2%), modified maize starch, tomato purée, vegetable bouillon (salt, yeast extract, flavourings (with celery), wheat flour, hydrogenated palm oil, onion powder), maize starch, salt, sugar, yeast extract, roasted barley malt extract.
Quorn Cottage Pie ~
I am slowly working my way through various Quorn products of late, mainly due to having a desire for more healthier meals.
I am not a vegetarian but I often do prefer vegetarian products as some of them have been really lovely and the health benefits far out way the high fat content of red meats. Most of the products have been really nice and I would buy them again in the future, however a small few leave a lot to be desired.
One item I am sitting on the fence over is this Quorn Cottage Pie. At 500g this is supposed to be enough to serve two people, ........ well two very little people maybe! I am not a big eater by any means but a whole one of these with added vegetables as an accompaniment just about does me.
The outer cardboard wrapper shows us a very tempting looking picture of the pie with little pieces of carrots and peas in a rich sauce and topped with a generous amount of mash potato. The reality though is very different!
When you slide the plastic tray out of its wrapper the look of the pie is somewhat disappointing and resembles nothing of what is shown on the outer pack.
This pie can be cooked in two ways. In the microwave for 8 minutes, based on an 800w microwave, or oven baked for 40 minutes at 90c/375f/gas 5 in the oven if cooked from chilled. For speed on this occasion I chose the microwave way.
Once cooked, I served it up with some florets of broccoli and some carrots. I tried to take the pie out of its tray in my usual way but found it very difficult due to its total lack of consistency, it was just a sloppy mess, and I ended up pouring it out onto my plate. The topping of mash potato was so thin that you could see the rest of the sauce, carrots and peas straight through it.
Taste and opinion ~
The one thing it did have in its favour was that the taste of it was actually quite nice, a little on the salty side, but not too bad at all, which is why I said I am on the fence with this one. The peas and carrots were a little bland but the gravy sauce and the Quorn itself was actually ok. The mash potato topping tasted as thin as it looked and was, quite frankly, a waste of time being there. But the taste was reasonable and considering the health aspects of this pie, being very high in protein, and that it is very low in calories and saturated fats, it is something that I may consider buying again in the future.
Based on half the pie:
Energy ~ 147ckals
Protein ~ 6.3g
Fat ~ 3.5g
Saturates ~ 2.3g
Salt ~ 2.0g
Allergy: Contains Celery, Egg, Milk, Sulphite, Barley and Wheat gluten.
To summarise ~ This is a disappointing product but has very obvious health benefits.
This can be found in all good supermarkets at a cost of around £1.50 but can also be found in Iceland at usually £1.00.
Thank you for reading my review!!
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Quorn cottage pie is a reasonable product but, in my opinion, it does need to have a lot more flavour and to be more filling. I cetainly find that this isn't a large enough portion for a meal or really, even for a snack. I find I have to serve something with it to make it of an acceptable size meal. However, I consider this a convenience food, and once you start to cook accompaniments it stops being so convenient As cottage pie that already has a meat substitute (peas) and is topped with mashed potato), then it should satisfy as a meal. Enough, anyway, for a lunch.
Although I'm not overly impressed with this cottage pie I have bought it several times, but really only when there wasn't a great deal of choice in the vegetarian freezer. Let's face it most stores don't go overboard in stocking meat free food.( Although things are much improved than when I first stopped eating meat in the 1970's)
I have eaten this Quorn cottage pie with baked beans or a little extra mashed potato. It also goes well with a vegetable side dish or two. Also, I would tend to have this more as a light lunch than a dinner. If time isn't an issue then I would rather cook myself a cottage pie using Quorn style mince, even if instant potato mix is used. I sometimes do this and freeze an extra portion.
Although I don't think this is a great product I would still buy and eat it occasionally. It can be purchased from health food stores although I usually tend to buy it from a supermarket. I wouldn't pay more than £1.50 for this. I find Iceland is one of the best places to buy it. ( Usually £1 ). It definitely, in my opinion isn't worth any more.
Never-the-less it is a healthy option to meat being very low in fat and doesn't take long to cook. It can be microwaved, which is my preferred way to cook it.
Quorn cottage pie can be purchased in health food shops although I find supermarkets such as Iceland, the cheapest place to buy.
One of its advantages is that it's healthy, having a low fat content, being meat free. Also, as I've already said, it can be microwaved even from frozen.
I don't think meat eaters would like this as much as they might other Quorn foodstuffs. I doubt if they would think it tasted like meat.
I got this product on offer this week in Morrisons for £1, it is the chilled version I tried as it also comes in frozen. It currently comes with money off coupons on the outer card so worth a try if you see it on offer.
It takes around 30 minutes to cook from chilled but the potato still looked soggy so I gave it a bit longer. Unfortunately I couldn't get the potato to brown at all like the picture on the box and it wasn't 'fluffy' as described. The portion size was ok for me and it was reasonably filling but I think a man would probably need two as it looked quite small.
I found the flavour a bit bland and salty. This is the only Quorn product I have not been impressed with. The mince base with peas in was ok although I couldn't taste that it was onion gravy and given the potato topping was a bit soggy it is therefore not a product I would buy again.
It is low in fat and calories though which is a bonus at only 176 calories per pack.
Im a part veggie. Im veggie but I do eat some fish. My little boy is the same and my hubby is completely veggie - he doesnt touch fish and is not overly keen on meat-a-likes. I do miss the taste of meat and am aware of meeting my protein needs and so I sometimes buy this for a quick lunch. Trully, I find it doesnt look terribly appetising until its been oven cooked and even then it does resemble your typical convenience food pie (i.e. lovingly machine made). To me it tastes salty - very salty. The vegetables taste like any morsel of goodness as been processed out of them. For this reason, if I eat this for lunch I usually cook a side of vegetables. I know to this point my review is not overly positive. I guess its because as far as processed food is concerned you get what comes out of the machine. Its not haute cuisine and its not fresh (by any means) but it does fulfil a role. Its a suitable stopgap meal for me. It contains protein and is lo in fat so in comparison to meat versions its probably much better for you. If you like quick meals and dont mind a processed taste then try it.
I used to have a completely vegetarian diet, and this lifestyle choice of mine had a span of over a decade. Whilst I do now enjoy eating meat from time to time, I am very fussy about it and as a result I tend to still buy some vegetarian-friendly products as I tend to enjoy them more than meat a lot of the time.
I found out years ago that some of the meat-free brands such as Quorn were pretty good quality and tasted nice whereas some veggie food is pretty bland and should be avoided like the plague.
One product that I hadn't tried for a long time though was the Quorn cottage pie, a ready meal made up of Quorn mince in a tasty gravy and topped with mashed potato that could be cooked easily in the microwave, if the packaging is to be believed.
Having not tried this pie for several years, and tending to shy away from ready meals in general, this purchase was a bit of a one-off. My partner often picks up little things like this meal when he is taking charge of the shopping as they are convenient to keep in the fridge until I need to make myself a quick and easy meal. The point of this is of course that I have restricted mobility as a result of ill-health and this means that I am unable to stand and prepare vegetables, cooking a meal from scratch over the stove or any of the other slightly 'manual labour' that other, more physically able people would be able to employ.
So, the point of making purchases like this one is that I can eat something fairly 'half decent' rather than the usual toast I would prepare if my health is suffering and my partner is unavailable to prepare a meal for me.
The Quorn cottage pie cost my partner only £1 from our local Asda supermarket but this was on a promotion of some sort because the normal price is around £1.80 or so if memory serves me correctly. The portion of cottage pie is a fairly-reasonable-but-not-huge 300g in size. This is most definitely a one-person portion of the cottage pie.
Cooking the pie proved to be nice and easy (thank goodness as I was preparing this on a particularly bad day and had my walking stick to lean on whilst I was 'cooking'). All I had to do was remove the plastic tray from the cardboard cover, and pierce the film lid covering the pie with a fork several times.
As I wanted a quick-as-possible dinner, I chose to cook the cottage pie in the microwave as this was obviously the quickest option and I saw from the pack that this would only take around five minutes. There is an option to cook in the oven too and this takes thirty minutes.
The Quorn cottage pie didn't really create any tasty aroma whilst it was cooking in the microwave but I think this can be said of most microwave meals unless they are particularly strong, such as a curry or something. When the time was up, I peeled off the film lid but this proved to be quite a difficult task as the corners of the film didn't peel back properly, the way that a normal microwave meal does. I ended up having to use scissors and almost got burned by steam escaping from the pie so I feel this is quite a significant design fault in terms of the packaging of the pie.
Anyway, I served the pie alongside some peas that I had managed to heat on the hob and felt that all in all it looked to be a tasty enough dinner. My only complaint thus far was that the potato on top of the pie looked to be very moist - verging on soggy almost - but there was certainly a generous enough portion of the cottage pie to suit my appetite.
When I cut into the pie I felt that there was a nice consistency to the potato and my concerns about anything being too soggy were not necessary as the potato in particular seemed to be a really nice texture. The Quorn mince was cooked perfectly and had a nice texture to it too. I was surprised but pleased to note that there were some small pieces of vegetable through the meat which looked to be nicely cooked but to be honest I didn't really notice any great taste coming from them and I think they were probably there for show rather than adding anything major to the dish. The peas that were present throughout the mince however, were a different story and I thought that these added a bit of 'bite' to the meal as well as tasting very nice indeed.
The whole of the mince and veg part of the cottage pie was surrounded in the most delicious gravy which was a dark and rich glossy brown colour. This really made a nice addition to the meal and of course the addition of this gravy ensured that there was nothing dry about the potato or the mince filling. There was more than enough gravy to compliment the amount of potato perfectly, and the manufacturers have certainly got this ratio spot on in my opinion.
I did not feel that the Quorn pie was at all overly-salted, in the same way that I find a lot of ready meals can be, nor did I find that it was anything other than quite delicious! I thoroughly enjoyed the pie although I would only eat it from time to time as I personally get very bored with things like this quite easily.
There is an abundance of nutritional information listed on the reverse of the cardboard packaging to advise that the product is of course suitable for a vegetarian diet and there is sufficient allergy advice listed. I can also see that 100g of the Quorn cottage pie will provide 1.4g of fat as well as 59 calories which seems quite low when compared to other microwave meals.
I would thoroughly recommend the Quorn cottage pie and will buy it again to keep as a 'stand-by' dinner in my fridge. It can also be frozen which is of course even more convenient and enables the pie to be kept for up to three months in the freezer.
I will deduct one dooyoo star because I feel the packaging is a bit of a let down and anybody with a physical impairment or physical disability - like myself - is really at risk from serious injury due to the escape of steam whilst trying to get rid of the blooming film on the tray! Apart from this, I cannot fault the actual pie itself at all and was impressed with it.
I've been a vegetarian for quite a long time now, and although the range of ready meals and convenience foods available for us non-meat eaters has improved vastly over the past couple of decades, there still isn't much out there that doesn't try and pretend to be meat. Purists may find this annoying, or argue that vegetarians who eat 'fake meat' aren't really proper veggies at all, but I just tend to eat what I enjoy and not worry about the philosophy of it all too much!
I have to admit, I do really like my own homemade cottage-style pie made with all 'proper' veggie ingredients (including lentils, sorry guys but I actually do really like them!), but I just don't have time to make it that often these days.
My partner is a meat eater, so often he'll have a 'real' frozen cottage pie with some steamed veg, and I'll have one of these from Quorn.
First of all, the good points about this particular pie - it is quite tasty, as the Quorn and veggies are smothered in a nice thick, rich gravy. It's also really convenient - just pop in the oven from chilled or frozen, and sort your veg out while it's cooking.
Less good points - well first of all it's a little bit soggy for my tastes and, more importantly, it's FAR too small. Or maybe I'm just a greedy pig? Anyway, I suppose you could always have two, and it's not all that expensive so that is a viable option for the very hungry amongst us!
In short, if you don't have time to cook from scratch and fancy a veggie cottage pie, this is pretty tasty and worth a try. If you do have more time (and I keep meaning to do this!), it might be better to get yourself a bag of Quorn mince and some spuds and make your own, more filling, pie.
I have been a vegetarian for many many years now. I think I have tried most things that tesco, asda and sainsburys sell in terms of meat free food. I am also a huge fan of the quorn range. In my journey of vegetarian discovery I have tried many meat free cottage pies. I was put off for some time by the tescos one, it has a very unique taste, which just doesnt appeal to me. Once I was over that incident I tried the quorn one, which luckily, was much much nicer.
Quorn cottage pie comes in a long thin rectangular pack. It is covered in a cardboard sleeve which slides off. That is great as the cardboard is recyclable. The cardboard is decorated with a delicious looking picture of the cottage pie, and the quorn logo. Inside the cardboard sleeve is a black plastic container which contains the dish, covered by a thin clear plastic sleeve.
The pie can be cooked in the microwave or the oven. The oven is slightly better as this browns the potato a bit better, but obviously takes much longer. The dish consists of vegetarian meat replacement (quorn mince) and peas and onion in a gravy sauce topped with mash potato. The under layer tastes very much of gravy, it is quite strong. The potato is quite thin and watery, but still fairly tasty.
One thing I would recommend, if you freeze this then cook it you will need to drain some of the excess water off after as it gathers some in the process.
This is a great meal for dieters as it is low calorie. This is a good purchase, but not as good as home made!
I class myself as somewhat of a semi-vegetarian, for health reasons I am cutting down on my red meat consumption and trying to eat as few processed meat products as possible.
One ready meal I have found to be excellent is this Cottage Pie from the Quorn range as it's a hearty filling meal which isn't very much different from a regular meat cottage pie.
The 500g pack I bought serves two and I cooked mine for myself and my meat loving ten year old granddaughter and honestly she wasn't even aware that this was a vegetarian meal, although she did realise that something wasn't quite right with the mince but I think she just assumed it was a cheap meat.
The mince particles are plump and tender, the main thing I appreciated was the fact that the onion gravy was nice and rich so that I couldn't actually taste the Quorn itself. While I don't mind the flavour of Quorn, I do find it extremely bland and unappealing and I was glad for this very flavoursome gravy in this meal.
There's lots of Quorn mince in the meal and not too much mashed potato, another thing I was very grateful for as I find most shop bought cottage pies have far too much mash and this generally makes the pie itself rather sticky and stodgy. Not so with this one, the ratio of mince to potato is exactly right in my opinion and I was pleased not to be left with a pile of mash on my plate after eating the mince and gravy.
There are a few peas and cubes of carrots and they are all well cooked, perhaps the carrots are a little hard but at least they taste fresh which is more than can be said for other ready meals of this type. The mashed potato is very tasty indeed; it's well seasoned and beautifully fluffy, it tastes very similar to 'real' mashed potato rather than the plastic stuff I've become used to when eating shop bought pies such as this.
Overall I think this is a fantastic meal and it's urged me to buy a bag of Quorn mince to attempt my own cottage pie. Personally I will season the gravy a little more as I felt the meal could have done with a bit more salt, but this is a minor consideration really as I simply added a little table salt and black pepper to my meal and this gave it the perfect taste for me.
I served my Quorn Cottage Pie with some green beans and warm buttered sweetcorn and it was a delicious, filling and extremely healthy meal with these accompaniments. The best thing is that half of this cottage pie contains just 147 calories and 3.5g of fat, which I'm sure you'll agree is astoundingly low when compared to beef or lamb mince cottage pies you buy in the supermarkets which usually come in at around 400 - 500 calories per serving.
My daughter is home for a few days and not for a nice reason either. She has endured the misery of several dental extractions for impacted wisdom teeth, and is eating sloppy food until the surgery heals!
I had stocked up the fridge with all sorts of goodies fit for even the most toothless individual, and one of the items I purchased was a Quorn Cottage Pie. Now I haven't bought one of these for some years now, as to be honest I prefer to make this myself, but I wanted some individual meals for her which she would easily cook when I was out. Last night we all decided to have this, so she didn't feel too left out watching us chomp through something crunchier!
Quorn Cottage Pie will cost you about £2.49 for 500g, which is suitable for one serving by itself, but if you are adding vegetables it will suffice for 2. As it has carrots and peas in the filling it isn't that necessary to add anything else.
As we are all vegetarian Quorn is something I do buy sometimes in various forms. It is a mycoprotein made from an edible fungus and is a good source of protein.
The packaging is very attractive with a view of the pie; and the twinkling amber and emerald coloured peas and carrots are easily visible amongst the succulent mince like pieces in moist gravy. These are overlaid with a mashed potato, which is over the entire length of the pie covering it in a white fluffy corrugated roof.
It also explains that it is only 3% fat so ideal for dieters, and only 300 calories if you choose to eat the meal all to yourself.
Cooking time is 40 minutes or so depending on your oven and of course it is microwave friendly.
I chose to cook mine in the oven as I was making three of these it was an easier option, and I don't have a microwave.
The first thing I don't like, and remember from when I used to purchase these a while ago is that you have to remove the plastic covering before cooking. You pick up the corner tab, but it doesn't peel off without breaking, so you have to find the scissors and cut it round. I do find this annoying and messy, I don't buy ready meals very often at all, but I do feel if I did this would be more than a minor irritation.
Make sure you cook the pie for the length of time it says. Any less and the mash remains quite solid and stodgy. It also needs to be bubbling throughout which I feel you need to wait for to ensure it is piping hot.
Now the first thing I must say about the aesthetics of this pie is that it is really quite good. Colourful and certainly looks tasty.
We all sat at the table and voiced our opinions. The first comment we all made universally was salty. I don't use very much salt at all in my cooking, and if I do I use Solo Salt as it contains less sodium, and is better for keeping your blood pressure within normal limits. This was so salty, and we all agreed, including my daughter who doesn't use Solo Salt like I do. On checking the label it turns out we were correct. If you eat this portion you will be consuming 4g salt and the recommended daily intake is 6g. Oh dear it really is pushing the boundaries for me in this area, because if you tot up your normal salt intake in cereal and bread you will easily top the limit. It may be low fat, but it's bursting with salt.
Now to the taste. For a ready meal it is quite good. I found it to be a good representation of home made, and certainly palatable and enjoyable. The mashed potato is slightly too stodgy for me, it lacks the light and fluffy characteristics of newly made mash, but the underneath the Quorn Mince and vegetables are certainly tasty and a good representation of a meaty dish.
This meal can be found in the chiller cabinet and will keep for a few days at home depending on the use by date. A quick glance down the list of ingredients certainly pleases me, because, with the exception of the salt, these are wholesome and nutritious.
Would I purchase again?-yes in a situation like this, but not frequently. This is due to two reasons; firstly I prefer to make meals from scratch if I can, and if I fancy a treat or a night off, this probably wouldn't be in the first tranche of possibilities. Secondly I don't like the salt levels; they are way too high and for me really make me question purchasing again.
This meal has it's place certainly, but sometimes you have to look beyond convenience.
I've been a fan of Quorn meals for ages, and this is definitely one of my favourites! Its really quick to cook in the microwave, but don't be put off by the labeling of 'microwave meals' because this is certainly healthier than your typical convenience meal!
The Quorn products are always very low in calories and fat, but even with the creamy layer of mashed potato that every Cottage pie deserves, it stays very low in calories. Its also not bland, like you may expect from convenient, low-fat, meat-free meals! Packed full of flavour, and the main part of the dish is not simply mince and gravy, but has a lot of vegetables in, including peas which I think give it a great flavour.
For me, its fantastic when you're watching what you eat but don't have time to put lots of effort into a wholesome meal. It certainly tastes great, in fact i've since tried to make my own vegetarian cottage pie...it was nothing like this!! (saying more about the fantastic flavours in the Quorn version than about my cooking, I hope!)
My little brother, as a dedicated carnivore, even tried it and really enjoyed it, so isn't limited to Vegetarians! The price isn't too bad either, I think in Morissons it was just £1.49.
Only having a microwave to cook my evening meal tonight I wandered to the supermarket in search of a ready meal that would do the tricky combined task of satisfying my hunger, treating my taste buds and not blowing my diet.
Having eaten a few Quorn and tofu based products over the past few weeks I thought I'd investigate what the chilled vegetarian ready meals had to offer and I came across the Quorn Cottage Pie with an appetizing picture of the meal on the cardboard sleeve and costing the princely sum of £1.48 (in Asda). So before I could buy it I thought I'd better check the nutrition stuff. The meal contains just 176 cals and 2.7g of sat fat which I feel is very healthy. Being made by Quorn this product is implicity ok for vegetarians but whilst checking the label I noticed it contained eggs so no good for vegans and gluten and wheat will, if I understand it correctly, make this a no no for other restricted diets.
I folowed the instructions to cook this in the microwave and was rewarded by a very pleasant cooking smell. A point to note is that the instructions do say for best results oven cook which I would do in the future if I had an oven and 30 mins as I think the meal would taste nicer - the potato would probably soften up more and be less stodgy and would get a browned top.
The cottage pie itself looked very much as pictured of the cardboard sleeve, however I would say there is more potato. According to the ingredients list 52% of the pie is potato and 8% is Quorn mince. There was a good scattering of vegetable pieces and a very rich looking gravy.
I find it hard to describe the taste of Quorn products as it seems wrong to compare it to meat. However what I can say is this tasted lovely and if it wasn't for the slightly mushroomy flavour (at least that's what I think it was but it may just be because I known Quorn is derived from a funghi) coming from the mince and it's lighter texture I wouldn't have known this was a vegetarian product. The gravy was excellent I would happily have that as an accompaniment to any appropriate meal. As I've mentioned the potatoes were slightly stodgy but I think that was due to my microwave than the product. All in all this meal tasted good and filled me up, and left me feeling satidfied for the rest of the evening.
The only thing that has slightly disappointed me with this product, and the reason for four stars, is that I would've liked a little more mince as I expect cottage pies to be heavier on the mince than the potato. I was hoping that the lack of mince was accidental but after reading the ingredients list I don't think this is the case.
I would definitely eat this cottage pie again, from the oven, it managed to tick all the boxes of what I wanted in my ready meal and I think it's surpassed itself on the low cal low fat high taste bit.
After wandering aimlessly around my local supermarket yesterday looking for something for dinner, I saw this. I was a vegetarian since I was 4 but have recently began eating meat products again, slowly but surely. However, I still prefer the taste of quorn products and find them much easier to eat.
The cottage pie was in the freezer section and cost £1.79 for 450g, however this was on special offer with 60p off so I imagine it usually comes in at around £2.39. As you probably know already, quorn mince has fewer calories and fat in than regular meat so it is great for those on a diet. A pack serving contains just 284 calories and 4.5 grams of fat (2.3g which saturate). If you are on the weight watchers programme, this meal will cost you 5 points. The portion size is extremely generous.
I cooked my meal in the oven which took around 50 minutes, but you can also stick it in the microwave which takes just ten. The pie had a nice appearance, the mash on the top had gone brown and the mince was a nice brown colour with a good helping of gravy. The vegetables (carrots and peas) were recognisable, but not overbearing.
Upon first taste, I wasn't overly keen as in my eyes, the mince had a rather odd taste to it. I often make cottage pie myself at home with quorn mince and it tasted very different. However, after a few mouthfuls the pie started to grow on me more and more. The mince was flavoursome but not too spicy. The mash tasted rather processed and wasn't very nice, not at all creamy but mixed with the mince you cant really taste the difference-if you want a low calorie meal then I guess they have to make some exceptions!
Overall, it was a nice meal for a good price, perfect for when you dont have time to make something yourself. I will be purchasing this again.
Although I'm not a vegetarian, I do actually like the taste of many quorn products and in a bid to cut down on my red meat consumption, I like to substitute meat mince for quorn mince every once in a while.
I actually use the quorn mince to make chilli and much prefer it to regular mince.
Anyway I digress - back to Quorn cottage pie.
For those who dont know, Quorn is a mycroprotein made from a member of the funghi family. It is naturally low in fat, high in protein and has no cholesterol.
Quorn Cottage pie is quorn mince with peas and carrots in an onion gravy topped with mash. You can microwave or oven cook it and its suitable for freezing.
It is suitable for veggies but not for vegans as it contains milk.
Personally I prefer to oven cook this as the potato goes a bit crispy mmm...
Once cooked it tastes really pleasant, although I usually need to add a little salt to the mince (not very healthy but Im a salt freak!)
It doesn't replica meat, but the onion gravy gives it depth and it makes for a really hearty comfort food type meal.
The trick for me is don't compare it to meat - in my opinion if a product tastes good on its own merits, then who cares if it does or doesn't do a good meat impression?!
The best thing for me is the low calorie count - in fact they label it as 'surprisingly low fat cottage pie' and it really is - per whopping 500g pack it has only 294 calories - 500g is a lot! you may only need half and serve with a salad.
The fat content is also low at 7g per pack.
So there you go, a filling tasty meal which is healthy and good for those watching their weight - good old quorn!