Like many 'veggies' who rely on Quorn or soya for protein in their diets, I have to be creative in the kitchen to keep things interesting. As someone with a tendency to put on weight, I usually 'cut back' (I'm trying to avoid the D word) a couple times a year, and in this respect I find Quorn fillets very useful. They are low in calories as each fillet is just equivalent to 1 Weight Watchers point.
As one reviewer has said before, the flavour in it's unadorned state isn't terrible exciting by itself, but if you use it as you might do chicken, and use the same type of recipes, you won't go wrong.
Personally, I like to marinate Quorn fillets overnight in a sauce of my choice, or even something simple like soy sauce and a bit of garlic. Then when it comes to grilling the fillets or frying them they transform into something very tasty indeed. Another way to elevate the flavour is to spread some chutney or Nando's chilli sauce on them before frying. Yum!
I use the fillets in stir fry's, slicing them up into slivers, or in curries. Sometimes they are just nice as they are as part of a Sunday Roast, and why shouldn't veggies enjoy this superb Sunday tradition as well?
Quorn fillets usually come in packs of 6 for approximately £2, but if you keep your eyes open they are often on sale for half that price in places like Iceland. That's a good time to stock up the freezer.
Some people think quorn is bland and to be honest some of it is and these fillets are one of those things.
But I still like them.
I have tried these fillets with roast potatoes and veg and they don't go. I find if you want them as a hot meal you need to cook them in a sauce with a good flavouring.
I now cook these and have them cold, they are high in protein so as my daughter has a long wait until her dinner on a school day I cook them in the oven wiith a bit of pepper on and she has them cold as a snack and I too sometimes take them to work like this. Protein is the best thing to keep you fuller for longer.
These can be bought from most supermarkets from the frozen department, they are quite expensive at about £2.20 for a bag of 6.
As I said earlier I have these cold so as I cook them in the oven I have to be really careful not to over cook them or they go hard and dry; not nice. I find 20 minutes max is fine but this is when the oven isn't pre heated.
On the bag it doesn't mention cooking in the oven only frying, hob and microwave. But I have only tried them grilled and oven baked, and I find they taste the same either way.
These fillets are also low in calories each fillet is 55 calories which I think is good especially as they are quite filling and not full of fat or sugar.
My daughter likes these better when I put pepper on but the odd time when I have over cooked them she has said they are very dry and get stuck in her throat. I find that the moisture isn't quite there if cooked for too long
I'm a vegetarian and always use Quorn but when I ran out of Quorn chicken pieces which I usually use in risotto's & chicken curries I tried these and they were a sucess! Although they do NOT work in the George Foreman grill, they just go dry and burn so be warned! I use these in chicken curries and risotto as mentioned before I use defrost them in the microwave for a minute then chop them up and either fry them for a minute then throw them in the sauce and allow them to cook for 10 minutes, they absorb the flavour perfectly and are moist and much more versatile than chicken pieces!
I highly recommend these, even the other 5 people in my house who are all meat eaters enjoy these once in a while as they just absorb the flavour of what they're cooked in, they are also very low in fat and a great meat substitute for dieters.
Quorn is a great meat substitute and highly reccomend it!
My recipe for chicken curry is:
5 teaspoons Korma Paste
1 small Onion, diced
4 quorn chicken fillets, defrosted in the microwave then chopped
250mls Vegetable stock
25g creamed coconut
Pinch of Cayenne Pepper
Fry Onion & chicken
Add Korma Paste
Add everything else in
Simmer for 10mins
Serve over rice
I was brought up eating meat and consumed it on a daily basis, right up until nearly seven years ago, when for ethical reasons, I decided to give it up for good. I did enjoy the taste of meat and worried that I would miss it too much and would find it difficult to stick to my meat free diet.
That was until I found Quorn and realised what a large amount of products were available in their range.
Quorn is a mycoprotein and is a member of the fungi family. It is high in protein and dietary fibre and also contains essential amino acids. Quorn is low in fat and calories and has zero cholesterol.
Quorn fillets are one of those essential ingredients I always keep in my freezer. I use them both whole and chopped in many of my meals.
These fillets are great fried in sunflower oil. I cook them from frozen and when they start to soften, I slice a pocket into the side of them. I stuff this pocket with cheese and Quorn bacon and pop it back in the pan to heat until cheese melts. This is lovely served with creamy mashed potatoes and a selection of veggies. (A basic Quorn Fillet takes 15 minutes to cook from frozen).
I do also like to chop them up because although you can get ready prepared Quorn pieces, I find you get more out of the fillets. You can also cut them to the size that suits your recipe. Quorn pieces are actually a bit too small for making my favourite recipe: Spicy Chicken Style Skewers with Wedges.
*Spicy Chicken Style Skewers*
Fry your Quorn fillets (I use 6 fillets), in some sunflower oil and when softened, cut each fillet into 8 pieces. Keep frying until all pieces are golden, then remove from pan. When Quorn pieces are cool, thread them onto wooden skewers.
Make up sauce by mixing the following ingredients:
1 and a half tablespoons of apricot jam
2 tablespoons of Soy sauce
3 tablespoons of tomato ketchup
1 teaspoon of Dijon Mustard or more if wished
1 large clove of garlic ,well chopped
Salt & freshly ground black pepper
Mix these ingredients really well, getting it as smooth as possible.
Meanwhile prepare the wedges.
Use small potatoes and leave skin on. I use at least 2 potatoes per person, depending on size. Chop each potato into 4 chunky wedges and par boil until they just start to soften, but do not fall apart. Put the wedges into a food bag and pour in a small amount of sunflower oil and some salt and pepper or some herbs for a change of flavour. Give the bag a good shake to coat all the wedges.
Next, line a casserole dish with some tin foil and place the wedges into it, add some fried onions and grated cheese and cover over with foil.
Now is the time to coat your skewered Quorn with the sauce you made. Coat all the pieces thoroughly and place on a baking tray.
When these have been coated, place the dish of wedges in the oevn first for 10 minutes at Gas Mark 5, then add the skewers and heat for another 15 minutes. By this time the wedges should be hot and covered in melted cheese and the sauce on the skewered Quorn should be sticky and delicious.
If you want to add even more to the meal you could grill some baby tomatoes and peppers but I don't like to over complicate my meals as I just get into a big mess!
Quorn Fillets are an unbelievably low 94 calories per 2 fillets.
They cost £1.80 in Tesco for a 312g bag, which contains 6 fillets.
I started eating Quorn fillets for the first time probably about 8 years ago when I met my boyfriend (now my husband). Unlike me, he does not eat any meat, and when we started living together about 7 years ago, I gradually bought less and less meat. It can sometimes be quite difficult to dream up interesting, tasty and quick vegetarian meals from scratch, and over the years, I have found Quorn fillets to be the perfect substitute for meat protein in our diet. Unlike meat, Quorn fillets can be cooked from frozen. As a meat eater, I would say that this product really does smell and taste like chicken. The only thing is that the texture is probably quite different, but to be honest if it is cooked in the oven covered with a sauce such as in a casserole dish (which is quite often how we do it), it can be quite difficult to tell the difference. Compared to chicken, this does not dry out with over cooking. Overall, I would say that it is a good substitute for meat protein such as chicken or if you want something different as a vegetarian. However, for a meat eater, it would never replace meat, but it can help you to eat less meat, which is probably a good thing. It is healthy, being very low in fat and more importantly, it is very convenient to prepare if you work and do not have lots of time to spend preparing meals! I would recommend it.
I was a vegetarian for over ten years, but as my family grew, so did their demands for meals and also my time, and I found it increasingly impossible to cook separate meals for myself, so I gradually began to eat meat again as it was a lot easier, but one vegetarian item that has remained a staple in my diet is Quorn.
Quorn is made from mycroprotein, which is a member of the funghi family. It is very low in fat, very high in protein and fibre, and it is classically a substitute for chicken. Quorn pieces were my usual choice when I was a vegetarian and I always enjoyed eating them, but recently I noticed Quorn fillets, and I think that they are even better.
Quorn fillets can be found in the freezer compartment amongst the other vegetarian products. They are usually around £1.90 for a 312g bag, but they are very regularly available on offer for £1, so I usually stock up my freezer then. The fillets come in a plastic bag which is currently not recyclable, but being in a bag means that you can manipulate them into the smallest space in your freezer! Per bag you get six fillets, so they are significantly cheaper than chicken.
When you open the bag, straight away you are met with the familiar Quorn aroma which is slightly chickeny, and a bit oniony, but does smell tasty! I must admit that frozen, they don't look particularly appetising; they are the colour of cooked chicken and they are probably a touch smaller that a regular chicken fillet and a bit thinner. They are flat on one side and curved on the other - the manufacturers are trying to replicate the chicken fillet shape, and I have to say that this bugs me a little (alongside vegetarian "sausages", "burgers" and "bacon!!") and I don't know why they have to do this, if you want chicken - buy chicken!!
Generally speaking, I do not use these fillets whole, I prefer to tear them up and add them to curries and sauces. To do this they have to be defrosted, so I leave them out of the freezer for an hour before cooking, or store them in the fridge. If you want them whole, they can be cooked from frozen. Cooking them is easy as they only need to be warmed through and not actually "cooked". Putting them in a sauce on the hob does this perfectly; you can pop them in the oven for 45 minutes in a casserole, or you can microwave them for around seven minutes - either way, you can have a hassle free, tasty and healthy meal. Once cooked, these fillets are very tasty - I think that they are nicer than chicken, and they will never dry out like chicken can. They are juicy, (more juicy than regular Quorn pieces)and have a pleasant texture - there are occasional tiny pieces of onion in them which add to the texture and the taste.
Per two fillets (just over 100g), there are 94 calories and 1.9g of fat so I consider these to be ideal diet food, especially if you put them in a low fat sauce. I love these, and as they are so convenient, I cannot imagine not having them in the freezer for emergency meals.