Product Type: Quorn Ready Meals
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Who's The Veggie?!
Member Name: Samm0
Date: 24/03/10, updated on 10/02/12 (132 review reads)
Advantages: Health Benefits
I'm not a vegetarian but my partner is. To save the extra hassle cooking two different meals I cook without meat two/three times per week.
Quorn (Marlow Foods) produce a wide variety of meat free products although Quorn mince is my preferred option.
The mince is sold frozen, or refrigerated, it can usually be found with other Quorn/vegetarian products in the majority of supermarkets. I tend to buy frozen as it is cheaper and can often be found on special offer.
A 300g packet costs £1.85 at Sainsbury's - £6.17kg, bought fresh 350g costs £2.47 - £7.06kg.
When compared to beef mince, it is more expensive - Sainsbury's lean beef mince is £5.78kg.
The mince is made with Mycoprotein (88%), a member of the fungi family. It is naturally high in fibre and protein and also low in fat, containing less than 3%. With only 71 kcal's per 75g serving, the product is popular with those watching their weight.
It is not suitable for vegans as it contains egg white.
Quorn is quick easy and to cook with. I cook mine on the hob but it can be done in the microwave (7 minutes for half a pack) or in the oven (35 minutes, gas mark 6).
So, what does it taste like? I could not eat the product without a sauce. I am not very adventurous when cooking with it as I often use as a last minute meal. My menu consists of bolognese, chilli or shepherds/cottage pie.
In each case I fry the mince with onions - it is only as low fat as you make it!! I also find that I need to add a lot of seasoning, particularly salt, although the mince does absorb flavours added really well.
As a meat eater, I find that adding Bisto gravy granules improves the taste and adds more substance to a dish (the granules are also veggie).
When it is simmering in the pan, one could be forgiven for mistaking it for beef mince. On tasting, the difference is apparent. Although it is tasty, the texture is obviously different, the dish is not as heavy and easier to consume (you can eat more!!!).
When eaten in a shepherds pie, I would liken the flavour (if adding Bisto) to school dinners 30 years ago, you'll know what I mean when you taste it (hence I cook shepherds pie but only my partner eats it!).
I would suggest cooking with the mince as an alternative to meat. Use it as part of a varied healthy diet. Do not expect it to taste like meat, it doesn't. Appreciate it for what it is, a healthier but costlier option.
Summary: A quick and easy alternative
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