Product Type: Tesco Ready Meals
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Prince of Mince
Tesco Meat Free Vegetarian Mince
Member Name: flutel
Tesco Meat Free Vegetarian Mince
Advantages: It's not meat, low fat, convenience, makes great spag bol
It must be at least three decades since I last ate mince. I remember that we had to cook with it at school with our special heart-disease cookbooks. I was never very impressed. Mince always made me want to heave and - to this day - I don't know why anyone would willingly buy it. There is so much nice food out there.
That said, I am not going to be comparing meat and soya as I can't really remember what meat tastes like. I rarely buy foods that resemble meat - but this stuff is useful for making the easiest meal in the world - spaghetti bolognaise - so I buy it now and again. One bag lasts for ages - as I have banned my daughter from making it every time she cooks! Sautee an onion, add garlic, mushrooms, tomatoes or tomato pasta sauce, oregano and seasoning and cook for 15-20 mins. It's a doddle.
A 454g bag of this mince costs £1.99 at Tesco. For three people, I use only about a quarter or less of the bag. I sometimes add some lentils to my spag bol - this makes it go further. The bag is always useful to have in the freezer for a super quick meal - and at the very reasonable price of £1.99, this is not a problem.
Some people may think that this product is like Quorn - but it is not. Quorn is made from a fungus protein (and includes egg so is not vegan). Meat-free mince is made from rehydrated soya protein and rehydrated wheat protein.
A serving contains 3.8g of fat and 115 calories and 0.6g of salt.
Compared to meat, I think that the fat content is much less which makes this product a healthier alternative.
Ease of cooking
As you do not need to consider the huge bacterial load of meat, this product is easy to store and cook with. I just throw it into the pan at any point. The plastic packaging's cooking instructions suggest you only need to cook it for 13 mins before it is ready to eat! I am also considering making some vegan burgers with these - just to see if it is possible.
In a sauce, this meat-free mince tastes chunky and substantial. TVP is by nature bland and it takes on the taste of the sauce around it. This product does this well, resulting in a meal that is as good as your sauce, full of protein and fairly healthy. I enjoy eating it very much - as do other members of my family. I think it makes a particularly good easy, Autumnal supper.
It is a great product (as long as you do not eat a gluten-free diet) to have in the freezer as it is so easy to use and can be the basis of a delicious, healthy meal.
Summary: A healthy freezer staple
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