Over the last decade or so there have been lots of concerns over the quality of our diet in this country, particularly with regards to the amount of meat most people eat. Not only that, there has been serious questions raised about what is being done to the meat after it is carved and before it is packaged. This has led many people, including myself, to consider alternatives without going 1005 vegetarian.
You have probably seen advertisements on the TV for Quorn. At the moment, British Olympic long distance gold medallist Mo Farah is featured and asked about what the secret is to his success. He then states that you “eat right and train right” A part of eating right he pushes the benefits of Quorn instead of meat.
I have always enjoyed Quorn products. If I am completely honest, the only reason I can actually tell that it isn’t meat is because I know it isn’t meat – it tastes no difference in my opinion.
The great thing about Quorn is the diversity of their products. Take for instance at first, Quorn mine. Not only is it great because it absorbs the flavours of whatever sauce you make it with, but it is very filling too.
If you have never had Quorn mince before I would highly recommend making a spaghetti Bolognese and using Quorn instead of your usual mince. I guarantee that you will not be able to tell the difference in terms of flavour.
Fry some onions and garlic in a pan, add chopped pepper and once that has all soften up in the pan and browned off slightly, add the Quorn mince and a couple of tins (or packets) of chopped tomatoes. To add even more flavour you can now get different varieties of chopped tomatoes, with extras added such as olive oil and garlic or Italian herbs.
Quorn also make things like chicken nuggets, chicken fillets and other meat alternatives. They are all great in their own way. One of my favourites is the chicken style fillets, because I do love the taste of chicken. These are great in Chinese or Indian style sauces and again you cannot tell that it is not actually chicken you are eating.
The trick with whatever Quorn product you are using is to get as much flavour into it as possible and the easiest way to do that is by cooking it in a sauce or cooking it and serving it with a sauce. It is sometimes a good idea to add stronger flavours than you would with beef or other meat, because there is no fear of drowning out the flavour of Quorn – in fact that’s exactly what you want to do.
Whether you are considering a more vegetarian lifestyle, want to cut down on the amount of unnecessary fat in your diet or just want a healthier source of protein that doesn’t include all the harmful toxins and chemicals they add to meats nowadays, then Quorn is a fantastic product.