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October 25, 2015 / mintcustard

Vegan Quorn? Vegan Quorn!

Hot and spicy vegan Quorn burger.

Hot and spicy vegan Quorn burger. (Photo B.T.)

It isn’t often that I get to be the first to try a new product. To be honest, I rather like hanging back a little and let others take the first bite. Not last week. I was fortunate to be invited to the launch of a long awaited product.

It isn’t often that I get to be the first to try a new product. To be honest, I rather like hanging back a little and let others take the first bite. Not last week. I was fortunate to be invited to the launch of a long awaited product. Vegan Quorn.

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I have to confess I am neither vegetarian nor am I vegan, however the geek in me was intrigued to find out how Quorn had managed to bind the mycoprotein using only vegetable matter. No meat and no dairy? It appears this is no problem for Quorn Vegan.

Quorn have succeeded by using a potato based starch and a carageen based gel. Both the products I tasted at the launch seemed no different from the non vegan product. At present there are two lines on offer in Asda and Waitrose. The hot and spicy burgers are really tasty and the meat free pieces perform as you’d expect. They soak up the flavours added to them and are a versatile base for a number of dishes.

Peter Harrison, marketing director at Quorn said: “The Quorn Vegan Range has been over three years in development and during that time, weve seen a real shift in the number of consumers choosing to adopt a vegan lifestyle and a massive increase in demand, particularly apparent
across our digital channels. We have been particularly impressed by four consumer-led petitions in support of a Quorn Vegan Range.
Quorn Vegan Pieces will be available at Asda from October 2015 in packs weighing 280g, RRP £2.49.
One recipe I tried on the night was the Szechuan stir fry using the Quorn vegan pieces. Delicious.

Quorn vegan pieces : szechuan stir fry

Szechuan stir fry - with Quorn Vegan pieces.

Szechuan stir fry – with Quorn Vegan pieces.

 

Serves : 4

Preparation Time : 10 minutes (+ 30 minutes to marinade)

Cooking Time : 10 minutes

Calories/Serving : 227 kcal; 1.4 g sat fat

280g Vegan Quorn Meat Free Pieces, defrosted

Ingredients for the Marinade

  • 2 tbsp wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp dark soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp Hoisin Sauce
  • ½ tsp dried crushed chillies
  • 1 red chilli, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp Chinese five- spice powder
  • 1 clove of garlic, crushed

Ingredients for the Stir Fry

  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • ½ small onion, sliced
  • 100g sugar snap peas, cut in half lengthways
  • 100g baby corn, cut into quarters, lengthways
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and very thinly sliced
  • 200ml vegetable stock
  • 1 tbsp corn flour, dissolved in cold water
  • 4 spring onions, sliced
  • Salt and black pepper to tast

Method

  1. Combine the marinade ingredients in a bowl and add the defrosted vegan pieces. Mix well to ensure that all the vegan pieces are coated in the marinade. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavours to develop.
  2. Bring a pan of water to the boil then blanch the sugar snap peas and baby corn for 2-3 minutes. Drain well. To make the stir fry, preheat 1 tbsp of the vegetable oil in a wok or a large frying pan, add the Quorn Vegan Pieces and stir-fry over a moderate heat for about 5-7 minutes. Remove from the heat and keep warm. Preheat the remaining oil, add the onion and fry for 4-5 minutes until beginning to soften. Add the sugar snaps, baby corn and carrots and continue to stir-fry for another 5 minutes.
  3. Pour the stock into the pan and bring to the boil then add the corn flour mixture and stir until the sauce thickens. Continue to cook for a minute then season and sprinkle the spring onions over.

Enjoy with rice or noodles.

I was invited to attend the Quorn Vegan launch. I have not been paid to write this post. All opinions are my own. The first photograph in this post (B.T.) Other photographs were Taken by Tomas Preston of Preston Perfect Photography (https://www.facebook.com/PrestonPerfectPhotography)

 

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  1. anisakazemi / Oct 29 2015 12:18 am

    Its so cute!

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