6 Ways to Cook with Quorn Pieces
6 ways to cook with Quorn pieces
Quorn products have been around for a while now, but they often seem to get overlooked when it comes to vegetarian recipes. Despite their unassuming appearance, they are incredibly versatile as a protein source in many of your favourite meals.
Here are a few meal ideas that you need to try.
What are Quorn products made from?
Quorn products are made from Mycoprotein, a type of fungus that is high in protein and low in fat and carbohydrate. Depending on how it is cooked, basic Quorn pieces are mild-tasting with a tofu-like consistency that absorbs the flavours of the other ingredients that you cook it with. This makes it an ideal meat substitute ingredient for many different meals.
There are many different pre-made Quorn products, including pies, fillets coated in bread-crumbs and ‘chicken’ nuggets. However, these tend to be much less healthy due to a lot of added salt, sugar and fat. They also tend to have added wheat flour, making many products unsuitable for gluten free diets.
Despite this, there are a lot of interesting meals you can cook just using the plain Quorn pieces. Here are a few that might make this rather unassuming ingredient look a bit more inspiring.
1. Thai curry
Quorn pieces behave in much the same way as chunks of chicken, which makes it super simple to customise a traditional curry. It’s literally as simple as following a green Thai curry recipe like this one, and just swapping out the meat for 80g Quorn pieces per person.
2. Quorn pesto pasta
An oldie but a goodie, green pesto and fresh pasta have got to be the most perfect pairing in the history of food. It’s just as easy to make gluten free too, as the difference between wheat-based and GF pasta is extremely insignificant.
Just fry up your Quorn pieces with some onion, (DF) pesto and veggies of choice, and you’re good to go. But maybe top it with a sprinkle of pine nuts and fresh basil for good measure.
3. Bean Quorn Wrap
Quorn pieces pair wonderfully with tortilla fillings, such as black beans, tomato and smashed avocado. Fry them up with some onion, canned beans, tinned tomato and a healthy mix of spices for a protein packed Mexican lunch.
Again, you can easily make this gluten free thanks to a huge range of GF wraps in supermarkets.
4. Veggie omelette
Omelettes are filled with protein and healthy fats, but you can bulk them up even further by adding a handful or two of Quorn pieces. Before you add any egg to the pan, fry them separately in a splash of oil for fifteen minutes, then pour your beaten egg mixture over the top and leave to cook as normal.
The same principle works equally well with other ways to cook your eggs, such as in this Quorn scrambled eggs recipe. Serve with fresh spinach or slices of avocado.
5. Vibrant vegetable stir-fry
Quorn pieces are definitely best when they’re fried, as this gives them a firm, crisper outside while still absorbing flavour from the oil and spices that they’re cooked in.
Stir-fry is therefore one of the easiest and quickest dishes to make for a veggie-filled protein dinner. Slice up your vegetables of choice into thin strips and cook together with the Quorn pieces on a high heat for about 15 minutes. Flavour them with soy sauce or fish paste, or by frying the olive oil base with different spices, such as turmeric, smoked paprika and chilli powder.
Serve as it is for a low-carb dinner, or with rice noodles for a gluten free oriental meal.
6. Vegetarian Quorn lasagne
Quorn mince has a mixed reputation among different people that I’ve spoken to. However, I’ve found it to be practically unnoticeable when incorporated into a lasagne. Mix it together with tinned tomatoes, a healthy dollop of tomato puree, onion and a splash of Worcester sauce for the ‘meat’ filling; then layer together with the pasta sheets and white sauce.
If you’re really not a fan of the mince substitute, you can chop some Quorn pieces into smaller chunks and cook together with a can of red lentils in the tomato sauce before layering into the lasagne.
Other Quorn recipes
This list is far from exhaustive – there are many more recipes and food combinations that you could make using Quorn pieces. Over the next few months I’ll be trialling some different vegetarian dishes in more detail to add to this list.