I have to say that I had never really been tempted by Quorn. I know friends and family members who have used it for weight loss (Quorn has significantly less fat and fewer calories than meat) but even that never really tempted me.
However, when Quorn contacted me to review a few products, and to no doubt change my mind and a the minds of a few others, I accepted the challenge.
I was sent minced meat, chicken pieces and herb sausages and knew exactly what I wanted to do with them. So, armed with a few more ingredients (and the ever so helpful Quorn recipe site) I made my signature Chilli con Carne (or without the carne if we are being accurate!), a chicken noodle soup and the sausages went well with my eggs and spinach the next morning.
I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by the results. The chilli tasted pretty similar to my regular chilli – and had much fewer calories! The chicken pieces held up pretty well in the soup, although they were a bit soggy when I tried to heat up the leftover soup later on, but maybe this was to be expected. Taste-wise, it wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t the same. I imagine that a chicken stir fry may have faired better in the test.
The sausages did taste like meat and had a very herby flavour. Even my boyfriend, a meat-loving South African, admitted that they were ‘quite good’. This was huge. I have an intense love of sausages, which can be detrimental to my waistline, so I may have to try these out on the barbecue now that the weather is picking up!
Overall, I was very impressed with Quorn. I don’t think that I am going veggie any time soon, but if I ever have veggie friends over, I’ll definitely consider only making the Quorn version. I think that should count as a ‘win’ in Quorn’s books!
Thank you to Quorn UK for sending over the samples.