I've not eaten meat for a long long time now. I'm trying to think how long exactly but I'm not 100% sure, it's probably about 8/9/10 years. A bit of a long time frame, but I just can't quite put my finger on exactly when it was. I just went off it one day and went vegetarian and was for a long time. I think it was a few years after that I started eating fish again and so became a pescetarian and have been ever since then.
I remember when I first went vegetarian I hated the idea of meat alternatives. I think it was the fact that I stopped eating meat completely because I went off it and the idea of fake chicken or sausages felt exactly the same. I didn't want anything that was named what would make me feel sick going anywhere near my mouth and it took me a while to get into eating them. I'm actually really thankful for this as I think a lot of people who turn vegetarian or don't eat meat use them as the easy option to get things like protein and save time when cooking, when actually you can get all of the nutrients you need elsewhere. It made me be a whole lot more adventurous with my cooking, and although I've always loved vegetables (I remember photos of me as a baby eating bowls and bowls of spinach with it all around my mouth) it just made sure that I used them in a whole different way instead of just having them on the side of a meal.
A while after though, I eventually got into meat substitutes created for vegetarians and the more I ate them, the more I enjoyed them. Now I'm not saying I eat them with every meal. I can't, it gets a bit too much but sometimes it makes such a nice change. Quorn is the best of the best and there are some products from the range that I can't get enough of - the Best of British Sausages I'm looking at you - and I forever buy them. So when Quorn got in contact and asked if I wanted them to send a few bits* over I happily obliged and used it as an opportunity to try out some of the things I've not tried before and honestly, I'm so glad I did.
The Thai Green Curry is perfect for those days when you just can't quite be bothered to cook. All you have to do is cook it in a frying pan with a splash of water and the whole thing will cook from frozen. It's got a great flavour, definitely not on the same level as if you were to cook one from scratch, but it's frozen and takes virtually no time to cook so what do you expect. It's packed with vegetables and quorn meat free chicken pieces and is delicious served with noodles and a splash of soy sauce.
My housemate Michaela is queen of the pies and she always gets me craving one but I find it so hard to find flavours that I like the look of as vegetarian pies always seem to be filled with my arch nemesis Goats Cheese, yuck (though saying that the Pieminster Vegetarian Mushroom Pie is HEAVEN). When I saw the Quorn Meat Free Chicken and Leek Pies I just had to try them and they are incredible. They are just as you'd imagine a good pie to be. Great filling, nice and saucy and amazing when served with mash, green vegetables and lashings of gravy. Mmmm, give it to me now!
The pork steaks were something I've noticed a lot lately, but just couldn't quite bring myself to pick them up as I honestly didn't know what to expect but I was blown away by these. I would marinade them in a honey and mustard dressing and fry them with apples, onions and garlic and serve with some sort of vegetable or potato. So yummy and makes such a nice change from what I would usually cook.
The Bacon Lardons are a really interesting one, I wasn't quite sure what to make of these as I love the original bacon strips that you can pick up in the refrigerator section. I've added these to a carbonara and to a risotto and they make a nice addition though they didn't quite blow me away like the other products did.
Quorn products are great and are so worth trying. I love how you can still cook them up and make them into so many different dishes. I've got such a love of cooking and this allows me to have the same reign as I would if I was to eat meat.
What are your favourite Quorn products?