This post is not just a bonus post to give in to my vegetarian guilt, but also a product review. I’m always on the lookout for non-soy based meat substitutes (recap: soy messes with my hypothyroid medicine) and I found Quorn while perusing the aisles of my local Whole Foods Market (let’s be honest; any time I’m at Whole Foods Market, I’m hardly perusing. More like merrily frolicking.)
80% less fat than ground beef
High in protein & fiber
No cholesterol & 0g trans fat
Fully cooked – just heat and serve!
The website for Quorn has a whole dog and pony show about everything and anything Quorn and since I don’t want to steal their thunder (re: content) here is a mere excerpt:
The principal ingredient in all Quorn products is mycoprotein (“myco” is Greek for “fungi”).
- Mycoprotein is a fungus which contains high-quality protein, enabling us to offer an alternative, purely vegetarian source of protein to meat. It is high quality because it has all 9 essential amino acids.
I decided to use Quorn for one of my favorite childhood comfort recipes, Sloppy Joe’s.
QUORN SLOPPY JOE’S
Empty Quorn in a large skillet and heat thoroughly over medium heat.
Stir in a 6oz can of tomato paste, 1 c. water, and 1 package of Sloppy Joe’s seasoning mix (I use McCormick).
I also added: garlic powder, 2 drops of Tabasco sauce, onion powder, sea salt, black pepper, pinch of cinnamon and ground mustard.
Bring mixture to a soft boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 5-8 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Serve in sesame seed hamburger buns with a side of French fries and veggies.
sans fries and veggies
RESULT: The texture is just fine, and the taste is lighter than it would have been with beef and way tastier than Morning Glory soy fake ground beef I used in Sloppy Joe’s (before I knew I needed to be avoiding soy.) The seasoning adapts rather seamlessly, but I would definitely season it more next time. Additionally, my leftovers held up very well.
Overall, I highly recommend Quorn for your meatless and soy-free culinary needs! If you’re interested in giving Quorn a go, but aren’t a fan of Sloppy Joe’s, head over to the Quorn website for more recipes. Be sure to also check out the original UK Quorn website for even more recipes!
I’m Rachael Faught, a food loving, globe-trekking geek girl extraordinaire. Based in Los Angeles, I am dedicated to the life of a true bon vivant, experiencing all life has to offer and then promptly writing about it. When I’m not on the go, I’m typically at home cooking up a storm and obsessing over Attack on Titan with strangers on the internet.