Vine Post: Butternut Squash Lasagne

This is something I’ve always wanted to try, and it carries on our beloved trend of “putting stuff inside other stuff”. Rather than a traditional lasagne, this one is layered inside and around a butternut squash. There’s no pasta involved, which is great for those of you avoiding it, and it’s a lot healthier than the normal version. read more

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Vine Post: Spaghetti Ragu

This week, we decided to do something with that free sauce we picked up at the Foodies Festival. We wanted to create something based around a ragu sauce, and went for this tasty spaghetti ragu number.

It’s very simple – no recipe to speak of, you just cook the veggies and mince together and then add the sauce. The spaghetti cooks separately, and when they are ready, you combine the two together. Give them a good mix and serve with garlic bread and a generous scattering of grated cheese on top. Done! read more

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Vine Recipe: Chicken and Mushroom Skillet

This recipe is so rich, you won’t want to stop eating it. We decided to try out a chicken and mushroom skillet because it’s the kind of recipe that normally you can really only do with real meat. How would it work with a meat substitute? We decided to give it a try, treating the Quorn chicken as if it was real chicken. read more

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Quorn Vegan Hot & Spicy Burgers

Anyone who reads this blog and hates spicy food, look away now. I know you’re out there because I’ve spoken to some of you, and this burger is just not for you. Even I, made almost immune by J’s insistence on adding a bit of spice to everything, found these burgers to be too hot. Way too hot. So hot it was actually pretty uncomfortable. read more

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Vine Recipe: Veggie Bacon Gnocchi

Gnocchi is back! We actually love making our own gnocchi and find it a really simple but delicious meal to make. This recipe is adapted from our simple gnocchi recipe to give it that little something extra special: bacon! Obviously, we aren’t including real bacon, but we’ve discovered the Quorn bacon lardons which are really delicious when cooked up properly. read more

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Veggie Living: A Summer Barbecue

veggie living: summer bbq

So, the summer is almost over. There are maybe a few days of sunshine left to us, but as the nights draw in a little each week and the air gets colder, it’s easy to feel summer slipping away. Let’s go for a last hurrah of a summer barbecue – the kind that a vegetarian can enjoy! read more

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Melt in the Middle Quorn Burgers

Melt in the Middle Quorn burgers
We had these Melt in the Middle Quorn burgers on a disposable barbecue, and I have to say that preparing them this way probably contributed to making them Ll the more delicious. They work very well so long as you are careful not to let them burst while on the barbecue, something that can easily be done by mistake with your tongs.   The burger itself is chewy, pliable, and juicy Quorn. It’s the type of meat substitute I don’t mind eating – unlike many of the various formations, which can be far too bland. Inside the burger, after a couple of bites, you will find soft, melted, oozing, sweet cheese. It starts squeezing out with every bite as soon as you find it, which is really enjoyable. The sweet cheese and the smoky Quorn are then perfectly balanced, even to the point where it is almost a shame to put it in bread. We served them simply with a topping of halloumi, and they worked excellently. No extra toppings or sauce required.

They certainly don’t look like much on the packaging, and I would not have thought to try them at home. Like many of the newer Quorn products, they seem to be suffering from a bit of an identity crisis. They just remind me of the bland and stodgy Quorn I used to eat, and which I have vowed to avoid as much as possible. Who would have guessed that there would be something worth eating hiding away inside? read more

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Pesto Mince Burger Review

Pesto meatball burger

On Monday, I posted a Vine recipe for our latest addition to pesto month – pesto mince burgers. Today I’m bringing you my review of those burgers, how they tasted, and how they could be improved!

I’m actually a little delighted that I’ve found a recipe for a veggie burger which is very easy and quick to make. There are just three ingredients in this burger, so it does not get much easier than that! Plus, you can take out the breadcrumbs and make it even simpler if you need to. We served them up with a rasher of (fake) bacon on top, and drizzled a bit of sour cream and chive or ketchup sauce on top. The results were simple yet delightful. read more

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Vine Recipe: Pesto Meatball Burger

Pesto meatball burger

 This pesto burger was just a little bit inspired, even if I do say so myself. I saw a recipe for a beef burger imbued with pesto, and decided to set about making it myself. I knew I was going to have to think of a vegetarian replacement, so my mind went straight to Quorn mince. I’ve never used it in a burger recipe before, so this was the chance to jump on the opportunity! read more

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Veggie Living: Working Lunch

Veggie Living: Working Lunch

Quite often, I’m asked questions like “what do you eat?”. Non-vegetarians don’t seem to have any concept of what can be eaten without including meat, but actually it is a lot more simple to follow a vegetarian diet than you may think. Those who crave meat replacements can enjoy Quorn, tofu, and alternative recipes, and if you don’t mind, there are a million things you can eat without any form of meat or meat substitute. read more

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