Friday 16 March 2012

Dh has gone Veggie again & Mums quick Quorn Lasagne Recipe

I have been waiting for it to happen for a few weeks as I knew dh was planning another health kick and earlier this week he announced that he is going back to being a vegetarian.  Every time he wants to shift a bit of weight and to feel better in himself; less sluggish and bloated he becomes a vegetarian. Then, because I don't want to have to cook more meals than the minimum possible it means that the kids and I all start to eat far more meat-free meals as well and that is no bad thing from a health point of view.

Quorn is always a part of our diet, whether dh is veggie or not.  Since I met him 18 years ago he has mainly been vegetarian with just the odd times of meat eating, so for years we have eaten quorn and I have to say I like it and truly believe it is far superior to any of the generic brands of meat replacements I have tried.  What I love about quorn is that you use it in exactly the same way as you would meat but it is so much better for you. The quorn mince that I used tonight has 75% less fat than lean minced beef - what an amazing saving is that? You don't have to be a vegetarian to appreciate that, it is great for those trying to lose weight, maintain a healthy balance in their diet or looking to keep a low cholesterol diet.

Talking of our meal tonight, I thought I would show you how to make a 'busy mums' quorn lasagne that is enjoyed by all the kids.

No great surprises there, a couple of packs of frozen quorn mince, 2 jars of ready lasagne sauce, some lasagne sheets, grated cheese, a pepper and onion.  It is the busy mums version, as when I have more time I make my own cheese sauce etc.

Fry up the onions and the red peppers, add in the quorn mince and cook for a few minutes. Add in the red lasagne sauce and then layer the meat, pasta, white sauce, meat, pasta, white sauce and cheese on top. 

Mine then went in the fridge for the day whilst I was busy and came out to cook for 40 minutes at 180 degrees at tea time.

I serve it up with peas, sweetcorn and some garlic bread for a good hearty dinner.

which as you can see the kids really enjoy..... and there is plenty left for tomorrow too.  Result!

There is so much you can do with quorn, I expect I am quite boring in my repertoire of chilli, bolognese, sweet and sour, stir fry, sausage casserole, lasagne, fahijas, spanish chicken and cottage pie.  If you need some new inspiration for recipes for quorn check out and also take a look on their Facebook page, which you can upload photos and recipes to.

I'm thinking that now we will be having more quorn, I ought to spread my wings and try a few new dishes.  I just spotted this Thai Green Curry on the quorn site and how gorgeous does that look?  nom nom

Go on then, share with me.  Do you use quorn and if so what is your favourite recipe for it?

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