Here are some of the vegetarian versions often dished up in our kitchen.
|Linda McCartney sausages|
|Tesco Meat Free |
... the Lincolnshire type which most large supermarkets offer. These are Tesco's Meat-free Lincolnshire Style, which are soya based. The offer shown here, typically tempting multi-buy, is 2 packs for £3, which makes them 25p each.
We usually roast sausages with a splash of oil in a moderate oven for 35 mins, adding some quartered red onions for the last 20 minutes. The OM makes a good toad-in-the-hole with two of each kind, accompanied by a great onion gravy.
|Garden Gourmet Vegetarian|
Asda's packs of 8 meat-free burgers, again soya and wheat proteins, are good, each just under 60g (fraction over 2oz).
Fillets and Chunks
Other Quorn products worth a go include their mince, which makes a shepherd's pie that my rellies couldn't tell didn't contain beef mince. "But we know you wouldn't use real mince!" Quorn chunks are like cubes of chicken which are good in a stir-fry or a sauce, or as a filling for pasties. I have a number of my own recipes for these products including Budapest and Mater versions.
We recently found also that Asda's own soya mince, tried in a shepherd's pie, is excellent, too.
I realise of course that I am backing some products here from the large supermarkets, and probably the producers supply smaller shops and the other supermarkets with identical or slightly adapted versions. But if the concept of similar-to-meat is acceptable, then these are all very good, and have a place in our freezer.