Friday, 11 February 2011

Quorn & Vegetable Pilaf

This tasty vegetarian rice pilaf is ideal for all the family. As it uses store cupboard/freezer/fridge ingredients, it's very quick to cook. For an ever faster meal, you could use microwave or frozen rice.
  • 1 onion, chopped or sliced
  • 2-4 slices Quorn 'bacon style', chopped
  • 50g/2 oz mushrooms, sliced
  • 100g/4oz Quorn 'chicken style' pieces or chopped halloumi cheese
  • 200g/8oz long grain rice
  • 100g/4oz tinned sweetcorn/frozen peas/frozen mixed veg
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • ½-1 tsp dried mixed herbs or 2 tsp fresh chopped herbs
Boil the rice with the turmeric and cook for 10-12 minutes. When cooked, drain.
Meanwhile fry the onion in a large pan with butter or olive oil.
When softened, add the Quorn bacon style, chicken style pieces/halloumi and mushrooms, and cook until golden brown.
Stir in the paprika, mixed herbs and sweetcorn/peas/veg and warm through.
Add in the cooked rice and mix well, before serving.

Alternatives: For a vegan version, swap the Quorn for soya-based meat substitutes, or add pine nuts and chopped olives.
For a budget version, use a tin of drained beans or chickpeas instead of the more expensive meat-free substitutes.
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  1. Hmmm, sounds good. I may try this out some time soon, though I'm more inclined to use pinenuts or even cashews or peanuts instead of soya based meat-subsstitutes (love nuts, not so keen on soya).

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  2. My partner and I are trying to widen our sense of 'meal time' by not relying on meat for every meal. We're not veggies, in fact we love meat but I think it's good to be varied. This sounds delicious and we'll definitely give it a go. I've never had any soya based meat substitutes but I have heard they're better for you in some instances?

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