Our journey to becoming meat-free all started back in November, after watching a BBC documentary called ‘Meat: A threat to our planet?’, in which they took an in-depth look into the many effects the meat industry has on the environment. For example, deforestation caused by the need to plant more crops in order to feed the increasing number of life stock. Additionally, there was also a segment regarding the amount of methane released into the atmosphere, which produces more greenhouse gases than the transport industry as a whole. After doing my own research to back up these facts to ensure they weren’t biased, I felt that I needed to do my part… The question was how?
The challenge of a meat-free diet
After deciding I was going to make a change, I needed to figure out how big of a change to my diet I could make. Realistically, I couldn’t go completely meat-free if I tried. In my mind, I knew I wouldn’t be able to keep it up for long. Therefore, I concluded that I would start with one day a week. It’s better to make a small continuous change than a big one, that you can’t stick to. The next step, what was I going to eat?
I needed to find some meat alternatives for my meat-free diet. So I set about researching alternatives to meat. I found the Quorn range of products. I had heard of these before, however, for some reason, I had the notion that Quorn was bland, tasteless, and boring. It couldn’t have been further from the truth and I was so glad that my partner convinced me to give it a try.
A meat-free diet – Starting with Quorn
The first Quorn product I tried was the southern fried bites. I wanted something quick and easy, so I decided to put them into a wrap with salad and sweet chilli mayo. To say the least, I was pleasantly surprised. They didn’t taste like I thought they would. They actually had flavour. In fact, they tasted just as good as the chicken wraps I normally make.
I then began to think about what other things I could make using the other Quorn products available. It turns out quite a lot. Everything from burgers, bolognese, stir fry, curry, essentially any meal you can make with meats, you can substitute with Quorn. Look out for some of our favourite Quorn recipes on our healthy recipes page
Ultimately, it been around 7 months since I decided to make the change. Being totally honest it hasn’t been too difficult. I’ve found substituting meat with Quorn has actually added variety to meals not to mention some health benefits. I would definitely recommend giving it a try.
Quorn (Chicken especially) would score a solid 9/10 on the Healthy Food Reviews score chart.