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Quorn Lime and Coconut Vegan Curry Recipe

lime and coconut vegan curry

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quorn vegan curry recipe

You may remember a few weeks ago I got to chat with Ben Fogle about all things flexitarianism.  Ben had been filming a short video for Quorn with Duncan Williamson, WWF UK’s Food Policy Manager, when I got the exciting chance to catch up with him, and I’m really pleased to say the final video is now ready.

In the video, Ben and Duncan discuss the impact of our modern, meat-eating diets on the planet and how meat reduction could be healthier for us and for the environment. I always find it’s food for thought to find that switching to one or two meat-free meals a week could significantly reduce your carbon footprint. Duncan points out that food production is responsible for 69% of water usage, and Quorn’s research has found that one quarter pounder burger requires 2,800 litres of water – that’s 11,200 cups of tea or 45 personal showers! So even more reason to try and go meat-free once or twice a week.

I’m sure you’ll agree it’s a really interesting and thought-provoking watch:

As I eluded to in the first post, I’m a huge fan of Quorn, and found it invaluable in my transition from firstly meat eater to flexitarian, and then from flexitarian to vegetarian.

Whilst I’ve been vegetarian for 12 years now, right now I am trying to incorporate a more vegan diet into my life.  Whilst I don’t know if I will ever be 100% vegan, reducing my consumption of dairy where I can is something I am definitely on board with.

Whilst a lot of Quorn products do contain small amounts of egg white or milk ingredients, thankfully Quorn has developed a great vegan range, including my beloved Fishless Fingers, that is expanding all the time (and you don’t have to be vegan to enjoy!).

I find Quorn particularly invaluable when I want something quick, easy and tasty during the week, after a long day at work.  The ability to take something protein-packed from the freezer to create a healthy dinner when I’m time-pressed is something that makes my life so much easier!

lime and coconut vegan curry

One of my favourite midweek meals to cook is this tasty lime and coconut vegan curry, that’s made with Quorn Vegan Pieces.  As well as being downright delicious, the dish comes together in about 20 minutes and uses just one pot.  My kind of midweek meal!

Here’s the recipe!

Quorn Lime and Coconut Vegan Curry

Make this delicious vegan lime and coconut curry, made with Quorn Vegan Pieces. The dish is made in one pan in just 20 minutes, making it perfect for a no-fuss, tasty weeknight dinner.
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 3

Ingredients

  • 1 bag Quorn Vegan Pieces 280g
  • 2 small limes - juiced
  • 250 ml vegetable stock
  • 1 red onion - finely diced
  • 1 fresh red chilli - finely diced
  • 1/2 can coconut milk
  • Handful of fresh coriander - finely chopped and a little more to garnish
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon powdered turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon chilli flakes
  • 1 teaspoon cornflour mixed into one tablespoon water
  • Salt and pepper to season

Instructions

  1. Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan, and add the onion, cooking on a medium heat until the onions are translucent.
  2. Add the frozen Quorn vegan pieces (there's no need to defrost them) and diced red chilli to the onions, and cook for 2 to 3 minutes.
  3. Next add the vegetable stock, lime juice, fresh coriander and chilli flakes and bring to a boil, before allowing the ingredients to simmer for 5 minutes.
  4. Add the coconut milk and turmeric to the pan, bring back to the boil, and then allow to simmer for a further 5 minutes.
  5. Next, add the cornflour mixed with water to the pan, stir well, and cook for a further 2-3 minutes on high heat.
  6. Season with salt and pepper as required.
  7. Serve with rice and garnish with a sprinkling of freshly chopped coriander.

quorn vegan pieces

Enjoy!

Food & Drink, Kitchen Staples

Vegan Milk That Doesn’t Curdle

vegan milk that doesn't curdle

I’ve been on the hunt for vegan milk that doesn’t curdle for years. Years. For me, personally, it’s been the biggest barrier in switching from regular milk to vegan milk.

I don’t drink coffee that much, but I like a cup in the morning to fire me up for the day. And yet with every vegan milk I tried, and I tried them all, every single milk curdled in my morning coffee.  See exhibit A.  A cup of milky coffee is an indulgence of mine, and curdled milk was not cutting it for me.

I tried rice milk, soya milk, oat milk, almond milk, sweetened almond milk, coconut milk in the quest to find vegan milk that doesn’t curdle.  Heating the milk. Waiting for my coffee to cool.  Pouring the milk into my coffee over the back of a spoon.  You name it I tried it, and yet the milk still curdled.

I had given up the vegan milk quest (although I was reducing dairy in other parts of my diet), until the other day when I was in a shop and stumbled across Oatly Barista Milk.  Made from oats, it’s marketed at baristas who want foamable milk for making latte art (how hipster!).  I’m no latte artist, but I figured at £1.95 a carton it would be worth a try to see if it wouldn’t curdle when just poured straight into coffee.

vegan milk that doesn't curdle

I got home and made myself a coffee, and lo and behold, my hunch was right – Oatly Barista Milk is the first vegan milk that doesn’t curdle that I’ve come across!  I’ve also found I much prefer the taste and texture of this milk over the standard Oatly oat milk I tried before, or any vegan milk for that matter.  It has a nice thick, non watery texture unlike all the vegan milks I’ve tried before, and a pleasant taste that doesn’t overpower the tea or coffee.  And it tastes nice in breakfast cereal and porridge too!

It is available in Waitrose and Sainsbury’s, and may be available in some organic/natural food shops.

The Oatly Barista Milk has a long date on it (unopened it can store un-refrigerated for a year) so I want to buy it in bulk as it’s not available in my local area.  It’s been hard to track it down as a bulk buy available for postage.  The best price I can find it online in bulk is £11.21 for a pack of six* with free delivery from Healthy Foods Online, a third party seller on Amazon.  If you don’t mind shopping directly with Amazon, I have found it for £7.20 for a pack of six* with free delivery.

If you want to avoid Amazon altogether, it is available for £11.21 for a pack of six with a £2.99 delivery charge from 123 Healthshop.

vegan milk that doesn't curdle

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