This healthy vegetarian Quorn cottage pie recipe is full of veggie goodness and flavour. It’s low in calories and an excellent source of protein. If you’re watching your weight or just looking for a delicious meat free alternative meal, you’ve come to the right place!
If you’re looking to reduce your overall red meat consumption, this vegetarian Quorn cottage pie recipe will help you to do just that. Also, you’ll find very little difference in the taste, texture or appearance.
I’d been using beef mince in my cottage pie recipe for years. In an effort to eat more of a vegetarian based diet, I changed to Quorn and I can say neither Lady Lynne or I have had any difficulty in adapting to this tasty, filling vegetarian Quorn cottage pie alternative.
But, if you’re still not convinced or wondering what Quorn is, then let me explain more about what Quorn mince is and the benefits of it, below.
I’ve also made this alternative vegetarian Quorn cottage pie recipe with topping which is half potatoes and half cauliflower, which helps to reduce the overall carbs and calorie content further.
Because Quorn absorbs flavours easily, the rich flavours within this recipe become marinated together easily and quickly, making it absolutely delicious!
I’ve cooked this vegetarian Quorn cottage pie for guests before, and they’ve not noticed any difference between a traditional beef one or this one.
So why not give it a try? 🙂
Vegetarian Quorn Cottage Pie – What is Quorn Mince?
Mycoprotein is a type of fungi which is produced by a fermentation process similar to that used for yeast in bread.
Quorn is meat free, low in saturated fat and high in fibre.
As Quorn is “cooked” during the process it’s being made, it requires very little cooking time. Making it an ideal quick healthy meal ingredient, and that’s why I love it!
So, I cook with Quorn regularly, like I did in this vegetarian Quorn cottage pie recipe, because as you read on their site, it fits perfectly into my whole philosophy and what I write about here in terms of maintaining a healthy active lifestyle.
My other Quorn recipes that you might like to try include: –
- 400g white potatoes, peeled and chopped
- 400g cauliflower florets, peeled and chopped
- Low calorie cooking spray
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 300g Quorn mince
- 200g tin of peas, drained
- 200g tin of baby carrots, drained
- 125ml vegetable stock
- Salt and Freshly ground pepper for seasoning
- Pre-heat over to 180C fan.
- Place potatoes and cauliflower together in a suitable sized saucepan and cover with cold water. Being them to the boil, then turn down allowing them to simmer for roughly 15 minutes until they are tender. Drain and set aside.
- Whilst the potatoes and cauliflower are cooking, spray the bottom of a medium sized saucepan with the low calorie spray about 6 times. Turn the heat on high, then when the oil starts to bubble, turn down to a medium heat.
- Add the onions and sauté for about 3 – 4 minutes, until soft, stirring constantly so they don't burn.
- Add the Quorn mince, peas and carrots and combine together with the onions, then add the stock. Bring to the boil and allow to simmer gently for about 5 minutes.
- Place the Quorn mixture into an oven proof casserole dish.
- Mash the potatoes and cauliflower together and season to taste.
- Spoon the potatoes and cauliflower mash over the top of the Quorn mince mixture.
- Place into the oven on the centre shelf and bake for approximately 20 to 25 minutes until the topping is lightly browned.
Aren’t casserole type dishes like this so easy to put together? Plus, if you make them large enough then you’ve plenty to go round as well as to share. Or leftovers to freeze.
As I’m currently clocking up roughly 50 hours + a week at work at the moment with some IT projects I’m overseeing which are at their critical points, it’s when I’ve recipes like this in the freezer that I can take out in the morning and just microwave in the evening, that are complete winners for us!
It’s an exciting, but really busy time at work at the moment, so as you can imagine, Lady Lynne and I are really looking forward to a few restful days away together in Oban at the end of this week. Remember when Mike and I were in Oban last year?
This time it’ll be more of a wandering / ambling about type of excursion, with lots of fish being eaten! I hope to bring you some pics next week of our activities.
But, before that I’ll catch you still on Thursday.
See you then!
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