Being a lifelong vegetarian, I’ve spent quite a lot of time figuring out how to convert most Slimming World dishes into something a little more vegetarian.
It’s something that comes naturally to me, especially when I’m looking at recipes.
The difficulty comes when a meat eater needs to cook a Slimming World vegetarian dish.
For some, It’s a bit tricky trying to think of something vegetarian to cook that isn’t a frozen pizza and is Slimming World friendly.
Trying to cook something vegetarian from scratch and Slimming World friendly?
Sometimes it’s easier said than done! It’s really easy to convert your favourite Pinch Of Nom recipes into vegetarian delights
So sit back (or stand, I’m not fussy) and let me explain a few nifty tricks allowing you to boost your vegetarian repertoire.
How can you make a meaty dish vegetarian?
Most people will have heard of Quorn products, but many won’t have cooked with them, or indeed purchased them!
Many of the big supermarkets produce their own brand of meat substitute products, which includes chicken, beef and mince copycats.
Using these products is a really easy way of creating familiar meals, without your vegetarian friends and family missing out.
For example, take our Syn Free Chinese Chicken and Broccoli, a firm favourite. You can just replace the chicken with a chicken meat substitute, easy!
Make sure you follow the cooking instructions on the packet, as they may differ from the instructions given on the recipe.
Another Pinch Of Nom favourite is Syn Free Minced Beef Hotpot.
Again, using the same principles and rules as the Chinese chicken, simply replacing the minced beef with a meat replacement mince can allow you to serve the dish to anybody.
It’s really that simple!
Last, but by no means least, is our Syn Free Sausage Rolls. If you haven’t heard of them, where have you been?!
They’re ever so slightly popular, and so easy to convert into a vegetarian delight.
Simply replace the sausage meat with a vegetarian sausage of your choice.
There’s a wide variety of them about, many are low in Syns and can be a really tasty vegetarian alternative.
Will it taste the same?
This is where you may face your biggest challenge, with some anyway! It’s easy for me to say, as a vegetarian, that it tastes the same as meat.
What am I saying, I’ve never eaten the bloody stuff, but I’ve been assured by some that it tastes the same. In some cases.
The easiest substitute to ‘get away’ with is probably the mince. I know a fair few people who now use vegetarian mince in place of… meaty mince?
Proper mince, lets call it. It’s arguably the most similar of the bunch to the real Mccoy.
Any top tips for making meat replacement products taste better?
Why yes, funny you should ask. Spices, seasonings and sauces are your best friends when it comes to making your fake meat zing.
For instance, when cooking with vegetarian mince, it’s a simple, plentiful mix of salt, pepper and Henderson’s Relish that will make all the difference.
It’s the same with other meat replacement products too.
Finally, and most importantly, use plenty of Frylight cooking spray when creating a dish with vegetarian equivalents.
The one thing that cannot be replicated is the natural fats and juices that you’ll find in meat.
Make sure that you use plenty to avoid it sticking to the pan.
We also have some FAB Slimming World vegetarian meals! Check them out!
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