I spotted these quorn veggie steak strips in the supermarket so thought I’d whip up a quick casserole. This is a another easy weekday dinner option, perfect for the cooler evenings. I cook up a batch for the week and then it’s nice and easy to quickly heat it up for dinner (or lunch!).
I’ve used frozen veg for this one as I was running short on time. Never be afraid to use these sorts of frozen veg – they actually have more vitamins and minerals in than the fresh variety so you’re not doing yourself any harm and they’re brilliant if you’re busy and short of time. Obviously use fresh veg if you prefer. Also it’s worth noting that Lea & Perrins Worcestershire sauce contains anchovies so if you’re vegetarian then double check – Biona and other companies make one without the use of animal products and it’s widely available.
This serves at least 8 at about 223 cals per portion.
You will need:
2 pack of quorn steak strips (or any alternative vegetarian product you fancy)
1320g passata (2 bottles at 680g each, but just get approx the same amount)
1 kg mixed vegetables (either 2 packs (500g each) or 2 onions, 2 carrots, 2 sticks celery, 2 peppers, 2 courgettes, 1 small aubergine)
1/2 tsp Paprika
1/4 tsp chilli powder (optional – adjust for taste)
1 tsp mixed herbs
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
2 vegetable stock cube
1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce (optional)
A dash of Balsamic vinegar
1/4 tsp of sugar
Salt and pepper
If using fresh veg then prepare it and chop it up. Heat a little oil in a pan, add onions first and allow to soften, then the carrot and celery. Otherwise add the frozen soffito (onion, carrot and celery) mix and allow to soften.
Add the steak strips to the pan and allow to brown. Then add the pepper, courgette and aubergine (if using a pack then just throw it all in at once once the steak strips have browned).
Cook for a couple of mins until the veg start to soften and then add the passata. Stir well and bring to a slow simmer. Add the stock cube, all the spices, balsamic vinegar and Worcestershire sauce and stir well. Add the sugar (this brings out a richer tomato flavour).
Bring to a simmer and allow to cook through for about 10-15 mins.
Serve on its own, with green veg and grains, or with a jacket potato etc.