I needed a quick and tasty lunch today, so found myself pulling a pack of Quorn Thai Green Curry out of the freezer to cook in the microwave. I flipped the bag over and it said you have to cook it on the hob for 8 minutes. Really? So can you microwave this Thai green curry or not?
Well, without a hob, there’s only one way I could find out. When you’re cooking you just need to think about what you’re dealing with. This is Quorn – so protein-based, it’s not meat. Therefore, in order to cook it the end result needs to be two things: soft enough to be edible and hot. The only thing you can suffer from would be disappointment, it’s perfectly safe to cook Quorn in the microwave.
So, I figured, yes you can microwave Quorn curry without any worries. The next thing was how long for!
Well, the packet said 8 minutes on the hob, so I thought I’d start with 4 minutes in the microwave and see how it went. The packet said to add a little water, so I put about a tablespoon of water into 200 grams of the thai mix inside my Microwave Noodle Pot and put the lid on, with the vent open.
After 4 minutes it was hot and looked fine. So I gave it a stir and put it back in the microwave for another minute.
And that was it – ready to eat! And, if I might say so, utterly, utterly delicious – which is good as I bought two bags of this Quorn curry! The bags are 500 grams each, I just used 200 grams today. I didn’t serve it with anything, but I’d serve it as Thai Green Curry and Basmati Rice if I were cooking it for a main meal.
And this is what it looked like:
There’s Quorn ‘chicken’ pieces in there, broccoli, mange tout and green peppers – all in a milk Thai green curry sauce made with coconut milk.
It was nice looking and even better tasting! I was suprised, I didn’t expect a lot of it, to be honest.
The usual price for a 500 gram bag is currently £2.50, but I managed to buy these two bags at half price, which is, to be honest, the reason I bought them! It’s good to try new things when they’re not full price, in case you don’t like them!
I’d eat this with plain basmati rice most of the time, but it’d be just as good with an egg fried rice or any other rice you like/have. You can make it go further, or have a one pot meal, by mixing it with some egg noodles, or serving it on top of a pile of noodles.
Or, like I did, as a snack, just eat it alone 🙂
The ingredients on the pack say it’s got: Sauce [Water, Coconut Milk (Coconut Milk Powder, Maltodextrin, Skimmed Milk Powder), Seasoning (Sugar, Salt, Spices (Ginger, Cumin, Turmeric, Jalapeno Chilli, Kibbled Chilli), Cornflour, Coconut Milk Powder, Onion Powder, Garlic Powder, Cream Powder (Milk), Kaffir Lime Leaf Powder, Natural Flavouring, Coriander Leaf, Flavouring (Maltodextrin, Natural Flavouring, Coriander Extract, Ginger Extract, Lemon Oil), Lemongrass Oil), Onion, Quorn Strips (20%) (Mycoprotein, Rehydrated Free Range Egg White, Natural Flavouring), Green Pepper, Broccoli, Mange Tout.
Quorn Thai Green Curry Nutrition and Calories:
One bag is 500 grams and the pack suggests that this is two portions. Here are the figures for the WHOLE 500 gram bag though:
Energy/calories 376 calories; Fat 12 grams, of which saturates 9.6 grams; Carbohydrate 28.6 grams, of which sugars 20.6 grams; Fibre 14.6 grams; Protein 31.6 grams; Salt 2.6 grams.
I just ate 200 grams as my quick microwave lunch, which was just 150 calories, so it was a low calorie lunch. A good thing after all the pizza I’ve been eating in the last 2-3 days!