As a long time vegetarian (from birth) I am always looking for new ways to enhance my diet and until about 5 or 10 years ago used a canned commercial product made & sold in GB, US and AU under various names of Nuteena, Nutmete, Nuteena. A peanut based 'spam' type thing it is quite simply to die for, in a sandwich, in a salad, fried, deep fried does not matter its one of those products that but for the cost its hard not to pig out and overdose on! Anyway some time ago the manufactures of this (worthington, loma linda, and the guys that bought them out - Kelloggs) decided that we were not buying enough so it was no worth while (or perhaps the 'allergy' thing got to them and such production was halted (except perhaps in AU). I have been trying to replicate this recipe / taste now for over 10 years since the last time I tasted it (an expensive xmas present fro my daughter imported from AU) with minimal success. This week the mrs stumbled across a recipe originally from a The Seventh Day Adventist in the US, who I believe started the Lona Linda vegetarian food facility dating back to 1938, an original recipe from which the product was developed I believe. Sooo, just made a batch, OMG its close, I am in heaven, must be careful not to pig out and over protein myself. First batch need some very minor adjustments but its defiantly a "keeper". Have you ever tasted this product, do you miss it, want the recipe, let me know and I will post a link...... and update you with my updated concoction!
I know the stuff you mean. Obtainable here but getting harder to get....I love it but then I got fed it as a child and never forgot how good it was as you know Kanuck. A local health food outlet had it as buy one get the second for a penny! We cleared them out.
We also generally have a Nut Roast on the table at family gatherings and have numerous recipes to choose from, some of them old family recipes going back many decades. I even have my own burger recipe developed, like the nut roasts, before all the now fairly common 'meatless' imitation meat products on the grocery shelf for all those new vegetarians. I find the 'chicken' quite good when diced small and used in a stir fry or casserole but still not as good as another long lost Worthington product call protose / proteena. One I have the newly found nutena recipe down pat that will be my next challenge........
Resurrecting this thread for those here that want to share their successes AND their disasters (and the only way you have never failed is because you have never tried!). Brought on by Mrs Kanucks “its your turn” comments today, an observation which I do not dispute, and my desperation to find something that 'turned me on' appetite wise I thought I would share one of my vegetarian recipes that I fall back upon when nothing else comes to mind...... In this case it was a quickie / quickie casserole as I passed upon the topping, its sitting on the wood stove heating through, but still tasty and filling!
QUICK VEGATABLE CASSEROLE (the speedy version of the above)
1 can vegetarian baked beans 1 can condensed tomato soup 3 cups leftover boiled potatoes (quartered) OR Frozen Hash Browns 2 cups leftover mashed potatoes OR use instant mash potatoes 1 cup frozen peas 1/4 cup chopped peppers 1 cup chopped onions I large tomato - fresh, frozen or canned 2 cups of any leftover cooked nut or soy meat etc. 1 cup grated cheese Lovage and pepper to taste
You may add any other left over vegetables you have. Sauté onions & peppers & tomato, place all but cheese and mashed potatoes in large casserole. Cover and microwave till thoroughly hot. When cooked spread mashed potatoes on top and sprinkle with cheese. Microwave till cheese melts. Then grill top till cheese nicely browned. From freepages.family.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~rawlsofdorset/AboutUs/VegRecipies/VegIndex.htm PS NOT in the recipe is this instruction..... Before assembling ingredients take a tall glass and fill with alcoholic beverage of your choice, place adjacent to working area and repeatedly sip during cooking process. It may not improve the out come but at least when it goes all to hell you have a good excuse!
Hummus, Hummos, Hummous - However U Spell It is a blend of Chick Peas and whatever.... and not something that I as a vegetarian for some 70+ years now have ever eaten or have any desire to! Perhaps when I am in my dotage and cannot eat solid foods it may be my only choice available but meanwhile if I want peas I will have peas, if I want a 'dip', which I don’t, then cheese and tomato does it for me. Don't get me wrong I love peas & beans, they is a large part of my diet, just not made into mush, time may come where my few remaining teeth dictate that I must eat 'mush' but I aint there yet. To each their own eh
I'm a veggie too kanuck - since 1982. Can you get Quorn in all its various forms over there ?
When I "came out", it was much more difficult then. The main UK veggie meat substitute was called TVP - textured vegetable protein. It was this dried stuff which required re-hydration. It was pretty tasteless and caused the most anti-social wind problems.
In Australia, the main veggo products are made by Sanitarium. They do this canned thing which is like a tall burger that can be sliced and fried.
Its interesting that you should quote .....In Australia, the main veggo products are made by Sanitarium. They do this canned thing which is like a tall burger that can be sliced and fried...... I was brought up on the Protina / nutoline products (in the 50-60s in GB)made by Worthington? in England and had great difficulty in finding a similar product here, for a while Loma Linda made it in the states but did not ship to Canada (but I did find a supplier that got around that), then Kellogs bought them out and 'discontinued that line! We did ship some from Australia but obviously VERY expensive, the line in GB was discontinued about 5 years ago! Just in the last few months Cedar Lakes in Michigan U.S, has started making it again under license and we can order it through a 'religious' store in Ottawa (its complicated by Canadian laws requiring french on the label ffffff!) My daughter gifted me a few cans for Xmas this year and I thought I was in heaven.... The unavailability of my favorite food did however make me 'design' my own replacement, one such recipe can be found at freepages.family.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~rawlsofdorset/AboutUs/VegRecipies/VegIndex.htm
Kanuck I can`t believe you do not want to even try hummus! It is Devine. Eat with pitta and carrot and celery sticks for dipping. Amazingly good for you high in protein and potassium which we need in our diet and made with a good tasty olive oil low in saturates. Food of the gods honest!
Can you get Quorn in all its various forms over there ?
Apparently not, never heard of it until you asked! The site says "Quorn products have the taste, appearance and texture of meat," since I have been a lifelong veggi I do not look for the taste, appearance and texture of MEAT! I have used veggie "beef strips" in stirfrys and the like but have found that imitation chicken diced up does a better job being able to absorb the flavor of the sauces better and being less 'chewy'. Also use quite a bit of vegi ground round in various recipies....... And yes, tofu and TVP is very bland and hard to make a flavorful meal from but do have a good 'nutloaf' recipe that uses tofu!
That's interesting kanuck. Quorn is a veggie product which has crossed over to the meat eaters. Many of them are eating it occasionally as a healthy alternative due to its high fibre, low fat content. It really doesn't smell or taste like meat though. I had Quorn sausages yesterday and unlike the real thing they are moist without being gristly and greasy. They have a taste of their own. I'm making enchiladas with the "chicken" pieces tomorrow.
yeah its marketed as a low fat and healthy food, rather than meat alternative. my sister made me bolognase with quorn but I don't like it. its not the flavour it just seems too dry. though that could just be her cooking I suppose lol.
I understand quorn tried to launch in usa but the whole 'made from fungi' thing was seen as deceiving people into thinking it was mushrooms or something.
and this from the country that has cheese in a spray can!!
Just got a new recipe book. A Lebanese Feast. Of vegetables, pulses, herbs and spices. Some mouth watering stuff in it. Just tried my first dish from it. An aubergine bake that included sweet potato tomato and green lentils with crumbled feta cheese. It was good!
I've got a book about layer cakes. I've never made a cake in my life! But suddenly, I get it. You can construct a cake as high as you want, cover it in glitz and it looks amazing. Cake is vegetarian. Unless it contains meat of course, but that would be silly ...
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