As the weather is getting nice, we start eating a lot more pasta salads in our house. They are so easy to throw together, you can pack them with vegetables, you can eat them cold and they make great leftovers to take to work with you. This is one of my favourite pasta salads – the pesto really brings together all of the ingredients and the Quorn sausages add some healthy protein.*
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I think we have all tried some kind of fad diet in the past and I think we can all agree that they don’t work, not in the long-term anyway – 74 per cent of people no longer believe that fad diets are really the solution to achieving the health and well-being they crave in 2015.**
Sure, you might drop a few lbs in a few days on a fad diet, but that is going to be mostly water weight and the weight won’t stay off. Fad diets are too restrictive and they are boring, which is the main reason why people give up on them I think. “71 per cent of people feel that they are boring, unsustainable and people are unable to make the meals they love.”**
The key to weight loss, and most importantly, health, is a balanced diet and a good exercise regime. What worked for me for my one 100lb weight loss was regular meals (never skipping a meal) to keep my energy levels up and to make sure I wasn’t snacking on junk in between meals, eating a variety of foods so that I didn’t get bored and having a diet rich in healthy protein so that my meals were keeping me full and the protein was helping to repair my muscles from the workouts I was doing.
When I was losing weight, my main protein sources were beans and Quorn. The Quorn sausages have always been my favourite from their range, which is partly the reason that I love this recipe so much. I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that I am a Quorn ambassador and I am working with them to show different ways to cook with their healthy protein.*
There are more and more people reducing the meat in their diets and meat free products are no longer just seen as for vegetarians, but for people that can see the benefits of keeping some of their meals meat free. Rather than going on a fad diet and totally cutting out carbs or sugar, try making a few of your meals each week meat free and you could see a difference in the way you feel.
The great thing about Quorn is that you can use it to make meat free versions of your favourite meals, as no-one wants to give up the foods they love. Love curries? Use Quorn pieces to make a meat free chicken tikka. Love a spag bol? The Quorn mince is a delicious alternative. The sausages go really well in a casserole, as well as this pasta salad.
Take a look at the video below of me making the dish in the Quorn studio a couple of weeks ago.
Quorn Meat Free Sausage, Roast Pepper and Rocket Salad
Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes
Per Serving: 369 calories, 16.3g protein, 31.4g carbohydrates (5.6g sugars), 18.9g fat (3.7g sat fat), 3.6g fibre, 1.1g salt
1 pack Quorn Meat Free Sausages
1 red pepper
1 yellow pepper
1 tbsp olive oil
100g pasta shells, wholemeal if possible
1 vegetable stock cube
4 tbsp good quality red pesto
A handful of rocket leaves, roughly chopped into bite sized pieces
- Brush the peppers with half of the oil and place under a hot grill. Cook until the skin is blackened and charred 10-15 minutes. Remove skins, cores, seeds and cut into strips.
- Cook the pasta according to pack instructions, crumbling the stock cube into the cooking water, drain and cool.
- With the remaining oil cook the Quorn Meat Free sausages according to the pack instructions, cool and slice diagonally.
- Toss the sausages, pesto, pasta, peppers and rocket together, season to taste and serve immediately.
* Quorn Meat Free Mince, Quorn Meat Free Chicken Pieces and Quorn Sausages are a nutritionally healthy protein source, with protein contributing to the growth in and maintenance of muscle mass.
**Research conducted by Quorn Dec 2014
‘DISCLOSURE: For more great recipes, visit quorn.co.uk. This is a sponsored piece of content.’