Woolworths is adding a new plant-based mince to its shelves, which apparently looks and tastes just like the mince that’s used in family favourites such as spaghetti bolognaise and lasagne.
Made from soy and wheat proteins, coconut, almonds, tomato, porcini mushrooms and colouring from beetroot, it certainly looks the part, but does it stand up to the taste of its meatier counterpart? According to Funky Fields, which sells the ‘plant-based meat’ called Minced for $8 for a 400g packet, it sure does, and is just as easy to cook.
“Like regular meat, Funky Fields Minced tastes even better after developing a nice crust, therefore you have to fry it at a medium heat for the first couple of minutes,” a spokesperson told news.com.au. “When using Minced in lasagnas and bolognese, simply fry it at a medium heat before adding your sauce – just like you would do with regular meat.”
Vegans and vegetarians gave it the thumbs up on social media. “It’s got a better consistency than meat and tastes great,” one person commented on Facebook. “They should have all the plant-based products and soy cheese in a cold section next to the veggies. Good to see so many more products coming to our shelves though. Keep it up Woolies,” another added.
Although eating a more plant-based diet may be considered a healthier option for both waistlines and the environment, however, some meat lovers weren’t having a bar of Funky Fields’ invention. “If you want mince eat real mine. Keep our eating habits natural. Plants are plants and best eaten as they grow naturally,” one disgruntled Facebook user commented. “Paper would taste better,” another user said.