If you’re an avid meat lover, but looking for a way to increase your vegetable intake, eat more healthily, and also reduce your environmental footprint, then a flexitarian approach might be what you’re looking for.
Incorporating meat, but also leaning heavily on supplementing with plant-based protein, this approach is where meat blends become the perfect solution and a fine example of this is Blenditarian and their Blended Burger Project.
The idea is simple – add mushrooms to meat.
Chop your favourite mushrooms to match the consistency of the mince, blend it into the meat, cook your mushroom-meat-blend as per normal and voila – a burger that has extra flavour, extra vegetables, and is earth-friendly all at the same time!
- Umami, the 5th taste after sweet, sour, salty and bitter, is plentiful in mushrooms and this lends an extra delicious punch of flavour to a blended burger – a Journal of Food Science study actually showed that blending doubled the flavour impact. And it also helps that the chopped mushrooms help a burger stay extra juicy.
- Mushrooms are fat-free, lower in calories and sodium, and cholesterol-free
- Mushrooms tick many of the sustainability boxes – they need little water, power and space to grow and
- They make your meat (and therefore your money) stretch further
- If you’re wanting to try this at home, then you’ll need to adjust your consistency accordingly:
- For burgers, meatballs and meatloaf, Blenditarian recommend a 25/75 mushroom-meat blend
- For certain mince meat dishes like savoury mince, tacos and burritos, try a 50/50 blend, and
- For chilis and sauces, a 70/30 split is ideal.
If you’re eager to try your own version of meat-blending then remember to always begin with the best quality ingredients first and for the finest Halaal meat South Africa has to offer, look no further than N1 – your leading Johannesburg and Cape Town meat wholesalers. We have a wide range of minced meat – from steak, chicken, topside, ostrich and mutton to non-Halaal pork and venison mince.
Here's to our favourite mince dishes and to whatever helps make them tastier, healthier and more earth-friendly!