The vegetarian sausage: does it beat a Cumberland?

In short, to answer the question, no.  A vegetarian sausage does not beat a good old traditional sausage.

The company is Good Life, a vegetarian producer.  The branding is excellent on their products, they do look good.

They have a few varieties of sausages so for the first try, I went for French Bean and Spinach.

The ingredient list looks OK.  Only 34% of the ingredients are actually vegetable with a whopping amount of wheat so if you’re celiac this is not for you.  Nutritionally:

Each grilled sausage contains

  • 86 calories
  • Fat 3.0g of which 1.9g saturates
  • Carbohydrates 8.6g
  • Sugar 0.5g
  • Fibre 2.5g
  • Protein 4.8g
  • Salt .45g

Taking them out the box, they do not look appetising. But, one must try!

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They are cooked from frozen so it takes a while to cook. And I couldn’t stop checking out of curiosity.

  • To Grill
    Pre heat grill to medium. Remove all packaging. Place sausages under grill for 16-18 minutes, turning regularly.
  • To Pan Fry
    Pre heat 10ml of oil in a frying pan over a medium heat. Remove all packaging, add sausages to the pan and fry over a medium heat for 15 minutes, turning frequently.
  • To Oven
    Pre heat oven to 200oC /Fan 180oC /Gas 6. Remove all packaging. Place sausages onto a baking tray in the centre of the oven and cook for 20 minutes.

And here’s the finished product.  The “skin” didn’t hold up too well as you can see with the filling popping out the sides.

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From a taste perspective, they aren’t too bad!   I’ll take a Cumberland over these any day, though.

Would I buy them again?  Maybe.

Tash

 

 

 

Courgette, feta and mint frittata

Prepare for a taste sensation!!! I’d love to claim this is my recipe because it’s delicious.  I wanted some vegetarian inspiration for dinners and Delicious Magazine (whom I worship every month) gave me this.  Quick and super tasty.

Courgettes are a new thing for me.  Normally avoided, I did get sucked into the courgette spaghetti phase one night last year and was pleasantly surprised by this odd looking little vegetable.

The full recipe is here: Courgette, feta and mint frittata

The only substitute in mine was shallots instead of onions as I had some left to use up.

Enjoy a meat-free dinner with a side salad!

Tash

 

Messy Halloumi Burger

The mess comes when you eat it 🙂

This is a nice alternative to meat for lunch or dinner.  I’m not a cheese connoisseur, but give me two slices of grilled halloumi and I will be sorely tempted to eat the whole block (I never have for I am not a ….. glutton….)

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Ingredients for 1 simple burger 

  • 2 decently thick slices of halloumi
  • 3 thin slices of aubergine (eggplant)
  • 2 slices of red onion
  • 3 slices cucumber
  • 2 slivers of avocado
  • A handful of rocket
  • 1 roll of your choice (I’m in love with Warburtons Soft Seeded rolls because of the low sugar content)
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • A little aïoli and chili sauce of your preference

Method

  1. Put the onions in the balsamic vinegar for a few minutes. Drain then add the halloumi, aubergine and onion to a baking tray and place under a hot grill until the halloumi starts to bubble and brown slightly.
  2. On your bun, spread some aioli on one side.  The grand assembly order I go for:
  • Aubergine first
  • Cucumber next
  • Avocado
  • Onion followed by the halloumi
  • Top with rocket and some chilli sauce

Could something so tasty be so simple?  Yes!

Tash