I’m not a fan of those processed vegetarian foods that try to be meat. I don’t want to eat fake bacon or fake chicken any more than I want to eat the real stuff. But I do like to have something stashed in the freezer for those nights where I just really don’t feel up to cooking from scratch, my vegetable drawer is looking a little desolate, or I have very limited time to cook and eat.
That’s where vegetarian sausages come in. I don’t find them ‘meaty’ at all – they are just logs of soy and vegetable protein, usually flavoured with a variety of herbs and spices.
There is a massive range out there (particularly here in the UK) and I have tried and tested loads. Of course, there are the good and the bad. I don’t like any of the Quorn products because they try to be meat; Quorn is even marketed as a low-fat alternative to meat, rather than a vegetarian product. There is nothing wrong with that as I know not everyone is a vegetarian for moral reasons, it’s just not for me. Neither are their sausages.
I do like both the Cauldron and Linda McCartney sausages as an emergency meal but they aren’t amazing. I tend to load mine with BBQ sauce for more flavour and they go chewy if overcooked. The Cauldron sausages contain egg, so aren’t vegan friendly.
But the other night, I discovered my new favourite – Goodlife Glamorgan Sausages.
Made with leek, onion and cauliflower, these little guys are not at all meat-like. They are lightly crumbed so when cooked, get crispy on the outside but stay light and fluffy on the inside. The sausages are either grilled or oven roasted, so they’re much healthier than frying up a fat-filled meaty sausage in an oily pan. They are quite a bit smaller than regular sausages, so depending on how you’re serving them, you’d need at least two or three to fill you up. Essentially, the only thing making them a sausage is their shape. But who cares? They’re delicious!
The packet suggests pairing the sausages with a veggie shepherd’s or cottage pie as an alternative to mash, or dropping them in some batter to make toad in the hole. I kept it simple and just ate mine with steamed courgette, asparagus and broccoli. Simple yet delicious.
The Goodlife brand is both Vegetarian and Vegan Society approved, the product range is made with all natural ingredients, and by buying Goodlife products you are supporting their work with the World Land Trust in Borneo, preserving orang-utan habitats. This makes me happy.
Seeing as it’s Saturday night and I’m still feeling the effects of last night’s farewell party for a friend, I am not up to cooking properly. Thankfully, my freezer is well-stocked so I know what will be on my plate soon!