I realised when I was buying my groceries the other week that we eat a lot of veggie sausages in our family! I’m not sure how I feel about this, as I’m not convinced about how good they are for us, though they do provide good protein and are at least much healthier than meat based ones.
They’re just such a convenient stand by for those days when I haven’t planned ahead and I just want to get everyone fed as quickly as possible with a minimum of fuss or moaning. Vegetarian sausages are one of the foods that everyone in the family really loves, they cook from frozen in 10-15 minutes and they’re really versatile too.
My boys’ favourite way to eat them is in hot dogs, but they also enjoy them with mash or chips or as toad in the hole. I often stir chopped up sausages into either macaroni cheese or pasta with my mega veg tomato sauce too, which always goes down well with everyone. And of course they’re perfect for barbeques and picnics.
It’s funny but I was never all that keen on sausages until I tried veggie ones. Although I’d occasionally eat pork or beef ones when served up to me, I never really fancied them. Since I stopped eating meat though, it’s a whole different story.
We probably eat Linda McCartney sausages most often, as they’re so tasty (especially the Red Onion and Rosemary ones) and easy to get hold of in the supermarket to keep in the freezer for whenever we need them. We’ve also recently rediscovered Cauldron sausages thanks to a reminder from someone on the Vegetarian Kids Facebook page, and these are probably one of our favourites when we get them. Fry’s are brilliant too but not as easy to get hold of.
Quorn sausages are also a good standby – we prefer the chilled but I still keep the frozen ones handy when we can’t get hold of Linda McCartney’s for whatever reason.
(You can read our reviews of the various sausages on our Vegetarian Reviews page.)
What are your favourites? Please let us know if you have any other great veggie sausage recipes for us to add to our repertoire in the comments below .