There are some foods that I’m sure even vegetarians know don’t taste the best. One of those has to be vegetarian sausages. But, I really like them. Well, most of them anyway. What I love however, is Sanitarium tinned sausages. They would have to be up there with my favourite foods.
Usually I think of processed food as a no-go zone, but in this circumstance I can’t resist.
I have fond memories of these sausages too. Shortly after I became a vegetarian, I went on a big camping trip up north with a school group, and the chefs on that trip cooked these in a pasta. Since then, I’ve always loved them.
In their defence though, they do seem to have a lot of the right proportions of nutrients so they’re not all bad.
This is my recipe for veggie sausages with kale.
- 1 tin sanitarium veggie sausages (it isn’t the same if it isn’t these)
- 1 tin chopped tomatoes
- 3 bunches of kale
- 2 shallots
- 1 clove garlic
- salt and pepper to taste
- Olive oil
- Dash of balsamic vinegar
- Any herbs that you wish to add – I usually do oregano, marjoram and basil
Heat a large deep-based frypan and add the chopped onion with some olive oil and lightly fry it. Then add the garlic (either chopped or put through one of those mincer things) and briefly fry before adding the tinned tomatoes. Add the chopped herbs.
Chop the sausages into 2cm chunks and retain the liquid – you’ll use it later. Lightly fry them in some olive oil until you see a bit of crispy on them (note: quite often veggie food like veggie sausages don’t need to be ‘cooked’, they just need to be reheated so they only need about two minutes…. wish I could tell that to everyone cooking me veggie sausages at a BBQ, although I should probably just be grateful!).
Add the liquid to the tomato sauce to thin it out a little, as well as a tiny dash of balsamic vinegar and add the kale. Once the kale has cooked (you can kind of tell because it goes a little bit less rigid and the colour goes bright green), you can add the sausages to the mix and voila!
You can eat this on it’s own, add some pasta, have with some crusty bread or with some rice.