The city of Chicago is my hometown and I love it…a lot. I miss it too but not in the normal way you think about missing a location. Of course I have fond memories of Shedd Aquarium or Adler Planetarium, not to mention the House of Blues and Museum of Natural History, but in addition to the places one of the things I miss is…the food.
Of course the last time I lived in Illinois, I wasn’t a vegan so when those cravings strike it’s time to get creative. And I have. A lot. When the recipes are a bit better, I’ll happily share them with you.
But recently we came across Beyond Sausage at Metro, one of the bulk stores in Romania, quite by accident. We knew they had the Beyond Burger so we plowed through the first box and six weeks later we went back for another and found the sausage. As soon as I saw them, I knew I’d be making sausage and peppers. A Chicago staple.
If you are an honest to goodness vegan like I am, you might find Beyond Sausage a little unsettling at first. It looks exactly like the sausages I used to hate when I was a meat eater. It’s got that fleshy reddish-white color and as soon as it starts to thaw, the scent is overwhelming. The same is true when you pop it in a pan to start cooking it.
But it is so dang delicious. It’s all the good parts of eating sausage without the fatty juice dripping down your throat, without the gross gristle that reminds you exactly what you’re eating. If I had any real complaint it would be that it tastes almost too much like sausage. And it’s not exactly calorie friendly either, then again you don’t expect any sausage to be, right?
This is a fairly easy recipe. Grab an onion and two bell peppers along with a few cloves of garlic and you’re ready to rock & roll.
Grill it or saute it and when it gets close to your preferred done-ness, add the sausage and cook according to the directions on the package.
If you have a potato problem like me, you’ll use this as the perfect excuse to have some crispy potatoes on the side…another bonus of skipping the bun with this easy vegan recipe!
No matter your reasons for going vegan, you’ll find Beyond Sausage a delicious alternative to revisit some of your pre-vegan favorites. And this is an excellent way to introduce your non-vegan loved ones to healthier, plant based eating.
Leave ketchup, mustard or barbecue sauce on the table and let everyone enjoy how they like!