4/19/13

Meatless sausage: hit or miss?


I was leading a tour at Market Street the other day and was pointing out some meatless meals. When I asked the tour participants if they would be likely to try a meatless sausage, everyone asked me "how does it taste?" It occurred to me that I had never tried the Lightlife Gimme Lean Sausage. And as vegetarian, how had I missed testing Gimme Lean in my recipes?
 
So last weekend I grabbed a package of Gimme Lean and surveyed the nutrition facts. I was actually surprised at the amount of fiber and protein in a meatless sausage. And below you can see that it has no fat or cholesterol.
 
Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 2 oz
About 7 servings per package
Calories: 60
Total Fat: 0g
Saturated Fat: 0g
Trans Fat: 0g
Cholesterol: 0mg
Total Carbohydrates: 7g
Fiber: 3g
Sugars: <1g p="">
Protein: 7g
Vitamin A: 0%
Vitamin C: 0%
Calcium: 4%
Iron: 6%
 
At home I knew the true test would be if my husband like the sausage. We love having breakfast for dinner so I offered to scramble some eggs and make "sausage" gravy and biscuits. I thought I'd make actual sausage patties and then some sausage grounds to throw into the gravy. Take a look at some of these pictures.
 
 
The Gimme Lean Sausage was really easy to break into chunks.
The sausage had a great smell as it was cooking on the skillet.


We also made sausage patties. It's easy to take a handful of the sausage, form a patty and
place in a skillet with some oil on medium heat. As you can see, they browned up nicely.
 
 
I added the sausage crumbles to the white gravy. You can use homemade or prepared mix.
We used McCormick whte gravy because it had no partially hydrogenated oils.
 
 
I realize this is not the best "blog worthy" picture but we were so excited to start eating that I
forgot to get a beauty shot. Scrambled eggs with sausage, sausage gravy and biscuits - all meatless. 
 



So the overall consensus was that both my husband and I liked the sausage in the gravy but did not care for the sausage patty plain. I'd definitely use this again as a substitute for ground sausage crumbles. I've actually been looking through recipes to find another way to add the sausage crumbles.
 
The only negative is that the product contains wheat so would not be suitable for my gluten free friends. 

Ingredients
Water, textured soy protein concentrate, textured soy protein, tapioca starch, soy sauce (water, soybeans, salt, wheat), less than 2% of: soy protein concentrate, cellulose gum, soy protein isolate, sea salt, natural flavor (from plant sources), soy milk powder, evaporated cane syrup, vital wheat gluten, spices, salt, barley malt extract, beet powder (color), torula yeast, yeast extract.
Contains: Soy, wheat.
 

Where would you add the sausage crumbles?
 

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