Vegan Sausage, Peppers and Onions

22 Jan

This month marks 2 years since I stopped eating meat. Growing up in Wisconsin in a predominantly German family, meat was a part of nearly every meal. It was second nature to plan lunch or dinner around an animal product of some kind. Somehow, though, in the past two years, I’ve found amazing alternatives, so I don’t even miss eating animals!

That said…I do live in Wisconsin, our country’s capital for beer, cheese, and meat. Everywhere you turn, there’s sausage, bratwurst, bacon, or beef. Heck, my favorite bar is on the same block as a sausage company! It’s hard to avoid, and sometimes, I’m reminded of just how great those links can taste. For two years, I’ve gone without, and have created mouth-watering vegetarian dishes that keep me satisfied.

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But when I saw this month’s Recipe Redux challenge was to use a new (to me) ingredient, and I saw that vegan sausages were on sale at the local Whole Foods Market, I knew what I had to do. These sausages were perfect – the size, texture, and flavor are all comparable to any meat sausage, and they’re seasoned to be sweet and spicy. I’m so glad I have more sausages in the fridge, waiting to be gobbled up!

This dish is transformed from a very classic European meal. It’s simple, fresh, and flavorful. It comes together quickly and will fill you right up. And whether you’re vegan, vegetarian, or a carnivore, I guarantee you’ll enjoy it!

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Vegan Sausage, Peppers and Onions

Serves 2

  • 1 tbsp + 1 tsp olive oil, divided
  • 1 onion, halved and sliced thin
  • 2 sweet bell peppers, sliced thin
  • 2 vegan Italian sausages, such as Tofurky Artisan Sausage – Italian
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp tarragon
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 C saison or wheat beer (you don’t want anything too bitter or fruity)
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Heat 1 tsp olive oil in a large pan. Brown the vegan sausages; remove to a cutting board and slice into thin, diagonal coins.

To that same pan, add 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Heat over medium-high, and saute the onion and peppers, 8-10 minutes. Add the herbs and spices, stir and cook another minute.

Add the beer, and stir. Let the liquid reduce down by half, then add the sliced sausage. Stir to coat, and continue cooking until all the liquid has been reduced or evaporated, about 5 minutes.

Serve hot with spaetzle (German egg noodles), rice, or bread.

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30 Responses to “Vegan Sausage, Peppers and Onions”

  1. Sarah Reid, CNP (@jo_jo_ba) January 24, 2016 at 4:58 pm #

    Mmm, LOVE this idea!

  2. Caroline Kaufman, MS, RDN January 25, 2016 at 10:55 am #

    Great idea! I’ve used Field Roast vegan sausages (from whole foods) in place of meat before, and when it’s all mixed together in a good recipe, it’s hard to tell it’s not meat. 🙂

  3. Michelle March 23, 2016 at 11:07 am #

    We’re trying to eat less meat so I’m always looking for vegetarian meal ideas. And this looks delicious! Thanks for sharing!

    • xtinaluvspink March 23, 2016 at 11:08 am #

      This is a great “transition” meal to phase out meat. You’ll hardly taste that it’s vegan!

  4. Julie @ Running in a Skirt March 23, 2016 at 1:54 pm #

    What a fun an easy substitution. It’s so nice the way there is a veggie sub for almost any food.

  5. Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner March 23, 2016 at 1:58 pm #

    There are so many good vegan sausages out there now! This doesn’t even look meatless. Maybe you will link up with my meatless Monday next week

  6. March 23, 2016 at 3:54 pm #

    This does sound very interesting. I guess I’m like you were, I feel like our entire meals revolve around meat for my family. While I can get by with veggies and salad it would be quite the challenge for my family. But I guess it is a good thing we all don’t have to do the same things and we do have options. Thanks for the post!

    • xtinaluvspink March 23, 2016 at 3:57 pm #

      It does take a while to make the switch, but until then, making healthy choices is really the most important. Hope you give this a try!

  7. Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health March 23, 2016 at 5:50 pm #

    i do eat meat but m always looking for new products and ideas. thanks for sharing this 🙂

    • xtinaluvspink March 23, 2016 at 6:22 pm #

      My boyfriend does to, so he appreciates it when I make something that replicates a meat texture and taste 🙂 enjoy!

  8. wendyistakingthelongwayhome March 23, 2016 at 9:31 pm #

    I grew up in northern Illinois (the Wisconsin border) and being German, we ate a lot of meat too. While I’m not vegetarian, I sure don’t eat as much beef as I used to. But I love chicken sausages. I don’t know if I”d like vegan sausages! This recipe is appealing to me, tho.

    • xtinaluvspink March 23, 2016 at 10:14 pm #

      You and me both! I’m half German so I know that well (and from Milwaukee!). I bet you’d like these ones. They’re well seasoned.

  9. The Fit Fork (@TheFitFork) March 24, 2016 at 6:43 am #

    Vegan sausages, who knew?! I don’t eat bell peppers of any color because they really bother me . .(boohoo because they’re so pretty and healthy) so I would swap out with more onion and zucchini — thanks for the inspiration!

    • xtinaluvspink March 24, 2016 at 7:29 am #

      That’s a great swap!! Could even use mushrooms.

  10. Angela December 28, 2016 at 10:01 am #

    What a fun twist on a classic meat-filled recipe! I love when people do vegan versions of my favorite dishes. This looks incredibly delicious!!

    • xtinaluvspink December 28, 2016 at 10:02 am #

      Thank you! I try my best to avoid simply mimicking a meat dish, but sometimes a craving hits and this is the best option!

  11. ACKTIVE LIFE December 28, 2016 at 12:34 pm #

    This recipe looks delicious and perfect for a cold winter night! Thanks for sharing!

  12. Liz @ I Heart Vegetables December 28, 2016 at 1:57 pm #

    This sounds like a really filling dinner! I’m sure my husband and I would love this since!

  13. abbey sharp December 28, 2016 at 2:21 pm #

    With a recipe like this, how could you miss meat?! Looks AMAZING

  14. chrissystein December 28, 2016 at 9:26 pm #

    That’s funny. I’m from Wisconsin too and from a German background. Everything is all about the meat!! It’s nice to have some alternatives handy, though.

  15. Kim & Kalee Sorey (@SoreyFitness) December 28, 2016 at 9:46 pm #

    This looks like the perfect dinner to shake things up! We had spaghetti again tonight – time to try this!!!

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