Buying fake packaged processed vegan meat is not something I want to do often, but I do buy these kind of products occasionally (mostly when we’re going camping, and because I have young children who still adore the idea of roasting things over the fire. Be sure to bring vegan marshmallows, vegan chocolate and vegan graham crackers for s’mores). We bought Lightlife’s Smart Dogs and Tofurky Italian Sausages on this particular trip. Both products are certified vegan (many veggie meats aren’t: MORNINGSTAR FARMS, even the Lightlife Sausages are vegetarian, not vegan. Always read labels). Note: I adore Field Roast’s vegan Frankfurters and Sausages far more than either of these products, but they’re harder to find in my neck of the woods.
The Smart Dogs are low calorie and low fat. From the ingredient list, it looks like they’re gluten free, but I can’t find a certification on their site. Ingredients and Nutrition Stats here. These had the texture of cheap traditional hot dogs (as far as I can remember, it’s been a long time AND I used to buy the 100% kosher variety), but the flavor wasn’t as smoky, even after being cooked over a fire. Probably because they don’t contain nitrates, which is a good thing. However, once in a bun and dressed up with organic ketchup and dijon mustard it was pretty tasty. They charred nicely over the fire.
Now for the Tofurky Italian Sausages
Not super impressed with the nutrition stats on these babies, they had nearly as much fat and calories as the real deal: 270 Calories and 13 Grams of fat Per link. Ew. They were however, somewhat tastier than the Smart Dogs, but likely this is because I adore sun-dried tomatoes and basil. They also browned more evenly. They are not however, gluten free.
Blame my husband for buying the white hot dog buns, I don’t know how he succeeded in buying ones that were vegan, they were from the store’s bakery. So he gets extra brownie points there