Review: Field Roast Breakfast Sausages

Field Roast Breakfast SausagesI’ve been a big fan of Field Roast for years.  I especially enjoy their apple sage sausages on the grill in the summertime with a hearty helping of sauerkraut and thick layer of stone-ground mustard.  And I can’t tell you how many weekends I’ve wished we were still within a five minute drive to Tony’s Darts Away, where they serve up beer, house-made potato chips, and Field Roast sausages, cooked on a separate vegan-only grill, with all kinds of interesting toppings like roasted garlic and mango melon salsa.

So when I heard that Field Roast had come out with a new breakfast sausage, I was eager to try it.  When I was at Whole Foods last week, I found the breakfast sausages in the refrigerated case next to their other sausages and frankfurters.  The mini sausages come 12 to a pack.  It’s a sweet little size that reminded me of the toy groceries I had in my play kitchen as a child.

Field Roast Breakfast SausagesLike the other Field Roast sausages, the ingredients are similar to the kind of things I use when making vegan sausages at home, except I didn’t have to make them.  I make loads of things from scratch – seitan included – but sometimes it’s nice to let someone else do the work.  Cooking them simply involves adding a little oil to a pan and giving them a brief sauté until browned, being careful not to overcook.

Field Roast Breakfast SausagesSince the breakfast sausages have the flavor of apple and maple, they were similar in taste to the apple sage sausages that are a favorite but with the added faint sweetness of maple syrup.  They are slightly more delicate in texture than the toothsome full-sized sausages with a lovely smoky sweet flavor.

Field Roast Breakfast SausagesThe first time I made them, I had them as part of a hodgepodge breakfast with a chickpea scramble topped with avocado and cilantro, eggy tofu, and roasted potatoes.  I’ve made them again a few times, and I plan on sharing one of my favorite pairings for them in an upcoming post! (Update:  You can find that recipe for Field Roast breakfast sausages with polenta and roasted Brussels sprouts here!)

Field Roast Breakfast SausagesHave you tried the breakfast sausages from Field Roast?  If so, what did you think?

FYI:  I was not compensated for this review, and I paid for the sausages myself.  All of the opinions are totally my own.

Soul Food at Stuff I Eat in Inglewood, California

Organic Soul Food Platter - Stuff I EatAfter last Thursday’s post about making my own soul bowls at home, I wanted to share with you one of my favorite restaurant soul food platters in recent memory.

When I was in Los Angeles a while back, I made it to a restaurant that I’ve been hearing about for eons – Stuff I Eat in Inglewood.  It’s a place that I have meant to visit again and again.  However, it seemed that usually when I was in the area, I was either on my way to the airport and in a hurry or coming back from the airport and in a hurry.  But as luck would have it this time around, I needed to pick up my rental car by LAX, which put me in the neighborhood at just the right time for lunch at Stuff I Eat.

Stuff I Eat - a vegan restaurant in Inglewood, CaliforniaStuff I Eat has been around since 2008.  Their food is 100% vegan and 95% organic.  It’s on the main drag of Market Street, along with other shops and restaurants.  The street was pretty quiet while I was there, as it was still early in the lunch hour.  Even though there’s a large awning outside with their name on it, because of the dark windows, I missed it and kept walking.  Even after I turned around and started walking back, I almost missed it again.  So etch this exterior into your mind’s eye and don’t make the same mistake I did.

Stuff I Eat - a vegan restaurant in Inglewood, CaliforniaStuff I Eat - a vegan restaurant in Inglewood, CaliforniaThe restaurant is clean and nicely laid out with café-style tables. The staff at the counter was all smiles and really helpful with ideas of their most popular items.  They’re well-known for their tacos, but obviously I had to go with another popular item on their menu, the Organic Soul Food Platter.

Organic Soul Food Platter - Stuff I EatI ordered a half order of the platter, which came to $12.  There was so much food, I easily could have shared it.  Instead, I took half home and finished it with breakfast the next day.

Organic Soul Food Platter - Stuff I EatThe platter came with generous helpings of yams, black-eyed peas, barbecued tofu, slow cooked kale, a cornbread muffin, potato salad, and mac and cheese.  The greens may well have been the best I’ve ever had.  They were melt-in-your-mouth good with that wonderful tinny-ness you get from cooking greens for a long time.

Organic Soul Food Platter - Stuff I EatThe black-eyed peas were also particularly well seasoned, and since they’re not always my favorite bean, I was surprised at how good they were.

Stuff I Eat is definitely one of those places where you can get caught in a circle of “just one more bite.”  With so many complimentary flavors and huge portions, this is the restaurant to visit with friends and/or a big appetite!  It is sure to be on my must-visit list on my next trip to Southern California.