Saturday Morning Breakfast

The following post isn’t a recipe, but hopefully it still will be an inspiration.  I am a creature of habit and Saturday afternoons are filled with grocery shopping.   I tend to go to no less than 3 or 4 different grocery stores.  I tend to go to the Vietnamese market for fresh herbs and fun tropical fruits, the farmer’s market for some local seasonal produce, the spice market for mouth wateringly good cumin, and depending upon the planned weekly menu the bakery for bread.  That generally leaves me on Saturday morning penciling out the week’s menu and digging through the fridge to see what I need to use up before putting stuff into the compost.   Saturday morning’s breakfast is my favorite and usually consists of a nice potato hash and a cup of coffee.

The reason I don’t have a recipe is because the possibilities are endless.  This past weekend I made a southwest themed hash with leftover sweet potatoes, corn, Korean sweet peppers, shallots, green onions and cubed Field Roast Smoke Tomato Deli Slices.  After peaking in the fridge this morning and looking at the counter top I have a feeling it’s going to be more of a Northwestern theme using Yukon gold potatoes, oyster mushrooms, Field Roast Wild Mushroom Deli Slices, chives and a dollop of vegan sour cream.

If you’ve never made a fresh morning hash before it’s simple.  Start by cubing your potato of choice; I tend to do a 1/2 inch dice or smaller because I love a crispy potato.  In a large skillet, over medium heat cook the cubed potatoes for 10 minutes, moving them minimally in the pan to get a nice crust on the outside.  After that just add the rest of your chopped ingredients including the Field Roast product of your choice, reserving more delicate items such as fresh green onions and spinach until the last few minutes, and cook for an additional 10 minutes until the potatoes are cooked, stirring often.  Season with salt or fresh herbs and spices like cumin, cilantro, or red pepper flakes, and then sit and savor your Saturday morning.  Breakfast Hash

Saturday is Vegan Pizza Day (VPD)!

Saturday June 29, 2013 is Vegan Pizza Day!  It’s not a holiday I’ve ever heard of before, but is one that I don’t mind celebrating.   Who doesn’t like a good pizza?  I started the festivities off early and whipped up a delicious taco pizza last night for dinner.  Growing up in rural Minnesota, my hometown had a great pizza restaurant that specialized in thin crust pizza and had one of the best taco pizzas.  Thanks in part to Field Roast Mexican Chipotle sausages and some other great vegan substitutes this pizza still ranks up there as one of my favorites!

 

1 pre-packaged pizza dough or your favorite homemade crust

1 16 oz can vegetarian refried beans

½ a medium sized yellow onion chopped

1/3 cup of your favorite prepared salsa

6 oz tomato paste

2 Tbsp. taco seasoning

¾ cup of water

1 tsp hot sauce* optional

2 Field Roast Grain Meat Mexican Chipotle sausages crumbled or chopped

Cheddar or pepper jack vegan style shreds

All your favorite taco fixins’

 

Prepare the pizza dough or pre-packaged dough and place on a baking sheet.

Crumble or slice the Field Roast Mexican Chipotle Sausages.  In a small sauté pan with a little bit of oil, brown the Field Roast Mexican Chipotle sausages.

In a small bowl mix the beans, onions and salsa until smooth.  In another bowl, whisk together the water, tomato paste, taco seasoning, and hot sauce until smooth.

Spread a thick or thin layer of the beans onto the crust and top with another layer of the tomato sauce.  You don’t have to use all of the beans or sauce so use what you think you’d like.  Sprinkle the browned Field Roast Mexican Chipotle sausages on top of the sauces and cover with your favorite cheeze shred, or if you’re like me little to no cheeze because the beans are just that good.  Bake at 425F for 12 minutes or until your crust is done.

Remove from the oven and slice when it has cooled for a few minutes.  Top with your favorite toppings!  I love grape tomato, black olives, cilantro, some more Field Roast sausage and a nice cooling dollop of vegan sour cream.

Vegan Pizza Day

End of winter, Hello spring salad!

It’s our final posting of US VegWeek and I think we’ve had some really good recipes and contributions. Did you make anything exciting this week? I know after a long week at work and a busy weekend I can feel a little hesitant about making a feast in the kitchen and am a huge fan of a good salad. Salads are great due to their versatility.

Fall salads can have tasty roasted root vegetables and firm, juicy apples and rustic kale. Those veggies tend to carry throughout the winter, so when spring comes we’re ready for something that is fresh and young tasting! Maybe some quickly blanched asparagus, sautéed pea vines, young juicy strawberries, some pan seared Field Roast Apple Sage Sausages a top a bed of spring greens. While this post doesn’t have a recipe, I hope it inspires you to load up your plate with a cornucopia of fresh fruits and veggies, greens and any of our deliciously seasoned Field Roast Grain Meat products. We really do hope you enjoyed following us throughout the week and if you’d like to share a recipe with us and all of our Field Roast fans, we’d love for you to share what will be on your springtime salad!

 

 

Pan Seared Field Roast Apple Sage and Veggie Salad

 

Field Roast is the Real Deal

A new study tested people’s perceptions of food based on their value systems – for instance meat-eaters were given vegan sausages and told they were meat and rated them tasting great. When told what they were eating was vegan they said it didn’t taste as good even if what they were eating was then animal meat!

Here is their synopsis:
We suggest that consumers assess the taste of a food or beverage by comparing the human values symbolized by the product to their human value priorities. When there is value-symbol congrue
ncy, they experience a better taste and aroma and develop a more favorable attitude and behavior intention; incongruence has theopposite effect. Participants in two taste tests were told the correct identity of aproduct or misinformed. Participants who endorsed the values symbolized by theproduct (that they thought they were tasting) evaluated the product more favorably.

This study has fueled some mighty blogging, such as this link, and this link.

Field Roast would just like to add its opinion!!

First, so many comments assume that all vege sausage is made from soy. While the majority of them are, Field Roast is not!! We are 100% soy free, which, for many is a blessing because so much of vegan food is based around soy, and allergies aside, one knows that eating too much of anything is not good.

Second, why is meat that is not made from animals “fake”?? We understand some companies like to make fake versions of animal meat, but there is something strange about food being fake. Field Roast is REAL food, and we want to change the perception of what meat is. Traditional definitions of the word meat first label it is as solid food. The texture of Field Roast is meaty and satisfying but it is made from grains and not animals. And we don’t want to pretend it comes from animals because that is just weird. Our slogan is ‘flesh of the earth’.

Anyway, back to the study, it is strange how science needs to prove things that thousands of years of real (not fake!) life can tell us. Food is about involvement and passion and perception. We like to think that food is an experience that brings people together. We are happy to be a product that can satisfy a table full of people who may be vegan, meat-eater, flexitarian, or all. Next time you serve up Field Roast do your own little psychological experiment. Tell the tasters what they are about to eat is real food, from the earth, and there is nothing fake about it. We bet it’ll rank high on deliciousness! ;)


Sausages Forever!


Summer is the perfect time to be grilling Field Roast sausages on the barbeque! It seems that every year, since we introduced them in 2005, more and more people are catching on to them! We get compliments from vegans, vegetarians, flexitarians and even carnivores about how delicious our sausages are. The fact they are enjoyed by all members of the food-eating world really warms our hearts!

Each year for the past three years, our sausage sales have doubled, and we finally had to move from our old location to increase our production and storage area. We are still in Seattle, and actually moved closer to downtown to the historic International District, a place with a rich history and vibrant present. (Read about our new facility and our philosophy behind our choice of location here.)

Field Roast is made fresh in small batches and now we are making about 30 batches a week!! Thank you to all who choose and enjoy our vegan sausages. We are happy to be part of your summertime funtime!