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Vegetarians Sausages or grilling for Vegetarians (input on Feta and Spinach Sausages at Costco)

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Hi Folks,
I am facing a conundrum. I am planning a BBQ for friends who are more fond of Vegetarian fare while I cater more to a carnivore crowd :) and can handle myself well if it comes to grilling meats. I am thinking of grilling some vegetables and mushrooms for them but want them to have somewhat different. Any idea where I can get good Vegeterian Sausages? I am a big fan of Costco and they have Feta and Spinach Sausages (on sale this week as well) has anyone tried these? I live in downtown core and would prefer something within a walking distance.
Input and ideas are highly appreciated.

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  1. if you're near the Toronto location of Whole Foods, see if they have Field Roast vegan sausages in stock - i *highly* recommend them.
    http://www.fieldroast.com/products.htm

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    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

      Thanks for your input there are three types apparently. Any particular type that you recommend?

      1. re: elvisahmed

        they didn't come out with the Mexican Chipotle until after i had to give them up (no more gluten for me!) so i never tried that one, and of course it would likely be my favorite. i'm not a huge fan of apple in my sausage in general, but theirs is heavy enough on the sage to counteract the sweetness...and the Italian is good too. honestly, i like all their products - i wish i could still eat them.

        my hands-down favorite is the Smoked Tomato Loaf, and now that i think about it, you could even get the loaves too - cut into chunks and do kebabs/skewers with them...the Lentil Sage & Wild Mushroom are both tasty as well.

      2. re: goodhealthgourmet

        I go to WF every week and never noticed these! Are they on the side with the raw fish and cuts of meat? (Also, are the chipotle very spicy? I love hot spicy but not everyone who eats them does...)

        1. re: Ediblethoughts

          well, like i said, i never got to try the Chipotle flavor so i don't know about the spice level. and i'm not positive the WF in Toronto carries the products - i just know we have them here in the States which is why i told the OP to look for them. if the store does have them, they'll be with the tofu and all the other vegetarian/vegan meat alternatives in the refrigerated case.

          1. re: Ediblethoughts

            Unfortunately, Field Roast products don't seem to be available in Canada. Maybe someday...

            1. re: Full tummy

              Just like Quorn and Boca...

              1. re: Full tummy

                argh! i'm so sorry for the false alarm :( maybe contact the company and give 'em a little push...? ;)

                1. re: Full tummy

                  Darn! I wondered how I'd missed them. I've frequently lamented the lack of an interesting veg sausage or veggie burger there---they have everything else, so why not that, esp. given their focus on healthy stuff.

                  1. re: Ediblethoughts

                    I fully agree. I am contemplating a trip across the border just to get some. They have a whole range of products that look like they may be good. Here's hoping we get some better options soon!

                    1. re: Full tummy

                      Note to self: Fill out suggestion slip when next at WF...

                      1. re: Ediblethoughts

                        I also think goodhealthgourmet's suggestion of writing the manufacturer is a great idea. We should all send a quick email letting them know that Canadians want the goods, too!

                        1. re: Full tummy

                          Would be happy to do so (though just tried the google search and no results found)...

                          1. re: Ediblethoughts

                            Here is their contact page:

                            http://www.fieldroast.com/contact.htm

                            1. re: Full tummy

                              Thanks, I'll definitely email them. Though I'd assume it would be more effective to ask WF to stock them--just in terms of how I thought these things usually go down in retail....

                              1. re: Ediblethoughts

                                Yes, I think we should do that too.

                                Btw, I got a reply from the company, and they suggest Karmavore, in Vancouver. Looks as though they sell some of their products:

                                http://www.karmavore.ca/shop.php?pcat...

                                1. re: Full tummy

                                  Do they know how far away Vancouver is from Toronto?

                                  1. re: Ediblethoughts

                                    I think so, but since they're in Seattle, I think Vancouver is our best Canadian option, and the company does ship Canada-wide.

              2. re: goodhealthgourmet

                My daughter is vegetarian and she gets Field Roast vegan sausages at Summerhill Market.

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                Summerhill Market
                446 Summerhill Ave, Toronto, ON M4W, CA

                1. re: marzenka

                  Really? Will have to check this out.

                  1. re: marzenka

                    Nice! Thanks for the info!

                2. You could consider grilling up some Halloumi cheese too.. I went to a friend BBQ who was vegetarian and she grilled up some along with various veggies. The cheese was a big hit

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                  1. re: ylsf

                    I second grilling up Halloumi cheese. Here in Montreal you can get battered Halloumi cheese as the "fish" in fish and chips at a place in the Old Port, and I thought it held up well to the heat, retained its form, and tasted great. So I would expect that it would hold up to grilling on the BBQ.

                  2. Pass on the pre-made sausages and bbq some portobello caps!

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                    1. re: jeffs101

                      Thanks Jeff those are already one the backup menu but I wanted my friends to try something they usually don't have at the BBQ.

                    2. We love to grill the PC Teriyaki tofu steaks. In the same place as the Yves veggie products at our Forest Hill Loblaws.

                      1. Friends were eating (and enjoying) Costco's Gardenburgers recently. They said they are much better than other veggie burgers available. I tried them and found them surprisingly good, and similar tasting to regular beef burgers.

                        1. There are also the Tofurkey sausages. Not healthy (lots of fat/salt, so just like meat sausages!) but very tasty. My favourite is the Italian, but they're all good.

                          1. Just so you know, the feta and spinach sausages at Costco are NOT vegetarian. They're made with turkey or chicken or both. Just flavoured with feta and spinach.

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                            1. re: Nyleve

                              Thanks Nyleve I guess I will try the wholefood route as suggested by a fellow chowhounder since these sausages are not vegetarian or worse case it will grilled portobello mushroom caps :(