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

elvisahmed Jun 27, 2011 03:39 PM

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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    Nyleve Jun 28, 2011 11:47 AM

    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
      elvisahmed Jun 28, 2011 02:54 PM

      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 :(

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      Pincus Jun 28, 2011 09:03 AM

      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. PoppiYYZ Jun 28, 2011 08:18 AM

        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.

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          MeMeMe Jun 28, 2011 07:15 AM

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

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            jeffs101 Jun 28, 2011 06:14 AM

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

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            1. re: jeffs101
              elvisahmed Jun 28, 2011 06:37 AM

              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.

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              ylsf Jun 27, 2011 04:47 PM

              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
                looosia Jun 28, 2011 11:35 AM

                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. goodhealthgourmet Jun 27, 2011 03:53 PM

                if you're near the Toronto location of Whole Foods, see if they have Field Roast vegan sausages in stock - i *highly* recommend them.

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                1. re: goodhealthgourmet
                  elvisahmed Jun 27, 2011 07:05 PM

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

                  1. re: elvisahmed
                    goodhealthgourmet Jun 27, 2011 07:16 PM

                    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
                    Ediblethoughts Jun 27, 2011 07:19 PM

                    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
                      goodhealthgourmet Jun 27, 2011 08:06 PM

                      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
                        Full tummy Jun 28, 2011 12:41 AM

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

                        1. re: Full tummy
                          piccola Jun 28, 2011 06:03 AM

                          Just like Quorn and Boca...

                          1. re: Full tummy
                            goodhealthgourmet Jun 28, 2011 09:13 AM

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

                            1. re: Full tummy
                              Ediblethoughts Jun 28, 2011 06:27 PM

                              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
                                Full tummy Jun 28, 2011 06:42 PM

                                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
                                  Ediblethoughts Jun 28, 2011 06:49 PM

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

                                  1. re: Ediblethoughts
                                    Full tummy Jun 28, 2011 08:47 PM

                                    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
                                      Ediblethoughts Jun 29, 2011 06:53 PM

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

                                      1. re: Ediblethoughts
                                        Full tummy Jun 29, 2011 07:27 PM

                                        Here is their contact page:


                                        1. re: Full tummy
                                          Ediblethoughts Jun 30, 2011 07:00 PM

                                          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
                                            Full tummy Jun 30, 2011 07:20 PM

                                            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:


                                            1. re: Full tummy
                                              Ediblethoughts Jun 30, 2011 07:22 PM

                                              Do they know how far away Vancouver is from Toronto?

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                                                Full tummy Jun 30, 2011 07:24 PM

                                                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
                            marzenka Jul 7, 2011 02:54 PM

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

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

                            1. re: marzenka
                              Full tummy Jul 7, 2011 04:23 PM

                              Really? Will have to check this out.

                              1. re: marzenka
                                Ediblethoughts Jul 7, 2011 07:12 PM

                                Nice! Thanks for the info!

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