Then one day, I decided to ask a friend of mine, who kept a vegan and gluten free diet, what he ate. He handed me a book ("Meat is For Pussies") and I finished it THAT day, along with cutting out all meat from my diet.
That moment is what catapulted me into wanting to learn about nutrition, and understand food and how it impacts our bodies..
Although I do eat meat regularly, plant based diets have been found to have great health benefits for many chronic illness, including cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity and lipid disorders. It tends to be high in fiber, low in saturated fat and can be incorporated in a healthy way.
So why am I telling you all this?
Well, at the time that I was a vegetarian, I started buying a vegetarian sausage made by Field Roast. I recently decided to try it out again and decided to add in some veggies.
And out came this INCREDIBLE and flavorful veggie stew. The field roast sausage is made with wheat gluten and TONS of spices, it breaks down beautifully in the sauce and provides so much flavor to the veggies that you don't need to add anything extra but a little salt.
This is NOT an ad, nor sponsored by Field Roast. I just really love how it flavors this stew/sauce!
I also tried this with chicken sausage and it was delicious too! It definitely needed extra seasoning however, depending on the type of sausage you get.
Let's get cooking!
Perfect with some parmesan cheese on top and fresh parsley. You could also keep it vegan without adding any cheese, or maybe top it with some toasted pine nuts for a little nutty crunch.
I served this with pasta, but it would be delicious with any starch of your choice or a veggie side, like cauliflower rice or zucchini noodles!
However you do it, make it how you love it!
Hope you enjoy!
Lots of LOVE,