By Chef Linda
While we remain steadfast in our philosophy that to survive and thrive as a vegan, nothing beats a minimally processed, whole foods diet, there are times when we find something that can help people transition, satisfy a craving, or demonstrate to non-vegans how easy it is to eliminate meat and animal products from their diet. Then we like to shout it from the rooftops. We've seen that world of vegan prepared foods has definitely upped its game in recent years making easier than ever to create delicious, compassionate meals in no time at all. Our newest favorite is Beyond Sausage. (I'm shouting now–can you hear me?). Beyond Sausage comes in three varieties and this weekend, we used the Sweet Italian to make sausage and peppers. There are other tasty vegan sausages on the market, and we mean no disrespect–but wow! These were unbelievably juicy, tender, and full of flavor. Fried in a pan (or grilled) with sliced bell peppers and onions, our sausage and pepper sandwiches were easy to make and even easier to eat.
Easiest Sausage and Peppers
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 package vegan sausage (we used Beyond Sausage Sweet Italian), sliced diagonally into coins
2 large red bell peppers, seeded and cut into 1/4-inch strips
2 large yellow onions, halved and cut into thin slices
3 large cloves garlic, thinly sliced or minced
2 teaspoons dried oregano
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
4 to 6 hoagie rolls or buns for serving
Heat the oil in a large pan over medium-high heat. Line a plate with a paper towel or brown bag. Working in batches, arrange sliced sausage in a single layer in pan. Cook for several minutes on each side, until nicely browned and crispy around the edges, about 8 to 10 minutes total. When cooked, transfer sausages to the lined plate. In the same pan, add peppers, onions, garlic, oregano, salt, pepper, and crushed red pepper. Cook, while stirring occasionally, until peppers and onions are very soft, about 12 to 15 minutes. When vegetables are done, add sausage back into the pan to warm. Stir and cook for a few minutes more. Serve immediately on rolls or buns.