When it comes to dieting, for me, it’s not about cutting out lots of food and following a strict regime, it’s about trying to eat better in general, less processed foods and more natural ingredients. You wouldn’t think that sausages would come under the title of ‘healthy’ but Heck Food pride themselves on lean, high quality sausages that provide protein and not a ton of fat!
I first discovered them back at the BBC Good Food Show, where, after sampling a whole range of sausages, I returned to Heck, who stood out as a firm favourite. I had sampled the ‘Family Favourite’ – an 85% pork sausage – and their Chorizo style sausages.
This week, I decided to try out a couple of their even leaner sausages, including the 97% Pork Sausages and the Chicken Italia sausages, which boast an impressive only 3% fat! I decided to go traditional with my first cook, and made BBC Good Food’s ‘Toad in the Hole‘ recipe, which for my first time making one, turned out great! The sausages were really juicy and flavoursome, packed full of meaty goodness without lots of additives. The meat is made with British pork shoulder and you can tell these are good quality.
For the Chicken Italia sausages, I wasn’t sure exactly what to do with them, as chicken sausages are quite a rarity, so I headed over to the Heck website for inspiration. I gave their recommended recipe a try, which was super flavourful, and the pack was big enough that it created two lunch portions for me to take to work!
After success with toad in the hole, I decided to go a little simpler and made a low-fat, one pot sausage stew. A basic tomato sauce, healthy butter beans and grilled sausages made for a delicious combination. Check out the recipe below!
Heck Pork Sausage Stew
- 1 Pack Heck 97% Sausages
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 onion, finely chopped
- 1/2 tsp dried chilli flakes
- 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
- Carton of tomato passata
- Bunch of fresh basil, leaves torn
- 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 1 can of butter beans, drained
- Pre-heat the grill and place a large saucepan over a medium heat. Place the sausages under the grill and cook until golden brown and cooked through.
- Meanwhile, make the sauce. Add the oil to the pan, once heated, add the onion and cook until softened, then add the garlic and chilli.
- Add the basil leaves, followed by the passata and balsamic vinegar. Bring to the boil and season to taste.
- Add the grilled sausages to the sauce, along with the butter beans. Bring back to the boil, then serve with some crusty bread and salad leaves.