Dee’s Wholefoods started out in Dee’s kitchen in West Cork, Ireland, making vegan burgers for local farmers markets. They now have a range of vegan products including sausages, burgers, quinoa pots and veg pots that are available in shops throughout Ireland, the UK and the Netherlands.
All the products are suitable for vegans, made with natural and organic ingredients, and free from gluten, wheat, soy, dairy, artificial additives and GMO’s.
I’ve tried a lot of Dee’s products and loved them all, but in particular I really like the sausages and get them all the time.
There are three different flavours of sausages, Traditional, Roast Garlic and Mushroom and Leek and Onion. All of them are delicious but my favourite is probably the traditional ones, that taste very like non-vegan sausages, except much better.
They’re made with pea protein and beans so are high in protein. They contain Irish dulse seaweed which is very nutritious, contains iodine, iron and vitamin B6, and I think gives it the amazing flavour, along with the herbs and spices. Iodine can be hard to get in a vegan diet and seaweed is a great source of it. They’re more nutritious and less-processed than a lot brands of vegan meat substitutes.
They also have a great texture, a lot better than some brands of vegan sausages that I’ve tried.
I also love that they are gluten-free, since I have coeliac disease, and it can be really hard to find products that are gluten-free as well as being vegan.
My kids really love them and I’m happy for them to eat lots of them since they contain so much goodness and are quite low in salt so suitable for babies and toddlers. We had them for breakfast today and my three year old ate loads of them, and my 11 month old loves them too. My kids also love to have tortilla wraps with homemade houmous and Dee’s sausages, sliced into bite-sized pieces. It’s so nice to be able to buy a vegan convenience food that I know is healthy and I can give to my kids.
I love them as part of a full breakfast, for dinner with mashed potatoes and gravy, in a sandwich, or even chopped up and put in a pasta sauce or a stew. They add a lovely flavour to meals, make them more interesting and are very filling.
They’d be great for people who are newly vegan and missing sausages, since they really do satisfy that craving. They’re a lot healthier than processed meat sausages, and better for the environment, as well as being cruelty-free.
I’ve heard some people saying that they had trouble with them sticking while cooking. While they are a bit delicate, it’s really easy to cook them once you get used to it. I cook them in the oven at 180 degrees Celsius, in a non-stick baking tray, for 20 minutes, with either a tiny drizzle of olive oil or no oil, and they always turn out perfectly. Make sure they have a little space between the sausages so they don’t stick together. I’ve also cooked them on a camp fire and on a barbecue and that works great.
The only way I could fault them is that they’re a bit expensive at about €3.99 for six sausages (price from Tesco Ireland, May 2016), though I’m willing to pay that much since they are made with such good quality ingredients, and are so nutritious and yummy. It’s definitely worth getting them as a treat or for a quick and easy meal. I really recommend them.
Dee’s Wholefoods products are available in Tesco and select Supervalus in Ireland, in Holland and Barrett in the UK and in Jumbo in the Netherlands. You can find out more about Dee’s Wholefoods here.