Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Tesco Meat Free Hot Dog Sausages

Everyone seems to love hot dogs and my family are no different. However, I’ve always been a bit dubious about what sort of stuff goes into making regular hot dog sausages.

I know they taste great and everything, but since watching various TV programmes showing exactly what mechanically recovered meat looks like and how it’s made, let’s just say I don’t feel quite  the same way about them as I once did. 

Fortunately there are meat free alternatives which do a pretty good job of mimicking the hot dog taste. These Meat Free Hot Dog Sausages from Tesco are one variety I buy quite regularly because my lot enjoy eating them and they can’t tell that they’re not made from meat.
In their frozen state
After cooking

Tesco’s Meat Free Vegetarian hot dogs are made with a mixture of soya with a mild seasoning blend. As they’re a frozen product you can find them in the freezer aisle of Tesco in bags of 10 hot dogs. You cook them straight from frozen, either in a pan of water on the hob, in the microwave or under the grill.

Each hot dog sausage has 60 calories, so when stuffed into a wholemeal hot dog roll can make a reasonably lower calorie meal or snack.

Nutrition information per hot dog (30g): 60 calories, 5.1g protein, 2.2g carbohydrate, 0.25g sugars, 3.3g fat, 0.25g saturates, 0.7g fibre, 0.35g salt. Suitable for vegetarians.

Allergy Information: Contains: Wheat, Gluten, Egg & Soya. Other Allergen Info: Recipe: No nuts. Ingredients: Cannot guarantee nut free. Factory: No nuts.

And if you want to know what’s gone into them, here’s the ingredients list.

Rehydrated Textured Vegetable Protein (66%),Vegetable Oil, Rehydrated Onion, Free Range Powdered Egg White ,Yeast Extract, Flavouring, Dextrose ,Garlic Powder ,Guar Gum, Potassium Chloride, Colour (Beetroot Red, Anthocyanins, Paprika Extract), Xanthan Gum. Rehydrated Textured Vegetable Protein contains,Water, Soya Protein Isolate,Wheat Gluten, Rice Extract ,Wheat Flour. Yeast Extract contains ,Yeast Extract, Salt, Flavouring, Sugar ,Vegetable Oil.


Marks & Spencer Soft Wholemeal Finger Rolls (145 calories)
Marks & Spencer Mini Wholemeal Submarine Rolls (70 calories)
Sainsbury's Meat Free Hot Dog Sausages (67 calories)


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