I adore the Slimming World plan, it’s so non-restrictive and gives me a huge amount of freedom to eat whatever I want. However there are things that, even though they fall within my syn allowance, I have avoided since starting the plan. One of these things is sausages, I’m not sure why but they usually don’t seem worth the syns, despite the fact that I really do love sausages! It’s probably because my absolute favourite time to eat sausages is with a cooked breakfast, and when I’ve managed to have a huge syn free breakfast, I never want to pile a whole bunch of syns on top at the end.
I was hoping therefore that Heck sausages might just be the answer to my sausage prayers. Since starting Slimming World I’ve heard people raving about Heck sausages, but until now I’d never got around to trying them. Heck have a huge range of high quality, gluten free, and most importantly very low syn sausages, and they’re stocked in most supermarkets as far as I can see. The sheer range of sausages is pretty impressive, from pork and apple, to zesty chicken and paprika chicken, but I opted for the ‘Chicken Italia’ ones which are ‘juicy British chicken sausages with basil, tomatoes and mozzarella’. These particular sausages are 1/2 syn each!! Initially the £3 price tag caught me off guard, but actually you get 10 sausages for that which when put next to the regular Tesco’s own Cumberland sausages that I also bought for my other half (£2.50 for 6!) makes them pretty good value.
I decided to try them alongside my favourite, so the next morning I cooked up some lean bacon, eggs and baked beans and popped my Heck Chicken Italia sausages in the oven! Here’s how they got on…
They cooked really quickly, which is always good when you’re hungry for breakfast, but the only thing I’d suggest is to spray your baking tray with a little bit of Fry Light before you put your sausages on it. The reason for this is because they’re super low fat, you don’t get all of the grease spilling out that you get with regular sausages, and this can make them stick to the pan just a bit. All things considered the lack of fat in these is a major plus though, and now that I know for next time I can avoid stickage in the future!
This one might just be me, but I swear a lot of regular sausages seem to be stuffed into Teflon casings! By the time you’ve managed to get a knife or scissors through the joining bits, you’ve ended squishing the meat out the other end! These Heck sausages however cut easily, with no squishing of any kind, which in my books is a big plus…but like I say, that one might just be me!
You can definitely pick Heck sausages up from Tesco and Asda, but they’ve also got a handy stockist checker on their website as well as an online shop so in terms of availability they score top marks!
This is a very strong area for Heck! They’ve got a great selection of products, with a load of interesting flavours to pick from. I’ve never actually eaten chicken sausages before, but these looked inviting and the flavours ticked all my taste boxes. I’ll be interested to try out some of their other flavours, and the burgers look pretty good too so I’m looking forward to trying those eventually too!
On to the most important part…and I’m very pleased to confirm that the Slimming World community is spot on with these! They’re really tasty, and so full of flavour! I could actually taste the things that are listed as ingredients, with basil and mozzarella coming through strongly. You can taste the quality with these sausages too, you don’t get that rubbery or fake texture as you do with some low fat foods, and they’re super satisfying. I’ll definitely be buying more, and I’ve still got half a pack left in the fridge to try out with another recipe. I’m thinking that they’ll work perfectly with a risotto, so I’ll keep you posted on that one!
Worth The Syns?
You really can’t go wrong with these for 1/2 syn each! They’re a fantastic alternative to regular sausages, they really hit the spot, and leave you free to enjoy plenty more syns throughout the day. The great thing about such a low syn, and convenient food, is that they’re the perfect thing to just have in the fridge for a lazy day. Pop them in the oven and 10 minutes later you’ve got something to eat that won’t push you over your syn allowance for the day! I’ll certainly be eating these again, sausages can be used in so much cooking, from one pan roasts to pasta sauces, or your regular sausage in a bun, and I’m looking forward to trying out loads of new recipes with Heck sausages.
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