Peppercorn Food Company Competition (Sponsored)
In a last minute attempt to hang on to what’s left of Summer I’m diggen’ out the tongs and firing up the barbie one more time. And of course, a fair dinkum Aussie BBQ just isn’t the same without snags and rissoles.
Although the thought of a charred, greasy sausage thrown on a slice of refined white bread slathered with tomato sauce, makes my inner Nutritionist cringe, it is possible to BBQ the Aussie way whilst also creating a healthy family meal.
Ideally a healthy meal will include half (non-starchy) veggies or salad, one quarter lean protein, one quarter low GI/ high fibre grains, cereals or starchy veg, plus a calcium rich side and a side of fruit.
Choose quality meat: Be it a back yard BBQ or any other family meal, choosing good quality lean protein is an all important component.
Many commercial sausages and burgers are high in total and saturated fat, salt and other additives, preservatives and fillers. The Peppercorn Food Company produces a range of sausage and burgers that are a healthier option than your regular varieties. Their products are gluten free, with no artificial colours, flavours, or additives, they have only 3g saturated fat (per 100g – which is darn good for sausages and burgers) and moderate amounts of sodium (450mg/100g – less than some bread!).
Watch your potion size: Although protein is extremely important for growth, repair and maintenance, as Aussies we have a tendance to go a little overboard with our meat portions.
Depending on your age and gender the recommended number of servings of lean meat or alternative across the day ranges from 1 serve for children and up to 3 ½ serves for pregnant women, with a serving of lean meat being equal to 65g cook lean red meat or 80g cooked lean poultry - which is actually less than 1 sausage! Keep this in mind the next time you are plating up meals for your family.
(Other servings of meat or alternative include: 100g cooked fish, 2 eggs, 1 cup lentils, beans or pulses, or 30g of nuts and seeds)
Turn Down the Heat! Although we love to hear that sizzle on the BBQ, cooking your meat at a high temperature leads to charring. Charred and burnt meats can be carcinogenic (due to the production of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons during the cooking/burning process), so turn down the heat, close the lid on the BBQ and allow your meat to cook slowly without burning.
Alternatively try different cooking methods such as braising, boiling or baking. Try these Devilled Sausages or this Italian Sausage Bake.
Get creative A sausage in bread might be a BBQ classic but it is really an injustice to the potential of a good quality sausage. Ditch the soggy sausage sandwich and try this Summer Sausage Salad instead - its fresh, crispy, obviously healthier and boasts the lovely sausage flavour.
Peppercorn Food Company
The Peppercorn Range, includes extra lean beef, pork and chicken sausages (my favourite are the Italian Style), chipolatas, extra lean beef and angus burgers, and extra lean beef and pork meatloaf. All their products are gluten free, with no artificial colours, flavours, or additives; they have only 3g saturated fat (per 100g) and a modest 450mg of sodium (per 100g).
By the way, their sausages and burgers come in biodegradable and compostable packaging!! Nice work Peppercorn =)
To WIN yourself some awesome Peppercorn Snags (and a whole bunch of other Peppercorn stuff to the value of $100)
1. Like Peppercorn Food Company on Facebook (and share the love by sharing this link!)
2. Leave a comment below and tell us: what’s your favourite dinner using sausages?
Competition opens Monday February 17, 2014 and closes 11.59pm Friday February 27, 2014. Open to Australian residents only. Prize pack will be issued only to Australian capital city residence, a winner residing outside of these areas will be issued an alternative prize to equal value. Only one entry per person. The winner will be announced here at The Kids Menu (via Comment on this post), as well as on The Kids Menu Facebook Page no later than 5.00pm Monday March 3, 2014, and contacted using the email address provided with their entry. For full terms and conditions see our Disclosure page.
Congratulations Alyssa!! You are the Winner of the Peppercorn Food Company Competition - I love curried sausages too =)
Nikki is a PhD qualified Nutritionist and an expert in children's eating.