Lightlife Smart Sausages, Chorizo Style.
I decided to cook these up into a nice chili mac. I tasted a bite of the sausage before I committed to this plan, in case I needed to switch gears, but plain and cold these weren't terrible, so I figured heating them up could only improve things. They had some reasonably nice peppery spiciness to them, but not much else, spice-wise. Just pepper. But whatever - there were plenty of other flavors in this recipe, so I figured it would be good.
As a side note, I mostly used this recipe as written, but I substituted the poblano chile peppers for banana peppers, because that was what I had, canola oil instead of corn oil, and the fake chorizo instead of, well, real-meat chorizo. Otherwise, I actually followed the recipe. Oh and orzo for the macaroni, but that's still pasta. Well, and I skipped the first step. So maybe I didn't actually follow this recipe very well. Whatever.
Okay, moving on. So now I have this orzo/black bean/corn/tomato/fake chorizo dish. All together, it tasted pretty good. I don't know if the chorizo was really the best option here. It had sort of a weird texture that is a little difficult to describe. Sort of mushy, I guess, is the closest adjective I can come up with. But also chewy. I found myself eating all the chorizo bits off my plate first so I could enjoy the rest of the dish without them. But at least I ate them, instead of picking them out and leaving them on the side of the plate. They were edible but definitely my least favorite element.
Texture - sort of mushy but in a chewy way
Flavor - peppery, mostly, but not terrible
Final grade for this attempt: C+