One inquisitive omnivore’s journey towards healthier and more compassionate eating…

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Cookout food has always been my favorite. I love potato salad, corn-on-the-cob and especially cheeseburgers, medium rare with lettuce, tomato, and lots of ketchup! I’ve never really gone for the veggie burger, although there was a restaurant in West Hollywood that made really flavorful ones. They were so delicious and they even served them with onion rings. I’d say that was definitely on par with my cookout cheeseburgers!

Needless to say, the idea of eating a frozen burger, nevermind a frozen veggie burger, wasn’t really at the top of my to-do list, but in my quest to eat healthier and more compassionately I decided to give it a try. So I asked around, and the overwhelming recommendation was MorningStar Farms.

MorningStar Farms Garden Veggie Patties are a flavorful, healthy alternative to burgers./Photo credit:
MorningStar Farms Garden Veggie Patties are a flavorful, healthy alternative to burgers. Photo credit:kelloggsfamilyrewards.com

It turns out I used to buy MorningStars’ Garden Veggie Patties all the time. A couple of years back I was looking for something healthy and simple to eat, and they fit the bill perfectly! They’re made with mushrooms, water chestnuts, onions, carrots, bell peppers, and black olives—aside from the olives they’re all of my favorite vegetables.

I’d heat the patties in the microwave and then top them  with some sautéed mushrooms and guacamole. It was one of my go-to meals at the time: easy, low-cal, and really tasty! They also had a good amount of protein (10g), were low in fat, and only had 9g of carbs.

MorningStar Farms Meal Starters Grillers Recipe Crumbles are a low-cal addition to your chili, tomato sauce and tacos./Photo credit: Kelloggsfamily
MorningStar Farms Meal Starters Grillers Recipe Crumbles are a low-cal addition to your chili, tomato sauce and tacos. Photo credit: Kelloggsfamily

MorningStar Farms has a lot of meat-free burgers and chicken to choose from, but I was in the mood for Mexican so I opted to try  their Grillers Recipe Crumbles and make some tacos. For this, I once again invited some friends over to see if I could fool them.

After sautéing the meat-free beef with tomatoes and lots of seasoning I served my guests the mystery mixture with the usual Mexican sides: sour cream, salsa, shredded lettuce, Go Veggie! Mexican Style Shreds, and whole wheat tortilla bread. Even though the tacos were a big hit, I didn’t fool anyone. Everyone could tell there was something different about the meat—not in a bad way, just different.

Meat-free Soft Taco Recipe:

  •  1 pkg MorningStar Farms Grillers Recipe Crumbles
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
A tasty whole wheat soft taco with MorningStar Farms' Grillers Recipe Crumbles and all the fixings./Photo credit: Lisa Singer
A tasty whole wheat soft taco with MorningStar Farms’ Grillers Recipe Crumbles and all the fixings. Photo credit: Lisa Singer
  • 1 med onion, diced
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1/2 tbsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 lg tomato diced w/ juice
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • small whole wheat tortilla wraps, heated
  • salsa
  • low fat sour cream
  • shredded lettuce
  • Go Veggie! Mexican Style Shreds

Sauté the onions and garlic in vegetable oil until the onions are soft and garlic slightly browned. Add a package of frozen MorningStar Crumbles and stir in tomatoes, chili powder, cumin, pepper, and salt. Cook until heated, about 10-15 minutes. Put in a bowl and serve with sides of salsa, sour cream, shredded lettuce, Go Veggie! Mexican Style Shreds, and tortillas heated in microwave for 20 seconds w/ a damp paper towel covering them. Serve with rice, create, and voilà!

A delicious and healthy meat-free whole wheat taco filled with MorningStar Griller Recipes Crumbles./Photo credit: Lisa Singer
A delicious and healthy meat-free whole wheat taco filled with MorningStar Grillers Recipe Crumbles. Photo credit: Lisa Singer

All in all, I have to say MorningStar Farms is a great choice for meat-less burgers. They’re a good source of protein, low in fat, and easy to cook. The Crumbles texture is even the same as beef.

Now is eating the Garden Veggie Patties the same as having my cookout cheeseburger? Not exactly, but that’s not really a fair comparison since they’re completely different foods. However, if you’re looking for something burger-ish that’s both healthy and tasty, I highly recommend giving MorningStar a try!

— Lisa Singer, exclusive to Global Animal

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