Momma Told Me: It doesn't matter what it is, it only matters how it tastes!
While I've never practiced any form of elective dietary restrictions I was raised to tolerate all variations of cuisine, including that of meat-free, soy products. I can't say that I would munch on tofu by choice, but I've learned not to underestimate meat alternatives. While some may consider a 'burger' made without beef, poultry, or pig, hardly passable under the term, I think of savory and mouth watering selections by MorningStar Farms. That's right, Momma was plating Veggie burgers long before it was So Cal chic to go meat-free. Anyone who worries that meat free selections, such as MorningStar, might be bland, or worse, tough to eat, hasn't tried my favorite MorningStar Farms selection, Original Grillers Patties. With almost 74% less fat than a traditional ground beef burger patty, these patties can be heated in a skillet or microwave; which means 'Grill Season' can reign all year round! So, you can see I've integrated Meatless Mondays into our home's weekly menu as part of my new year, healthier me, initiative. Just this week, in the middle of one of Southern California's rare rain storms, I enjoyed a Grillers Original Patty slathered with fresh avocado, cheddar cheese, and a dash of teriyaki sauce.
The second most common concern I hear my friends inquire, in regards to meat alternatives, is that such products are over-priced and expensive. I won't lie, eating healthier, in any circumstance, will always cost more than $1 Value Menus and Junk Food. But incorporating Meatless Mondays into your routine doesn't have to break the bank. There are plenty of printable coupons for MorningStar Farms, through their website and major coupon sites. I usually pay just under $1 per patty, which isn't as cheap as a value double burger at McDonalds, but certainly much healthier. And I don't think I need to share how much better I feel with one of these veggie burgers in my stomach, over the greasy fast food options! This week I paired my 130 calorie (54% less fat) Grillers patty with a meat splurge; bacon infused Brussel Sprouts. This stir fry was big on flavor, but still low calorie, for a lunch under 360 calories (enough wiggle room to indulge in one of my Skinny Cows).
What Daughter Says: Don't be afraid to go meatless on Mondays; MorningStar has flavorful varieties the whole family will love!
Pan Seared Bacon Brussel Sprouts
* 2TBS Cider Vinegar
*3 TSP Golden Brown Sugar
* 3TBS Olive Oil
* 1/2 Clove Crushed Garlic
* 1C Shredded Cabbage
* 1/4 C Baby Spinach
* 5 Slices Thick Cut Bacon
* 3/4lb Brussel Sprouts, Rinsed and Sliced Thin
* Pepper To Taste
*Shredded Parmesan To Taste
1.) In a small bowl whisk sugar into Olive Oil/Vinegar mixture.
2.) In a large pan cook bacon until crisp. Remove bacon and dice, set aside. Pour out all but 2TBS drippings. If excess is needed, substitute with melted butter.
3.) Heat drippings over Medium-High heat and add crushed garlic. Add brussel sprouts and heat until just tender (4-5 mins).
4.) Add spinach, cabbage, and bacon. Heat on Medium for 2-3 minutes, or until sprouts begin to turn golden on edges.
5.) Remove from heat and toss in shredded Parmesan, sprinkle a dash of pepper if desired.
As Required By The FTC: I received a product voucher in order to experience MorningStar Farms, though I am an avid buyer and customer. Regardless, all opinions inside are mine and mine alone.