3 Quick and Easy Vegetarian Recipes

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I have always enjoyed meatless meals, but, I’m not going to lie, I still eat meat. Mostly fish and a little chicken, but it is not necessary for me to eat meat with every meal. In fact, I prefer eating meat just once a week and making it really high quality wild salmon or local organic chicken. So, when I was given the opportunity to try Morning Star Farms product I agreed and was delighted. Their products are low in calories and fat plus they have ample protein and most important they taste delicious. The only drawback to these products for my family is that they contain gluten, so I had to make my dinner on a night when my husband, who has Celiac, was out late.

Getting the big question out of the way, do they taste like meat? Yes, and no. They have many of the seasonings that you would taste in meat, which is good. The texture is slightly different, but not so much that you don’t recognize it. My children and I loved the flavor and it was very easy to substitute Morning Star products for meat. Because they’re pre-cooked, prep time is very fast and easy, making them great for people who have limited time. I came up with these three recipes, one for breakfast, lunch, and dinner using Original Sausage Patties for breakfast, Grillers California “Turk’y” for Lunch, and Grillers Prime for dinner.

Breakfast

Morning Star Mini Quiche

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Serving size- 1
Calories- around 200

What You Will Need

Small dish or ramekin
One Morning Star Original Breakfast Patty
One egg
1 T. of milk or Milk alternative
Handful of Spinach or Kale
Salt and Pepper
1 T. of lowfat Cheddar Cheese
Salsa (Optional as garnish)

How to Make

1. Preheat oven or toaster oven to 350 degrees.

2. Defrost one Breakfast Original Sausage Patty and press the thawed patty into a small dish or ramekin, forming a rough “crust.”

3. Place the egg, milk, spinach, salt, and pepper in a blender and blend until smooth.

4. Pour into the sausage patty “crust” and sprinkle with cheese.

5. Bake for 12-14 minutes.

6. Remove from oven and garnish with salsa.

Lunch

California Taco Salad

Serving size- 1

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What You Will Need

Lettuce ( I used Arugula )
5-6 corn chips
1- Morning Star California “Turk’y” burger (You could use any variety)
1/8 cup of Low Fat Cheddar Cheese
2-T. of salsa
1- T. sour cream
1 tsp. fresh lime juice

How to Make

1. Bake veggie burger in the oven or toaster oven at 375 degrees for 14-15 minutes.

2. Remove burger form oven and let cool. Layer the corn chips and lettuce in a bowl.

3. Dice cooled burger in 1/4 pieces and sprinkle onto of lettuce and chips. Sprinkle with cheese and add the salsa, sour cream, and lime juice.

Dinner

Morning Star Skillet Veggie Chili with Dumplings

Serves 4-5

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What You Will Need

Large covered skillet
4- Morning Star Griller’s Prime burgers diced into 1/4 inch pieces.
1 15 oz. can of dark red kidney beans drained and rinsed.
1- 15 oz. can of tomato sauce
1- 15 oz. can of corn drained
1 small onion minced fine
1- clove of garlic minced
1- T. of soy sauce
2- tsp. of chili powder
1/4 tsp. of smoked tabasco
1/2 to 1 cup of shredded sharp cheddar cheese
salt and pepper to taste

for the dumplings..

2 cups of Bisquick
1/2 cup of butter diced into small pieces
2/3 cup of milk
3 eggs

How to Make

1. In the skillet, saute onions and veggie burgers for about 8- 10 min. Add garlic and cook for another 30 seconds.

2. Stir in tomato sauce, beans, corn, chili powder, soy sauce, Tabasco, salt, and pepper. Heat until boiling and then turn down to low.

3. In a medium bowl, cut the butter into the Bisquick. Using a fork, press and mix in the butter until the Bisquik particles are about the size of peas. Stir in the remaining ingredients until soft dough forms. Drop dough onto simmering chili (should take about 5-6 spoonfuls of mixture).

4. Cover and cook for 20 minutes, heating the chili and steaming the dumplings.

5. Sprinkle with cheese. Cover and cook for an additional 2 minutes until cheese is melted and serve.

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I was given Morning Star Farms products free of charge, but all opinions are my own

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About Lisa

Mother of three children under 9, including a set of twins, and wife of US Navy Diver. I love to run, write, and laugh. Yes, I have a slightly raunchy and dark sense of humor..life can be so funny.. it's how I deal with it all. Follow me on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter.

Comments

  1. I am so excited about this post and these recipes. I hesitate to buy pre-made burgers and patties because I am always worried about what I might do with them other than toss them on a bun. I love these great twists on what could be a pretty boring product! I am pinning these recipes for later :) Thanks for sharing them!

    • Sarah,
      I feel the same way about most products and get bored eating them after awhile. It’s fun to reinvent the wheel, um I mean burger :) Thank you for taking the time to comment, see you again soon!

  2. Wow’ those are awesome ways to use the Morningstar patties. They all look yummy. Not all of their products are vegan, though, but the do mark them well so they’re easy to pick out.

    • Morning Debbie,
      I thought the same thing about the fact that some were not vegan, they also have gluten, so for my husband they’re out as well. With that said, they’re tasty and my kids will eat them so they serve a purpose, quick, easy fuel for my wee ones! Hope you’re well! Have a wonderful day!

  3. You’ve come up with some incredibly creative and delicious-sounding recipes; how do you do it? I’ve always enjoyed morning star farms products but these recipes make them sound even tastier!

  4. morningstar spicy black bean burgers are my JAM!

  5. Everything looks wonderful! I’ll be over soon to sample everything. :)

  6. It is great to try to go vegetarian once or week or so for people like me that are not – great recipes!

  7. I LOOOVE THE M-STAR!!

  8. You are so creative with your meals! These all sound really good. I eat very little meat also and don’t miss it. I’m always on the hunt for new recipes, so thank you!

  9. YUM!! These all look good!!

  10. I haven’t bought any of the Morning Star products in a while. They used to have some”beef” strips that were wonderful in salads but I can’t find them any longer. Some great ideas!

  11. Such creative ideas! My daughter was looking at this with me, and kept saying, “ooh, can we make THAT??!” :) I love the idea of using it in chili. Yum!

  12. Kristen @ Happy Running Mama says:

    Can’t wait to try these recipes for products that I already use! I’m a vegetarian but the rest of my family is not. So it is great to find recipes that we can all enjoy. I love the mini quiche idea!!

  13. I want some of that dinner for sure :)

  14. These all look delish, but I can’t help but laugh as I read this since I’m eating leftovers from last night and I made paleo shepard’s pie full of lean beef. Irony at its finest :) I’m missing dairy the most on my paleo diet so far this year, and the cheesy goodness in your pictures is making me drool. *wink*

  15. These look great. I love the variety. :)

  16. OK, I’m totally boring because I always just toss the patties or whatever in a bun! I never actually think to make a meal out of them if you know what I mean. Love these recipes and can’t wait to try them!

  17. I’m a big meat-eater, but I still go out and buy Morningstar veggie burgers when I am grocery shopping. I love the variety of “flavors” they have, and while, yeah, it’s not the same as a real burger, I still think they’re tasty and hit the spot for me :) I’m definitely going to grab some of the Turkey kind next time I’m at the store to make the taco salad – looks delish and EASY (huge selling point for me).

  18. These recipes look delicious – you’re SO creative in the kitchen. I’m similar to you – I like meat, but don’t have to have it for every meal. These look so tasty – I’m going to try the chili this week. xo

  19. Hmm is anyone else experiencing problems with the pictures on this blog loading?
    I’m trying to figure out if its a problem on my end or if it’s the blog.
    Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

    • Penney, the pictures are loading just fine on my part and just checking from another computer and they are working there as well… let me know if you continue to have issues. -Lisa

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