According to Rachael Ray, going veggie just one night a week can save you over $1000 a year, and Lent is the perfect time to add some meat free meals to your menu!
Meat free doesn’t have to mean an expensive trip to Whole Foods for all sorts of exotic ingredients, and it doesn’t have to mean surprising your kids with tofu! Going vegetarian can be as simple as substituting veggie meat in your favorite recipes.
If you trust a girl that’s not eaten meat for over 30 years, then try my favorite meat substitutes found in your grocer’s freezer!
Best Veggie Burger: Morningstar Farms Original Grillers – you can grill ‘em, microwave ‘em or crumble ‘em like ground beef to use in your favorite recipe. I often make chili with these, and no one knows the difference! Morningstar also makes Recipe Crumbles, but I’m not a fan…they should taste just like the Original Grillers, but they don’t. When using Morningstar Farms Original Grillers in your recipes…microwave, crumble and remember that 1, 9 oz. package is the equivalent of 1 lb. of ground beef.
Best Veggie Chicken: Morningstar Farms Buffalo Chicken Wings or Chicken Patties – great for a quick lunch! 1 minute in the microwave, and they’re done! Another option…wrap them in a tortilla or serve the Chicken Patties on a bun for an easy sandwich.
My Favorite: Morningstar Farms Black Bean Burger – delicious crumbled in my Southwest Salad or use it to make a Southwestern Wrap!
Best Vegan Option: Amy’s American Veggie Burger – a bit pricier than Morningstar Farms, but absolutely delicious!
Do you have a favorite veggie meat?