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Veggie burgers are yum :)

I've been trying to cut down my calories and fats, at least for lunch (dinner, well, if you can't have fun for dinner, what's the point?)

So, lately, I've been eating a LOT of vegetarian patties.

Here's my current faves and bleahs--

Boca anything: Bleah. All the boca burgers have terrible textures when you microwave them. They seem like they'd be great on the grill, but not so hot for the office. And i'm pretty sure if you grilled them without oil, they'd dry out. But...low-cal, and that's good.

Morning Star black-bean patties: Sooo good! Unfortunately, they're the highest-calorie patties. Which is why they're good. The calorie range of these things is only 90-130 per, but still.

Morning STar Vegetable patties: Waaay too veggie-tasting. The bell-pepper is flavorful, and that's a good thing to some, but I'm not really a fan of bell pepper and onion.

Morning Star Asian Patties: Do not want! It's a rather dull pattie with a bit of a teriyaki flavor. Bleah.

Veggie Burgers: Thusfar, my favorite. Calories consistantly orbit 100, so at the low end. The use of brown rice as a structural element is good, and the flavor's light and pleasant. I just finished one of their bella burgers, and it was a treat :)

That's all, just avoiding work right now...


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Feb. 29th, 2008 07:08 pm (UTC)
the morningstar vegetarian sausage breakfast biscuits are really good (expensive, but good).
Feb. 29th, 2008 07:11 pm (UTC)
It's a thought--I've occasionally used veggie sausage in recipes, particularly when A) I'm cooking for vegetarians or B) when I'm using anything that calls for churizo, which frightens me. But I'm not a big fan of breakfast sausage--I'll eat it, but generally won't purchase it.
Feb. 29th, 2008 07:36 pm (UTC)
If you get a chance, there's a variety that are made out of sunflower seeds - they aren't even trying to taste like meat, but I rather like them. I can't recall the name off-hand, though.
Feb. 29th, 2008 11:31 pm (UTC)
"Gimme Lean" might be worth trying - just season and shape the stuff yourself. I never wound up using it for burgers much, but it can make an excellent chili. (For burgers, far and away the best non-meat ones are Quorn's, but AFAIK, they've remained strictly a UK operation - at least, I've never found their wares in the Bay)

Mar. 1st, 2008 12:20 am (UTC)
I don't think I've seen either of those brand names in our local stores! I'll keep an eye out, tho...
Mar. 1st, 2008 12:44 am (UTC)
The Morning Star burgers are good! I only had a box of them once, but even my cat ate them with me, haha!
Mar. 1st, 2008 07:07 am (UTC)
I forget who makes them, but I got a box of California Burgers a while back. They were good, though they had a pronounced vegetable / moderate bell pepper taste. They were terrible in the oven, but heated up nicely dry in a non-stick pan (they have a little oil of their own, and cook in it).
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