I've been eating morningstar veggie burgers often for my super-fast go to meal. Where do these fall in the "processed soy product" spectrum? Should I be avoiding these or eating only as last minute, or are they pretty ok to eat a few times a week? thanks! kaava
In my opinion, a few times a week is really a bit much to be eating such an overly processed soy product, once a week is more okay. If you want a burger that is good for those last-minute meals, I would suggest the organic Sunshine Burgers (I don't care for the other flavors). They are made from only rice and veggies - that's it, no soy, and they're organic. I don't eat any other veggie burger unless I make it myself, or go out to a restaurant.
Hi Kaava, I am a huge fan of the taste/convenience/etc of veggie burgers. When I first switched to vegan I washaving Yves veggie burgers left and right- but it is really processed and you should try to wean yourself off of them whenever you're ready.
But I have some good news! Black bean burgers are cheaper, fast, and SO much more delicious. I promise you if you try this you won't be disappointed. I still have my burgers several times a week but there's NOTHING bad about it! I'm in heaven!
Okay, so I'll post this recipe on my profile to but all you need to do is get a can (19oz) of black beans from the grocery store (1.99 at most!), 1 teaspoon ginger paste, 3 teaspoons garlic puree (or minced garlic), 1 teaspoon onion powder, 1 teaspoon dried parsley, and 1 1/2 - 2 cups panko, or vegan bread crumbs, or crushed Vegetable Thins!
Sorry Kaava, I ran out of space! Here are the directions!
Drain the can of beans and put everything except for the panko/crumbs/veggie thins into a blender/processor and blend until you have a chunky puree.
Pour in your bread crumbs and mix until it's evenly distributed and form burgers with your hands. I find this recipe makes about 6 burgers. Then you cook each side for about three minutes (three burgers at a time) and you're done. I do this once a week and wrap them and put them in the fridge so any time I am feeling like a burger I can just open the fridge and make one.
Also, from one veggie burger addict to another, I used to be able to have TWO packaged/processed burgers a time before I felt full and with these I am definitely done after just one. It's so good to know I'm eating a healthy alternative and something packed with protein and fiber.
Thank you Sara! I will be making these tonite! This will save me money as well as keep me from eating the processed freezer "burgers." Plus I will be able to refrain from the egg whites i hear are in the morningstar burgers. I never feel very satisfied after just one veggie burger either.....I'll post here again to let you know how they turn out for me.