Looking for meatless alternatives to meals is new to me. Not that I'm going vegetarian, but goodness, having meat two times per day can get a bit much. And ok, just something I'll touch on, I'm getting so picky about meat that most prepared, purchased meat foods gross me out. I need to purchase the raw meat and prep it myself.
Additionally, I want some healthy lunch alternatives. I used to eat Lean Cuisine meals, but I'm getting tired of the few meat-free options, and I have to wonder if eating food microwaved in a plastic tray everyday is healthy. Just about every time I go to Costco I linger in the frozen food aisle looking at the Morningstar Farms Chipotle Black Bean Burgers and think I should try them. But, that's a big box of burgers if I'm not a fan. I LOVE black beans, but chipotle is a flavor that can easily be overdone. Last night, I finally jumped. I bought the big box.
The first time I cooked them, I decided to follow the recommended cooking directions, which is to bake. With three minutes left on the timer, I added some colby jack cheese. Just in case it wasn't great - cheese makes everything taste better! :) I prepped a bun with mayo/mustard, and with both trepidation and excitement I served my first black bean burger for lunch.
It was GOOD! It was really good. It had a nice crispness on the outside edges and a wonderful soft inside. It had a delicious black bean flavor, with a hint of chipotle - just the right amount. It's also made with corn and brown rice. It comes in at only 7 grams of fat and 210 calories. Of those 7 grams of fat, one is saturated. The other six are monounsaturated and polyunsaturated - which are both 'good fats'!
Result: these are a winner!
~ Enjoy ~