Never. I repeat, never, have I tried a meatless product. I love my meat, and so does my family. However, I was not skeptical to give it a try because the day that I accepted to participate in this BzzCampaign, I had a friend here who immediately began raving about the quality of the MorningStarFarms product line. They said that I would NOT be disappointed.
I eagerly awaited the arrival of my BzzKit. While waiting I was certain that I would be trying the MorningStar Farms® Grillers® 1/4 Pounders to make hamburgers for my family due to my friend making mention of how much he enjoyed that particular product.
However, when planning my menu this week, I changed my mind. Instead, I had Chili planned for yesterday (Monday). When I hit the store this past weekend, I thought that I would pick up the burgers mentioned before, and tear them up into my recipe. However, I was more than astounded to find that MorningStarFarms already had me covered!
In the frozen case of my local Bi-Lo, I picked up the MorningStar Farms® Meal Starters® Grillers® Recipe Crumbles™ to use as the “meat” in my Chili recipe. So easy to use! I simply opened the package and added it to my beans and spices, and it was practically done. I let it simmer (to add depth from my spices as I usually do for about an hour).
After that time, I began to serve my family. My 10 year old, who really only likes Chili out of a can (he does not like tomatoes and onions – which I went very light on so that he would eat), devoured it and said “Mom, this is the best Chili you ever made”. Now, I am sure that had alot to do with the lesser amount of tomatoes and onion, but when I pointed out to him, and the rest of my family that there was no “meat” in it, and instead they were eating a “full vegetable meal”, they were very surprised.
They could not tell a single bit of difference between using the MorningStarFarms product vs Ground Beef. That made me a happy Mom and Wife!
I will definitely be using this particular product again as a replacement for Ground Beef in any recipe that calls for it. It is reasonably priced for the amount you receive in comparison per pound of Ground Beef, with way more perks. No pre-cooking, no fat, and just plain healthier. Kudos to you MorningStarFarms – you have definitely made me a huge fan!