Many of you know my struggle with weight loss...well I am at it again...try to lose some weight! This time, I am getting serious. I am making some big lifestyle changes, and my diet is one of them. Right now I am tracking calories and taking a serious look at the labels of the foods that I eat. I am trying to incorporate protein in my diet to give me the satisfaction and energy that I need to make it through the day. Therefore, when I had the chance to try out a great source of protein as a Bzz Agent, I was on it. MorningStar Farms is a company that I was somewhat familiar with. I had a roommate in college who was a vegetarian and would eat the veggie burgers. I have always been a little hesitant to try them, but when I had the chance to try them for free, I thought "What the heck?!"
As a Bzz Agent, I had the chance to try a meatless burger from MorningStar Farms. I settled on the Spicy Black Bean Burger. One great thing about MorningStar Farms is that they have a variety of recipes on their website. I was a little intrigued by the Spice Black Bean Burger Southwest Wrap. I am huge fan of wraps and this looked tasty, so I made a few changes and whipped one up. Another great thing about the veggie burgers, is the ease of preparation. After defrosting the microwave for a minute or so, I quickly cooked it on a non-stick skillet.
One thing that impressed me was the lack of grease, unlike that with ground beef. It took a few minutes to cook while flipping it every so often. When it was finished, I cut it into a few small pieces and placed it on a whole wheat wrap. I topped it with cheese and salsa and popped it in the oven for a few minutes to let the cheese melt.
When I was finished, I topped it with lettuce and reduced fat sour cream...
and Ta-da! My truly yummy dinner was born! I really liked the flavor that the pieces of corn and tomatoes added to the burger. I also enjoyed the Mexican spices. While it wasn't too spicy, it did add to it's flavor. One thing that I wasn't quite sure of was the texture. It was a little "softer" and maybe a bit mushy when compared to a ground beef. Therefore, I am not sure how I would like this if served on a bun. Overall, I was happy to try this out. I like the health benefits that these products have and I was pleasantly surprised by the taste. Will this be a new staple to my diet...not sure. However, I will be willing to try out some more recipes to experiment with more MorningStar Products.
Note: As a Bzz Agent, I was given a coupon for a free package of MorningStar Farms Veggie Burgers. I was not compensated for this review and all opinions are truly my own.