Monday, March 15, 2010

Faux Meat

Before you go running away from this's not as bad as it sounds. Seriously.
Morningstar Farms (and the Boca people) make some not-so-bad "faux meat" products. I have used the Morningstar Farms veggie sausage for quite some time and my meat-eating boys love it and can't (really) tell the difference.
I decided to branch out and give the "ground beef" crumbles a try. They are an all-natural, soy-based product. And I really liked the crumbles in the following recipe. I think the garlic and onion go a long way to really transform them to a more authentic experience.

"Meaty" Meatless Spaghetti with Fresh Spinach

1 teaspoon olive oil
1 cup chopped onion
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1 (12 oz) package frozen burger style crumbles
2 tablespoons water
1 (26 oz) jar Classico Tomato & Basil Pasta Sauce
2 cups fresh baby spinach, coarsely chopped
10 ounces uncooked spaghetti
5 tablespoons grated fresh Parmesan cheese

Heat oil in large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and garlic; saute 4 minutes. Add crumbles; saute 5 minutes or until crumbles are completely thawed. Add water and pasta sauce; reduce heat to medium-low and simmer 3 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Stir in spinach, and simmer 4 minutes or until spinach wilts.
While sauce simmers, cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat.
Serve sauce over hot cooked pasta, and sprinkle each serving with cheese.

We served this with green beans and hot bread and it was yummy...the boys didn't even miss the meat!

Yield: 5 servings (serving size: 1 cup pasta, 1 cup sauce and 1 tablespoon cheese).

POINTS Value: 8 per serving


Arly said...

We all love those crumbles! Nathan even loves the boca patties!

Pecos Dad said...

We've used the fake meat patties and crumbles for several years now, and we like them a lot! We've even made a very hearty bean soup using three kinds of canned beans, crumbles, canned mushrooms and sliced jalapenos for pot-luck meals at church. And guess what? The meat eaters there couldn't tell the difference!!

Great recipe!

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