Meatless Meals for a Carnivorous Family

FACT: I eat meat.

FACT: My whole family eats meat.

FICTION:  Vegetarian products are just for vegetarians.

I first discovered MorningStar Farms meatless burgers when one of my close friends became a vegetarian.  We would have cookouts and she would bring over this cute little box of her own Spicy Black Bean Burger.  I was intrigued by this because she would do everything we carnivores did.  She took a bun, smeared on mustard and ketchup, added lettuce, onion, and tomato, and threw a pickle on the side.  Her meal looked just like mine. But she was vegetarian. Untitled “HOW IS THIS POSSIBLE?!?!”  My mind screamed into the heavens.  “I AM SO CONFUSED BY THIS HERBIVORE!”

Later, Sarah and I would talk about why she became a vegetarian and what she liked about the vegetarian diet.  “I just don’t feel so heavy after meatless meals,” she would explain. Now, I could never give up meat myself.  I loves me a good steak.  But, the thought of not feeling so “heavy” after a meal was enticing to me.  The next time we had a cook out, I bummed a MorningStar Farms Spicy Black Bean Burger off of her.  And I was hooked.

I have since tried a variety of products that MorningStar Farms offers, most recently their Buffalo Chik’n Patty and the Baja Black Bean Pizza (I’m a sucker for black beans, can you tell?).  What I love about these products is that they don’t necessarily try to replicate the taste of these meaty meals.  Instead, they create a taste all their own – and the taste is GOOOOOOOOD. Untitled I have even had the Spicy Black Bean Burger and the Buffalo Chik Patty on biscuits before for breakfast!  And their burgers are great reheated the next day in the teacher’s lounge for lunch. Their full flavor covers up that traditional “fake meat” taste that so many carnivores like myself fear.  MorningStar Farms products don’t have that because they aren’t “fake meat.”  Instead, they are excellent meat substitutions that help me to feed my family in a healthy, crowd-pleasing way.

Tonight, we had the Spicy Black Bean Burger (the house favorite here), and then I put fresh pineapple and grapes in the middle of the table.  Chris added his favorite cucumbers in vinegar, and we called it a meal success!  Giving our kids healthy options during dinner has become one of our best parenting tricks.  They don’t have to eat everything.  They get to choose what goes on their plate.  But they are able to choose because I give them choices that are all healthy and good for them.  Everyone wins!

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233 Thoughts to “Meatless Meals for a Carnivorous Family”

  1. Sally

    The Spicy Black Bean Burgers are the BEST! I buy them in huge stacks from Costco. My favorite way to eat them is bun-less, bopped with cheddar cheese, a fried egg, avocado, sour cream, and salsa. That was actually my dinner last night.

  2. Jenn

    Would love to try the Buffalo Chix burgers because I love a good spicey burger!

  3. Caroline

    Mmmm! Black bean burger sounds great!

  4. Emily

    I love the black bean burgers!

  5. Deana

    I have been eating these since I was little. Try the buffalo chickn wings. Soooo good

  6. Ashley

    All of those sound great! I will definitely be trying some of those for our family!

  7. Amy VH

    Yum I want to try the Chipotle Black Bean Burger!

  8. Milisa

    I love the spicy black bean burgers! I pile mine high with mustard and pickles!

  9. Carolyn

    We really like their breakfast sausages and bacon. They taste so good and are a lot healither too!

  10. Laurie

    My absolute favorite Morningstar farms product are the Garden Veggie burgers!

  11. Christy

    I’d love to try the buffalo chicken wings. That sounds so good right now!

  12. Kelly H

    Garden veggie burgers are a win at our house!

  13. Dani

    I like the spicy black bean burgers, split in half and served up in taco shells with salsa and cheese!

  14. Bethany

    I love the Morningstar corn dogs – they are really good and taste like the corn dogs I would normally eat.

  15. Nicole T.

    The Buff Chik’n burger! That sounds so yummy!

  16. Jessica

    I have the spicy black bean burgers in my freezer at all times. Absolutely love them! I would like to try more of their products thought too.

  17. Danielle

    I LOVE their spicy black bean burgers and buffalo chicken nuggets – YUM! Didn’t know about the pizza, would love to try that!

  18. Katie

    I would love to try those spicy black bean burgers, sounds delish!

  19. Kara

    I love the spicy black bean burgers and garden veggie burgers..Soo good and I’m not even a vegetarian!

  20. Tanya B.

    I think the pizza sounds good! Not something I would have thought of before. Thanks!

  21. Elaine

    I LOVE the black bean burgers and I’m definitely not a vegetarian!

  22. adrienne

    I’d like to try the spicy black bean burger.

  23. I love when vegetarian food isn’t trying to be meat. Meat free meals don’t get a label in my house (we eat meat too). It’s just called “dinner”

    I’d love to try the Mediterranean Chickpea Burgers!

  24. Kate

    I love those Spicy Black Bean burgers. I got hooked on them through the sampling goodness that is Costco. Yum!

  25. What a great post! The black bean burgers are my favorite too 🙂

  26. Jenna

    I’m a big fan of the spicy black bean burger and the mediterranean chickpea burger.

  27. Jen S

    Those black bean burgers sound delicious! I’ve been meaning to try some.

  28. Christina Dominguez

    I have never tried any of them but after reading this I would like to try many of the varietes mentioned here.

  29. Kristen Stabler

    I’d love to try the Chipotle Black Bean Burger!

  30. Anne

    I love the black bean burgers. We have been trying to really cut down on the meat we eat and actually have these in our freezer right now!

  31. Stephanie M

    Do you know that the tagline at the top, “This post is brought to you by MorningStar Farms and BlogHer”, doesn’t show up in Feedly? meaning we don’t know it’s sponsored until the end.

  32. Stephanie

    Those black bean burgers sound tasty!

  33. Dana

    I love the spicy black bean! I add grilled red onion, avocado and pepperjack cheese to mine 🙂

    I haven’t tried the chick’n products yet but would be interested in doing so.

  34. Sharon Faye

    my son went vegetarian and fixed the black bean burgers. He got me hooked. I’d love to try the Buffalo Chick’n patties. Anything spicy is ok in my book.

  35. Jessica Mason

    I love the maple flavored breakfast sausage….sooo good!

  36. I’d love to try the Chipotle Black Bean Burger. 🙂

  37. Becca in WA

    MMMM….spicy bean burgers? Sign me up!

  38. lNora Cash

    I would love to try the corn dogs.

  39. courtney b

    i’ve never tried these but i would like to try the bean burger! sounds so yummy!

  40. Kathy Z

    I want to try the buffalo chicken patty. 🙂

  41. Sarah gamble

    Those spicy black bean burgers are amazing! I’ve never met a meat-lover who doesn’t like them!

  42. brooke

    those black bean burgers sound delicious!

  43. I like the Spicy Black Bean burgers myself, but my daughter’s favorite are the “Chik” patties.

  44. shelly

    Spicy bean burger!

  45. Bess

    I am a vegetarian and LOVE morning star products. Their corndogs are great for fun meals, and their “chicken” patties are delicious on many sandwiches.

  46. heather

    I really want to try the morning star veggie dogs.

  47. Nina

    Garden veggie burgers sound great!

  48. Arielle

    Spicy black bean!

  49. Crystal

    I love black beans! I really want to try the black bean burgers!

  50. Mami2jcn

    I’d like to try the Buffalo Chik patties.

  51. Mami2jcn

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  52. Natalie

    I have been dying to try the MorningStar Farms® Italian Herb Chik Patties®. I love seasoned chicken and hope this tastes like real chicken!

  53. Morning Star does make the best vegetarian meat products– I find all of their burgers so useful for the inevitable summer cookouts where friends just don’t understand how to feed a vegetarian! Helps me feel normal 😉

  54. Jennifer

    I love the black bean burgers, but I also adore the corn dogs! Yum 🙂

  55. nicole dz

    My favorite product is the spicy black bean burgers. They are so good even my kids love them.

  56. Elena

    I want to try the spicy black bean burgers

  57. Jennifer h

    I haven’t had the spicy black bran burgers but that sounds really good!

  58. Dessi

    I haven’t tried anything yet but I am curious about the burgers. My hubby, who I thought could live on meats alone, tried one of the burgers (of course I can’t remember what kind) at my Mom’s and he loved it! In fact, he “just happened to be at her house when that was for dinner” a second time!

  59. Desiree H

    Ive tried them all!! I eat these DAILY! I started feeding my infant twins this as well! They LOVE the maple flavored breakfast sausages! My husband and I LOVE the Buffalo Chik patties! Thank you Morningstar for such DELICIOUS healthy food items to choose from, these are the ONLY meat products we eat!

  60. I think the buffalo chik patty sounds yummy!

  61. Tiffany

    I enjoy the garden burgers, but would love to try the black bean burgers. Like you, I enjoy black beans!

  62. Ana

    I’ve tried all of them because I used to be a vegetarian, but we still buy the Spicy Black Bean Burgers—my 2 year old LOVES them. So good with some guacamole/salsa on top instead of ketchup/mustard!! My parents cut them up and add to a salad instead of chicken, which I want to try too.

  63. Lisa Brown

    i would like to try the MorningStar Farms Chipotle Black Bean Burger; i love chipotle 🙂

  64. PJ

    In high school I used to like the garden veggie burger – but I was diagnosed with celiac (gluten allergy) in college and they aren’t gluten free, so I can’t eat they products anymore. 🙁

  65. Kristen

    I’d like to try the Asian Veggie Patties.

  66. Love Morning Star products!

  67. The Baja Black Bean pizza sounds really good!

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  68. Melissa

    My sister has been a vegetarian for a couple of years, and loves Morningstar products. I definitely couldn’t give up meat, but I’m thinking I could handle a spicy black bean burger! That even sounds like something my carnivorous husband would eat!

  69. Jenna

    Ok, I’m sold! I want to try the spicy black bean burger … Tomorrow!

  70. LOVE the spicy black bean burgers!

  71. rachel

    I like the Morningstar Farms® Spicy Black Bean Veggie Burgers.

  72. Janice Cooper

    I would like to try the Buffalo Chik Patties

  73. Susan Smith

    I want to try the Chipotle Black Bean Burger

  74. Madeline

    My favorite is their Chik’n Nuggets!

  75. LAMusing

    The Roasted Garlic & Quinoa Burger sounds interesting!

  76. Norma

    The Spicy Black Bean Burger

  77. Alicia cp

    I call them “meatless meats”. The morning star breakfast sausages. I used to buy them at Costco and had to take a break from them because I ate them ALL THE TIME. Egg +english muffin =Instant egg mcmuffin minus the guilt.

  78. KrisZ

    We love the Corn Dogs. And the Chik Patties. And the Black Bean Burgers!

  79. D Schmidt

    My favorite MorningStar Farms product is definitely the buffalo wings, they are delicious and my whole family enjoys them! We would love to try the Buffalo Chik Patties.

  80. For me, the original is still the best.

  81. Jessie C.

    I would like to try MorningStar Farms Parmesan Garlic Veggie Wings.
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  82. Jessie C.

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  83. Lauren

    Love the spicy black bean burgers. What I appreciate about these burgers is that they do not try to mimick meat. I cannot stand meatless products that try to mimick the flavor of meat….it just seems wrong!

  84. Natalie

    Hmmmm…this spicy black bean burger sounds interesting…will have to give it a try. Thanks!

  85. Stefania

    I would try the black bean burger. Sounds super yummy…

  86. Keri K

    Spicy black bean sounds delicious! I bet it would go great in a southwestern salad or even on some nachos!

  87. Anything with buffalo sounds good to me.

  88. Amy S

    I’d love to try Mediterranean Chickpea!

  89. linda h

    their garden veggie burgers were my first foray into veggie land and are still my fav

  90. Jessica W

    After this post I bought a box of those black bean burgers, oh my goodness they are SO GOOD!! Thank you!!!

  91. Nova

    Chipotle anything makes me happy 🙂

  92. Chrissy Higginbotham

    The veggie burger would be my first choice to try….:)

  93. Jessica

    Love the spicy black bean burger! Sometimes I shred it and make vegetarian chili with it!

  94. Lisa B

    Spicy black bean burger!

  95. Kellie

    I love the Spicy Black Bean burgers. Add some tomato and avocado and it’s a perfect meal!

  96. The pizza sounds pretty good.

  97. Heather

    Black bean sounds good

  98. I’d love to try the MorningStar Farms® Maple Flavored Veggie Sausage Patties.

  99. I’d like the veggie sausage.

  100. Erica M

    I’m with you Katie- the black bean burgers are the best!

  101. Gina M

    I would love to try the buffalo chicken wings!
    Thanks for the chance to win!
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  102. Gina M

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  103. Elle

    The tomato and basil pizza burgers I love and I’d like to try the black bean.

  104. Ellie W

    I would like to try the Chipotle Black Bean Burger.

  105. Michelle

    All those you have mentioned are great…also…the MSF mini corn dogs are an awesome treat for parties or playdates! 🙂

  106. I love love LOVE their black bean burgers, “bacon and egg” breakfast biscuits, and “Chicken” patties – my fave lunch sliced up on some salad and rolled into a wrap!

  107. Valentina

    I never tried this kind of food but they interest me a lot. Especially because we listen always on tv dangerous chemical ingredients in meat and fish. I d like to try some of these recipes and the choice to have different kind of food on the table is perfect when you have kids. We do the same in Italy and here in the USA. Healthy food and happy family…what else?!

  108. Soo Jin

    I love their spicy chik’n patties and would love to try the spicy black bean burgers!

  109. Rebecca Graham

    The spicy black bean burger is my favorite.

  110. Tina M

    i want to try the Buffalo Chik Patties.

  111. Erin S.

    Would love to try the spicy black bean burgers!

  112. Neiddy

    I would love to try the MorningStar Farms Buffalo Chik Patties, I like spicy food and these patties look delicious.

  113. Neiddy

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  114. maria cantu

    I would like to try the garden veggie patties.

  115. I LOVE Morningstar Farm products! It all started many years ago with the vegetarian bacon & by now i’ve tried almost every product they make and have gotten other family members who are carnivores hooked!!! Think the chicken nuggets & patties in various flavors are the biggest hit at my house. I make them into chicken parmigana, add them to salads, etc. So delicious & healthier for you!

  116. Debbie B

    i’d like to try the Buffalo chik patties

  117. sandra

    i want to try the MorningStar Farms® Breakfast Sandwich Sausage Egg and Cheese

  118. Mari

    I’d like to try the MorningStar Farms® Baja Black Bean Pizza

  119. Kerry

    The Spicy Black Bean Veggie Burger.

  120. Tabathia B

    I would like to try the MorningStar Farms® Parmesan Garlic Veggie Wings

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  121. Jammie

    I love the buffalo wings, but would love to try the veggie sausages. sweepmorey at gmail dot com

  122. WHITNEY

    I would love to try the black bean burger!

  123. Margaret Smith

    I would like to try the Morningstar Farms Chik Patties Original

  124. Melissa M

    I want to try the Morningstar Farms® Spicy Black Bean Veggie Burgers.

  125. Daniel M

    would like to try the Garden Veggie burgers

  126. Wendy Hark

    I would love to try the black bean burger!

  127. I would love to try the Mediterranean Chickpea Burger. That sounds so yummy.

  128. angie

    I would pick the Buffalo Wings.

  129. damien

    Love to try the buffalo chix looks so good!

  130. Sue Barney

    Id like to try the Mediterranean Chickpea Burgers 🙂

  131. Tammy

    MorningStar Farms Breakfast Sandwich Sausage Egg and Cheese is a product I am dying to try!

  132. Crystal M

    I would like to try the hot and spicy sausage patties.

  133. joe gersch

    I lov ethe chick pea burger

  134. black bean burger-grilled with a toasted bun!

  135. Lisa V.

    I would like to try the Roasted Garlic & Quinoa Burger.

  136. Debbi Wellenstein

    I would love to try the MorningStar Farms® Breakfast Sandwich Sausage Egg and Cheese.

  137. Tari Lawson

    I would like to try the MorningStar Farms® Breakfast Sandwich Veggie Scramble with Cheese.

  138. ky2here

    I’ve eaten their veggie burgers but i may have some of the products confused in my mind (with their main competitor whose name begins with B). I was looking at their products and I would like to try their Mediterranean Chickpea Pizza

  139. Kimmy Ripley

    I love the Morningstar Farms Chik patties. They taste just like chicken.

  140. Francine Anchondo

    I like MorningStar Farms® Buffalo Wings

  141. Heather E

    I love the spicy black bean burger.

  142. Shayna

    I would love to try the MorningStar Farms® Baja Black Bean Pizza 🙂

  143. RICHARD HICKS

    I want to try the Morningstar chickpea burgers!

  144. Anastasia

    Wow, they have so many things to try! Everything sounds so tasty 🙂 One thing I’d love to check out is the MorningStar Farms® Mediterranean Chickpea Pizza 🙂

  145. mickeyfan

    The Baja black bean pizza sounds interesting.

  146. Stephanie Vollowitz

    Morningstar Farms® Garden Veggie Patties™ and Morningstar Farms® Veggie Corn Dogs look amazing!
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  147. paige chandler

    I want to try the Breakfast Sandwich Sausage Egg and Cheese.

  148. Katherine

    We like the Buffalo Chik n patty

  149. judy gardner

    The Morningstar Farms® Spicy Black Bean Veggie Burgers sound really good!

  150. Cathy Truman

    I would like to try the Morningstar Farms Breakfast Sandwich Veggie Scramble with Cheese.

  151. Rosanne

    I’d like to try the MorningStar Farms® Breakfast Sandwich Veggie Scramble with Cheese. The Baja Black bean pizza is my favorite

  152. CharityS

    I really want to try the Morningstar Farms Hickory BBQ Riblets.

  153. mariem

    the maple sausage– sounds good!

  154. Crystal F

    I would like to try the MorningStar Farms® Parmesan Garlic Veggie Wings. I really think I may give these burgers a try too. Thank you!

  155. Jimmy

    I would like to try the Morningstar Farms Meal Starters Grillers Recipe Crumbles

  156. Leela

    MorningStar Farms Mediterranean Chickpea Pizza.

  157. Their Breakfast Sandwich Sausage Egg and Cheese sounds like it would make a wonderful dish in the mornings.

  158. Barbara Montag

    I’d like to try the MorningStar Buffalo Wings.
    thank you

  159. tina reynolds

    I would like to try the spicy black bean burger

  160. Seyma Shabbir

    I want to try the Morningstar. Spicy Black Bean Burger

  161. Jessica

    I want to try the spicy black bean burger.

  162. mary m

    I was going to say the Original Chik n patties, but after reading so many comments about Chipotle Black Bean Burgers I think I would like to try them.

  163. Tanya White

    I would like to try the Veggie Burger

  164. kathy pease

    I would love to try the MorningStar Farms® Baja Black Bean Pizza

  165. Victoria R.

    I love Morningstar Farms Baja Black Bean Pizza – its amazing! Coming from a meateater I never thought I’d like veggie options – but this is amazing!

  166. Amanda Sakovitz

    I want to try the spicy black bean burger!

  167. April V.

    I’d love to try the black bean burger and the roasted garlic with quinoa. They sound absolutely yummy!

  168. amanda whiltey

    i really want to try the black bean burgers

  169. Anna Pry

    I would like to try the buffalo chik patties and see if i can also get hubby to eat them since we both love buffalo sauce
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  170. I guess I’d try the buffalo Chik patty one although I am not entirely convinced that I’d like this product. I do like buffalo burgers…which has nothing to do with this product! But hey, I’ll try anything once and more than once if I like it!

  171. tracey byram

    I’d like to try the MorningStar Farms® Mediterranean Chickpea Pizza

  172. Mihaela Day

    I love the spicy black bean burgers!

  173. Stephanie Galbraith

    My favorite is the Breakfast sandwich with sausage.

  174. nickie

    The Buff Chik’n burger! Sounds delicious

  175. Buddy Garrett

    I would like to try the Buffalo Chik Patties,

  176. Lee

    I would try the Spicy Black Bean Burger.

  177. Carolyn Daley

    The two products I would most like to try are the MorningStar Farms Italian Herb Chik Patties and the Morningstar Farms Grillers Original.

  178. Wanda McHenry

    My comments didn’t show so I’m reposting: I would like to try the MorningStar Farms® Buffalo Wings

  179. Thomas Murphy

    I like the MorningStar Farms Breakfast Sandwich Sausage Egg and Cheese.

  180. Donna

    Like the garden veggie burgers!!

  181. Eugenie

    I would like try the Chipotle bean burger.

  182. Carolyn G

    I want to try the Original Sausage Patties

  183. Chrysa

    I like the black bean burgers chopped and put in a quesadilla!

  184. christine burd

    Spicy black bean burger is one of my favorite morningstar farms products

  185. courtney b

    i would try black bean burger sounds really yummy and super healthy

  186. latanya

    the asian veggie pattie

  187. sandra

    I want to try the Roasted Garlic & Quinoa Burger

  188. Karen Hassell

    Spicy Black Bean Burger on wheat toast with Cheddar cheese and jalep spread! The Best!

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