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Thursday, April 14, 2016

Meatless Mondays with Gardein

Every day is a great day to go meatless...and Meatless Monday is a fun way to build meat-free options into our weekly routines.  Meatless habits we make on Mondays carry through the week, and before long our whole dining style evolves into something much more healthy - all week long!



Thank you to Gardein for sponsoring today's post.

Going meatless can sound intimidating at first, but it is really a simple transition to vegetable-based foods.  They're healthy, better for the planet, and in a lot of cases are more affordable than meat meals - its a win for everyone.  One meal at a time, one day at a time, we can become healthier.   

To get started with the meatless movement, or when we're in a hurry, there are some fantastic products on the market that make meatless perfectly attainable.  Meals can be hearty enough for the biggest meat-eater, and so simple to prepare.  Brands like Gardein are making meatless easy, simple, and really delicious! #OMGardein

Gardein makes tasty, easy-to-prepare, and healthier versions of the foods we eat everyday and love.  They use non-GMO soy and wheat, ancient grains and veggies, which are combined to recreate the taste, texture and protein content of meat but with less calories and fat. There are over 25 different Gardein products, all types of flavors and ways to make our classic meals effortlessly meatless.  Some of the newest are meals and snacks like  Mini Crispy Crabless Cakes, Sweet & Sour Porkless Bites, and the Meatless Pepperoni Pizza Pockets.









Not long ago I'd shared a recipe for Gardein Chicken-less Tenders, and today I've sampled the Gardein Meatless Pepperoni Pizza Pocket and Gardein Sweet & Sour Porkless Bites.  Here are some fun ways for simple snacks and meals with them:


Gardein Sweet & Sour Porkless Bites:

They come with a great pork flavor on their own, and come with a sweet and sour sauce that can be added as well.  Either way works!


Here is a super easy recipe using the Porkless Bites, inspired from my favorite "comfort food" while living in China...




Sweet and Sour Pork Wraps


INGREDIENTS (Serves 4)

1 package Gardein Sweet & Sour Porkless Bites
4 whole wheat tortillas
2 cups julienned vegetables (in a rush, use a bag of frozen pre-cut asian veggie mix!) including carrots, leafy greens, and onions
Handful of spring salad mix (optional)

DIRECTIONS

1) Heat the Gardein Sweet & Sour Porkless Bites according to the simple package directions: Heat on medium for a few minutes, let them rest, then add the sauce packet.

2) Move the porkless bites to a small dish and set them aside.  Using the same skillet, heat the vegetables until they're tender to the bite but still have a bit of crunch left.

3) Assemble the wraps: Place a tortilla onto a plate, add a spoonful of the veggie mix and 1/4 of the porkless bites.  Roll the tortilla, and cut in half.

Its a quick meal filled with veggies and whole grains that is perfect for a busy night or lunch on the run.  They taste great cold as well, so wrap up a few for this week's lunch!







Gardein Meatless Pepperoni Pizza Pocket:

These are a simple snack on the run!  Pop them into the microwave for a couple of minutes, and you have a meatless pepperoni pizza bite to snack on.  Yum!




Gardein foods are all in the freezer aisle, check out their store locator for details on what is carried in your neighborhood grocer.  






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