Morning Star Garden Vegetable Patties & Veggie Dogs

While at Target I picked up a box of Morning Star Garden Vegetable Patties and a box of Veggie Dogs using coupons I received from BzzAgent.  One for a free box and the other for $1 off.  This particular week Morning Star products were on sale for $2.99 so I got the box of hot dogs for right under $2.
I have had Morning Star products in the past and have found that out of the vegetarian options out there these were my favorite out of the few different ones I’ve tried (i.e., Boca Burgers).  I’ve tried a number of different options Morning Star sells (breakfast sausage, spicy black bean burgers, chick’n nuggets, and pre-packaged frozen meals) and there has yet to be one that I’ve disliked.  The two that I happened to purchase this time around are two flavors that I have not tried in the past.
The Veggie Dogswere quite interesting because I wasn’t sure what to expect.  They were simple to make (microwaved for 1 minute) and I enjoyed them on a slice of bread, topped with staple hot dog condiments – mustard, relish and reduced sugar ketchup.  They do have a relatively similar texture to skinless hot dogs but they have a distinct smell (not completely appalling, but noticeable).  I found myself eating these almost everyday as a snack or an in-between meal.  Since I am a Weight Watchers member I found them to be perfect on the Points Plus scale – ringing in at 1 PPV each.
The Garden Vegetable Patties were quite delicious!  I decided to have two patties for lunch because I was absolutely starving.  I cooked them through in the microwave, per the box directions.  When done I served them up on wheat flax pitas and topped the burgers with a tablespoon of Trader Joe’s Reduced Guilt Guacamole, spicy brown mustard, reduced sugar ketchup, fresh sliced tomatoes, sliced onion and bagged lettuce.  For a sandwich filled with vegetables, it was packed with flavor and so yummy.  As an avid meat eater – the meat was not missed in this particular meal.  It was delicious.  Point Plus wise it was 3 PPV for one patty, or 5 PPV for two patties.
Overall I find the Morning Star brand to be highly favorable – packed with flavor, low on caloric stats and extremely versatile.  The flavors of the burgers and products are not completely overwhelming and blend well with added flavors.
QUESTION:
Have you tried Morning Star products? If so, what’s your favorite flavor?

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BzzCampaign: Ristorante Pizza -> Spinaci & Speciale


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I was invited to take part in the BzzAgent Ristorante Pizza campaign.  I was surprised this came back out as a campaign since I was invited to take part in a Ristorante campaign earlier in the year.  I knew going into I that I enjoyed Ristorante pizza so I was going to get two different pies.  I picked up one with pepperoni  (Speciale) because that’s what my boyfriend eats and the other with spinach (Spinaci) because that’s just yummy on a pizza.
Ristorante pizza is advertised at being the #1 pizza in Italy.  The pizza itself is quite good.  It’s thin-crust pizza with a fair amount of cheese and toppings to evenly distribute over the whole pizza.  Sometimes when you get frozen pizzas there’s sparse ingredients over the top (like 5 pepperoni on the whole thing).  I do like the Ristorante brand because the pizza is not only thin crust (as I mentioned) but it’s very flavorful plus it cooks up in 11 minutes.
According to the Dr. Oetker website the Pizza Spinaci, is “a unique pizza layered with sun-ripened tomatoes, savoury leaf spinach, cheese and mozzarella, perfected by a hearty garlic sauce.  Being a garlic lover, you can definitely taste the hint of garlic in there – it’s not overpowering, but it plays off in the background.  It’s also slightly creamy in taste – this is probably one of my favorite frozen pizzas. I love it and I typically keep one in the freezer for myself.
Whereas for the Pizza Speciale, according to the Dr. Oetker website: “This unique thin crust pizza with Pepperoni and Cooked Ham make this pizza a culinary feast.  Edam, Mozzarella and spicy herbs add to the full flavor of this wonderful pizza.”  Granted, this is the only pizza sold by the brand that has pepperoni on it but it’s very flavorful.  The sauce is seasoned just right, the pepperoni has the right amount of spice and the ham gives it a new flavor.  Totally delicious!
I realize these pizzas may not be sold at all retail locations – but I happen to find these at a few of my local grocery stores.  They typically retail for $2.99 but you can sometimes get them for $2.50 or less if you have a coupon.  Some stores (like a pricier grocery store in my area) sells these for $4.99 each.