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Favorite Morningstar product?

schrutefarms Apr 11, 2009 05:41 PM

I am NOT a vegetarian, but I enjoy some Morningstar stuff. For instance, the veggie bites are crazy good-broccoli and cheese, or spinach and artichoke. I also really love the Italian chicken(less) patties, but I thought the Buffalo nuggets were too spicy, and I really didn't care for the taste. They used to have these things called (I think) grillers, which seemed like a tiny bean and cheese burrito, but I guess they stopped making them. What are some other good ones I can look out for? PS-I hated their bacon.

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  1. hill food RE: schrutefarms Apr 11, 2009 06:14 PM

    corn "dogs"!

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      Bob W RE: hill food Apr 12, 2009 01:04 PM

      My kids love the corn dogs and the chix patties too.

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      dagwood RE: schrutefarms Apr 12, 2009 08:40 AM

      I'm not a vegetarian and neither is. my family, but all of us love their chix patties

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        libgirl2 RE: dagwood Apr 18, 2009 12:36 PM

        We eat those often. The burgers aren't bad, but love the Chix! Bocas are good too.

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          nimeye RE: dagwood May 31, 2009 04:59 PM

          Amen- love them on a toasted bun with mayo and cheese.

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          stolenchange RE: schrutefarms Apr 12, 2009 12:07 PM

          I eat their sausage patties pretty much daily. The links should be avoided though.
          Love their chicken patties too.
          Also love their 'grillers prime' burgers. They taste like real meat burgers with a hint of onion.

          The bacon is like bacon cracker to me. Not a good substitute for bacon, but the flavor is ok.

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            Low Country Jon RE: stolenchange Apr 12, 2009 04:31 PM

            I second the Grillers Prime rec. Not quite identical to a real burger but amazingly close for a veggie product.

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              hyacinthgirl RE: stolenchange Apr 16, 2009 11:47 AM

              Why should the links be avoided? They're my favorite.

            2. beccabones RE: schrutefarms Apr 12, 2009 12:15 PM

              I love their 'chicken' strips, but I've been vegan for 6 years so I kinda forgot what real chicken tastes like.., I don't know how a meat eater would feel about them.
              & I agree the bacon sucks.

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                Laura D. RE: schrutefarms Apr 12, 2009 05:59 PM

                Has anyone noticed that the Chix Patties have a weird taste to them all of a sudden? I've been buying these for years and preferred them to the Boca "chicken" patties, but I've bought them three or four times in the past 6 months (just to make sure I didn't get a bad batch) and each time there has been an unusual flavor I don't care for. All I can compare it to is the taste of cheese that is past its prime...almost that "manure" taste. For the time being I've switched to Boca patties, though I've found that Morningstar Chix nuggets don't taste any different and are as delicious as ever.

                Getting back to your question, the Grillers Prime are great, but I've found that the Grillers Original are very good too, and are at bit lower in fat and calories. The sausage patties that others have mentioned are very good, though I actually like the sausage links and the bacon as well, whereas others here don't seem to enjoy them. I used to like the corn dogs but now find them a bit nauseating. The burger crumbles are great for recipes, the hot dogs are pretty good (though a bit salty), and I have the new Italian Sausages in my freezer but haven't yet gotten to try them. Enjoy!

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                  stolenchange RE: Laura D. Apr 12, 2009 10:55 PM

                  I haven't seen the Italian Sausages before. Please try them out and report back. :) I just took at look at their website and they now offer maple sausage patties and bbq riblets. I'm curious to try both.

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                    swissgirl RE: stolenchange Apr 13, 2009 01:07 PM

                    The website also lists Thai and Asian Veggie burgers. I *have* to locate these, don't believe I've seen them yet at the store. Everything I've tried from Morningstar is delish. When I find a sale, watch out, time to stock up,especially on Grillers, Corn Dogs and Bacon Strips.

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                    Laura D. RE: Laura D. Apr 16, 2009 06:52 AM

                    So I had an Italian Sausage last night and wanted to report back. First of all, it wasn't cooked properly, as it had been microwaved the evening before with the intention of being eaten, wasn't eaten, was refrigerated, and was then heated in a frying pan last evening in order to finally be eaten. That being said, I would say it was good but not amazing. It was a bit dry and crumbly, which could have been thanks to our poor cooking methods, but this was particularly surprising due to the fact that other burger and sausage products from Morningstar are at times almost greasy. Also, it crumbled very easily as opposed to holding its shape, yet this almost was beneficial as the only way it seemed to get the inside hot was to crumble it. My only other complaint was that it had fennel seeds in it and I'm not a huge fennel fan. But, mixed with marinara and served over pasta it was quite good, though I also enjoy serving the chicken patties with pasta in this manner. Not sure I would buy them again but they were definitely worth checking out!

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                      rozz01 RE: Laura D. May 29, 2009 06:36 PM

                      I crumble the italian sausage into hash. My dad couldnt tell the difference.

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                        fezzig RE: rozz01 May 29, 2009 08:10 PM

                        I love the Italian Sausage. With peppers and onions on a bun - easy, quick, fairly healthy lunch. I also crumble them up and put them in an omelette (again with peppers and onions and mozzarella).
                        I usually have a freezer full of Morningstar stuff. I'm a big fan of the bacon - LOVE the sausage patties (the links are okay with me, but I prefer the patties), chik'n patties, and the garden veggie burger. I used to live on the buffalo wings in college, but I've sort of lost my taste for them. I think the only thing I really don't like are their hot dogs.

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                    CrazyOne RE: schrutefarms May 30, 2009 06:44 AM

                    Bacon is what we eat around here all the time. I eat meat, but I still find the bacon okay taste-wise. Texture-wise it's not really that great. Used to get the breakfast sausage sometimes, but the bacon is actually more appealing to us.

                    Tried the Italian sausage just recently. It's just okay, been a while since I had the Boca Italian sausage, but I want to say the Boca might be better.

                    Soy crumbles we get sometimes. This doesn't matter much, get Boca or Morningstar, whichever is on sale. We don't bother getting veggie burgers at home most of the time.

                    Personally, I find the corn dogs and chik patties very good, but I haven't bothered to get them in ages because the vegetarian in the house doesn't go for these!

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                      CrazyOne RE: CrazyOne May 31, 2009 07:27 AM

                      BTW, just relating from this morning what I typically do, nuke your Morningstar bacon for about 1/2 minute longer than it says, and put paper towel on the plate underneath it even though it doesn't suggest that. Leave in the microwave a bit while you're getting the rest of the stuff ready. Comes out nice and crispy, really not too bad if you were craving crispy bacon. No, not like real bacon, but definitely a serviceable substitute I'd say. Sticks to the paper towel a bit but worth it.

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                      MysticYoYo RE: schrutefarms May 31, 2009 08:32 AM

                      Grillers and Grillers prime are my favorites. The crumbles are also very good, but once you put them in a recipe they are pretty much indistinguishable from the Boca Crumbles. Morningstar used to have a "beef" and cheese sort of hot pocket that was awesome. When it was microwaved the crust came out nice and flaky (it came with one of those crisping sleeves). They also had a ham and cheese (not as good, IMO) and maybe one other type, but they were discontinued, why, I have no idea. I wish they would advertise more. I know a lot of non-vegetarians who eat Morningstar (or feed it to their kids), both for health reasons and because their products taste good.

                      I like their chicken nuggets but I think Quorn quicken tastes better.

                      1. The Professor RE: schrutefarms May 31, 2009 09:44 AM

                        Not a vegetarian by any stretch of the imagination, but I do really like both the Grillers/Grillers Prime patties as well as the breakfast sausage patties and use them frequently.
                        I tried the Boca brand Italian sausages and was pretty disappointed. The texture was good, not at all dry...but man oh man...are those things salty!!! If they cut back on the salt a bit, they would actually be pretty decent (for what they are).

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                          nimeye RE: schrutefarms May 31, 2009 05:01 PM

                          I actually prefer the soy crumbles to ground beef for sloppy joes.

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                            sueatmo RE: schrutefarms May 31, 2009 05:26 PM

                            I agree with those who like the breakfast "sausage" patties. They are as good as real sausage. Fix them in the oven though.

                            1. michele cindy RE: schrutefarms Jun 1, 2009 06:15 AM

                              I love their breakfast strips. The trick is you need to make them in a toaster oven. Place them on foil, 425 degrees, for about 12 min. Watch them, and take them out just when they reach a golden brown. Let them sit for 1 min. and you will have a super crunchy replacement for real bacon. I eat real bacon, but when I want to cut back I eat these. More often then the real stuff. Try this and you will see a huge difference in the quality of the product. Rrport back if you do. Thanks!

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                                Groff RE: schrutefarms Dec 31, 2009 08:26 AM

                                The sausage patties have always been a favorite, although I can't say they taste much like meat sausage. The links and the new Italian sausage, on the other hand, use a completely different recipe which, to my taste, comes out too crumbly and cake-y. I love the prime grillers -- I eat them with Frank's Hot Sauce and ranch dressing on an English muffin, which is an odd combination but good. Oddly, the new riblets are the most meatlike nonmeat product I've tried -- something about combining chewy bits and a greasy feel. Awful sweet, though.

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                                  Rasam RE: Groff Dec 31, 2009 11:41 AM

                                  Definitely vegetarian here, and the Morningstar "chikn" (or however it's spelled) nuggets are like crack in my family. We usually stay away from processed / fake foods except for this stuff - we go through like a box a week, sometimes two. One of the more expensive items on my weekly grocery list.

                                  I too can't remember what "real" chicken nuggets taste like (I mean, how real are chicken nuggets anyway, being made from the sweepings and scrapings of the factory floors and all), but Morningstar is really really good when one is jonesing for this kind of junk food.

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                                  sisterfunkhaus RE: schrutefarms Jan 1, 2010 10:21 AM

                                  I love the meal starters ground "beef". It's great for dieters as it has fiber and is low in fat.

                                  1. carlee134 RE: schrutefarms Jan 1, 2010 12:16 PM

                                    Oh no! I think they discontinued the morningstar corndogs, which makes me very very sad.

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                                      hill food RE: carlee134 Jan 1, 2010 01:36 PM

                                      (quick google later)
                                      yup 'fraid it's true


                                      but the Trader Joe's version ain't bad.

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                                        michele cindy RE: hill food Jan 2, 2010 06:29 AM

                                        No wonder I couldn't find them. My DH also likes Trader Joe's does a veg. corn dog too. Hope there's is still around. Anyone know?

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                                          CurlieGlamourGirlie RE: michele cindy Jan 3, 2010 12:44 PM

                                          I purchase those regularly for my husband. He's a meat-and-potatoes kind of guy and loves these corn dogs.

                                    2. kubasd RE: schrutefarms Jan 1, 2010 02:52 PM

                                      i love their asian burgers, the maple flavored sausage, and the riblets. Yes to being vegetarian, but these items just taste good!

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                                        Babyducks RE: schrutefarms Jan 1, 2010 03:22 PM

                                        Not a veggie but love their products. My favorite veggie burger is the original.

                                        1. EWSflash RE: schrutefarms Jan 1, 2010 05:31 PM

                                          I like almost all of them, the taste isn't exactly like meat, but it's pretty tasty. The exception would be the sausage links, and for lack of a more vaguely polite terminology, they look like turds and the texture is what I imagine they'd be like, too. But I don't know that for certain.

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                                            kubasd RE: EWSflash Jan 1, 2010 05:33 PM

                                            i had a sample of the sausage links, and i couldn't get past the texture.... mush!

                                          2. Honeychan RE: schrutefarms Jan 1, 2010 06:08 PM

                                            I was quite impressed with the Southwestern Griller patty, and it's been really hard for me to find the past few months. Hope it's not discontinued!

                                            I'm not a vegetarian/vegan by any means, but I really liked the flavor of that patty! Nice and spicy, and was alot more filling than I ever expected it to be. It made for a tasty, healthy lunch.

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                                              michele cindy RE: Honeychan Jan 2, 2010 06:30 AM

                                              Funny I am not a vegetarian either and enjoyed the patty too.

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                                              beachmouse RE: schrutefarms Jan 2, 2010 08:06 AM

                                              In the same product category, I really wish that Boca would bring back their rising crust frozen pizzas. I'm sure they were 20 different kinds of evil from a health standpoint, but they tasted really good, and the veggie pepperoni was indistinguishable from the average pork/beef version of that sausage.

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                                                enbell RE: beachmouse Jan 2, 2010 05:05 PM

                                                I think litelife and yves make veggie pepperoni although I haven't tried either. The Morningstar grilled chik'n is pretty good.

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                                                  beachmouse RE: enbell Jan 2, 2010 05:35 PM

                                                  I've tried the Yves, and it just wasn't as good as the Boca, alas.

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