Garden Burgers Winter Holiday Recipes Add Spice To The Season: Healthy and hearty recipes that wont leave vegetarians out in the cold

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This winter holiday season, Gardenburger Authentic Foods Company encourages revelers to lose the lentil loaf and serve their vegetarian guests tasty meatless fare that’s as good for them as it is for the planet. Make an impact on the naughty and nice with the meaty taste of Gardenburger Tiki Hut Meatless Meatballs, zesty Original Stuffed Portabella Mushrooms, and lively Thai Chik’n Rollups.

According to a recent study*, nearly one-quarter of Americans consider themselves either full or part-time vegetarians, making it likely that one of your holiday guests will fit that bill. The following festive Gardenburger recipes won’t leave those seeking alternatives out in the cold.

Making the Rounds

Instead of serving up the requisite chips and dips party platter for your vegetarian friends, “wow” them with a plate filled with Gardenburger Tiki Hut Meatless Meatballs. Made with soy protein, breadcrumbs, parmesan cheese, garlic and onions, these ready-made meatballs can be prepared on the stovetop, in the microwave or in the oven. The healthy, bite-sized beauties are available nationwide at food stores and retail for $3.33 per ten ounce box.

Tiki Hut Meatless Meatballs (serves two)

1 box Gardenburger Meatless Meatballs

½ cup favorite sweet and sour sauce

½ cup diced green bell pepper

½ cup diced red bell pepper

¼ cup sliced red onion

½ cup diced fresh pineapple

Sauté peppers, onions and pineapple in a non-stick pan on medium heat until heated through. Cook Meatless Meatballs according to package directions, then add to sauté mixture. Add sweet and sour sauce and heat through. Spoon mixture over rice.

Send ‘em home ‘stuffed’

Twenty minutes until party time? Using Gardenburger Original as a main ingredient in Stuffed Portabella Mushrooms is a real time saver, yet yields elegant results. Now filled with more herbs, spices and real cheddar cheese, the Original can also be served solo alongside a seasonal meal. Gardenburger Original retails for $3.33 per ten ounce box.

Gardenburger Stuffed Portabella Mushrooms (serves four to eight)

8 small portabella mushrooms, cleaned and cap/gills removed

4 Original Gardenburger patties

¼ cup diced roasted red bell pepper

1 T. chopped parsley

3 T. mayonnaise

2 tsp. Dijon mustard

Heat Original patties according to package directions. In a small bowl, gently mash together Gardenburger patties, peppers, parsley, mayo and mustard. Use a tablespoon to scoop stuffing mixture in to the mushrooms. Place under broiler for 5-7 minutes or until heated through. Serve. What a wrapping job!

Okay, so they don’t celebrate Christmas in Thailand. But, if they did, you can bet they would do it by eating Thai Chik'n Rollups featuring Gardenburger’s juicy Chik'n Grill. One bite and your friends will think they’ve died and gone to Asia! Suggested retail price per ten ounce package is $3.50.

Thai Chik'n Rollups (serves four)

4- 8 inch flour tortillas

4 Chik'n Grill Gardenburger patties

Jar of favorite peanut sauce

1 carrot, shredded

8 green onion stalks, julienned

1 cup each shredded red and green cabbage

8 sprigs cilantro

4 sprigs basil

1 tsp. chopped peanuts

Warm tortillas and spread each with one tbsp peanut sauce. Cook Chik’n Grill according to package directions; slice into quarter inch strips. Layer Chik’n Grill strips on tortillas followed by remaining ingredients. Roll up burrito style and serve with additional peanut sauce topped with chopped peanuts.

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About Gardenburger, official “missionaries of meatless” Founded in 1985, Gardenburger Authentic Foods Company pioneered the original meatless patty, and has been pushing the meatless category to new levels ever since. An independent company, Gardenburger’s vision is to promote pure food and a healthy environment. From the classic, grain-based Gardenburger Original to the groundbreaking barbecue Riblets, the company distributes its meatless products to more than 35,000 foodservice outlets throughout the United States and Canada. Retail customers include more than 30,000 grocery, natural food and club stores. Based in Portland, Ore., the company employs approximately 185 people.

*American Demographics, November 2001.

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