Football Season

Easy Meatless ‘Beef’ Empanadas

It’s football season! We just watched our first game recently and as soon as the game started all my sadness about summer ending disappeared. One of the things I love about football season is the game-day gatherings we have with our friends and family at home. I always make it a mission to serve something different and special for our guests to crate an awesome homegating experience. Since we follow a mostly plant based diet, I always serve some meatless options like these Easy Meatless Beef Empanadas made with Gardein Beefless Ground. 

Easy Meatless 'Beef' Empanadas

Meatless options do not have to be boring celery sticks or pretzels. More and more people are eating plant based meals and want options that look and taste like meat; thanks to meatless brands like Gardein it has become very easy to find these options. Gardein has various plant-based entrée and appetizer options including beefless ground, meatless meatballs, crabless cakes and even plant based chicken nuggets which all taste like meat and are perfect for homegating and tailgating 

I use the beefless ground a lot in my cooking and it is great for this awesome meatless empanada recipe. You can use it for so many other recipes including meatless shepherds pie, tacos, spaghetti Bolognese

How to Make Easy Meatless Beef Empanadas: A pictorial guide

Easy Meatless 'Beef' Empanadas

Easy Meatless 'Beef' Empanadas

This recipe is very easy especially if you use the premade pastry. I love puff pastry for this dish as it is light, flaky with a nutty flavor. The recipe yields 20 empanadas which is plenty for a small game-day get together.

If you want to eat less meat for a meal, a month, or everyday you will be glad to know every chef-created Gardein recipe is made to give you the most “meaty” tasty, quality, and texture. I for one love their products and recommend them for meatless meals. 

Easy Meatless 'Beef' Empanadas

Easy Meatless 'Beef' Empanadas Recipe
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
20 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 package Gardein beefless ground
  2. 1 cup shredded Mexican Cheese
  3. 2 tablespoons olive oil
  4. 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  5. 1 large onion
  6. 3 carrot sticks diced
  7. 3 celery sticks diced
  8. 2 cloves fresh garlic minced
  9. 1 large potato diced into small pieces
  10. ½ teaspoon chili powder
  11. 1 teaspoon oregano
  12. 1/2 cup crushed tomatoes
  13. Empanada Dough or frozen pastry dough, defrosted
Instructions
  1. In frying pan, heat oil and sauté onions, potatoes, carrots, celery and garlic until soft. Add paprika, chili powder and oregano. Add beefless ground and cook for 2 minutes then add the crushed tomatoes and cook until hot.
  2. Set aside to cool a little.
  3. While beefless ground mixture cools prepare the pastry dough and cut into circles.
  4. Place a spoonful of stuffing, topped with cheese on half of each dough circle. Wet the edges with milk, Fold dough over filling and seal with a fork and brush a beaten egg over each empanada.
  5. Bake in a 200°C/400°F oven until cooked and lightly browned.
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How to host a fabulous girls’ night during football season

Can you believe football season has arrived already! The other day I heard my fiancé talk to his friend about the new players on one of the teams and I had no idea what they were talking about. I know a few of you non-sports fans can relate.

If you are like me, you are apathetic to the arrival of football season and are wondering about things to do when your hubby or boyfriend is watching the game. Today’s post is for you my friends! To those who have tried hard to sit and enjoy the game but just can’t get into it, I have the best way to enjoy the football season without actually watching it…A girls’ night on football night!

How to host a fabulous girls’ night during football seasonHow to host a fabulous girls’ night during football season

I usually like to bake a cake or go upstairs and watch movies while my guy is watching the game and over the years I have come up with more fun ways to spend my time. My favorite way is hosting a girls’ night during the game. While the guys are in another room, you can set up another room for the girls!

How to host a perfect girls’ night 

One of the most vital parts of girls’ night (second to good company) is the food. Having a variety of snacks makes sure everyone in your group is covered. I like to have some fruit, nuts, chips, dip, chicken wings and mimosas. I highly recommend switching it up and getting bagels instead of pizza because bagels are lighter and can be eaten is different ways. You can cut the bagels up and dip them in cheese, fondue style or have fun with different cream cheese flavors and toppings.

Bruegger’s Bagels is my go to bagel place because of their awesome bagel bundles which include a variety of bagels and your choice of cream cheese. Bruegger’s will also have an offer for $3 off the Big Bagel Bundle on August 31st this year so it will be the perfect time to stock up on your bagels and host your first girls’ night – you can check it out here. You also have the option of ordering sandwiches, soups, salads and beverages for your night using Bruegger’s online ordering feature for catering.

How to host a fabulous girls’ night during football seasonHow to host a fabulous girls’ night during football season

Now that you have the food situated and have already picked up your bagels from Bruegger’s , next thing is entertainment. What is a girls’ night without some fun activities for your friends?

Here are some fun ideas for your football season girls’ night:

  • Mini spa – Bring out some fun nail colors so all girls can paint their nails or bring out your favorite face masks and everyone can get a DIY facial.
  • Dress swap – Changed your mind about a dress you bought on sale? Tell your friends to bring items so you can swap clothing and shoes.
  • Movies or TV show marathon – This would be a great time to watch your favorite show or movie together. How about watching some Game of Thrones or Real Housewives episodes? This is truly the best way to enjoy a show.
  • Games – You can never go wrong with games as they are very interactive and involve a lot of laughter.

How to host a fabulous girls’ night during football seasonLooking for other ways to host your guests? Read my post on how to host the ultimate build your bagel brunch I would love to know how you spend your time during football season in the comments below!

Sponsored post written by me in collaboration with Bruegger’s Bagels. The opinions and text are all mine.

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