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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
Yields 20
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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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Easy Meatless Hot Dogs

 Ever throw a summer party and find out one of your guests does not eat meat. You find yourself  scrambling around the kitchen because you don’t want to serve them some boring cauliflower dish. The good news is these days there are so many plant based options that go beyond cauliflower and soy. 

As you may already know I am following a mostly plant based diet with occasional meat dishes only 20% of the time. I have learned to create delicious meatless meals out of necessity and it has been a thing of beauty. Brands like Beyond Meat and Light Life have mastered the art of creating meatless products that make a mostly plant based diet easy for folks like me who are flexitarians. 

I have always used Beyond Meat products but decided to try the Lightlife brand to switch things around. I was pretty happy with the way they turned out. We made hot dogs using the Italian Sausage and Bratwurst flavor sausages toped with onions and peppers. It was so delicious even the hubby was pretty satisfied. 

So the next time you are faced with the decision of what to serve a non-mean eater for your next barbecue don’t sweat it. Just grab some plant based sausage or burger and you are good to go. They will love you for it.

Meatless Hot Dog Recipe
A tasty hot dog meal for vegetarians
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Ingredients
  1. 4 Lightlife sausages
  2. 4 Hot dog rolls
  3. 1 large white onion sliced into strips
  4. 1 large green bell pepper sliced into strips
  5. 1 large red bell pepper slices into strips
  6. 1 tsp oregano
  7. 1 tsp garlic powder
  8. canola oil
  9. salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat a grill or griddle pan to medium-high.
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium to medium-high. Add the oil then add the onions and peppers; season with oregano, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Cook, stirring often, until the onions are very soft, about 10 minutes
  3. Grill the sausages, turning them on all sides until dogs are heated through, about 8 minutes.
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