I have written OH SO MANY TIMES about my husband and his fitness addiction and his demand for healthy foods. The man drinks protein shakes like they’re the best thing in the world. He vigilantly checks labels on all foods he eats and won’t let me buy treats for the kids unless they are low in sugar. I admire his dedication, but sometimes it can be a giant pain in the butt! One of the big problems it causes for me is the lack of easy meals to prepare for him when I’m not in the mood to cook from scratch. Breakfast, in particular, is a challenge. How do I get him a nice hot meal without having to get up extra early and spend lots of time at the stove? And how do I find things that the whole family can enjoy without a ton of effort?
I was recently sent a few boxes of Boca Essentials vegetable- and grain-based patties. These freezer staples are a source of “complete protein” to people looking for meatless meal options. Complete protein refers to the nine essential amino acids that the human body needs, but cannot produce on its own. I’ll be honest – we are not vegetarians in this house. We like our meat. But every once in a while, we also like to be a little healthier and give up animal proteins for a day or two. Of course, most veggie patties are pretty gross. Not so with these.
The Boca brand came about when a chef in Boca Raton, Florida perfected a veggie burger that was SO good, he had to set up a separate warehouse to meet the demand for it. Since 2000, Boca has been providing veggie burgers and meatless products to vegetarian and health-conscious consumers. It is the perfect pattie. It tastes great, and you don’t feel like you’re being deprived.
It comes in three bold flavors:
- Breakfast Scramble with potatoes, scrambled eggs and vegetables
- Roasted Vegetables and Red Quinoa with brown rice
- Chile Relleno with green chile peppers, black beans and brown rice
My favorite right now is the Breakfast Scramble. On work day mornings, I will quickly stick them in the microwave and then place them with a piece of cheese onto an English muffin. It makes a great breakfast sandwich on the go, and it takes mere minutes. I sometimes add a nice rasher or two of veggie bacon to the mix just to take it up a notch.
When I have more time (like on the weekend), I will generally fry them in a skillet rather than using the microwave, as I find they taste that little bit better when done that way.
According to research, 75 percent of adults are looking to add more protein to their diets, and these are a great way to do that. They are perfect for starting the day out right with a nice boost of energy. And the various varieties can be eaten for lunch or dinner, as well, for a great healthy meal.
The three varieties of Boca Essentials are available at select retailers nationwide and can be found in the freezer case at grocery stores. A single, 10-ounce pack contains four patties and retails for $4.29.
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