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Every Christmas morning, my family gathers for brunch at my brother and sister-in-law’s house. There is lots to eat, drink, and presents to be passed around. My mom, brother, and his family eat vegetarian though, so we often have quite a few dishes to make so that everyone has something to eat. A Tater Tot Casserole is delicious, easy to make, and can be either meat-y or meat-free.
Some years, the non-meat-eaters have a sad little plate of fruit and toast, but this year I want to surprise everyone with a delicious hearty meat-free dish, Tater Tot Casserole with MorningStar Farms® Grillers® Crumbles™. Cooking for your vegetarian family members shouldn’t be difficult and my recipe is so easy to make.
1 bag MorningStar Farms® Grillers® Crumbles™
1 red pepper – diced
1 green pepper – diced
1/2 cup onion – diced
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup milk (I use Almond)
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon garlic salt
1 teaspoon parsley
1/2 bag mini tater tots
1 cup shredded cheese (plus 1/4 cup for topping)
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Cook the red pepper, green pepper, and onion in olive oil over low heat for 1-2 minutes, then add the Grillers Crumbles to your pan. Cook on low for 5 minutes until everything is warmed through entirely.
- Coat your glass baking dish with cooking spray. Add the Grillers Crumbles mixture to the dish.
- Layer the tater tots on top of the Grillers Crumbles mixture.
- Whisk together the eggs, milk, 1 cup cheese, and seasoning. Pour over the tater tots.
- Sprinkle 1/4 cup of cheese on top and decorate with red and green peppers.
- Cover with tinfoil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove tinfoil and bake for 5-10 minutes more, or until you can insert a toothpick and remove it from the center clean.
My meatless tater tot casserole with MorningStar can be enjoyed by everyone (on any day) – not just Christmas morning brunch with my vegetarian family. My husband LOVES this casserole and we like to eat it for dinner on a cold winter night or as leftovers for lunch the next day. You can add any other vegetables to this dish, use cow’s milk, almond milk, rice milk or even soy. You can also use veggie cheese if you have issues with dairy (like my little one)! My recipe can be made with meat instead – like ham or bacon – if you want to make two casseroles.
What I love about Grillers Crumbles is the “versatility” of this veggie cuisine. You can add them to your spaghetti sauce, mix it with some seasoning for a taco, or even whip up a veggie sloppy joe. These crumbles contain 75% less fat than regular ground beef, and have 9 grams of protein, making them the perfect veggie addition to almost any dish. You have to Taste It to Believe It! Go find Grillers Crumbles at Walmart in the frozen food aisle.
What would you put in a tater tot casserole for your family?