can’t believe it’s already the end of august and that it’s time to start thinking about labor day weekend! we hope you enjoyed following along with our MorningStar Farms posts this summer. we loved creating these entertaining stories and spreading the message about eating more plant based meals and focusing less on labeling ourselves as a meat eater, vegan or vegetarian and more on making mindful choices with our meals . the whole campaign was about making room on your grill this summer for veggie/vegan options which kept with one of our goals this year. we said back in january that we wanted to include more plant based meals in our lives and on the blog and we’re excited to have been able to do that. hope you enjoyed following along!
labor day weekend is a bit of a bittersweet moment, it really feels like the closing of summer but it’s also a time to celebrate and enjoy being outside with friends and family. we created this spread at our friend victoria’s house who has killer taste and a gorgeous back yard. a big long table covered in grape leaves that lets the sun peak through and creates a really relaxing environment. we wanted a mix of lots of colors and textures with pops of citrus throughout. using fresh citrus as a way to decorate is both inexpensive and practical as you can use the citrus in drinks/food afterwards!
we wanted the menu to be fun, seasonal and playful so we decided to do mini burgers paired with a flight of mini beers! we wanted the burgers to be small so that people could try multiple flavor combos so we used a 2″ cutter and cut everything to size, including all the toppings so that it make a nice stack. here are the combos we created:
• MorningStar Farms® Spicy Black Bean Burger with sharp cheddar, Iceburg lettuce and avocado
• MorningStar Farms® Grillers® Original Burger with red onion, blue cheese and butter lettuce
• MorningStar Farms® Veggie Lovers Vegan Burger with mozzarella, tomato and grilled onions
we completed the menu with a citrus cake, melon and prosciutto, radish tacos with chicken salad and sliced heirloom tomatoes topped with olive oil and sea salt. and of course, a flight of beer! we picked up a range of beer options and had fun tasting them paired with the burgers. our favorite beer was the grapefruit sculpin. we used these mini beer glasses which were the perfect size!
for the cake, you can make it using a boxed cake mix and add the zest of one lemon to the mix before making. for the icing, we made a cream cheese frosting but you could really make any type of frosting that is on the thicker side, even whipped cream would be delicious. and for decorating, you’ll want to find two very small lemons and thinly slice them, the smaller the lemon the better as you can create more of a pattern. we cut greens from outside, washed them and put them on top!
the watermelon radish tacos are also super easy to make, we used a mandoline slicer to make really thin slices and topped with chicken salad and a little cilantro. a colorful and fast appetizer that was inspired by our friends at Haute Chefs LA.
thanks for following along with us this summer and responding so positively to these entertaining stories! we’d love to hear if you made room on your grill this summer for more veggie/vegan options.
images by: Ivan Solis
(this post was created in partnership with MorningStar Farms)