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Fire up that grill and let’s throw a summer party! Today I’m partnering with MorningStar Farms® to share a deliciously easy vegetarian recipe with you that uses the new MorningStar Farms® Veggie Pulled Pork. You don’t need to be vegan or vegetarian to enjoy this protein-packed entree for Meatless Monday and it is also an easy protein when you are hosting a summer party as it can be served as-is, like a MorningStar Farms® Spicy Black Bean Burger topped with roasted red pepper and lettuce, or can replace meat in another dish like this Instant Pot Hawaiian Veggie Pulled Pork.
When I am hosting a party I like to serve a variety of proteins that will fit many needs so having easy vegan/vegetarian options that I can keep in my freezer comes in handy. Since Spicy Black Bean Burgers are my favorite veggie burger, and apparently many other people’s also since it is considered America’s #1 Veggie Burger, I figured the new veggie pulled pork was worth a try. The only place I’ve found it so far is Walmart and I have a great coupon to share with you so you can try it AND grab my favorite spicy black bean burgers at the same time.
Instant Pot Hawaiian Vegetarian Pulled Pork
The texture of veggie pulled pork isn’t quite the same as a pork-based pulled pork but it has great flavor and makes a great veggie substitute. It gets the seal of approval from our whole meat eating family.
Since pulled pork and beef are iconic summer dishes, I wanted to come up with a new veggie option that delivers that classic flavor with a twist. I think the very best pulled pork has a bit of sweet, a bit of spice, and a bit of tang, so I whipped up a quick pineapple ginger barbecue sauce that pulls all those flavors together.
To get that slow cooked bold tropical flavor in a hurry I pulled out the Instant Pot and piled all the ingredients in, gave it a quick stir, and set it to doing the hard work for me. To make party prep quicker you can prep all but the frozen veggie pulled pork up to 3 days ahead of time then it will take less than a minute to get your pulled veggie pork cooking. No Instant Pot? No problem! You can see the recipe notes for how you can adapt the recipe for stove top.
While our Instant Pot is cooking up some delicious flavor, let’s get back to the grill! Throw some red pepper halves and portabellos on with the spicy black bean burgers and any other proteins and grab a cold drink! This party is about to be happening and you are going to be part of the fun instead of stuck at the grill.
Once the portabellos soften on one side, I flip them over to finish grilling, flip the slightly charred red peppers and spicy black bean burgers, then flip the release valve on the Instant Pot. After everything is done cooking, I heap a pile of Hawaiian Veggie Pulled Pork onto a grilled meaty portabello or bun and top it with shredded red cabbage. Time to party on with the big bold flavor of MorningStar Farms®.
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- 1 Pkg. MorningStar Farms® Veggie Pulled Pork
- 1 c. fresh pineapple, diced
- 1 c. pineapple juice
- 3/4 c. ketchup
- 1 & 1/2 tsp. fresh ginger, grated
- 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (can use 1/2 for less heat)
- 1 c. purple cabbage, shredded
- 1 cup pineapple juice
- Put all ingredients in the Instant Pot.
- Seal lid and set on manual for 10 minutes.
- When complete do quick pressure release.
While veggie pulled pork is cooking –
- If serving as a stuffed portabello, lightly brush 4 portabellos with oil and grill on preheated grill.
- Mix shredded cabbage and pineapple juice and set aside until dish is complete.
Serve on a grilled portabello mushroom or bun or over rice.
- Stove Top Version: Mix pineapple, pineapple juice, ketchup, ginger, and crushed red pepper in medium sauce pan. Cook over medium heat, stirring often, until pineapple is softened. Add veggie pulled pork and heat through to 165 degrees.
- Cook time includes time the pressure cooker comes up to pressure.
- Calories are approximate and based on using a portabello. Will vary dependent on ketchup used.
- Serving Size: 1
- Calories: 270
You can find MorningStar Farms® Veggie Pulled Pork in the frozen section at Walmart.