Better than a Big Mac!

by DanicasDaily on July 9, 2012

Happy Monday all!  I am not sure which was cooler in my day ~ reading all your incredibly nice congratulations on yesterday’s post or seeing the huge debate over how grits should be eaten.  I know I dig grits both sweet and savory so I cannot wait to try all the ideas you all shared. 

Thanks for making my day without even knowing you were doing it ~ I was smiling all day long and laughing as the grits passion going on too!

I have been wanting to try this homemade Blueberry Jam ever since I picked it up at the Farmer’s Market last month.

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The Husband uses our jams like you are probably supposed to ~ on toast or sandwiches……

Me, well, I love using them to flavor my fat free cottage cheese, flap jacks and on top of creamy, thick 0% Fage Greek Yogurt. (1 WPA for the jam)

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Topped with a champagne mango, berries and an unsweetened coconut sprinkle.

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My morning flew by with meetings and I knew I wouldn’t be able to break for lunch until 2 pm.  I made sure to snack on a banana plus an egg to tide me over.

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Last night I whipped up a Creamy Carrot, Raisin, Chicken Salad for lunches this week.  I started off with my usual base ~ organic mixed greens, cabbage, carrots & cherry tomatoes.

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Then, I layered on 1 cup of my Chicken, Carrot, Apple Salad and topped it with pecans.  It’s light, refreshing and pretty healthy tasting.  I used 0% Greek Yogurt for the mayo, agave and raisins for the sweetness, lemon plus the zest to brighten the flavors and added a whole bunch of crunch with veggies and roasted pecans. (2 WPA)

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Late afternoon I snacked on a lite string cheese and watermelon.

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On my commute home, I realized I was actually pretty darn hungry.  I had a million thoughts of all the on plan and off plan foods I could shovel in my mouth as soon as I walked in the door when the thought occurred to me……

To satisfy my salty crunchy craving and make up a batch of Kale Chips that are 100% Simply Filling! (I used 1 WPA to add a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese, but, that it optional)

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Yup, I totally put Ketchup on the pan for dipping to eat as I cooked because I am classy like that lol.  The Kale Chips totally taste like french fries when you dip them in ketchup

Seriously, even The Husband ate them which he NEVER does Open-mouthed smile

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I have been craving a really good burger lately ~ the kind that is so good, that it drips all over your hands and you can taste every single topping.  For some reason as I was pondering how to make our burgers the Big Mac song kept going through my head.

“Two all beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, onion cheese, on a sesame bun”

So I went with it and the result was completely phenomenal.  There are very few meals that I eat that are so unbelievably good that I cannot wait to eat them again.  You can make these burgers using any meat (beef, pork, turkey, chicken, etc.) ~ the secret is definitely in the sauce.

These burgers are definitely better than any Big Mac you will ever buy ~ the added bonus is that these are 100% Simply Filling!

BETTER THAN A BIG MAC (print it!)

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INGREDIENTS

The Burger

  • 1.25 lbs 93% lean ground beef
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 1/2 sweet red onion, finely chopped
  • 2 Tbsp dill pickle relish
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp Emeril’s Original Essence (or sea salt & pepper if you do not have it)

The “Secret” Sauce

  • 2 Tbsp Fat Free or Low-Fat Mayo
  • 1 Tbsp ketchup
  • 1 tsp yellow mustard
  • 1/2 tsp hot sauce, optional
  • 1 Tbsp dill pickle relish

Toppings

  • 4 oz reduced fat sharp cheddar cheese, divided
  • Lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles
  • Sara Lee Honey Wheat Thin Buns (they don’t taste “diety” at all)

INSTRUCTIONS

1.  Combine the ingredients to make the burger (beef through Emeril’s Original Essence).  Divide into 4 large meatballs and flatten into patties making a small dent in the middle. 

2.  Grill over medium high heat flipping until cooked through, about 10 minutes per side.  Top with cheese and cook for 2 minutes until cheese is melted.

3.  Build your Big Mac by starting with a bun, then, topping with 1 Tbsp of the secret sauce, any toppings you are using and the burger.  Dig in!

Makes 4 Big Mac Burgers, 9 points+ each

Nutritional information per Big Mac Burger, calculated at caloriecount.com

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STEP – BY – STEP

Combine all the ingredients to make your burgers.  Divide into 4 meatballs and form into burgers.

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Put a small dent in the middle to help them cook flat versus puffing up in the middle.

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Grill over medium high heat until cooked through, about 20 minutes.  Top with cheese, if using, and cook for 2 additional minutes until it melts all over the burgers.

A note for those who love American Cheese ~ use it, if you love it since it melts the best.

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While the burgers cook, prepare your burger toppers and the “Secret” sauce.

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The relish totally makes the sauce.

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Build it by starting with secret sauce on each half.

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Top with lettuce, onions, tomato….

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One super juicy, cheese burger….

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Pickles for crunch and tang!

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Put a “lid” on it…..

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Dig In and let the juices run down your hand as you indulge in this Healthy Big Mac!

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I actually grilled up corn too but I was satisfied so I didn’t have any as much as I wanted it ~ Success for listening to my hunger levels, ignoring my taste buds and stopping when satisfied!

STATS (12 am – 10 pm)

  • 2,548 calories burned
  • 6,266 steps taken
  • 3 WPA used, 34 WPA remaining (23 daily points+)

Night all!

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