I'm not sure what it was- maybe the juicy hamburgers I was grilling on the fourth (when I chose to eat the grilled chicken), my Mom ordering a cheeseburger and fries at dinner a couple nights ago, or just me bein' human- the cheeseburger cravings have been real lately. Since I am not one to ignore my cravings, I decided to come up with a way I can make my signature favorite meal that fits my healthy lifestyle. Sure, I could have just gone out to a burger joint and gone all out (which there is nothing wrong with), but I've been in a great mojo lately and sometimes big cheat meals set me back more than I had planned on.
I found these amazing hamburger buns online that are a whopping 72 cals, 16g carbs, 12g fiber, and 10g protein... there is a low-carb god!! They are made by Smart Baking Company and can be purchased Here. There is so much I can't wait to do with these buns but of course, the first order of business was creating the good ole' All-American Burger.
[ FNS Approved Cheeseburger ]
1 Smart Bun
4 oz. Extra Lean Ground Beef (96% lean, 4% fat)
1 slice skim-milk American cheese
Lawry's Seasoned Salt (or just S&P)
Lettuce, Onion, Pickle & any other toppings
Set your griddle to medium heat while you measure out and prepare your beef. I measured the beef by using a food scale because I like to be as accurate as possible. Sprinkle your desired amount of seasoned salt to both sides and add the seasoned patty to the pan. Cook each side for about 5 minutes each, ensuring to only flip once. I prefer my bun toasted, so while my burger was cooking I threw it in the toaster. Right before you're about to take the burger off the grill, add the cheese and cover for about 30 seconds. Transfer the patty to the bun, add all of your desired toppings, and enjoy!!
Let's have a little fun and compare this to Cheesecake Factory's signature burger:
**You're saving 1010 Calories!!! That's about half of your daily caloric intake folks!!!!
Tip: If you don't have/want to purchase these specific buns, either use a head of lettuce to create a lettuce wrap or go for the whole wheat buns you can find at your local grocery store. Nutrition facts may vary.
Eating just the burger would have been satisfying, but why stop there? I love a good burger paired with sweet potato fries and coleslaw so I decided to go for it. I had surprisingly never made sweet potato fries before despite the fact that they're in my top 5 favorite foods, and after making these for the first time I am sure it will not be the last.
[ Sweet Potato Fries ]
1 lb. Sweet Potatoes, cut into 1/4 inch slices
1 Tbsp Olive Oil
Salt & Pepper, to taste
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Cut the sweet potato fries into 1/4 inch slices (make sure you're using a good knife to get the most precise cuts). Coat the sweet potatoes with olive oil and sprinkle with desired salt and pepper. Lay flat on a greased baking sheet and bake for about 20-25 min, checking in every 5 min to ensure they're not burning- I learned this the hard way.
Side note: You can also add other seasonings such as garlic powder & paprika- I just didn't have it handy.
I forgot to take an after pic of the fries but overall they turned out slightly browned and crispy with a few very burnt black ones. Make sure to keep checking on them people!! Yields about 5 servings.
Finally, for the healthified coleslaw recipe. I can't believe how easy this recipe is and how much it makes! Using essentially only a couple of ingredients, you can whip this up in just under 5 minutes.
[ Greek Yogurt Coleslaw ]
16 oz. bagged coleslaw blend
3/4 - 1 cup Plain Greek Yogurt (depends on your creaminess preference)
3 1/2 Tbsp Cider Vinegar
1 tsp salt
1/8 tsp black pepper
2 Tbsp zero-calorie sweetener
Throw all ingredients into a large bowl, mix until the yogurt is combined throughout, and enjoy! It's that easy.
**Side note: I accidentally pictured apple cidervinegar as opposed to regular cider vinegarso ignore that minor hiccup
Makes about 4 1/2 servings
Per 1 cup:
Now let's put it all together...
I mean YOU GUYS, this tasted like the real deal. If someone served this to me at Cheesecake Factory I wouldn't think twice that it was unhealthy. It was so incredibly satisfying and I felt like I was getting away with something. I highly, highly recommend giving yourself a half hour to create this meal!
^ No, I cannot afford this nice of a camera, Iphone 7 just realllllyy steppin' up that picture quality and I am impressed
Now for the grand total calorie content of the whole meal!
As you can see, it's super easy to recreate your favorite meals while saving hundreds, even thousands of calories! The key is to get creative and do your research. If you have a request on any food you would like to see "healthified", feel free to send them my way at firstname.lastname@example.org (3 n's). Also make sure you are subscribed, which you can do through my Contact Me Forum.
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