Monday, April 23, 2007

A Fast Food Meal without the Fast Food Calories: Your Kids Will Love This

The average adult needs 2 servings daily of whole grains. The burger recipe uses whole grain products. So, what are whole grains you might ask? The fiber found in whole grains is essential in helping our bodies eliminate toxins. Whole grains also contain vitamins and minerals that aren’t found in other grains, such as white bread. Whole grains are also more filling; therefore we don’t feel hungry as often when we eat them.

Kids, as well as adults, will love these low calorie high flavor burgers. Make it a complete meal with the oven fried potatoes and a green salad.

Almost Fast Food Dinner Burgers


1 tbsp low fat mayonnaise
1/2 tsp ketchup
1/2 tsp yellow mustard
1/4 lb 96% lean ground beef
1 slice American cheese
1 whole grain or whole-wheat hamburger bun
1/4 cup chopped romaine lettuce leaves
1 thin slice red onion
3 dill pickle rounds


1. Combine mayonnaise ketchup and mustard, stirring until well blended
2. Set aside
3. Shape beef into patties about 1/2 wider than bun
4. Preheat medium nonstick skillet or grill rack on high heat
5. Place patty on pan or grill
6. Cook 1-2 minutes per side or until desired doneness
7. Don’t smash burger with spatula
9. About 30 seconds before burger is cooked, top with cheese
10. Place bun halves cut side down on pan or grill
11. Cook for 45 seconds or until toasted
12. Place bun bottom on serving plate
13. Top with patty, lettuce onion and pickles
14. Spread reserved sauce evenly over inside of bun top
15. Serve

Oven French Fries


4 large potatoes
2 tbsp. Peanut or safflower Oil


1. Preheat oven to 475 degrees
2. Scrub potatoes and cut in long strips, about a 1/2 inch wide.
3. Drop into ice water
4. Cover and chill for 1-2 hours.
5. Remove strips from water and dry thoroughly
6. Place strips and oil in a deep bowl
7. Toss until all potatoes have a light coating of oil
8. Spread fries in a single layer in a shallow baking pan
9. Bake for 30-35 minutes
10. Stir fries occasionally to brown on all sides

Yield: 8 servings

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