Friday, February 24, 2012

On a Roll with Healthy Eating!

I've really been loving this Hungry Girl Cookbook. I'm sorta working my way from the front to the back. I'm going to post the ones I try - and give a mini review of sorts. Here is one that I tried the other day and it came out great! I made it with ground chicken (because that's what I had thawed at the time) but it calls for lean ground beef. While it was still super yummy with the ground chicken, I'm thinking that this would be even BETTER with the lean ground beef.

Pizza Burgers a La HG!! Loved them - these did take longer to prep - the book says 10 min - but it seemed like for me it was longer. It was worth it all. They were great and will probably be thrown in my rotation of usual dinners! This recipe was also found in the Hungry Girl 300 under 300 cookbook.

What you'll need:
Large skillet
Nonstick Spray
Large bowl
blender or food processor (Optional)

Prep: 10 min
Cook: 20 min

Pizza Burgers A LA HG


1 cup chopped mushrooms

1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper

1/2 cup chopped onion

2 sticks light string cheese

1 pound raw extra-lean ground beef

2 tablespoons ketchup

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

1/2 teaspoon dried basil

Dash each salt and pepper

1/2 cup pizza sauce

12 slices turkey pepperoni

Optional: lettuce leaves, for wrapping


Bring a large skillet sprayed with nonstick spray to medium-high heat on the stove. Add veggies and stirring occasionally, cook until softened, about 5 min. Transfer to a large bowl and set aside.

Break each string cheese stick into thirds and place in a blender or food processor - blend at high speed until cheese take on a shredded or grated consistency. (or just tear string cheese into pieces and roughly chop.) set aside

Add beef, ketchup, and spices to the bowl with the cooked veggies. Use your hands to mix thoroughly. Evenly divide and form mixture into four 1/2-inch-thick patties.

Remove skillet from heat, re-spray, and bring to medium-high heat on the stove. Place patties in the skillet and cook to your liking, at least 3 min per side.

Reduce heat to medium low. Carefully top each patty in the skillet with 2 tablespoons of sauce, 1/4 of the shredded/grated cheese, and 3 slices peperoni. Continue to cook until sauce is hot and cheese has melted, about 2 min.

Plate your patties, maybe wrap them up in some lettuce and dig in!

Makes 4 servings

Per serving (1/4 of the recipe, 1 patty with cheese and sauce)

223 calories

7g fat

559mg sodium

9g carbs

1.5g fiber

5g sugars

31g protein

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