Okay… bear with me… You’re gonna like this… I PROMISE!
I’ve been selling Pampered Chef for 10 years, and a few years ago, they came out with a Demo Recipe called Cheeseburger Salad. IT WAS AWESOME! Tasted JUST LIKE a cheeseburger. Tonight, my Alex asked for it for dinner… (they eat regular meals, just LDL style, all day, with no protien restriction and a tiny bit of cheese and bread only for breakfast and lunch… not dinner) I agreed… but needed to tweak it to make it less fattening, more fiber filled, more nutritious, but with all the flavor intact…
So here is my version… NOTE:… you can add or take away any veggies you like… the meat is interchangeable… you can use ground beef, chicken, lamb, what have you…
Healthy Cheeseburger Salad
1-2 lbs ground meat of your choice (lean or leanest is best)
2 cups frozen corn
1 cup cooked beans (black, white, lentil etc…)
1 cup chopped onion
1 TBS Old Bay seasoning (or steak seasoning or anything you like)
Salt to taste
Pepper to taste
1-2 heads of romaine, artisan, or leafy green lettuce, washed and dried well, and chopped
2 tomatoes, sliced thinly
10 dill pickle chips
1/2 cup ketchup (don’t be scared)
1/4 cup mustard (it’ll be okay… I promise)
1/2 cup chopped dill pickles (no, I’m not crazy.. trust me)
In a large saute’ pan, add a tiny bit of olive oil and cooked chopped onion until soft, and add ground meat. Saute’ until cooked through. Add corn, salt, pepper, beans, and seasonings. When cooked… set aside to cool for a few minutes.
In the meantime, wash and dry the lettuce, and slice tomato.
Now back to the mixture. While the meat mixture is still in the pan, add the ketchup, mustard and chopped pickles and stir until fully combined.
Lay the lettuce on a platter all pretty like, and top the lettuce with the meat mixture, spreading it out a bit.
top with sliced tomatoes and dill pickles
FOR NON LDL EATERS… this is where it becomes cheeseburger. Sprinkle with shredded cheddar cheese, and add cubed, whole wheat hamburger buns as “croutons”
FOR THOSE OF US WANTING TO CONTINUE LOSING WEIGHT… take out some mixture for yourself, and put it in a container to enjoy the next day at lunch, over crisp lettuce. Enjoy your smoothie or veggie soup while your family sings your praises of what an ingenious salad you made.
*** I’ve added black olives sometimes, shredded cabbage, grated carrot, radicchio, watercress… use your imagination… you won’t be dissapointed.