Monday, March 23, 2009

Healthy BLT Burgers

First, sorry I have been blog M.I.A. the past few days. I have been so busy and got behind in all of my posting and reading. I’m trying to catch up as much as I can tonight!

Geof made BLT Burgers for us last night for dinner. We found the recipe in our new Biggest Loser Cookbook. It was so full of flavor and delicious! I was pleasantly surprised. He made the entire recipe which is 4 servings and we both brought the leftovers to work for lunch today.

Here is the recipe:

Though you might be tempted to try to save money by buying 93% lean ground beef instead of 96% lean, don’t. Though they don’t sound very different, 93% lean has almost twice the fat of 96%. One 4-ounce serving of 93% lean has about 180 calories and 8 grams of fat. The 96% lean has 150 calories and only 4 1/2 grams of fat.

Makes 4 servings
4 strips extra-lean turkey bacon, each cut in half
1 pound 96% lean ground beef
4 whole grain or whole wheat hamburger buns, split (we used WW whole wheat buns)
1 cup chopped fresh spinach leaves
4 large or 8 to 12 small thin tomato slices
4 tablespoons low-fat mayonnaise

Preheat a grill to high heat.

Place a medium nonstick skillet over medium-high heat and add the bacon strips. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes per side, or until crisp. Remove from the pan and cover to keep warm.

Divide the beef into 4 equal portions and shape into balls, packing them tightly as you do. Press each into a patty that is about 1⁄2" larger than the diameter of the buns.

Grill the burgers for about 2 minutes per side for medium rare, or until desired doneness (do not smash the burgers with a spatula). Place the bun halves, cut sides down, on the upper grill rack or away from direct flame until toasted, about 20 seconds.

Place each toasted bun bottom on a plate. Top with the spinach, tomato, patties, then 2 pieces of bacon each. Spread 1 tablespoon mayonnaise evenly on each bun top, flip atop the patties, and serve.

Nutrition at a GlancePer serving: 295 calories, 29 g protein, 25 g carbohydrates, 9 g fat (2 g saturated), 70 mg cholesterol, 4 g fiber, 547 mg sodium

In other news, I lost 7 pounds last week! I cannot believe it. I know the first week is always the biggest, but it is definitely motivating me to keep it up. I'll be very happy to lose 1 to 2 pounds per week.


Preppy 101 said...

Congratulations on your fabulous weight loss!! That is so great! xoxo

Melissa said...

Congrats on the 7lb loss! That's fantastic! :D

Lis said...

CONGRATULATIONS Jules!!!! You are rocking it - that is so amazing!!! :)

And that recipe looks delish - thank you for sharing!!

AndreaLeigh said...

wooo hoooo! 7 pounds is awesome!

jlc said...

Yummm and welcome back!!

Megan said...

Looks wonderful! Congrats on the weightloss!!

Jill said...

Yumm... the burgers look so good. Way to go losing weight. When I had an office (office from home now), I loved brining my lunch. It's so much cheaper and better for you than eating out.

Gwen said...

Congrats on the awesome weight loss!!! So proud of you!!! XOXO

Sara said...

Congrats on your loss! And the recipe sounds delish, we are al bout turkey burgers lately!

Lindsey said...

YAYAYA CONGRATS!!!! That is awesome!!

Christina said...

Way to go on 7 lbs!!!! That is SO AWESOME! That recipe is making me hungry... Thank you so much for your honest and practical advice. It is mucho appreciated =)

Angela said...

Wow - what a great loss!!! I'm sooo happy for you! That recipe sounds delicious! Thank you for sending me didn't have to but I'm really excited to get it!!!

Have a great week and keep on losing! Yay!

Lacey said...

Congrats on your weight loss! That's awesome! And those burgers look amazing...I will definitely be trying them next week. How is the rest of the Biggest Loser Cookbook?