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1GROVES2 Posts: 10,174
10/5/12 1:31 P

Yes, use the leaner beef. I also add beans to it for taco meat, it not only is healthier, but it stretches your dollar. Also for pasta sauces I add lots of veggies (onions,peppers, mushrooms) they bulk up the sauce and add amazing flavors and textures. I never fry hamburgers (or much of anything else) only grill, and I add veggies to them too, but leave off the cheese. I have either a cheese sandwich or a hamburger,no more cheeseburgers for me.

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8/15/12 7:36 P

Like others mentioned, use leaner meat, I stick to 90 or 93%. It's not as cheap as the 80% stuff but it's definitely more diet friendly.

What about tacos... Use the 6" soft corn tortillas, those are around 60 calories, and just be careful on the meat portion and fill them more with lettuce and pico de gallo salsa. Heat up the tortilla either on a gas burner on low or in a pan on an electric stove so they get soft.

Also, like some other mentioned, you can still have a hamburger. I actually like them with those orowheat sandwich thins... it's 100 calories for an entire "bun" versus 200+ for a normal bun. If I want a cheeseburger I use shredded cheese instead of a slice... it's actually less calories and you still get the cheese flavor. Sometimes I even stuff the burger with the shredded cheese, so it gets nice and gooey :)

LOVE4KITTIES Posts: 1,924
8/15/12 6:29 P

I buy lean hamburger (93% lean). I add it to spaghetti sauce, homemade chili, grill it up into hamburgers, etc. For hamburgers, I stay away from the condiments, but I will add a slice of cheese and sometimes I get fancy and add some mushrooms (cooked in a skillet lightly sprayed with cooking spray...no butter).

CLARK971 Posts: 738
8/1/12 3:18 P

i do not care for turkey burgers. i buy kroger patties that are 91% lean, 190 calories per patty. you can use whatever your favorite bread is as a bun. Sometimes, I just have one slice of bread on the side, and eat the burger bunless.

Try topping with grilled mushrooms.

As was reviously posted, you can use lettuce as the bun. and pickles, tomatos, etc, will not add many calories.





SNOOPY1960 Posts: 1,681
7/22/12 12:27 P

If you buy lean hamburg, you should be o.k. !

You can eat a cheeseburger , use lettuce leaves as your "bread" and you will save calories and carbs. Loading it up with pickles, onions, tomatoes etc etc will not add many calories at all. NO mayo but use ketchup and mustard. A slice of low fat cheese is o.k.

Make meatballs and portion them out and freeze the rest.
I bake mine, not frying saves 100's of calories and fat.

This recipe is great for meatballs, meatloaf and stuffed peppers !!

MEATBALLS/MEATLOAF/STUFFED PEPPERS

1 pound lean hamburger
2 eggs
1 teaspoon basil
1 teaspoon parsley
1 tablespoon parmesan cheese
2-3 cloves minced garlic
whole wheat bread crumbs ( can be made out of toasted bread )

Place all in a large bowl, mix well adding more bread crumbs until consistency desired.

Make meatballs - place balls on a cookie sheet. Bake at 325 degrees 15-20 minutes or until done. Add to pasta sauce and simmer for a few hours. Yummm !!

Make meatloaf - shape into one or two loaves and bake 350 degrees 30 minutes.
Serve with a sweet potato and spinach. Use a can of tomato sauce for gravy if you like.

Make stuffed peppers - Cut 3 green peppers in half. De-seed and boil them for 10 minutes.
Drain and cool the peppers then stuff them with the meat mixture. Place in a glass pan and cover with tomato sauce. Cover tightly with foil and bake 30 minutes at 350 degrees.




Edited by: SNOOPY1960 at: 7/22/2012 (12:27)
BSYMOM2201 Posts: 510
7/21/12 4:32 P

If your browning it, drain the grease off and rinse the meat after you drain the grease. Presto, lower fat ground beef. Then use it like you always do using low fat products. Pinterest has some great homemade substitutions for cream of soups, and gravy mixes etc.

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7/21/12 3:23 P

i try to stay to chicken and turkey but what can u do with hamburger thats not diet sabotage?

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