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Tonight I made some great burgers with 90% lean, southern grass fed beef. It really is true when they say that this beef just tastes better. Some people think it is gamier than conventionally grain fed beef. I don't find that to be the case, I simply think it is more flavorful. I topped ours with some grilled onions and a melted light cream cheese/sharp cheddar cheese blend that I have really come to love. By mixing the two I am able to enjoy the cheddar flavor in a lighter way. A four ounce portion of beef cooked down and fit a small whole wheat slider bun perfectly. This way we still had a full burger experience without the bread hit from a big hamburger bun.
I served the burgers along with a tossed salad and baked maple crunch sweet potato fries. They are so easy and so tasty! I made them about a week ago but in case you missed that entry I'll post my recipe again below. Trust me you'll love them!
Finally for dessert I made a special treat. I can't take credit for this one as I saw Ina Garten (the Barefoot Contessa) make these on a recent show and it was a slap my forehead and say DUH! moment for me. Why I never thought of doing this before is beyond me. Very simply she made s'mores using a prepared chocolate covered cookie in lieu of a graham cracker and a chocolate bar - so much easier and just as yummy. I bought Pepperidge Farm Geneva cookies and they fit the bill (and one marshmallow) perfectly.
Pepperidge Farm Geneva S'More (4 Pts)
Southern Grass Fed Beef burger, with cheese & onions on Whole Wheat slider bun (9.5 Pts)
Salad with feta and Newman's Own Light Italian (1.5 Pts)
Baked Maple Crunch Sweet Potato Fries (2 Pts)
1 Large Sweet potato, peeled and cut into planks
1/2 cup finely ground up Original Fiber One Cereal
1 Tbsp canola Oil
1 Tbsp Maple Syrup (I like B grade)
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 Tbsp Splenda
Salt to taste
Place all ingredients in a zip lock bag and mix them around until the potatoes are nicely coated. Then remove them from the bag and place them on a parchment lined cookie sheet and cook in a 400 degree oven for about 20 minutes or until tender on the inside and crunchy on the outside. Makes 2-3 servings.