We gotta give it up to Ruby T for inspiring this tasty swap. A big fat turkey burger topped with mushrooms and Swiss cheese sure sounds good to us. But one look at the freakish nutritionals on Ruby's version sent us right to the kitchen to develop a guilt-free makeover. Prepare to have your socks rocked, people!
Ingredients: 1 small light hamburger bun (with around 80 calories and at least 3g fiber)** 1 plain lean turkey burger patty (like one by Foster Farms, Jennie-O, or Perdue) 1 slice 2% milk Swiss cheese 1/2 cup sliced baby bella mushrooms 2 small lettuce leaves 2 tomato slices Optional: pickles, ketchup and mustard
Directions: Split bun in half, and toast lightly. Place the lettuce and tomato slices on the bottom half of the bun. If you like, add a few pickle chips, a squirt of ketchup, and/or some mustard. Set aside. Cook turkey patty in a pan sprayed with nonstick spray (refer to packaging for specific time and stove heat). Once cooked, remove patty from the pan, add it to the bottom half of the bun, and top it with the slice of Swiss while the burger is still hot. Remove the pan from heat and re-spray it with nonstick spray. Over medium heat, cook the mushroom slices until tender (about 3 minutes), stirring occasionally. Place the mushrooms over the cheese-topped patty. Top with the other half of the bun and enjoy!
**Wonder Light and Nature's Own Double Fiber Wheat buns are great light buns. But if you can't find a light bun, just use 2 slices of high-fiber light bread instead (see HG's supermarket list for our faves)!
Tsk, tsk, Ruby Tuesday. A turkey burger is supposed to be a GOOD choice when eating out. But that freakish fowl offering of yours is one of the worst items on your menu, nutritionally speaking! Over a thousand calories and more than SIXTY grams of fat?!? Ludicrous! Even scarier? Those stats don't include the fries that come with this fat-infused turkey burger. Factor those in, and you're looking at a completely embarrassing total of 1,424 calories and 78g fat! Sheesh... even with a serving of HG's Bake-tastic Butternut Squash Fries, our swap would only cost you 370 calories and 11.5g fat. So stay far, far away from Ruby's crazy creation, and instead get turkey-happy and gobble up HG's Too-Beautiful Turkey Burger
CHEW ON THIS: Today, May 6th, is International No Diet Day. This is not an excuse to eat everything that's not nailed down, people. Instead, whip up something decadent from the chocolate chapter of our new cookbook, Hungry Girl: Recipes and Survival Strategies for Guilt-Free Eating in the Real World -- those treats are diet-friendly, but you'd never know it!
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