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Hungry Girl Today: 12.21.10

HG's Big Deal Burger-dilla

Good I-'dilla!

We enjoy combining two different foods to create ONE crazy food item as much as the peeps at Applebee's. We just like to leave out most of the extra fat and calories. Do things OUR way... Make a Big Deal Burger-dilla!

1 tbsp. fat-free ranch dressing
1 tsp. taco sauce
1 Boca Original Vegan Meatless Burger
2 La Tortilla Factory Smart & Delicious Low Carb/High Fiber Original (not Large) tortillas, or alternative
1/4 cup shredded fat-free cheddar cheese, divided
1/2 tbsp. precooked real crumbled bacon (like the kind by Oscar Mayer)
2 tbsp. pico de gallo or chunky salsa
1/4 cup shredded lettuce

To make the sauce, combine ranch dressing with taco sauce in a small bowl. Mix well and set aside.

Prepare burger patty on the stove in a skillet sprayed with nonstick spray. (Refer to package instructions for exact temperature and time.) Set aside and allow skillet to cool.

Lay one tortilla flat on a dry surface and spread with sauce. Sprinkle with 2 tbsp. cheese and the bacon. Top with pico de gallo or salsa, lettuce, cooked patty, and remaining 2 tbsp. cheese. Top with other tortilla.

Re-spray skillet and gently place quesadilla burger in it. Bring to medium-high heat on the stove. Cook until cheese has melted and outsides are lightly browned, about 2 minutes per side, flipping carefully and pressing down with a spatula to seal.

Dig in!


Serving Size: 1 burger (entire recipe)
Calories: 259
Fat: 5.5g
Sodium: 1,372mg
Carbs: 34g
Fiber: 18.5g
Sugars: 2g
Protein: 33.5g

PointsPlus® value 7*

HG Alternative! Can't find La Tortilla's 50-calorie tortillas? No worries. Just get the least caloric 6-inch tortillas you can find, and adjust the calorie count accordingly!

Another HG Alternative! To reduce the sodium by about 150mg, swap the pico de gallo or salsa for chopped tomato, onion, and peppers.

Applebee's Quesadilla Burger

Never Melt This Way...

Fancy restaurant burgers are like so many of the people you find on online dating sites -- they pretty much never look as good as their pictures. But unlike with your e-dates, you can find out the bad traits of most chain-restaurant burgers ahead of time. Take this Quesadilla Burger. The glamour shot on the website could mislead you. The tagline -- "Take your taste buds for a Southwest joyride" -- might tempt you. But go by the numbers: The burger itself -- NO SIDES -- contains about 70 percent of the amount of calories an average person should have in a whole day. ACK! And over 100 grams of fat? NO WAY! With crazy stats like these, we KNEW we could improve this burger in our sleep. (But we did it while awake, since sleep-cooking is dangerous.) Now you can enjoy a burger smothered in quesadilla goodness without the peril associated with the Applebee's version. And unlike online dating, you KNOW you'll end up with something amazing every time.

Serving Size: 1 burger (without sides)
Calories: 1,440
Fat: 103g
Sodium: 3,610mg
Carbs: 44g
Fiber: 4g
Sugars: n.a.
Protein: 76g

PointsPlus® value 38*

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Today, December 21st, is National Hamburger Day. (Apparently, May 28th is too -- hamburgers rock!) The Big Deal Burger-dilla in today's email is awesome, but click around if you want a homemade patty or a burger with pineapple or avocado!

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