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Hungry Girl Today: 07.12.11

HG's 2-Cheese Sausage 'n Portabella Skillet

We've Got Skills... Er, Skillets!

A restaurant with both "steak" and "shake" in its name probably isn't going to be your number-one destination for a light breakfast. But boy do those morning skillet meals sound good! Luckily, we're bringing the flavor of this Steak 'n Shake dish to you and leaving the extra fat and calories by the fryolator...

1 frozen meatless or turkey sausage patty with about 80 calories (like the kind by Morningstar Farms or Jimmy Dean)
1/2 cup sliced onion
1 large portabella mushroom, roughly chopped
2/3 cup frozen shredded hash browns
2/3 cup fat-free liquid egg substitute (like Egg Beaters Original)
1/2 tsp. chopped garlic
1 wedge The Laughing Cow Light Creamy Swiss cheese
2 tbsp. shredded fat-free cheddar cheese
Optional: salt, black pepper, chopped scallions

Prepare sausage patty on the stove in a skillet sprayed with nonstick spray or on a microwave-safe plate in the microwave. (Refer to package instructions for exact temperature and cook time.) Once cool enough to handle, crumble or chop and set aside. 

Bring a skillet sprayed with nonstick spray to medium heat on the stove. Add onion and, stirring often, cook until slightly softened, about 3 minutes.

Reduce heat to medium low. Add chopped mushroom and hash browns to the skillet with the onion. Stirring occasionally, cook until mushroom pieces have softened and hash browns are hot, 5 - 6 minutes.

Raise heat to medium. Add cooked sausage pieces to the skillet with the veggie-hash mixture. Add egg substitute, garlic, and cheese wedge, breaking cheese wedge into pieces as you add it. Scramble until egg substitute is just cooked, about 3 minutes.

Transfer mixture to a microwave-safe plate. Sprinkle with cheddar cheese.

Microwave for 30 seconds, until cheese has just melted. If you like, season to taste with salt and pepper and top with scallions. Dig in!


Serving Size: 1 skillet (entire recipe)
Calories: 323
Fat: 6g
Sodium: 918mg
Carbs: 28g
Fiber: 3.5g
Sugars: 6.5g
Protein: 33g

PointsPlus® value 7*

Steak 'n Shake's Portobello 'n Sausage Skillet

Mistake 'n Shake...

Is it port-o-bell-OH or port-a-bell-AH? To-MAY-to or to-MAH-to? EE-ther or EYE-ther? Let's call the whole thing off -- there are much more pressing issues at hand. Specifically, this incredibly tempting but fat-tastic skillet o' breakfast. Low-calorie items like mushrooms and onions can't save a meal that's full of fatty sausage, eggs, cheese, and more. (Get this: The ingredients list actually includes mayo... Ewww!) This sizzling b-fast platter packs more than 1,000 calories and almost 90 grams of fat. AND it comes with your choice of toast, a bagel, or a buttermilk biscuit. (You know, because a ginormous skillet breakfast clearly isn't complete without some extra carbs.) Ponder that for a bit, pick your jaw up off the floor, and take a look at the recipe we came up with. It's got all the savory goodness and giganticness of the original, yet it doesn't contain quadruple-digit calories and way more fat than anyone needs. So, HG or Steak 'n Shake? Hmmm... we'll leave that one up to you.

Serving Size: 1 skillet
Calories: 1,040
Fat: 87g
Sodium: 1,500mg
Carbs: 27g
Fiber: 3g
Sugars: 5g
Protein: 37g

PointsPlus® value 28*

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