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Hungry Girl Today: 10.18.11

HG's Hungry Mac 'Bella Stack Burger

Baby Got Stack!

We FINALLY tackled the Big Mac! And by that we mean we took it on and made it over in typical HG fashion. At no point did any HG employees physically wrestle a Big Mac to the ground... that we know of. Enough silliness -- on to the recipe!

1 1/2 tbsp. fat-free Thousand Island dressing
1/8 tsp. granulated sugar
1/8 tsp. white wine vinegar
1 tsp. finely minced onion or 1/2 tsp. dried minced onion

2 portabella mushroom caps
1 1/2 small light hamburger buns (1 top and 2 bottoms), or HG Alternative!
1/4 cup shredded lettuce, divided
1 slice fat-free American cheese
1 tbsp. diced onion, divided
3 hamburger dill pickle chips

To make the sauce, combine dressing, sugar, and vinegar in a small bowl. Mix well. Stir in minced onion and set aside.

Bring a large skillet sprayed with nonstick spray to medium-high heat on the stove. Place mushroom caps side by side in the skillet, rounded sides down. Cover and cook until soft, about 4 minutes per side.

Place one bun bottom on a plate, and spread with half of the sauce. Top with half of the lettuce (2 tbsp.), followed by the cheese slice. Place one cooked mushroom cap on top, and sprinkle with half of the diced onion (1/2 tbsp.).

Spread remaining half of the sauce on the other bun bottom, and place it on the sandwich, sauce side up. Top with pickle chips and the remaining 2 tbsp. lettuce. Top with the remaining mushroom cap and remaining 1/2 tbsp. onion.

Add the bun top and open wide!


Serving Size: entire recipe
Calories: 234
Fat: 2g
Sodium: 946mg
Carbs: 45g
Fiber: 9.5g
Sugars: 12g
Protein: 14.5g

PointsPlus® value 6*

HG Alternative! Feel free to use 1 bun as opposed to 1 1/2 -- just spread the 2nd half of the sauce on top of the 1st cooked mushroom (instead of the middle bun piece). Then your burger will have 194 calories, 1.5g fat, 854mg sodium, 38g carbs, 7.5g fiber, 12g sugars, and 12.5g protein (PointsPlus® value 5*).

McDonald's Big Mac

Mac Is Whack...

It's been a pillar of the fatty-food community for years. It is so infamous that we've often invoked its name to punctuate just HOW heavy another food item is (e.g., "______ sounds harmless, but it has more calories than a Big Mac!"). People, this fast-food sandwich (le Big Mac, as the French call it) has 540 calories and almost 30 grams of fat! And yet, we never sought to make it over until now. Maybe it was the unnecessary amount of bread; maybe the two patties scared us off. But now, we've unearthed all the tools needed to re-create this towering classic. Light burger buns? CHECK. Portabella mushroom caps instead of burger patties? CHECK. Fat-free Thousand Island dressing as the base for our secret sauce swap? CHECK. Now that we've done it, we're not entirely sure why it took us so long. It was easy! And the fact that it's SO much lower in fat and calories means it's totally worth making. And worth all that time you spent waiting for a swap...

Serving Size: 1 burger
Calories: 540
Fat: 29g
Sodium: 1,040mg
Carbs: 45g
Fiber: 3g
Sugars: 9g
Protein: 25g

PointsPlus® value 14*

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