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Tasty recipes to tawk about at cawfee break

Lower-Fat Cheeseburger Casserole Recipe

cheeseburger casserole

cheeseburger casserole

cheeseburger casserole slice

In honor of National Cheeseburger Day, here is my version of a lower-fat cheeseburger casserole. I threw this together one day and, if I do say so myself, it kicks butt. Since I have a habit of not measuring, I’ll do my best with the amounts on the ingredients list. Your kids will love this. It tastes like a McDonald’s cheeseburger and fries–sans the 500 lbs. of fat per mouthful, that is. Okay, here we go:

Ingredients:

1 lb lean ground beef
1 can tomato paste
1 large onion
1/4 cup ketchup
2 T yellow mustard
2% American cheese slices
salt & pepper to taste
16 oz. jar of small round dill pickles
1.5 lb. steam-in-the-bag Yukon Gold potatoes

Directions:

Cook onions in a pan with a bit of oil until soft. Add beef and cook until brown. Stir in tomato paste, salt and pepper, ketchup and mustard. Meanwhile, cook the steam-in-bag potatoes in the microwave as per the directions on bag. Cut up cooked potatoes and line a greased 7″ x 11″ pan with them. Add meat mixture. Cover surface with American cheese slices. Bake at 350º F for 20 mins. or so until cheese has melted. Top with pickles and serve.

You’ll want to bring this to your next Super Bowl or tailgate party.

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Eggs Benedict Casserole

Eggs Benedict Casserole

Eggs Benedict Casserole

This is not only a company-worthy breakfast but also a great dinner.  I have tweaked this recipe from one I found in a magazine a few years ago. I also don’t add butter and use low-fat or skim milk in the Hollandaise sauce to delude myself about the calorie consumption.  I believe I may have forgotten to add the spinach to the casserole pictured above but, in my defense, I recently turned 50 so what do you expect?

Ingredients

2 pkgs. Hollandaise sauce mix (I think Knorrs brand tastes the best.)
A dozen eggs
1 tsp. minced fresh rosemary
2 cups baby spinach
1½ cups cut up Canadian bacon or ham
1.5 lb. steam-in-the bag potatoes (I prefer the Yukon Gold.)
3 sliced plum tomatoes

Directions:

Prepare the Hollandaise sauce according to the package. (Like I said, I use low-fat or skim milk and omit the butter.) Let the sauce cool and thicken a bit and then whisk it with 2 of the eggs and the rosemary. Meanwhile, microwave the steam-in-the-bag potatoes.  Once the potatoes are cooked, spread them out on the bottom of a 13″ x 9″ pan and mash them a bit with a fork. Mix together the remaining 10 eggs in a bowl with a whisk. Pour the eggs over the potatoes. Lay the baby spinach and the tomatoes on top. Pour the Hollandaise sauce over everything. That’s it! Bake uncovered for 30 minutes in a 350ºF oven and you’re good to go. I often make this the night before and let it sit on the counter for a bit in the morning before baking.