Thursday, February 20, 2014

Grilled PB & Apple Sandwich and a Better Bacon Cheeseburger

I want to share with you a couple of things I've cooked up this past week.  The first was something that I thought up for a quick lunch over the weekend; a grilled peanut butter and apple sandwich.  It was an absolute hit with my husband and daughter.


Ingredients:
  • 2 slices of Weight Watchers bread
  • 2 tbsp of Kraft Whipped Peanut Butter
  • sliced apple
  • light cooking spray

Spread a tbsp of peanut butter on each slice of bread, stick a few apple slices on there (I sliced my apple perfectly with the very handy dandy Simple Slicer from Pampered Chef), and close the sandwich.  Lightly spray the outsides of the sandwich with the cooking spray and grill in a frying pan until both sides are nicely browned.  That's it!  Quick, tasty and good for you!

You may be tempted to substitute the Kraft Whipped Peanut Butter with Kraft Light Peanut Butter.  Don't do it.  The light PB is more calories and carbs than the whipped.  The fat and protein are the same in both.  Whipped PB is your better choice for a truly light PB.


The second thing I want to share with you is Tuesday night's supper.  I have never in my life made hamburgers from scratch, and it's something that I really wanted to give a try since the majority of pre-prepared hamburger patties are shockingly fattening.  I tossed a few things together and the result was an absolutely delicious burger which is far more satisfying than any burger you'll find in a fast food restaurant or in the frozen section in your local supermarket.  Instead of fries for the side, I made Roasted Carrots & Parsnips, a Weight Watchers recipe.  They worked perfectly, because they are fry-like, but much more colourful, and tastier!


For 4 burgers

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb extra lean beef
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp Franks Red Hot sauce
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 4 Weight Watchers hamburger buns
  • 4 tbsp Helmann's Light mayonnaise 
  • 6 slices Maple Leaf Ready Crisp bacon
  • 8 thin slices of light marble or cheddar cheese 
  • mustard 

Throw the beef, egg, garlic powder, Franks Red Hot and black pepper together in a mixing bowl.  Smoosh all of it together and mix it up with your hands.  I use disposable vinyl gloves for this.  Shape 4 burger patties and throw them on the frying pan.  I cook them one at a time.  Lightly spray the frying pan first if needed.  I use Pampered Chef's Executive Cookware Saute Pan so I don't need the spray, 'cause nothing sticks to that baby.  Put a lid on the pan.  Keep an eye on the burgers and flip as needed.  The burgers are done when there is no more red -- poke a little hole in them if you need to.

Put the burgers on the Weight Watchers buns and top each with 1 tbsp mayonnaise, 2 thin slices of light cheese, mustard and 1 1/2 slices (all cut in half) of Ready Crisp bacon prepared according to the directions on the box.  Enjoy!


The benefits of making your own hamburgers at home are endless.  This is a true quarter pound of lean beef.  McDonald's Quarter Pounder is a quarter pound of beef before some of the grease is cooked away.  A fast food burger still tastes greasy.  A homemade burger is pure flavour.  

A typical restaurant bacon cheeseburger is around 24 PointsPlus, and the smaller fast food bacon cheeseburgers average 13 PointsPlus.  And the medium fries that you get to supplement the unsatisfying fast food burger averages 10 PointsPlus.   

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