Wednesday, October 22, 2014



A timeless meal – great on my hamburger buns. My recent SANDWICH THINS would be my preference for this recipe. I discovered that if you like you can leave the grated cheese out of the recipe for HAMBURGER BUNS (you can also use the bake mix with gelatin - the bake mixes are interchangeable) lower calories. You can also fill bell peppers with this mixture and bake in a moderate oven 25 minutes and then finally top with some cheese and bake to melt the cheese.

I made a version of my Artisan Hamburger Buns (Improved) in volume 2 of Low-Carbing Among Friends, in which I used spreadable cream cheese and left the shredded Monterey Jack cheese right out of the batter.  This makes for a less calorific bun (rises slightly less high and is less robust), a very tender texture, and, basically a much less expensive bun!  So, although I love the original recipe, this one hit the spot  perfectly and made me feel better about the calories too - It was good!  This meal is moderate in carbs (on account of the tomatoes and the bun) and doesn’t make our usual less than 10 grams of net carbs per serving.  However, many of us would be able to enjoy this recipe.

1 lb lean ground beef (0.45 kg)
Bacon fat (optional)
1/2 red or green pepper, chopped (optional)
1 tsp crushed garlic (5 mL)
1 tsp Montreal steak spice (5 mL)
14.5 oz can diced tomatoes (411 g)
2 tbsp tomato paste (30 mL)
Sugar substitute to equal 4 tsp sugar (20 mL)
1/2 tsp liquid smoke (2 mL)
1/4 tsp black pepper (1 mL)

In large frying pan brown ground beef over medium heat (in bacon fat, if necessary).  Add red or green pepper, crushed garlic and Montreal steak spice.  Stir fry 2 minutes.  Add tomatoes, tomato paste, sugar substitute, liquid smoke and black pepper.  Simmer over medium low heat about 10 minutes, or until sauce is reduced to your liking.

Yield:   6 servings (5.2 grams without bun)
1 serving with 1 bun
386.6 calories
22.4 g protein
26.0 g fat
0.0 g fiber
11.5 g net carbs (with Sandwich Thins - 8.7 grams carbs)

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