fat, dumb, and happy

Yesterday and today we are paying homage to comfort food, foods that remind us of home-home. Typically comfort foods are never the best choice when trying to maintain a healthy diet however there are ways to revamp them.  Look at Paula Deen, her sons are making a fortune with “not my mama’s meals“; genius … because normal people don’t need 3 sticks of butter to make a meal “delicious”.

Josh had his pick of cheeseburger pie, something we had attempted a few months back trying to make a healthier version … it was a failure.  Thankfully this time it turned out fantastic and Josh was mumbling “fat, dumb, and happy” each time he took a bite. So glad “third time’s the charm” didn’t apply, I would have been really bummed if dinner was a tragic event.

Original recipe and then our changes …

  • 1 1/2 lb ground beef (we used ground turkey)
  • 1 diced onion
  • S & P (we used hamburger seasoning… it is a cheeseburger after all!)
  • shredded cheese of choice (we used monterey jack & cheddar)
  • Bisquick (we used a whole wheat baking mix)
    – follow the pancake recipe (we did 11-12), fits perfectly in a 9 inch dish
    – if you want less of a “topping”, make less pancake mix
  • oven at 400; 40 minutes

Follow the pictures so you know what to do:
Since I’d be teaching pretty much straight through the evening, we prepped everything in the morning & stored it in the fridge.  This way when I had my 2 hour window between lessons I could actually sit down and enjoy the meal 🙂 Prep took maybe 30 minutes, not bad! Yes, Josh helped … so once again he was allowed to eat 😉
– if prepping ahead of time: keep pancake mix in a separate bowl from ground meat until ready to cook … add it right before going in the oven.

So looking at the nutrition facts on regular Bisquick vs. whole wheat mix … it’s pretty equal, I see the biggest difference in the w.w. with less fat. Oh and I can actually pronounce all of the ingredients (in the w.w. mix); which we all know is always the better way to go.

**I made Josh eat a salad as well, to help counteract the carbs from the whole wheat mix … while the recipe itself wasn’t 100% diabetic friendly, you can add something like fresh veggies or a salad to make a balanced meal

Everyone in this house is having to learn a new way to eat. Geno is pissed at us because switched him to one of those bowls that is supposed to slow him down.  Needless to say he figured out an easier way to get his food … by flipping the bowl over. *face palm*

TONIGHT: my turn! corn moussaka
 … we’ve been bad this week; I’ll plan some seafood dishes next week to make up for it!

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