Friday, June 27, 2008

Chili-Cheeseburger in Paradise

Oy gevalt! Another weekend, another two barbecue/pool party invites. And one of the "chefs" this weekend has already informed me he will be grilling up uber-sloppy chili cheeseburgers for all attendees. How's a gal supposed to keep her, um, girlish figure between all burgers, brownies and potato salad plates? Summer truly is tough on the waistline.
According to Hungry Girl, a double chili-cheeseburger from Carl's Jr. is a whopping 1,050 calories and 61g fat. FOR SERIOUS??? That's a day's worth of points on Weight Watchers. Well, fortunately for us, HG is on the scene with a lower-cal version. On the guilt-free flipside, we've got the Chili-rific Cheeseburger with only 273 calories and 3g of fat.

1 small hamburger bun (light, if available)
1 Boca Meatless Burger, Original
1 slice fat-free American cheese
2 tbsp. low-fat veggie chili (like one by Boca, Amy's or Health Valley)
4 pickle slices/chips
2 tomato slices
1 onion slice
1 tbsp. mustard

Split bun in half and toast lightly. Layer pickles, tomato, and onion on the bottom half of the bun. Cook Boca patty according to the instructions on the box (either in a pan with nonstick spray, or in the microwave). Place burger over the veggies on the bun's bottom half. Prepare chili according to package directions. Top the burger with the chili and then the cheese slice. Slap the mustard onto the top half of the bun. Plop the bun top over the cheese and chili patty.

However, if you find it too difficult to talk the dudes manning the grill into whipping up a low-cal, meatless burger for you, here are a few more BBQ-friendly, sucralose-sweetened side dish recipes you can bring along to help ease the pain. Have a fab weekend!

Bean Trio with Citrus Cumin Dressing

Blue Cheese Coleslaw

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