While following the 21 Day Fix Nutrition (Ultimate Portion Fix to new Beachbody members) I have tried to make foods that are healthy but are fun to eat. I have a few “copycat” or “with a twist” recipes that I go to when I am craving takeout or restaurant food.
My Egg Roll in a Bowl recipe is the one I go to for a quick Asian food fix! http://grandnannyshouse.com/egg-roll-in-a-bowl-21-day-fix-style/
I have a great Copycat Wendy’s Taco Salad I make with my chili! http://grandnannyshouse.com/my-new-chili/
So what did I do when I was craving a Big Mac from McDonald’s?? I recreated that one too, in the form of a burger bowl.
Until the most recent updated food list from Beachbody came out, there was one thing that kept me from trying to “fix” a recipe for it. PICKLES. Pickles were off limits to 21 Day Fix followers. They just were nowhere on the food lists. They are now on the vegetable list! Without pickles though there was not a very good version of Thousand Island Dressing out there. In fact, for a long time mayonnaise wasn’t on the food lists either, but with the addition of both of these things I thought it was high time that there needs to be a “Fixed” version of Thousand Island Dressing now. I use the dressing as my “special sauce” dressing for my bowl.
Back to pickles… the other reason I needed them is that you can’t sing the “Big Mac song” without pickles, LOL! “2 all beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onion on a sesame seed bun”. Of course, we are leaving the bun off and going for a bowl. And I don’t use sesame seeds on my salad because I am unwilling to give up any of my dressing for my salad for them, as they occupy the one an only orange container we get.
You might ask why I named this recipe “Bigger Big Mac in a Bowl”? Well, I have always thought that the Big Mac needed some tomato added to it. I have in the past even brought it home and added tomato to it, giggled and called it a “Bigger Big Mac”… so the name was PERFECT for my recipe as I added tomatoes to my bowl!
When I started getting my recipe together I had planned to have 2R of burgers…”2 all beef patties” but Jeff came in and asked what I was making so I told him “Bigger Big Mac in a Bowl”. “I want one.”
If you knew how long I have wished he would try to start eating healthier you would understand how happy that made me!! So I let him have the second patty!
Building a basic salad and topping it with a fried burger is easy! I use super lean ground round and an iron skillet.
2 Green containers of veggies, 1 Blue of cheddar cheese, 1 Orange of pickles (to keep my serving size small, not counted as an Orange container…I just count the pickles in with my lettuce and veggies) and 1 Orange of “special sauce”/dressing.
I love this sauce!! If you mix the sauce up before you start your burger bowl it has time to blend/meld the flavors together…
Thousand Island Dressing (Special Sauce)
1 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons tomato sauce
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
2 teaspoons honey
2 tablespoons chopped dill pickles
2 tablespoons minced onion
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
Mix it all together.
Sometimes I add a little almond milk to it till I get it the thickness I want, usually 2 tablespoons or so.
You need to measure it in your orange container for the Fix.
I love a good chef salad with Thousand Island Dressing, so I will use this amount up pretty fast. I use it as a sandwich spread for a hot ham and cheese sandwich too. I store it in the fridge in a jar.
The new Ultimate Portion Fix food list means new recipes!!!!! WOOOHOOO!!!!!! I plan on creating more fun food to share with you!