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Cajun Sirloin Burgers

Journal as: 1 "sandwich and burger, moderate-fat meat."

Serve these spicy ground sirloin or turkey burgers on a whole-grain bun dressed with lettuce, tomato, and red onion and the barbecue sauce of your choice.

1 pound ground sirloin (extra-lean ground beef); or substitute ground turkey with about 6% fat
3 tablespoons dry Italian breadcrumbs
3-4 tablespoons egg substitute
3 green onions, chopped
1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning
1 tablespoon prepared mustard
4 slices (4 ounces) reduced-fat Jack or mozzarella cheese
4 whole-grain buns
1/4 cup barbecue sauce of your choice
4 lettuce leaves
4 large tomato slices
About 12 rings of red onion

  • Preheat grill to high.
  • In an 8-cup measure, blend the ground meat, breadcrumbs, egg substitute, green onions, Cajun seasoning, and mustard by mixing with your hands. Form into 4 patties, by hand or with a patty press.
  • Lightly coat the grill grate with canola cooking spray. Cook the patties 5 minutes per side, or until well done. Place a slice of the cheese on each burger, and allow to melt.
  • Serve the burgers on whole-grain buns dressed with barbecue sauce, lettuce, tomato, and onion.

Makes 4 servings.

Per serving: 420 calories, 35 g protein, 39 g carbohydrate, 14 g fat (6 g saturated fat, 6.3 g monounsaturated fat, 1.4 g polyunsaturated fat), 46 mg cholesterol, 5 g fiber, 800 mg sodium. Calories from fat: 30%.

Grilled Eggplant and Pepper Goat Cheese Sandwiches

Journal as: 2 slices bread + 2 servings vegetables + 1/2 ounce regular cheese + 1 serving olives

1 red bell pepper
1 eggplant, cut lengthwise into 1/4 inch slices
3 tablespoons low-fat bottled Italian or balsamic vinaigrette
8 slices of whole grain bread (or use a French baguette sliced lengthwise)
2 ounces soft goat cheese
1/4 cup tapenade (bottled olive spread available in grocery specialty sections)

  • Preheat the grill.
  • Cut the top off the bell pepper; discard the rind and seeds. Cut pepper into quarters. Brush low-fat bottled Italian or balsamic vinaigrette on eggplant slices and bell pepper pieces.
  • Place the eggplant slices and bell pepper pieces on a grill coated with canola cooking spray. Grill about 6 inches from heat until tender and slightly browned (8-10 minutes), turning after 4-5 minutes.
  • Spread 4 bottom slices of bread with goat cheese, then tapenade. Top the tapenade with slices of eggplant and a piece of red pepper, then top with remaining slices of bread.
  • Cut each sandwich into 2 or 4 triangles (if using whole-grain bread) and serve.

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