Monday, March 1, 2010

Meal Planner Monday: Burger Night with Sweet Potato Fries

Burgers are not a regular rotation on our menu, but I sure do get a craving for them once in awhile. I look at burgers kind of like a tossed salad - you can have a good 'ole traditional one or you can get creative and make it gourmet or add some not-so-typical toppings (google for ideas). Mike's favorite is BBQ Bacon Cheddar Cheeseburgers. Anyway you like your burger, staying home for a burger night saves money and allows you to keep the calories under control...
-Swap a restaurant burger for one made with lean ground beef or ground turkey
-Swap a thick milkshake for one made with lowfat ice cream, a fruit smoothie or chocolate milk.
-Swap regular fries for oven baked or even better...sweet potato fries
Cut a sweet potato (or yams work fine also) into "fries" (I just leave the skin on). Rub olive oil over a baking pan and over the fries. Bake until tender and brown. (I'm guessing I put them in the oven at 400 degrees about 30 minutes but you'll want to watch them because they can get dark brown very quickly). You can experiment with seasonings if you like them spicy - you can try this recipe.


Anonymous said...

Yummy! Make your husbands lots of these...don't ever make fish. (just a suggestion from a totally anonymous person).

Mom said...

Very cute, MIKE.

Sound like a good meal, Jen.

Dad would enjoy the burger next time we're there!!!hehe You could probably forget the fries for him though.