Easy Cheddar Stuffed BBQ Burger Recipe

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CHEAP, EASY, HEALTHY EATS
Next weekend is the 4th of July – which brings to mind lovely summer evenings with fireworks, outdoor grilling, and family. I won’t have the opportunity to do any of those things next weekend, but I thought that shouldn’t stop me from grilling right now! I looked up tons of “easy burger recipes” and found a whole list of not just beef and turkey burgers, but also black bean, chickpea and portobello mushroom based burgers. It took me two days to decide what I felt like doing and I settled on this exciting recipe that promised patties stuffed with cheese and topped with caramelized onions and barbecue sauce. It also boasted being super easy and healthy. Again, I don’t know if you can call something super healthy if it’s been stuffed, but hey:)

CHEDDAR STUFFED BBQ TURKEY BURGERS
Hop over to Baker by Nature for this quick recipe and then hop back for loads of pictures, cost analysis and my final opinion.

The run-down:

CHEAP
I spent $6 on 92% lean beef, $1 on spinach (which I will also being using on the Strawberry Spinach salad from my prior post), $2.50 on buns, $0.88 on Kraft BBQ sauce. I already had a block of cheddar and all the herbs I wanted at home. That’s a total of $9.50 for 4 burgers, with tons of buns and spinach leftover.

EASY
The recipe on Baker by Nature included photos, and it really did look super easy. I think the hardest part for me was getting my charcoal grill to stay lit (haha, yeah, this was only the second time I’ve ever grilled in my life, and there is no one around to give me any tips. The first time, I googled it and found a super easy step-by-step guide for using small charcoal grills – I have a 14″ tabletop grill. The second time, today, I just winged it, figuring I;ve done this successfully once before, how hard could it be the second time around?) Needless to say, by the time I got the patties on the grill, only half the grill was lit for some reason, so I had to grill two patties at a time, HAHAHA. Oh well, it still worked, didn’t it?

HEALTHY
I used 92% lean beef, a block of cheddar cheese instead of Velveeta and Kraft slices, and Aunt Hattie’s Potato buns. Not exactly the healthiest choices, but you could easily make this healthier.

RECIPE IN ACTION
All in all, it was super easy to make – I chopped up my spinach and mixed it with the ground beef, herbs (salt, pepper, onion & garlic), and BBQ sauce. The patties stayed together perfectly.

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I did two stuffed patties and two unstuffed because I knew I would be refrigerating two of them for later. I will say this – the stuffed thing did nothing for me, and this is probably because I wasn’t using creamy, gooey Velveeta. I really wished I had just put slices on top.

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While the grill was lighting (or not lighting, as it were), I started the onions on the stove. By the time the grill was lit and the first two patties were done – so were the onions.

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Top the patty with some BBQ sauce and onions, and you’re good to go. They were so simple and so good – even my kiddo loved it. I loved the simplicity of what went into these patties, and the combination of the BBQ sauce and the caramelized onions made a flavorful contribution. This recipe was a total win, and I will definitely be making these again!

10 Cheap, Easy, Healthy Strawberry Recipes

Strawberries are in season, and there is never a better time to take advantage of the availability and cheapness of this fruit than now! If you didn’t get enough of the Low Calorie Angel Food Cupcake Dessert post, check out these easy and delicious-looking strawberry recipes below.

1. Strawberry Jam

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Check out this recipe on scatteredthoughtsofacraftymom.com. Only 3 ingredients and takes about 15-30 minutes from start to finish. We eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches in my house, and this homemade jam would be much healthier than the store-bought variety. I think I need to make this over the weekend….

2. Strawberry Dole Whip

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Brought to you by Chocolate-Covered Katie, “the Healthy Dessert Blog,” this recipe is perfect for summer. And with just 5 ingredients it is cheap, easy and healthy. It’s in the 100’sF here in the Arizona desert, and I want to make this dessert right nooooow.

3. Strawberry Rhubarb Pie… Or Strawberry Crisp?

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So this recipe, modified by Sugar & Spice by Celeste, could be either a strawberry rhubarb pie (which, I know a lot of people shy away when they hear “rhubarb,” but to be honest it’s not that bad! My step mom made this a lot when I was growing up and I loved it) OR you could leave out the rhubarb, add additional strawberries, and call it a strawberry crisp. Either way, it sounds like a win to me!

4. Dreamy Strawberry Scones

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Okay, so this one is not as easy or healthy as the other recipes I’ve been adding to the list, but Natasha from Natasha’s Kitchen had me at SCONE. And her title is very accurate – they are DREAMY. She guest-blogged on Better Homes & Gardens with this dream of a recipe, and I want to whip these up, brew some coffee and sit out on a patio where there’s a nice cool morning breeze blowing, preferably looking out over the ocean… *looks off in the distance*

5. Strawberry Banna Smoothie

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Doesn’t this look crisp and refreshing for summer? Ali over at gimmesomeoven.com touts this recipe, and it is super easy, clocking in at 5 minutes to make.

6. Fresh Strawberry Water (Or…Juice?)

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This looks even more refreshing than the smoothie above! Check out the recipe on savynaturalista.com for this delicious drink.

7. Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Crisps

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I love this idea – what a perfect summer dessert! You could make it healthier and just eat the fruit salsa with a spoon (but who is going to pass up those cinnamon crisps?) Check out the recipe at spendwithpennies.com.

8. Avocado Strawberry Spinach Salad with Poppyseed Dressing

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Okay, I know some people frown upon putting fruit in their salad, but it is delicious, and this super healthy salad can make up for the sugary desserts you really want to make with your strawberries. Check out this refreshing recipe over on gimmesomeoven.com.

9. Skinny Crunchy Stuffed French Toast

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I don’t know if you can call something skinny when it’s been stuffed, but I’ll take dessert for breakfast, thank you very much. Hey, blame it on strawberry season! Check out this recipe on Savory Nothings and make yourself a scrumptious Saturday morning breakfast.

10. Best Ever Strawberry Daiquiris

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And I would be remiss if I didn’t include something just for the adults (although sans rum the kiddos could participate, too). Check out this easy recipe over on unsophisticook.com.

Whew, I think I got a little carried away there – I can practically smell strawberries now, and I am starving. I already ate all my strawberries from my angel food cupcake day… I guess I need to go to the store!

Enjoy, and please let me know if you have any favorite recipes that weren’t featured here – I’d love to hear about it!

Low Calorie Angel Food Cupcake Dessert

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CHEAP EASY HEALTHY EATS
I am a Pinterest fiend by nature – anything that allows me to organize my brain in awesome little pictures that connect to even greater information is a win – and I have a board devoted to cheap, easy, healthy eats. Hey, I try to inspire the good stuff, even though I tend to fall back on greasy, cheesy tacos and enchiladas, which are my kryptonite.

Sometimes these healthy recipes turn out to be awesome, and sometimes they make me stand in the middle of my kitchen and laugh at what I’ve made.

So I thought, hey, maybe others could benefit from my experiments with these so-called cheap, easy, healthy recipes. I am specifically going to focus on recipes that meet the above three qualities – but I am going to chase after those that claim to be amazing, even though they are only 25 calories each! Shall we test the theory that if it sounds too good to be true, it generally is?

Our first contender actually looks really decent – they are regular-sized cupcakes, and if you enjoy angel food cake, this one’s for you (even if you don’t like it, but you are trying to calorie-count in order to lose weight, you should reconsider – especially if you can get the toppings just right!)

ANGEL FOOD CUPCAKES – 60 CALORIES EACH
Hop over to Eating on a Dime for this quick recipe and then hop back for loads of pictures, cost analysis and my final opinion.

The run-down:

CHEAP
Strawberries are in season right now, so YAY! I got a 1-lb container for $0.88, and they look amazing. Considering these are just a topper, I’ll have plenty left over for work snacks (bonus!).

I spent $6.46 total, but I had tons of leftover strawberries and cool whip, and was able to make 40 cupcakes. That’s $0.16 per cupcake, including the unused items, and these babies will last me and my kiddo all week.

If you wanted to go cheaper, you could leave out the cupcake liners (I didn’t have any in the pantry and had to buy some) and coat your pans with cooking spray or oil. Angel food cake is so delicate that I didn’t want to risk destroying the cupcakes in my attempt to remove them from the pan’s clutches, so I sprang for the extra $1.50. I also didn’t shop around for the angel food cake mix and bought a box for $2.99 – I’m sure you can find it cheaper!

EASY
I used a Betty Crocker box of cake mix, but you could make your own angel food batter if you wanted. For me, this is supposed to be easy, so just add water sounds good to me!

Four ingredients, 3 steps, 5 minutes prep and 8 minutes cook time? I’d call that EASY.

HEALTHY
So like I said, this recipe boasts under 60 calories per cupcake, which caught my eye. For a dessert, I’d say that’s a win! If these bad boys turn out half as good as they looked in the photo, I’ll have to try out her 80 calorie chocolate cupcakes, too!

RECIPE IN ACTION
So first things first, the items:

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Before I even preheated the oven, I cut up my strawberries into quarters and put them in a bowl with a little bit of water mixed with a bit of coconut sugar. I covered the bowl and put it in the fridge to sit awhile. You don’t have to do this, but it gives the strawberries an extra bit of sweetness.

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The cake mix doesn’t look like much, but when you add water it practically doubles in size!

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I filled my cupcake liners and popped them in the oven for the designated time, rotating the trays halfway through.

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As you can see, they shrank once they cooked and cooled –

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So, I’ve got like 40 cupcakes now, and I’m the only one here, hmmm. I ate three right off the bat. They are so light and fluffy, with just the right amount of sweetness from the strawberries and cool whip – and each one takes just two bites to devour.

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DECISION?

A total winner. I’d make these the next time I have a gathering for sure. Eating on a Dime has tons of content, and I totally suggest heading over there for other great ideas!