Cheeseburger Fried Rice
Cheeseburger Fried Rice
Cheeseburger Fried Rice recipe is great for when you’re craving fast food or take out, because you can satisfy your craving using only a fraction of the calories. Hey guys I get it, kids are back in school, and vacation season is over. Fast food and take out are a delicious and easy way to feed the family. But an average cheeseburger is around 600 calories and fried rice is usually 750, yikes! So instead of driving through McDonalds or giving your favorite Chinese restaurant a call, just take 20-35 minutes (all you really need to do for this recipe is to mix all the ingredients in a skillet over heat) and whip up some cheeseburger fried rice for half the calories.
So how do we create this delicious miracle? We substitute healthier ingredient options like cauliflower rice for their higher calorie doppelgängers. Depending on your budget or free time, you can either make your cauliflower rice by placing roughly chopped cauliflower in a food processor and blending until a rice like consistency is formed, or you can buy it pre-made. Please see my grocery price comparison chart below to help make your decision. Cauliflower rice is a super star ingredient btw. Not only have I substituted it for regular rice but I’ve also used it for making pizza crust, and stuffing for thanksgiving recipes too. Stay tuned, because there will definitely be a cauliflower rice blog post in the future!
Cheeseburger Fried Rice Recipe
- 5 cups of roughly chopped cauliflower or 3 3/4 cups of cauliflower rice (about 1 bag from Trader Joe’s or 2 containers from Publix if buying pre-made)
- olive oil spray
- 1 lb. raw extra-lean ground beef (4% fat or less)
- 1 chopped onion
- 1 tsp. garlic powder
- 1 tsp. onion powder
- 1/4 tsp. each of salt and black pepper
- 1/3 cup light/reduced-fat cream cheese
- 1/3 cup shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese
- 3 Tbsp of ketchup
- 1 Tbsp yellow mustard
- 1 cup chopped tomatoes
- 1/4 cup chopped dill pickle chips (I omit these because I don’t like pickles, but I know some of you can’t imagine a world with pickleless burgers so here you go.)
- sesame seeds (optional topping)
- If starting with roughly chopped cauliflower, pulse in a food processor or blender until reduced to riced-sized pieces. You may need to work in batches here.
- Bring a large skillet sprayed with olive oil to medium high heat. Add cauliflower rice, beef, onion, and seasonings. Cook and crumble until veggies have mostly softened and beef is cooked through, 8-10 minutes.
- Reduce heat to medium-low. Add cream cheese, cheddar, ketchup, and mustard. Cook and stir until cheeses have melted and entire dish is hot and well mixed, about 2 minutes.
- Top with tomatoes, pickles and sesame seeds if desired.
- Divide evenly amongst 4 sealable microwaveable containers. Seal with lids and refridgerate until ready to re-heat and enjoy.
I found this recipe in the 2018 summer issue of Hungry Girl magazine. It has 297 calories, 11g of total fat, 6g of saturated fat, 702 mg of sodium, 19g of carbs, 4g of fiber, 10g of sugars, 31g of protein.
Below is a link to a chart of price comparison grocery stores. When reviewing this chart, keep in mind that the prices may have changed slightly from when I visited these stores. Whole Foods only offers organic options, and also offers coupons and cash back programs to its Amazon Prime members. The Target prices do not include the 5% red debit card discount, cartwheel offers (since these change weekly), or the $0.05 off per bag for any bags used from home. Also be sure to check Publix’s current bogo list. If you really desire convenience both Publix and Target offer delivery, and Target also offers buy online/store pick up too (this is a great way to stick to a budget).
Please keep in mind that the prices for the cauliflower for Whole Foods, Aldi and Target are for heads of cauliflower since cauliflower rice wasn’t available at these stores. Also I use the Simply Balanced ketchup from Target since it has less sugar than other popular brands.
At the end of a long day fast food and take out can seem so enticing. What are some of your favorites? I’d love the challenge to try to recreate healthier versions of some of your favorites.
Are you craving a little McMuffin action for your morning commute to school or work? Try out the Avocada EggaMuffin instead.