Sausage Chili Cheeseburger Awesomeness

Had lunch today at a local burger joint called Ron’s. Ask just about anyone in Northeast Oklahoma where to get a great burger, and their response is likely to include Ron’s. (There are several great burger joints in these parts.)

I believe their Sausage Chili Cheeseburger is pure genius. I used to eat at the original Ron’s, which was a little, bitty shotgun building with a grill on one side and barstool seating down the center. The best part (aside from the food) of eating there was watching Ron run that grill! Talking to Ron (and the primary waitress – his daughter Rhonda), I learned a few things.

The burger is made with half hamburger meat and half sausage mixed together and seasoned with their own seasoning mix. I’ve tried this at home and it’s delicious. I season mine with a sprinkle of seasoning salt, a little garlic salt and a bit of onion powder.

The patties at Ron’s are smashed as thin as possible. While the meat is cooking, The bun is sitting on the grill with a pot lid over it, getting hot and steamy. The meat is grilled with minced onion. Mmmm.

When the burger was almost finished cooking, Ron would add pepper jack/colby mixed cheese and put the pot lid over the patty to get that cheese fully melted.

It’s plated on the bun with mustard, dill pickle, and diced raw onion.

Lastly, a big ladle of their award-winning chili is poured over the entire thing, plus an extra sprinkle of cheese. Pure genius, I’m telling you.

If you go to Ron’s to get one, be sure to order a chilled mug of Root Beer to go with it! And if you try making these at home, the Root Beer and burger together will get you a standing ovation from your family and friends.


Orange Tea HCG Ice Pops

Constant Comment tea is a favorite around here, and it makes a great beverage while doing the HCG diet. Constant Comment has an orange spice flavor to it. It comes in caffeinated or de-caf versions. For those who enjoy sweet tea, try adding Orange flavored liquid Stevia. It’s delicious hot or iced.
To make HCG ice pops, brew Constant Comment and add liquid Orange Stevia. Taste to ensure tea is strong and sweet. Once frozen, it won’t taste as strong or sweet. Pour into ice pop molds or small cups. If improvising with small cups, cover with small pieces of foil, cut a slit in the foil and insert sticks. The foil will hold the sticks upright. Freeze until solid, at least 4 hours.

Musings on Green Bean Casserole

I had to talk one of my kids through making green bean casserole yesterday and it got me to thinking. Everyone knows the basic recipe, but the best ones aren’t made according to that recipe. It’s actually pretty boring:

2 Cans green beans (french style is better)
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 Small can fried onions
Mix beans, soup and half the onions. Pour into casserole dish and bake at 350 for about 30 minutes. Pour remaining onions on top and bake another 5 minutes or so until onions are browned a bit.

I always add a splash of milk when mixing the ingredients. It makes a little extra sauce in the casserole and it makes it easier to mix the ingredients. I also add either finely diced onion or minced onion or onion powder.

If I remember, I add about 4 drops of Tobasco. It doesn’t make the dish hot. It just adds an extra something to the spicing. I generally add either sliced fresh mushrooms or a small can of sliced mushrooms.

I know several people who add chunks of Velveeta. Yummy!

This is a very new blog so not many people are reading it yet, but I wanted to ask – what extras do you like in a green bean casserole?

Steakhouse Buffalo Burger makes a special dinner, even on a diet (HCG)

The best diet dinner for a romantic holiday like Valentine’s Day or an anniversary is our Steakhouse Buffalo Burger! It’s a smaller version of dinner at a steak restaurant and the buffalo meat is delicious and very filling. You’ll feel like you cheated even though you didn’t! This recipe complies to the HCG Protocol. If you are following a less stringent diet, you could make the burgers a bit bigger or add other vegetables to the side. When working on a low carb maintenance, we like to put a dollop of bacon grease in the pan to saute the vegetables and add a few ounces of sliced cabbage. Mmmm.

Steakhouse Buffalo Burger

Dinner for two

7 ounces ground buffalo

4 ounces sliced baby portabella mushrooms

4 ounces chopped sweet onion

1/2 teaspoon onion salt

1 teaspoon garlic and herb seasoning

1 teaspoon seasoning salt

Mix onion salt, 1/2 teaspoon garlic and herb seasoning and 1/2 teaspoon seasoning salt into buffalo meat, then divide into two patties. Cook over medium high heat in nonstick skillet until almost cooked through. Slide burgers to side of skillet and place mushrooms and onions on the other side. Add 1/2 teaspoon garlic and herb seasoning and 1/2 teaspoon seasoning salt. Stir to distribute seasonings and cook until onions clarify.

(Ground buffalo is available at many upscale grocery stores. It is very lean and much tastier than the lean hamburger meat. Buffalo meat has great taste and texture. It generally comes in one pound packages. For ease of preparation, you can double the meat spices in this recipe and divide the meat into five patties. Cook all patties together, removing those that are not needed when they are almost cooked through. Refrigerate and reheat later. It’s best to cook the onions and mushrooms fresh when you reheat the burger. Use about 2 ounces of mushroom and 2 ounces of onion per burger.)


25 Quick and Easy HCG Recipes Book Expanded

Fajita Lime Chicken Salad

The newly expanded version includes 10 great new recipes, new tips and tricks to make following the HCG protocol easier, and 10 new color photos!
The title is unchanged, but the book now has 35 recipes. All recipes comply exactly to the HCG diet rules.
We just had to add these new recipes after a recent round of dieting because the Fajita Lime dishes are our new favorites! Everyone is GaGa over the Steakhouse Buffalo burgers, too. Garlic shrimp and Mustard Vinaigrette Chicken Salad remain on our lists of favorites as well.
The expanded version is live now at Amazon. It should be available at the other major online bookstores in about a month. We distribute to Barnes and Noble, Apple, Kobo and Sony through a book distributor called Smashwords, and unfortunately it takes 3 to 4 weeks for new books to filter through the system and become available.

HCG Garlic Shrimp

This recipe is from 25 Quick & Easy HCG Recipes, which also includes an overview of the diet and directions for following the diet.

This delicious recipe is also great for anyone trying to maintain a low-fat or low-carbohydrate diet. For anyone not on the HCG diet, this dish is delicious with expanded vegetables. Feel free to add your favorite vegetables found in Asian dishes, such as carrot slices, edamame, water chestnuts, or baby corn. Also, a splash of Teriyaki adds an extra delicious dimension. (These additions are not allowed on HCG.)

Garlic Shrimp

2 ounces cabbage, shredded

2 ounces onion, diced

3-3.5 ounces shrimp

1/4 teaspoon garlic & herb seasoning mix

1/4 teaspoon seasoning salt

1/4 teaspoon roasted garlic or minced garlic

Pepper, to taste

1/2 teaspoon rice vinegar, optional

1 tablespoon water

Combine all ingredients except rice vinegar and roasted garlic in a nonstick skillet or sauce pan over medium heat and cook, stirring occasionally until cabbage is softened a bit but not soggy. If you prefer your cabbage a bit crunch, hold it out until onion begins to clarify. When other ingredients are cooked, add roasted or minced garlic and stir through, cooking another minute or so. Be careful not to brown or scorch the garlic.

If using raw shrimp, put them in skillet first until they turn pink and then add remaining ingredients. To keep the dish hot while eating, pour it into a small bowl. For extra zing, add a splash of rice vinegar and stir to mix.

Tips and Options: If you aren’t a big onion lover, try this dish with 3 ounces shredded cabbage and 1 ounce diced onion. You will have slightly more volume of vegetables and still have plenty of taste! You could even make the dish with 4 ounces of cabbage and no onion. The garlic keeps that taste going!

Semi-Homemade Soup for a Winter’s Day

It’s a cold and blustery Sunday here and the weather has me thinking about soup. There are few things more comforting and warming in this kind of weather. Last winter I had a delicious bowl of soup at a friend’s house, and when I asked for the recipe, I was stunned to discover how easy this soup is to make. It’s cheating, sort of, because it starts with canned soup, but the final result is wonderful.

It also makes enough soup to have leftovers for lunches this week! Give this soup a try. Big thanks to Kim M. for sharing this great recipe.

7 Can Soup

3 cans hearty minestrone soup

2 cans stewed tomatoes, diced

2 cans ranch style beans

1 can Rotel diced

1 pound Velveeta

1 tablespoon Worcestershire

1 tablespoon garlic salt

Brown 1 1/2 lb ground beef (or turkey) with 1 chopped onion. Drain. Add remaining ingredients. Good with grated cheese and Fritos on top.

Recipe – C.C.’s Salsa

We think is the best Salsa recipe around! It’s great by itself with chips, on any Mexican food, or to spice up your HCG meals! In the winter, when the fresh tomatoes lack flavor, try using 3 or 4 cans of tomatoes with few or no fresh tomatoes. Still delicious!

C.C.’s Salsa
16 medium tomatoes (whole or diced canned tomatoes may be substituted)
2 14.5-oz. cans stewed tomatoes
1 medium to large onion
1 tablespoon sliced red jalapeno peppers (mince them)
3 tablespoons granulated garlic (can use minced garlic, but granulated is better)
1-2 tablespoons salt, to taste
1 bunch of cilantro leaves, no stems

Blend ingredients together in food processor. This works better if you chop the onion, and run it through the processor with some tomatoes for liquid. If your onion is too hot, a dash of sugar may be added to offset.

Taste it after it is all blended and stirred together. Depending on your tomatoes, you may want a bit more salt and garlic. A sprinkle of garlic salt over the whole batch may be just what is needed if it isn’t extremely delicious.

Makes about a gallon. Lasts at least a week in refrigerator. Recipe can be cut in half, but this stuff is addictive and you will likely wish you had made the full recipe!

This recipe is included in 25 Quick & Easy HCG Recipes and Touchdown Treats!

George Washington Carver’s 8 Cardinal Virtues

George Washington Carver’s 8 Cardinal Virtues. Worth attempting!

1. Be clean both inside and out.

2. Neither look up to the rich or down on the poor.

3. Lose, if need be, without squealing.

4. Win without bragging.

5. Always be considerate of women, children, and older people.

6. Be too brave to lie.

7. Be too generous to cheat.

8. Take your share of the world and let others take theirs.

This is such a great list of character-based goals! GW Carver was an amazing person for so many reasons, but this list still stuns me.