Wednesday, November 21, 2012


Twas the night before Thanksgiving, and all through the house... the smell of good food cooking, but before the feast, some simple food.  Last night we had hamburgers, and tonight it's hot dogs.

This burger turned out so good that I figured I should share it with you.  I only had 1 lb. of hamburger and needed to make it stretch, so I added some fillers and flavors and it turned out phenomenal.  I didn't say a thing to my family, but waited to see if they would say anything, which they normally aren't going to comment on my great cooking for just a hamburger!  But they both took a couple bites and began saying, "Boy this is good!" And the side of Smokey-Cheese Cauli-Mash was also wonderful.  How many recipes of mashed cauliflower can one have?  I have several, but I think this is my favorite now.  Will do this one again tomorrow for our Thanksgiving meal.  The salad is one I've shared before.  You can find the recipe here.


1  pound  lean ground beef
1/2 cup  almond flour
1/2 cup  parmesan cheese
2 large  eggs
1/4 cup  hot water
1 teaspoon  beef bouillon -- (or soup base, gluten free)
1 teaspoon  worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon  liquid smoke flavoring
1/2 teaspoon  instant coffee granules
1/2 teaspoon  onion powder
1/2 teaspoon  garlic powder

Preheat your grill.  In medium bowl, place ground beef, almond flour, Parmesan cheese, and eggs.  Mix together well.

In Measuring cup, combine water, beef bouillon, worcestersire sauce, liquid smoke flavoring, coffee granules, onion powder, and garlic powder.  Mix well.

Pour liquid into meat mixture and mix together well.  Cover and let sit on counter for 20 minutes.

Shape into 7 patties, 1/2 cup each, and grill.

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7 Servings/Per Serving: 266 Calories; 21g Fat (69.9% calories from fat); 17g Protein; 3g Carbohydrate; 1g Dietary Fiber


1 pound  frozen cauliflower -- (I use frozen but you can use fresh as well)
2 tablespoons  sour cream
2 tablespoons  butter
1 large  egg
1/2 teaspoon  onion powder
1/2 teaspoon  garlic powder
1 cup  smokey sharp cheddar, Hoffman's -- shredded
1 tablespoon  Real Bacon Bits
1/4 cup  Parmesan cheese

In microwavable bowl, place cauliflower and cover.  Microwave on high for about 10 minutes or until cooked soft.  (If you're using fresh cauliflower you need to add a little water.  You can also steam it if you prefer).

In food processor, add cooked cauliflower, sour cream, butter, egg, onion powder, and garlic powder.  Process until smooth.  Add cheese and process again until cheese is melted and mixed in thoroughly.

Spray a 1 quart casserole dish with non-stick spray.  Preheat oven to 375F.  Pour mashed cauliflower into prepared dish and sprinkle bacon bits on top, then cover with Parmesan cheese.

Bake 30 minutes.

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4 Servings/Per Serving: 343 Calories; 27g Fat (70.3% calories from fat); 17g Protein; 8g Carbohydrate; 3g Dietary Fiber--5 g usable carbs


  1. Ginny, I love adding almond flour to meatloaf, and I add about 1 cup to your sausage & cheese breakfast muffins; it really gives a soft texture, so it doesn't just taste like a hunk of meat. The parm is a great idea, too, and I add that in meatloaf, too.

    The mashed cauliflower really looks and sounds great.

    1. Thanks Luana! The sausage and cheese muffins were really supposed to be a mini meatloaf, that I made for dinner, haha, but that's a great idea! Thanks for sharing that. I'll have to give it a try. I love to hear everyone's ideas and what they do with my recipes! It's amazing how many ideas can evolve from another.



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