Why this blog??

Why this blog?? I often find myself stressing over what to make for my family for dinner. We live a busy life and some meals need time to prep, cook and let's not forget shopping for everything you need. I love cookbooks and websites, but there are so many recipe's at times it is overwhelming. The recipe's I will be posting are things I actually made. I will tell you if they are easy or more time consuming. I will also tell you if they are good. Most of these are recipe's I have made for years and continue to make because they are easy or quick and my family loves them and i know yours will too! I will also try to at least once in a whlie try a new recipe I've found on line or in a book and honestly rate it. I always encourage others to send me their favorite recipe's as well! I am a mom... not a chef. But I am a mom who enjoys cooking for her family and making a somewhat healthy meal (some days more healthy than others:) ) In each recipe I will share how I recommend serving it, any substitutions I can think of that are also good, or ways to prepare ahead of time to make the cooking part seem quicker! I am not a photographer, as you can see... most of these pictures are taken from my phone camera, so may not be the best! I love to hear from others who have made these recipes and what they have done to change the recipe... please post comments! Thank you! To "like" me on facebook, go to this link... It's What's Cookin

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Cheeseburgers... McD's style

We love burgers, but I don't always want to get out the grill. Plus I LOVE McDonalds burgers. Wish I didn't, but I do. So making a cheeseburger that tastes as good as McD's, but MUCH healthier (and I know exactly what is in it) is a huge hit in this family!

Serves 8 cheeseburgers
*1 lb lean ground beef (i use organic grass fed ground beef. You can taste the quality!)
*8 hamburger buns (I like Sara Lee Soft & Smooth Whole Grain White buns)
*Classic yellow mustard
*2 T dried onion flakes
*1/2 Cup boiling water
*16 dill pickle slices
*8 thin slices deli american cheese

1)Put the dried onion flakes into the boiling water and let sit till rehydrated and no longer crunchy
2)Take meat and make 8 balls. Flatten each ball with your hand or wax paper till 1/8 inch thick
3)Brown faces of buns in fry pan over medium heat. Remove buns and in same pan cook burgers about 2 mins per side- salt each side to taste
4)On top bun, spread ketchup, mustard and onion in that order and add two pickle slices.
5)Put beef patty on bottom bun. Place cheese slice on top of patty. Quickly slap top bun on. Microwave for 15 seconds (until cheese melts).

We serve with Ore-Ida brand french fries or tater tots on the side. You could always do healthier sides too, such as corn on cob, baked beans or a dinner salad. Enjoy!

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