Breadless, Big-Impact, Portobello Burger
I have to admit, I still need to lose a few winter pounds. With our suddenly sunny weather, it's been pretty easy to focus on fresh fruit and vegetables. But after a penitent day of apples, carrots, and cottage cheese, I was feeling... well... deprived.
As I fixed my super-svelte son a vegetarian cheese burger, I couldn't help thinking it looked awfully good. So tonight's breadless, big-impact burger was my dietary answer to your standard vegetarian burger.
I broiled a large portobello, brushed with balsamic vinegar, 2 minced garlic cloves, and the drippiest drop of olive oil, upside down for 4 minutes. Turned it right-side up, brushed again with the marinade and broiled 3 minutes. Blotted the juices with a paper towel and topped with 1 microwaved Morningstar sausage pattie (chopped) and two slices of tomato, brushed with the balsamic marindade. Seasoned and topped with a sliver of Humboldt Fog cheese. Grilled 45 seconds.
Served on top of a handful of spinach that I had poured boiling water over to wilt.
Healthy, low-cal, high-protein, and it felt indulgent.