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Big Mac Bowls


I had some ground beef that I took out of the freezer with the intention of making burgers or tacos one night. It didn’t happen. Nor did it the next day. Then my husband went out of town. I needed to use up this ground beef! I also had several other veggies I needed to use up. So I made some lunches for the work week inspired by Andie Mitchell’s Cheeseburger Salad with  Big Mac Dressing and the usual lunchtime Power Bowls {aka Throw Together Lunch} I often create after I learned of Anne’s Quick and Easy Meal Formula.


As a reminder, here is the basic formula for the bowls and what I used to create the bowls. This bowl is one that you warm in the microwave. Alternatively, you could make it salad by substituting romaine and just topping it with the hot beef later!

  1. Base – spinach
  2. Grain/Starch – cooked diced potatoes {mimicking fries, perhaps!?}
  3. Protein – cooked ground beef {You could add chopped bacon if you like that sort of thing on your burger.}
  4. Veggies – onions, tomatoes, baby bella mushrooms
  5. Fat – shredded cheddar
  6. Sauce – Big Mac Sauce: I recommend this one or Mel Jouwan’s Awesome Sauce from her cookbook Well Fed 2


And if you are looking for a recipe…

Big Mac Bowls

(Makes 4 bowls)


  • 4 cups spinach
  • 2 medium sized potatoes
  • 1/2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 chopped onion
  • granulated garlic, salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • Optional toppings:
    • sauteed mushrooms
    • diced onion
    • tomatoes
    • bacon
    • any veggie or topping you desire on a burger!
  • Sauce – Big Mac Sauce: I recommend this one or Mel Jouwan’s Awesome Sauce from her cookbook Well Fed 2.


  • Heat a pot of salted water to boiling.
  • Medium dice the potatoes and throw in the pot. Cook for 20 minutes until potatoes are tender, but not mushy. Drain.
  • While the potatoes are cooking, heat oil in a large pan. Add the onion and sautee until translucent.
  • Add the ground beef and season with plenty of salt, pepper and granulated garlic to taste. Cook until nicely browned.
  • Make the Big Mac Sauce. I recommend this one or Mel Jouwan’s Awesome Sauce from her cookbook Well Fed 2. There are several versions out there on the interwebs!
  • If you are making these bowls in advance for lunches, let the hot items cool before assembling.
  • Divide ingredients and assemble the bowls, layering in this fashion:
    • 1 cup chopped spinach
    • 1/2 cooked diced potato (1/4 of what you made)
    • 1/4 ground beef mixture
    • toppings
    • 2 Tbsp shredded cheddar cheese
    • 1 to 2 Tbsp Big Mac Sauce
  • Store in air tight containers in the fridge. When ready to eat, heat for approximately 2 minutes.

This all comes in around 400 – 500 calories depending on how lean your beef is and the kind and amount of toppings you use.

Here’s the not-so-pretty but oh-so-delicious photo of the end result after heating at work!



A Few Things I’m Lovin’ Right Now…


Last night I attempted to make Chana Masala. But it turned out more pasty than saucy. I guess I haven’t perfected the “pince” method yet. I think I may have forgotten to turn the heat way up during that step.

But there are a few things that I have been loving lately!

1) This Joe’s Special recipe

I had never heard of this San Franciscan dish until it was posted on Budget Bytes. It is now husband-approved and is going into our Recipe Arsenal! It’s also very easy and high in protein. You can make so many variations or even top rice or stuff it in a pita.



2) Snack Girl’s Chocolate Covered Strawberries

I made these for a Super Bowl party, thinking everyone would be bringing chips, dips and other savory delights. I thought this sweet treat might be a nice change of pace. They were a hit!



{Source: Snack Girl}



3) Sally Hansen Nailgrowth Miracle

Nailgrowth Miracle

I have been a nail biter all of my life. Everyone who knows me has never seen a fingernail tip of mine unless I have acrylics done for a special occasion. In a matter of days, and faithful every-other-day applications, my nails grew and became less brittle.


It’s a miracle!


This may look like nothing to you; but to me, it’s a Big Deal. Unfortunately, I don’t have a “before” picture. It’s probably better I don’t subject you with that anyway. Maybe you are fortunate after all.


4) Iowa Girl Eats Mini Salsa Turkey Loaves

…and this DIY breadcrumb recipe when all I had on hand was panko. I rarely ever buy breadcrumbs nor have anything other than frozen whole wheat bread on hand. I may never buy seasoned breadcrumbs again.


I usually don’t like meatloaf because of the ketchup. These Mini Salsa Turkey Loaves are a delicious change of pace. I thought they might be a bit dry, so I served mine with a little guacamole. Not needed at all! In fact, I’d probably just top with 1/2 Tbsp salsa next time. Now listed in my Recipe Arsenal!

5) Broccoli

Yes, you read that right. After over 30 years of not liking broccoli, I’ve succumbed to it’s nutritious value. I still have a hard time smelling it sometimes when it’s cooking. {I don’t think I could ever eat it steamed.} But after my luck eating it roasted this way and this way, I decided to do it by following the saute portion of this recipe by Lisa at 110 Pounds and Counting. I had something else cooking in the oven, so I needed a flavorful alternative to roasting. Success! Husband is happy.

6) Power Bowls

I am still in love with this versatile idea of using leftovers to create my lunches. For this particular Power Bowl, I used:


Two minutes in the microwave at work and voila – a tasty dish! The only thing I might do differently next time is add some chopped tomato for extra veg and color. If I had some Roasted Tomato Dressing made, that would have topped it nicely, too. I improvised with the cheese wedge: It melted nicely, creating a creamy sauce.

What are you loving lately?