Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Olympus trials

Take this Red Robin:

My very own Mount Olympus Burger.

Sure, it doesn't have 900+ calories (which I estimate for yours). It doesn't have a real Ciabatta bun. And it doesn't come with an endless basket of fries.

But it does have something you don't: a guilt-free conscious.

I spotted the Mount Olympus Burger on the burger chain's website after Mark suggested the joint for a lunch outing. He was in the mood for a burger. (He's always in the mood for a burger, if you ask me.) I went on the website to check out the menu, which surprisingly (not) failed the Healthy Strides test, and was drooling on first sight.

Feta cheese.

Spinach dip.

Garlic mayonnaise.

Come. To. Momma.

Then I suggested to Mark that we go to Chipotle where I could get a veggie fajita bowl. As I savored the guacamole, I couldn't get the burger out of my mind and vowed to make my own version.

Healthy Strides Conquers Mount Olympus Burger

1/4 pound ground turkey breast or lean ground beef
Salt, to taste
Pepper, to taste
Garlic powder
Dash Worcestershire sauce
One serving from Hungry Girl's Rockin' Restaurant Spinach Dip (I made this with LOW-FAT ingredients - not fat-free - because FF items taste like doody)
Sandwich toppings (lettuce, tomatoes, red onion)
Whole-wheat bun

Sprinkle meat with salt, pepper, garlic powder and a dash of Worcestershire sauce. Gently mix the meat - but not too much - and form into a patty. Cook over medium-high heat for 4 to 5 minutes on a side ... or however you like to cook your burger. In a separate skillet, toast bun. Spread bottom of bun with spinach dip, top with cooked patty and add any fixins you like. Sit down and chow.

You could, of course, add feta as Red Robin does but I'd definitely forget the mayo. The spinach dip definitely acts as a sauce.


  1. Oh that looks so good!! Please come to my house! haha :)

  2. YUM-YUM!!!! Dang girl - Rachel Ray ain't got nothin' on you!