I will be writing a new series that will post every Friday called Take Out Fake Out. The idea is that I whip up some of your favorite ‘junk food’ items and make them into a healthier- paleo way! Besides saving your arteries, it will also save you the cost of a takeout meal for you family.
First on the menu is Cheeseburger Nachos. This idea came to me when Corey and I were running errands last Saturday. I was craving a hoagie (that’s what we call it in Philly where Wawa reigns as king) and needed to find a way to satiate the craving without actually eating the sandwich. This recipe is definitely a keeper for our weekly rotation!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 35 minutes (this is not stand over the stove and slave cook either folks- this is pop that sucker in and walk away cook)
1/2 pound of grass fed beef
1 organic onion (preferably a sweet onion)
2 large sweet potatoes
1/2 grass fed cheese (Cabot cheese is always a good choice for real-unprocessed cheese)
Preheat your oven to 425 degrees
While the oven is warming thinly slice each sweet potato into little round medallions. If you have a mandolin, this is extremely helpful since the slices become very thin. Once the sweet potatoes are chopped, dice the onion into small pieces.
Toss the sweet potatoes in a little bit of Olive Oil and salt and pepper, place them on a cookie sheet and bake for 35 minutes. Bake until they look crispy and dry.
In a sauté pan, add the ground beef and cook until almost entirely brown. Then add the onion and mix with ground beef.
While the meat and onion is cooking, shred the cheese into a bowl for easy topping at the end. Continue to stir and cook the meat mix until the onion is translucent. Once the meat mix is fully cooked, remove from heat.
Remove the sweet potatoes from the oven and place on a plate. Top with meat mix and finally add the cheese as the final layer. If you want your cheese to melt, place the cheese on top of the meat mix in the pan and add the lid. This will trap the heat to melt the cheese and you can scoop layers all at once.
This is a meal the whole family will love! You can sub out sweet potatoes for regular potatoes, beef for ground turkey and use any type of cheese you would like! The sky is the limit!
Question of the Day: What is your favorite take out food?