My Homemade Grilled Cheese BurgerMelt

A restaurant called Friendly’s was all over the news and internet yesterday after they announced a new burger on their menu named the Grilled Cheese BurgerMelt (pictured above). What makes this burger newsworthy is that it’s one of the unhealthiest meals ever dreamed up. It’s a cheeseburger made with a 100% angus beef patty, pepperjack cheese, lettuce and tomato and the traditional buns were swapped out with grilled cheese sandwiches.

This thing is ridiculous. It has 1,500 calories, 97 grams of fat (38 saturated), and 1,816mg of sodium. It has 54 grams of protein too, but that doesn’t matter when you put all of that other crap in your body.

I’ve never even heard of Friendly’s before and there aren’t any locations in Colorado, but I love grilled cheese sandwiches and I love cheeseburgers so I made my own. 😀

Here’s my recipe:

  • 4 Tbsp. of I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter
  • 1 Hamburger Patty
  • 3 Kraft Slices
  • Shredded Lettuce
  • 1 Tomato Slice
  • 4 Slices Wheat Bread
  • 1 Slice Swiss Cheese
  • 2 Tbsp. Fat Free Mayonaise

I cooked my hamburger patty on a George Foreman grill, but you can cook it in a pan or on any sort of grill you have around. While the hamburger was cooking, I had the grill cheese sandwiches cooking on a pan on the stove. I spread butter on one side of each slice of bread, and then let the cheese melt on top of one slice before putting them together.

Once everything was done, I put the hamburger on top of one of the grilled cheese sandwiches, placed the swiss cheese on top (I didn’t have pepperjack cheese), spread some lettuce over it and placed a slice of tomato on top of that. Then I spread the mayonaise on the bottom of the other grilled cheese sandwich and completed the burger melt. Here’s what it looked like.

I calculated the nutritional value of my version and here’s what I came up with:

Protein = 51.75g
Cals. = 1,239
Fat = 81.1g
Sodium = 1,816mg

That’s about 100 calories per bite!

It was actually really good and if it wasn’t so unhealthy, I’d probably make it again. I used fat-free mayo, low-fat swiss cheese, I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter and wheat bread and this thing is still one of the most unhealthy things I’ve ever eaten. Maybe I’ll make another one next year.

The Truth about Tryptophan

Live Turkey

After stuffing yourself silly of mashed potatoes, gravy, cornbread, wine, beer, and of course, turkey, it’s no wonder why your belly’s bloated and you’re ready for a good nap. The blame of needing a nap is never referenced to two or three plate full’s of grandma’s home cooking, but is instead blamed on the turkey’s tryptophan. But how much truth is there in all of this?

Tryptophan is actually a chemical that’s important to our health. Our body uses tryptophan to make serotonin, which is a chemical that helps to regulate sleep. Although turkeys do contain tryptophan, so does a lot of other meats- even cheddar cheese. And while different meats and cheeses contain the chemical, you don’t hear a connection to feeling sleepy after eating chicken or a grilled cheese sandwich, do you?

In essence, eating big meals with anything containing the chemical can make you sleepy. Adding the carb-heavy potatoes, veggies, bread and pie to the tryptophan…yeah, you would be pretty sleepy. And like many people, we starve ourselves to make sure we have enough room for the yummy dinner- tryptophan’s effect on serotonin is heightened when ingested on an empty stomach.

So, in all, turkey’s sleeping effects does have some truth to it, but over time, it has become largely over exaggerated. If you don’t want to be in a turkey and carb-induced coma after dinner tonight, don’t stuff yourself silly.

Happy gobble-gobble day!!

Everything Sounds Tasty

A friend of mine just launched a website, Zach is Still Hungry, which is basically a review site for food he’s eaten at various restaurants, bars, bakeries, etc. He lives in Colorado so most of the reviews are local, but he does seem to travel often and he also reviews restaurant chains, so anyone in the U.S. should get some good info.

He reviewed some food he had at one of his family members homes once, and it sounded really good. I told him that he should try to get the recipes and post ’em on the website, but there’s still nothing there, so I guess he didn’t have much luck. Oh well.

He makes everything he eats sound really, really good too, and I’m sure by the end of each post, you’ll be starving. Now I’m hungry thinking about his reviews. He updates the site regularly so check it out. As much as this guy eats, you’d be surprised that he’s not fat.

Animals That Vegetarians Can Eat

kitty food

If you’re trying to go on a diet, but you’re finding it tough to hold yourself back from eating the entire plate, you might want to consider visiting Japan. If you get one of these cute meals, you won’t want to stick your knife and fork into it. Who ever makes these does a great job.

Dangerous foods for our four legged friends

Fido

We know that we shouldn’t feed our dogs human food; either because we don’t want to spoil them, we don’t want them to start begging when we’re eating dinner, or because we don’t want them to have a poor and fatty diet. But many of us do it anyway.

You should stay away from feeding your dog human food not only for the above reasons, but because many everyday foods we eat are harmful, sometimes deadly to man’s best friend.

Mmmm, Guacamole. Tasty and good (high in healthy fats) for us- tasty but very harmful to our pets. Avocados contain a toxin called persin that can cause damage to the liver, heart, and other organs. Not only are avocados bad for dogs, but cats, birds, and most other animals.

Beer is bad for anyone in high doses- for obvious reasons. But even in the smallest amount, beer can cause liver and brain damage in dogs since they’re much smaller than us. Leave the drinking-yourself-into-a-coma to you and your buddies and not your pets.

In particular, walnuts and macadamia nuts are especially harmful. Effects from ingesting nuts can range from vomiting, paralysis, and even death. Just within 12 hours after eating nuts symptoms can start with not being able to stand or walk, vomiting, fever, weakness, and an elevated heart rate. The result can be worse if chocolate was added to the mix. That could cause kidney failure and may even lead to death.

You’ve probably heard this one before- don’t feed your dog chocolate. Chocolate contains theobromine- which is why you shouldn’t feed your dog this. This toxin can easily kill your pet if eaten in large quantities. It can also cause your pet’s heart to beat more rapidly or irregularly, which can have a deadly effect if he’s out being active and running around. Above all, dark unsweetened baking chocolate is the worse for little Fido. So if you want to lick the spoon after baking a delicious chocolate cake, make sure you don’t give any to your four legged friend.

Another sweet that has a bitter effect on pets is candy- or anything containing Xylitol. Xylitol is a sweetener found in many diet products. If consumed, it can cause a drastic and sudden drop in heart rate and if left untreated, this can cause our pets to die.

Coffee, tea, lattes, or anything with caffeine should not be given to our pets. Remember, because our pets are so much smaller than us, what effects us a certain way will surely effect our pets the same way, times 10. Caffeine is a stimulant that effects the animal’s central nervous and cardiac systems. This can cause heart palpitations and death depending on the amount of consumed.

Grapes and raisins, even just in a single serving, can cause kidney failure to an animal. If your dog ate grapes or raisins regularly, the toxins can build over time and can eventually kill your pet.

Onions are very common for anyone to have in the kitchen. Although great as a sautéed ingredient, onions are highly toxic to our pets. It can destroy the animal’s red blood cells which can lead to anemia, breathing difficulties and weakness.

We keep medicine away from our children, we should do the exact same with our pets. Besides obvious reasons as to why we should give out pets prescription medicine, the same goes with over the counter painkillers. We think we are doing out pets a favor if they’re in pain, to give them some Tylenol or ibuprofen. Acetaminophen and ibuprofen- the active ingredient in over the counter painkillers is extremely toxic to pets. Leading to gastric ulcers, kidney failure, and even death, leave the painkillers in the medicine cabinet.

Now if you just can’t resist that puppy face with the big doe eyes, there are some good foods you can give your pet. But remember these tasty little extras for your pet should not be more than 5-10% of their diet.

Cooked lean meats- good and tasty for us- good and tasty for our pets. Although stay away from fatty meats like steak and roast, and chicken skin. Also, be sure to remove the bones from the meat.

You can’t go wrong with veggies. Corn, carrot sticks, cucumber slices, peas, and zucchini are all just fine for your dog to enjoy.

Cooked, baked potatoes are also good for man’s best friend. Be sure that it is cooked; no unripped potatoes, and no added butter or anything that you would use to flavor it.

Bread is also a good treat for your pet. Just make sure there are no nuts or raisins added to it.

Rice and pasta, my favorite dishes, are plentiful for your furry companion. In fact, veterinarians recommend plain rice and boiled chicken for an upset tummy.

If you’re ever in doubt what you can and cannot give your pet, better play it safe and not give him anything at all. Always keep your veterinarian’s or an emergency vet clinic’s number in a close and safe place in case your pet has consumed something he shouldn’t have.