I had some leftoever ground sirloin from our tacos last week that I needed to use up, and thought a burger sounded good for lunch.  It was 3 ounces raw, and about 2.5 ounces cooked.  Added 1 ounce sharp cheddar cheese, spinach, pickled jalapenos and lots of mustard (which I LOVE!).

My mother-in-law got me this book earlier this summer (and its autographed! – the picture of my book didn’t turn out)


Bon Appetit magazine hosted a show of all the best foods around the United States.  Best pizza, best seafood, etc.  Well the best barbecue in the United States is a little place in of all places, Murphreysboro Illinois!  http://www.17thstreetbarbecue.com/

What caught my attention was that their barbecue sauce was a mustard/vinegar base.  My husband quickly ordered me two bottles and their “magic dust” for my birthday last year.  So good!

What I like about this book is that not only is it a cookbook, but a story of all the famous small town barbecue joints around the country, and how they started.  My side dish for today’s lunch was an adaptation of their red slaw cabbage (paired down to 2 servings instead of 10).

  • 4 cups chopped red cabbage (9 ounces)
  • 1/8 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/16 cup splenda (not sure what the equivalent is – tablespoon?)
  • 1/8 cup ketchup
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 teaspoons hot sauce

Whole recipe is 106 calories, 1 fat, 26 carbs, 6 fiber and 4 protein.  What made this slaw for me is another gift from my MIL, a hot sauce from Naples, Florida.


It’s called Good and Evil Hot Sauce and has a nice citrus hint to the hot sauce.  I love hot sauces, but I am not just looking for the burn.  It has to be flavorfully  hot and this fits the bill.

My other side dish was homemade potato chips.  I thinly sliced 4 ounces of potato.  Sprayed with Pam and sprinkled with french fry seasoning.  Baked in a preheated 350 oven for 10 minutes.  I then turned off the oven and left them in there overnight.  It ended up being 1 ounce of potato chips.


  • 1 Thomas’ light english muffin
  • 2.5 sirloin steak burger
  • 1 ounce spinach
  • 1 ounce sharp cheddar cheese
  • pickled jalapeno peppers
  • lots of yellow mustard
  • 1 ounce potato chips
  • red cabbage slaw
522 calories, 21 fat, 64 carbs, 15.3 fiber (wow!), 33.5 protein
522 calories, 21 fat, 64 carbs, 15.3 fiber (wow!), 33.5 protein