Slim Gourmet

Posted: July 23, 1986

If you've had it with hamburgers and you're unmoved by meat loaf, here's a Slim Gourmet alternative. Turn extra-lean ground beef into an all-meat ''pizza." Despite its saucy Italian flavor and top layer of melting mozzarella cheese, this oven-easy main course is calorie shy - only 200 per serving.

For this simple hamburger dish, you'll want extra-lean beef round, not chuck or fatty hamburger meat. Have the meat trimmed of fat and ground to order - that way you leave the extra fat on the butcher-shop floor. And don't add any bread crumbs to the mixture. Save your starch calories for spaghetti.


1 1/2 pounds extra-lean ground round

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/4 teaspoon pepper

1 cup plain tomato sauce

3 ounces part-skim mozzarella cheese, shredded

1 tablespoon dried leaf oregano, crumbled

Sprinkle meat with salt, garlic powder and pepper. Gently pat into a 10- inch pie plate, including rim. Bake in preheated hot 425-degree oven for 15 minutes or until well browned. Spread with tomato sauce; sprinkle with cheese and oregano. Bake 10 minutes longer, until hot and bubbly. Drain off and discard any melted fat. Makes 6 servings, 200 calories each. (Chopped peppers, mushroom slices, onions or whatever other low-calorie toppings you like on pizza, are all good additions.)

Meat Loaf Pie with Pasta: Prepare meat-loaf pizza as in previous recipe.

Serve each wedge with 1/2 cup tender-cooked spaghetti. One serving of Meat- Loaf Pie with Pasta, 280 calories.


1 1/2 pounds ground round

1-pound can tomatoes, drained, reserve liquid

1 large onion, chopped

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

1 teaspoon dried leaf basil, crumbled

1/2 teaspoon each: pepper, garlic powder

Barbecue Sauce (recipe follows)

Combine ingredients; shape into 6 mini-loaves. Place on rack in a baking pan and bake at 425 degrees for 20 minutes. Serve with barbecue sauce. Or barbecue 4 inches from heat source; baste with barbecue sauce during cooking. Makes 6 servings, 200 calories each.

Barbecue Sauce: In a small saucepan, combine reserved liquid from canned tomatoes in previous recipe with 3 tablespoons cider vinegar, 1 tablespoon chopped onion, 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce, 2 teaspoons sugar and 1 teaspoon dry mustard. Heat to boiling; lower heat and simmer 15 minutes. Makes 1 cup, 60 calories total.

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