Sunday, April 23, 2017

Healthified Loco Moco

Ever since Sue introduced me to the Loco Moco (See post HERE) I have been obsessed. Rice + gravy + burger + egg = a ridiculous amount of deliciousness. 
Thing is.... I'm trying to healthify my lifestyle by eating a bit lower calorie, lower carb, etc..etc... and the Loco Moco is a bit heavy. But, good news! I have healthified the recipe to make it more friendly to my lifestyle goals. Swapping out a few ingredients lessens the calories and such but does not lose any of the tummy pleasing goodness. I also used the "blend and extend" method from the Mushrooms Canada website (Visit them HERE). This is a fabulous way to cut calories and not taste! 
It is still a hearty and delicious meal that is sure to satisfy!
Try our regular Loco Moco (HERE), or give this one a try! Let us know which one you prefer.

Healthified Loco Moco

1/2 lb mushrooms
1 lb lean ground chicken
1/2 cup onion, finely diced
1 clove garlic, minced
1/3 cup oats
1 egg
1/2 cup dried tomato, finely diced

Tomato Gravy
2 Tbsp cooking sherry
1 Tbsp oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1 slice onion, diced
1 cup dried tomatoes
1 1/3 cup vegetable stock
salt & pepper

3 cups cooked rice
6 eggs, fried

Prepare burgers - Place mushrooms in a food processor or blender. Pulse until finely chopped. Place mushrooms into a separate bowl, add in the ground chicken, onion, garlic, oats, egg, and dried tomato. 

Mix together well and form into 6 patties. Place on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or silpat mat. (The reason I lined mine with plastic wrap is I chilled them for several hours because I was prepping ahead. I just flipped them from the plastic wrap onto the silpat when I was ready to cook them!) 

To cook - preheat oven to 375. Cook at 375 for 15 minutes, flip the burgers over, then cook for 10 - 15 minutes more (until cooked through). 

While burgers are cooking, prepare tomato gravy.
Prepare tomato gravy - in a small sauce pan, place cooking sherry, oil, garlic, onion, tomatoes, vegetable stock, and salt & pepper.

 Cook over medium heat until bubbling - about 5 - 8 minutes. Pour sauce into a blender or food processor and process until smooth (be careful, it is hot!). 
Pour back into saucepan and keep warm over low heat until ready to use. 
While burgers are cooking you can also prepare your rice and your fried eggs!
Assemble the loco moco - Place 1/2 cup cooked rice on a serving plate. Top with 1/6th of the tomato gravy. 

Top with a chicken burger patty.

Lastly, top with a fried egg. Serve immediately. Repeat with remaining 5 servings.

Soooooo good!

This is the perfect way to enjoy a filling comfort food meal without worrying too much about nutritional counts. You can make it even more healthy by using brown rice or cauliflower rice! 
I developed this recipe after my boss at work gave me some lovely dried tomatoes she had done.

The burger patties and gravy are a great way to use up dried tomatoes! 

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1 comment:

  1. It looks really yummy, scrumptious and healthy. A perfect combination of proteins, carbohydrates and vitamins. It can be eaten as a main course of the dinner or lunch. Thanks for sharing the recipe.