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Diabetic Recipe: Big Mac in a Bowl

Just minutes to prepare and tastes just like the fast food classic!  Adding low-fat cheese is optional, but not necessary. The leaner the meat, the healthier the dish.  Tastes great with 96 percent extra-lean ground beef or extra-lean ground turkey.  Recipe is for one serving.


  • 8 oz ground beef or turkey 
  • 1.5 oz bag of shredded lettuce  
  • 1 teaspoon minced dry onions
  • 2 chopped dill pickle spears or relish  
  • 2 tablespoons of fat-free or low-fat Thousand Island dressing
  • Salt and pepper


1. Brown the ground beef, drain off any fat, season with salt and pepper.

2. Soak the dry onions in a little water to rehydrate them.

3. Put the meat in a large salad bowl and add the remaining ingredients.

4. Toss and Eat! 

Nutrition per Serving

Calories: 511
Protein: 43 g
Total Fat: 34 g 
Saturated Fat: 13 g 
Carbohydrate: 5 g
Fiber: 1 g 

It's important to pay attention to serving size. Everyone's dietary needs and restrictions are unique. Check with your diabetes care team about specific questions or concerns.