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Skinny Cheeseburger and Potato Casserole

I really love a good cheeseburger and fries but seldom eat them. And when I do, it’s not without a little guilt. But you can enjoy every bite of this NEW casserole, guilt-free! It has all the yummy flavors of a cheeseburger and fries. One way it’s so low in calories and fat is because I’m not adding a lot of  light cheddar cheese rather using cottage cheese to create a cheesy flavor. The cottage cheese completely melts into the casserole. Each yummy serving has just 163 calories, 3 grams of fat and 4 Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS.

Skinny Recipe Cheeseburger and Potato Casserole

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Bake Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients for Casserole:

½ pound lean ground beef or turkey (freeze the rest for another use)

½ cup chopped onion

1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce (1 cup)

2 tablespoons ketchup

1 tablespoon mustard or spicy brown mustard

¼ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon garlic powder

¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

3 cups frozen Ore Ida hash brown potatoes (not thawed) diced not shredded, see shopping tip

½ cup fat-free cottage cheese

¼ cup fat-free sour cream or yogurt

2 egg whites (1/4 cup)

6 tablespoons reduced-fat cheddar cheese

Ingredients for Topping: Optional

1 dill pickle, chopped into small pieces


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly coat a 9 x 9 inch baking dish with cooking spray.

2. In a large nonstick pan, cook the beef or turkey and onions until meat is browned.  Stir often, breaking up the meat into a crumble. Drain the fat in the sink.  Stir in tomato sauce, ketchup, mustard, salt, garlic powder, and black pepper. Mix well. Remove from heat.

3. In a medium bowl, stir together the cottage cheese, sour cream, and egg whites.

4. To Assemble Casserole: Spread all the frozen potatoes in the bottom of the baking dish, breaking up the pieces. Top with all the meat mixture, spreading evenly. Top with cottage mixture and spread over the entire top.  Sprinkle the top evenly with cheddar cheese.

5. Bake, uncovered, about 30 minutes or until heated through.. Let rest for at least 5 minutes and cut into 6 slices. Top each with a little chopped dill pickle before serving, if desired

Makes 6 servings. Each serving, 1 slice

Shopping Tip
Ore Ida diced frozen hash brown potatoes can be found in the freezer section of most supermarkets. They come diced and contain no fat, just potatoes. Diced potatoes work much better for this recipe than the usual shredded ones.

Weight Watchers
(old points) 3

Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS 4


SKINNY FACTS: for 1 slice
162 calories, 3g fat, 18mg chol, 15g prot, 20g carbs, 3g fiber, 565mg sodium, 5g sugar

FAT FACTS: the skinny and fat facts are the same for this casserole

Find more skinny recipes on Nancy Fox’s website, Skinny Kitchen

Nancy Fox

Nancy Fox is no stranger to the food industry. She founded Mrs. Beasley's, a gift-basket company featuring baskets full of decadent baked goods. It became the "hot" gift to give among the Hollywood community. 
Nancy later opened 2 low fat restaurants called Nancy’s Healthy Kitchen. Her line of reduced-fat cookies were featured on "Oprah's Favorites" gift show. Continuing her passion for cooking and baking Nancy created a recipe website called Skinny Kitchen. Each week she shares skinny recipes, cooking and kitchen tips, food finds and the healthy benefits of many recipes. There’s also nutritional facts and Weight Watchers POINTS on each recipe.

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Bren Lee

Tuesday 11th of November 2014

Oh gosh! That sounds yummilicious!

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