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Primal or Paleo Version of Trim Healthy Mama Cheeseburger Pie




I told you in this post that I’m following a new eating plan called the Trim Healthy Mama plan (in addition to Paleo). You’ll hear more about that in the Part 4 of my Insulin Resistance Series. Here’s part 1 in case you haven’t seen that yet.

So if you don’t know what I mean by Trim Healthy Mama, my full explanation is coming, but for now I have all these recipes I want to get out to you and I don’t want to take time for lots of details. If you’re just dying to know all about THM, that’s what all the cool kids call Trim Healthy Mama, then check out their website, or grab the book and/or cookbook.

Just a note on the books: I have both and I do recommend them, but you can always check your local library before you buy. Also, the recipes do contain a lot of ingredients that are not paleo approved. I love reading cookbooks to get ideas, but always have to make alterations. If you’re planning to keep to the paleo diet and incorporate THM guidelines, the cookbook is a great resource, but just know you can’t cook a lot of what’s in there as is. That’s what I’m here for!

This Cheeseburger pie seems to be one of the THM classic recipes. It’s in their cookbook, but is also available for free on their website.

Because I always, and I mean always, add vegetables to a dish if at all possible, I had to tweak their original recipe a bit. Turns out, it’s really adaptable. You could add whatever veggies you have on hand. The beef and creamy cheese have so much flavor that you could even get away with strong-flavored veggies like broccoli or brussels sprouts. Just brown them up with the beef and have yourself a one pot meal!



My family tolerates some dairy so whereas I did reduce the amount in the original recipe, I did not remove it altogether. If you cannot tolerate any dairy, then by all means, leave out the cheese entirely.  I will list substitutions in the recipe below. If you’re a fellow paleo-er who can handle a little good quality dairy from time to time, this recipe is a real treat!






Trim Healthy Mama Cheeseburger Pie
Print Recipe
A cheeseburger casserole? Yes, please!
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 25 minutes
Cook Time
25-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 25 minutes
Cook Time
25-30 minutes
Trim Healthy Mama Cheeseburger Pie
Print Recipe
A cheeseburger casserole? Yes, please!
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 25 minutes
Cook Time
25-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 25 minutes
Cook Time
25-30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Place a large skillet over medium high heat. Add ground beef and break up with a spoon or spatula.
  2. Chop vegetables into small pieces and add to ground beef. If your beef is very, very lean, you may need to add some fat to the pan at this point. Season with salt and pepper. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until meat and veggies are all nicely browned.
  3. If you are using grass-fed beef, there will likely not be enough fat to worry about draining, in fact, you probably had to add some fat. If you use conventionally raised beef, you will need to drain some of the fat before proceeding.
  4. Prep a 9x13 casserole dish by greasing lightly with oil or oil spray. You can also use a large cast iron skillet. Brown the meat and veggies and then bake in the same skillet! Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  5. Once meat and vegetables are browned, pour them into the casserole dish (or just leave them if using cast iron). Add 1/4 of the cheese and mix this into the meat. Taste for seasoning and add salt and/or pepper if needed.
  6. In a small mixing bowl, combine eggs, milks and mayonnaise, whisking well. Pour this mixture over the meat. Sprinkle with remaining cheese.
  7. Bake until golden and bubbly, 25-30 minutes.
  8. You can serve this like you would a burger with ketchup, mustard, lettuce, pickles, etc. If following Trim Healthy Mama, this is an S meal and so you need to keep carbs minimal so choose a low-sugar ketchup. A good sub for ketchup would be a few slices of fresh Roma tomato.
Recipe Notes

If you make your own mayonnaise, you know exactly what's in it. I highly recommend this recipe. If you follow the directions exactly, it's works every time.

*If not using any cheese, add about 1/4 cup nutritional yeast to the meat and vegetable mixture, which will add some cheesy flavor. You can add this even if you are using cheese. You'll be adding a great source of B-complex vitamins, folates, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, selenium and zinc.

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