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One of my favorite shows is The Chew.  For me it combines food, lifestyle and just good clean fun all in one hour.  I DVR it and then I watch when I’m able to enjoy.

This past week, the theme was how to save a buck.  I’m all about squeezing and stretching my budget.  Michael Symon hates the idea, but he gave me an idea on how to shake up my meals and please my dh all at the same time.

I’ve mentioned that DH hates when he learns something is healthy-this savory bread pudding IS FAR FROM HEALTHY.

But-I’m going to make a few healthy changes and serve it for possibly Valentine’s Day dinner.  After all, we‘re not going to go anywhere.  If I’m lucky, he’ll get home by 7 and there is NO place to eat around Anthem, unless you count Denny’s.

Here’s my take on the Bacon, Cheddar Burger Bread Pudding

4 whole wheat hamburger buns
1/2 lb turkey bacon
1 lb ground turkey
1-1/2 C red or sweet onion, chopped
2 C daiya cheddar cheese substitute (I love Daiya b/c it melts so well)
The equivalent of 6 eggs from egg substitute
2 C unsweetened almond milk
sea salt and freshly ground pepper
1/2 C hamburger pickles

Preheat oven to 375.  spray a 13×9 pan. (This is for the casserole)  tear up buns and place on prepared sheet pan.  spray lightly with evoo and toast for 15 minutes.

While the buns are toasting, heat a large fry pan over medium heat and crisp up bacon.  drain on paper towels.  To the same pan, add the turkey and break up and cook until brown.  

Add the onions and cook 3 minutes or until onion softens.

Drain fat and pour meat mixture over bread.  toss to combine.
place 1/2 of mixture into prepared pan.  sprinkle with half the cheese and repeat.

In a large bowl, combine the egg substitute and almond milk. season with the S & P.  Pour over the meat/cheese.  Press down and cover with saran.  Place in fridge over night.  You can bake right away, but letting it absorb the liquid makes it better!

Bake at 375 for about 30-35 if at room temp.  If you take it straight from the fridge-add another 10-15 minutes.

Garnish with pickles.

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