Super Easy Grilled Pizza in 20 minutes!

Hi everyone! So sorry it’s been a few days, just been so darn busy. But I can’t wait to share with you what I’ve been working on! Hopefully we’ll have the new and improved blog up next week, as well … Continue reading

Seafood at Home 101: Blackened Scallops Over Alfredo

Scallops are wonderful little treasures from the sea. These beauties are so versatile and mild, that I think anyone will like them. Even those that claim they do not like seafood, can enjoy a scallop depending on it’s preparation. They … Continue reading

No-Butter Fried Rice (Vegan), Margherita Grilled Cheese, and a Revelation: Eating Healthier Can Taste Better!

There is no doubt. I am a foodie. And though I LOVE great food, I don’t love the figure it’s given me. So I’ve been setting out to change the way I eat and cook. It hasn’t been easy so … Continue reading

Cookin’ Up Summertime Favorites: Homemade BBQ Sauce & Foil Potatoes!

If your dad is anything like mine he loves his BBQ! In fact all the men in my life love meat, and BBQ has to be one of their most favorite preparations. So since my hubby is such a huge … Continue reading

Seafood at Home 101: Baked Coconut Shrimp

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Ground Beef Dilemma and Solution #3: Kid Loving Pasta Bake

There it was…staring at me from the shelf in the freezer.  Just like it always does.  “Whaddya gonna do with me, huh?  You sick of me yet?”  I swear they’re taunting me, those darn packages of ground beef.  But this … Continue reading

Dressing Up Dinner in a Flash: Bacon Cheeseburger Mac & Cheese

Coming up with new ways to use the same old ingredients is kind of a hobby for me. I like to change things up a bit in my kitchen, and last week I stumbled upon something brilliant -Bacon Cheeseburger Mac & Cheese! Now I’ve added hamburger and onions to regular Kraft macaroni and cheese before, but I thought, ‘why not add some more ingredients to round out this meal?’ Thus adding everything you’d get on a cheeseburger to mac & cheese.

Bacon Cheeseburger Mac & Cheese

This simple mac & cheese dish is a perfect way to add some veggies to your family’s dinner, and use up all of that ground beef. Your kids will be surprised how good it is, and you’ll be surprised how fast you just made dinner!

Ingredients


1       Box of your favorite Mac & Cheese (I used organic white cheddar and shells, but any mac & cheese will work, even the plain ol’ Kraft macaroni and cheese would work great!)
1       Lbs Lean Ground Beef
2       Strips Bacon (Diced)
1/2  Diced Medium Yellow Onion
1/2  Cup Frozen Peas (it’s a good substitute for lettuce)
1       Diced On-The-Vine Ripe Tomato
Salt and Pepper (and Garlic powder -optional) To Taste
Extra Shredded Cheese (optional)

Directions
1. Make the Mac & Cheese as directed. While the water is heating to a boil for your pasta, begin to cook the ground beef on medium-high heat in a separate skillet. Add the pieces of Bacon and 1/2 of a diced onion to the ground beef. If your beef and bacon are creating a lot of grease go ahead and drain the mixture before continuing.

2. Once the the beef is beginning to brown add the frozen peas. Allow to cook until the peas are nearly cooked and the beef and bacon are thoroughly cooked. At the same time, finish making the mac & cheese as directed on the box.

3. At the last minute add your fresh tomatoes and season the beef mixture to taste. Add the prepared mac & cheese to the cheeseburger mixture. Add additional shredded cheese if desired, and enjoy!

Tip: We also added some red pepper flakes to our mac for a little kick.

Time: 15 minutes
Makes: 3-4 servings

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Easy Family Pleasing Meatloaf

Ground Beef.   It’s boring all by itself and I have a ton of it in my freezer because we stocked up by purchasing a huge part of a cow from my Father-in-law’s farm.  Smart on my part because I’m a penny pincher, remember (Simple and Frugal Granola).  And not-so-smart, because now I have to become a magician, wave my magic wooden spoon, and make hundreds of dishes out of ground beef that my whole family will eat…and actually ENJOY eating.

My hubs is a man’s man.  He’s a meat and potoates kinda guy.  Hmmmmm, what to  make him???  Then it came to me.  Meatloaf!  Every time I make meatloaf I do something different.  I also tend to find something lacking that needs to be fixed each time.  But not this time!!!  I am happy to report I’ve found a keeper!  And it couldn’t be a more simple recipe.  The key to great meatloaf is to not overmix your ingredients.  Keep it light and fluffy.  Try it and you’ll see the difference!  You’ll have a moist and tender loaf of meat your whole family will scarf down, and will be asking for seconds before you know it!

Easy Family Pleasing Meatloaf

A super simple meatloaf recipe your whole family will enjoy!

Ingredients:

2 Lbs. Ground Beef
1 Egg (lightly beaten)
1 Med. Onion (chopped)
1 Cup Milk
1 Cup Dried Bread Crumbs
¼ Cup Parmesan Cheese (grated)
1 tsp. Seasoned Salt
1 tsp. Parsley
1 Garlic Clove (minced)
1 Tbs. Worcestershire Sauce
  Topping
¼ Cup Brown Sugar
1/3 Cup Ketchup
1/3 Cup Favorite BBQ Sauce
¼ tsp. Ground Mustard
 

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350° F.  Line a 9×13” baking pan with aluminum foil and spray with cooking spray.  Set aside.

2. In a large bowl, combine ground beef, egg, onion, milk, bread crumbs, parmesan cheese, seasoned salt, parsley, garlic, and Worcestershire sauce.  Mix thoroughly but with a light, gentle hand.

3. Turn out onto baking pan and form into loaf.

4. In a separate small bowl, combine brown sugar, ketchup, bbq sauce, and ground mustard together.  Mix well.  Pour over the top of the meatloaf.

5. Bake meatloaf for approximately 60-70 minutes or until your meat thermometer, when inserted in the center of the meatloaf, reads 160-165° F.

Tip: After you’ve taken the meatloaf out of the oven, allow it to rest for 5-10 minutes with a foil tent placed over the top of pan before cutting it.  This allows the juices to redistribute throughout the meatloaf. 

Makes:  Approx. 8 servings

Serve this Meatloaf up with your favorite potato recipe, like baked, mashed, or even our Cheesy Potato Casserole. Oh and another veggie would round out this meal!

Scratch Made Dinner Rolls in 40 Minutes

Perfect for Easter Dinner! You can have fresh homemade rolls in 40 minutes from scratch. No kidding!

I found a recipe and decided to play with it a little. I took a chance and the results were outstanding. Fast rolls from pantry to table in 40 minutes?? I know what you are thinking, I thought the same thing. “Sure they will be fast but, they will be dense little hockey pucks!” Nope, not even a little! They were fluffy and delicious! I believe bread flour would have been just great, but I did not have any on hand and just used regular all purpose and a little whole wheat! I used my trusty kitchen aid mixer which made this go very quickly.

Fast Fresh Rolls in 40 minutes

2 ¼ Cups Warm water
4 Tbs Yeast – regular is just fine, Rapid Rise works too!
¼ Cups Sugar
1/3 Cup Canola oil
2 Eggs
1 tsp. Salt
1 Cup Whole Wheat flour
5 Cups regular All-Purpose Flour

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

In the bottom of the mixing bowl, add the water, yeast and sugar, give a gentle stir and let stand 3-4 minutes. Attach the dough hook, then add the oil, eggs, salt, whole wheat flour and 2 C. regular flour. Mix very well, perhaps a minute. Then add the rest of the flour gently.
Knead in mixer until sides are clean. 3-4 minutes. Remove hook and let dough rest for 10 minutes.

Then make your desired shaped rolls and place on a lightly greased cookie sheet. Let rest again for another 10 minutes. Bake in a 400 degree oven for 10 minutes. And that’s it! Super Easy!