Beef

Easy Hamburgers

by Heather

in Beef

My boys love my homemade hamburgers, and I love making them for them because they are super easy and much healthier than fast food restaurants because I used the 96% lean meat!  They are easily put together, cooked and then bagged up to be stored in the freezer for a quick meal on a night that we are on the go!

 

Ingredients:

1 lb ground beef (I used 96% lean)

1 egg

bread crumbs

garlic salt

pepper

 

In a large bowl, combine the meat, egg and bread crumbs.

Add garlic salt and black pepper to taste and then using your hands, begin to work the ingredient together.

Form into 6-8 hamburger patties (depending on the size of the burgers you desire).  Spray a large frying pan with cooking spray and cook the burgers on medium heat.  Allow to cook on one side for 7-8 minutes and only flip once.

Once burgers have been cooked through, serve on a bun with cheese and whatever toppings you like!

Additional burgers can be stored in resealable plastic bags and stored in the freezer for dinner another night!

 

Easy Hamburgers
Author:
Recipe type: Dinner
Ingredients
  • 1 lb ground beef (I used 96% lean)
  • 1 egg
  • bread crumbs
  • garlic salt
  • pepper
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, combine the meat, egg and bread crumbs.
  2. Add garlic salt and black pepper to taste and then using your hands, begin to work the ingredient together.
  3. Form into 6-8 hamburger patties (depending on the size of the burgers you desire). Spray a large frying pan with cooking spray and cook the burgers on medium heat. Allow to cook on one side for 7-8 minutes and only flip once.
  4. Once burgers have been cooked through, serve on a bun with cheese and whatever toppings you like!
  5. Additional burgers can be stored in resealable plastic bags and stored in the freezer for dinner another night!

 

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Mexican Meatloaf

by Heather

in Beef

I remember as a kid I used to hate meatloaf night!  I wasn’t a big fan of the traditional ketchup sauce meatloaf, just so blah.  So, when I am making dinner for my own kids, I am all about jazzing it up so dinner doesn’t become something they dread!

 

Ingredients:

1 lb lean ground beef

2/3 cup milk

1/3 cup salsa

1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

1/2 tsp ground mustard

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp pepper

1 garlic clove – minced

1 egg

1/2 cup bread crumbs

1 small onion – diced

1/2 cup shredded extra sharp cheddar cheese

 

First, preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Next, in a large bowl, add the meat along with the other ingredients.

Mix all the ingredients up well.

Spray a large loaf pan with cooking spray and pour the meat mixture into it, spreading it evenly.

Bake the meatloaf dish for 60-70 minutes at 350 degrees or until the meat has cooked through to a temperature of 160 degrees.

Once meat has cooked through, remove from oven and allow to sit for 5 minutes before cutting and serving.  You can serve it with a little extra salsa on top, or just as is with some mashed potatoes and veggies!

Leftover meat loaf can be sliced into individual servings, placed in resealable plastic bags and stored in the freezer for dinner another night!

 

Mexican Meatloaf
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Recipe type: Dinner
Serves: 8
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Ingredients
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • ⅔ cup milk
  • ⅓ cup salsa
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ tsp ground mustard
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • 1 garlic clove - minced
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup bread crumbs
  • 1 small onion - diced
  • ½ cup shredded extra sharp cheddar cheese
Instructions
  1. First, preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Next, in a large bowl, add the meat along with the other ingredients.
  2. Mix all the ingredients up well.
  3. Spray a large loaf pan with cooking spray and pour the meat mixture into it, spreading it evenly.
  4. Bake the meatloaf dish for 60-70 minutes at 350 degrees or until the meat has cooked through to a temperature of 160 degrees.
  5. Once meat has cooked through, remove from oven and allow to sit for 5 minutes before cutting and serving.  You can serve it with a little extra salsa on top, or just as is with some mashed potatoes and veggies!
  6. Leftover meat loaf can be sliced into individual servings, placed in resealable plastic bags and stored in the freezer for dinner another night!

 

 

 

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This is a super simple recipe for a very basic jambalaya.  I can’t eat spicy foods, so this is made very basic, but can be spiced up with any sort of hot sauce or seasoning you may choose!

 

Ingredients:

1 pkg of beef sausage

1 16 oz bag of frozen shrimp

1 onion – diced

1 can of diced tomatoes with green chilies

1 cup BBQ sauce (I used Kraft original)

1 can chicken broth

2 cups of instant rice

 

Thaw frozen, raw shrimp in a large bowl of cold water in the sink.  While that is thawing, chop up the onion and the beef sausage.

In a large skillet, add 1 tbsp olive oil and heat on medium heat.  Toss in the chopped onion and sausage.  Saute until onions become softened.

In a separate sauce pan, steam the shrimp for a couple minutes until they are cooked.  Set aside.  In the large skillet, add the cooked shrimp and the remaining ingredients.

Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce the heat and allow to simmer for 5-10 minutes until the rice softens.

After the cooking time has completed, remove the mixture from heat for another 5 minutes, allowing it to thicken.  Serve and enjoy!

The jambalaya can be stored in individual plastic containers and frozen to keep for a homemade meal another night!

 

Simple Jambalaya
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Recipe type: Dinner
Serves: 4
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Ingredients
  • 1 pkg of beef sausage
  • 1 16 oz bag of frozen shrimp
  • 1 onion - diced
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes with green chilies
  • 1 cup BBQ sauce (I used Kraft original)
  • 1 can chicken broth
  • 2 cups of instant rice
Instructions
  1. Thaw frozen, raw shrimp in a large bowl of cold water in the sink.  While that is thawing, chop up the onion and the beef sausage.
  2. In a large skillet, add 1 tbsp olive oil and heat on medium heat.  Toss in the chopped onion and sausage.  Saute until onions become softened.
  3. In a separate sauce pan, steam the shrimp for a couple minutes until they are cooked.  Set aside.  In the large skillet, add the cooked shrimp and the remaining ingredients.
  4. Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce the heat and allow to simmer for 5-10 minutes until the rice softens.
  5. After the cooking time has completed, remove the mixture from heat for another 5 minutes, allowing it to thicken.  Serve and enjoy!
  6. The jambalaya can be stored in individual plastic containers and frozen to keep for a homemade meal another night!

 

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If you are in the market for some good old fashioned comfort food, then this is the dish for you!  This is a very simple and quickly put together casserole that the whole family will love!

 

Ingredients:

3 cups hot mashed potatoes

1 can of condensed cheddar cheese soup

1 lb ground beef

1 onion – chopped

1 cup peas (canned or frozen peas that have been thawed)

1 cup corn (canned or frozen corn that has been thawed)

1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

1/2 tsp black pepper

1/4 tsp salt

 

First step is to get 5 or 6 good sized baking potatoes and rinse them, peel them and cube them.

Once you have cubed all of the potatoes, add them to a large soup pot and cover them with cool water.  Bring the water to a boil, and cook the potatoes until tender – about 10-15 minutes.  Once they are done, turn off the burner and set them aside.  Next, chop the onion and add to a frying pan, along with the meat.  Cook the meat thoroughly and allow the onion to soften.

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.  While the meat and onions are cooking, carefully drain the water from the potatoes and mash them.  I added a little milk to help them smooth out (that is how I usually make my mashed potatoes).  Once mashed, open up the can of the condensed cheddar cheese soup and add 1/2 of the can to the potatoes, mixing it thoroughly.  Set the potatoes aside once again.

Once the meat and onion have finished cooking, drain off any excess fat and return to the burner.  Now add the peas and corn to the meat mixture and stir up well.

Once mixed, add the other 1/2 of the can of cheddar cheese soup along with the Worcestershire sauce, pepper and salt.  Mix well.

Once mixed thoroughly, spray a 9×13 baking dish with cooking spray, and add the meat mixture.  Spread across entire bottom.

Last, spread the cheddar mash potatoes over top of the meat mixture.  Coat completely.

Bake dish at 400 degrees for 20 minutes.  During the last 5 minutes of baking, pull the dish out and sprinkle with a little bit of shredded cheddar cheese.

After the last 5 minutes of cooking, pull the dish from the oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes or so before serving.

Leftovers can be easily stored in a plastic container and placed in the freezer and store for up to 2-3 months!

 

Shepherd's Cheddar Pie
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Recipe type: Dinner
Serves: 8
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Ingredients
  • 3 cups hot mashed potatoes
  • 1 can of condensed cheddar cheese soup
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 onion - chopped
  • 1 cup peas (canned or frozen peas that have been thawed)
  • 1 cup corn (canned or frozen corn that has been thawed)
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ¼ tsp salt
Instructions
  1. First step is to get 5 or 6 good sized baking potatoes and rinse them, peel them and cube them.
  2. Once you have cubed all of the potatoes, add them to a large soup pot and cover them with cool water.  Bring the water to a boil, and cook the potatoes until tender - about 10-15 minutes.  Once they are done, turn off the burner and set them aside.  Next, chop the onion and add to a frying pan, along with the meat.  Cook the meat thoroughly and allow the onion to soften.
  3. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.  While the meat and onions are cooking, carefully drain the water from the potatoes and mash them.  I added a little milk to help them smooth out (that is how I usually make my mashed potatoes).  Once mashed, open up the can of the condensed cheddar cheese soup and add ½ of the can to the potatoes, mixing it thoroughly.  Set the potatoes aside once again.
  4. Once the meat and onion have finished cooking, drain off any excess fat and return to the burner.  Now add the peas and corn to the meat mixture and stir up well.
  5. Once mixed, add the other ½ of the can of cheddar cheese soup along with the Worcestershire sauce, pepper and salt.  Mix well.
  6. Once mixed thoroughly, spray a 9x13 baking dish with cooking spray, and add the meat mixture.  Spread across entire bottom.
  7. Last, spread the cheddar mash potatoes over top of the meat mixture.  Coat completely.
  8. Bake dish at 400 degrees for 20 minutes.  During the last 5 minutes of baking, pull the dish out and sprinkle with a little bit of shredded cheddar cheese.
  9. After the last 5 minutes of cooking, pull the dish from the oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes or so before serving.
  10. Leftovers can be easily stored in a plastic container and placed in the freezer and store for up to 2-3 months!

 

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Cincinnati Chili

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