Taco Bake – It’s What’s for Dinner


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Taco Bake What’s for dinner tonight at your house? We are having something I like to call Taco Bake. A couple of years ago, I was getting ready to make Tacos and thought to myself, “boy I’m tired of the same thing all the time.” I gave it some thought and the next time we had tacos, I had came up with this little twist on the regular tacos. Taco Bake Ingredients: 1lb hamburger 1 pack of taco seasoning 2 cups Minute Rice 1 can refried beans 2 cups shredded cheese Lettuce … [Read more...]

Cheese Steak Sliders


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Cheese Steak Sliders Who wouldn't love these Cheese Steak Sliders on New Year's Eve? The perfect little snack. Serve them with french fries or tater tots on the side and you may even have a complete meal. Cheese Steak Sliders Ingredients: 2 lb Boneless Round Roast (or similar) 1 lb Mini Sweet Peppers (or Colored Bell Peppers) 2 large Onions 2 cloves Garlic 2 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce 12 Hawaiian Dinner Rolls 6 slices Provolone Cheese 1 Stick Butter Salt … [Read more...]

Seared Meatballs with Garlic and Kale


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Seared Meatballs with Garlic and Kale Miniature seared meatballs are a popular party hors d’oeuvre with flavors including plain, swedish, and traditional marinara. These meatballs take a basic recipe and add kale for a healthy flavor combination that even the pickiest eaters will love. For a healthier version, bake the meatballs completely instead of searing them in fat on the stove. Seared Meatballs Ingredients: 1 1/2 pounds ground beef 1/2 pound ground pork 1/4 cup breadcrumbs … [Read more...]

Slow Cooker Beef Stew


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Slow Cooker Beef Stew Throwing dinner into the slow cooker and not having to worry about 'what's for dinner' is the best! This Slow Cooker Beef Stew recipe is home cooked perfection, without having to slave over the stove for hours! Slow Cooker Beef Stew Ingredients: 2 tablespoons olive oil Flour 1-1/2 lbs stew meat 1 small onion, diced Butter Fresh Thyme Onion powder Salt Pepper 2 tablespoons Worcestershire 2 cups of water 2 tablespoons cornstarch … [Read more...]

Standing Rib Roast w/ Mushroom and Herb


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Standing rib roast (aka prime rib) is an easy and low maintenance recipe. Being that this is my favorite recipe and it's on sale this week, I'll be making this recipe for Christmas. If you don't like mushrooms, just omit them, the roast will still be delicious. If you cannot find dehydrated mushrooms you can make them yourself, but plan ahead. Simply slice or dice mushrooms as thin as you can and dehydrate in a dehydrator or in your oven. I then grind into tiny pieces/powder. Serves 6 Standing … [Read more...]

Filet Mignon Bites with Bernaise Sauce


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Filet Mignon Bites with Bernaise Sauce If you are looking for something a little different this Holiday season, these Filet Mignon Bites with Bernaise Sauce are sure to be a hit for your guests. I will warn you up front, they are not the cheapest to make due to the cost of Filet, so you may want to check your meat counter markdowns in the mornings to see if you can score a deal on marked down beef! You may consider using another cut to lower the cost of the recipe, but as you probably already … [Read more...]

Country Fried Steak And Gravy


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Homemade Country Fried Steak And Gravy Sometimes you want want some good home cooked comfort food. For me, my cravings get worse when the temperatures start cooling down and I want something "comforting" to warm up the bones. One of my favorite comfort foods is country fried steak and gravy with some kind of potatoes and a veggie. It is easier than you think, and you only have to use 1 pan to cook everything! Country Fried Steak Ingredients: Cube Steak (I use one per person) … [Read more...]

Enchilada Pie with Leftover Beef and Chicken


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Enchilada Pie Beef and Chicken Enchilada Pie is the perfect leftover makeover recipe. This recipe is really more to show you that you can make something great by thinking outside the box. I had a little pot roast,  a little rotisserie chicken, a few corn tortillas, a couple TBSP of lite garlic and herb Allouette cheese and a handful of Swiss chard. How did I ever come up with enchiladas out of that? Finely chopped greens like Swiss chard and kale look like parsley so you can add more … [Read more...]

Quick Pizza Casserole For Busy Families!


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Quick Pizza Casserole   This quick pizza casserole is very easy to make. Not to mention, most kids will love it. I make this on those busy days when a 3 coarse meal is not an option. My ground beef is already precooked because I buy it in bulk when it is on sale. Having the ground beef already cooked makes this recipe even quicker for me to make and get on the table. Quick Pizza Casserole Ingredients: 1 lb ground Beef cooked and drained 14 oz jar pizza sauce 8oz shredded … [Read more...]

Stuffed Bell Peppers In The Crockpot


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Stuffed Bell Peppers In The Crockpot One of my favorite meals is Stuffed Bell Peppers and when I make them, I will always make a big batch to freeze for future meals. There are a couple of reasons for this. One being that it makes for easy warm up future meals. The other being I cook them in the crock pot and it takes about 6 hours or so. Last week I was lucky enough to catch red bell peppers on sale at one of my local stores 3/$1.00! That is an amazing price and I stocked up. The next day I … [Read more...]

Beef Stroganoff On A Budget


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Beef Stroganoff This beef stroganoff casserole really goes far and it's delicious. It easily feeds a large family, it's great for pot lucks and can easily be cut in half if needed. Freezer friendly, add sour cream after you've defrosted it. I used hamburger and penne pasta instead of egg noodles because I keep both in my stockpile and hamburger is a cheaper option than other cuts of beef when stretching a budget. I used store brand french fried onions and sour cream, not only because they are … [Read more...]

Stuffed Pepper Soup-A New Twist On A Favorite


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Stuffed Pepper Soup-A New Twist On A Favorite If you are like me, you love stuffed peppers! Imagine my delight when our very own Wiz Kid, Miranda Greene, shared a Stuffed Pepper Soup! At first, I thought "no way can this really taste like a stuffed pepper." Boy, was I wrong! This soup is super simple to make, and so delicious! You can see the original recipe on The Country Cook. I made mine with pretty much same ingredients, but for anyone who knows me, I use a recipe as a guide line. I … [Read more...]

Homemade Chili Pie


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Homemade Chili Pie I came up with homemade chili pie completely by mistake and it's a keeper to be sure. The plan was to make Tamale Pie, but I defrosted my chili starter instead of enchilada sauce. In this case it turned out to be a good thing that I didn't label my container. For this recipe, I included 2 cans of chili instead of my chili, well, because I messed up and didn't have a full batch on hand to use. I used leftover beef pot roast, but any meat will work for this whether it be … [Read more...]

Crockpot Barbacoa Cooked To Perfection


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Crockpot Barbacoa Barbacoa is a beef brisket, slow cooked to perfection. Crockpot Barbacoa is great on tacos, in burrito bowls, served over rice, and even on top of a pile of mashed potatoes. This meal is delicious! It's great smoked slowly, but I prefer to use the slow cooker, as my schedule doesn't always allow for spending hours smoking a great cut of meat. Try this recipe out. You won't be disappointed. This is a family favorite in my house, and I'm sure it will be a favorite in yours … [Read more...]

Steak Pinwheels With Spinach And Feta Cheese


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Steak Pinwheels With Spinach And Feta Cheese Steak pinwheels are a great way to blend flavors of your favorite ingredients with the amazing taste of good steak. I will admit, I love steak! Whether is be a New York or KC Strip, Ribeye, or a T-Bone; I love them all. My sister-in-law showed me this great way to prepare sirloin steak. You don't have to use sirloin for this, but it is what I prefer. You could even make this with chicken if that is what you like. Steak Pinwheels Ingredients: … [Read more...]

Cheeseburger Pie – A New Twist On A Classic


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Cheeseburger Pie Recipe Cheeseburger pie is a wonderful combination using two of America's most loved meals, cheeseburgers and pie!  This is super easy and delicious! Here are all of the ingredients & directions: Cheeseburger Pie Ingredients 2 Pounds Ground beef (you could also use turkey if you like) Worcestershire sauce Ketchup 2 Cups Shredded cheese Seasonings, I used onion powder and garlic powder. 1 Roll Crescent rolls Directions 1.  Brown your ground … [Read more...]

Easy Baked Ziti is What’s for Dinner


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Easy Baked Ziti Recipe Whenever we have a potluck to go to, I always get asked to bring this dish. This easy baked ziti is a favorite in our house and so easy to make. I make the sauce from scratch and it just makes the whole dish feel more homey. Hope you enjoy! Baked Ziti Ingredients: 16 ounces red sauce (see my sauce recipe below) 1 pound ziti 12-16 oz shredded mozzarella, divided (use the whole milk stuff for this recipe. The part skim just doesn’t cut it) 15 oz Ricotta … [Read more...]

Shepherds Pie is What’s for Dinner


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Shepherds Pie Here's a great dish that exemplifies comfort food. Shepherds Pie dates back to the late 1800's in early England - and was often made with mutton or lamb mince. Today's versions use ground beef.  It can be made with all stockpile ingredients - great to throw together when it's 4 pm and you haven't planned dinner yet! Homemade Shepherds Pie Ingredients: 1 1/2 lbs ground round beef 1 onion chopped 1-2 cups vegetables – chopped carrots, corn, peas 1 1/2 – 2 lbs … [Read more...]

Hamburger Barbecue is What’s for Dinner


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Hamburger Barbecue Recipe This hamburger barbecue is one of my favorite recipes to make. It feels like it should be unhealthy because it's definitely a comfort food, but it's really not. It's a recipe that came from my late mother-in-law, and my kids absolutely love it! Hamburger Barbecue Ingredients 1 lb ground beef 1/2 cup ketchup 2 Tbs light brown sugar 1 Tbs vinegar (you can use either… I use cider) 1 tsp yellow mustard (I use Mister Mustard) 2 Tbs Worcestershire … [Read more...]

Crockpot Beef Short Ribs


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Crockpot Beef Short Ribs This is a fool proof crockpot beef short ribs recipe that cooks beautifully in the slow cooker. Just a few simple ingredients and you have a great meal waiting for you at the end of the day. Sure you can cook beef short ribs in a slow cooker just like you would a pot roast, but why would you? Try something new! Crockpot Beef Short Ribs Ingredients 2 to 3 pounds boneless beef short ribs (or about 4 to 5 pounds bone-in) salt and pepper 2 tablespoons olive … [Read more...]

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