Thursday, August 30, 2012
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
1 pound lean ground beef
15 crushed Ritz crackers (can you tell yet that these are my preferred "filler"?)
1 T. Weber roasted garlic and herb seasoning
1 T. worcestershire sauce
1 t. soy sauce
1 T. chopped dried onion
1/3 c. ketchup
1/2 t. salt
1/2 t. fresh ground black pepper
1/3 c. ketchup
1 T. brown sugar
1/2 T. soy sauce
1/2 t. ground ginger
Heat oven to 400F. Mix meatloaf ingredients thoroughly with hands. Divide into four even portions and shape each into a small loaf shape. Place on baking sheet covered with foil and sprayed lightly with olive oil.
Mix glaze ingredients in a small bowl and brush evenly over meatloaves to desired thickness. (I like a lot on mine.)
Bake 30-40 minutes or until glaze is nicely browned and loaves are cooked through.
At the same time, you can bake your potatoes.
4 med. russett potatoes, well-scrubbed, diced small and rinsed
Weber roasted garlic and herb seasoning
Seasoned salt (Lawry's is always the best)
Toss potatoes in olive oil, sprinkle with seasoned salt and seasoning. Toss together and season again until seasoned as desired. Spread in single layer on baking sheet. Bake at the same time as meatloaves. Turn pan and stir once about halfway through. They'll finish at the same time.
This meal is BEGGED for by the girls - especially the potatoes!
Remember, I'm cooking for myself and two girls, ages 14 and 11, so you might need to adjust your proportions to suit your family size.
Saturday, August 25, 2012
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Sunday, August 19, 2012
I remembered to snap a pic before I dug in! I split open the cabbage rolls and pour some of the sauce inside. The side dish is roasted potatoes, which is just russet potatoes diced and tossed in olive oil, then seasoned with seasoned salt and Roasted Garlic and Herb seasoning (a staple in my house.)
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Saturday, August 11, 2012
Thursday, August 9, 2012
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Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Anyway, since we all got a break from Mexican for a night, it was OK to use up those leftovers with tonight's dinner:
Leftover 1/2 pound cooked and seasoned ground beef from Monday
Leftover 1/2 can seasoned refried beans from Monday
1 c. shredded cheese
Another 1/4 of that onion from Monday, chopped finely
Tortilla chips (baked ones make for a healthier meal)
I'm cooking for three, so I divided the beef, beans and cheese into three microwave-safe bowls. Add a tablespoon or two of taco sauce to each. Stir well. Microwave each on high for about a minute, stirring every 15 seconds.
Remove from microwave and top each bowl as desired. Top with crushed tortilla chips and eat with a fork or spoon.
This keeps the chips nice and crisp and eliminates the mess!
You can see the only new ingredient is the tortilla chips after Monday's meal, so it's almost like getting two meals for one!
Oops, I forgot to take a picture again. I ate it too quickly!
Monday, August 6, 2012
The advantages are: 1) having a clear grocery list that eliminates random shopping and buying extraneous stuff - keeps the grocery bill down; 2) organizing the evening so I know what I'm making as soon as I finally get home every day; 3) home cooking more meals and avoiding having so many "convenience meals," although we still throw some of those in there, because we actually like them; 4) bringing more variety to dinner.
Since it's working out so well, I thought I'd share a few success stories and recipes, because who doesn't like recipes and easy, kid-friendly meal ideas, right?
This week began with a Mexican Pizza, a variation of an earlier one I'd had on the menu that was a huge success with the kids (and me, too!) I didn't take a picture, but I'll try to do pics with later recipes!
1 Boboli or other prepared pizza crust
1/2 pound ground beef
1/2 can refried beans
Taco seasoning (I have a huge container of this I keep around for adding a kick to all kinds of things)
1 c. shredded Mexican blend or cheddar cheese
Chopped onions (about 1/4 of one large, sweet onion)
- Preheat oven to 425F. Brown and crumble ground beef; drain. Season with taco seasoning according to directions. (I brown a full pound and reserve half for Wednesday's meal.) Warm refried beans in microwave (I also save half of this for Wednesday.) Season with a little taco seasoning to taste. Spread the half can of refried beans over crust. Spread some taco sauce over beans. Evenly distribute beef over taco sauce. Evenly spread cheese over beef. Pop in oven for about 15 minutes or until cheese is throughly melted and crust is browned as desired.
- Remove from oven and add remaining toppings, or slice into servings and allow each person to add toppings as they wish.
Easy peasy and everyone loves it!!