BBQ Cheeseburger Casserole.

As you have probably figured by now, I am a sucker for a casserole. Especially with two kids, house work, errands and school work. Casseroles as well as dump and bakes are a blessing. This was actually really good….and simple. My picky eater ate all of it… then again she did want some of her trunk or treat candy….We have rules… haha.

What you’ll need:

1Lb ground beef

Onion (optional)

About 1/2 cup BBQ

About 1/4 cup Mustard ( I used honey mustard because I love it)

1 package crescent rolls.

1 to 2 cups cheese.

*I say about because I don’t usually use measurements. I eyeball all the measurements, taste it…if it needs more add it.

Preheat oven to 350 Degrees F

Cook the ground beef and onion til no longer pink. Season it however you like.

While the beef is cooking, open the crescent rolls and place in a baking dish. spread it out to fit. Then bake until just barely golden and no longer gooey.

Once the beef is done, drain it. Add the BBQ and Mustard.

Then place on top of the crescent roll.

Add cheese!

Bake for about 20 to 30 minutes. Then ENJOY!

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Cheesy spinach chicken pasta

We do not eat enough greens. At all. My nephew refuses to eat anything green. I try to include things that are healthy in our foods. Especially since we do eat out once a week. And we only do that because I mean hey I do need a break.

What you will need:

Chicken breast. I used 2 decent size

Penne pasta

1/2 cup to a cup sour cream

Cream cheese

Spinach

Ranch mix

Seasoning…your choice

Cheese….your choice

Preheat oven to 350 degree F

Cut the chicken up into bits. I usually do this before cooking because its easier…maybe a little more slimey….but its easier than cooking, waiting for it to cool and then cutting. This way I can just transfer it to whatever I’m cooking.

While the chicken is cooking. Boil the pasta. According to directions. Except you want to pull it off the stove just a little bit before its done. Dont worry it will finish in the oven.

Now, its time to mix some things together. I know it’s a lot of multitasking. But it doesn’t take much time. So here we will need to mix the cream cheese, sour cream. Ranch mix and spinach. It looks kind of gross but hey. It turns out good in the end.

When the pasta is done. Drain it. Add the cooked chicken and the pasta to the spinach mix. Stir to combine then transfer to oven. Cover with cheese and bake about 25 to 30 minutes.

Cabage soup casserole

We’ve all heard about the amzing benefits of a cabbage soup….right? I’ve heard that its great for detoxing and other miracle properties….. Could be true since cabbage is really good for you. I, however, just like the taste.

So…

Here’s what you will needg

1 lb hamburger

Onion

About cup of chopped celery (optional)

Beef broth

Diced tomatoes

Tomato sauce

Cabbage…chopped

Salt/pepper

Garlic powder

Before we begin. Lidl recntly opened in my town last week. I’ve been dying to go. So I made a two week meal plan and wrote out my grocery list. Mind you I didn’t need any meat because I go to the local meat market..they have great prices.

I ended up with 55 items for only 58 bucks. Mind you I had a bag full of onions and celery. But my meal plan didnt call for the celery til next week and I didn’t want it to spoil. I was initially looking for frozen chopped celery but couldn’t find any. So…I decided to do it l. I spent half an hour chopping onions and celery just to freeze them. It will save me money in the future and it didn’t even take that much of my time.

The celery in this recipe is optional. I just had some so why not use it. The more green the better right?

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F

You will need to brown the beef. Half way thru I added the onion and celery so they could get nice and done before going into the casserole.

The hardest part I think was chopping up the cabbage. That is after you wash it. Always wash your veggies, fruits and the tops of your cans. Always.

While the beef is cooking chop up the cabbage and place it into your baking dish.

In a bowl, mix together the broth, sauce and tomatoes. Pour this over the cabbage.

When the beef is done…drain it. We don’t need any of that grease in our dish. Add this to the mixture and bake.

It took about 2 hours for the casserole to bake so that the cabbage was all the way done. You do not want to serve something where the cabbage isn’t easy to chew.

Funny thing is….I like cabbage but not Brussel sprouts.

Chicken pot pie and noodles

So chicken pot pie is one of the most beloved meals in my family. Honestly, it is. My recipe makes 4 pies. And those pies are gone within 2 days. I actually stole my moms recipe and threw in a little twist to make it my own.

Well last night I got a craving for some chicken pie. I mean its fall. It’s getting chilly. Who wouldn’t want some comfort food to make you warm? I know I did. Unfortunately, I didn’t have any pie crusts and I wasn’t in the mood to make any by hand. What I did have, however, is egg noodles. So the birth of chicken pie noodle soup was born. (Don’t take it too literal….I’m sure someone else has done this before.)

What you will need:

Roughly about a 1lb of chicken…cooked….I used 2 big chicken breast cut into cubes and baked.

1 bag egg noodles

2 cans cream of chicken soup

1 container chicken broth

1 bag frozen mixed veggies

Water. I used about 2 of the soup can full of water.

Seasonings…this is up in the air. It’s actually based on what one likes. Spicy or more herbs. Whatever your taste buds desire.

You will want to cook the chicken prior. I always cut it up bake it with some salt and pepper maybe some other seasons, just depends what I’m feeling

The next part is by far the easiest recipe you will find. Throw all the ingredients into a pot except the egg noodles. Let this warm thru. (Please don’t really throw the ingredients…unless you’re prepared to clean up the mess).

Once the veggies are just about done (I determine this by how easy is it to bite thru the carrot or pea) add the egg noodles. Allow to simmer until the noodles are done and serve.

While the broth is heating you can add the seasons you want. Im not a fan of recipes that try to tell people exactly what season they need to use….what if I don’t like basil? Is it really going to ruin the dish if I dont put it in? So, in pretty much all my recipes…the seasonings like lemon pepper, cayenne, etc is up to the reader. Do you like hot food? My brother does, so he would add more hot spices to his food.

But there you are. A simple yet comforting dish that doesn’t take long at all.

Potato soup with chicken and carrots

I am a sucker for good potato soup. Its warm and creamy. The perfect cold weather food. So I wanted to try adding some things to this already wonderful dish.

What you’ll need:

1 lb chicken (cut and cooked…I threw mine into a foil packet in the oven with some seasons….juicy)

2 cans cream of chicken soup

1 pack cream cheese (softened)

14 oz chicken broth

Carrors (this depends on how much is too much for your taste…I love carrots so I added quite a bit)

6 to 8 large potatoes (peeled and diced)

Boil your potatoes.

Once done take half of them and mash them. Like you normally would. This time I used a little bit of butter and heavy cream because I wanted it extra creamy….this helps to thicken the soup.

Take the other half into a pot with the broth, cream of chicken soup and the carrots. Let this simmer for just a bit. Stirring occasionally.

Add the mashed potatoes.

Slowly add the cream cheese stirring to mix it it.

Let this cook for about 15 to 20 mins.

Then TADA soup.

Meatball parm and rice

I am a sucker for a good dump and bake meal. It’s quick and easy and well I have a one year old that gets into pretty much everything so I have to keep a close eye on her. In a previous post I showed you how I made my famous meatballs and how I came to this recipe. Well, I am going to use them in another recipe. What you’ll need: Meatballs Quick rice. (I use the boil in bag rice. I find that it cooks very nice in these type of recipes) 2 jars marinara sauce 1 packet Italian seasoning 1/2 cup or more parmesan cheese 1/2 cup or more mozeralla cheese Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F I used 2 bags of that rice and put it into a baking dish. Add Italian seasoning Add one jar of marinara sauce. And your meatballs then the remainder of the sauce. Top with cheese and bake for 30 to 45 minutes. It’ll be worth the wait.

Meatballs…to die for

So when I was in the 10th grade we studied all of the genocides that have occured. It was a heartbreaking, eye opening segment in our English class. However, we were each assigned one genocide. I had the Bosnian genocide. For our final project we had a potluck where we all make one dish from that country. I have used this recipe for my meatballs for years. And somehow my mother always knows when I’m making them so shes over for dinner. What you need: 1 lb ground beef 1 package of sausage 1/2 cup bread crumbs 1 egg Salt/pepper to taste. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Put all ingredients into a bowl. Mix them together but you dint want to mix too much or you’ll turn your meatballs into rubbery balls. And Thats gross to eat. Roll the mixture into balls. Place in a baking dish. Bake until done. The meatballs can be used in any meal and can be frozen to used later. But we usually never have any left over I cannot stess enough how important it is to wash your hands before and after dealing with food or raw meat. You touch so many things that can contain germs and you dont really want to transfer germs to the food you’re going to eat or feed others. You also don’t want to have raw meat on your hands and touch your eye or something. Sorry for the gross tidbit