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What’s for Dinner: Cheeseburger Casserole

My Toddler (and husband) loved this Cheeseburger Casserole from Skinnytaste.com.

What's for Dinner: Cheeseburger Casserole

I have been trying to cook a little healthier; healthier meals are not always toddler and husband approved but this one was a hit. I knew it would be… meat, cheese, noodles… I left the pickles off. Would totally make this again! So easy!

I think my biggest complaint is that it uses 2 TBSP of tomato paste. I hate opening up a can of tomato paste to only use a small part of it. Solution, I also made up some homemade pizza sauce and stuck it in the freezer for later. Super easy. I make a lot of homemade pizza so this is a great solution for me. Bonus: toddler LOVES pizza.

What’s for Dinner: Cauliflower Tots

I made these cauliflower tots to go with dinner. I made them with my toddler in mind, he really seem to enjoy them. I wouldn’t say he loved them but he ate two at least. They were a bit of work but overall not hard.

Cauliflower Tots

They look like hashbrowns. I honestly thought he would gobble them up like he does with tater tots. Guess you can’t fool a 1 year old! But eating two is still a big success in my books.

I used my food processor to chop up the cauliflower and onion. I feel like that made them a little easier. I left out the parsley because I didn’t have any. Also, I don’t really like parsley.

What’s for Dinner: Fried Rice

Tried this Fried Rice recipe from gimmesomeoven.com last night and it was so good. I did make a few small changes – I left out the sesame oil and used mixed veggies instead of peas. I also added a little bit of leftover BBQ pork.

Gimme Some Oven Fried Rice

I have made fried rice before but this one turned out way better. I think it was the addition of the oyster sauce. Or maybe it was the cooking in better. Either way it was great!

What’s For Dinner: Homemade Perogies, BBQ Naan, Hummus and Veggies

Meatless Monday!

Occasionally I participate in Meatless “Monday”… but I don’t always do it on a Monday. In fact, I made this meal on a Wednesday… Meatless Wednesday can be a thing right?

Homemade perogies, homemade BBQ naan, homemade hummus, veggies and sour cream. This was a fun mixed dinner – all delicious – but did take some time to make.

Homemade Perogies, BBQ Naan, Hummus and Veggies

Homemade perogies are easy but time consuming. First you have to make your dough and filling. Advice, let your dough sit for a while before rolling out. I used to always skip this step not realizing it made it harder to roll out… much easier if you let it sit! Rolling and cutting out the dough sucks. Honestly, if you are going to make homemade perogies just make what you need – I always make too many and it takes too long. But they are soooo good. I always just use whatever dough comes up in google; this one works pretty good. For my perogie filling I use mashed potatoes with onions, I skip the cheese.

Homemade naan is something I only recently tried. It is delicious and not too hard. Sometimes I cook it in a frying pan and that takes forever. Recently I tried cooking it on the BBQ and it came out great and cooks up WAY faster. I can cook 6 or so pieces at once this way and it adds a nice flavour. I use this recipe and it turns out great everytime. Sometimes I add garlic, sometimes I forget – both are good. I also don’t butter every piece (I use oil), just the first few when cooking on the BBQ or every 5 or so when cooking one at a time in a pan.

My hummus recipe changes every time. Chickpeas, oil, lemon juice, garlic, paprika, salt, etc. Put in food processor/blender, blend and you have hummus. Pretty easy.

Quinoa Meatball Sliders

Finding things baby will eat has become a bit of a struggle. I saw these on another site and thought maybe he would eat them. He didn’t. But they were still good. I did have to modify them based on the ingredients I had on hand, my modified recipe is below.

Quinoa Meatball Sliders on Homemade Buns with Corn and Bean Salad.

Quinoa Meatball Sliders on Homemade Buns with Corn and Bean Salad

Quiona Meatball Sliders
Yields 24
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108 calories
6 g
26 g
6 g
8 g
3 g
38 g
194 g
0 g
0 g
2 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
38g
Yields
24
Amount Per Serving
Calories 108
Calories from Fat 49
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g
8%
Saturated Fat 3g
13%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 26mg
9%
Sodium 194mg
8%
Total Carbohydrates 6g
2%
Dietary Fiber 1g
3%
Sugars 0g
Protein 8g
Vitamin A
3%
Vitamin C
1%
Calcium
12%
Iron
5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 pound ground beef
  2. 1 cup quinoa, cooked
  3. 1 egg, large
  4. 1 tablespoon parsley
  5. 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  6. 1/3 cup quick oats
  7. salt and pepper to taste
  8. jar of your favorite marinara sauce
  9. parmesan cheese, to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 and line a cookie sheet with foil.
  2. Mix together all ingredients (except for the marinara sauce and parmesan cheese).
  3. Using about a cookie scoop, scoop out meat and form into a ball. Place on cookie sheet. Repeat.
  4. Bake at 375 for about 25 minutes, or until your meatballs are no longer pink in the middle.
  5. Once your meatballs are done, place marinara sauce and parmesan cheese into a large sauce pan and heat up. Then, transfer meatballs into sauce and coat with sauce.
  6. Make sliders by cutting dinner rolls in half, place a meatball in the bun.
Notes
  1. Makes approximately 24 meatballs.
  2. Nutritional information for meatballs only.
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calories
108
fat
6g
protein
8g
carbs
6g
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Adapted from fitfoodiefinds.com
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I used this dinner roll recipe, topped with a little bit of cheese and servered with this delicious corn and bean salad.

It was a great meal even if baby wouldn’t eat it.

What’s For Dinner: Homemade Hamburgers, Buns & Fries

It’s Friday night. And what’s better on a sunny Friday night then a hamburger and fries? I will tell you what is better. A homemade burger on a homemade bun with homemade fries. Yum! 

Homemade Hamburgers, Buns & Fries

Only half a burger for me. I was too full from sampling fries.

I just made some regular burgers. I used my bread machine for the bun recipe (I still had to roll them into balls, put the egg wash, etc.)

I used my trusty fry cutter that I found years ago at a garage sale. Because everyone NEEDS a fry cutter. Really they do.

Fry Cutter

As you can seen, I don’t peel my potatoes. I did give them a good wash though with my handy Norwex Fruit and Veggie Cloth though. I also only had medium red potatoes on hand. I am sure there is some rule about using russet potatoes, but whatever.

After cutting the fries you are supposed to soak them in water for a while. Apparently it makes them crisper or something. I took the internet’s word for it and soaked them in the fridge in water for a few hours.

The next part was the fun and messy part. I made a nice french fry coating. I loosely followed this one here. I had to double it and use way more water than suggested. I added some spices like garlic, salt and paprika (I don’t have onion salt, wtf?) and I mixed it together to form a mostly runny batter. Then I put some fries in, took the fries out and fried them in a pan with oil on the stove. They were delicious. Worth the huge oil mess and lingering fried oil smell. I don’t recommend doing it right before company comes over, but if you must, have your air freshener handy or your Scentsy! I love my Scentsy.