Taco Ground Beef and Rice

I took our ground beef the other night with the intention of making a pot of chili…. only to find out I had used the kidney beans I had to make a pot of Vegetable Soup. That totally messed my dinner plans.

I could have always fallen back on one of my Freezer Meals… yes, I do still have some lol… .but I had already thawed the ground beef so I had to use it.

This meal came to mind and the end result was very well received!

I didn’t take as many “step by step” pictures as I should of because…. well, when I get my camera app open, someone always seems to look so cute that I get pretty distracted and forget what else I am supposed to be taking pictures of originally….. little Miss Lucy lol! She is a joy and is getting so BIG already!

Sandie

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Glazed Meatloaf

Happy Birthday To Me lol! I am writing this post on Thursday so that I can take today off! I actually made this meatloaf on Wednesday and just a note, this recipe makes 2 meatloaves so if you don’t want to make the two rather large meatloaves cut the recipe in half. My freezer meals for the month of December are done… I technically do not have to cook for the whole month of December now but I decided to do a few more so that I won’t have to worry about it for the beginning of January as well lol… the after Christmas hangover season. Today (Thursday) I am going to make a couple of pans of everyone’s favourite “Baked Macaroni,” and that is it… no more cooking until sometime in January… thaw and reheat and that’s it…. woo hoo!

As with most meatloaf recipes, this is quick and easy to mix together and get in the pan and the glaze is just as easy to make and brush on the meatloaf part way through cooking and is absolutely delicious. It also freezes wonderfully so you too can have a freezer meal on hand for those days where you just don’t want to!

Sandie

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Bacon Cheddar Ranch Burgers

I don’t know about anyone else, but with the nicer weather starting, everyone here has had a mad hankering for burgers. While the grill isn’t cleaned and ready to go yet I still made some burgers the other night and just cooked them up in the frying pan.

They were so delicious…. the first burger of the season… even thought it wasn’t cooked on the grill lol!

I know that burgers don’t generally take very good pictures…. I still took one for this post.

Sandie

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Bacon Mushroom Cheese Burgers

No, we still don’t have our BBQ set up or replaced but I had one of my thankfully rare hankerings for a burger… even knowing the consequences lol! I wanted something a little different so I made these burgers that I ended up cooking in the frying pan and topped them with flavoured fried mushrooms, bacon and cheese and finished it off with a mayonnaise sauce and everyone cleaned their plates lol… the boys managed to eat 2 each plus their fries I made in the air fryer!

Sandie

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(Instapot) Brown Rice Beef Burrito Bowl

The other night I made another great Instapot meal. I have been impressed with everything I have tried to make in it. I was a bit worried when I first got it because I wasn’t all the sure on the “how” it worked but I am really enjoying modifying recipes to make in the Instapot.

I think the Instapot will also be a great cooking means come summer…. I can still make great “indoor” meals without having to turn on the oven!

Sandie

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“Jerk” Burgers

Chris and Dillon LOVE the Jerk seasoning I make. Chris especially loves it on wings, even though I bake them in the oven and don’t deep fry them. While they are much healthier because of not deep frying them, for him it’s the flavour. I have made Jerk chicken wings, chicken thighs, drumsticks and now burgers.

With our BBQ still not being ready/replaced yet, I just threw these burgers in the frying pan, toasted the buns in the oven and they loved them! Lots of flavour and adding a slice of baked pineapple sprinkled with cinnamon and nutmeg on top was an added taste to the Jerk Burgers!

I find burgers hard to photograph…. and they probably would have looked better in the pictures if I had used smaller buns lol… but here they are!

Sandie

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Poor Man’s Steak

This is a recipe I clipped years ago from a magazine or something and I always meant to try.  Even though it took years for me to actually try it, it was well worth the wait.  Chris and Dillon loved it!  As Chris was eating he was talking about what else we could put the “sauce/gravy” on lol.  If only he knew what it was made from and how easy it is!

I think almost everyone has a club pack or few pounds of ground beef in their freezers…. add some milk, crackers, spices and some condensed (or homemade condensed) soups for the “white gravy,” and you have a great main dish for your dinner!

Sandie

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Meatball “Cupcakes”

I suppose the title may not sound very appetizing but “the boys” ate three each of them lol!

I bought 2 big packages of lean ground beef when I got groceries last week because it was a really good sale and I thought it would be a great opportunity to add to my list of “Freezer Meals.” I not only made the meatballs for this recipe, but I also made another 3 dozen meatballs to freeze for another night’s dinner.

This recipe makes 12 “Cupcakes,” enough for 2 dinners in this household so I got at least 4 meals out of the “Club Pack” of ground beef! Can’t beat that for under $10!

Sandie

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Enchilada Meatballs

The past weekend we had a sort of Mexican food binge.  I made tacos, burritos, taco salad, these meatballs etc. etc. etc. lol.  The easiest way to put it was that we had a feast lol! 

These meatballs are fast and easy to make, taste so much better than store bought meatballs and made enough that I was able to freeze a pan for another day!  Bonus!

Sandie

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Swedish Meatballs

I can remember eating these from the time I was little.  I honestly can’t remember who it was that passed on the recipe, but I do know these Swedish Meatballs were always part of a Christmas Eve gathering we attended every year when I was a kid.

Making your own meatballs is easy, doesn’t take that long and they taste so much better than frozen meatballs. Even if you don’t make the meatballs yourself, you should at least try them with this sauce!

Sandie

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