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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

What's for Dinner Tonight?

I admit it! My repertoire of dinner ideas can become mundane and boring, and sometimes I see my family forcing the food into their mouths. When I heard I could participate as a connector at Life Made Delicious, I was excited at the possibilities!

If you haven't previously checked out Life Made Delicious, you are missing out on a great Canadian resource! One of my favourite aspects is the recipe section, which is full of recipes for kids. I have been having a great time checking out new and easy recipes, ones I can make with ingredients I have on hand.

Tuesdays in my home are the busiest night of the week. My oldest daughter goes to a three hour choir practice, which starts at 5:30, so I always find supper to be very rushed, there has even been nights Emily doesn't get to eat until after she gets back home after 8:30. (which I really don't like)

Yesterday, I went to my freezer and found I had lots of ground beef, so I searched for a recipe using ground beef and I came up with Big Batch Cheeseburger Bake. This recipe uses one of my all time favourite products - Bisquick, so I knew I would like it. But, the question was would the kids?

The recipe calls for mixed veggies, which we generally don't have. But, we always have frozen corn and peas, so I opted to make a mix of peas and corn.

I began by browning the ground beef and then started to add the other ingredients, which besides the frozen veggies, was milk and a can of soup.

While waiting for the mixture to heat through, I prepared my bisquick batter, and shredded my cheese. Then I simply assembled. The bisquick went on as a base on a large jelly roll pan. Then, the meat/veggie mixture, and finally I topped with shredded cheese.

Preparation time was about 20 minutes and cooking time was 35, plus a few extra minutes under the broiler to brown it up.

I cut it up with my pizza cutter and it lifted perfectly with a spatula. I served it with a mixed salad and supper was on the table. At first the kids turned up their noses, but, I always insist they must have a least one mouthful. Next thing I knew things fell silent and plates were emptied. My oldest daughter even asked for some in her lunch for school the next day.

Big Batch Cheeseburger Bake = WIN!

Now, what's for breakfast tomorrow morning?

Disclosure: I am part of the Life Made Delicious Connector program and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own


Nancy said...

Sounds good Pam!

renee said...

That looks yummy, i am going to have to try that.

Randi Troxell said...

and now.. i'm so hungry!

a THREE HOUR choir practce.. good gracious!!!

3Lilacs said...

Looks delicious and easy to convert to a vegan meal. Isn't that a compliment when your kids WANT to take you cooking to school.lol

blueviolet said...

That's the kind of meal I like!

flowerchild said...

that recipe looks so delicious..sounds super easy to whip up too

D.Calvert said...

Yum this looks really good, now I'm hungry!

Sweet Panda said...

I seems to be a super easy and yummy dinner!

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Debbie said...

That looks good. I will try that, but I might also thing of adding some chili spice and using some Tex Mex shredded cheese to give it a Mexican flare. What do you think?