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Cheeseburger Meatloaf

Came across this recipe from Recipes Straight from the Kowboys Home: “Big Mac” Meatloaf.  Big Mac meatloaf sounded right up Mr.Picky’s alley.  The recipe turned out nice and moist, not sure about tasting like a big mac.  It definitely tasted like a cheeseburger.  Cheeseburger meatloaf is not your average meatloaf and was a great change.

The technique was really interesting and I am going to run wild with it.  I can’t wait to stuff all kinds of fillings into meatloaf.  I would serve this as cheeseburgers to company by just slicing and serving on buns.

cheeseburger meatloafCheeseburger Meatloaf:

  • 2 lbs. lean ground beef
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup thousand island dressing
  • 2/3 cup cracker or bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup sweet relish
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Combine all but the cheese and mix well until evenly combined.

Divide the meat mixture in half.  Spread each half flat in to a rectangle on a piece of wax paper.

Sprinkle the cheese even between the two flat rectangles.

cheeseburger meatloaf

Roll each sheet of meat as if making cinnamon rolls, from the long end to long end.

Place the rolls side by side in a 9 x 13″ baking dish.

cheeseburger meatloaf

Bake 350 degrees for 30 minutes, remove from oven and top with a bit of ketchup and some more cheese if desired.

Continue to bake another 15 minutes or so.
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Morning Glory Muffins

I love muffins and quick breads, muffins are even better on the go.  Unfortunately muffins are usually loaded with fat and sugar.  After reading a mix of morning glory muffin recipes I figured my recipe out.  I actually forgot about this recipe from a few years ago.  Until my Grandma gave me a large bag of carrots from the garden, I knew I would use some for baking and this recipe popped into my head.

This recipe uses two fruits and two vegetables and just a bit of sugar. The kids love these muffins and the possibilities are endless.  You could add in raisins, nuts, or chocolate chips for a real treat.  Don’t worry if you don’t have some of the fruit and vegetables substitute out for your favorite or more of another.

Morning Glory Muffins:Morning Glory Muffins

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbs flaxseed meal
  • 1 Tbs cinnamon
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1 banana, mashed well
  • 1 1/2 cup carrot, grated
  • 1 cup zucchini, grated
  • 1 cup apple, peeled and grated
  • 1/2 cup orange juice or apple juice

Whisk or sift together flours, baking powder,baking soda,sugar,salt, cinnamon and flaxseed meal.

In a mixer or large bowl combine eggs, vanilla, all fruits, and juices. Morning Glory Muffins Add in the dry mixture until just combined. Scoop evenly into lightly greased muffin tins, about 18 regular muffins.

Bake at 375 degrees for about 15 minutes.  Cool and enjoy!

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Pumpkin Pie Baked Oatmeal

In the last year I have discovered baked oatmeal.  It has become a favorite in our house ever since.  It is more filling and satisfying in a whole new way.  When I found The Oatmeal Artist: Pumpkin Pie Baked Oatmeal, it sounded right up our alley.  We love pumpkin anything and why not add it to oatmeal.

Personally this recipe was not sweet enough for my taste or the kids.  This could easily be increased by switching out half the syrup for brown sugar.  Sweetness is always a to taste thing, so try it with the original recipe and add a bit of sprinkled sugar on top if needed.  The texture is spot on combining soft oatmeal without being gooey with a bit of spice and flavor.

I find making baked oatmeal for breakfast or a take a dish brunch works well.  Most people won’t bring the same dish, no toppings are needed when you do a baked oatmeal, and if it cools down it is ok.  My favorite baked oatmeal is my Berry Baked Oatmeal.

Pumpkin Pie Baked OatmealPumpkin Pie Baked Oatmeal:

  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup pumpkin purée
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 4 Tbs maple syrup or brown sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix together oats, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder, and salt.

In a separate bowl combine the remaining ingredients until smooth.  Add in the dry mixture.

Spread into a lightly greased 9 x 9″ baking dish.

Pumpkin Pie Baked Oatmeal

You can sprinkle or stir in any of the following:

chocolate chips, coconut, dried fruit, nuts, or pumpkin seeds.

Bake 22-25 minutes or until set.

Enjoy!


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Gobble-Up Strata

Flipping through some cooking magazines at grandma’s house this recipe for gobble-up strata struck my attention.  It is an article on ways to use up leftovers after Thanksgiving.  Well it is no are we close to Thanksgiving and my Grandma and me wants to know who has leftover stuffing or dressing?  It is always the first thing to disappear at our meal and we usually make double dishes.

I figures I could make this whenever and it sounded pretty good.  Mr.Picky is not a huge fan of strata but I served it when company was around so I knew he would eat it no matter what.  Knowing that I would never have leftover stuffing I prepared some with the purpose of this recipe alone.  I also used some rotisserie chicken that I had pulled apart and frozen previously.  The peppers and onions give it great color, it reminds me of Christmas.

The strata turned out great and was very filling.  Mr.Picky said it would be even better with a bit of turkey gravy over the top, I must agree that it would make it even better.

Gobble Up StrataGobble-Up Strata:

  • 3-4 cups leftover stuffing or dressing
  • 2 cups cubed and cooked chicken or turkey
  • 4 green onions,chopped
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise

 

Lightly grease a 9×13″ baking dish.

Layer stuffing, then chicken, followed by the green onions and peppers.

Whisk together the eggs, milk, and mayonnaise and pour evenly over the top of the casserole.

Bake at 350 degrees uncovered for 60-65 minutes.  Allow to cool about 10 minutes before serving.

Gobble-Up Strata

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Sweet Potato Casserole

My Grandmother started making this Sweet Potato Casserole recipe at least 5 years ago for Thanksgiving.  It has turned into such a favorite the pan is almost licked clean.  My daughter will usually eat as much as I will give and then a second helping.  We no longer prepare the sweet potatoes any other way for the holidays.

I find myself making it throughout the year as dessert for my kids.  I have yet to get Mr.Picky to like sweet potatoes of any kind.  We were headed to my family’s for dinner where I was preparing a somewhat Thanksgiving flavored dinner.  I had extra sweet potatoes to use up and thought this would be the perfect side dish to the meal.  Although we serve it as a side it has enough sugar and butter to be a dessert, this is probably why it is the best.

In my pictures I made the recipe just as my Grandmother wrote the recipe.  When I got to her and said how come mine doesn’t look like yours?  She stated that she had increased the flour amount in the topping which makes it more of a crumb and better.  I have revised the recipe to the correct flour amount so if your picture looks different it is ok.

Sweet Potato CasseroleSweet Potato Casserole:

  • 6 large sweet potatoes or yams- peel after steaming and mash well
  • 3 Tbs butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Topping:

  • 5 Tbs melted butter
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 5 Tbs flour
  • 1/4-1/2 cup pecans or walnuts, chopped

After steaming the sweet potatoes until tender, remove the peel and mash well.  Add in the butter, sugar, egg, and vanilla.  Continue to mash until well combined and almost completely smooth.

Spread potatoes in a 9×13″ glass baking dish.

Combine topping ingredients and spread over the sweet potatoes.

Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes until topping is caramelized and potatoes are heated through.


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Spanish Rice

I don’t remember even eating Spanish Rice as a child.  Mr.Picky loves spanish and mexican rice out of a box but I refuse to make the sodium filled rice.  I have come up with a recipe similar to the Mexican rice but had no recipe for the Spanish rice until now.

After doing some research and came up with this recipe after combining what sounded good to me.  It turned out great.  In fact is was the base layer to a skillet/casserole recipe I was making.  Be sure to check back for that recipe.

This Spanish rice is not spicy due to the little ones.  Extra heat could be added with come cayenne pepper to the mix or maybe add a diced jalapeño.  It was flavorful without too much salt and the perfect heat for the kids.

Spanish RiceSpanish Rice:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 (15 oz) can petite diced tomatoes with juice
  • 1/2 green pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 large onion, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cup uncooked long grain white rice
  • 1/4 tsp granulated garlic
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1 Tbs olive oil
  • 1 tsp or 1 cube chicken bullion
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cumin

In a skillet heat olive oil over medium/ high heat.

Saute onion, pepper, and rice.  Stirring constantly so the rice does not burn, cook until most of the rice has toasted and the vegetables soften.

Spanish Rice

Add the rice mixture to a medium pot along with the remaining ingredients.

Bring the mixture up to a boil, cover and reduce heat to the lowest it will go.

Cook covered for about 15 minutes or until rice is tender.  Fluff with a fork when done.


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Curried Pork

Some of my favorite cookbooks are Cooking Light Annual Recipes, this recipe struck my eye out of the 2004 edition.  As a child my mother cooked a lot with curry and to be honest it burned me out on it.  Mr.Picky likes it so I thought I should give it a try and cook a curry dish.

This dish was great and easy.  Allow yourself at least an hour to cook though.  The only thing I would do differently is add some more spice for a fuller flavor.  I have adjusted the recipe to what I would do next time.  We served our curried pork over white rice with seasoned roasted cauliflower.

Curried PorkCurried Pork:

  • 1 1/2 cup onion, finely chopped
  • 1 cup green pepper, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 tsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 1/2 lb. boneless pork loin, cut into 1/2″ cubes
  • 1 (14.5 oz.) can no salt added diced tomatoes, undrained

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large nonstick skillet lightly sprayed with cooking spray or olive oil saute onions and peppers over medium heat for about 3 minutes.

Add in mushrooms and cook another 2 minutes.

Curried Pork

Place vegetables in a 11 x 7″ baking dish that has been lightly greased.

Combine flour, curry powder,salt, and pepper in a bowl.  Add pork and toss to coat.

Curried Pork

In the same pan you used for vegetables, spray again with oil.  Over medium high heat add pork mixture and cook about 5 minutes until pork has browned on each side.

Pour pork mixture over vegetables in baking dish.  Now pour the can of tomatoes over the whole dish.

Curried Pork

Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour or until tender.

Serve over rice.

Curried Pork

 

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