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Another Cabinet Meal


We tried out a new recipe using all ingredients I already had on hand. With the exception of 2 1/2 kids (Busy Bee at most of it) it was a huge hit!!!

Taco Casserole

1 1/2 Lb. ground beef

1 envelope taco seasoning mix

1 can pinto beans or kidney beans (I used pinto – it was the first can I grabbed)

1 8 oz. can tomato sauce

I cup coarsely crumbled tortilla chips or corn chips (I used corn chips as we had it on hand)

1/2 cup of shredded cheddar cheese

Cook ground beef & drain. Add taco seasoning mix, beans and sauce & mix. Leave over med-high heat until mixture comes to a boil. Pour into a 2 quart casserole dish. Sprinkle chips and cheese over top. Bake @ 375 degrees for 20 minutes or until cheese is melted. Serves 4-6.

There was not one bite left. Next time I will double this recipe 😉


What Is In The Cabinet???


I was inspired by a post from Homesteader’s Heart about cleaning out her pantry. Although I did not find expired food like Kim did, I did find that I had multiples of items. Some of which I had no idea that I had!! I found 3 jars of peanut butter, 6 cans of pinto beans (why I have no idea as we do not eat beans!!) 10 bags of white rice and about 8 cans of tuna (just to name a few of the goodies I found)! After reading a great entry from The Happy House Wife I was inspired to see what meals I could come up with by using the ingredients I had on hand! So for dinner tonight we are having Hamburger Pie. I’ve made this many times but it has been out of rotation for a while. This easy one dish meal can be made with all the ingredients I already have on hand!

Here is the recipe:

1/2 Lb ground beef

3/4 cup cold water

1/4 cup butter (no substitutes!)

3/4 cup flour

3 eggs

1 cup white rice (cooked as instructed on package)

mozzarella cheese, spaghetti sauce & seasons to taste (I use garlic & onion powder)

Brown the ground beef. Drain & add seasons. Cook rice. In a medium sauce pan bring butter & water to a boil. Add flour all at once and stir until mix forms a ball. Remove from heat. Add eggs one at a time mixing well. Spread dough on bottom & sides of greased 10 ” round pan or deep dish pie plate. Fill with ground beef, sauce & rice. Spread mozz. cheese on top and bake 25 minutes or until browned @ 425 degrees.