Category Archives: Beef

Easy Sloppy Joes

This is a recipe I formulated to be similar to the sloppy joes that my grandmother has made for our family. It also is one that my husband asks me to make at least once a month and can be eaten a few different ways. While you can eat this on a gluten free roll or bread, my favorite way to eat this is over brown rice. I also sometimes serve this with veggies and oven baked fries and eat it on its own. Here is the recipe:

Easy Sloppy Joes – Serves 4 to 6

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound of lean ground beef
  • 1/2 cup of diced onion
  • 1/3 cup of ketchup
  • 1/4 cup of barbecue sauce
  • 1 tablespoon of dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper

Directions:

  1. Place ground beef and diced onion into a large pan.
  2. Season ground beef and diced onion with black pepper.
  3. Brown ground beef and onion on medium heat, should take about 5-7 minutes.
  4. Drain the excess fat using a strainer and place ground beef and onions back into the pan.
  5. Stir in remaining ingredients and simmer covered for about 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  6. Once the sloppy joes are at a consistency that you like, serve and enjoy! If they end up too sloppy, simmer the sloppy joes uncovered for a few minutes.

Easy Sloppy Joes

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Frito Chili Casserole

This week I had my first potluck in a long time at work and was at a loss of what to bring that I could easily eat as my meal. I wanted to be a team player and participate, but not starve. This casserole was a great choice and I got many good reviews from my co-workers. I also made this for dinner tonight and my husband told me this recipe is a keeper. I enjoyed this also and am surprised that I never thought to make my own version of this before. Here is the recipe:

Frito Chili Casserole – Serves 8

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups of corn chips (check label to make sure they are gluten free, plain Fritos are)
  • 4 cups of chili (I made my own homemade classic beef and kidney bean chili, you can use any chili you want to use )
  • 2 cups of sharp cheddar cheese, shredded

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. If needed heat chili up on the stove until the chili is fully heated.
  3. Put corn chips evenly on the bottom of a 13X9 inch pan.
  4. Spoon chili evenly over the chips, covering them completely.
  5. Add cheddar cheese evenly on top.
  6. Bake for 15 minutes or until cheese is fully melted.
  7. Serve and Enjoy! A great meal on its own, a salad can be added on the side also.

Frito Chili Casserole

Cajun Dirty Brown Rice

While I am not from the south and have never lived there, I like to experiment and eat different kinds of food. Last week I was on a message board where someone had mentioned they had dirty rice for dinner. I was intrigued and decided to look at many versions of dirty rice and then come up with my own. The closest I have come to making this is making my own cajun style rice which I sometimes add black or red beans to. I cannot guarentee its authenticity, but I can say that this rice is delicious and my husband enjoyed this as well. This version does not have livers in it since I do not like them at all. This makes for a great one-dish meal with a vegetable on the side, or with beans mixed in. Also, this would make a great side dish to go with your dinner.

Cajun Dirty Brown Rice– Serves 4 as a main dish; Serves 6 to 8 as a side dish

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound of ground beef (I recommend non-lean beef since the drippings from the meat help form the sauce, anything above 85% lean you will need to add approximately 1 TBSP  of butter or oil)
  • 3 cups of brown rice, cooked and drained
  • 2 bell peppers, diced (I used 1 yellow and 1 red bell pepper)
  • 1  onion, diced
  • 1 tablespoon of Cajun Seasoning
  1. Cook rice according to directions on the bag or box and make 3 cups of cooked rice.
  2. Dice bell peppers and onion into small pieces.
  3. Cook ground beef, peppers, and onion in a large pan on medium-high heat.
  4. Immediately after placing  ground beef, peppers, and onion in the pan, add cajun seasoning and mix everything together.
  5. Simmer everything together for about 10-12 minutes, or until peppers are soft. The onions and beef will be cooked through as well by then.
  6.  Add cooked rice to the pan and turn the pan off.  Stir rice in with the meat and veggies until the rice is fully incorporated in with the rest of the dish.
  7.  Serve and enjoy! Those who like really spicy food can add hot sauce to their dirty rice.  Both my husband and I tried the dish with and without hot sauce and preferred this dish without the hot sauce.

Dirty Brown Rice

Meatloaf Burger Patties

With the weather cooling down outside, things like meatloaf, casseroles, soups, Chilis, and other warm foods come to mind for meal ideas. This recipe brings the two together and makes meatloaf something you can make for a quick weeknight dinner. I kept it burger consistency while adding meatloaf components to make this burger taste like meatloaf. This burger is also perfect for a easy to assemble meatloaf sandwich.

Meatloaf Burger Patties – Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound of ground meat (can use any kind you like, I used 90% lean ground beef)
  • 1 tablespoon of Worcestershire Sauce (check label to make sure your Worcestershire Sauce is gluten free, I used Lea and Perrins Worcestershire Sauce.)
  • 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon of onion powder
  • Cooking spray or oil (optional, use if using extra lean ground meat)

Directions:

  1. Defrost ground meat before starting your recipe.
  2. Mix Worcestershire Sauce in with ground meat in a mixing bowl.
  3. Add remaining ingredients to ground meat and throughly mix everything together.
  4. Form meat into 4 burger patties.
  5. Cook in a large pan or skillet on medium heat for about 10-12 minutes, flipping patties halfway through. They will be ready when they are lightly browned and the juices run brown and clearish. (If using ground turkey or extra lean ground meat, lightly coat the pan with oil or cooking spray).
  6. Serve on a gluten free bun or gluten free bread with ketchup or on your plate as you would traditional meatloaf. I ate mine on my plate with a baked sweet potato and veggies as you can see below:

Enjoy and feel free to grill or oven bake these if you choose, I bet they would also be great cooked using these methods. Let me know if you try this recipe.