Saturday, November 29, 2014

Cheeseburger Casserole

After meal planning for almost 3 months I am finding it harder and harder to find meals that my picky little family will eat, without repeating the same thing over and over. Up until my computer crashed, I kept a file with what we had each week, so I would know how long it has been since we have had shepherd's pie, sloppy joes, etc. We still go out twice a week, once with his family usually for fast food and once for burger night at his Mom's, and so I only have to plan for five nights. I try to get one new meal in a week and pasta only once a week, but it is getting tiresome alternating hamburger and chicken, with only the occasional pork meal or a treat of pizza or bacon sandwiches.

One meal last week was three things: new, pasta and hamburger. I found this Cheeseburger Casserole dish on Pintrest and decided it looked good enough to make, with a couple of picky eaters changes, of course.

I skipped the onions, Mr Picky won't touch anything that has onions in it, and I used garlic powder instead of the real thing (because that was all I had).

My can of tomatoes was Italian, so instead of the steak spice I used a sprinkle of Italian spice to match. I also gave the tomatoes a little run through the food processor for a few seconds, as none of us are wild about chunks of tomato.

This is the yummy concoction before adding the cheese. I was a bit worried that there wasn't enough pasta, but once it got mixed in it turned out fine.

A little toddler portion. Little Miss loved it and ate almost all of this, including the hamburger which she normally picks out! Mr. Picky took one bite and rejected it. He said it tasted funny. I think it was the Dijon, the last time I made a dish with it he wouldn't eat it, either.

I managed to get a serving for myself and Little Miss, two for the freezer (for after baby) and I took one to Mr Picky's Mom, who also loved it!

Other than it being a little vinegary (from he ketchup and mustard) I loved it. This dish whipped up quite quickly and easily while I made a batch of rolls to go with it. I think it will go onto the make again file, or at least on an evening that Mr isn't home!

Have a good day, everyone!!


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