Quick Meal Ideas with Melissa Scherer!

September 7, 2016

Hi, I get asked all the time by my clients about quick, easy, healthy and something my kid will eat meals! Thought I'd start off my 1st Cav Blog entry sharing one of my favorite pre/post-practice meals that I make for my own kids! Young athletes need to fill their nutritional tank prior to practices/games and workouts and then re-fuel after, just as adults do. Often, kids are a LOT pickier then we are so here is a great one to try that includes carbohydrates, protein, and nutrients in one pot that tastes great! Making this for my own kiddos tonight (one of their favorites) and then, off to practice!


This recipe for Cheeseburger Casserole is one of our new favorites. It combines the flavors of an all-american cheeseburger into a quick and tasty casserole. If your family likes spaghetti and sloppy joes, they will love cheeseburger casserole!

We loved it topped with freshly diced tomatoes and green onions. It would also be great with chopped pickles and shredded lettuce. I’ve written this casserole recipe to be entirely stove-top, so no need to turn on the oven.

You can easily make this recipe “skinny” by swapping out the ground beef for ground turkey, and substituting low-fat cheese.

 

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil

  • ½ of a large yellow onion, diced

  • 1.5 pounds good quality, lean ground beef

  • 2 teaspoon of season salt, or salt and pepper to taste

    Coupons

  • 1 28 oz can of whole peeled tomatoes

  • 1 8 oz can of tomato sauce

  • 2 cups of low-sodium chicken broth

  • 2 cups of water

  • ¼ cup of ketchup

  • 2 teaspoons of dijon mustard

  • 1 pound of rotini pasta

  • 2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese

  • Freshly diced tomato

  • Green onions

  • Pickles

  • Shredded lettuce

 

Instructions

  1. Start with a large pot.

  2. Add olive oil to the pan, and sautee yellow onions until softened over medium heat.

  3. Increase heat to high and add ground beef.

  4. While ground beef is cooking, season with one teaspoon of season salt plus several turns of freshly ground pepper.

  5. Brown ground beef, and drain any excess fat from the pot.

  6. Use kitchen scissors to chop up whole tomatoes while still in the can.

  7. Add canned tomatoes, tomato sauce, chicken broth, water, ketchup, mustard, pasta and additional teaspoon of season salt to the pot and bring mixture to a boil.

  8. Turn heat back down, cover and let simmer for 15-20 minutes, or until pasta is tender.

  9. Once pasta is cooked, remove from heat and stir in 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese.

  10. Sprinkle additional cup of shredded cheese on top and re-cover pot with lid until cheese is melted.

  11. Add your choice of traditional cheeseburger toppings.

  12. We choose fresh, diced tomatoes and green onions. You can also try pickles or shredded lettuce.

 

Notes

This recipe serves a lot, probably 8-10 at least, and makes great leftovers! The ingredients are easily halved to feed a family of 4.

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