Cheesy Beef Taco Lasagna |

Cheesy Beef Taco Lasagna

Tracking PixelCheesy Beef Taco Lasagna puts a Mexican twist on an Italian classic, creating a fun, delicious cheesy dinner the whole family will love! Thank you to Hunt’s Tomatoes for sponsoring this post.

Cheesy Beef Taco Lasagna |

Two of my favorite types of cuisines are Italian and Mexican. I am not a purist by any means and often enjoy them in nontraditional ways (such as these Mexican Quinoa Bites). When I saw this Cheesy Beef Lasagna recipe, a tasty-looking Italian-inspired recipe, I could not wait to put a Mexican spin on the recipe to create Cheesy Beef Taco Lasagna!…

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An easy recipe for a healthy Slow Cooker Beef Black Bean Chili that takes minutes to prepare {gluten free} |

Slow Cooker Beef Black Bean Chili #SundaySupper

Slow Cooker Beef Black Bean Chili is an easy recipe for a healthy chili made in the slow cooker featuring lean beef, black beans and lots of vegetables for a complete meal in a bowl! {gluten free}

An easy recipe for this healthy Slow Cooker Beef Black Bean Chili that takes minutes to prepare {gluten free} |

Now that Fall is here, we shift our focus from grilling to cooking low and slow. During these cooler months, we turn to comfort foods made healthier, such as stews, soups and chili. Whether it is in the slow cooker, braised or roasted, beef can be a huge part of your Fall low and slow experience.

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Taco Burgers |

Taco Burgers #SundaySupper #GrillTalk

Fire up that grill for this southwestern twist on an American classic! Taco Burgers are everything delicious about tacos made into an easy to make (and eat) burger topped with your favorite taco fixings!

Taco Burgers |

We love tacos so much that we eat them (in some form) at least once a week. From Taco Pasta Salad to Lighter Beef Tacos, taco anything is something the entire family enjoys. However now that Minnesota weather is filled with sunshine and warm temperatures, it is time to fire up the grill by making this classic favorite into Taco Burgers!…

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Taco Pasta Salad |

Taco Pasta Salad #SundaySupper

Taco Pasta Salad is a protein-packed salad filled with lean ground beef and lots of vegetables.

Taco Pasta Salad |


This Taco Pasta Salad has become one of our favorite lunches. It can easily be prepared ahead of time to be enjoyed throughout the week. The tender, flavorful beef is combined with all the vegetables and a little pasta (topped with cheese, if desired). The result is a healthy, protein-packed meal that is easy to make!…

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Mom's Lasagna | an easy recipe for a classic beef lasagna | #recipes #SundaySupper

Mom’s Lasagna #SundaySupper

Mom’s Lasagna is my mom’s prized lasagna recipe! It is a classic lasagna made with three cheeses and a simple sauce made with ground beef.  Perfect for a holiday meal, potluck or any time you want an impressive meal made easy!

Mom's Lasagna | an easy recipe for a classic beef lasagna | #recipes #SundaySupper

When it comes to making holiday meals, or any meal for company, lasagna is one of my favorites.  Lasagna is one of those reliable dishes to serve at a potluck, or any family dinner, because it makes plenty and everybody loves it!  Plus it is easy to make ahead of time, which is a huge timesaver when preparing for special meal or party….

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Balsamic Glazed Filet Mignon | #recipes #WeekdaySupper

Balsamic Glazed Filet Mignon #WeekdaySupper

Give your weeknight supper an upscale twist with this Balsamic Glazed Filet Mignon cooked to perfection, covered with a simple honey balsamic glaze. Who knew a fancy meal could be so simple, easy and delicious!

Balsamic Glazed Filet Mignon |  #recipes #WeekdaySupper

I always say a birthday isn’t a birthday unless there is cake. Well, today is my birthday, but I have no cake to share with you.  Instead, I have one of my favorite birthday meals to share. Whenever we go out to eat for special occasions, I almost always get a filet.  For years I tried to achieve restaurant perfection at home, but my steaks never measured up…until now.  After a little persistence and experimentation, this Balsamic Glazed Filet Mignon satisfies all of my steak cravings at a fraction of the cost.  It is fancy yet simple and quick to make on this weeknight birthday.

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Pop-in-the-Oven Beef Stew | #recipes #beef #SundaySupper

Pop-in-the-Oven Beef Stew #SundaySupper

No browning of the beef is required for this easy Pop-in-the-Oven Beef Stew recipe. Simple, healthy comfort food that the whole family will love! {gluten free, dairy free} 

Pop-in-the-Oven Beef Stew | #recipes #beef #SundaySupper

This Pop-in-the-Oven Beef Stew is my absolute favorite beef recipe.  It is a simple recipe made with wholesome ingredients that is pure, healthy comfort food. Pop-in-the-Oven Beef Stew  is packed with beef, lots of vegetables, is easy to make and is just delicious.  What could be better?   Well, my friends, it gets better.  What if I told you that all that you need to do is mix up a simple sauce, cut the vegetables, cube the meat, and that’s it.  There is no browning of the meat required…just put everything in the pot and then pop it in the oven!  A few hours later you will have perfectly browned and tender beef and vegetables….

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Cabbage and Pineapple Slaw Burgers | juicy burger made with MIRACLE WHIP and topped with a cabbage pineapple slaw! #ProudOfIt

Cabbage and Pineapple Slaw Burgers

Celebrate summer with a this unique, delicious and easy to make Cabbage and Pineapple Slaw Burger!  Thank you to MIRACLE WHIP (through the Mom It Forward Blogger Network) for sponsoring this post.    

Cabbage and Pineapple Slaw Burgers | juicy burger made with MIRACLE WHIP and topped with a cabbage pineapple slaw! #ProudOfIt

With the 4th of July just around the corner, we are looking forward to a fun celebration (plus a day off work!)  We are planning to have a super tasty backyard barbecue with some old favorite recipes as well as tasty new ones!

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Lighter Chipotle Beef Tacos #SundaySupper #ChooseDreams

Lighter Chipotle Beef Tacos #SundaySupper #ChooseDreams

Lighter Chipotle Beef Tacos are an easy recipe for a healthier beef taco. {Gluten Free}

Lighter Chipotle Beef Tacos #SundaySupper #ChooseDreams

Back when Mike and I were first married, I tried to cook dinner every night.  At the time, I was still working and often ended up at the office much later than he was. He could tell how tired I was after working 10+ hour days and wanted to help with dinner.  He has always made a mean frozen pizza and used to cook a lot during his bachelor days. He told me he used to make tacos all of the time – meat plus a seasoning kit.  Oy!  I was excited for tacos, but my first thought was…where are the vegetables?  He is very good at following a recipe, so we decided that I needed to come up with a healthier beef taco recipe that is easy to make….

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Cheddar Cheeseburgers with Caramelized Shallots

When I started planning for the Drumstick summer celebration from Monday’s post, I decided on the menu immediately and was so excited!  The theme was going to be a Mexican twist on summer barbecue favorites.  It was, until I received the most recent issue of Cooking Light and saw the Cheddar Cheeseburger with Caramelized Shallots.  These looked so good, I shifted the menu to a more traditional barbecue.

These burgers are delicious, garlicky, and combined with the sharp cheddar, caramelized shallots and arugula, all result in one amazing burger!  I prepared the patties the night before, which helped intensify the garlic flavor.  Since we’re working with very lean beef, it is important not to overhandle the beef for the risk of it becoming tough/dry.  Cooking Light shared a helpful tip for working with leaner ground beef: when mixing the garlic and beef, use a [silicone] spatula, instead of your hands, so the heat from your hands won’t melt away the little fat there is.  It worked quite well, and the result was a perfect “lean-er” burger.  I enjoyed mine plain, while Mike and my dad enjoyed theirs with some ketchup.

With grilling season upon us, these Cheddar Cheeseburgers with Caramelized Shallots are definitely a must-make!

Cheddar Cheeseburgers with Caramelized Shallots
Yields: 4 burgers
  • 1 pound ground beef, 92% lean
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 cups thinly sliced shallots (about 2-3 large shallots)
  • 2 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, shredded (about ½ cup)
  • 1 cup baby arugula
  • 4 hamburger buns, toasted (I used onion buns from a local bakery)
  • Ketchup (optional, for topping)
  • Mayonnaise (optional, for topping)
  1. Prepare burger: Using a silicone spatula, gently combine beef and garlic. (Be careful not to over-handle meat).
  2. Divide beef into 4 equal portions, shaping into a ½" think patty. Press a small indentation in the center of each burger. Sprinkle evenly with ¼ teaspoon salt. Refrigerate until ready to cook.
  3. Caramelize shallots: Meanwhile, heat 2 teaspoons oil in a nonstick skillet over medium-low heat. Add shallots and ¼ teaspoon salt; cook 15-20 minutes or until golden brown, stirring occasionally. Stir in vinegar, cook for an additional minute and the remove from heat. Keep warm.
  4. Grill burger: Preheat grill to medium-high heat. If needed, spray grate with grilling cooking spray or rub with oil. Cook for approximately 3 minutes per side, or to desired doneness. Top each burger with 2 tablespoons cheese and cook for 1 minute, or until cheese melts.
  5. Assemble: Place ¼ cup arugula on bottom half of bun; top 1 burger and ¼ of the shallots. If desired, spread ketchup or mayonnaise (or desired topping) on top half of buns, and place on top of burgers. Enjoy!

Source:  Cooking Light, June 2012

Spicy Beef and Zucchini Pasta

When I was flipping through a recent magazine for the second time, I was a little surprised to see that I flagged something called ‘Stovetop Chili Mac.’  It’s not something that I would typically make, based on title alone.  After a quick glance, I could definitely see the potential in this dish – increase the veggies, give it some kick,…and we find ourselves with the delicious Spicy Beef and Zucchini Pasta.

The beef and zucchini sauce was a spicy and flavorful topping on top of pasta, which is a nice change from your every day bolognese.  The preparation of this sauce reminds me of my go-to taco recipe though.  This recipe makes plenty, so enjoy pasta for dinner and then tacos for lunch the next day.  That’s what we did!

Spicy Beef and Zucchini Pasta
Yields 4 servings

3/4 pound (12 oz) short pasta, such as rotini or rigatoni
1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
5 garlic cloves, minced or grated
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
2 green and/or red bell peppers, chopped
1 pound extra lean ground beef
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 medium zucchini, diced
2 cans (14.5 ounces each) diced tomatoes with chiles, including juices
2 ounces shredded cheddar cheese, for topping

  1. In a large pot of boiling water, cook pasta according to package instructions.  Drain and return to pot.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat oil over medium.  Add onion, peppers and garlic and cook until onion is translucent and peppers are soft (about 5 minutes).
  3. Increase heat to medium high, add beef and break it up with a wooden spoon.  Cook until no longer pink.  Add chili powder and cumin, and cook until fragrant (about 1 minute). Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Add zucchini and cook until tender.  Add tomatoes, bring to a simmer and cook until mixture is thickened and heated through. 
  5. Divide pasta among 4 bowls, top with meat sauce, and sprinkle with cheese.

Adapted from Everyday Food

Magic Burgers

We don’t eat a lot of meat in this house, but it’s been a while so why not, right?   Mike is a huge burger fan and often gets a stuffed burger of the day from a local restaurant.  Even though he loves to get those burgers out, he has been requesting I make Magic Burgers for some time now. I’m not sure where the term Magic Burgers came from…actually I remember years ago I made these and after one bite somebody said they’re like magic. 🙂  So anyway…

I like my burgers plain or with cheese,  maybe even potato chips.  But absolutely no ketchup, no bacon, no pickles, you get the idea.  Since I don’t like relying on toppings to flavor my burgers, I add flavor to the patties.

This is a basic recipe and very easy to put together.  I usually just eyeball the ingredients, but have listed below the approximate amounts for what I use.  Sometimes I sub green onions for the red onions, which is really good too.   Quick and easy to make, these burgers are a perfect last minute dinner just in time for the weekend.

Magic Burgers
Yields 4 burgers

1 pound extra lean ground beef
1/2 red onion, chopped
1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
2 garlic cloves, minced
Freshly ground pepper
Onion buns
Toppings (as desired) 

  1. In a large bowl, mix beef, onion, cheese, garlic, salt and pepper until blended (do not over mix).
  2. Divide mixture into 4 patties (a little larger than the size of your buns) and shape them thinner in the center so they don’t puff up.  
  3. Put patties onto grill heated to medium high heat.  Cook until juices appear on the top of the patties (approximately 4-5 minutes).  Flip and cook on other side until done (about 4-5 minutes). 
  4. Place on top of bun and serve with desired topping.

Garlic Beef Enchiladas

My husband has been wondering ‘where’s the beef?’  Well here you go, Mike! 

This week I am participating in an online recipe swap hosted by Sarah of A Taste of Home Cooking, and the theme is Mexican.  I received Garlic Beef Enchiladas courtesy of Heather Lynne of Hezzi D’s Books and Cooks.  This is not necessarily a recipe I would have selected on my own, simply because I do not eat a lot of meat.  But that’s the whole point of the recipe swap – try something different.  I was looking forward to making these enchiladas! (and Mike was very excited about meat!) 

In order to give the enchiladas a bit more veggie-flair, I used the entire onion and entire bell pepper.  I also used vegetable broth, simply because that was what I had on hand, corn tortillas instead of flour, and made a few adjustments to the garlic and spices.  In lieu of stewed tomatoes, I used diced tomatoes with chiles to give it an extra kick, and they worked great.  This recipe ended up a combination of Heather Lynne’s adaptation, the original recipe and some of my own recipes.    

These enchiladas were a bit more labor intensive than most weeknight meals, but in end it was worth it.  They were phenomenal!  I savored every last bite – meat ‘n all.  I will definitely be making this recipe again, though next time I plan to try substituting black beans for the beef.

Be sure to check out the round up of the recipe exchange at A Taste of Home Cooking.  A big thank you to Sarah for hosting the recipe swap and a big thank you to Heather Lynne for the great recipe (and Mike thanks you for meat)!

Have a great weekend!

Garlic Beef Enchiladas
Yields 6 servings (2 enchiladas per serving)
1 pound lean ground beef
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
1 bell pepper (red or green), chopped
1 teaspoon salt
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes with chilis

6 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 all purpose flour
1 can (14 1/2 ounces) vegetable or beef broth
1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 tablespoon ground cumin

12 corn tortillas (6 inches) warmed
2 cups (8 ounces) shredded cheese (cheddar or colby jack)

  1. In a large skillet, heat beef, onion, pepper and garlic over medium heat until the beef is no longer pink.  Add seasonings and stir well.  Stir in tomatoes and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15 minutes, stirring periodically.
  2. Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan heat oil over medium heat.  Saute garlic 2-3 minutes or until fragrant.  Stir in flour until blended (making a roux).  Gradually stir in the broth and bring to a boil.  Cook and stir for 2-3 minutes or until thickened.  Stir in the tomato sauce and seasonings.  Cook for an additional 5 minutes, then remove from heat.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray 13 x 9 pan with cooking spray.  Pour 1 1/2 cups of the sauce into the bottom of pan. 
  4. Stack tortillas and wrap in damp paper towel and microwave for 45-60 seconds.  Top each tortilla with 1/4 cup filling, top with 1 tablespoon cheese and roll up tightly  Place in baking dish seam-side down.  Continue with remaining tortillas. 
  5. Top the enchiladas with the remaining sauce.  Cover with non-stick foil (or spray regular foil with cooking spray) and cook for 30 minutes.  Uncover and sprinkle with remaining cheese.  Bake for 10 minutes, or until cheese is melted.

Adapted from Hezzi D’s Books and Cooks and from Taste of Home