Zucchini and Ground Beef Casserole



6 c. sliced zucchini
1/4 c. chopped onion
1 lb. ground beef
1 tbsp. butter
1 pkg. Stove Top stuffing mix
1 1/2 c. water
1 c. cream of chicken soup
1 c. sour cream
1 c. shredded carrots

Cook zucchini in a small amount of salted water in saucepan for 3 minutes; drain well. Brown onion and ground beef in butter in skillet, stirring until ground beef is crumbly; drain.Prepare stuffing mix according to package directions, using 1 1/2 cups water. Combine soup and sour cream in bowl. Add zucchini, ground beef and carrots. Spoon half the stuffing into greased 9×13 inch baking pan. Layer ground beef mixture and remaining stuffing on top. Bake at 350 for 40-50 minutes or until golden brown.


Easy Shepherd’s Pie Skillet

Easy Shepherd’s Pie Skillet

Prep Time 10 minutes

Cook Time 1 hour

Servings 6 – 8


  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1/2 large onion, diced
  • 2 cubes beef bouillon
  • 12 ounces frozen mixed vegetables
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons tomato paste
  • 4 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 cup milk
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoon chives, chopped
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated


1) Add potatoes to a pot of boiling salted water. Boil until tender. Remove from heat. Combine boiled potatoes with butter, milk, salt, pepper and 1 tablespoon chopped chives. Mash until smooth and combined.

2) Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

3) In a large oven safe skillet, cook ground beef until browned and cooked through. Drain beef and set aside.

4) In the same skillet, add onions and cook. Add bouillon cubes and mash to combine with onions. Add mixed vegetables, Worcestershire sauce and tomato paste to skillet. Stir to combine. Allow to simmer together for 10 minutes.

5) Add beef to skillet and stir. Once combined, flatten with your spoon. Top with cheddar cheese, mashed potatoes, Parmesan cheese and remaining chives–in that order.

6) Bake for 20 minutes or until the top has browned.

7) Remove from oven, allow to cool for 10 minutes.  Serve.

Six-Layer-Slow-Cooker Dinner


Recipe source: http://slowcooker.cooktopcove.com/

Here’s a simple recipe to put together for a delicious dinner.  You probably have all the ingredients on hand as well.

1 lb. ground beef
¼ tsp. salt
¼ tsp. pepper
¼ tsp. onion powder
1 cup sliced white onion
1 cup sliced celery
2 cups peeled and sliced carrots
2 cups sliced russet potatoes
1 (10.75-oz.) can cream of celery soup (do not add water)


1. In a skillet, cook the ground beef until brown.
2. Mix in salt, pepper, and onion into the meat.
3. Layer the ingredients one by one into your slow cooker –start with the ground beef and end with the cream of celery on top of the potatoes.
4. Let the slow cooker do the rest of the work — Put it on LOW for 5 hours while fully covered.

Old Fashioned Goulash

“Never assume that you can make it alone. You need the help of the Lord. Never hesitate to get on your knees in some private place and speak with Him.” –Gordon B. Hinckley

Old Fashioned Goulash


  • 2 lbs ground beef or turkey
  • 3 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup beef broth
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 (15 ­ounce) cans tomato sauce
  • 2 (15 ­ounce) cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 T Italian seasoning
  • 1 T Adobo seasoning
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 T seasoned salt
  • 1/2 T black pepper
  • 2 cups elbow macaroni, uncooked
  • 1 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese


1. In a large pan, saute your ground meat in skillet over medium ­high heat until HALF cooked, remove from heat. 2. Add garlic, onions, olive oil & saute until meat is fully cooked. 3. Add water and broth, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, Italian seasoning, bay leaves, and seasoned salt, pepper and Adobo seasoning. Mix well. 4. Lower heat and cover ­ allow to cook for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. 5. Add in the uncooked elbow macaroni to the skillet, stir well until everything is combined 6. Cover once again and allow to simmer for about 30 minutes 7. Once cooked, remove the bay leaves 8. Add only the cheddar cheese and mix until combined 9. Add mozzarella cheese just before serving.

Old Fashioned Hamburger Potato Casserole


Hamburger Potato Casserole

Grandpa Milne likes to make this recipe for himself and grandma.  You can certainly add vegetables to this basic down-home recipe.


  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 3 cups peeled and thinly sliced potatoes
  • 1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed cream of mushroom soup
  •  1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • salt to taste
  • freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. In a medium skillet over medium heat, brown the ground beef; drain fat.
  3. In a medium mixing bowl, combine cream of mushroom soup, onion, milk, salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Alternately layer the potatoes, soup mixture and meat in a 11×7 inch (2 quart) baking dish. Bake in the preheated oven for 1 to 1 1/2 hours, or until potatoes are tender. Top with Cheddar cheese, and continue baking until cheese is melted.

Pasta Pie


“Some failure in life is inevitable. It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all — in which case, you fail by default.” — J. K. Rowling

This is a different twist on spaghetti and it’s so quick and easy to make.   I found this recipe in an old church magazine.  Click here for link.


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 6 ounces spaghetti, cooked and drained
  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • 1 pound ground beef, cooked
  • 1 jar (26 ounces) spaghetti sauce
  • 1 4-inch square piece of tinfoil
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  1. Stir butter, Parmesan cheese, and eggs into hot spaghetti. Lightly coat a 10-inch (25-cm) pie plate with nonstick spray or butter, and press the noodle mixture into the pan to form a crust. Spread the cottage cheese evenly over the top.

  2. Mix the cooked ground beef and spaghetti sauce, and pour over the cottage cheese.

  3. Bake uncovered for 20 minutes at 350°F.

  4. Trace a heart shape onto the tinfoil and cut it out. Remove the pasta pie from the oven and place the heart-shaped piece of tinfoil in the middle. Sprinkle the mozzarella cheese around the edge of the tinfoil and bake for 5 more minutes. Let the pasta pie cool slightly before removing the tinfoil. Cut into pie-shaped wedges and serve.

Sloppy Tamale Pie – Freezer Meal #2



1.5 lbs ground beef
1 carrot, shredded
1 zucchini, shredded or finely diced
1 onion chopped
1 bell pepper finely chopped
2 cups frozen corn
1 can whole olives (sliced them up)
1 packet taco seasoning
2 15-oz cans tomato sauce

Serve with cornbread


Brown the ground beef, carrot, zucchini, onion and bell pepper until done. Drain and cool because you are going to be putting this in a gallon zip lock bag and you don’t want it to melt the bag.  Add the remaining ingredients. Freeze.  When you need it, thaw and cook in crock pot on low for 5-6 hours or high 3-4 hours. Serve “sloppy joe style” over cornbread.  Mmm.  Cornbread.  How easy was that?

Tracy’s Famous Spaghetti


 “If we choose the wrong road, we choose the wrong destination.”  –-Elder Dallin H. Oaks

I got this recipe from my daughter, who got it at her wedding shower.


  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 2-8oz. cans tomato sauce
  • 2-6oz. cans tomato paste
  • 2-8oz. cans filled with water
  • 2 Tablespoons dried parsley
  • 1 Tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 2 dried bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon salt and pepper
  • 2-3 Tablespoons sugar

Instructions:  Brown ground beef over medium high heat.  Drain any excess oil.  Add tomato sauce and paste and fill the 2 tomato sauce cans with water and add.  Stir to combine.  Add all the spices.  Stir.  Let sauce come to a slow bubble on medium heat, then turn heat down and let simmer.  Put a lid partially on pot and let simmer two hours.  (You can eat it before but it tastes better the longer it has to combine flavors.) Serve over your favorite noodles.

Slow Cooker Cheeseburger Casserole II


“The remedy for most marital stress is not in divorce. It is in repentance and forgiveness, in sincere expressions of charity and service. It is not in separation. It is in simple integrity that leads a man and a woman to square up their shoulders and meet their obligations. It is found in the Golden Rule, a time-honored principle that should first and foremost find expression in marriage.” –Gordon B. Hinckley

It’s nice to have a crockpot recipe that cooks for 7 to 9 hours because, let’s face it, sometimes we are at work or school and can’t get home any sooner than that.  This recipe is easy to put together and it’s ready for you after cooking on low all day.

1 pound ground beef, cooked and drained
1 medium onion, coarsely chopped
1 box bacon & cheddar scalloped potatoes
1 can whole kernel corn, undrained
1 can cream of celery soup (98% lower fat)
Salt and pepper, to taste
2 tablespoons ketchup
1 tablespoon mustard
4 thick slices American cheese

Place potatoes and seasoning mix in the slow cooker; top with undrained corn and cream of celery soup.Top potato mixture with ground beef and onions; salt and pepper to taste. Dot evenly with ketchup and mustard; top with cheese slices.  Cover and cook on low for 7 to 9 hours.

Kathy’s Lasagna


“We become what we want to be by consistently being what we want to become each day.” –Richard G. Scott

My daughter asked if this recipe was on this site and it wasn’t — because I just made it this way for the first time — so I am writing this out exactly the way I made it:

  • 1-½ pound Ground Beef
  • 1 medium onion chopped into small pieces (I had an onion I wanted to use up but I wouldn’t feel the need to use an onion again)
  • 1 pound Hot Breakfast Sausage (I used Jimmy Dean’s Hot Sausage)
  • A teaspoon and a half of minced garlic from a jar
  • 2 cans (14.5 Ounce) Diced Tomatoes
  • 2 cans (6 Ounce) Tomato Paste
  • 1/2 can (15 oz) Hunt’s Meat Spaghetti sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons Dried Parsley
  • 2 Tablespoons Dried Basil
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 3 cups Lowfat Cottage Cheese (Equals an entire large carton size)
  • 2 whole Beaten Eggs
  • ½ cup Grated (not Shredded) Parmesan Cheese
  • Small bag of Shredded Parmesan, Fontina, Asiago Cheese blend — (I had this in my fridge and wanted to use it so I used this for the final topping, in addition to Grated Parmesan)
  • 2 Tablespoons Dried Parsley
  • 1/2 pound (8 oz.) Sliced Mozzarella Cheese
  • 1/2 pound (8 oz.) Sliced Sharp Cheese (I bought Tillamook brand — the orange color)
  • Sour cream (About a 1/4 cup)
  • 8 lasagna noodles
  • (add 1/2 Teaspoon Salt And 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil To Pasta Water)

Preparation Instructions

Bring a large pot of water to a boil.

Meanwhile, in a large skillet or saucepan, combine ground beef, sausage, onion, and garlic. Cook over medium-high heat until browned. Drain fat.  Add tomatoes, tomato paste, spaghetti sauce, 1-2 tablespoons parsley, basil and salt. After adding the tomatoes, let the sauce mixture simmer for 45 minutes while you are working on the other steps.  Do not cover the sauce while it simmers.  Simmer on low heat until thick.

In a medium bowl, mix cottage cheese, beaten eggs, grated Parmesan, 2 more tablespoons parsley. Stir together well. Set aside. Cook lasagna noodles until “al dente” (not overly cooked) in water with 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 1/2 Tablespoon Olive Olive so they won’t stick to each other.  Gently separate the noodles while boiling. My package directions called for 8 minutes.  I boiled the noodles for 7 minutes and then drained them and rinsed them in cold water.  Lay a square of tin foil or parchment paper on the counter and lightly spray it with Pam spray so the noodles won’t stick to it.  Pat each noodle dry with paper towel and lay them on sprayed tin foil to dry.

To assemble:
Arrange 4 cooked lasagna noodles in the bottom of a baking pan (I lightly sprayed the pan), overlapping if necessary.  Spoon half the cottage cheese mixture over the noodles. Spread evenly.  I keep the topping so that it doesn’t go over the edge of the noodles, just close to the edges.  Cover cottage cheese with the 8 ounces of sliced mozzarella cheese. Spoon a little less than half the meat/sauce mixture over the top.  Lay the next four noodles down over the meat mixture.  At this point I noticed there wasn’t much cottage cheese mixture left so I added about 1/4 cup sour cream to the cottage cheese mixture and stirred it in well.  Next time I make this, I will add the sour cream to the cottage cheese mixture initially.  Spread remaining cottage cheese mixture over the noodles and spread evenly.  Top with 8 ounces of sliced Sharp American Cheese (orange color).  Then add the remaining meat sauce to the top of this.  At this point I opened the small bag of shredded Parmesan, Fontina and Asiago cheese blend I happened to have and sprinkled it over the lasagna.   Then I sprinkled grated Parmesan cheese to cover the entire top of the lasagna.

I put it in the fridge over night so the flavors would blend.  I took it out of the fridge at noon and let it come to room temperature, which took 4 hours.  It was a lot of lasagna and it was very cold when I took it out. I put it in a preheated 350 degree oven at 4:00 p.m. covered with tin foil and I cooked about 45 minutes, then I removed the foil and cooked about another 15 minutes until it was bubbly all over.  Watch it so the cheese doesn’t get brown on top.  I let the lasagna sit for about 15 minutes or so while I sauted the vegetables.  When we cut the lasagna, it was firm and held its shape.  I had wondered if the added the sour cream would make it too creamy, but it was perfect.

You can freeze it and cook it later or you can keep it in the fridge for 2 days before baking it.