I know I will never live up to anyone like... say Betty Crocker for example, but a girl can dream right?! I won't deny ordering pizza on occasion (or cough! once a week) or throwing hamburgers on the grill or chicken wings in the oven once in awhile. But I really do want to learn, because some day I want to be the mom that slaves over a hot stove all day and puts a grand meal on the table every night of the week. The one that all the neighbor kids love because she makes them snacks when they visit or asks them to stay for dinner because she made plenty. Am I crazy? I have a long way to go so maybe it's just wishful thinking.
I figure I should start small. Get the basics down:
- Can boil water - check.
- Heats ready made meals in the microwave - check.
- Follows simple directions on the back of Shake n Bake or Hamburger Helper boxes - check.
- Can make mashed potatoes - check.
- Has moved on to low maintenance recipes from mother, such as meatloaf - check
Yesterday, when I posted about my four favorite foods of the moment I listed Tatertot Casserole. A few of you asked what it was so I thought why not share the recipe? It's sooo easy to make and it's great for picky eaters(I'm talking to the mothers out there! And if you haven't guessed Clancy & I are pretty picky as well, hence why we eat this often). The meal was actually something that Clancy's mom used to make when he was growing up, so we modified it a little bit (we love cheese) and now it's one of our favorite dishes!
- Brown 1 lb. ground beef or ground turkey, drain grease
- Add 1 can of Campbell's cream of mushroom soup (I add a little milk too)
- Let simmer for 3-5 minutes
- Spread meat across the bottom of a medium sized casserole dish (I use the one a step down from a 13x9 but I can't think of the exact size right now)
- Sprinkle on a layer of shredded cheese (I use colby-jack)
- Top with a layer of frozen tater tots
- Cook uncovered according to the tater tot package directions (Usually around 425 degrees for 12-15 minutes)
- A few minutes before it's ready add another layer of cheese and cook for the time remaining (I used to put the second layer of cheese on before baking, but it tends to burn along the edges)
Anyone have any other simple recipes to share so that I can try something new?