19 May 2011

What’s on the Menu?

I would love to be One of Those People Who Have Dinners Planned in Advance, but I’m not. Most days I struggle with what to do when 5:00 rolls around, and I count myself lucky that if nothing else my girls will eat carrots for dinner every day and never complain. (Yes; really.)

So, this is my official Go To Meal When I Don’t Have a Clue What Else To Make . . . and yes; I had to seriously think about it to write everything down.
Breakfast is yummy
Beef and Bean Casserole

(I should start by clarifying this misnomer . . . it’s not a casserole per se but more of a “pot” dish, like chili.)
Start by browning about a pound, maybe a pound and a quarter, of ground beef (or ground turkey). While you work on that, since I *know* you must multitask, grab a big pot and start putting everything else together. 
The “everything else” would be . . .
1 large can of baked beans (28 ounces; yes . . . I checked)
2 small cans of Some Other Kind of Beans, drained (I use one red kidney bean, dark or light) and one whitish bean, like a navy or a pinto.)
1 teaspoon of ground mustard
1 tablespoon of minced onion
a pinch of salt
3 tablespoon of ketchup (Really, don’t measure this part . . . 3 squeezes from the bottle ought to do.)
3 tablespoons of brown sugar (dark or light)
1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar
Add the cooked meat to the pot, pop the pot on the burner, and simmer (covered) for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. 


  1. This would be great on a surprise rainy day when I tend to get too lazy to cook! Thanks!!

  2. Sound good and it looks easy.


  3. I love an easy recipe! This seems to fit that description perfectly!