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This is the final installation of quick and easy meals to cook using meat. Today, I am going to share a meal I ate when I was a kid. I apparently make it differently than the rest of the family, but my family loves it “my way”. It’s Potato Chip Casserole.

Funny story about this dish, when B and I started dating, he thought I didn’t know how to cook. I made him spaghetti and mac & cheese. Nothing else. I gave him options: potato chip casserole or sloppy joes. He went with sloppy joes. He said he was scared of the name. Also, his version of sloppy joes involved manwich. I have never had the stuff.
On with the recipe!

Potato Chip Casserole

1 pound ground beef
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 can chicken noodle soup
1 can sweet corn, drained
1 1/2 cups uncooked elbow noodles
Sliced American cheese
Potato chips

-Preheat oven to 350° F.
-Cook your noodles according to the box.
-Cook your ground beef at the same time. Drain off excess grease.
-In a large bowl, dump chicken noodle soup, cream of mushroom soup, and drained canned corn. Add ground beef and noodles once they are fully cooked.
-Pour mixture into a casserole dish and spread evenly so the top is flat.
-Place sliced cheese over it in a single layer covering the entire top.
-Crush potato chips over the top of that in a layer to cover the cheese.
-Place in preheated oven for 20 to 30 minutes, or until cheese is melted.
If you aren’t a fan of mushrooms, you can substitute cream of chicken. I don’t have a casserole dish, so I use my 9×13 baking pan, we get more topping that way.
My family loves this dish. I almost have to make a double batch. And yes, B isn’t sure what he was so afraid of, he loves it now.
I hope I have given Lindsay a start of ideas and recipes to begin with. I love cooking for the family and they love eating what I cook.

xoxo jes

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I took a break from posting yesterday so I hope I didn’t lose anyone! Today is another meat post involving ground beef. It is another family favorite here. Even when I make a double batch for Charity and I, there is still only a little left for one or two sandwiches for B. Its my Homemade Sloppy Joes. A little backstory: I ate this recipe as a kid, just not in my own home. My aunt always made it and I spent a lot of time with her and my uncle during summers and on weekends. When I moved into my own place, I wanted her recipe. My dad always made it by just putting BBQ sauce with ground beef. No thanks. So, here is my aunt’s recipe:

Homemade Sloppy Joes

1 pound ground beef
1 tablespoon yellow mustard
1 tablespoon white vinegar
1/4 cup sugar (yes, sugar, trust me on this)
Ketchup (I have no measurement for this, I am sorry)

Cook your ground beef in a skillet and drain the excess fat.
-Lower your temperature on the stove to LO; add the sugar, vinegar and mustard.
-Mix well and start adding ketchup. I always add enough to coat the beef. Mix well between adding in more ketchup. Taste it, if it tastes right to you, you are done. If not, add a little more ketchup, stir and taste. I have gotten to the point that I just add enough ketchup to make it look “sloppy”. I think its close to a cup.
-Serve on a bun or as we have always done, open face on a slice of bread.

I hope that I have given you all some ideas for some simple meals that don’t take a rocket scientist to make, or a chef.

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Another installment of Ask me or B! Again, I am answering a question, previously mentioned here. I am back today with one our family favorites Pot Roast! I found the recipe online and have since adapted it to our liking.
Beef Pot Roast
-1 packet ranch dressing mix
-1 packet brown gravy mix
-1 packet italian dressing seasoning mix
-1/3 cup water
-pot roast (I ask at the meat counter what cut of meat is best for a pot roast)
-crock pot
-potatoes, cut into fairly large pieces
-“baby” carrots
-onions (optional), cut into wedges
-any other veggies you like with pot roast, maybe celery?
 
Mix ranch dressing mix, brown gravy mix, italian dressing seasoning mix and water together in a small bowl.
Place your meat into the crock pot. Pour the water mixture over it. Add onions, potatoes, and carrots (and any other vegetables you prefer) over it, I usually fill it full, we like leftover pot roast.
Plug in your crockpot and put it on LOW. Let it cook for 6-8 hours on LOW until potatoes and carrots are soft enough to put a fork into. You can cook it on high if you are in a crunch for 3-4 hours, I don’t recommend it though. It is better with anything in the crockpot to cook it low and slow over a longer period of time. Things marinade better and there is a less chance of overcooking.
 
I love making this dish anytime. Its very filling and I can dump it all in the crockpot in the morning and come home to already made food! I love that!
xoxo jes

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Today, we have a question from a reader:

Hi Jes! I was a pescatarian for the past two year but I recently started eating meat again. Do you have any suggestions for choosing and preparing red meat for an inexperienced cook? Any easy go to recipes I should start with?
This will be a week long answer. Sounds kinda funny, but I don’t want to bog down the blog with recipes in one post, so I will go with more than one day. Today, we are going to go with what is pictured: Country Fried Steak. This is very easy and simple to make. I love making it and B loves it! C, not so much but she might grow to love it. I almost always serve it with mashed potatoes (either homemade or instant) and a veggie. I love corn with mashed potatoes, so that is usually what I choose. So, without further ado….
Country Fried Steak
1 package of already tenderized steaks (I always buy them pre-tenderized, but you can do this yourself)
Flour
Oil
-Pour oil in a pan, I use just enough to cover the bottom of the pan completely
-Put about 1/2 cup of flour in a bowl. Place one steak in the bowl and cover it lightly in flour.
-Once the oil is heated, put your flour covered steak in the pan. It will sizzle if it is heated enough, if it doesn’t sizzle, it will once it gets hot.
-Cook the steak until both sides are dark golden brown.
-Serve hot with sides! You can also make gravy to go along with it, just use country gravy or brown gravy and follow the packets’ instructions.
 
Until last year, I had never made this. It seems like a simple recipe, which it is. I was always intimidated by it, but I had never made it before! Now, I love making it for my family and friends. Come back tomorrow for another recipe!!
xoxo jes