Cornbread is great with chili, and this Cowboy Cornbread is extra-good because it’s meaty, it’s cheesy, and green chilis and jalapeños give it a little kick! Actually, this cornbread seems like it could be a meal in itself, served with a salad or soup. Or you could cut it into small squares and serve it as an appetizer or snack—this would be great for game day!Continue reading
If you’re craving lasagna but don’t have the time to make it, this soup just might be the next best thing. Not only is it easy to make, it doesn’t take a whole lot of time. And it really does have that delicious lasagna flavor! It’s so hearty and thick, too, with ground beef, chopped green bell pepper, chopped onion, and lots of rotini noodles. Oh, and don’t forget the Parmesan and Mozzarella cheese sprinkled on top–you really must have that!
EASY LASAGNA SOUP by NancyC, adapted from Taste of Home
Makes about 8 servings
- 1 pound lean ground beef
- 1 large green bell pepper, chopped
- 1 medium size onion, chopped
- 2 to 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 (14.5-ounce) cans diced tomatoes, undrained
- 2 (14.5-ounce) cans reduced-sodium beef broth
- 1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce
- 1/3 cup tomato paste
- 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 2 2/3 cups uncooked rotini (corkscrew pasta)
- Shredded Parmesan cheese and Mozzarella cheese, for sprinkling on top
In large saucepan, cook beef, green pepper, and onion over medium heat 6 to 8 minutes or until meat is no longer pink, breaking up beef into crumbles. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Drain excess grease.
Stir in tomatoes, broth, tomato sauce, tomato paste, Italian seasoning, and pepper. Bring to a boil. Stir in uncooked pasta and return to a boil again. Reduce heat to low and simmer, covered, for 12 minutes or until pasta is tender.
Spoon into bowls and sprinkle with 1/2 Tablespoon Parmesan cheese and 1 Tablespoon Mozzarella cheese, then serve.
Comfort food in a bowl, that’s what this lasagna soup is! This has become one of my new favorite winter soups! What’s yours?
Father’s Day just seems like a good day to post a burger recipe, since lots of dads love grilling burgers in the summer months! This Stuffed Cheeseburger is healthier than most because it’s made with Laura’s Lean Beef, which is low in fat and cholesterol, and free of hormones and antibiotics. It’s available at most Wal-Mart Supercenters, Super Target, Krogers, Safeway, and other national grocery chains.
I received some complimentary beef to make this recipe from Laura’s Lean Beef, and I thought they were great-tasting burgers! I liked the freshness and quality of the Laura’s Lean Beef brand, so I would definitely cook with this beef again. For this burger recipe, fresh parsley and minced onion are mixed into the ground beef and they’re stuffed with reduced fat Monterey Jack cheese. The original recipe says to serve the burgers on a slice of reduced-calorie oatmeal bread, which is a great idea, but I decided to use hard rolls as my burger buns. I also added a little extra minced onion. The next time you’re in the mood for a burger, keep this recipe in mind!
STUFFED CHEESEBURGERS adapted from Laura’s Lean Beef
Makes 4 burgers
- 1 pound Laura’s Lean Beef (96% Lean Ground Sirloin)
- 1/4 to 1/3 cup finely minced onion
- 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh parsley
- 2 ounces reduced fat Monterey Jack cheese, cut into 4 even 1/2-ounce pieces
- 4 slices reduced calorie oatmeal bread (or 4 of your favorite burger buns)
- 4 large tomato slices (1 large tomato should be enough)
- 4 lettuce leaves
- Optional: mayonnaise, ketchup, mustard, pickles
Mix beef with onion and parsley and divide beef into 4 equal portions. Divide each individual portion in half, so you have 8 equal portions.
Flatten 4 portions into rounds. Place a 1/2-ounce piece of cheese on top of each round. Flatten the remaining 4 portions of beef into rounds, place on top of cheese, and then seal the edges of the rounds together, sealing the cheese in (be sure to seal the edges well, or the cheese may ooze out when the burger is cooking).
Grill (covered with grill lid) at 400-450˚F for about 5-7 minutes on each side, or to desired degree of doneness (you can also cook these in a frying pan on your stove if you don’t have a grill.)
To serve, place each burger on top of a slice of bread–or on the bottom bun, if you’re using buns. Top each burger with lettuce and sliced tomatoes (and mayo, ketchup, mustard, and pickles, if desired). If using a bun, cover with the top bun and serve immediately.
Note: If you make this cheeseburger served on one slice of reduced-calorie bread and just top with a lettuce leaf and tomato slice, it just comes to about 244 calories, which isn’t bad for a cheeseburger!
Do you grill often, and did you happen to grill any burgers today for Father’s Day?
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