Beef · Fast meal · main dish

Old-Time Recipe; Updated Flavors

Years ago if you had asked me if I like Stuffed Peppers, I probably would’ve wrinkled up my nose like a child sitting before cooked spinach!

But in recent years I found a recipe that uses fresh tomatoes, rather than tomato sauce, and the instructions to only boil the peppers for a few minutes helps the peppers to have a slight crispiness to them. There’s plenty of the rice and beef filling, so you can pile them high and add extra meat around the peppers. They also have an addition of cheddar cheese, giving a final recipe-booster! These slight changes in this old-time recipe make this an absolutely delicious supper meal!

Stuffed Peppers

  • 2 large green peppers
  • 8 oz. 90% lean ground beef
  • 1/3 cup chopped onion
  • 2 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/2 cup long grain rice – I use Minute Rice
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil or oregano
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup reduced fat Cheddar cheese

Halve peppers lengthwise and remove stem ends, seeds and membranes. Immerse peppers into boiling water for 3 minutes. Invert onto paper towels to drain well.

In a large skillet, cook meat and onion till meat is brown and onion is tender. Drain off fat. Stir in the tomatoes, rice (I cook mine first), water, Worcestershire sauce, basil or oregano, salt and pepper. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 15 to 18 minutes. Stir in half of the cheese. Spoon meat mixture into peppers. Place peppers in an 8x8x2-inch baking dish. Spoon any remaining mixture into baking dish.

Bake, uncovered in a 375 degree oven for about 15 minutes or till heated through. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Let stand for 1-2 minutes or till the cheese melts. Makes 4 servings.

This is a great week night dinner! You could even make the recipe up ahead of time and then simply warm it in the oven. Great flavors and great updates of this old classic have all made me a Stuffed Pepper Fan!

How about you? Are you a Stuffed Pepper lover? If you’re on the fence, I hope you’ll give this recipe a try!

Here are a few other classics that we love:
Katie Brown (Lemon) Chicken
Countryside Chicken Bake – Chicken and rice
Yankee Pot Roast
Mom’s Classic Meatloaf

I promise that these recipes will kick-start your week full of deliciousness! What a favorite classic recipe you love?

Fast meal · freezer · Main dish.

Hamburger Casserole – Better Than the Boxed Version!

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I plan for my weekly meals but there are times when life happens and it’s getting to be near supper time and I realize that I don’t have any clue what we’re going to eat in an hour!  Every find yourself there?

Such was the case a couple of weeks ago.  I’d been helping with some projects at my daughter’s house, and didn’t think I’d be gone as long as I was.  When I got home, my wheels were turning as to what I could whip together for supper in a hurry.  I knew what basic ingredients I had on hand, so I set to finding a recipe that would include something with those staples.

I opened one of my old cookbooks and came across this great Hamburger Casserole that I hadn’t made in years.  I only made one tweak, due to not having something the recipe called for, but it was a great substitute.  My husband raved and raved about how good this was!  Bless him!  It really reminded me of the Hamburger Helper Casserole you buy in the store, only this was waaaay better!

Also, Kroger had offered for their Free Friday Download a bag of Barilla’s noodles that are pre-cooked.  All you do is steam them in the microwave for about 3 minutes!  Having those on hand really sped up this supper meal!  I will definitely be keeping those on hand for a fast dinner!

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Here’s the recipe:

Hamburger-Sour Cream Casserole

1 lb hamburger
1 onion, chopped
1/4 green pepper, chopped
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 12 oz. can corn, drained – (I used frozen)
3 cups cooked noodles
1 cup sour cream (I used light sour cream)
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 3 oz. can chow mein noodles – (I used buttered Panko crumbs instead and think I’ll always use those!)

In a skillet combine meat, onions, and pepper and brown slowly; drain fat.  Add all ingredients except chow mein noodles.  Place in a 9 x 13 inch baking dish and top with chow mein noodles.  Bake, uncovered for 25-3- minutes at 350 degrees.  Freezes well, but do not put chow mein noodles on top until ready to bake.

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I added cottage cheese with home canned peaches on top as a side, and it was a satisfying meal – even without planning ahead!

It’s wise if you can, to always keep staple items on hand for days like this.  That might include:

  • Ground beef
  • Cooked chicken breast
  • Pasta
  • Pasta sauce
  • Cream soups
  • Canned Salmon and Tuna
  • Bread crumbs – I love Panko for crunch
  • Canned tomatoes
  • Canned fruits

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This recipe is a keeper.  Men usually go for dishes like this.  Why don’t you try it out on your fella soon?

What do you try to keep on hand for quick meals?

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