Beef and Potato Skillet

Tonight I wanted to make something with the russet potato I had plus the pound of lean beef, green pepper and onion that I got at the grocery store. I looked for recipes on beef skillet or casserole but I decided to just make my own. So here’s what I came up with – it’s easy to adjust to your tastes: 1 pound lean ground beef 1 onion 1 bell pepper 1 large baking potato Italian seasoning, paprika, garlic salt (to taste) Salt and pepper 2 tablespoons shredded cheese Directions: Heat a skillet or dutch oven to medium-high heat. Dice the onion, pepper and potato. Brown the ground beef (5-7 minutes depending on pan). Take the ground beef out and[…]

Baked Oatmeal with Blueberries

I wanted to make something to eat for breakfast this week that was different from our typical cereal or peanut butter toast. My mother-in-law makes a wonderful baked oatmeal that can be stored cold or frozen and then each serving is heated up in the microwave with a splash of milk poured over it. I’ve used several different recipes in the past. Today I found one from Skinnytaste.com called Baked Oatmeal and Blueberries with Bananas but I changed it some, omitting the bananas and doubling the recipe. Here’s what I ended up with: Ingredients: 1 cup blueberries (frozen or fresh) 2 cups uncooked quick oats 1 tsp baking powder 1 tsp cinnamon pinch of salt 2 eggs 1/4 cup honey[…]

Lentils and Ham

I like lentils and ham but sometimes recipes just don’t have the right taste leaving the pot of lentils bland. Then the leftovers sit in the fridge, uneaten. I adapted a Cooking Light recipe. This recipe resulted in a tasty pot of lentils and ham, especially by adding the dash of hot sauce. Ingredients 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil 1 cup chopped onion 1 tsp garlic salt 5 cups fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth 1 cup dried lentils 1/2 cup chopped carrot (2 carrots) 1/2 cup chopped cauliflower 2 bay leaves 1 1/2 cups chopped baking potato (1 large russet) 1 cup chopped smoked ham/ turkey ham 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes, Italian style, drained 1/2 teaspoon black pepper 3 tablespoons[…]