Homemade “Beef” Helper

On busy school days with hockey, cheer, barn chores and so on, you can still make a great homemade hamburger helper without a box in about 30 minutes if not a little less.

Last night was one of those nights and with this meal, everyone was happy!

You can see how I made our homemade hamburger helper on my facebook page here:  Homemade Hamburger Helper

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Pork Rollups

These pork rollups are delicious and so easy to make.  Kids love them as it’s a change from pork chops.

This is the same way we do chicken rollups substituting the pork for the chicken.

If you buy a pork roast you can slice it yourself or ask the meat department of the store (or butcher) to slice it thin for you.

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1 box stuffing mix mixed with 1 1/4 cup water
1 can cream of chicken soup mixed with 1/2 cup water

Pound out the meat slightly, place a tablespoon of the stuffing mix in the center and spread it. Roll up the pork and secure with a toothpick.

Layer a little of the soup mix on the bottom of the casserole dish. Lay the rolls on top and cover with the remaining soup mix.

Cover and bake at 350 approximately 40 minutes or until the meat is cooked through and no longer pink.

Serve with some homemade cranberry sauce and a veggie! YUM

You can see more pictures of how we make ours on my Facebook page here:  Pork Rollups

Goat Cheese and Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta

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I think goat cheese makes all things better.  I could probably eat it in my breakfast cereal and like it.  This dish is SUPER simple and so fantastically delicious.  The creamy goat cheese blends so well with the tartness of the sun-dried tomatoes.  You will be impressed!

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The ingredients are simple.

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Preparations could not be much easier.

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Once cooked and goat cheese added it becomes a creamy taste of heaven!

I feel like I always say this but for as simple as this dish is, it’s so impressive you will amaze your family and friends.  This mixture is served in a lot of our local restaurants for triple the price it will cost you to make it for a family of 4.  Give it a try!

Goat Cheese and Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta

4 thin chicken breasts cut into cubes (approximately 2 cups)

½ jar sun-dried tomatoes chopped finely (and ½ the oil and seasonings from in the jar)

Goat cheese crumbles (measure to your taste per dish)

5 Tbsp garlic flavored oil or olive oil

3 cloves minced garlic (approximately 2 Tbsp)

1 cup chicken stock or broth

16 oz box of pasta (penne is great for this dish)

Salt/Pepper to taste

Cook pasta according to directions

Heat 3 Tbsp oil and brown and cook the chicken until done

Once cooked add the chicken stock and garlic and bring to a boil

Turn heat off and add the sundried tomatoes with ½ jar of the oil and seasoning and 2 Tbsp garlic/olive oil stirring immediately to heat through

Serve over pasta and top with crumbled goat cheese

TIPS:

Stir the goat cheese immediately after putting on the pasta and it will melt and make the pasta creamy

You can also add chopped kale or spinach to this dish wilting it with the chicken stock.

Rice A Roni Meatballs

My friend shared this recipe with me.  This is a quick, delicious and very easy meal for busy weeknights.  I added a few more ingredients than she did and this is a recipe you can adjust and add things you like to it.

You can find more pictures and the recipe on my Facebook page here:  Rice A Roni Meatballs

Pork Medallions (super easy dish)

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It’s a balmy night here with the humidity waiting on the rain.  I had a pork tenderloin out and decided to make pork medallions (which is a fancy term for the tenderloin sliced into 1 inch thick slabs).

Such an easy dish to make and very impressive for serving friends.  I don’t use a recipe but will tell you how I make them and you can follow along without worry of making sure it’s perfectly measured!!

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Season the tenderloin with about a tablespoon of sesame oil (or olive oil/garlic oil etc), salt, pepper, and garlic powder.

Pork Tenderloin (about 2 lbs)

Chives (grow your own indoors or out they are super easy to grow!!)

Butter, garlic powder, beef bouillon cubes, salt/pepper, sesame oil or other oil, parsley flakes (optional)

Cut into medallions (about 1 to 1 1/2 inches thick) and let sit for about 20 minutes

In saucepan measure 1 3/4 cups water with 2 beef bouillon cubes and boil to dissolve the cubes

Add 1 tablespoon butter and let it melt stirring frequently

Add 1 tablespoon cornstarch into 3 Tablespoons of water and stir to dissolve

Add cornstarch mixture to hot simmering broth slowly stirring the whole time

Add 2 Tablespoons chives and parsley and stir to thicken.  Set aside on low

Grill Medallions until no longer pink inside (about 5 minutes each side on medium heat)

Cook rice

Serve Medallions over rice with the sauce and extra chives on top.

We had ours with out homemade freezer applesauce (I will post recipe for that when I make more to replace our stock).  Applesauce should never be purchased it’s so easy and so much better making it yourself!!

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For dessert I threw together these chocolate chip macaroon cookies before the kids got off the bus.  These are super easy (4 INGREDIENTS) and the recipe is here: coconut chocolate chip macaroon cookies