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Taco Sloppy Joes

Taco Sloppy Joes

These Taco Sloppy Joe’s, made with Mexican-spiced ground beef and topped with your favorite taco toppings, are delicious!

How to Make Homemade Lasagna for the Freezer

lasagna cheese topping

Homemade lasagna is a delicious one-dish dinner that can be made ahead and frozen. This recipe for making lasagna allows you to customize it to suit your tastes.

Spicy Grilled Tri-tip

Spicy Grilled Tri-tip overhead

This spicy rub recipe for tri-tip and other cuts of beef is super easy to prepare. Rub the meat and throw it on the grill for a super supper.

8 Great Ways to Use Ground Beef or Turkey

8 Ways to Use Ground Beef or Turkey from GoodCheapEats.com | Ground meat can make so many versatile and freezer-friendly meals. If you need some inspiration on how to use ground beef, check out these recipes for meatballs, pasta sauce, chili, tacos, sausage patties, turkey egg bake, burgers, and chili stacks..

Ground beef or turkey are often the most economical meats. Good thing! They can make so many versatile and freezer-friendly meals. If you need some inspiration on how to use ground meats, check out these recipes. I remember when I could get a ti-tip for $1.99/pound untrimmed. Today, I’m lucky if I can find it under […]

Make Your Own Stocks and Broths

Make Your Own Stocks and Broths - Don

Don’t buy processed stocks and broths. You can make your own for less money and better flavor. Now that summer is over, we should see more and more sales on whole chickens, turkeys, and roasts. This is good news. Don’t be intimidated by cooking the whole bird. You can easily roast a small chicken or […]

Spicy Sausage Burgers

Spicy Sausage Burger - Despite all the back to schooly stuff going on, summer

Despite all the back to schooly stuff going on, summer’s not over. Live up the lingering days of the season with these Spicy Sausage Burgers. Despite the fact that the kids and I are finishing our first week of school, the calendar and the warm weather both concur that summer is still here. Fall doesn’t […]

Spicy No Bean Chili

Spicy No Bean Chili - Ditch the canned chili. You can make your own bowl of red in just minutes. Great taste without the wait.

Ditch the canned chili. You can make your own bowl of red or topping for a hot dog in just minutes. Great taste without the wait. As we research our trip to Europe we are learning so much about different cultures and norms. I put a moratorium on all children’s spending until after the trip. […]

Making Burger Patties for the Freezer

Hamburgers for Freezing

Want some easy freezer meals without heating up your summertime kitchen? Well, burger up, folks! Today I took the kids down to Balboa Park for a free museum visit. San Diego County residents get free admission to select Balboa Park museums on Tuesdays. We’ve lived here for 5 1/2 years and NEVER done it. I’ve always […]

Turkey & Black Bean Tacos

Turkey and Black Bean Tacos - Taco Night is the highlight of the week. Make this week

I’ve been on a ground turkey kick. Part of it is an effort to reduce our red meat. It’s probably not that good for us to eat it as often as we were, plus it’s getting more expensive. I just can’t swing it when the kids could easily eat two to three pounds in one sitting. We’re enjoying it twice a week, which is good.

I didn’t used to like ground turkey, but since I tried Trader Joe’s, I’m hooked. (Sorry to all you people who don’t have TJ’s or don’t like it. I fell out of love with Trader Joe’s a few years ago, but I’m finding ways to make their products and prices work for me, and it’s working really well.)

Anyway, this dish is the antithesis of what I would have made five years ago when I was a sworn beefeater.

Crockpot Chili Bean Soup

Crockpot Chili Bean Soup - Spend ten minutes prepping tonight

Spend ten minutes prepping tonight’s dinner. This crockpot chili bean soup is a crowd-pleaser. Things are starting to heat up now that April is well under way. I got a bit of a sunburn at Legoland earlier this week. Summer approaches! Warm weather aside, I still have been firing up the crockpot, particularly for those […]