Happy Monday..almost Tuesday! Did anyone miss the hour of sleep loss yesterday. I will have to say this morning was tough to get out of the warmth of my bed because it was so dark outside. The only thing making it easier was having extra light at the end of the day. Spring is so close!
I knew that today was going to be another busy day at the Mom on the Run house. I used yesterday afternoon to prep my meals for the week. When I got home today all I had to do was put my prepared dish in the oven and let it bake. Easier and cheaper than the local drive-thru. My weekly menu plan includes:
Chicken and Shrimp Jambalaya
Black Bean and Sweet Potato Enchiladas
Sloppy Joes with Crispy Garlic Bread
Crispy Fish with Oven Fries
All of these dishes are easy to prepare ahead of time (with the exception of the fish). For the Lenten holiday season our family chooses to to not eat meat on both Wednesdays and Fridays. This definitely requires more planning and creativity on my part. There is only so much fish the girls will tolerate and I try to expand their meatless horizons to a world beyond cheese pizza. I am hoping the black bean and sweet potato enchiladas will be a crowd pleaser on Wednesday. Stay tuned !
Tonight I decided to recreate a recipe I found on a new favorite Weight Watchers friendly recipe site and other healthy living resources with Skinny Mom. The Cheeseburger Casserole recipe really spoke to me because it combines my girls favorite foods cheeseburgers and pasta. At first glance of the ingredients I was a little apprehensive about preparing this dish. After reading the positive reviews I decided this would be a perfect dish for a Monday night.
- 2 cups whole wheat elbow macaroni, uncooked
- ½ onion, diced
- 1 cup green pepper, diced
- 1 lb lean ground beef
- 2 cups reduced-fat, shredded cheddar cheese
- 2 - 14.5 oz cans diced tomatoes
- 2 Tbsp tomato paste
- 2 Tbsp Dijon mustard
- 1 Tbsp garlic, minced
- ½ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp black pepper
- 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
- non-stick cooking spray
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees, and spray a 9x13 inch casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray.
- In a large stock pot, cook pasta according to package directions, drain and set aside.
- In a medium skillet, add olive oil and cook onions,green peppers, and garlic for 1-2 minutes.
- Add ground beef and cook until browned. Add salt and pepper to ground beef while cooking.
- Add in tomatoes, tomato paste and mustard.
- Allow the mixture to cook and thicken until bubbly.
- Add the pasta to sauce and mix to cover evenly.
- Transfer mixture to casserole dish.
- Top with cheese and bake for 20-25 minutes.
- Remove from oven and serve to hungry children.
* PointsPlus® calculated by Mom on the Run; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.
This was a good quick kid friendly recipe. I did make some adjustments and will add more tomatoes if I make ahead the night before to add some moisture to the dish. Simple and easy goes a long way on a busy night.
What are some of your favorite fix it and forget about it dishes?