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Old 06-23-2007, 09:39 AM   #1
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Dinner ideas ---

I have a pound of 95% lean hamburger to use for dinner tonight. I seem to have "cookers block" and can't think of anything different to make - anyone have a good idea for a casserole or something. I need something other than burgers or meatloaf. I know there are a lot of you with great food ideas so please inspire me.
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Old 06-23-2007, 09:47 AM   #2
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Calico Burger Beans

These were very yummy.

What we ended up doing was topping a nice romain salad with these after they were baked.

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I love Linda Sue's Lasagna stuffed peppers! Even my DH loved it!

LASAGNA STUFFED PEPPERS
4 large green peppers, halved lengthwise and seeded
1 pound ground beef
1 clove garlic, minced
Salt and pepper, to taste
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder, divided
1/2 pound mushrooms, sliced
1 cup spaghetti sauce
15 ounces whole milk ricotta cheese
2 tablespoons parmesan cheese
1 egg
6 ounces mozzarella cheese, shredded
1/4 cup parmesan cheese

Place peppers in a large baking pan at least 9x13 inches; sprinkle inside of peppers with salt. Meanwhile brown the ground beef, garlic, mushrooms, salt, pepper and half the garlic powder; drain fat. Stir in spaghetti sauce and adjust seasoning as needed. Combine the ricotta cheese, egg and 2 tablespoons parmesan cheese in a small bowl; season with salt, pepper and remaining garlic powder. Divide ricotta mixture between the pepper halves. Top ricotta mixture with meat sauce; mound the mozzarella cheese over the top of each pepper. Sprinkle with the 1/4 cup parmesan. Bake at 350║ for 45 minutes or until cheese is melted and browned.
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how about a simple taco salad, leave out the chips?
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I just made a double batch of this today. This time I also threw in some sugar snap peas at the end. I think it would be good with broccoli too.



CARLA'S THAI BEEF SKILLET
1 pound lean ground beef
2 red bell peppers, sliced thin
2 tablespoons fresh ginger
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
3 tablespoons natural peanut butter
2 tablespoons lime juice
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
8 romaine lettuce leaves

Brown the ground beef in a large nonstick skillet or wok; drain the grease. Add the peppers, ginger, garlic and red pepper flakes. Cook over medium-high heat about 4 minutes or until the peppers have softened slightly.

Meanwhile, whisk together the peanut butter, lime juice, soy sauce, sesame oil and cilantro. Remove the skillet from the heat and add the peanut butter mixture to the skillet; mix well. Serve the meat mixture rolled up in the lettuce leaves or over chopped lettuce.

Makes 4 servings

Per Serving: 404 Calories; 29g Fat; 26g Protein; 10g Carbohydrate; 3g Dietary Fiber; 7g Net Carbs
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I have a pound of 95% lean hamburger to use for dinner tonight. )
Do you eat Dreamfield's yet? I cooked up a pound of hamburger yesterday, added a can of diced tomatoes, about a half onion, green pepper, couple teaspoons of basil and mixed it all up in a big pot and let it simmer awhile. Then added 2 cups shredded cheese (saving some to sprinkle on top) some cooked Dreamfield's elbows (about 1 1/2 cup dry), then poured it in a glass dish and baked it for about 30 minutes at 350.

It was very "comfort food" to me and about 8 carbs per serving if you count the dreamfields as really 5 gram carb per serving.
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Thank you all very much. Great suggestions - now I have to decide which to make. When I can't decide on something different seems like we always end up with grilled burgers - which I love, but just feel like we some combo flavors today.

Kevin - I never saw the Calico Bean recipe before, I have only 1 can of black beans, the recipe sounds like it makes a lot, so I'd probably half it anyway. I've made your recipe with cauliflower before, I like it, DH not so much, he's not a big cauli fan except as steamed with butter, s&p - never as a sub for taters!!

Mac - only have 1 green pepper too!

Barb - taco salad - hmm - possibility.

Linda Sue - that looks very good, those flavor combos sound interesting.

Clyde - yes, I do some Dreamfields, but since I just made a shrimp dish with it last night I better not do it again tonight. I'll keep the recipe for later though.
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the cheesy rotel casserole is good, also
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I ended up making a Hamburger Stroganoff dish. I had some fresh mushrooms in the fridge that I needed to use. Cooked up some whole green beans to go with it. It was delish!
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I went out and got ingredients for taco salad! LOL. I had a craving after I mentioned it to you! Yummo! Thanks for giving me the thought!
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Cheesy Rotel..... ::rrrooolllll::::

And if you need a CRUNCH in your taco salad, don't forget Jicama! I really love the way it tastes with Mexican food. (Strips of Jicama dipped in Cheesy Rotel...aawweessssooommmmeeee!)
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Cheesy Rotel..... ::rrrooolllll::::

And if you need a CRUNCH in your taco salad, don't forget Jicama! I really love the way it tastes with Mexican food. (Strips of Jicama dipped in Cheesy Rotel...aawweessssooommmmeeee!)
I love, love LOVE jicama. Unfortunately it is impossible to find around here anymore!
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What? No Jicama at the Publix??

Don't you have farmer's markets out there with some more exotic produce choices?
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I ended up making a Hamburger Stroganoff dish. I had some fresh mushrooms in the fridge that I needed to use. Cooked up some whole green beans to go with it. It was delish!
So what did you use as the sauce? I have been making this with ground sirloin, whole green beans, mushrooms and onions, and ragu garlic alfredo sauce, (about a half cup) - very yummy!
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Lisa - I just cooked the hamburger, then added onion and mushrooms, cooked until soft, then added in sour cream - blend till smooth and add beef boullion cubes and worchestershire sauce. Season with salt and pepper to taste. It's a simple yet very tasty dish!
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Lisa - I just cooked the hamburger, then added onion and mushrooms, cooked until soft, then added in sour cream - blend till smooth and add beef boullion cubes and worchestershire sauce. Season with salt and pepper to taste. It's a simple yet very tasty dish!

Thanks - I will have to try it this way too!
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Ya know, I never thought of Stroganof. How silly of me! Thanks for bringing that up
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