Back when I was a kid, my single mom got some meal plans from the US government for cooking healthy meals on a budget. This Ham, Cheese, & Rice Casserole recipe was one of them.
This is a great way to use the random pieces left over from a Christmas ham.
This Christmas I bought a small Smithfield Spiral-Cut Honey-Glazed Ham (~$13). The small end of the ham, chopped into bits, made up the meat in this recipe.
Or, maybe you’re terribly busy?
Perhaps you’re cooking for just one or two people?
Here’s how to lay an inexpensive holiday spread in about 15 minutes so you can spend your time and money on better things.
“Lazy or efficient? It’s all in the eye of the beholder.”
~ So Says Sunny
Back when I was a kid, my single mom got some meal plans from the US government for cooking healthy meals on a budget. I’m pretty sure this Meatloaf Burgers recipe was one of them.
It’s important to understand why meatloaf was invented. The eggs and crackers helped stretch the ground beef, a practice that was crucial during hard times. Though beef isn’t such a luxury these days, we can still benefit from reducing the amount of red meat in our diet.
But I love these meatloaf burgers because of the taste — They’re flavorful, super-juicy burgers with all the onions and Worcestershire sauce built-in.
I make a taco salad pasta dish I affectionately call Mexican Mess or Micro Taco. I have no idea where the recipe came from.
The taco pasta is sort of like a Mexican-spiced Spaghetti with Meat Sauce … but once you add all the toppings, the similarity fades.
Stretching meat with pasta (or beans or tofu) has long been a strategy for poor folk (myself included) but it is also healthy by cutting red meat consumption. And using whole wheat or fiber-fortified pasta makes the dish even more nutritious.