Old-Fashioned Meatloaf

I love a nice meatloaf for dinner. One of my favorite parts is that it’s always enough food to have leftovers for the next day. Meatloaf sandwiches for lunch anyone?

But it doesn’t have to stop there. Take your meatloaf, slice it and warm it up in some tomato sauce. Serve it over cooked spaghetti for a new take on spaghetti and meatballs. (Or crumble it up into the sauce for spaghetti and meat sauce).

From the “Cook Once – Eat Twice” Cookbook

Old-Fashioned Meatloaf
  • 1 cup of finely chopped onion
  • 1 celery stalk, chopped fine
  • ½ sweet red bell pepper, chopped fine
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1½ tsp black pepper
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • ⅔ cup ketchup
  • 1½ lbs ground beef
  • ½ lbs ground pork sausage
  • 1 cup fresh bread crumbs
  • 2 large eggs, beaten slightly
  • ⅓ cup minced fresh parsley leaves
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. In a large heavy skillet, put the onion, celery, and bell pepper with the butter, and cook just until starting to get soft, then stir in the garlic and cook for 30 seconds more.
  3. Stir in salt and pepper, Worcestershire sauce, and ⅓ a cup of ketchup. Cook for 1 more minute.
  4. In a large bowl, put both meats, bread crumbs, eggs, and parsley.
  5. Mix gently with your hands until combined. Don't over mix - protein tends to get tough if handled too long.
  6. Form into a loaf and put into a loaf pan.
  7. Cover the loaf with remaining ketchup.
  8. Bake in preheated oven for 1 hour.
  9. Remove and let sit for 5 minutes, then slice and serve.


Old fashioned meatloaf recipe

Shepherd’s Pie Recipe

This humble shepherd’s pie recipe has a lot going for it. It’s frugal, a great way to use up leftover mashed potatoes and veggies and with the potatoes and cheese it’s perfect comfort food.

I also love the fact that it’s a complete meal in one dish. Once it’s done, dinner is ready and there isn’t a whole lot of cleanup after. It also reheats quite well the next day should there be any leftovers (in my house there usually isn’t).

From the “Cook Once – Eat Twice” Cookbook

Shepherd's Pie Recipe
Serves: 4
  • 6 Tbsp butter, divided
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 stalk celery, diced fine
  • 1 cup corn kernels
  • ½ cup frozen green peas
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ tsp dried thyme
  • ½ to ¾ cup beef broth
  • 3 cups cooked ground or shredded beef
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 cups cooked mashed potatoes
  • ½ cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  1. Put 2 tablespoons of the butter in a 10 to 12 inch cast iron skillet over medium heat, add the onions and celery and cook until softened.
  2. To the skillet, add the corn, peas, Worcestershire sauce, thyme, beef broth, cooked beef, salt, and pepper; stir. (Add more beef broth if desired.)
  3. Reduce the heat to low and simmer slowly for 5 to 7 minutes, uncovered.
  4. Turn oven on to 400 and allow to preheat.
  5. Put the mashed potatoes in a bowl and add the remaining 4 tablespoons of butter and mash until well combined.
  6. Remove skillet from heat and gently spread the mashed potatoes on top of the beef mixture in skillet.
  7. Put the skillet in the preheated oven and bake for 15 minutes or until potatoes get golden brown.
  8. Remove the skillet and sprinkle the Cheddar cheese over the top, then return the skillet to the oven and bake another 8 to 10 minutes or until the cheese is melted and bubbling hot.


A plate of Shepherds Pie

Ground Beef Stroganoff Recipes

As you know I’m a big fan of quick and easy ground beef dishes. A family favorite is Beef Stroganoff. I often make it in the crockpot and it’s always a big hit. Today I was browsing around online and came across a few different recipes that looked promising. I thought I’d share them here… let me know if you’ve tried any of them and how you liked them. I’ll be sure to do the same.

Below each recipe listing, I’ll give you my notes or my thoughts about each blog post and recipe.

Ground Beef Stroganoff Recipe


A quick and easy Ground Beef Stroganoff recipe with a creamy kick of cream cheese.

Note:  I recently came across this  blog and enjoyed reading it a lot. I haven’t had a chance to try the recipe yet, but it’s on next week’s menu.

Ground Beef Stroganoff with Fresh Mushrooms | Mamal Diane


Beef Stroganoff has always been a favorite of my family. I would mix in canned cream of mushroom soup. Since I am not using as many processed foods I don’t buy cream of mushroom soup anymore. Now I make it from

Note: My family isn’t a big fan of mushrooms, but if I ever get a day by myself, I’ll definitely try this version. My favorite part of this particular posts is the pictures for each step of the process. Worth taking a look just for the images.

Sweet Basil ‘n Spice: Easy Ground Beef Stroganoff


While working in Liberia where cream of mushroom soup was hard to come by and hamburger was the cheapest form of beef, I developed a simple recipe for beef stroganoff using Greek yogurt and ground beef. This recipe is

Note: I love the fact that this recipe uses greek yogurt instead of “cream of …” type soup. It sounds delicious and makes this a much healthier dish.

Ground Beef Stroganoff Over Rice Recipe | Recipe4Living


Cheap, Fast and Easy to make, and Very Delicious. You can serve this over Rice or Noodles I have not found anyone who does not like this. My Dad called this “Poor Man’s Stroganoff

Note: My biggest take-away from this blog post was to serve the finished Stroganoff over rice instead of noodles. Not sure why I’ve never thought of that.

Let’s wrap it up with a video on making Beef Stroganoff.


Betty’s Company’s Coming! Sirloin Beef Stroganoff Recipe

In this video, Betty demonstrates how to make her Company’s Coming! Sirloin Beef Stroganoff. Made with top sirloin steak and tangy seasoning and sour cream, the sauce is a perfect complement to freshly cooked egg noodles—just right for company dinner…

Note: The recipe in this video uses lean ground beef. You can make it even more frugal by buying ground chuck and using these tips for lowering the fat of regular ground beef.

Tamale Pie

There seem to be two kinds, one in which there’s a layer of cornbread or cornmeal mush over a filling, the other in which everything is mixed together. This is the second kind:

Tamale Pie

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Container: 10 inch skillet, 8 x 8 baking dish
Servings: 6

– 2 tablespoons olive or canola oil
– 1 onion
– 1 pepper
– 1/4 cup chopped jalapeño pepper (optional)
– 1 pound ground meat (beef, lamb or turkey)
– 2 cups tomato pieces, canned or fresh, with juice
– 2 cups corn kernels, fresh, canned or frozen
– 1/2 cup broth, water or wine
– 1 teaspoon chili powder, or to taste
– 1 cup corn meal
– 1 cup grated cheese (cheddar, jack, or any kind that melts well)
– salt
* Chop onion, garlic and pepper(s). Heat oil and cook onion, garlic and pepper until softened– about 5 minutes. Mix meat with 3/4 teaspoon salt, crumble and add to pan. Cook and stir until meat is done.
* Add tomatoes, corn, broth and chile powder. Simmer together while preparing the corn meal.
* Preheat oven to 350° F.
* Bring 2 cups water to a boil; slowly add corn meal, stirring vigorously to prevent lumping. (Mixture will be quite thick.) Add 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste.
* Stir corn meal mixture into other ingredients. Sprinkle cheese over the top and bake about 30 minutes.
* TIP: if you use an oven-proof skillet to prepare ingredients, bake the pie in it and save cleaning up an extra dish.

Thanksgiving Dinner Any Day

Turkey Meatball Recipe

1 to 2 lbs ground turkey
1 small onion diced thinly
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp basil
1/2 tsp garlic
1/2 tsp pepper
2 eggs
1 3/4 cups bread crumbs

Mix turkey,onion and herbs together in mixing bowl.
Add eggs and breadcrumbs.
Stir and form into meatballs.

Heat a saute pan with olive oil and butter,cook until golden brown.

Mixing in another bowl stuffing using one loaf of bread and three tablespoons of Bells seasoning.
Cook in another pan 1 onion and 1 to 2 stalks of celery until tender; add to stuffing mix.
Add 1/2 cup milk or water; mix.

Layer a baking pan with stuffing and then add turkey meatballs to the stuffing.
Add a gravy of your choice over meatballs and stuffing.

Cover and cook 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

Make mashed potato or boxed instant potato and a veggie of your choice.(I like winter squash)
When stuffing is finished take out of oven; add cut up cranberry sauce and place back in oven for 10 minutes, take back out. Now you can choose whether to have potato on the top or as a side dish. Add a little more gravy to potatoes.
Now you can have a hot Thenksgiving menu recipe any day,and the kids love it as well.

Easy 3 Can Beef Chili

1 lb lean ground beef
1 14 oz can Ranch beans(undrained)
1 14 oz can Chili beans(undrained)
1 14 oz can diced tomatoes(undrained)

Brown ground beef(do not drain). Add remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 20 minutes. To add a little spice, use Ranch beans with jalapenos instead.

This is great to use making frito pie.

Broiled Beef And Cheese Melt

This was something my mom made that I loved as a kid

  • 1Lb Ground Beef browned and drained
  • 1 Small Onion diced and cooked with meat above
  • 1 TBS Garlic Powder
  • 1tsp Salt
  • 1 small can of tomato Paste
  • 1 loaf Italian Bread
  • 1 Tomato sliced
  • 6-8 slices of American cheese

Cut Loaf of bread in half lengthwise and hollow out loaf with a spoon. The bread you hollow out can be set aside to dry out to make bread crumbs and frozen for later.

In skillet where you browned the meat;  mix meat, onion, garlic powder, salt, and tomato paste.
Spread this into hollow of both halves of bread as evenly as possible.
Set bread halves on a baking sheet.
Top meat mixture with a single layer of tomato slices, then a single layer of cheese.
Place this under the broiler in the oven, Set broiler at 500 degree or broil setting on oven. Leave under broiler until cheese is bubbly (about 5 minutes).
Slice and serve as an open face type sandwich with chips or pasta salad.

Easy Beef Porcupines

A good cold weather comfort food

  • 1 lb of ground beef
  • 1/2 cup  rice (uncooked)
  • 2 TBS of Worcestershire Sauce (divided in half)
  • 1 small diced onion
  • 1 TBS garlic powder
  • 1 Egg beaten
  • 2 small cans of tomato soup
  • 2 soup cans of water

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

In a mixing bowl combine beef, rice, 1 TBS of Worcestershire sauce, onion, garlic powder, and egg. Make meatballs from mixture and place them in a 9×13 baking pan spaced out. In same mixing bowl mix together soup, water, and remaining Worcestershire sauce. Pour this over the meatballs. Cover the pan with foil and bake at 400 degrees for 45 minutes. Remove foil, increase oven temp to 425 degree for remaining 15 minutes. Serve with Mashed potatoes and a veggie.

Prep time 15 minutes

Bake time 1 Hour

Shepard's Pie

  • 2 T. butter
  • 1 1/2 lbs. ground beef
  • 1 medium onion
  • 2 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 16 oz. mixed vegetables (not drained)
  • 4 cups mashed potatoes (I use instant)
  • 6 oz. tomato paste
  • 1/2 c. cheddar cheese (I use more)

Mix eggs, meat, Worcestershire sauce, seasonings and onion. Brown in butter in heavy skillet, stirring frequently. Add vegetables and tomato paste. Heat thoroughly. Put in shallow 9×13 glass dish. Top with potatoes and cheese.

Bake 15 minutes at 400 degrees.

Healthy No Salt Sausage

  • 3/4 pound ground meat (originally pork, but turkey works great)
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon rubbed sage
  • 1/4 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground thyme

Obviously, you can adjust to taste.

This can be either browned as loose meat or shaped into patties.

Mom got this from the dialysis clinic before she had her transplant, but we still use it all the time. One of our favorite dinners is rice (1 1/2 cups cooked), canned tomatoes (28-ounce can), and 1 recipe of this, and we usually add a chopped onion and chopped bell pepper. We used to use plain hamburger but this is much better. I think it would also be great in breakfast tacos.

It's not as strong as real sausage but it does add a nice flavor, which it really helps if you're trying to reduce fat and are using very lean ground meats.

Barbecue Sloppy Joes

  • 1 pound ground turkey thawed if frozen
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup onions chopped
  • 1 8-ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 4 hamburger buns or onion buns, split and toasted

This recipe makes 4 servings.

Crumble turkey into a medium skillet. Sprinkle with pepper. Add onion. Over medium-high heat, cook and stir for 5 minutes or until meat is no longer pink and onion is almost tender. Reduce heat to low.

Stir in tomato sauce, barbecue sauce and water. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes or until onion is tender, stirring occasionally.

Place each hamburger bun bottom on an individual plate. Spoon about 3/4 cup of the turkey mixture onto each; replace tops. Serve immediately.

Frugal Taco Salad

This is inexpensive to make and it can feed 3-4 people to save money. I use ground turkey but you can use ground beef I suppose. I buy generic everything so this usually cost about $4 to make and it is a quick dinner for when you do not feel like cooking.

  • 1 lb ground turkey(or beef)
  • 1 pkg of taco season
  • 1 bag of shredded lettuce or a small head of lettuce diced well
  • 1/2 bottle of french dressing
  • 1/2 bag of shredded cheddar cheese.
  • 1 bag of cheap tortilla chips crushed up

Cook turkey in a skillet with the taco season according to directions.
In a large bowl add lettuce, cheese, crushed chips and dressing and mix well, then add the meat and stir again until the meat is incorporated into the salad and serve.

I know French dressing sounds weird but it is yummy and filling.

Mock Swedish Meatballs – Crockpot

  • 1 lb of ground turkey (if you have an aldi in your area ground turkey is cheap like 1.39 a pound.)
  • 1 sleeve of saltine crackers crushed
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 1 half on an onion diced fine
  • pepper, paprika, and garlic powder to taste
  • 1 can of cream of mushroom soup
  • 1/2 a soup cans worth of milk.

combine turkey, egg, onion, crackers and seasons in a bowl and form into small meatballs.
in a pan fry until they have browned a bit and if you have a crock pot transfer to a crockpot, if not transfer to a baking dish with lid. take the cream of mushroom soup and mix it with the milk and pour over meatballs.
if using a crockpot cook on low 4-5 hours,
if using an oven preheat to 350 degrees and bake one hour.
( i personally like the crockpot better cause the meatballs turn out better that way.

this is super yummy with some mashed potatoes and biscuits.

Swedish meatballs with mashed potato and lingonberry.

Egg Noodle Beef Casserole

  • 1 bag of Egg Noddles
  • 1 lb of ground beef
  • 1 can of cream of corn
  • 1 can of medium olives including juice
  • 2 8oz cans of Tomato sauce
  • 1 bag of shredded cheddar cheese

Boil noodles and cook brown beef. Mix all ingredients into a casserole dish. Cover and bake for about 30 minutes on 350.

Homemade Sloppy Joes

You can make Sloppy Joes about a million different ways. However, this is the most tasty recipe that I have found. It reheats well and also freezes well.

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • ½ cup chopped green pepper
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 stalk celery (sliced)
  • 1/8 tsp pepper
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp flour
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • ¾ cup ketchup

Brown the ground beef, onion, pepper, garlic and celery in a skillet. Drain off the grease from the meat.

Place 1 tbsp of flour into 1 cup of water and stir it around. Then pour it over the meat. Next add the Worcestershire sauce and the ketchup and let it simmer for about 20 to 25 minutes.

This can be served on buns, in taco shells, on top of macaroni or over rice.