|In the kitchen time again!|
I am so very eager for Autumn to arrive. Today I even had my manicurist paint my nails in a lovely shade of deep, dark wine...a color I normally reserve for the cooler months. I wish to wear my sweaters, coats, laced up oxford shoes and of course my hats & gloves. We do not get much an Autumn here in my neck of the woods of California. The temps seem to hover in the 80's and then we lower to the 70's for a month, and then WHAM we are soaked in rain, and putting on the wellies and freezing, and it is likely all this will happen in the next two months.
I have been so eager to start cooking all the wonderful dishes that just scream Autumn to me. Stews, casseroles and soups. Served up with a side of hot bread and maybe a cobbler afterwards when apple picking rolls around. So when my Kraft Food & Family magazine arrived and it was the Fall addition, I decided to not wait and to try out a few dishes. The next two are what I have done so far. They are simple and hearty and really yummy too...especially with a tweak or two.
|yes, it does seem very 1950's for me...and not at all 100% healthy, but oh so yummy. I did use low fat cheese and low sodium bacon as well as lean ground beef.|
|Instead of browning everything together, I microwaved the meat, drained it and then rinsed under hot water and drained again...all the flavor is still there, but less fat!|
|I bake my bacon, no mess that way....and as I was already going to the trouble of doing each step more separate anyway, it truly was not a big deal for me to do the bacon in this manner.|
|Nice and crisp. Most of the fat patted off, left to cool for easy chopping.|
|Alright, so here is the meat, the onions, the Ketchup, and mustard ( I used deli, not yellow...richer flavor) it is all ready to go in my baking dish.|
|I put the meat in the baking dish, which I sprayed with cooking spray first. Then the chopped bacon goes on top, then the cheese....|
|...then the frozen tater tots....I use the extra crispy type! If you wanted to be decadent you could add a bit more cheese to the top!|
|I baked for nearly 30 minutes till I was satisfied with the crispness and brown of the Tater Tots.|
The above dish was served with a large salad and that was all that was needed for a complete, and wonderfully tasty meal. The family devoured it! So it is on my must do again list! The next one is a stew of sorts and you can not even imagine how simple it is ! Just get it started and forget about it!
|I am rather still in the mode of penny pinching, and I am not fond of large knifes or should say they like me too much ....so I bought stew meat, and it was so simple...have to love when things are just dump and go! Like how we always chop up and freeze bags of onions and other vegies for future meals...so easy to use when getting a meal done in a hurry!|