Category Archives: Ground Meat

Healthy Barley Stew Recipe

Healhty Barley Stew

This yummy recipe has a mild flavor and is great paired with jalapeno cornbread!  The addition of a little spice makes it absolutely perfect. If you aren’t up for it, but want a little spice add a little extra cayenne pepper to yours.

Healthy Barley Stew


  • 1 cup instant barley
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 whole bay leaves
  • 3 med onions
  • 2 med celery stalks
  • 1 med bell pepper (any color works)
  • 2 med cloves garlic
  • 1 tbsp canola oil
  • 4 oz ground meat (we used turkey)
  • 2 14.5 oz cans diced toms
  • 1 tsp sat
  • 1/2 tsp ground cayenne pepper
  • 1 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp black pepper


  1. Rinse barley under cold water.
  2. In a med pot over high heat, bring barley, water and bay leaves to a boil. Reduce heat to low and cover.  Cook barley until tender and water is absorbed, about 20-30 minutes.
  3. Set aside.
  4. Dice onions, celery and bell pepper.  Mince garlic.
  5. In a large pot, heat pan over medium high heat.  When pan is heated, add oil.
  6. When oil is hot, saute onions, celery and bell pepper.  Add minced garlic when veggies are almost translucent add garlic and saute an additional 1 minute.
  7. Add ground meat and spices then cook until browned. Drain and return to pan.
  8. Add tomatoes and bring to a simmer.
  9. Cover and reduce heat.  Cook at a low simmer for 15 minutes.
  10. Add cooked barley to mixture.  Stir to combine.  Add water or beef broth if necessary.  ook over low heat to blend flavors, about 5-10 minutes more.
  11. Remove bay leaves and serve.

*Barley can be cooked up to two days in advance.

*If you’d like a vegan option, use pinto or black beans, rinsed and drained, in place of meat

* Could use cooked rice instead of barley

I’d love to hear your thoughts and modifications!

Please leave them in the comment section.

Originally posted 2016-03-21 06:00:10.

Tina’s Baked Spegetti


  • ½ lb ground beef or turkey
  • 1 package spaghetti
  • ¼ of a smoked sausage, cut into small pieces
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped
  • 3 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • Garlic powder
  • Italian seasoning
  • Seasoned Salt
  • 3 small cans tomato sauce
  • 1 c shredded cheese.


  1. Cook spaghetti and set aside.
  2. Brown ground beef and smoked sausage with onion, bell pepper and celery.  Drain.
  3. Mix tomato sauce with meat in pan.  Add seasonings to taste.  Simmer.
  4. Mix spaghetti and sauce, place in casserole dish.
  5. Top with shredded cheese and pepperoni.
  6. Bake at 425 for 30 minutes, or until cheese is melted.

Originally posted 2013-07-20 08:00:56.

Ramen Pizza

Let me start by saying that this may not be for everyone.  It looks yummy, but just tasted okay.  I think it would be way better if more ingredients were added than what I put.  My Monkey complained, so I only put meat, onion, and cheese.  Next time I’ll put more pizza ingredients for more flavor.  This could also be done with spaghetti.  Also, you are so gonna want bread with it!
2 pkg ramen noodles
1 lb ground meat (I used turkey)
1/2 onion
Pizza Sauce
Shredded Cheese
*Various Toppings to Add*
Sauteed Mushrooms
bell pepper
banana peppers
  1. Cook the ramen until almost done.
  2. Brown ground meat and onions (also bell pepper if you like). Drain grease
  3. Drain Ramen.
  4. Add Ramen to ground meat along with other toppings of choice and pizza sauce.
  5. Heat until cooked through.
  6. Add cheese on top.
  7. Enjoy.


Originally posted 2013-01-25 06:00:00.

BBQ Mac Recipe


Hey Everyone!  I’m always seeing fancy slightly labor intensive recipes.  They look yummy and are awesome.  However, this is not a fancy labor intensive recipe.  It is a throwback to back in the day when we couldn’t afford many things.  This is fast.  Easy.  Yummy.  Done!  Great for Mommy on those days where we’re just too exhausted to cook!  It’s also super easy to clean up!

Macoroni.  (could use Mac and Cheese if you want)
Ground Meat (Turkey or hamburger)
Any additional veggies you’d like to throw in.  Canned or frozen.
Seasonings of choice (I love love love Emeril’s seasoning and you can find the recipe for that on food network.  I also like using Tony C’s or any seasoning mix the fam likes!)
Onions, if you want
Garlic, if you please

Okay, ready for this easy one dish meal???

1.  Boil the macaroni.  Drain, toss with some olive oil (keeps the pasta from sticking), set aside.
2.  Cook ground meat, along with onions and garlic if you please. Also, add your seasonings now so that they are cooked into the meat.  Drain any grease.
3.  Add in canned or frozen veggies.  Heat.
4.  Mix in mac, or mac and cheese.  Eat.  Enjoy!

Originally posted 2012-08-11 05:00:00.

Portobello Burgers

Have you ever had a burger on a grilled portobello mushroom????  If not, you really are missing out!!!  They are so flippin’ good!!!  This may be the best burger I’ve ever had!  Hands down!  The juiciness of the mushroom and the strong flavor……  MMMMmmmm! 

So, to make them…  Here ya go:

Make the burger as you like them. 

Go prepare the mushrooms you have options.

If you have a grill, like a foreman or something, just use that.  You’ll know when they are done.  Simply brush the mushroom with a light coat of olive oil, then put them on for a few minutes.  You’ll know, just trust me.

If you don’t, then you can use a skillet. 

To use a skillet:
Get another skillet slightly smaller with two 14 oz cans.  Heat the larger skillet to medium.  Brush outside of mushroom with olive oil.  Put the mushroom in the larger skillet, then use the smaller skillet with two cans in it to weigh down the mushroom.  This will help flatten out the mushroom.  It only takes a few minutes.

Make the burger as you would any other burger and enjoy.  One HUGE difference is the juiciness.  I suggest eating the burger out of a couple of paper towels.  It can be messy! 

Originally posted 2012-07-07 16:00:00.

Low Fat Middle Eastern Turkey Dogs

Dip these in a little dijon mustard and enjoy!  They are really great!  You can serve them on tortillas or by themselves with a little dijon mustard!  Or, you could make them into patties and have them on pita bread!  YuMMMMYYYY!!!  As side dishes, couscous would work well or some baklava!  


  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander seed
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 pound ground turkey


  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C). Spray baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together cumin, coriander, ginger, cinnamon, pepper, and salt. In a large bowl, crumble the ground turkey; slowly work in seasoning mixture with your hands, distributing seasoning as evenly as possible. Divide into 8 equal balls. On a flat surface, roll out each turkey ball into a tube shape.
  3. Spray a large skillet with nonstick cooking spray, and set it over medium heat. Place turkey tubes into the skillet; cook, turning frequently, until golden brown on all sides. Transfer to a baking sheet.
  4. Bake in preheated oven about 6 minutes.

You ready for this:
only 177 calories per serving!!!  So tasty, so few calories!  Of course, the dijon mustard adds a bit of calories, but it’s SO worth it!!!

Originally posted 2012-01-19 06:01:00.

Momma’s Sloppy Joe’s

Sorry I’ve been MIA.  My computer has been evil and refusing to allow me to do anything functional!  Anyway, we are up and running for the moment!

So, I promised a dear friend I would post this a while back and kept forgetting!  My Mom has made this recipe for years, and we all love it!  Only problem is measurements:  their ALL GUESSES!!!

So, here are my roughly thrown together ‘directions:  brown 2 lbs ground meat (turkey or beef)
Add in a LOT of ketchup!  Momma uses only ketchup, I add a couple of small cans of tomato paste.  Your choice!  Just add until it is at the juice/sloppy level you like.
Add about 1 1/2 tbsp mustard.  Stir in.
Add a handful of brown sugar.  Sprinkle it around and stir.
In anxious starvation, I totally forgot to take an after picture!  Sorry!  Just serve on bread, buns work.  We use whatever we have!  If it’s too sweet, add mustard.  Too sour?  Add brown sugar.  Just add, taste, adjust until it is how you like it!  Hope you like it as much as we do!  Let me know any modifications you like!  I’m always looking to mix things up!
Have an awesome week!!!
Granny’s Chocolate Gravy
Other posts you may like:
Almost Homemade Lemonade
Summer Squash

Originally posted 2011-10-05 20:56:00.

Crystal’s Super Simple Homemade Cheesy Mac

Crystal;s Super Simple Cheesy MacI love quick and easy dinners during the week!  Who has time and energy to prepare a four course meal, work, clean house, or whatever all the time, every single day? In the summer, that can be even more important. Our kitchens get way too hot to want to be in there for long, am I right?  Of course, when school starts back if you have even less time.  Always so crazy.  Regardless of the season, this is a perfect week night Cheesy Mac recipe.

I picked up a box of hamburger helper and decided to yum it up!  Having the same old thing gets old fast so I looked around my kitchen and started adding things.  Funny how the best things can come from such unexpected places!  I love mixing up and making things different, especially when they are a good cheat!  It was so stinkin’ delicious that we now have it at least once a week!  I hope you enjoy it!



*1 box cheesy Mac
*1lb of Hamburger (you can add more for a larger family)
*1/2 a can of rotell (if spices aren’t your thing use chopped tomatoes)
*onion powder
*spoonful or two sour cream
*grill mates smokehouse maple seasoning
*shredded Parmesan cheese (on top)




Brown and drain the hamburger meat. Add in seasonings, onion, and Rotel while the meat is cooking. Next add the season pack with the noodles, following directions on the box. You can skip the onion powder if you aren’t a fan of onion, but we love it! I’m obsessed with it. I add it to everything!
When the noodles are ready add the melted cheese pack from the box and a spoonful or two of sour cream to your liking.  Voila!
Pair this with garlic bread or cottage cheese, or a nice salad for the perfect, quick week night meal.

Can’t wait to hear your thoughts on my creation!  How do you, would you change it up?


Emeril’s Spaghetti and Meatballs

First I have to say, this may be the best sauce I’ve ever tasted! (When followed exactly, anyway!) I’ve changed it around and modified it at times, but it is too great when done by the recipe for me to say modifying it much is the best. LOL. I’m not sure if it would be illegal for me to re-post the recipe, so I’m just going to link to it. I found it on Food and it really is a great recipe! If you want, you can double it and freeze or can the leftover sauce. It works really well on homemade pizza also, but I do cook it a little longer to thicken it up. If you get distracted and cook it too long, it will get thick and be perfect for pizza sauce….. I think that was a happy accident indeed! Anyway, below are my pictures. Sorry I forgot to take them while the sauce was put together! I didn’t make the meatballs, rather I used some ground beef and sausage I had pre-cooked. I’m all about convenience!!! Hope you try this out, you won’t be sorry!!!

As a side note, ours is done using whole wheat pasta, which is why the noodles are dark. They are good, but have a different flavor and texture. I also use ground turkey rather than beef.  Can’t tell much of a difference.  We are learning to love them for health purposes…  
P.S.  The Essence required is great on lots of things!!!  The recipe is at the bottom of the page.  😀  Hope you love it as much as we do!!!  Waiting for our tomato plants to sprout so we can have fresh tomatoes in our pasta!!!
****Can be frozen and used another time, I do it all the time and it is still just as good!!!

Originally posted 2011-07-27 15:23:00.