Amazing Sloppy Joe!

  

I LOVE LOVE a good BBQ sloppy joe. I grew up on that can manwhich mix. When I grew up and started trying out recipes, I knew a good sloppy joe is what I had to learn. I played around with some recipes I found, added my own touches and WOW I can cook! LOL. Here goes:

2 lbs lean ground beef (OR 1 lb each of turkey and beef)

About 1 cup of ketchup

1-2 cans of diced tomatoes with juices

Dash of chili powder

Dash of garlic powder

About 1/2 bottle or so of BBQ sauce (I use sweet baby rays)

2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

2 tbsp sugar (white)

2 tbsp black pepper

Onions, if wanted, optional

1-2 cups shredded cheese

Hamburger buns, texas toast, or garlic bread

Another simple recipe here. Brown the meat and drain, then add everything in the pan. Simmer for about 15 minutes so the meat absorbs all the flavor. We have served this over texas toast, garlic bread (open faced) or just buns. Anything is good with this. The BBQ sauce and ketchup, just add until you get the consistency you are aiming for. Some like a sloppy joe thick and some like them… well sloppy for lack of better terms. Either way, its amazing. Top with cheese and serve! It warms up great the next day for left overs as well. =)

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Chicken Broccoli Casserole!

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Mmmm…. comfort food at it’s finest! Can I get an Amen!?

Anywho, this is my moms recipe. Or I should say, was. I lost her back in 2005 to cancer. It took me YEARS before I could make this recipe again. This was my moms favorite to cook and she made it for every birthday I can remember. It means a great deal to me. I am so thankful she taught me this recipe when I was little. Here goes:

1 whole chicken boiled and deboned

1 cup sharp cheddar cheese (plus extra for the top!)

8 oz sour cream

1 can cream of chicken

Paprika

1 or 2 Bags of Frozen broccoli (cooked)

Poultry seasoning

Salt and pepper

Now let me give you the directions. Pay close attention, it might seem confusing….

Mix all and cook on 375* for 45 minutes. There! =) And always always add extra cheese. That’s my new saying. So instead of the 1 cup of cheese, make sure you cover the top with cheese. You can also add some rice to this if you want. Just add some extra cream of chicken. I would use minute rice since it does not cook for that long. Honestly, 30 minutes will probably be enough time to warm it. All the ingredients are cooked already when going into the oven. So basically you wanna marry the ingredients and melt the cheese on top. You can use any cheese you want. =)

Enjoy!

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Quick and Yummy Chili Mac!

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This is my children’s favorite throw-together meal! As a mom, I do not always have a lot of time for dinner some nights. Between kids, their homework, my homework (I am also a student), chores, a hubby, and about 100 other things, I am lucky if I fit sleep into my schedule. This meal feeds a lot of us. We are a family of four and always have left overs! You can cut this recipe in half if you want. Here goes:

2 lbs. lean hamburger

2 cans rotel (drained)

2 cans ranch style beans with jalapenos

2 boxes or kraft mac n cheese (trust me on this one, only kraft)

Brown your meat, drain the fat. Cook your mac n cheese like it says on the box. Combine the mac n cheese and hamburger in a large pot. Add the rotel, and the ranch beans. Season as wanted. (Doesn’t need much, maybe salt and pepper.) Mix it all together, on medium until warm and BAM, meal complete! How simple was that!? My kids like sour cream and shredded cheese on top. My husband like crumbled chips on top. Endless options. Even cornbread goes good with it! Of course I would think of cornbread, its my southern roots. 😉

Enjoy!

Homemade Chocolate Pie!

Ok, first, let me tell you how amazing this pie is. It is one of the top 3 items my family and friends request at every get-together. I have mastered my skill with this pie and I must say, it does take a little practice to get the right consistency. There have been many time I have served this pie with a spoon instead of a fork. However, do not give up! Because even in a pudding form, it taste the same and it just amazing. That is the perfect part about this recipe; you can make pudding, or a pie. Technically the recipe makes two pies or one pudding and one pie. Take your pick. Just cook longer for the pie. Here goes:

2 Frozen Pie Shells, baked (or homemade, below)

2 Cups Sugar

4 Big Tbs Flour

½ tsp Salt

5 Big Tbs Cocoa Powder

3 Large Eggs, Yolk Only (Beaten)

4 Cups Milk

1 Stick Butter

2 Tsp Vanilla Extract

Combine Sugar, Flour, salt and cocoa in pot. Turn on medium to high heat. Then add beat yolks, then milk. Using a whisk, stir all together until warm. When warm, add whole stick of cold butter. Let butter melt while scrapping bottom of pot so it does not stick or clump. Continue stirring until it thickens to pudding texture, then continue for 8 more minutes or so. You will learn the consistency as you go. Add the vanilla extract and stir good. Pour into already cooked pie shells. Makes 2 pies. Or 1 pie + pudding.

If you want to know a good homemade pie crust recipe, this is the one I typically use. Homemade Pie Crust

Finishing product!

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I may have been a little impatient in tasting this one which is why it cracked on the top. No biggie! ALSO, one last thing, feel free to use the graham cracker crust or which ever pie shell you want. Trust me, its great in anything! Especially in my mouth!

Enjoy!