Thursday, April 19, 2012

Hamburger Gravy over Rice or Noodles

This is a quick meal that I like to make when I haven't really planned ahead.  I always have the ingredients, and it's simple to make.  I just throw some rice in my rice cooker, make the gravy and there you go - dinner is served!  My kids like it too!  You can also serve it over pasta.

1 pound hamburger
1 medium onion, minced
salt and pepper to taste
3 tablespoons featherlight
2 cups water
3 beef boullion cubes

Brown hamburger and onions.  Season with salt and pepper.  Sprinkle flour on top of cooked meat.  Stir and cook for 1 - 2 minutes.  Pour in water and stir.  Add beef bouillon cubes.  Stir every minute or two, until thickened.  Serve over rice or noodles.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012


My kids gobble up meatloaf whenever I make it.  I like to cook it in a muffin tin, because it only takes 20 minutes to cook, and each person has their own individual meatloaf!  It's simple and saves time.  My family loves meatloaf with Meatloaf Sauce!

1 1/2 pounds hamburger
2 tablespoons dehydrated minced onion
1 egg
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 cup GF oatmeal

Preheat oven to 375º.  Rehydrate the minced onion in water, then drain off excess water.  Add all ingredients in a bowl and mix together with your hands.  Put meatloaf in muffin tins.  Bake at 375º for 20 minutes.  Serve with meatloaf sauce.  Makes about 12.

Notes:  I use Lea and Perkins Worcestershire sauce because it's gluten free.
            The oatmeal stretches the meatloaf a little.  You don't have to use it, but I like to.

Meatloaf Sauce

1/2 cup ketchup
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon mustard

Mix together and taste.  Sometimes I like to add more brown sugar. :)

Monday, April 16, 2012

Chicken Cordon Bleu

This is an easy way to throw together Chicken Cordon Bleu!  It's delicious, and also quick and easy to make.  I use chicken tenders because they are the perfect size for a serving, and they cook fast.  I've made the traditional Chicken Cordon Bleu where you flatten the chicken and roll the ham and cheese in the middle.  My thought is - what's the point?  It takes way too much time!  This way you get the same great taste in half the time!

Chicken tenders
Ham slices
Swiss Cheese
Chicken gravy

Chicken Gravy
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup onion, minced
2 tablespoons featherlight flour
2 cups milk
2 chicken bouillon cubes

Saute onion in butter.  Add flour and heat through.  Stir in milk.  Add bouillon cubes.  Stir until thickened.

Place chicken tenders in a greased 9 x 13 inch pan.  Top with a slice of ham about the size of the chicken.  Place a slice of Swiss cheese also about the same size on top of the ham.  Pour the chicken gravy over the chicken.  Bake at 375º for 25 minutes.  Serve with rice.

Note:  When I make this for my family I use an extra large casserole dish and cook about 13 chicken tenders.  This gravy recipe is still plenty for that many pieces of chicken.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

White Sauce & Potatoes

This white sauce is creamy and delicious!  It's the same recipe I use for creamed eggs.  We like it over mashed potatoes with cooked peas sprinkled on top.

6 tablespoons butter
6 tablespoons featherlight flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
4 1/2 cups milk

Melt butter and add salt and pepper.  Add flour and whisk, stirring until flour is heated through.  Gradually add milk and continue to stir.  Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly.  Cook until sauce becomes thickened.  Serve over mashed potatoes.  Sprinkle cooked peas on top!