Crunchy Taco Hamburger Skillet

This skillet meal is just like a certain boxed variety, but with ingredients you can pronounce and control. It’s quick, easy, filling and satisfying in our home!


1lb ground beef, browned 1/2 small onion, diced 1 taco seasoning packet or homemade equivalent 1/2 c salsa 1-3/4 c chicken broth 1c rice 1c shredded cheddar […]

Chili Mac

This is a quick skillet or casserole that involves basic ingredients. My kids just love this.


1c uncooked elbow macaroni 2lb ground beef 1 medium onion, chopped 2 garlic cloves, minced 1-28 oz. Can of diced tomatoes (or a quart of crushed or diced home canned tomatoes) 1-6oz. Can tomato paste 1-16 oz can […]

Crockpot Roast

This is one of my favorite ways to prepare a roast. It always comes out perfect and with it cooking in the crockpot, I am free to do other things.


1- cream of mushroom soup (homemade equivalent) 1 – onion soup mix packet (homemade equivalent) 1/2 soup can of water 3-4lb roast Carrots, potatoes, […]

Kostyu Meatloaf

This is the same meatloaf recipe I have been making for over a decade at this point. My husband shared his way with me early on in our relationship and it’s stuck ever since.


2lb ground beef 1/2 tsp salt 2 eggs 1c seasoned breadcrumbs 1/2 c parmesan cheese 2/3 ketchup 1/4 tsp pepper […]

Lasagna skillet meal

This is a pretty easy dish to put together, and one that reminds me of the boxed meals that you just add meat to. I usually make the dry mix in bulk and put it in a jar to store. We don’t eat this often, but it sure is nice to have something I can […]

Classic Salisbury Steak

When I think of salisbury steak, this recipe has everything I am looking for. It’s a filling meal especially when made with mashed potatoes. It’s relatively cheap, being made with ground beef. My husband has a huge aversion to mushrooms, so we choose a brown gravy with onions. You may want to double the sauce […]

Chili Cheese Fries

This comes together pretty quick and is very satisfying and filling.



4 large potatoes, cut lengthwise into wedges (6 or so per potato) Olive oil Salt and pepper Additional seasoning if desired


2lbs ground beef 1 large onion, chopped 4 cloves of garlic, minced 2tb chili powder 2ts cumin […]

Salisbury Steak

Normally I make a roux based gravy for our basic salisbury steak, but I decided to step outside the box and try something new. This was well received by all and I made mashed potatoes to side with it as well.

Ingredients – meat:

2lbs ground beef 1/2 c seasoned breadcrumbs 1tb […]

Fancy Shepherds Pie

I started with this recipe from Menu Musings, but I can’t ever leave anything well enough alone. I am feeding a big family, so I beefed up the vegetables and sauce ingredients while keeping the meat portion the same. Anything to make that meat stretch, right? I didn’t do anything fancy to the mashed potatoes […]

Herbed & Breaded Roast & Veggies

**As Seen In: Scratch Cooking, a 400+ page e-cookbook with hundreds of from-scratch recipes!**

This makes a delightful roast with a different twist with the veggies.


1 beef roast of choice, 3+ lbs 1/2 c plus 2 tb extra virgin olive oil, divided salt and pepper 2tb paprika […]