Prep 10 mins
Cook 25 mins
When the family wants meat and potatoes, this flexible recipe will come to mind. Almost any quick-cooking frozen veggie or combination works well in it. From American Heart Association's "Meals in Minutes"
- 1⁄8 teaspoon sugar syrup
- 1⁄2 cup frozen nonfat shredded hash brown potatoes
- 1⁄2 teaspoon italian seasoning
- 1⁄2 cup frozen corn or 1⁄2 cup frozen carrots or 1⁄2 cup frozen green beans
- 4 ounces tomato sauce
- 1⁄8 cup water
- 1⁄4 cup chopped onion
- 1⁄16 teaspoon pepper
- 1⁄8 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄2 teaspoon all-purpose seasoning
- 1 minced garlic clove
- 1⁄4 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1⁄2 lb lean ground beef
- vegetable oil cooking spray
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Spray a shallow 1 1/2 quart baking dish with vegetable oil spray.
- In a small bowl, stir together tomato sauce and sugar; set aside.
- Using your hands, break apart beef into 1/2" pieces; layer into baking dish, leaving slight space between pieces.
- Sprinkle beef with all-purpose seasoning, basil, cumin, salt, and pepper.
- Top with garlic, onions, tomato sauce mixture, frozen veggies, and potatoes. Pour water over all. Lightly spray potatoes with vegetable oil spray.
- Bake, covered, for 25 minutes, or until beef is no longer pink in center and potatoes are tender.
This recipe definitely has potential. I love the shredded potatoes on top instead of mashed and the flavor was good all around. I didn't know what was meant by "sugar syrup" but I commonly put a dash of sugar in my homemade sauce, so I just used a little table sugar. I prefer to drain the fat off the beef instead of cooking it with the rest of the ingredients, so I browned and drained the beef, stirred in everything else and then transferred it to a casserole dish. The top of the potatoes didn't get browned and crispy with the non-stick cooking spray, so for the last 5 minutes I brushed a little melted butter on top and I'll do that again next time. :) Thanks for sharing, Messiejessie! Made & enjoyed for Pick-A-Chef Spring 2011. You've been adopted! :) http://www.food.com/bb/viewtopic.zsp?t=352458&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=0
I don't know if I can give this a fair rating because I didn't follow it exactly. I used taco seasoning instead of italian, used fresh chopped up carrots, and I made a few more changes. It was a good base. I didn't add any sugar to my tomato sauce because it wasn't too acidic and didn't need it. Thanks for a good base recipe to add to!