Saturday, April 14, 2012

Quick Hamburger Casserole

I was at a loss one night as to what to prepare for dinner.  I searched my fridge and cabinets and put some things together.  I wasn't sure what exactly to call it, so it doesn't have the best name.  I hope you enjoy, my family and I did!

1 1/4 lb ground beef
1/2 small onion, chopped
1/2 small green bell pepper, chopped
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/8 tsp red pepper flakes
2 pkgs taco seasoning
1 cup corn
1 can (15.25 oz) black beans
2 cup water
1 cup rice
approx 1/8 tsp salt & pepper
1/2 lb sharp Cheddar cheese, grated

Brown meat with onions, peppers, and spices (except for taco seasoning).  Drain and return to skillet.  Add water and taco seasoning.  Add corn, beans, and rice.  Heat and stir until well blended.
Spray 9 x 13 in dish with cooking spray.  Pour half of the meat mixture into the dish, sprinkle with half of the cheese.  Add remaining meat mixture and top with remaining cheese.  
Bake at 400 degree oven until rice is tender (time depends on type of rice used).
Remove from oven and serve topped with sour cream and chopped green onions, if desired.

*I used leftover corn on the cob, cutting the kernels from the ear.  You can use canned corn, if desired.
*May be really good layered with corn tortillas, or tortilla chips before baking, I just didn't have these things that day.
*I used a boil-in-bag brown rice, because that's what I had.  

I Won The Versatile Blogger Award!!!

The Versatile Blogger Award

A big thank you to Heather Murphy for nominating me for The Versatile Blogger Award. It's a great honor!  Check out her great blog, Random Interuptions!

Here are the instructions for the lucky recipients:

1. Nominate 15 fellow bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award.

2. In the same post, add the Versatile Blogger Award.

3. In the same post, thank the blogger who nominated you in a post with a link back to their blog.

4. In the same post, share 7 completely random pieces of information about yourself.

5. In the same post, include this set of rules.

6. Inform each nominated blogger of their nomination by posting a comment on each of their blogs.

7 Random Things About Me:

1. I love to cook, but just recently decided to start writing down my own recipes.  I also am not a great baker.. I can follow a recipe just fine, but I get stressed when I bake, I have decided it's because I don't like following recipes.  I don't feel like I'm really cooking unless I add my own touches, hard to do when baking!

2. I have two wild little boys.  I now understand the meaning of the phrase "you pay for your raising"..  I wasn't a terribly difficult child, but my boys are just like me and wow!  I'm sorry, Mom!

3. I would rather have veggies than fruit!  Strange, I know.. I like fruit, I just don't eat it much, but I get excited over veggies!

4. I LOVE NFL football!  I get quite into it!  I am esp fans of the Colts and the Titans.. but around here, everyone is UK fans.. I just can't get into basketball!  I guess I don't fit in, but oh well!  I can, however, get into just about any sport if I am there live.

5. I am very much a girly-girl.  Although I may not seem it at times (see above).  I love all things shoes, boots, and skirts/dresses.

6. I am a "dreamer", always have been..  I guess that's why I love to read so much!  Which is why I have my other blog, you can check it out from the top of this page.

7. I like my tea unsweetened.  I don't add sweeteners of any kind.  Strange for a person from the "south", but I like it better that way!

Now it's your turn. And the nominees are