Cheeseburger Bites

I was visiting with an old colleague this week and she was telling me how nice it was when she saw my blog notifications come into her email inbox. I lamented how I have not done nearly enough blogging this year and that I really need to get back into it. It just feels like there is never enough time, or I’ve thought about a post BEFORE I start cooking dinner and then all of the sudden my plate is empty and I didn’t take a single picture…

And now it’s June.

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I’m doing my best to wrap up all the learning we have done this year, report cards and year end activities but there really is just so much left to do.

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Oh well, the end of June is coming whether I am ready for it or not.

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Andrew and I love a good burger, but I am not handy with the barbecue and most times I want to get dinner ready before he gets home so that we are not eating super late at night. (And by super late I mean 6:30. Yes, I am like a 90 year-old)

So when I found this recipe for bake-able mini cheeseburgers I was intrigued to say the least.

Cheeseburger Bites

Here is what you need:

  • 1 pound of ground beef
  • 1 can of condensed French onion soup (or I just used a onion soup dry packet mix)
  • 2 tbsp ketchup
  • cheese (5 deli slices or you can use shredded. Whatever you like best….I just used what I had on hand in the fridge)
  • 1 tube of biscuit dough
  • shredded lettuce, mustard and chopped pickles to garnish the top

I preheated my oven to 375 degrees and sprayed my muffin tins with non-stick spray.

In a large skillet I browned my ground beef and removed any excess fat once it was all cooked through.

I added in the soup and ketchup and half the cheese. I cooked it again until the cheese was all melted in.

Cheeseburger Bites

In each muffin tin, I placed a piece of biscuit dough and pressed it down and up the sides.

Cheeseburger Bites

Into each dough cup, I spooned about 1/4 cup of the beef mixture.

Cheeseburger Bites

I baked these for 15 minutes or until the biscuits were golden brown. I topped with the remaining cheese and let it melt a bit before adding on the pickles, mustard and lettuce.

I served these with a salad on the side.

Cheeseburger Bites

The Verdict- These taste great! A quick and easy weeknight meal. I’m sure you could even make these in mini muffin tins for a┬ácute little appetizer to serve at your next get together.

 

Greek Meatball Bowls

It can be tough to get kids to be really self reflective.

But I try…every day I try to get kids to think about they way they are talking, acting and treating others. And I work hard to show them that their actions have consequences…for themselves but also for those around them.

During one Health lesson we were talking about what it means to be a good friend and ways we can be a better friend. I challenged each child to set a goal regarding friendship and write about it in their journals.

Some kids were brutally honest.

#grade3truth

#grade3truth

This is quite possibly one of the best new meals I have made in a while. It has a few different parts that make up this incredible dinner bowl, but don’t be deterred….it is unbelievable and totally work the time and few extra dishes.

Greek Meatball bowls

I started by making the meatballs for this dish.

In a bowl I mixed

  • 1 package of ground beef
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • salt and pepper

I formed the mixture into meatballs and placed them on a greased tin foil lined baking tray (makes for a much quicker clean up at the end…trust me) and baked them at 425 degrees for 15 minutes. I flipped the meatballs and baked them for another 15 minutes until they were nice and crispy.

Greek Meatball bowls

Next I worked on the tomato cucumber salad.

In a bowl I mixed

  • 1 cup chopped tomatoes
  • 1 cup chopped cucumber
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
  • salt and pepper

I gave it a good stir and just let it hang out while the meatballs cooked.

Greek Meatball bowls

The last component to this meal is the couscous.

I cooked mine according to the package directions but added in some lemon juice and more fresh parsley.

When I was ready to serve this I put a huge dollop of tzatziki over top. The original recipe calls for homemade stuff, but I am just as happy with the stuff I can find at the grocery store.

Greek Meatball bowls

The Verdict- If there was a drooling smiley face emoji, I would put it in here. I cannot say enough good things about this dish…I dream of this meal. I seriously could not wait until lunch today to eat this again. You must make this….and then tell me how much you loved it too.