Easy Weeknight Dinner

Creamed Spinach

4 servings


2 tablespoons butter
1 large shallot, minced
4 garlic cloves minced
4 ounces cream cheese cut into pieces
1/2 cup heavy cream
20 oz frozen spinach, defrosted and squeezed dry
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Salt and fresh ground pepper to taste


In a large saucepan, melt butter over medium heat.
Add the shallot and cook for 3 minutes; add garlic and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, for 1 to 2 minutes, or until the shallot softens.
Stir in cream cheese and cream; cook, stirring, until cream cheese is melted and smooth.
Stir in spinach; add nutmeg, cayenne pepper, salt, and pepper. Simmer over medium heat until the mixture thickens, about 4 to 5 minutes. Spread a portion of the creamed spinach on individual serving plates.

Parmesan Fish Fillets

4 servings


16 ounces thin fish fillets
1 large egg
2 tablespoons milk
1⁄ 3 cup parmesan cheese, grated
2 tablespoons flour
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil
Lemon wedges, optional


Dry the fish fillets well with paper towels.
Beat the egg and milk together in a large flat dish. Whisk in the Parmesan cheese, flour, paprika, salt, and pepper until combined.

Heat the oil in a large non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat.
Dip each fish fillet in the egg mixture, letting excess liquid drip off. Put the fish in the frying pan and cook for 3 minutes, then turn the fish over. Cook for 2 minutes, remove the pan from the heat and place a cooked fish fillet on top of the creamed spinach on each plate.
Serve with lemon wedges if using.

Fresh Tomato Salad

4 servings

1-pint grape tomatoes halved
1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion
¼ cup pitted kalamata olives, halved
1 tablespoon each of fresh basil & oregano, chopped
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
Salt & pepper to taste


Place tomatoes, red onion, olives and herbs in a salad bowl.
Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Drizzle with the olive oil and red wine vinegar. Toss to combine.

Let sit at room temperature for a few hours so that the tomatoes absorb the flavoring ingredients.

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Grilled Pork Kabobs (Shashlik)

These juicy grilled pork kabobs (shashlik) are marinated in a garlicky red wine and grilled to smokey perfection. It’s a dinner recipe perfect for summertime! Make sure to pair this kabob recipe with my crunchy cabbage cucumber salad or creamy radish egg salad for a complete summer meal. This post may contain affiliate links. Read…

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Authentic Goulash Recipe

This Goulash recipe is a fabulous, hearty and filling dinner that is perfect any time of year. Slow cooked beef in a thick and savory sauce served over Hungarian dumplings called Nokedli (or spaetzle in german). 

goulash recipe

Authentic Goulash

If you’ve never tried Goulash before, you are in for a treat! It is a traditional Hungarian dish that my Oma and Opa used to make. I am part German and part Hungarian, so I am wired to love this kind of comforting food. It never gets old and always hits the spot for me.

While this Goulash takes some time to cook, that slow cooked flavor will have you back for seconds.

The difference between Hungarian Goulash and American Goulash

This recipe is for the traditional Hungarian Goulash, made with stew meat, onions, tomato sauce, thyme, paprika and served over homemade dumplings called Nokedli (basically the Hungarian equivalent to German spaetzle). Cook it low and slow for that unbeatable savory flavor.

American Goulash is made with ground beef, elbow noodles, peppers and onions in a tomato based sauce, usually ready in 30 minutes or so. It’s a quick dinner, but isn’t quite the same as the original.

How to Make Goulash:

The only hard part of this recipe is the amount of time it takes to finish cooking this meal. So, not really hard at all, just need to have the time to let the meat cook and tenderize.

  1. Cook onions in olive oil over medium heat until they start to become tender and brown.
  2. Add in garlic and stew meat. Season with salt and pepper. Cook to brown the meat thoroughly.
  3. Stir in diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, water and spices.
  4. Bring to boil, reduce heat to simmer and cook 1-2 hours or until meat is very tender.
  5. Serve with homemade dumplings.

Difference between Nokedli and Spaetzle

There is no real clear definition between the two, other than where they originate; one coming from Hungary and one coming from Germany. Both are made with the same ingredients and the same spaetzle maker. Sometimes, Spaetzle has herbs added to the batter, boiled and then fried in a little butter before serving, but this is not a hard and fast rule. Feel free to call these whatever your heart desires. “Mini dumplings” works too.

Making the dumplings

This recipe is really hard to make without a Spaetzle Maker. This is the one I own and it works great! You add the batter into the top, and push the batter through the holes into hot boiling water to create the dumplings. After about one minute, they will float to the top and are done! Toss with a little oil or melted butter to prevent sticking before serving. OR, fry up in a little butter in a large skillet.

other recipes you will love:

  • Irish Beef Stew & Mashed Potatoes
  • Chicken Paprikash
  • Roasted Tomato Bolognese Sauce
  • Crockpot Balsamic Beef with Rosemary

Goulash Recipe

This Goulash recipe is a fabulous, hearty and filling dinner that is perfect any time of year. Slow cooked beef in a thick and savory sauce served over Hungarian dumplings called Nokedli (or spaetzle in german). 

for the goulash-

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion (diced)
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 2 lbs stew meat
  • 15 oz. tomato sauce
  • 14.25 oz. diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups water
  • lots of salt & pepper
  • 7 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon sugar

for the nokedli-

  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon cream of wheat
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1 tablespoon butter (melted)

for the goulash-

  1. In a large pot, heat oil over medium heat. Cook onions until tender, about 5 minutes. Add in garlic, stew meat, salt & pepper and cook until browned. Add in tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, water, and seasonings. Bring to boil and reduce heat to a low or slow simmer. Cook until meat is tender and falls apart (at least 2 hours).

Crockpot Goulash-

  1. Place empty crockpot on high heat to preheat it. On the stove top, cook onions, garlic, and meat until fully cooked. Place cooked mixture, tomato sauce, water and spices into the hot crockpot. Cook 3 hours or longer.

for the Hungarian Nokedli-

  1. Mix dry ingredients in large bowl. Carefully mix wet ingredients with dry until combined and batter is wet. Bring a large pot of salted water to a rolling simmer.  

  2. Create dumplings with Spaetzle maker over hot salted water. Nokedli is done when they float to the top!

  3. Serve Goulash over nokedli.

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Restaurant Quality Sauces – Techniques

Important Techniques for Making Great Sauces at Home Now that we have looked at some of the important ingredients used for restaurant quality sauces, let’s look at a few of the important cooking techniques associated with sauce making. This is not a complete list. There are some great saucing cookbooks that go into much more […]

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TASTE Podcast 59: Anna Jones

What exactly does it mean for food to be “modern”? Who better to ask than Anna Jones, the author of A Modern Way to Eat, A Modern Way to Cook, and most recently, The Modern Cook’s Year. In this conversation, we talk about what the word means to her, and she explains why she decided […]

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It’s Expensive, Bland, and Eaten All Over Southeast Asia

Defining backpacker food, which brings uncreative comfort for tourists flocking to Bangkok, Saigon, Angkor Wat, and points beyond. “Hello [gives traditional greeting gesture]! Welcome to [insert Southeast Asian destination popular among budget-conscious tourists]! May I interest you in our local cuisine? We call this dish “banana pancake.” Ah, here is another local favorite—just like my […]

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Easy Blueberry French Toast Casserole (Make Ahead)

Blueberry French Toast Bake is an easy make overnight breakfast casserole recipe! A creamy custard mixture is tossed with bread, blueberries and a sweet cream cheese mixture. Everything is topped with a crunchy streusel topping. Refrigerate this french toast casserole recipe overnight and in the morning simply pop it in the oven to bake!

While we love to start the day with French Toast, this make ahead casserole recipe is great for an easy holiday breakfast (or to feed a crowd). Try swapping out the fruit for your favorites!

A top photo of overnight french toast bake in a white baking dish with fresh blueberries on the side.

Blueberry Baked French Toast Casserole

Wake up to the smell of fragrant blueberries baked into this lusciously decadent overnight casserole recipe. No need to get up early to put it together, because all the work is done the night before! Just assemble, cover, and refrigerate overnight.

The bread soaks up the custard mixture so that it is ready to go in the morning! While this breakfast is delicious and filling, we often add in a side of grapefruit sections or a Fresh Summer Fruit Salad!

The ingredients for french toast casserole gathered and ready to assemble.

How to Make Baked French Toast

This easy French toast starts with bread of course! Regular white bread works (or really, any leftover bread or even leftover dinner rolls) but we get the best results from a denser bread such as brioche or Challah as it holds the custard perfectly.

You want the bread to be slightly dry, so cut it and leave it to sit out overnight. It can also be dried in an oven at 350˚F for about 8 minutes.

To Make French Toast Casserole

  1. Combine the cream cheese, sugar and lemon juice and mix until fluffy.
  2. Layer the bread cubes in a casserole dish, add cream cheese and blueberries.
  3. Combine eggs & milk to create a custard and pour over the bread cubes. Refrigerate overnight.
  4. Top with the streusel topping and bake until golden!

How Long to Bake French Toast Casserole? Leave this french toast bake at room temperature for about 45 minutes while the oven preheats. Like most make ahead casserole recipes, the center of this french toast bake is really cold so leaving it at room temperature for a little bit helps it to bake evenly.  Add topping and bake uncovered for 45-55 minutes.

The assembly stage for baked french toast casserole

Can I Freeze French Toast Casserole?

This blueberry cream cheese french toast casserole freezes perfectly with just a little preparation!

  • To Freeze: Just assemble the first stage, cover it so it is airtight, label and pop in the freezer. Keep the prepared streusel topping in a separate zippered bag in the freezer.
  • To Defrost: Defrost in the fridge overnight.
  • To Bake: Bake as directed in the recipe.

More Breakfast Casseroles To Try

  • Overnight Breakfast Casserole with Bacon – Easy to prepare!
  • Overnight Sausage Breakfast Casserole – Make ahead breakfast!
  • CrockPot Breakfast Casserole – Set it and forget it!
  • French Toast Casserole – Quick and easy brunch!
  • Overnight Apple Pie French Toast Casserole – Family favorite!
  • Mexican Slow Cooker Breakfast – Spice up your morning!

Blueberry French Toast Bake

This French Toast Bake is made with bread in an easy custard mixture is tossed with blueberries and a sweet cream cheese mixture. Everything is topped with a sweet streusel topping.


  • 12 slices bread (cut into 1-inch cubes)
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 12 eggs
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice


  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  1. Leave your bread out for a few hours or place it on a tray at 350˚F for about 8 minutes to slightly dry it out.

  2. In a medium bowl, combine cream cheese, sugar and lemon juice until fluffy.

  3. Grease a 9×13 inch baking dish. Layer half of the bread cubes in the pan. Top with the cream cheese half of the blueberries. Top with remaining bread and blueberries.

  4. In a bowl, stir together the eggs, milk, syrup and lemon zest until well mixed. Pour over the bread cubes, cover with foil and refrigerate overnight.

  5. Mix topping ingredients together in a small bowl. Sprinkle over casserole just before baking.

  6. Remove the casserole from the fridge about 45-60 minutes before baking. Preheat the oven to 350°F. 

  7. Bake uncovered 45-55 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean and is hot.

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Blueberry French Toast Casserole in a white casserole dish

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Easy Coconut Macaroons (5 Ingredients)

Coconut Macaroons are sweet, sticky and oh so good! This simple combination of coconut & sweetened condensed milk takes just minutes to prepare and bakes up crisp on the outside and tender and chewy in the middle!

These macaroons are one of our favorite easy cookie recipes and even better dipped and drizzled with melted chocolate for the perfect decadent bite.

A tray full of chocolate dipped and drizzled macaroons.

This sweet treat has been one of the most beloved confections generation after generation. Not only are these macaroons extra delicious but they are so easy to make.

What is a Coconut Macaroon?

A coconut macaroon is nothing short of a little slice of heaven! Is it a cookie or a biscuit, or can it qualify as a candy? You be the judge. In my family, we also refer ‘haystacks’ as macaroons. No matter if you choose to drizzle them with chocolate or set them into a chocolate bath, they are equally delicious!

Macaroons should not be confused with macarons. The difference between macaroons and macarons:

  • Macaroons are coconut based and are chewy in the middle.
  • Macrons are a French sandwich cookie with a tender meringue outside and are often filled with buttercream frosting.

Chocolate dipped coconut macaroons are typically what you’ll see at the bakery and they are usually about the size of an egg, which is pretty big. So one is all you need!

Three macaroons drizzled and dipped with chocolate and served on a white plate.

How to Make Coconut Macaroons

This coconut macaroon recipe is chock-full of flaked coconut, gooey sweetened condensed milk and an optional addition of chocolate. Chocolate and coconut are the perfect combination (just like our favorite Mounds Brownies).

You’ll only need 5 ingredients to prep this easy recipe!

  1. Mix: Mix all the ingredients together.
  2. Make: Drop by rounded tablespoons onto parchment paper.
  3. Bake: Bake until the edges are just beginning to brown. Be careful not to over bake! Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.

A coconut macaroon is being dipped into a bowl of melted chocolate.

Chocolate Coconut Macaroons

For chocolate coconut macaroons, you can either dip them in a chocolate bath, or drizzle chocolate over the tops (or both). Either way, melt semi-sweet chocolate chips with oil (this keeps the chocolate from cracking) in a small bowl in the microwave. Stir every 30 seconds until the chocolate is fully melted.

  • For dipped macaroons – carefully dip the bottom of each fully cooled macaroon in the melted chocolate and place on a parchment lined pan.
  • For chocolate drizzled macaroons -simply drizzle the melted chocolate over each macaroon using a spoon. You can also create a simple piping bag to drizzle the chocolate by adding the melted chocolate to a zippered bag with a small corner cut off.

No matter which method you choose, you may want to place macaroons in a refrigerator to harden the chocolate before storing.

Storing Coconut Macaroons is simple and easy, just remember to keep them cool, away from direct heat and in an airtight container. Macaroons are a soft cookie and will melt easily if they are not kept cool!

Chocolate dipped coconut macaroons on a parchment lined silver baking sheet.

Can You Freeze Coconut Macaroons?

You bet! This sweet treat like many cookies is a snap to freeze either before baking or once they are completely cooled.

  • Before Baking: Simply stack them in an airtight container with parchment between each layer to prevent the cookies from sticking to each other. To bake, place on a baking sheet as the recipe instructs and add a couple extra minutes to the bake time. What a great way to enjoy freshly baked macaroons anytime!
  • After Baking:  I like to freeze them on a baking sheet and once frozen, transfer to a zippered bag for long term storage. To thaw, just let them come to room temperature on the counter and enjoy!

Coconut Macaroons are the perfect treat to welcome your kids home after school and they are nut free so they are school lunch box friendly too!

More Easy Cookie Recipes

  • Chocolate Macaroons (No Bake) – Ready in 15 minutes!
  • Almond Coconut Macaroons – If you love coconut you will love these!
  • No Bake Oatmeal Cookies – No oven! Perfect for summer!
  • Peanut Butter Cornflake Cookies – Classic no bake cookie recipe!
  • Extra Chewy Rice Krispie Treats – Kid friendly treat!

Coconut Macaroons

Coconut Macaroons are one of the most beloved confections that have lasted for generation after generation. They are sweet, sticky and oh so good!

  • 5 1/2 cups flaked coconut
  • 2/3 cup flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 14 oz can Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Optional Chocolate Dip or Drizzle

  • 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 teaspoon coconut oil (or vegetable oil)
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and prepare baking sheet with parchment paper.

  2. Combine coconut, flour and salt.

  3. Mix in sweetened condensed milk and vanilla.

  4. Drop by rounded tablespoons onto baking sheet (about 1" balls).

  5. Bake 12-15 minutes or until browned on the edges. Cool completely.

Optional Chocolate Dip or Drizzle

  1. Microwave chocolate chips and coconut oil in a small bowl at 50% power until almost melted, about 60-80 seconds stirring occasionally.
  2. Dip the bottom of each cooled macaroon into the chocolate and place on a parchment lined pan. Drizzle with remaining chocolate if desired.
  3. Refrigerate to set chocolate.

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Green Machine Smoothie

Another green smoothie to add to your morning rotation! Meet the green machine smoothie! Few things in life are certain. One of them being that swim suit season is right around the corner and I have a thing for pool parties. And really cute bright colored swimsuits. Another thing in life that is certain is that …

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Berry Crisp

Berry Crisp

This Berry Crisp Recipe is a classic, foolproof EASY mixed berry dessert. Sweet, tart berries are layered underneath a buttery, crunchy topping. Perfect with a scoop of ice cream or all on its own. Are you ready for your go-to summer dessert recipe? This Berry Crisp is always a crowd pleaser and is perfect when berries are in season, but is also fantastic all year long because you can just as easily use frozen berries! I have some pretty great recipes on my site for berry season, like my Blueberry Muffin Cake and my Berry Ambrosia Salad but Berry Crisp really is a must-make.

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Honey Raspberry Cake

This Honey Raspberry Cake is made with fluffy layers of honey cake smothered between a sweet dulce de leche cream, fresh raspberries, and coated in chopped walnuts. You will also love this delicious and beautiful Berry Chantilly Cake.  Such a gorgeous and delicious cake recipe to add to your summer menu plan! This recipe was originally…

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Cucumber Egg Radish Salad Recipe

This refreshing and creamy Cucumber Egg Radish Salad Recipe is a unique option to serve alone or as a side at your next summer barbecue. The creamy texture of the eggs and mayonnaise combined with the crunch of cucumber and the kick of flavor in the radishes make it a unique and delicious side. If…

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Buttery Corn Casserole

Is there anything more comforting than a corn casserole? This slightly sweet and savory side dish is a 1-bowl, quick, fix it and forget it wonder that is perfect to serve at Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas or any weeknight.

I am a corn casserole convert. I didn’t grow up eating this and had never really even heard of this recipe until I was in my 30’s and found a delicious photo of corn casserole floating around Pinterest. It looked FABULOUS, so I gave it a whirl and sure enough I fell in love.

corn casserole

Hello, Corn Casserole!

Corn casserole (or sometimes called corn pudding) is a simple mix of canned corn, creamed corn, corn bread, melted butter, sour cream, heavy cream and cheddar cheese. All corn casserole recipes are generally based around these same ingredients; some have more and some have less.

I don’t love the sour cream flavor, so I substituted out half for heavy cream. It just seemed like the natural thing to do. Plus, cream gives it that extra buttery taste that I love.

If you don’t mind it, simply use a full 1/2 cup of sour cream.

What Cornbread mix do you use for Corn Casserole?

I think the general public always reach for a box of Jiffy Cornbread mix because it’s inexpensive and perfectly proportioned. But I really dislike it and had the hardest time finding it. Since I was in college making cornbread from a Jiffy box, I just wasn’t ever that impressed.

For this recipe, I’ve tried Betty Crocker Cornbread Mix, Trader Joes Cornbread Mix as well as Marie Callendar’s Cornbread Mix and much prefer the overall flavor and texture better than Jiffy. But again, Jiffy is the ‘classic’ so feel free to just measure out 1 1/4 cups of your cornbread mix of choice.

cheesy corn casserole recipe

How to make Corn Casserole

These ingredients and directions couldn’t be easier! Talk about the easiest side dish for the holidays.

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9×13 or casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together creamed corn, corn, cornbread mix, melted butter, sour cream, heavy cream and cheddar cheese (if desired). Stir until well mixed and batter is uniform.
  3. Pour into prepared dish and smooth top.
  4. Bake 40-45 minutes or until the edges are brown and top has become golden.
  5. Cool 10 minutes before serving.

Cheesy Corn Casserole?

This recipe calls for 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese which I mark as optional. This recipe will work regardless of whether or not you’re adding in the cheese! This is just a use as desired ingredient.

  • stir in the full cup of grated cheese into the batter and bake.
  • stir in half a cup of cheese into the batter and top with remaining half cup in the last 15 minutes of baking.
  • omit cheese from batter and top with full cup of cheese in the last 15 minutes of baking.
cheesy corn casserole recipe

Other side dishes you will love

If you’re going down the side dish rabbit hole and are in need of other tried and true side dish recipes, here are a few of my favorites!

  • Maple Glazed Carrots
  • Perfect Scalloped Potatoes
  • Classic Macaroni and Cheese
  • Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes
  • Sautéed Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Cashews

Enjoy, friends! Hope you live this corn casserole recipe as much as we did!

Buttery Corn Casserole

Is there anything more comforting than a corn casserole? This slightly sweet and savory side dish is a 1-bowl, quick, fix it and forget it wonder that is perfect to serve at Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas or any weeknight.

  • 14.75 oz creamed corn
  • 15.25 oz. sweet corn (drained)
  • 1 1/4 cups cornbread mix
  • 5 tablespoons butter (melted)
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spray casserole or 9×13 glass dish with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.

  2. In a large bowl, stir creamed corn, corn, cornbread mix, butter, sour cream, heavy cream and cheese (if desired) together until well mixed and combined. Pour into prepared dish and smooth the top.

  3. Bake 40-45 minutes or until the edges are browned and top is golden. Cool 10 minutes before digging into enjoy.

Cheesy Corn Casserole Options:

  • stir in the full cup of grated cheese into the batter and bake.
  • stir in half a cup of cheese into the batter and top with remaining half cup in the last 15 minutes of baking.
  • omit cheese from batter and top with full cup of cheese in the last 15 minutes of baking.

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The Stretchy Story of the Accidentally Italian Arepa

How did the Mozzarepa—a sweet corn arepa filled with an arm’s length of melted mozzarella—become a staple of street fairs? Thirty-five years ago, Colombian immigrants Luis and Flor Leon paid nearly $1,000 cash to the one and only John Gotti, the infamous head of New York City’s Gambino crime family at the time. This granted […]

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Crab Dip

Here’s a delicious and EASY crab dip to serve at your next party! Just mix some lump crab meat with sour cream, mayo, shallots, and seasonings, and it’s ready for the party table.

Delicious crab dip with lump crab meat, sour cream, mayonnaise, shallots, dill, lemon zest, white wine vinegar, and Worcestershire sauce.

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Easy Ground Beef Recipes

Ground Beef is a go to for us for easy weeknight dinners! It cooks quickly, and is perfect in recipes from Ground Beef Stroganoff to a good meaty Homemade Pasta Sauce. We prep a lot of ground beef ahead of time making life (and meal planning) even easier!

The uses are endless, below find our favorite ground beef recipes from soups and casseroles to snacks and appetizers!

A collage of the best ever ground beef recipes

What to Make with Ground Beef

Your family is hungry and you’ve got a pound of ground beef ready to go and you’re wondering what to make for dinner with ground beef! You’ve come to the right place. Below are my favorite ground beef recipes from cheesy and creamy to lean and healthy! Beef is great for more than just burgers and spaghetti!

How to Cook Ground Beef

Depending on the recipe, you may need to pre-cook (or brown) the ground beef. Regardless of the preparation method, cook ground beef to a minimum temperature of 160 °F to destroy harmful bacteria.

When browning ground beef, I prefer a medium-high temperature and a tiny bit of oil to get a nice brown  on the meat. Always make sure there is no pink remaining and your beef is thoroughly cooked. 

Ground Beef Safety

Raw Ground Beef can stay in the fridge for 1 to 2 days (cooked ground beef will last 3 to 4 days). Your package from the store should have a date on it. If you’re going to keep it longer than that, freeze it! Remember to always cook ground beef to a minimum temperature of 160 °F.

To Freeze Ground Beef

  • Freeze ground beef in a donut shape, this allows it to defrost quickly and evenly.
  • How Long Does Ground Beef Last in the Freezer? If your ground beef is well sealed, it should last just fine for 3 to 4 months in the freezer (either raw or cooked).
  • How to Defrost Ground Beef: To prevent harmful bacteria from growing, the best way to thaw ground beef is by placing it in the refrigerator for up to 48 hours.
  • To thaw ground beef quickly, place the beef in a sealed freezer bag and place the bag in a sink or bowl of cold water (never warm or hot).  You can also defrost beef in the microwave (if you use this method, be sure to cook it immediately to keep it safe).

I’ve been asked How to Tell if Ground Beef is Bad. My friends, this is not a place to fool around. If you have to ask this, I’d say throw it out (or when in doubt…. throw it out). If you have ANY question about the age or safety of your food products, please don’t keep it. It’s not worth the risk.

A pot of chili depicting reader favorite ground beef recipesReader Favorites

This first group of ground beef recipes has been tried and tested and voted the best of the best… thousands of times by all of you! A perfect chili, a deliciously flavorful meatloaf, and a classic hamburger soup! All of these are family favorites time and again.

  • The Best Chili Recipe – Simple and classic with beef and beans.
  • Easy Hamburger Soup – AKA… vegetable soup, a childhood favorite.
  • Easy Cabbage Rolls – Beef and pork with rice.
  • Hobo Dinner Foil Packets – Hamburger & Potato for the oven or grill.
  • Million Dollar Spaghetti Casserole – Cheesy and crowd pleasing.
  • Slow Cooker Salisbury Steak– Perfect over mashed potatoes.
  • The Best Meatloaf Recipe – Simply the very best.

Ground Beef Casserole Recipes

Comforting Casserole Recipes

Ground beef casseroles tend to be easy to make, inexpensive and totally satisfying! Most of the recipes below have a mixture of beef and pasta and can easily be made well ahead of time! Beef and pasta casseroles usually reheat and freeze well meaning cook less and eat more!

  • Easy Homemade Lasagna – Simple and zesty.
  • Beef Taco Casserole – Topped with crunchy corn chips!
  • Cheesy Beef & Macaroni Casserole – Kids love this recipe!
  • Shepherd’s Pie Recipe – Pure comfort food (easy to make).
  • Hamburger Casserole – Filled with beef and vegetables.
  • Baked Spaghetti – Amazing reviews, so flavorful!

Ground Beef sauce over ziti pasta as part of a collection of ground beef pasta recipes.

Ground Beef Pasta Recipes

Ground beef is one of the best quick and easy ways to make an extraordinary pasta sauce in minutes. The best part is you can usually toss in whatever you want… onions, garlic, veggies. I tend to pair beef with a tomato base most often and either spoon it on top or mix it all in and bake with cheese of course!

  • Baked Ziti – lasagna flavor only easier!
  • American Goulash Recipe– Macaroni and beef with tomatoes. The best ever comfort food!
  • Spaghetti Pie – A fun twist on a favorite recipe!
  • Baked Rigatoni Pasta – Easy, cheesy and beefy. So good!
  • Pizza Pasta Bake – Pizza and spaghetti inspired smashup!
  • Homemade One Pot Cheeseburger Macaroni – You’ll never buy boxed again!
  • Homemade Spaghetti Sauce – Easy and all purpose. Freezes well and everyone loves it!

Tacos in hard taco shells as part of a text mex ground beef recipe collection

Tex Mex and Mexican Inspired Dishes

Ground beef is the perfect filling for all things inspired south of the border! From tacos and enchiladas to stuffed peppers and more. A little bit of Taco Seasoning transforms ground beef into a flavorful addition to almost anything!

  • Easy Ground Beef Tacos – From scratch! My daughter’s favorite meal!
  • Beef Enchilada Casserole – Cheesy comfort food!
  • Mexican Stuffed Peppers – A twist on classic stuffed peppers!
  • Taco Stuffed Pasta Shells – Top with your favorite taco toppings!
  • Taco Tater Tot Casserole – Loaded with seasoned beef, veggies and of course cheese!
  • Ground Beef Enchiladas – An easy family meal.

A pot of hamburger soup to depict a collection of ground beef soup recipes

Easy Soup Recipes

Ground beef stands up well in soups adding tender morsels of beef to every bite! It pairs well with cuisines from Italian to Mexican and beyond. Soups are great meals for families. They can be made in batches, freeze and reheat well and warm the belly from the inside out.

  • Taco Soup – Beef, beans and veggies in a deliciously seasoned broth.
  • Italian Wedding Soup – Classic Italian made easy.
  • Stuffed Pepper Soup – A comforting soup version of everyone’s favorite casserole.
  • Meatball Soup – This easy favorite can be made with homemade or frozen meatballs.
  • Pasta Fagioli Soup Recipe – Another great Italian favorite. Pasta, beans and beef for a belly warming recipe.
  • Bacon Cheeseburger Soup – Creamy and cheesy. This is the ultimate comforting soup.
  • Cabbage Roll Soup Recipe – A soup version of my Grandma’s classic recipe.

A hamburger patty in a slow cooker to depict a collection of slow cooker ground beef recipes

Instant Pot/Slow Cooker Ground Beef Recipes

Ground beef holds up well in the slow cooker and adds great flavor and protein to sauces, soups and more! Most recipes require the ground beef to be cooked and drained before adding the the slow cooker. This helps eliminate excess fats/oils in the recipe.

  • Instant Pot Salisbury Steak – Reader favorite (so good)!
  • CrockPot Lasagna Soup – A soup version of a classic Italian.
  • Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes – Can easily be doubled for parties and potlucks.
  • Instant Pot Chili – Quick and easy but tastes like you’ve been cooking all day long!
  • Crockpot Meatloaf – Made with stuffing mix for lots of flavor!
  • Crockpot Meatballs – No need to pre-cook the beef for this recipe!
  • Easy CrockPot Chili Recipe – The perfect meal to come home to.
  • Lazy Crock Pot Lasagna (Ravioli) – Lasagna flavor without lasagna work.

10 More Easy Ways to Use Ground Beef

Ground beef is such an easy protein to add to recipes so let your imagination guide you! You can use it in countless recipes to replace chicken or stir it into casseroles, soups, stews or rice!

  1. Use leftover burgers or ground beef to make a Homemade Patty Melt
  2. Add it in place of chicken to your favorite quick fried rice recipe
  3. Toss it with your favorite salads to make a Dorito Taco Salad
  4. Mix ground beef with pizza sauce and top your fave pizza dough for a beefy bite.
  5. Mix ground beef with tomato sauce and place in a bun with cheese for a quickie cheater “Meatball Sub“.
  6. Mix it with Taco Seasoning and top baked potatoes with sour cream, cheddar and salsa for an easy meal!
  7. Replace the sausage in your favorite sausage gravy recipe (add spices and seasonings) and serve over biscuits.
  8. Add it to mashed potato cakes and top with sharp cheddar cheese.
  9. Stir it into leftover soups or stews.
  10. Make a meal of mac and cheese by adding ground beef and peas.

How to Brown Ground Beef

How to brown ground beef for use in recipes from tacos to casseroles!

  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil (optional)
  • salt & pepper to taste
  1. Place oil in a skillet and heat over medium-high heat.
  2. Add beef salt, pepper.
  3. Cook over medium-high heat breaking up meat stirring only occasionally. Don’t stir too much.
  4. Continue cooking until no pink remains. Drain any fat.

Olive oil (or vegetable oil) is optional but helps the beef to brown better. Don’t stir too much, cooking the beef without stirring allows it to actually ‘brown’ which adds great flavor!

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Everyone loves this easy and delicious Taco Salad!

Taco Salad is crispy, crunchy and colorful! Crisp lettuce is topped with a zesty seasoned ground beef, crunchy tortilla chips and all of our favorite taco toppings. Scope out your pantry and fridge for topping ideas and create a salad masterpiece!

Nothing beats a tasty taco salad for an easy weeknight meal or even a build-your-own taco salad bar when feeding a crowd!

A top view of a taco salad in a brown bowl with toppings like salsa, avocado, tomatoes and diced jalapenos on the side.

How to Make Taco Salad

On the days we’re in a rush or I don’t know what to put on the table, taco salad is my staple! This simple salad recipe is one everyone enjoys and a favorite variation of Easy Ground Beef Tacos!

    1. Brown and season ground beef. Stir in beans.
    2. Wash lettuce and top with beef mixture and your favorite toppings.
    3. Scoop into bowls or plates and top with tortilla chips, sour cream, and salsa.

Planning a party? A taco bar with a taco salad option is a great way to please everyone on your guest list, at every age and at any time of the year!

A Taco Salad assembled in a brown bowl. Each fresh topping is shown on top of a bed of lettuce.

Taco Salad Ingredients

The beauty of this tex-mex inspired salad is the fact that you can customize it to what you have on hand or whatever your taste buds desire!

 1. Beef:

    • I use lean beef but ground turkey or chicken will work too, or even juicy shrimp.
    • I prefer spicing this dish up with my Homemade Taco Seasoning but store bought will do in a pinch!
    • Black beans or pinto beans are great additions too.

2. Lettuce:

    • Romaine lettuce is a great healthy choice.
    • Try Iceberg lettuce for a refreshing crunch.
    • Make sure to chop or tear it into pieces that are big enough to hold the meat and beans!

All the ingredients to make a taco salad assembled on a wooden board.

3. Toppings:

    • Cheese – I love using cheddar cheese but shredded marble, mozzarella or Monterey Jack would be delicious choices.
    • Tortilla Chips – Pick your favorite flour or corn tortilla chip but be sure to add just before serving to retain that crunchy texture! Try using your favorite dorito chips instead to make this delicious Dorito Taco Salad version.
    • Veggies – Add a delicious assortment of veggies like olives, bell peppers, onions, jalapenos, avocado or green chiles on top.

4. Dressing:

    • Classic – Sour cream and salsa is our go-to dressing for this salad.
    • Creamy – Try a Ranch Dressing or Avocado Dressing. These will compliment the ground beef and spicy jalapenos perfectly.
    • Zesty – Or you can use Thousand Island Dressing or store bought Catalina for a yummy alternative.


Avocado, jalapenos, tomatoes, beans, red onion, cheese, ground beef, cheese and tortilla chips all on top of a bed of lettuce in a brown bowl.

What to Serve with Taco Salad

This Taco Salad is definitely a full meal in itself, simply pair it with a cold beverage like horchata, lemonade, or even a fruity Sangria or Margarita!

Feeding a larger crowd? Add Spanish Rice or this zesty Cilantro Lime Rice to your menu! In keeping with the Mexican theme and to finish off the evening, try some dulce de leche, Mexican chocolate mousse or Easy Sopapilla Cheesecake for dessert!

If you want to keep your menu super simple, serve warmed soft tortillas on the side to create a quick taco or burrito at the ready.

More Delicious Taco Inspired Recipes

  • Crockpot Chicken Tacos – Just a few ingredients!
  • Taco Soup – 30 minute meal
  • Easy Fish Tacos – Quick family favorite.
  • Beef Taco Casserole – Great for weeknights!
  • Shrimp Tacos – Perfect grilled or fried.
  • Beef Taco Pasta Skillet – Kids love this easy meal.
  • Slow Cooker Shredded Beef – Perfect for Tacos or Enchiladas!

Taco Salad

This easy taco salad is crispy, crunchy and colorful! It is so much fun to put together because you can customize the toppings, making everyone at the dinner table happy!


  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 package taco seasoning (or homemade)
  • 1 cup black beans (drained and rinsed)


  • 6 cups romaine or iceberg lettuce (chopped)
  • 1 cup tomatoes (chopped)
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 avocado (diced)
  • 1 cup tortilla chips
  • 1/2 cup salsa
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • toppings as desired (olives, bell peppers, jalapenos, red or green onion)
  1. Brown beef over medium heat until no pink remains. Drain any fat. 

  2. Add taco seasoning and 1/2 cup water. Simmer 5 minutes or until thickened. Stir in beans.

  3. Place lettuce in a large bowl. Top with meat, tomatoes, cheese, avocado and desired toppings.
  4. Top each serving with tortilla chips, salsa and sour cream.

While we use sour cream and salsa as dressing, catalina or Thousand Island are also great tossed with this salad.

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Taco Salad overflowing with ground beef, beans, tortilla chips and cheese along with fresh toppings like avocado, tomatoes, red onion and diced jalapenos.

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Fluffy Buttermilk Pancakes

Fluffy Buttermilk Pancakes

These Fluffy Buttermilk Pancakes are light and tender made with simple ingredients. Top them with butter and maple syrup for the best classic, homemade pancakes ever! Have You Ever Made Homemade Buttermilk Pancakes? If not, get ready because today’s the day! Fluffy Buttermilk Pancakes are literally only take minutes to make, and are perfect for a weekend brunch, a weekday breakfast or even breakfast for dinner! My kids love pancakes, and I have some pretty great recipes that I make on the regular around here.

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