Bacon Cheeseburger Tater Tot Bake

by admin on March 25, 2017


2 lbs. ground beef
1 large onion, chopped and divided
1 can (15 oz.) tomato sauce
1 8-oz package of Velveeta processed cheese
1 Tbsp ground mustard
1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
12 bacon strip, cooked and crumbled
1 package (32 oz.) frozen Tater Tots

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  In a large skillet over medium heat, cook beef and 1 cup onions, crumbling beef until it is no longer pink and onions are tender, 6 – 8 minutes.  Drain. Stir in tomato sauce, Velveeta cheese, mustard and Worcestershire sauce until cheese is melted.
  2. Transfer to a greased 13X9-inch or 3.5-quart baking dish.  Sprinkle with cheddar cheese and bacon.  Top with Tater Tots.  Bake, uncovered, 35-40 minutes or until bubbly.
  3. Serve with diced tomatoes, pickles and remaining onions in bowls. Some people like to offer shredded lettuce, too.

To make this an after church meal, prep the day ahead but do not add the Tater Tots.   Cover and keep in refrigerator.  Upon arriving home, turn on the oven then take casserole from refrigerator and add the Tater Tots.   Place in oven and serve a light snack of maybe grapes or carrot sticks while waiting for lunch to be ready.




Black Bean Brownies

by admin on March 22, 2017

This is, by far, the best black bean brownie recipe I’ve made.   Very fudgey.  I like the texture.  Not sickly sweet either.  If no one told you there were black beans in them,  you wouldn’t know.  The recipe is from Chocolate Covered Katie. 


  • 1 1/2 cups black beans (1 15-oz can, drained and rinsed very well)
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup quick oats
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup or agave
  • pinch stevia OR 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1/4 cup coconut or vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup to 2/3 cup chocolate chips  (Not optional. Omit at your own risk.)
  • optional: more chips, for presentation


Preheat oven to 350 F. Combine all ingredients except chips in a good food processor, and blend until completely smooth. Really blend well. (A blender can work if you absolutely must, but the texture—and even the taste—will be much better in a food processor.) Stir in the chips, then pour into a greased 8×8 pan. Optional: sprinkle extra chocolate chips over the top. Cook the black bean brownies 15-18 minutes, then let cool at least 10 minutes before trying to cut. If they still look a bit undercooked, you can place them in the fridge overnight and they will magically firm up! Makes 9-12 brownies.

2 pounds chicken thighs, skinless, boneless
1 teaspoon herbes de Provence
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
3 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
cooking spray
40 cloves of garlic, peeled
1/2 rib of celery, sliced
1/2 cup sliced onions and/or shallots
1/4 cup vermouth or dry white wine
3 tablespoons nonfat, low sodium chicken stock
freshly chopped parsley

In a large bowl, combine the chicken thighs, herbes de Provence, red pepper flakes, salt, pepper,lemon juice and oilve oil. Lightly coat the interior of the ceramic pot of the slow cooker with cooking spray.  Layer seasoned chicken, garlic, celery, and onions in pot.   Pour in wine and chicken stock.  Cover and cook on LOW for 8 hours.   Serve with fresh parsley.   Makes 4-6 servings.

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