Monday, July 18, 2016

Cheesy Burger Macaroni Skillet Dish

Here's a dinner my family enjoyed, with no complaints! It's a take off the boxed dinners (we once ate many years ago) and now I can make it gluten free so I can still have that comfort food when I crave it. I love that this comes together in no time and that it cooks all in one skillet. Check it out in motion!

Cheesy Burger Macaroni Skillet Dish
adapted from Spend with Pennies

1 lb lean ground beef 1 onion, diced
1 TBL chopped garlic
1 cup beef broth
2 cups milk
1½ cups uncooked (gluten free) elbow macaroni noodles
3/4 cup frozen peas (optional)
1 TBL cornstarch
1 teaspoon each garlic powder, sugar and paprika
Salt and pepper to taste
1 3/4 cups sharp cheddar cheese

In a small bowl combine cornstarch, garlic powder, sugar, pepper, salt and paprika. Set aside.
Brown ground beef (I also S&P mine as it cooks), onion and chopped garlic in a large skillet until browned. Drain off fat. Add milk, broth, macaroni and peas to beef. Stir in cornstarch and spices. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer covered for 12 minutes or until noodles are cooked. Remove from heat and stir in cheese until melted.

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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Overnight Blueberry Waffle Bake

I treated myself to this breakfast bake while working a long work week. I love my overnight french toast bakes so when I saw this, I thought Hello!! Waffles! How more perfect for a busy week. This came out delicious, I love how the tops of the waffles became crunchy and sweet.

Overnight Blueberry Waffle Bake 
adapted from A Dash of Sanity

10 (gluten free) frozen waffles
1 pint fresh blueberries (or other fresh fruits)
1 ½ cups milk
1 tsp vanilla
4 eggs
½ teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoon light brown sugar
Pinch nutmeg

Crumb Topping 
½ cup (gluten free) flour
¼ cup brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
Pinch nutmeg
3 tablespoons butter, melted
1 tablespoon maple syrup

½ cup powdered sugar
¼ teaspoon vanilla
2 teaspoons milk

Let waffles sit at room temperature for 5 minutes. Cut waffles in half. In a 9x9 (or which ever they fit best) baking pan place each waffle half cut side down. Pour the blueberries over the waffles, stuff berries in between waffles.

In a bowl combine milk, vanilla, brown sugar, beaten eggs, cinnamon and nutmeg. Whisk until well combined. Pour egg mixture over prepared waffles, lightly press down waffles into the egg mixture, so that each part of the waffle gets wet. Cover and set in the refrigerator overnight.

The next morning, preheat oven to 350'. Make the crumb topping. In a small mixing bowl melt butter in microwave, stir in maple syrup. Add in flour, brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Mix together until it resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle over waffles.

Place uncovered dish in oven and bake 50­-55 minutes. While it is baking make glaze. In a small bowl combine the ingredients and stir together until smooth, set aside. When bake is done, remove from oven and drizzle glaze over the bake. Serve.

I used these gluten free frozen waffle brands. The Full Circle ones I found at Stater Bros. and the Eating Right I found at Albertson's. 

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