Monday, October 11, 2010

Western Meal-in-One

Monthly meal plan going well.  Only one hitch I was looking at the September calendar when I made my plan, so I wasn't so far behind when I made it.  Added 2 more meals to the plan to compensate for flipping calendar to new month 3 days late. :)

This meal was already on the list though.  I got this meal from my MIL's stash of recipes.  I don't know where she got it.  My MIL passed away about 6 months into our marriage.  My FIL has passed 6 month before we got married.  There was DH and I newlyweds living 2 1/2 hours away in an apartment and a whole house and garage of stuff to tend too.  I felt so bad for my husband.  He's an only child and I know he was feeling like an orphan at this time.

He put me in charge of sorting the kitchen.  I got to thinking what reminds one of home?  Mom's favorite recipes!  Only problem was DH and his family ate breakfast, lunch and dinner out everyday most of his childhood.  I know weird huh?  Or maybe I think that, because my family ate every meal in.  The amount of times I ate "out" as I child I can count on one hand. 

DMIL did start cooking when she retired, which had only been one year.  She also cooked sporadically over the years for special occasions.  It was a challenge finding recipes.  I found a few written recipes and then I looked through the few cookbooks she had for pages with splatters on them.  Always the sign of a recipe that's been used and could potentially be a good one.

Some where in there I found "Western Meal-in-One."  DH remembered liking it.  I made it a few times as newlyweds and we liked it.  The recipe however had languished in my recipe box for years when I came across it again on meal planning night.  DH and I wondered why hadn't this been made in years?  It was in a category called "Casseroles" in the recipe box.  There were only 2 recipes in that catagory and neither had been made in years.  I mostly look under the type of meat or style of cooking when needing a recipe.  So, this recipe has been refiled under "Beef."  It was very good and hope to make it again in the near future.

Western Meal-in-One

(The colors in this dish were just beautiful.)

1 pound ground beef
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1 teaspoon salt
1 large onion, finely chopped
1 green bell pepper, finely chopped
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 can petite cut tomatoes, undrained
1 can kidney beans, undrained
3/4 cup uncooked rice
1/4 cup chopped ripe olives
3/4 cup grated Cheddar cheese

Brown ground meat in oil until crumbly. Add garlic, salt, onion, green bell pepper and chili powder. Saute for 5 minutes or until vegetables are limp. Mix in tomatoes, kidney beans and rice. Add a little water or tomato juice as needed. Turn into a greased 2-quart casserole. Bake, covered, at 350 degrees F for 45 minutes.

Sprinkle with olives and cheese. Uncover. Bake 15 minutes longer or until cheese is melted.

Serves 8.

Lynne's note:  I worried there wouldn't be enough liquid to soften the rice, but there was.
(Recipe calls for 2 quart dish.  I only had a 3 quart (9X13).  It worked fine.)

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1 comment:

Tina Butler said...

Yummy, This reminds me kind of a taco soup in casserole form. I can't wait to try this recipe. Thank you for linking up.