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Sloppy Joe Pot Pie Recipe: Yummy, Easy Dinner Solution (Great For Potlucks and Crowds Too)

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by Cassie on July 25, 2014

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Sloppy Joe Pot Pie?!?  Yes, and it is so good! It is a new “non-sloppy” way to enjoy this traditional meal – that is of course if you eat it with a fork and knife.

We have been making this for years, and the most popular time we make it is for a main dish at a potluck or gathering.  Everyone loves it and it is so easy to make, easy to take and satisfies many tummies! 

What you will need:

  • 1 lb. ground beef or turkey
  • 1 can Manwich (15.5 oz)
  • 1 onion
  • 1-2 cups of shredded cheese (depending on how much you like – we are a “cheesy” family – in more ways than one ;) ha!
  • 1 cup Bisquick mix
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • *a few dashes of garlic salt/powder
  • *a few dashes of dried parsley flakes

*I actually use our homemade Italian Seasoning for this mix!

As an additional note, if I am wanting to double this recipe, you can double the meat/manwich, or you can make a thriftier doubling by using a can of beans or a package of your frozen beans and a can of tomato sauce with extra italian seasoning.  It is really good this way as well when doubled and saves you a bit more money for big crowds.  I also love this dish because it is a pretty affordable dish (even doubled with original ingredients) to feed large crowds.  I am all about affordable, yet super yummy!

To Make:

  • Brown the ground beef or turkey (I also use our prepared beef for this to literally get this in the oven in a couple of minutes).
  • Drain the meat (and rinse if you would like!)
  • Add the onion to start sauteing
  • Once onions are soft and browned add the can of Manwich
  • Cook together until heated through
  • Pour meat mixture into a greased 9×9 pan (the pictures show this recipe doubled)

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  • Sprinkle half of the cheese (whether 1 or .5 cup)
  • In a separate bowl, mix the Bisquick, milk, egg, and the rest of the cheese together!
  • Then add your garlic salt/powder and parsley flakes (or Italian Seasoning) to preferred taste

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  • Pour the Bisquick mixture over the meat mixture

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  • Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown.

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  • Serve warm!
  • This does re-heat nicely, so if I make this for dinner at home, I usually do double the recipe so that Alex has lunch the next day and we often do as well!

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So yummy!

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A great side of baked corn casserole!

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A great side for this dish is the Baked Corn Casserole - an amazing dinner combo!

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Ideas For Using Fresh Garden Veggies Series: Using and Preserving Radishes Recipes

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by Cassie on July 19, 2014

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What to do with radishes? That’s the question if you have or are growing the easy garden growing veggie. We have plenty of them ourselves.

The good news is that they last long a time in the fridge. That means you can use them for a few weeks.  So for that reason, they are great simply sliced up on salads or eaten as a fresh veggie appetizer.

But we want to share more ideas with you to help you use up all of your garden veggies this year as we continue our Ideas for Using Fresh Garden Veggies series.

Well, the first recipe/idea up for radishes is a new spin on a salad.

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Check out the recipe for Cottage Radish Salad HERE from the Gnowfglins site.

Second, other than on salads, you can dip them in a yummy ranch dressing.  Even better is when you can make your own! So here’s some recipes for those:  homemade buttermilk ranch dressing, or even 5-minute emergency ranch dressing when you are short on time.

Third, if you can’t use up your fresh radishes, how about how to preserve radishes instead! You can make pickled radishes, which are awesome!

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The recipe that is great is found on the Better Homes and Gardens site.

Finally, you can freeze them, but they are really only good in recipes where they will be cooked.  In order to freeze them, just like green beans, you need to blanch them first.

How to freeze radishes:

  1. Wash the radishes and cut off the stems and end root
  2. Blanch the radishes – either blanch in a pot of boiling water or a steamer for 3 minutes.
  3. Pull them out and then throw them in a bowl of ice water for 3minutes.
  4. Then drain them and let them dry for a few minutes.  A salad spinner will also help speed up drying time. Even dabbing with a paper towel will help!
  5. Finally, bag them up and label them with the date! Freeze and enjoy later!  

So what plans do you have for your radishes? 

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Keep watching for more ideas on using your garden veggies as we have many more veggies recipes and ideas to share this summer with you as you make the most of your garden and farmer’s market finds! 

For actual garden ideas, we wanted to remind you that we have been sharing so many gardening ideas on our Garden Gallery of Ideas HEREPinterest HERE and Facebook HERE that we hope you are seeing some incredible results with your homegrown food supply.  And, as always, we will continue to share gardening tips and ideas on all our site.

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Ideas for Using Garden Veggies Series: Fresh Green Bean Recipes

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by Cassie on July 15, 2014

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It’s green bean time!  That means Ideas for Using Fresh Green Beans time!

This year, we are actually growing a new bean for us – the purple podded pole bean.

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They are very much like plain ol’ pole green beans, but purple! We are still growing the classic green bean too, so hopefully our supply will be twice as much this year!

Well, that means it’s time for lots of green bean ideas.  We are going to share a few with you here and will keep adding ideas to our green beans page here as we find them and as we continue our Ideas for Using Garden Veggies series.

Before we continue with ideas and recipes, we wanted to remind you that we have been sharing so many gardening ideas on our Garden Gallery of Ideas HERE, Pinterest HERE and Facebook HERE that we hope you are seeing some incredible results with your homegrown food supply.  And, as always, we will continue to share gardening tips and ideas on all our site.

So, here’s some ideas to help you use up all of your fresh green beans this year!

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First, we would like to share this recipe from the Happy Deal Happy Day site for Fresh Green Bean Recipes of Green Beans with Lemon Nutmeg Dressing. Yum!

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Second, you can literally make many variations of the classic pan fried or sautéed green beans.  This is pretty much what we do when we are in a bind (meaning, not having other recipes up our sleeves, or need something now!)

Here’s a list of the best items to throw in a pan with butter or olive oil and pan fry or sauté your green beans.  You can make this in 10-minutes, so it really is your last minute side dish!  You can make dozens of variations with these ingredients to make it different every time:

  • Slivered/chopped almonds
  • Bacon
  • Mushrooms
  • Garlic
  • Parmesan Cheese
  • Apple Chunks
  • Onions
  • Lemon
  • Black Pepper
  • Salt
  • Turmeric
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • *What else can you think of?

Just simply place your ingredients in a pan on the stove and sauté over medium heat until green beans are soft!

Now the next thing we wanted to share, was how to freeze green beans.  If you simply have too many, run out of ideas or are just plain sick of green beans today and want ideas to preserve them for the future, then considering freezing green beans.  We like to freeze them because we can still use them in “fresh” recipes and for pan frying/sautéing.

How to freeze green beans:

  1. Wash the beans
  2. Trim the ends of the beans and perhaps cut down to desired size
  3. Blanch the beans – either blanch in a pot of boiling water or a steamer for 3 minutes.
  4. Pull them out and then throw them in a bowl of ice water for 3minutes.
  5. Then drain them and let them dry for a few minutes.  A salad spinner will also help speed up drying time. Even dabbing with a paper towel will help!
  6. Finally, bag them up and label them with the date! Freeze and enjoy later!  

So what plans do you have for your green beans

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Keep watching for more ideas on using your garden veggies as we have many more veggies recipes and ideas to share this summer with you as you make the most of your garden and farmer’s market finds! 

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Ideas for Using Garden Veggies Series: Fresh Kale Recipes

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by Cassie on July 15, 2014

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YUM! Kale!

It is literally one of our favorites from the garden! Kale is easy to grow, full of nutrition and a very versatile veggie!

And Kale recipes and ideas are the next garden veggie feature in our Ideas for Using Garden Veggies series so that you can make the most of your gardening efforts this year!

Again, for actual gardening ideas, we have spent so much of our time sharing so many gardening ideas on our Garden Gallery of Ideas HEREPinterest HERE and Facebook HERE that we hope you are seeing some incredible results with your homegrown food supply.  And, as always, we will continue to share gardening tips and ideas on all our site.

But many sometimes get stumped on what to do with all of the garden veggies. Well, let’s put the Kale to good use!

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The first feature for Kale is this gorgeous and yummy Apple Bacon Grilled Kale.  Grilled Kale, broiled kale, baked kale – it’s all amazing and it’s amazing that you can do this with kale and it turns out amazing!  So you can find this Grilled Kale at the Coupons for Wisconsin site HERE. 

You can of course, eat kale in salads mixed with other lettuces or even on it’s own. As a reminder, you can make many dressings – even last minute.

Here’s a list of salad dressing recipes:

For more yummy goodness, here’s the links to many other recipes using fresh spinach on our site. *Note, our second favorite use, or the “we need to use this” are in morning smoothies! It’s the best!

So what plans do you have for your kale?  Be watching for our absolute favorite recipe for Kale – I would have posted that today too, but I totally forgot to take pictures and it was devoured in minutes…. so no picture luck. But I make it often, so I will try to remember to take pictures before it is eaten up! 

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Keep watching for more ideas on using your garden veggies as we have many more veggies recipes and ideas to share this summer with you as you make the most of your garden and farmer’s market finds! 

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Ideas for Using Garden Veggies Series: Recipes Using Fresh Spinach

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by Cassie on July 8, 2014

fresh-spinach-recipe-collectionIt’s garden season and we are going to share a fun, yummy, helpful, fruitful (in a veggie kind a way :)) series with fellow bloggers on Ideas for Using Garden Veggies so that you can make the most of your gardening efforts.

We have spent so much of our time sharing so many gardening ideas on our Garden Gallery of Ideas HERE, Pinterest HERE and Facebook HERE that we hope you are seeing some incredible results with your homegrown food supply.  And, as always, we will continue to share gardening tips and ideas on all our site.

But, what about ideas on how to use your veggies?  You grew them, now use them!

First up in our series is Fresh Spinach!! Oh YUM! This is a FAVORITE in our house.  Spinach graces our table at least once a week, if not a few more times…. especially when it is in season!

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The first feature is this luscious Warm Spinach Salad with Bacon and Mushroom. You know how the old saying goes… “everything’s better with bacon on it…” at least that’s what Alex and the kids think! You will find the recipe for the Bacon and Mushroom Sautéed Spinach on A Frugal Chick site HERE.

Now for even more ideas, a popular way that we eat spinach is just plain ol’, good ol’ raw spinach! Basically, a spinach salad!

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This Strawberry Spinach Salad with Homemade Berry Vinaigrette is a huge hit and uses even more of your fresh garden foods!

In addition, you can make any salad from spinach with just the right dressing.  Pour olive oil and vinegar and sprinkle with salt and pepper – an all-time, penny pinchin’ favorite ’round our table!

But, topped with some nice homemade buttermilk ranch dressing, or even 5-minute emergency ranch dressing when you are short on time is a spinach salad comfort food!

For more yummy goodness, here’s the links to many other recipes using fresh spinach on our site. *Note, our second favorite use, or the “we need to use this” are in morning smoothies! It’s the best!

So what plans do you have for your spinach? 

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Keep watching for more ideas on using your garden veggies as we have many more veggies recipes and ideas to share this summer with you as you make the most of your garden and farmer’s market finds! 

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