Friday, June 8, 2007

Chinese Ground Beef Casserole

Yield: 8 servings
Prep: 20 minutes, plus baking (or crockpot)

2 large onions, finely chopped
1 can cr of mushroom soup
1 can cr of chicken soup
1 cup crispy chow mein noodles
2 lbs ground beef
1/8 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup long grain rice

Preheat oven at 375 degrees. Fry together the onions and lean ground beef. Drain excess fat. Stir in rice, soups, soy sauce and water. Pour into greased 9x13 pan, cover & bake until rice is tender, about 1 hour. Top with chinese noodles.

Suggested Sides:
Tossed Green Salad & Rolls

Tips & Tricks:
This is a great dish because we usually have all the ingredients on hand at my house. In the summertime, put it in your slowcooker instead of baking, so you don't heat up your house.

Make it Healthier:
Use 1/2 beef and 1/2 extra lean ground turkey to reduce the amount of red meat. Use less meat and add chopped broccoli or spinach before baking. Use sodium reduced soy sauce & soups. To lightly grease baking pan, use a light olive or vegetable oil spray. Use whole grain brown rice.

How Kids Can Help:
Older kids can open cans. Younger kids can help stir ingredients together.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This recipe is awesome! I love it! A friend of mine made and loved and so I tried it and it's great. It's also a very good recipe when you feel the need to clean out your freezer and cupboard...I actually made it because I wanted to get some stuff used up and gone, and this was perfect. I took it to work with me for lunch for three days in a row and loved it, even reheated it was yummy. Thanks!