Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Tater Tot Casserole

Well, I'm going back to the basics here. I got in a bit of a habit of always doing mexican style meals with ground beef (or sloppy joes) so I figured I'd go back other things made with ground beef. Which actually took me a while to figure out what they were again. But here it is the FAMOUS (ok not really) tater tot casserole. 

1 can cream mushroom

1 bag tater tots
1 lb ground beef
1 bag frozen mixed vegetables
1/4 can milk (use the soup can)

Worcestershire Sauce

Brown meat over the stove, drain fat off
Drizzle worcestershire sauce over the cooked meat (to add flavor)
Mix in bag of vegetables & cream of mushroom soup
If you want a creamier mixture, add a little milk. I ended up using about a 1/4 of a can. 
Pour mixture into a 9x13 pan
Layer tater tots over top
Bake at 425 for 25 minutes

See, wasn't that easy?
As for how it tastes, its yummy food like mamma used to make :) I used to make it without the worcestershire sauce but I will say the sauce adds a nice flavor to the meat mixture. Austin liked the tater tots and picked those off but he's been pretty picky lately. 

Tips & Suggestions:

  • Sprinkle cheese over the top 5 minutes before you pull it out of the oven. I have done that in the past and it's yummy but when cutting back on calories, the cheese didn't make the cut this time. :)
  • Add onion in with the ground beef. This would add a little more flavor but I'm not a huge fan of onion so I don't use it often.
  • Change up the vegetables. You don't have to use mixed, just use whatever you have on hand.

Nutrition Info: (8 servings)
Calories: 406
Fat: 20
Carbs: 37
Protein: 18
Sodium: 866
Sugar: 3

Cost Analysis: 
Ground Beef/Pork/Chicken/Turkey - $2 to $5
Tater Tots - $1.89
Cream of Mushroom - $.59
Mixed Vegetables - $1.05
Vit D Milk - staple
Worcestershire Sauce - staple
Total for Meal: $3.53 + Meat ($5.53 to $8.53)
Per Serving: Between $.69 and 1.07
*These are estimates and are not guaranteed* 

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