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Southwestern Casserole Recipe Tops Quick Family Dinner Ideas

Quick family dinner ideas is what’s on everyone’s mind with the kids going back to school.  My Southwestern Casserole recipe makes one of the best Mexican ground beef casserole recipes. With family-friendly ingredients my kids request this easy southwestern meat casserole all the time. Truly, this quick meaty casserole is a personal favorite. I have such great back to school dinner recipes that will give you dinner on the table in 30 minutes!  With kids back in school and activities back in the swing of things, you need back to school dinner recipes and you need it fast! My trim&TERRIFIC  Kitchen 101: Secrets to Cooking Confidence cookbook is the perfect solution to your daily dinner dilemma.  With around or less than 10 ingredient healthy easy recipes, you can cook homemade family meals.

Simple Southwestern Casserole recipe from Holly Clegg’s trim&TERRIFIC Kitchen 101: Secrets to Cooking Confidence

Zesty, meaty casserole with a biscuit surprise — you will be amazed at how extraordinarily tasty this simple combination is. This recipe has become so popular in my family and it’s one of my easiest quick family dinner ideas.

Makes 9 (1-cup) servings

1 pound ground sirloin
1 onion, chopped
1 (10-ounce) can enchilada sauce
1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce
1 (15-ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup frozen corn
1 (8-10 count) can reduced-fat refrigerator biscuits
1 cup shredded reduced-fat Mexican blend cheese
1/3 cup chopped green onions

1. Preheat oven 350°F. Coat 13x9x2-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
2. In large nonstick skillet, cook meat and onion until meat is done; drain excess fat. Add enchilada sauce, tomato sauce, black beans and corn, stirring well. Cut biscuits into fourths and stir into meat mixture.
3. Transfer to prepared pan. Bake 25 minutes. Remove from oven, sprinkle with cheese and green onions. Return to oven and bake 5-7 minutes more or until cheese is melted.

Nutritional information per serving: Calories 257 Calories from Fat 28% Fat 8g Saturated Fat 4g Cholesterol 36mg Sodium 815mg Carbohydrates 27g Dietary Fiber 4g Total Sugars 5g Protein 20g, Dietary Exchanges: 1 1/2 starch, 1 vegetable, 2 lean meat

Terrific Tip: Use kitchen scissors to make cutting biscuits easy.   Here’s my back to school busy night recipes

Make Mexican Ground Beef Casserole Recipes Healthier with Simple Tips

I want to share a few tips to simplify healthy cooking!  This recipe calls for ground sirloin which is the leanest cut of meat.  Always look for cuts of meat ending in a “loin” or “round” to insure you are eating healthier.  Something as simple as rinsing and draining beans reduces sodium in a recipe and that is important.

Tons of Healthy School Dinner Recipes in KITCHEN 101 


I couldn’t WAIT to share my family’s favorite Simple Southwestern Casserole from KITCHEN 101 for quick family dinner ideas! Kids and adults alike will enjoy digging in to this delicious meal and you will love how quick and easy they are to prepare – letting nothing stand in your way of a healthy home-cooked meal! This is my easiest book with quick family dinner recipes with everyday ingredients.

Try my Smothered Chicken with a good old fashioned gravy and many others of my family dinner ideas.  After all, I had three kids and now grand kids. You don’t forget those juggling days and that’s one reason I wrote this book to give you homemade meals in minutes. Yes, I still cook! This cookbook also makes a great college or first cookbook!

One of My favorite Quick Family Dinner Ideas For After School Dinner Recipes!

When I think of easy Mexican ground beef casserole recipes, this southwestern casserole recipe comes to mind.  Easy to make and packed with good-for-you ingredients.  Who doesn’t like ground beef, corn, black beans, cheese and biscuits.  So flavorful but so easy, you can literally whip up this recipe in minutes to put on the table for a homemade dinner.  Actually, my son-in-law LOVES this recipe and requests it all the time. A quick cookie that everyone adores-try my Smores Cookies. 

Take Short Cut: Kitchen Scissors Cut Biscuits For Southwestern Casserole Recipe
Latest Heavy Duty Kitchen Shears - Award Winning Best Multi-Purpose Utility ScissorsLatest Heavy Duty Kitchen Shears – Award Winning Best Multi-Purpose Utility Scissors

Do you have kitchen scissors or you just grabbing your pair of scissors out of the drawer? I love kitchen scissors and they might be one of my favorite kitchen gadgets. What do I use them for? From chopping artichokes, cutting chicken and even cutting biscuits for my Mexican ground beef casserole recipes, you’ll find multiple uses for kitchen scissors.

I think kitchen gadgets simplify cooking and I highly recommend these scissors to make cooking easier for you. They are not expensive but are a time saver!




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With over 1 MILLION COOKBOOKS sold, Holly Clegg has become a culinary expert on easy healthy everyday recipes through her nationally recognized best-selling trim&TERRIFIC® and Eating Well cookbook series, including Eating Well Through Cancer, (English, Spanish and Chinese editions), Eating Well to Fight Arthritis and Diabetic Cooking with the ADA. Clegg attended the Cordon Bleu Cooking School, London and has appeared on Fox & Friends, NBC Weekend Today, QVC, The 700 Club, USA Today, Cooking Light Magazine, Web MD, and Huff Post. She consulted and did spokesperson work for Walmart, Teflon, DuPont, The Coca-Cola Company, and hospitals throughout the country. For more information, visit About Holly or The Healthy Cooking Blog for more recipes and tips.
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