Monday Meal–Tator Tot Casserole

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Really?!  Tator tot casserole? Yes, sometimes an oldie comfort food sound good!  But of course this dish is just a bit different, let me share my secrets . . .

By the way did you happen to catch The Biggest Loser last night?  Man, that show motivates me wanting reach out the world and help them eat better!  It’s also on tonight too, don’t miss it! 

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Instead of using various creamed soup cans, I started off by pureeing up some navy beans with some water.

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This wet mixture helps pull the casserole together and you don’t even taste the beans!

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Now chop up a small onion, I love to use a mini food processor.  You can find a mini food processors at many stores, even groceries stores for $10 bucks or less.

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Add the chopped onion to a half pound of hamburger.

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Once the meat is browned add a half pound of mixed frozen vegetables.  I defrosted the frozen vegetables just a bit in the microwave so they would not be rock hard.

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Now add the bean puree and hot sauce to the mixture.

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Add some Worchester sauce, now the flavors are really coming together! Ahhh . . . .

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Spread mixture into an 8-by-8-inch baking dish.

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Sprinkle with a 1/3 cup cheddar cheese, just a bit, the cheese acts as “glue” for the tator tots.

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I could have used sweet potato tator tots but I didn’t want to scare off my husband too much, ha!

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Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 20 minutes and then at 375 for 10 to 15 minutes.

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Add some more veggies to your plate for a balanced meal!

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Tator Tot Casserole

Ingredients

1/2 pound lean ground beef

1/2 onion, chopped

1/2 pound (frozen) mixed vegetables, thawed

1 cup navy beans

1/4 cup water

2 tbsp Worcester sauce

1 to 2 tbsp hot sauce (depending upon your heat level)

1/3 cup shredded cheese

40 tator tots

Preparation

Preheat oven to 350 degree.  Brown meat in skillet.  Once meat is thoroughly browned add onion and sauté.   In a bowl combine beef and onion mixture with veggies.  In a blender puree beans with water. Add bean puree, Worcester sauce and hot sauce to beef and veggies.  Spread mixture into an 8-by-8-inch baking pan.  Top with cheese and tator tots.  Bake for 20 minutes, then increase heat to 375 and bake for an additional 10 to 15 minutes.

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