Bacon Cheeseburger Casserole

When my husband was out of town a few weeks ago, I was cooking up a storm. This is a recipe I found on Pinterest. The pin generated several re-pins from a few of my friends and family. Jeremiah asked if it was like my mom’s Hamburger Casserole but I said it reminded me more of Crockpot Chicken Casserole.

IMG_1133Bacon Cheeseburger Tater Tot Casserole from Plain Chicken
1 1/2 lb. ground beef, cooked
3 oz. pre-cooked bacon
2 c. cheddar cheese
1 package of tater tots
1 can cheddar cheese
16 oz. sour cream

Mix ingredients in a bowl and pour into a 13 x 9 pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes.


  • I halfed the recipe and cooked it in a 9 x 9 baking dish. I halfed all the ingredients except I used 1 lb. of ground beef, full serving of bacon, and a full can of soup. I cooked it at the same temp and time.
  • I used light sour cream, 2% cheddar cheese, and real bacon.
  • I think you could cook some onions in the beef and it would be good. 



Turkey Taco

Recently, a group was using our kitchen at work to teach a nutritious cooking class for daycare providers. The group leader invited me to sample some of their recipe. I really liked this tasty taco. It wasn’t too spicy and extra healthy with beans and sweet potatoes. Jeremiah and I used tortillas high in fiber so one taco really filled us up. We also served it with fresh guacamole and homemade tortilla chips.

Turkey TacoTurkey Tacos by John Haddock
1 lb. lean ground turkey
1 can white beans, drained
1 sweet potato, zucchini, or carrot grated
1 can low sodium diced tomatoes
1 T. chili powder
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. dried oregano
½ tsp. salt
½ tsp. pepper

Cook ground turkey over a medium heat. Add beans, veggies, and seasoning. Cook on medium for 20 minutes. Serve in a tortilla shell. Top with shredded cheese and any desired toppings (tomatoes, lettuce, guacamole, salsa, or sour cream).

Lighter Homecookin’

About six weeks ago, a friend and I went to a meet and greet with Bobby Deen (son of Paula Deen). If you have read People magazine lately, then you probably know that he and his family have lost a lot of weight. Bobby did his by recreating his mother’s recipes with healthier substitutes. In fact, this cookbook is so popular it is a best seller. As part of this event, Season 52 prepared some of the recipes for a special dinner. I have to say the food was excellent and Bobby was so sweet.

This is the first recipe I prepared from his cookbook. I was a little surprised to see corn, sour cream, and apple sauce in the same recipe. But I have to tell you, it was fluffy and delicious. In fact, every recipe my co-workers and I have tried in the cookbook has been good. They best part is he uses normal ingredients – just lighter or fat free versions of them. I would recommend buying this cookbook – From Mama’s Table to Mine.

I think this recipe would be good for Easter dinner.

This plate includes Bobby's recipes for meatballs and twice baked potato as well.

This plate includes Bobby’s recipes for meatballs and twice baked potato as well.

Scalped Corn by Bobby Deen
1 can cream style corn
1 can regular corn (I did not drain because the recipe didn’t say to)
1 egg white
1 c. light sour cream
1/4 c. apple sauce
1 box Jiffy corn bread mix

Mix together sour cream, apple sauce, and the egg white. Slowly add corns and corn bread mix. Spray a 2 qt dish with nonstick spray and bake for 60 mintes at 350 degrees.

 Nutritional Information: Serves 7. Contains 9 g. fat, 6 g. protein, 47 carbs, 1.5 g. fiber, and 660 mg sodium.