The Weston A. Price Way

Monday, October 3, 2011

Easy, Freezable Hamburger Casserole

Okay, folks. This one might not follow all your rules, so be sure to read through and decide if it's for you before trying. It's highly adjustable, so if you don't like something, just think about what you could substitute. Use organic wherever possible.

1lb. grass-fed hamburger
Handful of mushrooms, chopped small 
1/2 large onion-chopped
1 small green pepper, chopped
1 can organic veggie soup w/out noodles, drained
1/4 -1/2 C. frozen organic veggies...your choice of type (opt.)
1/2 lb. Extra wide, flat pasta noodles-(Again, your choice of type)
1 small can organic tomato paste
1 C. grated cheese...raw, grass-fed best, but your choice
Salt and Pepper or other favorite spices 
Ezekiel Sprouted Grain Cereal (opt.)

Ingredients for White Sauce Base are below. (Or use 1 can organic Cream Of Mushroom soup)

Start the hamburger in a skillet. After some fat appears, add chopped onion and peppers. Add mushrooms last. Sizzle away on medium heat until hamburger is done. (If the fat scares you, check my archives about healthy fats...If you're new here, you'll probably find some real surprises.) While it's cooking, make sauce.

For sauce base, if you can find canned organic cream of mushroom soup, that would be fine. Otherwise:
 Arrowroot powder
1/2 C. Butter or other traditional fat
Milk (Whole raw is best. Otherwise, try to at least use antibiotic- and hormone-free.)
Melt butter on medium heat in medium skillet. Take skillet with butter off heat. Slowly add enough powder to create a paste, using whisk to blend well . Put back over heat and add enough milk to make a thick gravy consistency, stirring with whisk constantly until ready. Salt and pepper to taste.
Remove from heat.

To finish sauce:
Place white sauce in medium mixing bowl with sauteed mushrooms. Add tomato paste, organic soup, frozen veggies. Mix well. Consistency should be thickly pourable...not soupy. If it seems too thick, add a tad more milk. Set aside.

You should be stirring and watching the hamburger, are you? If it finishes before you get this far, and it probably will, just turn off the heat. 

Cook noodles according to instructions. If you're a real go-getter and make your own noodles, so much the better!
Drain noodles.

In large, greased casserole dish, layer:

Salt and Pepper to taste (Add other seasonings if you like)
Grated Cheese
Do it again.
And again.
Sprinkle top with Ezekial sprouted grain cereal.

If you don't cook right away, store in fridge. It will take about 40 mins. on 350 degrees to warm through.
If you cook it right away, about 20 mins. is enough to melt the cheese and crisp up the top.

Don't start layering the casserole using a whole lot of meat. Throughout the process, go sparingly rather than robustly with the ingredients so you'll have enough to make it to the top! You could also go for 2 layers rather than three.

If you like cheese, add more. If you like veggies, add more. See? Flexible.

Leftovers may be stored in freezer container, dated and eaten later. Just thaw and warm.

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