Hello and welcome to Beer and Junk!
So, many of you won’t believe that I absolutely love to cook. Or at least I did love to cook, or hell, maybe I just loved being in the kitchen alone with a glass of wine. It’s pretty much the only area I come anywhere close to being a domestic goddess.
As you can imagine, my time alone in the kitchen with a glass of wine is pretty much nil these days. Now my time in the kitchen is marked with a dog underfoot, three year old hanging on my leg, four year old begging to “help” and seven year old throwing a football past my head.
The time between 5:00 and 6:30 at our house is a complete shit show, and it brings me great comfort to know that so many of you are in the same boat.
Which is why we are introducing a new series here at Beer and Junk: “Recipes My Kids Don’t Hate”. Partially because “Family Friendly Recipes” is overused, and partly because, let’s face it, most of the time this is all we can hope for.
I have a couple of solid rules for these recipes:
- They must be simple and easy.
- My family can’t completely hate them.
- They must come from someone else. I’m sending you to the experts for your own good. I will make notes of any tweaks we personally make, but believe me, you don’t want to see documentation of what happens when I try to create a new recipe and test it out in our home. It’s ugly.
We’re starting today with a Midwest favorite, from one of my Midwest favorites, Kristin at Iowa Girl Eats. Iowa Girl Eats has been a go to source of simple, quick and amazing food since a girlfriend introduced me to the blog several years ago. It will be a bonus for many of you that every one of Kristen’s recipes has a gluten free option.
The most amazing thing about Iowa Girl Eats’ Tator Tot Casserole is the sauce. If eating it with a spoon before it goes into the oven is wrong than I don’t want to be right. No cream of anything soup is used, but the simple ingredients and Kristin’s clear instructions make it just as easy. I personally skip the mushrooms and shallots and throw about a cup of frozen peas in the mix before baking.
- Seven: “Gross! Why did you put vegetables in here?!” Proceeds to eat two bowls.
- Four: “I TOLD you I don’t like hamburger! I’m only eating the peas and tator tots!” Proceeds to somehow extract every bit of ground beef from her bowl before devouring the rest.
- Three: “Disgustin'” Eats everything on his plate.
If that doesn’t convince you to try this recipe out, I don’t know what will. Now get over to Iowa Girl Eats and make this deliciousness already!