So during the school year we travel an hour, each way, to dance classes 3 days a week. That means after school we immediately get in a car and head out. Even now during the summer we are still heading out 2 days a week. So, I need meals that are quick, easy and can easily be eaten in a moving car. I try not to indulge in fast food at all but occasionally I will let the kids get a kid’s meal (about 3 times a year so they think it is a HUGE treat).
This is what we do year round. Travel to performances and Feis (Irish dance competitions). It is fun and both my kids enjoy it so I am happy we can do this for them. Though I have to tell you this performance was done on an 89 degree day with 95+ heat index.
My Manwhich Casserole came about because my daughter found 2 cans of Manwhich Sauce when cleaning out her locker this Spring. She had taken 30-40 cans in for a food drive and figures these fell out of her bag and she just never noticed them. This is not usually something I have on hand or use but we were sure glad to have them for the casserole.
My son thought it was a bit too sweet and I agree with him. Next time I will use my own sloppy joe recipe in place of the Manwhich sauce but for a quick easy dinner served with a side of vegetables and salad this worked out great.
- 2 lbs. ground beef or turkey
- 2 cans of Manwhich Sauce
- 1 large bag of potato puffs, partially thawed in the refrigerator
- 1 1/2 cups of cheddar, or your favorite cheese, shredded
- 1 (16 oz.) bag of corn, partially thawed in the refrigerator
- 1 medium green pepper, diced
- 1 medium onion, diced
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 13×9 pan with non-stick spray.
- Brown ground beef (or turkey) in a skillet over medium high heat. Break the beef into small pieces with the back of the spoon as you stir. When fully cooked drain off the fat except 1 TBSP.
- Set the meat aside in a small bowl. Add onions and peppers to the 1 TBSP of beef fat. Cook over medium heat until softened.
- Add meat back to the pan, the 2 cans of Manwhich sauce and the corn. Heat until sauce is warm.
- Place 1/2 of the potato puffs in the bottom of the prepared 13×9 casserole dish. Press down lightly to form the “crust.”
- Spread the meat mixture evenly over the potato puff crust.
- Cover the meat mixture with the remaining potato puffs.
- Bake for 25 minutes. Remove pan from oven and sprinkle cheese over the top of the casserole. Return pan to oven for 10 minutes.
- Remove pan from oven and let sit for 3-5 minutes before serving.