Meat You in the Middle

I don’t have to tell you guys how important beef is on the prairies! We raise it, we sell it, we eat it…a lot. Everybody has their favorite beef infused dishes and I’m no exception. I’ll just quickly be sharing a couple recipes that I have tried many times and they’ve always come out great!

This first dish is one that I’ve been using for many years. As a teenager I did a lot of cooking for the family and let me tell you, it can be difficult to find a good recipe for 7 people…especially one that everyone likes. We had a ton of Company’s Coming cookbooks and this one hails from the Casseroles book.

Beef and Corn Bake



Ok so I’m not so neat at pouring stuff in…still tastes good!

  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1/4 cup cooking oil*
  • 12 oz kernel corn**
  • 2 – 10 oz condensed tomato soup
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 tbsp ketchup
  • 2 cups cooked noodles***
  • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese


  • Put ground beef, onion, and oil in frying pan. Stir to break up meat as it browns. Drain off fat. Discard. Put meat mixture into large bowl.
  • Put corn, soup, salt, pepper, and ketchup into same bowl. Stir to mix together with meat.
  • Prepare noodles according to package directions. Drain. Measure. Combine with all ingredients in bowl. Pour into 3-quart casserole.
  • Sprinkle grated cheese over top. Cover. Bake in 350ºF oven for 45 minutes. Remove cover and continue to bake until cheese is melted and bubbly. Serves 6-8.

*I have never used this much oil. I usually just put a thin layer on the bottom. You can use any kind of cooking oil.

**This recipe is amazing with corn but some frozen mixed vegetables work great too.

***I like to use elbow macaroni!

The next recipe I’d like to share is this one for sweet and sour meatballs. I’ve made this one a few times and it just tastes great. Even Matthew loves this recipe and asks me to make it all the time! In fact, I just made 3 meals worth of meatballs yesterday and put them in the freezer. They are really great served over rice.

The Best Sweet and Sour Meatballs




  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1/4 cup distilled white vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce


  • In a medium bowl, combine the ground beef, egg, bread crumbs and onion. Mix thoroughly and shape into golf ball-sized balls.
  • In a large skillet over medium heat, gently brown the meatballs and set aside.
  • In a large saucepan, combine the brown sugar, flour, water, white vinegar and soy sauce. Mix thoroughly. Add meatballs and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring often, for 30 minutes.

Now if you don’t like sweet and sour or you want a different sauce, just do the first two bullets and then add them to whatever sauce you want. They are also great with spaghetti!

I hope you like these recipes as much as we do! The kids always gobble both of these dishes up and Matthew tells me all the time that he wishes he didn’t have to share the meatballs and could eat them all.

The Weak and the Strong – Romans 14

Whoever regards one day as special does so to the Lord. Whoever eats meat does so to the Lord, for they give thanks to God; and whoever abstains does so to the Lord and gives thanks to God.   Romans 14:5-6




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