Homemade Organic Hamburger Helper Bacon Cheeseburger

Here’s What You’ll Need:

Here’s How I do it:

  1. In a deep frying pan with lid, cook the bacon until crispy; Reserve the bacon grease in the pan, remove the bacon from the pan, cut it into small pieces, and set aside.
  2. If using Homemade Organic Freezer Beef Mix or Homemade Organic Freezer Ground Pork Mix:  Pour 1/2 cup water into a deep frying pan with lid; Add the frozen meat mix and onions.  Simmer for 15 minutes over medium heat, covered.  Uncover, then add the mushrooms (if using), tomatoes, and garlic; Break up the frozen chunks into smaller pieces. Cover and simmer for an additional 5 minutes.  Proceed with step 5.
  3. Brown the meat in the frying pan used for the bacon until halfway done.
  4. Add the tomatoes, onions, mushrooms (if using) and garlic, then saute with the ground meat for 6 to 7 minutes until the onions are clear.
  5. Pour in the beef stock, vegetable stock, whey and milk.
  6. Add the macaroni or cavatelli, stir well.
  7. Stir in the salt, pepper, turmeric, and cayenne (if using).
  8. Slowly bring the mixture to a boil then simmer, covered, until the noodles are al-dente, approximately 16-22 minutes; Stir occasionally.
  9. Stir in the cheddar, ricotta and blue cheeses, allowing them to melt into the dish.
  10. Enjoy!

Homemade Organic Hamburger Helper Lasagna

Here’s What You’ll Need:

Here’s How I do it:

  1. If using Homemade Organic Freezer Meat Mix:  Pour 1/2 cup unchlorinated and unfluoridated water into a deep saucepan with lid; Add the frozen mix, and onions.  Simmer for 15 minutes over medium heat, covered.  Uncover; break up the frozen chunks into smaller pieces and add the tomatoes and garlic.  Cover and simmer for an additional 5 minutes.  Proceed with step 4.
  2. Brown the beef in a saucepan until halfway done, or warm up the Italian sausage with some water, if using.
  3. Add the tomatoes and onions, then saute with the ground beef for 5 minutes; Add the mushrooms and saute until the beef is brown and the onions are clear.
  4. Pour in the beef  or pork stock, vegetable stock, whey and milk.
  5. Add the broken lasagna noodles or farfalle pasta; Stir well.
  6. Stir in the salt, sugar, basil, paprika, oregano, turmeric and red pepper flakes (if using) until well blended.
  7. Slowly bring the mixture to a boil then simmer, covered, until the noodles are al-dente, approximately 18-22 minutes. Stir in the ricotta, cheddar (if using), and Parmigiano Reggiano cheeses and allow them to melt into the dish.
  8. Garnish with sprigs of organic fresh parsley, if desired.
  9. Enjoy!

Homemade Organic Slow Cooker Spaghetti

Here’s What You’ll Need:

Here’s How I do it:

  1. Add the beef and sausage mixes to a deep frying pan with lid; Pour in 1/2 cup water and bring to a boil.
  2. Once boiling, reduce the heat and simmer for 15 minutes; Break up any large chunks, cover, and simmer for an additional 5 minutes.
  3. Add the meat mixes to a 5-6 quart slow cooker, along with remaining ingredients (except raw spaghetti).
  4. Heat in slow cooker on LOW for 6 to 8 hours, or on HIGH for 3-5 hours.
  5. Approximately 30-40 minutes before the end of cooking time, cook the raw spaghetti in boiling water (with a pinch of salt) until halfway cooked, approximately 8-13 minutes.
  6. Serve the sauce over the spaghetti.
  7. Enjoy!

Homemade Organic Freezer Ground Beef Mix with Onion and Mushroom

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • 3 organic pasture eggs
  • 2 cups Homemade Organic Soft Bread Crumbs
  • 2 cups chopped organic yellow onion
  • 4 cups chopped organic mushrooms
  • 8-12 organic garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp. Real Salt
  • 3 lbs. grass-fed organic ground beef

Here’s How I do it:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, beat eggs slightly.
  2. Stir in bread crumbs, onions, mushrooms and salt; Add meat and mix until well blended.
  3. Cook half of the mixture in a large skillet or the bottom of a wide stockpot until the meat is lightly browned; Repeat with remaining half of mixture.
  4. Allow the mixture to cool; Measure into 2-cup portions (wide-mouth pint jars with tight-fitting lids) and freeze.
  5. Yields 7 pints of mix.
  6. Enjoy!

Homemade Organic Hamburger Helper Ultimate Creamy Stroganoff

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • 1 lb. grass-fed organic ground beef; OR 1 pint Homemade Organic Freezer Ground Beef Mix
  • 1 Tbsp. organic home rendered tallow (rendered beef fat)
  • 1/4 cup diced organic tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup diced organic yellow onion
  • 1 cup sliced organic mushrooms
  • 1/4 cup diced organic green bell pepper (optional)
  • 2-3 organic garlic cloves, minced
  • 3/4 cups Homemade Organic Beef Stock
  • 1/2 cup Homemade Organic Mushroom Stock; OR Homemade Organic Vegetable Stock
  • 1-1/2 cups grass-fed organic whole milk
  • 1/4 cup Homemade Organic Sweet Whey (not powdered)
  • 1/2 cup organic sour cream
  • 1/4 cup organic heavy cream
  • 3 cups wide organic egg noodles
  • 2 tsp. Real Salt
  • 1 tsp. organic dried parsley flakes
  • 1 tsp. Homemade Organic Ground Beef Seasoning, optional
  • 1/2 tsp. freshly ground organic peppercorn blend
  • 1-1/2 tsp. organic Nama Shoyu (soy sauce)
  • 1-1/2 tsp. organic Worcestershire sauce (optional; Annie’s recommended)

Here’s How I do it:

  1. If using Homemade Organic Freezer Beef Mix:  Pour 1/4 cup unchlorinated and unfluoridated water into a deep saucepan with lid; Add the frozen beef mix, tomatoes, (bell pepper, if using) and onions.  Simmer for 15 minutes over medium heat, covered.  Uncover; break up the frozen chunks into smaller pieces and add the garlic along with the tallow.  Cover and simmer for an additional 5 minutes.  Proceed with step 4.
  2. Brown the beef and tallow in a saucepan until halfway done.
  3. Add the tomatoes, onions (and bell pepper, if using) then saute with the ground beef for 5 minutes; Add the garlic and saute until the beef is brown and the onions are clear.
  4. Pour in the beef stock, mushroom or vegetable stock, whey, heavy cream and milk.
  5. Add the wide egg noodles and stir well
  6. Mix in the parsley flakes, tarragon (if using), salt and pepper.
  7. Slowly bring the mixture to a boil then simmer, covered, until the noodles are al-dente, approximately 18-22 minutes.
  8. Stir in the soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and sour cream while allowing them to melt into the dish.
  9. Enjoy!

 

Homemade Organic Dairyland Confetti Chicken Casserole

Here’s What You’ll Need:

Here’s How I do it:

  1. Preheat oven to 350° Fahrenheit.
  2. If using Homemade Organic Freezer Ground Chicken Mix: Pour 1/2 cup unchlorinated and unfluoridated water into a deep saucepan with lid; Add the frozen chicken mix, carrots, celery and onion. Simmer for 15 minutes over medium heat, covered.  Uncover; break up the frozen chunks into smaller pieces.  Cover and simmer for an additional 5 minutes.  While the chicken mix is thawing, proceed with step 4.
  3. In a saucepan, combine carrots, onion, celery and chicken stock; Simmer for 20 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, in a 3-quart casserole dish, mix shredded chicken/thawed chicken mix, soup, sour cream, mushrooms, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper; Add simmered vegetables along with the liquid into the casserole dish; Mix well.
  5. Prepare the Homemade Organic Confetti Topping.
  6. Drop the topping by the tablespoonful onto the chicken mixture.
  7. Bake in an oven preheated to 350° Fahrenheit for 40 to 45 minutes.
  8. Sprinkle with cheese and return to oven until melted, approximately 2-3 minutes.
  9. Enjoy!

Homemade Organic Chicken Helper Creamy Chicken and Noodles

I have adapted this recipe to use ground chicken instead of raw cubed chicken.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

Here’s How I do it:

  1.  If using Homemade Organic Freezer Ground Chicken Mix:  Pour 1/2 cup unchlorinated and unfluoridated water into a deep saucepan with lid; Add the frozen chicken mix, onions, mushrooms, celery (if using), and carrots.  Simmer for 15 minutes over medium heat, covered.  Uncover; break up the frozen chunks into smaller pieces.  Add the garlic; Cover and simmer for an additional 5 minutes.  Proceed with step 4.
  2. Brown the chicken in a saucepan until halfway done.
  3. Add the onions, mushrooms, celery (if using), carrots and garlic, then saute with the ground chicken for 6 to 7 minutes until the chicken is light tan and the onions are clear.
  4. Add the chicken stock, vegetable stock, and milk; Stir well.
  5. Stir the egg noodles and peas into the skillet.
  6. Add the parsley flakes, turmeric and salt; Stir well.
  7. Slowly bring the mixture to a boil then simmer, covered, until the noodles fully cooked, approximately 16-22 minutes; Stirring occasionally.
  8. Top with 1 cup grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, 1/4 cup sliced green onions, and/or 1/4 cup Homemade Organic Herbed Breadcrumbs.
  9. Enjoy!

Homemade Organic Four Cheese Supreme Pizza Strata

This is a way to kick a traditional strata up a notch and it’s wonderful to prepare when you don’t have the time to make traditional pizza dough and there’s leftover bread on hand.

Here’s What  You’ll Need:

Here’s How I do it:

  1. Tear the bread into bite sized pieces; Put half of them into a 9×13″ casserole.
  2. In a small saucepan, saute onion, green pepper, and mushrooms for 4-5 minutes with a sprinkle of salt; Add garlic and saute for an additional 2 minutes.
  3. Spoon vegetables over the bread.
  4. Layer the shredded chicken and beef on top of the vegetables.
  5. Sprinkle sliced olives on top of the casserole.
  6. Pour a layer of pizza sauce on top of the mixture.
  7. Top with mozzarella cheese.
  8. Mix the Parmigiano Reggiano, Pecorino Romano and Asiago cheeses in a small bowl; Sprinkle 1/2 of the mixture on top of the casserole.
  9. Arrange the remaining bread cubes on top of the cheese; Top with the other 1/2 of grated cheeses.
  10. In a medium mixing bowl, mix together eggs, stock, Real Salt and pepper; Pour on top of layered strata.
  11. Cover; Chill for 3-24  hours.
  12. Bake, uncovered, for 40-50 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.
  13. Let stand for 10 minutes.
  14. Makes 8 servings.
  15. Enjoy!

Homemade Organic Vegetable Lasagna with White Sauce

This is inspired by the Stouffer’s brand vegetable lasagna.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • 9 organic lasagna noodles, unbroken
  • 5-6 organic rainbow carrots, minced
  • 4-5 organic cremini mushrooms, minced
  • 1 head organic broccoli, cut into small florets
  • 1 medium organic yellow onion, minced
  • 2 organic beefsteak tomatoes, diced
  • 2-3 Tbsp. organic pasture butter
  • 4 heaping Tbsp. organic unbleached white flour
  • 4 cloves organic garlic cloves, minced
  • 3/4 cup Homemade Organic Vegetable Stock
  • 1/2 cup grass-fed organic whole milk
  • 1-1/2 cups grass-fed organic heavy cream
  • 2 organic pasture eggs
  • 1/2 cup organic ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup organic Parmesan cheese
, grated
  • 1/2 cup organic Pecorino Romano cheese
, grated
  • 1/2 cup organic Asiago cheese, shredded (if soft; if hard, grate)
  • 1/2 cup organic Mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup Homemade Organic Herbed Breadcrumbs
  • 2 tsp. Homemade Organic Magic Poultry Seasoning
  • 2 tsp. organic parsley flakes
  • 1 tsp. Real Salt, plus an additional pinch, divided
  • 1/2 tsp. organic freshly-ground peppercorn blend

Here’s How I do it:

  1. Preheat oven 375° Fahrenheit.
  2. Bring 1 gallon of water to a boil in a 2-gallon stock pot .
  3. Prepare the vegetables, if you haven’t all ready done so.
  4. Add a pinch of Real Salt to flavor the noodles .
  5. Add lasagna noodles and cook for HALF of the time the package instructs, approximately 6.5 minutes.
  6. Add the half-cooked lasagna noodles into a large mixing bowl filled with COLD water, set aside.
  7. Melt 2-3 Tbsp. butter on low heat in a large saucepan.
  8. Add the carrots to the saucepan and saute for 5 minutes.
  9. Add onion to the saucepan and sauté for 3 minutes.
  10. Add the garlic, mushrooms, tomatoes and broccoli.
  11. Saute the vegetables for an additional 5 minutes.
  12. Remove the vegetables and place into a medium-sized bowl, leaving as much butter in the pan as possible.
  13. Add flour to the butter, and stir constantly until it creates a thick paste.
  14. Add vegetable stock, milk, and cream to the cooked roux.
  15. Increase heat to medium high, stirring until thickened.
  16. Immediately reduce heat to medium, stirring constantly until desired thickness; Remove from heat.
  17. Add 2 eggs to the ricotta, mix well.
  18. Season the ricotta with 1 tsp. Real Salt, parsley, poultry seasoning, and pepper, mix well and set aside.
  19. Grate all cheeses and mix all but ricotta together in a bowl; Set aside.
  20. Mix together herbed breadcrumbs and 1/4 cup of the shredded/grated cheese mixture; Set aside.
  21. Grease a 9″ × 13″ casserole dish with butter.
  22. Place a very thin layer of white sauce on the bottom of the casserole.
  23. Place a layer of 3 noodles on top of the white sauce.
  24. Spread the ricotta mixture on top of the noodles.
  25. Sprinkle 1/3 of the vegetable mixture on top of the ricotta.
  26. Next, sprinkle 1/3 of the remaining shredded/grated cheese mixture over the vegetables.
  27. Continue layering white sauce, noodles, ricotta mixture, veggie mix, and shredded/grated cheese mixture until you have three total layers.
  28. Top the lasagna with the seasoned breadcrumbs.
  29. Bake uncovered 25-30 minutes until top is brown and the sides are bubbly.
  30. Enjoy!

Homemade Organic Italian Salad

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • 1 head organic Romaine lettuce, torn
  • 1-1/2 cups shredded organic radicchio or shredded organic purple cabbage
  • 2 organic Roma tomatoes, halved then sliced
  • 1/2 small organic red onion, sliced into thin rings
  • 1 cup sliced organic cremini mushrooms
  • 1 medium organic carrot, shredded
  • 1/4 cup sliced organic pepperoncini
  • 1/2 cup organic black olives
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh organic oregano OR *1 tsp. organic dried oregano
  • 1/4 cup grated organic parmigiano reggiano cheese
  • 1/2 cup (more or less to taste) Simple Homemade Organic Italian Dressing, Homemade Organic Fresh Italian Dressing or Homemade Organic Creamy Italian Dressing

Here’s How I do it:

  1. Add all of the ingredients except for the dressing.
  2. Toss to combine ensuring that it’s well mixed.
  3. Place the salads in bowls and drizzle with dressing.
  4. Enjoy!