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As you know, I’ve been using eMeals for over a year now. I’ve explained how I use the meal-planning service, but thought it might be good to show it in action.
And . . . share a favorite recipe that I got from them.
We’re picky. We use the Aldi Classic Family Plan which has very basic meals, but there are always a few even in that plan that we wouldn’t like. I choose the 3-4 that sound good to us, and then I supplement with our own family favorite recipes like chicken fried rice or BBQ chicken sandwiches.
But, I have added a few new recipes to our favorites since using the service. This pizza casserole is one.
Things that make this a natural favorite:
Anything with pizza in the name makes my family happy. (Perhaps you’ve noticed this.)
It’s easy. Like so crazy easy that I just make it. I don’t even look for a recipe, though there obviously was one in the plan the first time I made it.
It fits my normal cooking style. (Meaning: My version of freezer-cooking.)
I can put it together in about five minutes and then let it bake for 25ish minutes.
Cover the bottom of a 9×13 pan with pre-cooked, frozen ground beef.
Pour a jar of spaghetti sauce on top and cover with shredded mozzarella cheese.
Mix that together.
Cover with one can of crescent roll dough as shown in the photo above.
Sprinkle Parmesan cheese over the top.
Bake at 350 until the dough is cooked and filling is bubbly. (Takes me about 25 minutes.)
If you like things from scratch, you can use homemade spaghetti sauce and a homemade biscuit topping. At our house, though, this is one of those “Hey! At least we ate at home, people!” meals.
Many of the recipes on our eMeals plan are much more from-scratch-ey than this one. I’ll be sharing a few more of our favorites this month.
Obviously, I’m using my affiliate links for eMeals meal-planning service. Be sure to see an overall explanation of how it works here. I get the service for free, but would pay for it if I didn’t. It fits my life needs right now as someone with little time who is passionate about eating at home.
Kristy K. James says
Sounds good. Looks even better! 🙂 Have you ever noticed a gluten-free meal plan when you decide which ones to use?
Also, can you settle an argument please? I want to get enough ground beef this week to last a month, but my son is 100% sure I told him you said pre-cooked ground beef should only be cooked a week ahead. I’m 99% sure I never read (or said) that, but thought I would check. I really like being able to open the freezer and grab a bag, but would like to do a lot more at a time and not have to deal with the mess as often.
Dana White says
Oh my word, no. I most definitely cook it farther ahead than that! (And it cracks me up that your son is kinda-sorta quoting Nony!)
I know eMeals does have a gluten-free plan. I don’t have Celiac so I’ve never used it, but it might be worth checking out.
I pre-cook ground beef and use it months down the road, no problem!
Amanda C says
I have all the ingredients, minus the crescent rolls. Could I use biscuit dough instead?
Dana White says
Absolutely! I might pull them apart so they wouldn’t be as thick, but not necessary!
This looks yummy – and easy! I think I even have everything to make it….and I’ll be passing the recipe on to my son’s girlfriend!
Shoe-a-holic No More says
This looks delish!
Totally made my own version of this tonight (chedder, mushrooms, and garlic that needed to be used up were added and brushed olive oil on the crescent rolls then sprinkled with italian herbs and parmesan) The kids loved it and we’ll definitely be doing it again!
I’m finally trying this tonight! I had some red bell pepper to use up, and about half a yellow onion, so I added those to the ground beef while it was browning (I know, it wasn’t pre-cooked..haven’t hopped onto that train yet, but I totally need to!). Seasoned that with Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper. Then followed as written…but used Nichole’s suggestion of the olive oil and herbs with the parm on top. In the oven now, smelling awesome.
Thanks for the simple, I-can’t-believe-this-is-my-first-time-making-it, recipe, Nony!
Dana White says
I hope you liked it!
We did! So easy, but yummy too. 🙂