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Monday, October 20

Easy Weeknight Dinner: Cheesy Buns

I pretty much can't stand making dinner.

I don't know why.  I don't mind cooking.  I just never feel all that excited about what I'm making.  I'm pretty busy once school gets out, with carpool, after-school activities, teaching piano lessons, and helping with homework.  Often it hits 5:30 or 6:00 and I have NO CLUE what's for dinner.

That's when I make bad choices.  Mac n Cheese.  Pizza.  Hop in the car and hit the drive-through.

So I am thrilled for today's blog hop, hosted by Sarah at Becoming Martha, which is all about Easy Weeknight Meals.  I hope it gives me (and you) some great new ideas!

I'm sharing a staple for my house of three picky kids (and two busy parents).  This is based off an old Taste of Home recipe for Cheeseburger Buns, but the dough is simplified for time's sake.

All you need is ground beef (or turkey if you'd like), a little seasoning, cheese slices (or you can use shredded cheese), tomato sauce, and canned biscuits.  If you don't like using canned stuff, you can make your own yeast or biscuit dough too.

To start off, brown your ground meat with some minced onion, salt, and pepper.  Add a can of tomato sauce and stir until meat is well coated.

Roll out each biscuit until it is flat and round.  Place two small squares of cheese in the center, then pile your meat sauce on top of the cheese.

Carefully stretch the dough around the filling and pinch closed.  Place dough ball seam side down on a cooking sheet lined with a silicone liner or something similar.

Bake at 400 degrees for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned.

Remove from oven and cool for about 5 minutes before serving.

These are simple to make, kid-friendly, and easy to customize!  We've done ours with taco meat and cheese, mozzerella cheese and pizza sauce, or even added in some veggies.

Easy Cheesy Buns

   Click here for printable recipe
2 cans 8-ct. Buttermilk Biscuits (Pillsbury Grands work the best)
1 lb. ground beef
2 tsp. minced onion
2 8 oz cans tomato sauce
8 slices American or Cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Sprinkle ground beef with minced onion and a dash of salt and pepper.  Brown ground beef, 
then drain off any extra grease.
Stir tomato sauce into ground beef until well combined.  
Open biscuit cans and remove biscuits.  Use a rolling pin to flatten each biscuit into a thin circle.  
Remove cheese slices from packaging.  Break or cut each slice into four small squares.  Place two 
small squares in the center of each biscuit.
Next, place about 2 tbsp. of ground beef filling on top of cheese.
Gather edges of each biscuit circle into the center over filling and pinch closed.  Place filled biscuit 
seam side down onto a baking sheet lined with silicone baking sheet or sprayed with cooking spray.
Bake in oven for 8-12 minutes or until lightly browned.  Remove and let cool for a few moments 
before serving.

Makes 16 cheesy buns.  Our family of five (including picky preschooler) eats about 10 of these 
for dinner.  They make awesome leftovers!

Hop around to my blog friends for some more awesome ideas for a quick and easy weeknight meal!

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  1. I feel like I've found the motherlode! The way you described your after school daily life is so much like mine. I think these will help and I know of a 9 year old who will love the Cheesy Buns!

  2. I am in a meal making slump so this came at the perfect time!! Thank you for all the great ideas.

    1. Me too! There are tons of great ideas in this hop! Thanks for stopping by, Brandy!

  3. That's a lot of recipes from which to choose! Finding dinner now!

  4. Oh gosh, my hubby's southern roots would love these...too rich for me though! Love the recipe roundup, great to discver new blogs.

    1. Yeah, they aren't exactly healthy :) Thanks for stopping by today!

  5. Yay!! New dinner ideas, I have been getting really tired of our repeated dinners! Thanks!

    1. Me too- I really needed some new ideas! Thanks for stopping by!

  6. Oh I LOVE this post! I am a 22 weeks/6 months pregnant and i got a 3 year old. plus i work full time as a nurse so I am always go go go and i love that these are quick for during the week and this recipe specifically my 3 year old can help make which makes it EVEN BETTER! I have saved this blog and am not even following you. Thanks a TON from a busy mom!!!!

    1. Wow! You are a busy lady! Thanks so much for stopping by- I hope you got some great ideas!

  7. Oh yeah, I will definitely be checking these out,... can always use a great quick easy recipe to pull out of my hat!

    1. Lots of great ideas here. Thanks for coming by, Brenda!

  8. my kids would love this. And would be great for school lunches too. double bonus!

    1. They make awesome leftovers- I like them even more the 2nd day!

  9. Wow! This looks soo yummy! Have to try this :)

  10. Ok this looks like a recipe even my non cooking self wouldn't totally destroy!

  11. I don't really mind cooking, but I hate having to decide WHAT to cook! I'm very happy to have a list to pick from!


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