Sloppy Joe Tater Tot Casserole! Ground beef or turkey in a delicious sloppy joe sauce topped with cheese and tater tots! Kids love this one!

Originally posted March 2014. Photos updated April 2016. 

I know. It’s way too early in the morning to be talking about things like tater tot casseroles.

I’m sorry.

I was sick all weekend – all weekend! – and didn’t have time to get a bunch of yummy things baked and photographed. I made this and it’s delicious and amazing but I couldn’t stop coughing long enough to take pictures. Being sick is the worst.

I threw this Sloppy Joe Tater Tot Casserole together for my kids yesterday and there wasn’t a tater tot left by the end of dinner. They loved it! I won’t lie, I didn’t think it sounded very good but I stole a couple bites and didn’t hate it. I like sloppy joes, I love tater tots – so yeah, I think I’m just embarrassed to say that I liked it.

Sloppy Joe Tater Tot Casserole! Ground beef or turkey in a delicious sloppy joe sauce topped with cheese and tater tots! Kids love this one!

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Something you may not know about me is that one of my favorite foods is pimento cheese. I don’t know how or why but I have loved it for as long as I can remember.

Almost every week when I do my big grocery shopping trip, I buy a tub of pimento cheese and a bag of those long pretzel rods and then I dip the pretzels in the cheese and that’s all I eat until it’s gone. I mean, is that not one of the weirder things for someone to be obsessed with? Pimento cheese on pretzels? And not just pretzels, it has to be the pretzel rods.

(One the rare ocassion that I don’t feel like cheese, I get Justin’s Maple Almond Butter and then dip the pretzels in that. We’re not even going to think about how many calories that one is, mmkay?)

So when my dear friend Kita asked me to participate in Burger Month again this year, I knew Bacon and Pimento Cheese Burgers were happening.

This was my first time making pimento cheese, if you can believe that. I had it in my head that it was something I could only buy at the store since that was my tradition and all. But it turns out that it’s really easy. It’s just shredded cheese, diced pimentos (in a jar), and mayo. Seriously easy.

I did a simple beef burger with just salt and pepper, grilled for a few minutes on each side. And then I topped it with the homemade pimento cheese, some crispy bacon, lettuce, and tomato.

Also, I learned that I’m really, really bad at making burgers. Normally my husband does any burgers for me but he was in the field so I attempted these and they ended up fat and not wide enough for the bun. Which means that I need to make burgers more often, right?

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It should come as no surprise to anyone that I’m obsessed with bacon. I mean, I’m always obsessed with bacon but right now, I’m super obsessed.

One day last week I had bacon for every meal. There was a sweet potato and bacon hash for breakfast, I fried up some bacon for my lunch salad, and then for dinner I had bacon in my brussels sprouts. #paleo

I will put bacon on anything and everything. Even cake.

One of my favorite ways to enjoy bacon is on pizza. If you’ve ever seen any of my pizza Instagrams (they happen frequently), you know that I order my pizza exactly the same way every time. Barbecue sauce, ham, pineapple, tons of jalapeños, and BACON.

No one ever wants to share a pizza with me and I can’t figure out why.

Anyway, I’ve been switching things up recently and have found myself in love with Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza.

Except no one does a good cheeseburger sauce so I’ve been making this myself.

Cheeseburger sauce?

Yeah. Just ketchup and thousand island dressing. But it’s so good.

I’ve been using Wright® Brand Bacon for all my bacon needs. It’s so delicious and a great value at Walmart. Wright® Brand Bacon is a bigger better bacon so it’s perfect for lunch, dinner, or hey, even cake. I won’t judge you.

So this this pizza I used the cheeseburger sauce, the Wright® Brand Bacon, some ground beef, shredded cheddar and Monterey Jack, and topped it off with pickles.

This pizza is so delicious. My kids loved it, I loved it, there was none left for my husband to try. You know how we do things around here.

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My husband and I have this really annoying habit of putting a “P” in front of any food that we make Paleo. We have entire conversations about picken puggets or papple pauce or, like this recipe, peatloaf.

(I don’t recommend this when making Paleo cornbread. That’s a good way to make things awkward real quick.)

This is our favorite Paleo Meatloaf recipe. If you’ve never made a Paleo meatloaf before, you will not understand the level of frustration that comes with it. You think it would be simple, right? I mean, the name “meatloaf” sounds like it would be Paleo. It’s a loaf. Of meat. How is that not Paleo?

I have tried dozens of different recipes and they’ve all turned out crumbly and dry or just plain gross. In most Paleo recipes, you use almond flour in place of the soaked bread or breadcrumbs that you would typically use in a regular meatloaf and since almond flour is denser, it just doesn’t work out. This one does include almond flour but since I mix only 1 cup of almond flour with 2 pounds of meat, it stays nice and moist. Because of that, you can get away with using super lean ground beef if you want.

It’s a pretty standard meatloaf recipe – just the beef, almond flour, onion, and a couple eggs. And bacon, of course. Always bacon. Bacon inside the meatloaf and bacon on top! If you are feeling extra ambitious, I totally recommend mixing up some Paleo ketchup to go on top. If you are lazy like me, mustard works just as well!

I usually make cauliflower mashed potatoes or cauliflower rice to serve alongside the meatloaf. Add some green veggies (Brussels sprouts or asparagus are my picks!) and it makes for really good, healthy comfort food. 

I’m the Paleo Fanatic over at Food Fanatic! This Paleo Meatloaf recipe is one of many I’m sharing over there so make sure you check back!

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Bacon Cheeseburger Rice - a family-friendly meal that's ready in less than 20 minutes!

Stay with me here. I promise there’s a reason I put pickles on top of rice. 

But first, I got a Jeep yesterday! Yeah, buying a new car wasn’t really in the plans 4 weeks before we move to Texas but it was either pay a ridiculous amount of money for a new transmission or spend a ridiculous amount of money for a new car. And since my husband’s gone for months at a time and our Durango has been less than reliable recently, we just decided to bite the bullet. 

Plus, I’ve been waiting for my kids to all be out of those annoying ginormous infant seats so I could get rid of my 3-row mom vehicle. (That had a Hemi. And I loved it. But still, it was a total mom car.)

My husband spent the night messing around with it. Like, it was snowing and he was out there in shorts, taking the top off, putting it back on, seeing how it looks this way, and then that way. We’ve just been waiting so long to get a Wrangler so we’re all a little excited. 

So now, pickles on rice? Whaaaaat?

I found this recipe on Pinterest the other day and then immediately added the ingredients to my grocery list. I am obsessed with bacon cheeseburgers lately (#sonotpaleo) and I knew I’d be into it.

It’s instant rice which makes for a really quick meal and then ground beef (or turkey!) with barbecue sauce, a little mustard, and other burger-y things. And then it’s all topped with crispy crumbled bacon and chopped pickles.

I loved it. My kids were all “Ewww! What’s the slimy green things?!” but ummm… there wasn’t a speck left on any of their plates. 

Bacon Cheeseburger Rice - a family-friendly meal that's ready in less than 20 minutes!

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