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Cauliflower Tots Shepherd’s Pie – a healthier twist on shepherd’s pie! Ground turkey and veggies in gravy with cauliflower tots on top!

Cauliflower Tots Shepherd's Pie - a healthier twist on shepherd's pie! Ground turkey and veggies in gravy with cauliflower tots on top!

I feel like every year around this time, my house gets super busy. It’s like, January hits and all of the sudden all my kids have a million activities and it’s made worse this year because I have a forever long list of things I want to do here before we move. So we are never home anymore.

I mean, it’s great and fun and all but it means we’re rushing to eat dinner, do baths, finish homework all in, like, an hour before bedtime. It’s not always easy to cook something healthy in that time so I wanted to share a delicious and healthy shortcut I’ve discovered.

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

Sloppy Joe Tater Tot Casserole - easy weeknight meal! 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 banana bread crumb cake and it’s delicious and amazing but I couldn’t stop coughing long enough to take pictures. Being sick is the worst.

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Heeeeeey guys! Happy almost Friday!

I cooked dinner last night. Like, a real dinner. Not putting random blog things on a plate and calling it dinner.

And then I went to Whataburger after the kids were in bed because I am 100% totally absolutely going to eat healthy starting today and I had to have one more burger. And fries. And maybe some Cadbury Crunchie Biscuits. Now I’m ready to be healthy!

I give it 3 days before I’m in the In-N-Out drive thru at midnight.

But whatever.

So anyway, dinner! I made this Cashew Chicken Cassrole for the kids and they loved it! (I had a few bites too and it was definitely delicious.)

Cashew chicken was my go-to Chinese food order in Colorado and I think I had it at least once a month for all 4 years we were there. It was so good there. Packed full of veggies – I mean, zucchini, carrots, mushrooms, celery, peppers, and even water chestnuts.

I wanted to make something kind of like that but a little more kid-friendly so I left out the mushrooms and the zucchini (because my kids won’t eat them) but feel free to add them or any other veggie! The sauce is delicious and tastes just like the one from my fave restaurant and my kids loved all the crunchy chow mein noodles and cashews on top.

This is a easy, healthy meal that the whole family will love.

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 Bacon Cheeseburger Rice – delicious cheesy rice with ground beef, bacon, barbecue sauce, and pickles on top! It’s ready in less than 20 minutes and a definite kid favorite!

Bacon Cheeseburger Rice - delicious cheesy rice with ground beef, bacon, barbecue sauce, and pickles on top! It's ready in less than 20 minutes and a definite kid favorite!

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.

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Yesterday my kid came home and told me that they’d had a lockdown. It happens more than it probably should (#armylife) and thankfully it’s always nothing.

Really, it’s usually a parent threatening to punch the principal or something. 

And no, it’s never been me.

Yet.

Anyway, I asked what happened and he said, “There was a mountain lion! I saw it’s footprints on the playground on the way home!”

I was all, “Yeah….” and sent him upstairs to do his homework. So I went to my husband and said, “Hey, he said they had a lockdown because of a mountain lion.”

And he said, “Yeah, it’s possible. We see all kinds of things on the ranges.”

“What? Like they just come through the gate? That jerk wouldn’t let me through unless I took my sunglasses off the other day. But they’re letting mountain lions in?”

“Uhhh, a mountain lion could jump the fence. Pretty awesome, huh?”

And now I’m terrified. Of mountain lions. Hanging out in my backyard.

So in honor of the kid that may be telling me the truth or may be just trying to really scare his mother, I made something I knew he’d love.

Burger and Fries Pot Pie!

It’s really simple and my kids all loved it. It’s ground beef with some diced tomatoes and cheese and then it’s all topped with crinkle-cut French fries. How can that be bad? We won’t talk about how many French fries I stole off the top. 

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