Monday, July 13, 2009

Tater Not Tot Casserol - A cheaper, healthier twist on the old version

This is a healthier, cheaper and allergy friendly twist on the much-loved tater-tot casserole. It is a recipe I adapted when I realized that tater tots and cream of mushroom soup are chocked full of soy and dairy. My husband loves this, and prefers it to the old version.

3-4 large potatoes, well scrubbed chopped
1 lb hamburger or ground turkey
1 medium onion, diced
Canola oil
½ Tbsp powdered garlic
Italian seasoning
1 bag allergy-safe frozen veggies of choice (mixed veggies works well, but any are fine).

Preheat oven to 375 F. and grease a casserole dish with Canola oil. Chop potatoes into large cubes (about the size of tater tots) and place in casserole dish. Drizzle Canola oil over the potatoes and add spices. Mix well. Cover and bake for 20-30 minutes while you chop onions and brown your hamburger.

Brown your hamburger and onion with salt and pepper. When fully cooked, or almost fully cooked, drain well and distribute over the top of the potatoes.

Layer frozen veggies over the top, recover and bake for 15 to 30 minutes (or until potatoes are tender and vegetables are cooked).

Please note that this is a recipe I have been making for awhile, so the measurements on the seasonings are estimates only. Use your own judgment and personal tastes to season as you see fit!

Variation: if you don't have an allergy to dairy, during the last 15 minutes, you can uncover and top with shredded cheddar and bake 10 minutes, or until until golden.
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  1. This sounds yummy! We will have to try it!

    No cheese for me, but I'll put it on the hubby's!

  2. Hi Michelle,

    Thanks for stopping by my blog this morning!

    This looks good. My kids love roasted potatoes so this should go over well. I'll take it with cheese though. MMMMM!

    about your oatmeal recipe: My husband loves leftover oatmeal so I make big batches of it in the crock pot. There's a recipe on my site if you'd like it. It's under the "In the Fridge" header.

  3. This recipe has been a lifesaver for me. We have this once a week. I have a kiddo a little younger than your son with intolerance/allergy dairy, soy, gluten, some nuts (although haven't exposed him to many yet), tomatoes, citrus fruit, and chocolate. He has a lot of oral aversions, and most of his food is ground up as he's not really chewing yet. This is a great recipe we can quickly grind up for him. Thanks so much!

    1. So glad to hear it. Lil Z has oral aversions, too. Luckily, my 2nd child (who is a PIC, also) has not such oral aversions! Sooo much easier to get him to eat his dinner.