May 23, 2022

Celebrate the Dad In Your Life With a Homemade Meal

June is here and that means it’s time to celebrate our hardworking, fun-loving dads. It’s safe to say that the dad in your life would appreciate time spent with his favorite people. What better way to say “I love you, Dad”, then sitting down together for a hearty, homemade meal. Whether it has the happy memories of Mother’s Chicken Pot Pie, or the comfort of a good Salisbury steak, we’ve gathered a collection of recipes from our BetterLife members that are sure to bring a smile to his face.

Mother’s Chicken Pot Pie

Mary Layssard | BetterLife Member | Louisiana

1 fryer, cooked and deboned
2 stalks celery
1 large onion
1 stick margarine
4 tbsp flour
1/2 tsp salt and pepper
2 c milk
1 can chicken broth
2 cans cream of mushroom soup
1 large can Veg-all (canned mixed vegetables)

Cook celery and onion in butter until tender. Add flour, salt, milk, and chicken broth. Cook until smooth. Add cream of mushroom soup and mix well. Stir in chicken meat and Veg-all. Pour over casserole.

1 1/2 c flour
3 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
3 tbsp shortening
1/2 c milk

Mix flour, baking powder, salt, shortening, and milk. Roll out into 1/2-inch strips. Place over filling. Bake at 400 degrees until golden brown.


Man-Style Meat and Potatoes

Laurence McLuckie | BetterLife Member | Iowa

1/2 c cooked beef
1/2 c thinly sliced onion
2 tbsp butter or margarine
1 can cream of celery soup
1/3 c milk
1 c shredded cheese
3 c sliced cooked potatoes
Dash of pepper

In a saucepan, brown beef, cook onion in butter until tender. Blend in soup, milk, cheese, and pepper. In a 1 quart casserole dish, arrange alternately layers of potatoes, meat, onion, and sauce. Sprinkle with cheese and paprika. Bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes.


Salisbury Steak

Mary Ann Snider | BetterLife Member | Wisconsin

When my cooked potatoes are done, I drain off the water in to the meat pan and make gravy. Then I place the meat back in the gravy and serve. Delicious!!

2 lbs ground beef
1 egg, beaten
1/2 c soft bread crumbs
1/4 c finely chopped onion
2 tbsp finely chopped green pepper
1 1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper

Mix ingredients well. Make 6 large patties and place in pan sprayed with cooking spray. Let brown well on both sides so you have good drippings for gravy.


Rosemary Pork Roast

William & Cindy Koboske | BetterLife Members | Wisconsin

1 (3 to 3 1/2 lb) boneless pork loin roast
1/3 c chopped green onion
2 1/4 c chicken broth, divided
1/4 c cider or red wine vinegar
2 tbsp olive or vegetable oil
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 tbsp minced fresh rosemary or 1 tsp dried rosemary, crushed
1/4 tsp pepper
1 tsp salt (optional)
2 tbsp cornstarch
1/4 c water

Place roast in large reusable plastic bag or glass container. Combine onions, 1-1/4 cups broth, vinegar, oil, garlic, rosemary and pepper. Pour over roast. Cover and refrigerate 4-8 hours, turning occasionally. Remove roast and place fat side up in ungreased shallow roasting pan. Combine marinade with remaining broth. Pour over roast. Sprinkle with salt if desired. Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 2 to 2-1/2 hours or until meat thermometer reads 160 – 170 degrees. Remove to warm serving platter; let stand 10 minutes before slicing. Meanwhile, skim fat from pan juices. Combine cornstarch and water until smooth; stir into juices. Bring to a boil over medium heat; boil and stir 3 minutes. Serve with the roast.


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