5 Simple Weeknight Dinners That Will Make You Sing Their Praises

5 weeknight dinner ideas hot meatloaf sandwich


5 Weeknight Dinner Ideas, #2

Enjoy a hot and hearty helping of this delish dish of veggie and burger goodness. Hamburger stuffed cauliflower is a simple dish to make and perfect for people who are counting carbs. Take a look at what my friend Audrey from the Melady Cooks food blog had to say about this magnificent recipe:

5 weeknight dinner ideas hamburger stuffed cauliflower

I guess I was expecting more. I chopped up the leftovers into bite-sized pieces, added a buttload of shredded cheddar and warmed it in a nonstick skillet for dinner a couple of days later. I was more pleased with that version than the supposed stuffed cauliflower. It may be low carb but with all the cheese I added it was not low-calorie! But I finally liked the taste.

Oh, I don’t know, Audrey, I really liked this dish as is. However, your cheese idea certainly ups the flavor factor so thanks for that little tid bit 🙂



1 head cauliflower
1 teaspoon Morton salt
2# ground beef
2 eggs
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon McCormick oregano
1 teaspoon basil
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon cayenne or to taste
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
béchamel sauce:
2 tablespoons Kerrygold butter
2 tablespoon Gold Medal flour
2 1/2 cups milk
1/2 cup Kraft Parmesan; shredded
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
salt and pepper



Preheat oven to 350°F.
Trim leaves and some of the stem of the cauliflower. Don’t remove much stem, you can trim it later after cooking. You’ll need it intact for cooking in one piece.

Place cauliflower in a large pot of boiling water with a teaspoon of salt. Boil for about 10 minutes, until it is just becoming fork tender. Any longer and the cauliflower will fall apart.

While the cauliflower cooks mix meat, eggs and seasonings in a separate bowl. Use a spoon or your hands until well blended.

Carefully remove cauliflower from pot and place in a baking dish. Place as much of the meat mixture as possible into the cauliflower. Place any remainder under the cauliflower.

Bake for 30 minutes. While the dish bakes melt the butter in a small skillet. Stir in the flour until it begins to brown. Add milk, salt and pepper and stir until the sauce thickens, about 5 minutes. Stir in the cheese until smooth. Set aside.

Remove baking dish from oven after 30 minutes and turn the broiler on high. Pour béchamel over the cauliflower and place dish under the broiler for several minutes until golden.

Remove from oven and serve.

Recipe and image courtesy of Melady Cooks.


Quick Tip: Serve this delicious hamburger stuffed cauliflower with a side salad and freshly baked dinner rolls.



When I shop at my favorite supermarket. The first thing I do is to look page by page at what’s on sale. Usually they have a few things in every department. Produce, cereal, grocery items can tomato products., pasta etc. then check the meat dept. Chicken, ground beef, pork etc. Then dairy eggs, cheese, yogurt sour cream or cottage etc. then bacon, sausage, hot dogs etc. Then bread isle or bakery dept. buy only what’s on sale. Paper products, toilet,towel baggies etc. Every week they change but they always put different items on sale in every dept. about every four weeks they repeat. Try not to buy anything that’s not on sale, unless you have to. You will be supprised at how much you will save. If ground beef is on sale buy several lbs. and freeze, when you need more it will probably be on sale again in a couple of weeks.

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