Jody’s Healthy Tater Tot Casserole
This recipe is SO good. I took an old family favorite from my mom and made it healthier. My family loves it. Feel free to modify it for your family.
1 lb. ground beef & 1 lb. ground chicken, mixed together, cooked, and drained
(chicken picks up the flavor of the beef and we like the texture better than ground turkey)
3 bags of Healthy Cream Soup mix mixed into 3 3/4 cups water and cooked till thickened. Recipe is on my website, also.
2 cups chopped frozen green beans
2 cups sliced or shredded carrots, steamed slightly
2 cups frozen corn
2 cups frozen peas
(OR 2 - 16 oz bags frozen mixed vegetables)
Finely chop or shred more veggies - clean out the refrigerator - use 2 cups shredded zucchini, 2 cups chopped cauliflower, 10-12 oz. broccoli. I steam chopped cauliflower. Steam the broccoli then chop it into smaller pieces. If using frozen shredded zucchini, thaw slightly and dump in.
In a 4 qt.bowl, stir together the meat, frozen vegetables, cream soup, steamed vegetables, add dried onion flakes or chopped fresh onion, chopped celery, and chopped mushrooms and 1-2 cups cheddar cheese. Pour into a greased 9" x 13" plus 9" x 9" glass pans. Top with 2 lb. tater tots. You can top with more cheese. You can refrigerate until ready to bake at 350 for 1 1/4 - 1 1/2 hours OR freeze ahead in a bowl that fits inside your crock pot. When frozen drop it out of the bowl into the crock pot, cover with tater tots and cook on low for 8-10 hours.
Leftovers freeze really well for future meals.
Mom's ingredients: 1 1/2 lb. hamburger, cooked
2 - 10 oz bags frozen mixed vegetables
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 can cream of onion soup
1 can cream of celery soup
1 large bag of tater tots
Mix all ingredients except tots. Pour into greased casserole, season with salt and onion flakes. Top with tater tots. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hr.