Cooking Scrapbook – Dad’s Dinner

Last night’s dinner brought me back about 20 years… and now I feel old!

Dad's Dinner

Growing up, my mom usually cooked dinner for our family, but occasionally my dad would too.  His specialty was “Dad’s Dinner”, as we liked to call it.  I suppose this dinner isn’t really much of a recipe but more a combination of foods that resulted in my version of comfort food and a childhood favorite for both me and my brother.

It’s really complicated, are you ready?


Dad’s Dinner


1 lb ground beef

1/2 envelope of Lipton Onion Soup Mix

1 egg

Box of macaroni and cheese

Broccoli florets, fresh or frozen


1.  Cook macaroni and cheese according to package directions.

mac n cheese

2.  Meanwhile, in a bowl, mix ground beef, onion soup mix, and egg together until combined.  Form into 4 patties (or 6, like I did this time.)  Heat grill pan to about medium heat and cook patties until desired color (medium rare, well-done, etc.)

dad's burgers raw and cooked

3.  Steam or microwave broccoli until desired tenderness.

dads dinner broccoli

Burgers, mac n’ cheese and broccoli.  That’s it!

It holds a very special place in my heart and that’s why it made the “Family Secrets” section of the cooking scrapbook.

The key ingredient in those burgers is the onion soup mix.  Also, my dad always prepared Kraft brand mac n’ cheese, but I only had Annie’s brand on-hand which is a bit healthier.


I had never tried this brand and it came surprisingly close to Kraft.  Almost but not quite 😉


I met Amy at LA Fitness again this morning and I chose to take the Bootcamp group class at 5:45 am.  Afterwards, I had this waiting in the car for me.

Strawberry banana overnight oats with choco pb

Overnight oats again with bananas, strawberries and Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter.

Strawberry Banana Overnight Oats with Dark Chocolate Dreams

I found this jar of Peanut Butter & Company’s Dark Chocolate Dreams in the back of my fridge when we moved.  I can’t believe I forgot about this heaven-in-a-jar.  Shame on me! 😉  You can count on it to definitely be making another appearance in the near future.



6 thoughts on “Cooking Scrapbook – Dad’s Dinner

  1. Cassie January 15, 2013 at 12:04 pm Reply

    I had Mac-n-cheese, burgers and salad for dinner last night 🙂 mmmm. Mine, probably not so healthy!

    • lrsaar January 15, 2013 at 1:25 pm Reply

      We’re dinner twins!!

  2. Cheryl January 15, 2013 at 1:19 pm Reply

    Dad’s dinner is delicious and holds a special place in my heart too!

  3. Nikki April 24, 2013 at 12:25 am Reply

    Pete makes us “dads dinner” all the time except we use ground turkey. It really is good comfort food!

    • lrsaar April 24, 2013 at 8:48 am Reply

      I’ve made them with ground turkey before too, very good!!

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