Barbecups Recipe – a quick and easy weeknight meal

Barbecups Recipe Quick and Easy Weeknight Meal

As a working mom, I’m always looking for quick and easy meal ideas. There are many days when I’m just too tired to spend a lot of time in the kitchen cooking and then cleaning up from dinner. That’s why I was so excited to find this recipe in my grandma’s recipe box.  As soon as I read it, I realized this recipe was perfect for busy moms like me: there are only 5 ingredients, and it’s ready in 30 minutes or less.

An added bonus is that your kids can join in making this recipe! I wish I had got some pictures of my kiddos standing at the counter helping, but I was too busy having a panic attack. Real talk. You see, sometimes I get so fixated on perfection that I miss the beauty of imperfect moments – like freaking out about my (almost) 4-year-old messing up the barbecups instead of enjoying the activity with my family. However, my sweet husband gently and graciously reminded me to be present in the moment and stop worrying about everything. I thank God every day for that man, but especially so when he can talk me back from the ledge of the Grand Anxiety Canyon.

As I was saying, this recipe is very kid-friendly. My toddlers loved squishing and stretching the doughy biscuits – and snacking on some cheese along the way. Even my husband jumped in to help. Also, not only is this recipe a fun cooking activity to do with your kids, it’s also something they will actually eat. My kids are notorious for never eating the good stuff I cook for them – but they both made happy plates after having barbecups. That makes this recipe a win in my playbook.

I think this recipe would also be great gameday food, too. So, if you’re looking for a quick and easy option to add to your Super Bowl spread, give these barbecups a try!

Barbecups

  • 3/4 lb ground beef (I used 1 lb)
  • 1/2 cup BBQ sauce of choice
  • Minced onion (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1-2 tubes of refrigerator biscuits
  • Shredded cheese

Brown ground beef and drain. Add BBQ sauce, brown sugar, and minced onion (if desired; you can also add it to the meat while you’re browning it, which is what I did).

Take biscuits and press individual biscuits into ungreased muffin cup, making sure dough goes up to the edge of muffin cup. (I combined 2 biscuits per cup because I was having trouble getting the biscuits to the edge of the muffin cup. That’s why I recommended 1-2 tubes of biscuits). Spoon meat mixture into muffin cups and sprinkle with shredded cheese. Bake at 400 degrees for 10-12 minutes.

Pretty simple, right? This recipe is definitely going into my rotation for quick and easy weeknight meals. I’m planning to round up some of my other favorites to share on the blog, soon. Do you have some go-to recipes that are quick and easy for weeknight meals? I’d love to  give them a try, so share them in the comments!

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Grandma’s Banana Nut Bread

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Is there anything better than a warm slice of banana bread, topped with butter, and a cup of coffee? I don’t think so, especially on a cold Oklahoma day like this one. That’s why I’m so excited to share with you grandma’s banana nut bread recipe. Whenever I’ve made banana bread in the past, I’ve usually just googled for a recipe that seemed easy and had plenty of good reviews. They’ve all turned out okay, no complaints; but I knew as soon as I pulled grandma’s banana nut bread out of the oven that I had found the real deal.

To make this delicious banana nut bread, here are your cast of characters:

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First, you’ll cream together your sugar and butter. You want to make sure your butter is softened before you do this, or else it’ll be more chunky and less creamy. Also, grandma’s recipe calls for light brown sugar, but I only had golden sugar on hand so that’s what I used, and it was still delicious. I’m not a skilled enough baker to let you know what kind of difference it makes.

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Next, you’ll add in your eggs, one a time and beat the mixture in between each egg. Sorry about my double-jointed thumb looking weird.

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After you add your eggs, you’ll stir in your mashed bananas and lemon juice. You should mash your bananas separately before you add them to the creamed butter/sugar/egg mixture. This potato masher from Pioneer Woman works great for mashing bananas. You’ll also want to add some lemon juice to your bananas. The recipe calls for a tablespoon, I just squeezed half a lemon onto my bananas. Pro tip: don’t be like me and forget to remove the seeds before you do that, and then have to go fishing for lemon seeds in mashed bananas.

Next, you’ll need to sift together flour, baking powder, and salt. Now, if you’re like me and you don’t have a sifter, that’s not a problem at all. Just use a wire whisk and stir your powdered ingredients rapidly in a circular motion until they’re light and airy. Then, add them to your banana mixture, and mix thoroughly and quickly. I used my hand mixer on low speed to do this.

Finally, you’ll stir in your nuts. I used chopped walnuts, but I think pecans would work, too. Whatever tickles your fancy. Once you stir in the nuts, pour the mix into your greased loaf pan and pop that baby in the oven for about an hour at 350 degrees. Resist the urge to scream when your kids ask “can we have some banana bread now?” every 30 seconds.

Your banana bread will be finished when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  Let it cool for a few minutes, then cut a slice and slather some butter on top. Pour yourself a cup of a hot coffee and try not to eat it all in one sitting.

Banana Nut Bread Recipe

 

Grandma’s Banana Nut Bread

1 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
1/2 cup butter
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups mashed bananas (3 or 4 bananas)
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 cups sifted flour
3 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup chopped nuts

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cream sugar with butter.
  3. Add eggs, one at a time, beating hard after each addition.
  4. Stir in bananas and lemon juice.
  5. Sift together with flour, baking powder and salt.
  6. Add to banana mixture and mix thoroughly and quickly.
  7. Stir in nuts.
  8. Pour into greased 9″x5″ loaf pan; bake 1 hour or until done when tested.

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Grandma's Banana Nut Bread

Grandma’s Recipe Box

 

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One of my Christmas gifts this year was this recipe box, which belonged to my grandma and is full of her well-loved recipes. Many of these recipes are signature dishes for our family, iconic features of holiday meals and family gatherings. They represent more than just delicious culinary creations; these recipes represent memories, and the warmth, love and safety of home.

I’ve written before about my troubled childhood and growing up with an addict mom who suffered from mental illness. Because of this, my grandma was a significant maternal figure in my life. While we still lived with my mom, my dad had visitation every two 1134f234-b6a0-4704-aefc-c8f71e3a0c77weeks, and we would often spend those weekends with him at grandma’s house. Those weekends were always full of the best parts of family – laughter around a table, sweet aromas wafting from a much-used kitchen.

It was in her home that I learned many of the values that I hold dear now – the importance of faith, how a good meal made with love can cover a multitude of sins and that true wealth is not a big house with many possessions, but rather the small things of a warm embrace and a kind soul.

It was my grandma who taught me to cook. Having been raised on a farm, her culinary style was Southern to the core – comfort foods like homemade dumplings and dressing. To this day, the aroma of celery and onions cooking in chicken broth harkens memories of grandma’s kitchen at the holidays.

However, grandma’s recipe box shows that there was more to her than just the Southern farm girl. One of her best dishes was a cake based on a mixed drink – the Harvey Wallbanger cocktail. Just like her recipes, grandma was tall glass of sass and spirit – and she taught me to be the same.

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So, back to the Christmas gift – it was given to me with a caveat: I get to have the original recipes, but only if I type them up to distribute among the family. This is achievable enough – typing up a box full of recipes is no big deal for someone who types 90+ wpm (expert typist is on my resume) (just kidding). However, to make the task more enjoyable, I’ve decided that one of my goals for 2017 is to not to just type through the recipe box, but bake through it as well. I want to make every single one of my grandma’s recipes. When I’m in the kitchen, making one of her beloved dishes, I feel close to her, and I want those memories of a warm home full of love and laughter to be the trademark of my home now.

As I work through the recipes – I plan to share them on the blog, and I hope you’ll come along on this journey with me through grandma’s recipe box. I’m definitely not a foodie, so there probably won’t be styled pictures of succulent sweets posed just right with the best lighting. There’ll be messes and probably some failures. But, there’ll be bittersweet joy and love as I honor the gift I’ve received and my grandma’s memory.

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