What A Crock!: Beef Barbecue Dinner Fun _lowres

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Beef Barbecue Dinner Fun

Back-to-school means new starts, new routines, and, for many, the need for new, easier meal ideas.

The trick is to serve dishes both youngsters and adults will enjoy. A grandmother recently sent word that she was once again cooking for children in her household. It was a change, she said, trying to come up with meal ideas they would like, especially because she still works all day.

Once you find something everyone agrees on, cook a double batch so extra dinners are ready on busier-than-usual days. That’s at least one less day of dinner-time stress.

The following is a simple recipe using lean ground beef, some Mexicorn or Southwest canned corn, onions and barbecue sauce.

Pile it on to hamburger buns, tortillas, baked potatoes or even as filling for hollowed-out bell peppers. That gives children a variety of options.

This is a great recipe to double and freeze the extra. When serving, put out a variety of shredded cheeses and let everyone “decorate” their own meal. Lots of children, and even adults, get into the fun and become immediate food artists. Enjoy.

Editor’s note: For Ranch Corn recipe, cook onions wrapped in their own foil pouch along with corn.

Julie Kay is a columnist for The Advocate. She can be reached at juliekay6122@gmail.com.