Green Chile Cheeseburger Casserole and a Turnip Truck Giveway
The days of me spending hours in the kitchen are over. Well, at least for the time being. As a full-time working mother of an infant, I’m sometimes lucky if I even have time to eat some cheese and crackers before 9 p.m. Cooking a big meal? Not gonna happen.
Looking back on my own childhood experience, I’m now completely amazed that my own mother had a hot meal on the table every night of the week, usually by 6 p.m. She didn’t even get off work until 5 p.m. for goodness sakes! We never ate fast food or takeout because those weren’t really options in my small town. Every single night she cooked. And it was good. I’m dumbfounded.
I keep telling myself that once he’s sitting up, or walking, or feeding himself — you know, any stage that doesn’t require constant hands-on attention– then I’ll be able to go back to how it used to be. But for now, I make do. What that means is that takeout has become the norm, and hot bars have been my salvation.
More times than I can count, I’ve visited the hot bar at The Turnip Truck in the Gulch to grab a nourishing meal. I was first turned on to The Turnip Truck hot bar by friends extolling Fried Chicken Wednesday. At some point, I decided I should see for myself what all the fuss was about. What I discovered was a smorgasbord of interesting selections on both the hot and cold bars. I was hooked.
Since it’s opening in October 2010, the Gulch location has featured a daily, freshly prepared hot and cold bar in addition to a variety of local and organic groceries. Each day there is a theme to the hot bar, but the dishes are ever-changing. On Monday, there’s Potluck; Tuesday – Italian; Wednesday – Southern; Thursday – Asian; and on Friday – Mexican.
And guess what? This Friday, May 25th, you can find a recipe of mine featured on the Mexican-themed hot bar!
When trying to decide what type of dish would work well, I started thinking about some of those dinners that my mom made when I was a kid. There was one in particular that was served often and a favorite of family members, no matter what age. We simply called it Hamburger Casserole.
I’ve put my own little spin on it, but it’s still very reminiscent of that homey, comforting meal my mom used to serve. Quick and easy, this is exactly the kind of dish that will probably pop up often on our dinner table alongside a crunchy green salad now that I have a child of my own. Hopefully my son will one day wonder how in the world his mommy was able to work meal-time miracles, just as I wonder about my mom now.
Green Chile Cheeseburger Casserole
1/2 lb ground beef
1/2 cup uncooked rice
1/2 medium onion, chopped
1 cup water
1 8 oz can of tomato sauce
1 8 oz can of mild green chiles*
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Over medium-high heat, brown rice, beef, and onion in oven proof skillet. Drain fat. Add water, tomato sauce, green chiles, salt and pepper. Mix well and bring to boil. Cover and simmer 20 minutes. Stir and top with cheese.
Place in oven and broil until cheese melts and browns slightly, about 2 minutes.
*for milder flavor, use only 1 4oz can of green chiles
*this post also appeared in The Tennessean
As you’ve probably deduced, I’m a Turnip Truck fan. In addition to the convenient food bars, they offer natural produce, meats, dairy, frozen goods, prepared foods, deli….well, basically just about everything you need from a grocery. I’d love each of you to check it out yourself if you haven’t already. That said, I’m giving you the chance to do some shopping (or eating) for free! One lucky reader will win a $50 Turnip Truck gift card to use on anything in the store!
The winner: # 61 Megan Morris
Here’s what you have to do to enter:
1. Leave a comment on this post saying whether or not you’ve ever shopped or eaten at Turnip Truck. If you have, what’s your favorite thing to get there? If you haven’t, what would you use this gift card to buy?
For up to 2 additional entries, you can do any of the following. Note: You must leave a separate comment for each optional entry.
2. Follow me on Twitter (@betheats) and tweet “Win a $50 gift card for @TurnipTruckWest from @betheats! http://bit.ly/JcOmab” and leave a comment that you have done so.
3. Like Turnip Truck Urban Fare’s page on Facebook, and leave a comment telling me you did so.
Contest ends on Monday, May 28th at 11 a.m. CDT. Once the winner is chosen, I’ll contact them via email and post it here on the blog. If the winner doesn’t respond within 48 hours, I’ll be forced to choose another, so be sure to check your email!
Now I have one last important tidbit of information for you.
On the 2nd Thursday & Saturday of each month, the Turnip Truck holds in-store classes on unique topics led by members of the staff and/or visiting specialists. For the month of June, an educator from CSA Nashville, an organization that provides information for patients with Celiac Disease and Gluten Intolerance, will be speaking on gluten-free eating.
Class dates and times:
Thursday, June 14th 6-7 pm
Saturday, June 16th 10-11 am
All participants will receive a 10% discount for any groceries purchased at the time of the class. All classes are FREE, but space is limited, so sign up in advance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Turnip Truck Urban Fare Gulch
321 12th Ave S
Nashville TN 37203
Mon-Sat 8 am to 8 pm
Sun 9 am to 8 pm
Followed Turnip truck on FB :)
I too discovered the Turnip Truck and the hot bar one night when I was pressed for time but still wanted provide my boyfriend with a “home cooked” style dinner. Now it’s in his rotation of requests when he knows I’ve had a busy day! I love that I can get a huge salad with all of my favorites, then indulge in some lasagna or casserole too. Two cheers for TT!
I follow you on twitter, and retweeted the contest – thanks! (from @kristenpaige)
I also “liked” Turnip Truck” on Facebook, which I’m very glad I did :)
I haven’t been to the Turnip Truck yet but your post has me thinking I will try it out for lunch or dinner today! The hot bar sounds awesome, so I would probably use my gift card on that!
I just liked them on facebook!
I’ve never been to the Gulch location, only the East Nashville location. I keep saying I’m going to try to go down there at lunch one day. I’d use the gift card to hit up the homeopathy section and some Kenny’s cheese!
I tweeted. https://twitter.com/sallaboutme/status/205662238655266817
And I like Turnip Truck on FB, didn’t realize I didn’t already like them. Thanks!
I absolutely LOVE the Turnip Truck! I work in the Gulch and go there every single day. Not kidding. I get a cheese sandwich (two types of cheeses, lettuce, local sprouts on either marble rye or a baguette) and a four-pack of grapefruit Izze. :) If I won the gift card, I’d use it to try all of the juices and smoothies at their juice bar!
I just liked them on Facebook, too! (I can’t believe I hadn’t already.)
I’ve never been to the Turnip Truck, but would love to try out their hot bar for lunch!
I liked the Turnip Truck on Facebook!
I have never shopped at the Turnip Truck (but I guess i need to!)
I tweeted the link to the blog
I like the Turnip Truck on facebook
At Turnip Truck Urbane Fare, back when they first opened and Laura Wilson was cooking there, Laura made a braised short rib that was to delicious, homey, and comforting. But, now, I do buy coffee beans (Bongo 1/2 caf 1/2 decaf) and will buy some today, I buy some non-toxic cleaning supplies, and Hatcher dairy products.
I already “follow” turnip truck AND turnip truck urban fare on Facebook.
Hey Beth! I am following you on twitter!
I Looooove the Turnip Truck. I eat at their hot bar at for lunch at least 3 times a week. My favorite days are Italian and Mexican. They also have a chicken pot pie that is to die for. So needless to say I would use my gift card for lunch.
Posted this “Win a $50 gift card for @TurnipTruckWest from @betheats! http://bit.ly/JcOmab” on twitter.
I love the Turnip Truck Urban Fare … I really like their hot bar and have stopped there for quick and easy weeknight meals (I have a 17-month-old, I hear you on the super hard to cook with a baby front!). The carrot ginger soup is delish! I also am always impressed with their beer selection.
I follow you on Twitter and tweeted the requested tweet :)
I “like” the Turnip Truck Urban Fare on Facebook and have since they opened in October 2010.
i shop there all the time, mostly for fresh produce, teas, + great fresh soups, salads + sandwiches. yum!
I have not been to the Turnip Truck but have been meaning to go for so long! I would love to pick up whatever local goodies inspire me to go home & cook up a meal with my husband. :)
I also liked TT on Facebook. Thanks for encouraging me to so I’ll be more inclined to hear updates & finally go try it!
Love the photo of the Turnip Truck fresh fruits, veggies and herbs. I can hardly wait to shop there. Really excited about my move to Nashville and learning about classes at the Turnip Truck in the Gulch. Please accept that this northerner does not twitter or tweet, but loves to cook and eat.
I work downtown so I frequent the Turnip Truck for lunch! I love the salad bar and the gumbo. I also appreciate they make fresh vegetable juices. Thanks for the opportunity to win!
Yes! Even though I live in Miami, I love the Turnip Truck. I visit when I am in Nashville to see my son, a Vandy student. I usually stop in for a coffee and scone or some other sweet treat that they might have that day. If I won’t the gift certificate, I would pass it on to my son and let him use it when he tires of cafeteria food. By the way, you sent me via email last year a wonderful list of your favorite dining spots. Your list has been my personal guide while visiting Nashville. I love checking off your suggestions and have only a few places left to dine. I love Nashville and the food scene! Thanks Beth :)
I haven’t visited the Turnip Truck yet. Eager to try it out.
I follow you on twitter and tweeted about the contest.
I like Turnip Truck on facebook
I have shopped at Turnip Truck and love all of their fresh produce.
I like Turnip Truck on facebook
I liked Turnip Truck on facebook and saw this contest.
I’m an East Nashville Trucker, addicted to the oatmeal cookies. And Brown Cow cream on top coffee flavor yogurt. I miss the house-made crackers and wish they’d bring them back.
I haven’t ever been inside the Turnip Truck. Need to eat healthier!
I love the hot bar and salad bar at The Turnip Truck. I especially love how they list the ingredients on the hot bar so I can learn how to experiment with spices when I cook at home. I also love the location, the convenience, and the variety that I find at The Turnip Truck.
Have I been under a rock? Can’t believe I haven’t been there yet! I work with cardiac patients & am always looking for places I can feel good about sending them to eat. The Turnip Truck is going on my recommendation list! Thanks for your blog Beth!
I visit Turnip Truck several times each week, mostly for fresh, organic produce and spices for my own recipes!
I’m lucky: I visit Turnip Truck 2-3x per week for fresh fruit. Ashamed to say, never tried the hot bar. I will, now! Thank you.
I already *like* facebook Turnip.
Turnip truck east had some raspberry cream cheese bars that I was addicted too!!!
I love TTT. Our scooter gang hangs out there on Tuesday nights during warm weather. I often just get a beer, but also love the hot bar, and the interesting soups and snack selections.
I love the turnip truck! my fave thing to get is bulk grains, beans, and spices.
I also liked them on Facebook.
I’ve never shopped there, but will be checking it out soon.
Never been to the TT in the Gulch, but many times in the East Nash. I go in the morning for discounted day-old sandwiches and salads.
LIked the Facebook page.