Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Ground Beef Extravaganza‏

So this past weekend we went to a store in Tumwater we don't normally go to. They had a great sale on Ground beef. We got almost 10 lbs for $16.00. I was pretty excited. We took it home and divided it up into packets in freezer bags. We are going to get at least 20 meals out of it. If the meals make leftovers and we have those leftovers for lunch that is a possible 40 meals just out of 10 lbs of meat. We have always tried to eat meat sparingly and have our main diet be fruits, veggies, and grains.
I have a ton of things I do with ground beef. they are not all recipes but mostly "methods of meal making" as I call it. You can take the same ingredients and put them together in different ways substituting as you go and have many wonderful, filling, healthy meals for your family.

For example, take ground beef, carrots, onions, celery, garlic, saute it up and that is the base mix. The world of dinner making is at you finger tips now. combine that mix with any kind of wet flavorful substance, i.e. tomato paste, cream soup, beef stock, soy sauce, whatever, have a starch/grain (potatoes, pasta, rice, bread, etc) and additional veggies and you have a grand slam dinner in the making. No real recipe needed. Just use your creativity and have fun. It is almost always going to turn out awesome. Here are just a few of my quick dinners with my beef basic mix. ( You could also do the same thing with chicken, pork, or game. Whatever you have on hand.)

If you saute the beef, onions, celery, and garlic add tomato paste, ketchup, water and hot sauce plus whatever seasonings sound good to you and serve it on bread you have sloppy Joe's, you can take the same mixture and nix the ketchup and add Italian seasonings, canned tomatoes and put over pasta and have spaghetti. you can also take the leftover sauce and add beef stock and frozen mixed veggies and barley and have Veggie Beef soup. That is the tomato method.

Another method uses cream soup instead. You can make strogonoff, or creamy beef veggie soup. One thing I do that my family loves is I take the base mix, ground beef, onions, celery, and garlic mix it with milk and cream of mushroom soup and layer it between peeled sliced potatoes. Or you can pour the whole mix in a casserole dish and top with mashed potatoes and you have Shepard's pie.

Also you can take the base mix and add soy sauce and corn syrup and ginger add stir fry veggies and put over rice, stir fry skillet I call it and it is great. I like to use the corn syrup because it leaves a hint of sweet and helps the sauce be a little glossier without having to add cornstarch and sugary stir fry sauces.

Like I said be creative. Anything goes! Have fun with making dinner and include your kids. They might just eat better it they help make dinner. at least that is what they tell me. Someone should clue Isabella in. She will cook with me till the cows come home and still not eat dinner. Oh well, this too shall pass!

2 comments:

Jacob said...

WOWEE!!! My wife sure can cook!!!

OUR CLAN said...

You need to publish a cookbook lady!

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