Ground beef is on sale. It's a very nice sale for ground beef meals, the price is great and thatmeans planning. Buy the beef and immediately plan a meal. Use a quart size freezer or a 4 cup sized reusable container to portion your ground beef for easy meal assembly. There are hundreds of ground beef meals out there, I actually have one cookbook called 365 ground beef meals. Yet, these two big ideas are easy to pre-prepare and can save you time.
Meal #1 Make a Man Happy Meatloaf
This should be switched from man to person, but it really does please my husband so I'll let the name stand. This meatloaf is very juicy, and quick. Place 1.5 lb of ground beef in bowl, mix in 1 small onion (chopped), 2 garlic cloves, 1/4 cup of parsley, 1 cup quick oats, 1/4 cup of relish, 1/4 cup of ketchup, 2 t of oregano, 1 t salt, 1 t curry powder, 1 t paprika, and 1 beaten egg.
Whoa, that's a lot of stuff. I cheat! I take a small 2 cup sized Gladware container and premix the oats, and dry seasonings. When it's time for meatloaf, I pull one out of the cabinet and mix it into the ground beef with the egg, relish and ketchup. You can also use the lovely fat from the meatloaf to make wonderful potatoes in the same pan. These taste great...but you'll feel guilty eating them. Add one stick of butter to the sides of the loaf, and then place 3-4 cubed potatoes. Sprinkle some pepper, and parsley on the top of the contents. Bake the entire dish at 350 for an hour.
Too much? McCormick Meatloaf mix is on sale for only $.88 this week.
Meal #2 Brown and Serve
With a sale like this, you can freeze ahead ground beef, you can also pre cook some ground beef to use later. It's one of those things that I often do and think wow, I saved myself 15 minutes of standing at the stove. I brown beef and a small onion in a skillet. Drain, and freeze in portions.
Later I can use it for quick spaghetti sauce, tacos, burritos, pizza toppings, hamburger helper meals or a pot of chili. Simple and easy, saves me loads of browning time when I'm busy. Use within 2 months. I usually just get it all done on a weekend, I brown several sets at a time.
- Ground Beef
- Kraft shreds-use in ad coupon to save $5 on 10, this is a store coupon, so you can use booklet coupons to save additional $1 on 2 for each. Freeze for tacos and lasagna later.
- Saltine crackers
- Ragu pasta sauce
- McCormick Meatloaf mix
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