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Old 12-03-2013, 11:38 AM   #1
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Need help with ground beef ideas

I am wanting to get some meals in the freezer, and ground beef is on sale today and tomorrow.

We often make/freeze chili, meatloaf and sloppy joes; especially during the winter, so I'm looking for ideas other than those.

I do not want to just "freeze" the meat. I definitely want to make something, then freeze it.

Any ideas?

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Old 12-03-2013, 11:49 AM   #2
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Here are some possible menu ideas that would might work in addition to chili, meatloaf, & sloppy joes:

Lasagna
Minestrone
Hamburger Patties
Taco Meat
Meat Balls
Spaghetti Meat - go ahead & freeze the meat w/ the spaghetti sauce
Stuffed Bell Peppers
Noodle Casserole - egg noodles, ground beef, onions, bell pepper, tomato sauce, & shredded cheese - it's one of DH's concoctions that our kids love, kinda like a goulash maybe?
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Old 12-03-2013, 11:53 AM   #3
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Cook and season the meat then freeze it.

I do that then portion it out into 1.5 lbs portions into zip lock bags. I make Chili Mac with the frozen meat (home made one pot meal like Hamburger Helper etc) and also Tacos but I make it without that packet - I do onion, red pepper, minced jalapeno, black beans, seasonings etc.
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Old 12-03-2013, 12:01 PM   #4
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I make a casserole style dish with browned ground beef, spaghetti sauce, mozzarella and ricotta cheese (kind of like ziti but no pasta). You can add different veggies to it also. It freezes & reheats well plus it's hearty.
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Old 12-03-2013, 12:12 PM   #5
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I agree cook an season meat and freeze it can be used for many different meals. I'd cook drain fat put it on cookie sheet to freeze then put it in gallon freezer bag about 2 cups meat to a meal. Bigger meal more meat smaller less meat.

I like cooked mac an cheese the hamburger and maybe a veggie once in awhile.

OH an I make my hamburger patties an freeze those too easy to pull out 2 burgers if all I need is 2 or sometimes I need 10 or 12.
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Old 12-03-2013, 12:20 PM   #6
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I just finished a bowl of SkinnyTaste's Stuffed Pepper Soup. I usually add more peppers than are called for with at least 1 whole red and 1 whole green one. I also just throw in a whole bag of frozen brown rice into the pot at the end.

http://www.skinnytaste.com/2011/12/s...pper-soup.html

Stuffed Pepper Soup
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Servings: 6 • Size: about 1 1/2 cups soup, 1/2 cup rice • Old Points: 5 • Points+: 7 pts
Calories: 261 • Fat: 5 g • Carb: 37.5 g • Fiber: 5 g • Protein: 17.6 g • Sugar: 6 g
Sodium: 606 g (without salt)

Ingredients:
  • 3 cups cooked brown rice (omit for paleo diet)
  • 1 lb 95% lean ground beef
  • 1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 1 cup finely diced onion
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 cans (14.5 oz each) cans petite diced tomatoes
  • 1 3/4 cups tomato sauce
  • 2 cups reduced sodium, fat-free chicken broth
  • 1/2 tsp dried marjoram
  • salt and fresh pepper to taste

Directions:

In a large pot or dutch oven, brown ground meat on high heat and season with salt. Drain fat if any, reduce heat to medium-low, then add peppers, onions and garlic. Cook about 5 minutes on low heat.

Add
tomatoes, tomato sauce, chicken broth, marjoram and season with salt and pepper to taste. Cover and simmer on low heat for 30 minutes. Serve about 1 1/3 cups of soup in each bowl and top with 1/2 cup cooked brown rice.

Makes about 9 1/2 cups.
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Old 12-03-2013, 12:27 PM   #7
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My mom used to make something called Brownie Special (I have no idea why).

brown the meat, thaw frozen peas, carrots and corn and mix them in, add tomato sauce and paste and season to taste. Stir it all together and heat it up. I guess it's similar to sloppy joe mix with veggies added.
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can you freeze Shepard's pie? There's probably a recipe online for that.
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Old 12-03-2013, 12:36 PM   #9
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I love shepard's pie, never have froze it. I don't know if you can freeze mashed potato's. But you could make up the rest and make the potato's and use them when you are ready to bake the rest of the pie.

That sound's yummy for dinner.
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Old 12-03-2013, 12:46 PM   #10
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I am vegetarian and I make a batch of veggie meatballs to keep in the freezer which could easily be made with ground beef.

They are so handy for spaghetti, meatball subs, etc.... just take a few out and microwave them!
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Old 12-03-2013, 12:49 PM   #11
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In my family we make American Chop Suey. 1lb of ground beef, 1lb box of elbow macaroni, two cans of tomato soup. Brown the beef, drain any grease, season to taste, add both cans of tomato soup, stir to mix. Cook pasta according to box. Add the meat mixture to cooked pasta, stir.
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Old 12-03-2013, 12:50 PM   #12
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I love shepard's pie, never have froze it. I don't know if you can freeze mashed potato's. But you could make up the rest and make the potato's and use them when you are ready to bake the rest of the pie.

That sound's yummy for dinner.
Hmmm...interesting idea! My recipe calls for ground pork and ground veal in addition to the ground beef. Perhaps I could just use all beef. I love shepard's pie. Would be easy to do this in individual bowls too.

I probably should have mentioned, I hate bell peppers. So, I appreciate those suggestions, but not happening in my house. I'm ok with bell peppers in fresh salsa, but not in anything that has been cooked.

I also do not want to brown, season and freeze the meat. Then I'm stuck in the same boat of "what to do with it" and it will remain in the freezer until the next time we defrost it, and then we will pitch it!
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Old 12-03-2013, 01:02 PM   #13
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Thought of one more - burritos. Cook it and add taco seasoning and black beans if you wish and wrap it in tortillas with salsa and cheese (could also add cooked rice if you want) and freeze the burritos. Really easy lunch or dinner. Just microwave or bake in the oven to reheat.
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Enchiladas freeze well. '
I make meatballs. One set for spaghetti and meatballs and another for Kefta pockets and another for Swedish meatballs.
Chili for chili dogs.
Chili if you use ground meat in yours.
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Old 12-03-2013, 01:17 PM   #15
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Mix and match.

Ground Beef.

1 can Cream of Mushroom soup, or French onion soup, or Nacho Cheese Soup.

Rice, or noodles or barley.

If my math is correct, i think I just gave you 9 meal options.
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