In today's economic crisis it is hard for a family to juggle paying the bills and buying groceries to feed the family. Sometimes choices must be made regarding what the family will eat. Inevitably the choices come down to cuts of meat.
Meat can be one of the most expensive purchases at the store. Lots of time the only thing a family can afford is good old ground beef.
Hamburger meat is very versatile. It can be used in many ways that can make the family food budget stretch. No more does ground beef need to be boring or plain.
Ground beef can easily be transformed into meatballs but not just any meatballs but a tangy, zippy meatball. Take the ordinary, basic meatball recipe and give it a twist add a tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce to the meatball mix then bake the meatballs.
Here comes the tangy, zippy part. Once the meatballs are cooked through throw them into a crock pot with a jar of chili sauce and a small jar of grape jelly. Yes that says grape jelly. Let them cook for an hour and serve over rice or noodles.
If meatballs are not your thing and you are more of a casserole eating family never fear here is a quick, easy and cheap solution.
- Brown your ground beef and drain it.
- Add half of a 16 ounce container of sour cream, a can of cream of mushroom soup, half a package of taco seasoning, and a can of Rotel tomatoes.
- Mix meat mixture with three cups of cooked noodles, rottini works well, and pour into a casserole dish.
- Top with one cup of shredded cheddar cheese, bake in a 400 degree oven for 15 minutes or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
- Remove from oven and let cool for fifteen minutes.
- Meanwhile mix remaining sour cream and taco seasoning in a bowl.
- Top the casserole with sour cream mixture and then add one cup of Monterey Jack cheese and serve.
The last suggestion is meatloaf. Now before you start groaning hear me out. Meatloaf can be a beautiful thing.
Meatloaf can be stuffed into a red pepper and become a totally different creature all together. Meatloaf can be topped with cream of mushroom soup mixed with sour cream for a unique approach. Add some Rotel tomatoes in the mix and top with cheddar cheese for a southwest kick. Or top with bacon for a nice pork twist.
Anyway you do it ground beef can save money on the family grocery budget. It can be shaped into a nutritious and filling meal. It needs not be boring. Add your own special touches and make your family smile as they come to the table.
Ground beef and few pantry choices can mean the difference between smiles and groans at the dinner table. So pick up a pound or two the next time you are in the grocery store and cook up some fun!