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Quick and Interesting Meals With Ground Beef

by Kathryn Hatter

When the clock is ticking and the family wants food, get creative with quick and interesting meals with ground beef. Full of nutritious protein, inexpensive and tasty, ground beef can satisfy everyone from kids to the more mature crowd. Keep it simple to appeal to little taste buds, and put a healthy and delicious meal on the table in record time.

Crumble the ground beef into a skillet. Add diced white or green onions to the meat to give it a mild onion flavor, if you desire. If little people don’t care for onions, add a dash of onion powder to flavor the meat without adding onions. Season the beef with a little salt and pepper, to taste.

Brown the beef until it reaches a temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit. Drain the grease from the beef after you brown it.

Add a variety of ingredients to the beef to make one-dish meals. Canned black beans, diced tomatoes and tomato sauce turn it into a fast and easy chili. Add diced tomatoes, tomato sauce and Italian seasoning for a simple spaghetti sauce to serve over cooked pasta. Make goulash by tossing the ground beef with rice, diced tomatoes, mixed vegetables and black beans. Cook any of these one-dish meals either on the stove top or in the oven just until they heat through.

Place cooked pasta into a baking dish, add a layer of plain yogurt over the pasta, spoon the cooked beef over the yogurt and top everything with spaghetti sauce. Sprinkle a little shredded cheese over everything and bake the casserole until the cheese looks melted and bubbly.

Make a colorful fruit salad with assorted berries and melons. Make a fast tossed lettuce salad with an assortment of fresh vegetables and everyone’s favorite salad dressings. Serve dinner rolls or cornbread to round out the meal.

Items you will need
  • Ground beef
  • Skillet
  • White or green onions
  • Meat thermometer
  • Black beans
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Tomato sauce
  • Italian seasoning
  • Rice
  • Mixed vegetables
  • Pasta
  • Plain yogurt
  • Cheddar or mozzarella cheese
  • Berries and melon
  • Lettuce salad
  • Salad dressings

Tip

  • Streamline dinner preparation by browning several pounds of ground beef at one time. Use enough for one meal, then freeze the rest in meal-sized portions for future meals.

About the Author

Kathryn Hatter is a veteran home-school educator, as well as an accomplished gardener, quilter, crocheter, cook, decorator and digital graphics creator. As a regular contributor to Natural News, many of Hatter's Internet publications focus on natural health and parenting. Hatter has also had publication on home improvement websites such as Redbeacon.

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