Food Network article: How Ground Meat Can Save the Day

I recently discovered an awesome article written on the Food Network website by Food Network host Melissa D’Arabian.

I regularly watch Melissa’s show, Ten Dollar Dinners because it is on while I am getting ready for work.

I really like how creative she gets pulling together a unique meal for a family of four that is not only delicious, but also easy on the wallet.

In this article, entitled “How Ground Meat Can Save the Day” Melissa encourages folks to utilize their freezers — making up double of labor-intensive meals, in order to have a meal on the table in under 30 minutes on busy work nights — or on days when you just don’t feel like “cooking.”

Melissa challenges herself to create six menu ideas using one value pack of ground beef!

Fresh Lean Ground Beef

Sandra Lee on Food Network, with her show, Semi-Homemade Cooking — often challenges herself to do the same on her show — making Round Two recipes using the same ingredients in a different way.

This is something that I need to challenge myself to do more often!

Making double definitely helped me out this week! I made a second meatloaf, and all I had to do was pull it out of the freezer and bake it up this weekend, and I had dinner for the week! $0 spent at the grocery store this weekend, and no food was wasted.

In this blog post, Melissa takes the value pack of ground beef and creates:

Italian Meatballs
Barbecue Meatballs
Warm-Spiced Meatballs

Then, she browned up three one-pound portions of ground beef for:

A taco night
Sloppy joes

Prep day takes just 30 minutes to an hour — and you’ll be able to pull together six meals with minimal actual cooking!

Check out the article via

What would you prep with a value pack of ground beef? How about a value pack of boneless, skinless chicken breasts?

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