Grocery Bargains – Food Staple: Ground Beef

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There are five main items that I include in my big monthly shopping trip that help to stretch our food budget. With a family of seven I need to cut all the corners I can. About 30 minutes away from us is a store called Cash n Carry that has restaurant supplies in bulk available to the public, no member fees. I go there once a month for main staples. You could go to a Costco or Sam’s Club too.

(This post got longer and longer as I added more ways that we use these staples and a favorite recipe for each one. So I’ve divided this into 5 posts.)

Grocery Bargain: Ground Beef

Escali Primo Digital Multifunctional ScaleThe key to saving both your waistline and bottom line, especially with meat, is measuring portions. We use portion spoons, portion cups and a scale. Here are some of the ways we use ground beef:

Meatloaf muffins
Spaghetti with meatballs
Spanish rice
Casserole
Sheppard pie
Taco seasoned meat can make: Tacos, taco salad, burritos, taco soup
Enchiladas
Chili
Burgers
Lasagna roll ups
Goulash
Beef gravy over potatoes
Hamburger macaroni
Stuffed bell peppers
Sloppy joes
Pirogi
Calzone

One of our favorite budget and time saving ground beef recipes:

Meatloaf Muffins

2 eggs, beaten
1/3 cup ketchup
3/4 cup water
1 packet dry onion soup mix
1 1/2 cups bread crumbs
2 pounds lean ground beef

Preparation:
Combine eggs, ketchup, water, and soup mix; mix well. Add bread crumbs and beef; mix well. Spoon the meat mixture into 12 muffin cups coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 25 minutes or until a thermometer registers 160°. Let stand for 5 minutes.

What are some of the ways you use ground beef to help stretch your budget?