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
Sheppard pie
Taco seasoned meat can make: Tacos, taco salad, burritos, taco soup
Lasagna roll ups
Beef gravy over potatoes
Hamburger macaroni
Stuffed bell peppers
Sloppy joes

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

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?