I’m convinced, when it comes to my kitchen, that:
- Menu Planning is the single thing that saves me the most money each month.
- Having cooked ground beef in the freezer is the single thing that saves me the most sanity each month.
When I have ground beef in the freezer I’m like a quadrillion times less likely to panic. No panic = no take out food. No panic = no cereal for dinner. Because I know that I have quite a few options that are quick and easy to pull together.
Things like taco salad and spaghetti and sloppy joes and lasagna and soups. Things that can become Plan A when the real Plan A didn’t work out. Things that can become Plan A when I forgot to figure out a Plan A. Things that can become Plan A when I’m just too tired to do anything else.
So when I find ground beef on sale, I’ll stock up! Most of it goes right into the freezer. But not while it’s raw. Nope, I’ll cook it up with onion, garlic, salt & pepper. Then freeze it in one pound portions. (Give or take.)
So, if you find yourself wanting some simple ground beef meals, try some of these!
I love soups because so often, you can put the ingredients in a slow cooker and let it simmer away. These 14 soup are the ultimate in low effort, but high reward!
Beef & Cabbage Soup
Beef Tomato Soup
Cheesy Taco Soup
Creamy Potato & Hamburger Soup
Ground Beef Stew
Italian Veggie Soup
Lasagna Tortellini Soup
Poor Man’s Soup
Stuffed Pepper Soup
Ground Beef is found in oh-so-many Mexican dishes. With good reason! Ground beef goes incredibly well with the flavors of Mexican spices – these 8 recipes prove it!
Italian dishes pair very well with ground beef. Everything from pizza to lasagna and various kinds of spaghetti. Pair any of these 8 recipes with garlic bread and you’ll have a delicious meal!
I wasn’t quite sure what to call this category as not all of these foods are stereotypical “Comfort Food”. But it’s a lot of casseroles and one-pot skillet meals. All 16 of them are straight-forward with common ingredients and they all look delicious!
BBQ Beef & Beans
Beef & Cabbage Stir Fry
Beefy Sour Cream Noodle Bake
Cheesy Beef Goulash
Cornbread & Ground Beef Casserole
Cowboy Casserole (Tator Tot Casserole)
Cowboy Spaghetti Bake
Ground Beef Stroganoff
Philly Cheesesteak Crescent Ring
Slow Cooker Beef & Potatoes Au Gratin
Zucchini Ground Beef Casserole
Sandwiches often are a family favorite while still being easy to prepare. These 8 sandwiches are likely to be family favorites!
Jayme is a wife to 1 and a mother to four little boys. She tries to coupon, builds a smart stockpile, and always meal plans. While she likes to cook, she’s in the stage of life where simple is usually better – she never knows how many hands she’ll have free at dinner time! You can find her on Instagram.