Five Delicious Dinners Made with Ground Beef

Ground Beef

When you are in a hurry you don’t want to think about what to cook for supper. Yet, your family needs to eat. No need to run out for fast food when you can quickly whip up a home cooked meal using a pound of ground beef and ingredients you likely have on hand. Here are five delicious dinners made with ground beef that can satisfy your hungry family in a hurry.

  1. Quick Meat Loaf: This quick meat loaf is super easy. In a large bowl, mix one pound of ground beef, one egg, a can of condensed vegetable soup, and ½ cup of bread crumbs. Add ¼ teaspoon of salt and ¼ teaspoon of pepper. Mix thoroughly with clean hands. Place the meat mixture in a medium sized loaf pan. Bake at 350 degrees for forty-five minutes. Spread a ½ cup of ketchup on the top of the load and bake for another 15 minutes.
  2. BBQ Cups: Brown a pound of ground beef with ¼ cup chopped onions and a ¼ cup green peppers. Drain the fat off the beef. Add salt and pepper to taste. Add a cup of your favorite BBQ sauce. Place 12 canned biscuits in a muffin tin with the centers pressed down to form a cup in each biscuit. Fill each biscuit with some of the BBQ meat mixture. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes (until the dough is done and browning on the edges). Top with shredded cheddar cheese and bake another five minutes. The BBQ cups will be a family favorite!
  3. Beefy Macaroni: Brown a pound of ground beef with ¼ teaspoon of each of the following: salt, pepper, garlic powder and onion powder. Drain the fat off the meat. Prepare a box of your favorite prepared macaroni and cheese. Add the browned ground beef to the macaroni and cheese. Stir and enjoy this semi-homemade beefy macaroni.
  4. Nachos: Pick up your favorite bag of tortilla chips. The multi-colored chips really give this dish a punch of fun. Brown a pound of ground beef with ¼ teaspoon of each of the following: salt, pepper, garlic powder and onion powder. Drain the fat off of the meat. Spread two cups of Italian or Mexican blend shredded cheese over the meat and let it melt. Spread the chips on a large platter and top with the meat and cheese mixture. Warm up a cup of Queso cheese in the microwave and drizzle over the top. These nachos are delicious and fun to eat.
  5. Crock Pot Veggie Soup: Brown and season a pound of ground beef. Add to the crock pot. Add a large can of mixed vegetables and a large can of tomato sauce. Add two tablespoons Worcestershire sauce. Cook on low for four to five hours. Serve with cornbread or crackers. This crock pot veggie soup is perfect for those cold winter nights.

These five delicious dinners made with ground beef are quick and easy to make, and will make dinner time a favorite family time.

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Mac & Cheese Spirals

Gratin with macaroni, meat and cheese

Mac and cheese is a simple, yet satisfying main dish for family members of all ages. The perfect comfort food on a chilly day, or a quick meal after your children's after school activities. This is an ideal casserole for moms who always seem to be on the go. If you have some of your children's friends or relatives show up for a surprise visit, this recipe doubles very efficiently without compromising taste and appeal. With added butternut squash, this recipe adds a vegetable into this dish to boost both nutrition and taste. Cook this casserole in your crock pot for perfect make ahead meal goodness. Be sure to prepare and freeze an extra batch of this delightful dish, so you can have an easy, effortless make ahead meal.

Ingredients:

1 1/2 lbs Ground beef
2 boxes spiral pasta
2 boxes of frozen butternut squash, thawed
1 lb sharp cheddar cheese
1 lb other cheese- Monterey jack, muenster, Swiss...your choice
(or a combination of cheeses)
1 1/2 cups milk
2 tbs. cornstarch
tsp. water
Tbsp. butter or margarine
Optional:  goldfish crackers, any flavor, crushed for topping

Directions: 

-Cook ground beef in skillet on stove.
-Cook pasta on stovetop until tender.
-Drain grease from ground beef. Also, drain water from pasta.
-Add both to crock pot. Mix them together.
-Put milk and butter into a pan.
-In a small dish, mix cornstarch and water. Be sure to stir until cornstarch is completely dissolved into water.
-Grate cheese and set aside (this is good to do a day or two ahead, to save time - or buy shredded cheese)
-Thaw butternut squash in the  microwave or on stovetop in a separate pan.
-Turn on burner and heat milk and butter mixture on low.
-Stir. Add grated cheese and thawed butternut squash.
-Turn up heat. Stir continuously as you add cornstarch and water mixture.
-Cook until sauce begins to thicken.
-Add completed sauce to crock pot with ground beef and pasta. Stir to combine all ingredients.
-Cook on low for 3-4 hours.
-Keep on warm for as many hours as you need to.
-Scoop out a portion to cool and then freeze in freezer-proof container for a second meal. For your second meal, when ready, add to crock pot to warm and you will be ready for quick goodness on another night.
-Serve casserole with crushed goldfish crackers on each individual portion for your family members who like a little topping on their Mac and cheese. Enjoy!