Use Less Ground Beef In Recipes

A lot of recipes call for 1 pound of beef. Hamburger helpers, tacos, etc. To get an extra meal I use 3/4 of a pound of meat. I get the same flavor but more bang for my buck. So that way a 3 pound pack of beef will be good for 4 meals.

Then I'll include something else to supplement the meal. For example when I make hamburger helper. I'll make a salad (I'll get those bags of salad for 99 cents and add some tomatoes), for tacos since it doesn't make as much meat I'll make a can of re-fried beans so we layer meat and beans in our tacos.

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My family loves it! With lasagna I'll add more cheese layers since meat is still more expensive than cheese.

By Parsnip39 from USA

February 2, 20100 found this helpful

Also, when I make meatloaf. I add some oatmeal and 1 cup of mixed veggies (I get one without lima beans) which I grind up in my food processor. Add the regular spices and such. It's delish and better for you. :) Thumbs up!

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February 13, 20110 found this helpful

Adding extra refried beans in place of ground beef - unless they're of the vegetarian variety - may save money, but it probably isn't more healthy!

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February 13, 20110 found this helpful

Usually you don't even notice 1/4 lb less beef. Good thinking!

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February 13, 20110 found this helpful

I also like the idea of adding veggies to meat loaf. Must only make it better!

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April 9, 20130 found this helpful

I do the same thing. But with things like Hamburger Helper, since we aren't big salad eaters at our house, I add a can or two of vegetables to the casserole. Sometimes I'll add more pasta to the casserole too, but usually just adding the veggies makes it stretch to 4 meals instead of 3.

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