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What to do with Ground Beef? Idea File

  1. Make mini meat loaves (they cook faster). If you're really in a hurry, make meatloaf "fingers" about 4" long and 1-1/2" thick (these cook real fast in the oven). Can top with cheese if you like, during last 10 min of cooking. Serve with green beans or asparagus and a salad. Brenda Brenner
  2. In lieu of spaghetti, use spaghetti squash, but don't use huge servings. About 1/4 of the squash (or 1 cup) for each person. Easy on the sauce as well. Most of the bottled sauces (even without sugar) are 9 gms for 1/2 cup. Or forget the sauce--just add butter, garlic, parmesan. I cut a spaghetti squash in half and DH and I will have the other half another day. It takes about 18 min in microwave. Set it cut side up in about an inch of water and cover with plastic wrap before cooking. Then scrape it out with a large fork. Brenda Brenner
  3. Make chili, but without any beans or rice. Serve with chopped raw onion and grated cheese on top. Big salad on the side. Brenda Brenner
  4. There's always K's famous stroganoff - brown a lb. or so of ground beef, drain, add 1/2 C mayonnaise, 1/2 C sour cream and a package of (dry) Hidden Valley Ranch salad dressing mix.  I eat it over sautéed cabbage cut into wide strips to resemble fettuccini....yummy! Jae
  5. One of my favourites, is the meatza pizza. -  Did I spell that right? Using ground beef as the crust and then the toppings. Made it last night using ground sausage.  Yummy. Its a life saver as I can make regular pizza for the many non low carbers in my house and enjoy this without feeling too deprived. Usually I have leftovers for breakfast.  from Babs

  6. Taco salad is a favourite at my house. It's quick and easy. To make good seasoned ground beef, first sweat a little chopped onions and bell peppers, add the beef. While it's browning, add generous amounts of chili powder, and cumin, with a little garlic powder and ground coriander. Add some water, and let it cook down for a few minutes. From there just put a plate of lettuce or salad(we often use pre-packaged) put a generous portion of the meat, sprinkle shredded cheese over this, add a dollop of sour cream, and then top it with some good salsa. Home-made fresh salsa is best. from Tom