It doesn't have to be beef - it can be ground chicken, turkey or pork as well. I think most all are interchangeable in recipes.
A pound of ground can be blended with other ingredients to make a great meal. Add lots of other ingredients and fill up several people for a meal. Meat should be used as an ingredient not a main course. It is healthier to use less and a lot more frugal!
You can sure stretch the grocery budget by introducing ground meat as a main stay in your recipes.
Here are a few suggestions to stretch that meat budget
Mini meat loaf or muffin tin loaves
Meatballs - can be used in so many ways - ALSO Swedish meatballs or BBQ meatballs
Beef and barley soup
Tacos, burritos, enchiladas, tostadas, quesadillas, any type of Mexican
Stuffed shells or Baked ziti
Corn Chip casserole
Beefy cheesy potatoes
Tator Tot casserole
Hamburger veggie soup
Beef and rice casserole
Beefy Mac and Cheese
Chili Con Carne
Any type of skillet dinner - one pot stove top meals
Soups, soups and more soups - there is no limit to soups
Poor mans Swiss steak
Quiche or any egg dish
There are just no limits to what you can add ground meat to. Soups and casseroles are so easy and there is absolutely no end to what you can put together and make a tasty dinner. All it takes is a little imagination!
No need to spend a ton of money on meat for a filling dinner for many. Stretch out a pound (or less) of ground meat into other goodies and wahla you have a frugal and yummy dinner.
Do you have a favorite way to stretch ground meat in your meals?
We all are looking for new and frugal ideas!