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From The Freezer To The Crock… 5 Ground Beef Meals In 45 Minutes!

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From The Freezer To The Crock… 5 Ground Beef Meals in 45 Minutes!

As promised… more Freeze Ahead Crock Pot Meals!

Last week we filled the freezer with Chicken Freezer Crock Pot Ready Meals, find them HERE.

This week maybe we got some great deals on GROUND BEEF.

I try to cook or prep “like” foods when I’m doing many meals at one time. It insures that I will not waste any ingredients and it allows me to do the same amount of work that I would have to do to make one dish but when I’m done, that work yields large results! :)  Mama Multi tasking at it’s best!

Freeze ahead meals that get tossed into my crock pot in the morning and I don’t have to think about it until we’re almost ready to gather around the table are REALLY EASY! An hour once a week will provide easy and nutritious meals for the whole family for pennies while saving you hours of labor, clean up and electricity costs. :) Some weeks we wont eat anything from the freezer stash but others I feel so grateful for amazing meals I hardly have to think about. The family favorites on a budget, prepped with love and cooked while we’re out LIVING and ENJOYING this life. LOVIN’ IT!! ;)

What do you need to do to leap on this $$$ and time saving idea?

Step One: Be the proud owner of a Crock Pot.

There are many sizes to choose from. I tend to believe bigger is best when it comes to my coveted Crock Pot but please remember I am feeding 6+ nightly. My view from my full table is a bit distorted.  :) Choose a size that can be easily stored in your home.

Step Two: Purchase good quality FREEZER Bags.

Step Three: Choose some recipes, make a market list & grab those great deals!

The Question Of The Day…

I nabbed bulk ground beef this week!

I’m going to use it before I lose it! :)

I start by browning my ground beef… ALL of it. Seasoning it with Lawry’s Seasoned Salt & Garlic Salt, as well as pepper to taste. When I brown bulk Ground Beef, I do so in 3 pans. In each pan I add one small chopped onion. When the ground beef is done, drain off the excess fat and set aside to cool.

Time: Ground Beef will take about 10 minutes to brown it all.

:::::BONUS RECIPE IDEAS::::

****Set aside 1lb. of your Seasoned Ground Beef in a Freezer Bag for a last minute soup, dinner or just in case.

In one pot add 2.5 lbs of your Browned ground beef, your favorite taco seasoning and follow the packet instructions. When done, set aside to cool then label/date & bag:

*****1lb. Taco Seasoned Ground beef for Tacos

*****1lb. Taco Seasoned Ground Beef for Taco Salads or extra taco meat for last minute guests

*****1/2 lb. Taco Seasoned Ground Beef for Nachos or 7 layer dip

:) THAT’S 4 EXTRA MEALS PREPPED & READY IN YOUR FREEZER!!!!! :)

Your already doing the work so why not reep the BIG rewards?!

I know I can always use a few extra minutes for something else or yes, even a moment to myself. Gasp!  ;) You too can have a moment or two “extra” by tossing together the following meals…

RECIPE #1  VEGETABLE BEEF SOUP

*Label/date 2 freezer bags & open them

*3 lbs of Ground Beef split between your bags

*1 Chopped Onion split between your bags

*1 TSP Chopped or Crushed Garlic

*1 Can V8 Juice split between your bags 

*1 Bag Carrot Chips split between your bags

*3 Celery Stalks Chopped and split between your bags

*1 28 OZ can Diced Tomatoes split between your bags

* 1 C. Green Beans per bag

*1/2 TBSP Worcestershire  per bag

* 1/2 C. Beef Broth per bag

*1 TBSP Parsley per bag

*1TSP Basil per bag

*1/2 TSP Thyme per bag

*1/2 TSP Salt & Pepper per bag

*1 TBSP Sugar per bag

Squeeze out the extra air from your bags and zip them tightly. Place them in the freezer for another day. When your ready to use it… empty your frozen bags into your Crock Pot with 1 1/2 C. of Water and 15 OZ. Beef Broth for 8 hours on LOW. If you desire noodles you may turn your crock pot on high for the last 15 minutes tossing your noodles in to cook in your crock pot for the last 10 minutes. Kids love noodles! I like to sprinkle it with fresh parmesan cheese or a favorite shredded cheese you have on hand. :)

RECIPE #2   BEEFY TATER TOT CASSEROLE

*Label/date 2 freezer bags & open them

*1 LB. Browned Ground Beef split between bags

*1 small onion chopped or about 1 C. split between bags

*1 Bell Pepper Chopped split between bags

*1/4 C. Milk split between bags

*1 can Cream Of Mushroom Soup split between bags

*1 8OZ. Package Velveeta cheese shredded split between

*16 oz. of your favorite fresh or frozen Veggies split between bags

*3 Cups Shredded Cheddar Cheese split between bags

* One Package Of Frozen Tater Tots split between bags

Squeeze out the extra air from your bags and zip them tightly. Place them in the freezer for another day. When your ready to use it… empty your frozen bags into your Crock Pot on LOW for 6 to 8 hours.

RECIPE #3  Stuffed Peppers

*Label/date 2 freezer bags & open them

*6 Medium Bell Peppers, with stems and seeds removed

In a bowl mix:

*1 1/2 lb. Browned Ground Beef

*1 large zucchini finely shredded 

*1/2 C chopped onion

*1 can black beans that have been rinsed and patted dry

*1/2 C. Seasoned Breadcrumbs

*1 8oz. Package of Jack or Colby/Jack Cheese

*1 16oz. jar chunky salsa (we prefer Mild)

Mix ingredients and stuff into each pepper. Place stuffed Peppers 3 per bag then squeeze out the extra air from your bags and zip them tightly. Place them in the freezer for another day. When your ready to use it… empty your frozen bags into your Crock Pot on LOW for 6 to 8 hours or HIGH for 3 1/2 hours. Top with extra cheese and serve with your favorite rice.

RECIPE #4  TACO SOUP

*Label/date 1 Large Freezer Bag & open it

* 1 lb. Browned Ground Beef

*1 Can Black Beans undrained

*1 Can Kidney Beans undrained

*1 Can Corn or 1 Cup Fresh

*1 Package of Taco Seasoning

*1 Package of DRY Ranch Dressing Mix

* 2 1/2 cups fresh chopped tomato or 1 28oz can crushed tomato

Mix together in bag. Squeeze out the extra air from your bags and zip them tightly. Place them in the freezer for another day. When your ready to use it… empty your frozen bags into your Crock Pot for 4-6 hours on LOW. Sprinkle with a favorite cheese before serving. Our family likes to eat this with Fritos Scoopable chips.

RECIPE #5    THICK MEATY SPEGHETTI SAUCE

*Label/date 1 Large Freezer Bag & open it

* 2 lbs. Browned Ground Beef

*1 small Chopped Onion or about 1/2 C.

* 1 1/2 TBL or more of Garlic

*4 small cans of Tomato Paste

*2 1/2 cups Diced Tomatoes or 2 15oz. cans

*2 Tbl. Brown Sugar

*1/2 C. Water

*1/2 C. grated Zucchini &/or Carrots

*Mushrooms (if you must) ;)

*1/4 C. Bell Pepper ( we like the little zest but it is optional)

*3 tsp Oregano

*3 tsp. Basil

*1 tsp Thyme

*Other favorite herbs of your choice :)

Mix together in bag. Squeeze out the extra air from your bags and zip them tightly. Place them in the freezer for another day. When your ready to use it… empty your frozen bags into your Crock Pot, add 1 can of Beef Stock and for 6-8 hours on LOW. Serve over your favorite noodles and sprinkle with fresh parmesan cheese. We also like a fresh loaf of french bread to go with it too! :)

12 Pounds of Ground Beef + less than 1 hour = 5 meals made, 1 meal prepped (tacos), 1 snack or appetizer prepped (Nachos) and one pound of plain ol’ seasoned browned ground beef just in case you need it to throw together another meal. ;)

I got a great deal on organic ground beef. By making ahead a handful of meals, I am able to stretch our saving much further. Often I am able to make beautiful multiple course mostly organic meals for 6 for around $13 total!! We SAVE BIG $$$, our family gets tasty balanced home cooked meals even if we are super busy that week and we have a wonderful reason to come together every night as a family. We have to look for those budget and time friendly ways to make this life just a little bit easier.

Don’t be afraid to try to make your own Make Ahead Homemade Frozen Crock Pot Ready Meals!

You know you deserve 5 extra minutes to put your feet up and catch up on Tivo. ;)

The bon bons are calling to you… don’t let self doubt stop you from making your budget  and life a little easier!

When it gets hot, I put my crock pot in my garage or back porch to cook. It takes very little energy to run AND my home stays cool.

I HATE running the A/C, desperately trying to cool the house back down while my cooking is slowly making the temperature in the house unbearable. Then who feels like eating when it’s just to hot to do anything but be a lump in the shade?! We’ll often get into the 100 degree range this summer so let’s remember that our crock pot is not only a time saver, $$$ saver in home cooking BUT also saves you some $$ when your writing out your utilities too! WINNING!!! :)

Now you never have to ask where’s the beef? You’ll have it carefully LABELED, DATED and stored deliciously in your very own freezer for when ever you would like to use it. ;)

Great for 2… will feed a couple for days on the cheap!

Great for 4… will provide a nice leftover night as well.

Great for 6… usually just enough leftovers for the first few who snag it for lunch the next day. :)

We ALWAYS seem to have enough for everyone, even on nights when we find dinner has swelled to 12 total. Not to worry! When you have that extra bag of this added with a little of that, you’ll find it simple to whip up a last minute addition to the meal to make all dishes go just a little further. After all, dinner just tastes better when it’s shared with the ones you love and care about.

Dosen’t need to take you much time to be a Super Saver and Master of Your Own Kitchen! Whip out that apron and get to bagging up some dinners! Impress your Mother In Law, Have your Best Friend wondering how you do it all, for heaven sakes find that extra 5 minutes to actually take that very last paint chip off your toe nail from your last pedicure over 6 months ago! Who has time or cash for that anymore!? Break out the polish! Dinner is DONE and my piggies might just catch a new color scheme for the summer! :)

BEEF it’s what’s for dinner,

Meg XOXO

 

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  1. Jessica

    I am doing this this weekend. Im always at a loss with ground beef. We generally just do hamburgers or cheeseburger pie.
    Another one I tried recently that is freezable is Mexican beef & Quinoa casserole. It was a hit.
    Thanks for the ideas.
    Stop by and visit me if you can: http://misadventuresofmommy.blogspot.com

  2. Julie

    New follower from TGIF. We have been eating turkey instead of beef lately. Trying to be healthy ;)

    http://naptimeshopper.blogspot.com

    Love for you to follow back when you get a chance ;)

  3. Cindys Recipes

    Thanks for stopping by and sharing your recipes and linking up with Foodie Friends Friday!

  4. Beth @ Aunt B's Kitchen

    I do enjoy a slow cooker recipe. Thank you so much for sharing these. I’ve pinned them.

  5. Lois Christensen

    Great recipes! Thanks for linking them to Foodie Friends Friday! Please come back next week with another one!

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  8. Sharell Batalla

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  9. Irish Carter

    I love how you share how to prepare multiple meals for dinners. I know my hubby sure appreciates it. : )

    Irish

  10. Lori

    I am assuming the dinner freezer bags all use the cooked ground-beef. I missed it if it’s in your post. Thanks, I’m looking forward to trying these out with the 5 pounds of ground-beef that is in my fridge.

    Bliss

    1. Meg

      Each recipe calls for ground beef that has already been cooked.
      **I start by browning my ground beef… ALL of it. Seasoning it with Lawry’s Seasoned Salt & Garlic Salt, as well as pepper to taste. When I brown bulk Ground Beef, I do so in 3 pans. In each pan I add one small chopped onion. When the ground beef is done, drain off the excess fat and set aside to cool. **
      It’s in there but it’s a lot of info in one place. :)

  11. Lori

    Thanks! I knew it had to be there.. I was just way ahead of myself.

    Ground beef is cooked, headed for the fridge, to be up together in bags tomorrow.

    Bliss

    1. Meg

      I do that all the time. :)
      It makes all the difference in time and budget when you have your own homemade meals ready to toss in the Crock Pot.

  12. Renee

    For meals 1,2,3 – you are putting in two freezer bags. Is each bag enough for one meal, or do both bags together constitute one meal? So that it makes 6 meals instead of 3? Thanks!

    1. Meg

      I consider both bags one meal for a family of 4-6. You could make the one bag but it would serve 2-3 only.

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