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Ground Beef Four Ways for Four Easy Week Night Meals

If you are wanting to make the swap to better quality meat, grass fed ground beef is one of the most budget friendly ways to do so.

If you are not familiar with the health benefits of grass fed and pasture raised meats compared to conventionally raised grain fed meats, please take the time to read more on this and educate yourself, especially if you consume meat regularly. Below are a few resources for you to read more about this.

Depending on where you shop, you can buy grass-fed ground beef on average for about $6/lb or sometimes less. This is much cheaper than other cuts of grass-fed beef (steaks, roasts, etc.), pasture raised chicken and certain brands of wild caught fish that can cost over $10 a pound. Good for you if you can afford to eat pasture raised chicken, wild caught fish and more expensive cuts of grass-fed beef all of the time, but for those of you on a tighter budget, you may be limited to eating lots of grass fed ground beef for dinner.

So, unless you have a good handful of recipes to rotate through that you love that use ground beef, you can get tired of it really quickly.

SO, I am sharing with you all today, four of our family favorite recipes using grass-fed ground beef that we rotate through regularly. Even my two year old gobbles all of these recipes up! Not only are they our favorites because they taste good, but because of how simple they are to make and how easy it is to double up on the recipes to make them last multiple meals, because who really has time to cook every single night? I know I don’t, nor do I want to.

Enjoy!

All ground beef in the recipes are linked to Slanker’s. While you can purchase grass fed ground beef now at most local grocery stores, I wanted to make known to those that don’t already know that we do have a local grass fed meat store located in Powderly Texas! They sell the largest variety of high quality meats around, including deli lunch and snack meats, bacon, organ meats, soup bones and so much more! If you have never ordered from them before, you can get $5 off your first order by calling in your order and telling them that Erin Finch referred you! Or, if you would rather order online, I do get a small commission for first time orders through any of my affiliate links in this post. I greatly appreciate your support. Thanks in advance.

Moo Shu Beef

  • 1 lb. grass-fed ground beef
  • 3 fresh cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 16. oz bag classic coleslaw mix
  • 4 large carrots, shredded
  • 1/2 cup organic ketchup (look for one that is NOT sweetened with fructose corn syrup)
  • 1/4 cup coconut aminos (soy sauce alternative sold at the Wellness Center in Paris Texas or online)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 6 green onions, thinly sliced
  • Your choice of tortilla: We personally like to use large romaine leaves as a grain free tortilla option. My other healthy recommendations would be some sprouted grain tortillas like these (sold at Kroger), or another grain free and paleo tortilla option – siete cassava and coconut flour tortillas (not sold locally in Paris Texas, but most likely at large health food stores like Whole Foods or online).
  1. Cook your ground beef with your chopped garlic
  2. Once meat is cooked, add in your coleslaw and carrots and cook them down until soft
  3. Add in ketchup, coconut aminos, water, and red pepper flakes. Stir to combine well.
  4. Serve moo she beef mixture in your choice of carrier and garnish with green onions.
  5. Enjoy!

*This meal is great to double the recipe and serve for 2 or three nights depending on how large your family is. With three of us eating (2 adults and a 2 year old that eats like an adult) this recipe doubled will last us 3, maybe four meals.

Grain Free Spaghetti

  • 1 lb. grass-fed ground beef
  • your choice of a spiralized vegetable as a healthier alternative to pasta (zucchini, yellow squash, butternut squash, spaghetti squash, etc.) – There are lots of frozen options of this in most grocery stores now. Kroger in Paris Texas sells both frozen packages of spiralized zucchini and butternut squash now making it much more convenient on those busy weeknight’s to throw this meal together! If you would rather have fresh vegetables, just go get yourself a vegetable spiralizer like this one that I have.They are not expensive.
  • olive or coconut oil
  • Marinara sauce. I just eyeball honestly how much sauce I want added to my meat and never have an exact amount I use. My favorite organic, sugar free, and junk ingredient free brand is Muir Glen, also available at Kroger in Paris Texas.
  • Italian seasoning (added to taste)
  • Garlic salt (added to taste)
  1. In one skillet brown/cook your meat through.
  2. In another skillet, cook your spiralized vegetables down in your choice of good quality oil.
  3. Once your meat is cooked through, pour your marinara sauce over and stir to combine.
  4. Sprinkle in your added seasonings to taste.
  5. Once your vegetables are cooked down, portion them out onto your individual plates and top with desired amount of meat mixture!
  6. Serve alongside a fresh mixed green salad and enjoy!

*This is another great meal to double up on the recipe to make last for multiple nights. I typically make a big batch of the meat mixture all at one time and only cook the desired amount of vegetable noodles I want for that night. So, when the next night roles around, all I have to do is cook the vegetables and warm the meat mixture back up to top it with!

Tacos

  • 1 lb. grass fed ground beef
  • 1-2 T. homemade taco seasoning (add just one T. first and then decide wether or not you want to add more seasoning. Save the remaining amount of this recipe for the next time you make tacos!)
    • 1 T. chili powder
    • 1 tsp. cumin
    • 1 tsp. sea salt
    • 1 tsp. black pepper
    • 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
    • 1/2 tsp. onion powder
    • 1/4 tsp. paprika
    • 1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • fresh avocado
  • salsa
  • other garnishes you like (cilantro, green onions etc.)
  • Your choice of tortilla. (see bottom of moo shu beef recipe above for my healthier recommendations/options for this)
  1. Brown your meat with your seasoning. Make sure to evenly mix the seasoning in well while you are cooking the meat in the pan.
  2. Once your meat is cooked, serve warm in your choice of tortillas and top with fresh avocado, salsa and other fixings you like!

*We love to serve these with a side of cooked cauliflower rice. Kroger in Paris Texas sells a frozen package of cauliflower rice now with no other ingredients other than cauliflower making it another great healthy and convenient option on those busy weeknights! Just throw it in the skillet to cook and toss with some coconut oil or grassfed butter and sprinkle to taste with some sea salt and pepper. You can always make this fresh too by just blending up a head of cauliflower into a rice consistency.

Zuppa Tuscana

  • 1-2 pounds grassfed ground beef
  • 1-2 teaspoons crushed red peppers
  • 1 large white onion, diced
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 32 oz. or 4 cups broth
  • 1/2 cup full fat canned coconut milk
  • 3 large russet potatoes, thinly sliced or cut into large cubes (either works, just depends on the texture you would like in your soup.)
  • 1/2 bunch of organic kale, chopped (I typically just eyeball this and add a ton of kale. It most likely is way more than half a bunch by the end of me throwing it all in.)
  1. Saute beef with red pepper flakes over medium heat on the stove
  2. In a large pot, sauce the onion and garlic until soft and fragrant in some good quality fat (coconut oil, olive oil, etc.)
  3. Add in the broth to the large pot and bring to a boil.
  4. Once boiling, add in your cubed or thinly sliced potatoes and bring down to a simmer for about 30 minutes or until potatoes are soft and fall apart with a fork
  5. Lastly add in your cooked beef, chopped kale and coconut milk. Stir until kale wilts some and all is mixed in well.

Hope these recipes make eating healthier a little bit easier and more delicious for you throughout the week!

 

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