- Do pre-packaged, boxed meals ingredients give you the heebie-jeebies?
- Do you want a quick, go to meal?
- Are you interested in a healthy meal that the family will love?
- Do you want a budget friendly meal that feeds a large crowd?
Did you answer yes to any of the questions? If you did, I have a recipe for you!
If you can brown ground meat, you can create your own healthy version right in your own kitchen.
I am not even kidding. This is another Homemade to Save meal that you control the quality of ingredients. It can be used as a side dish or a main dish. It will heat up great for left overs and can easily be doubled or tripled to feed an army.
Homemade Ground Meat – One Dish Meal (free printable 3×5 recipe card)
- Brown 1 lb of your favorite ground meat (beef, chicken, turkey, buffalo, elk, or venison) in a large stock pot
- Drain any liquid and return the browned meat to the pot
To a stock pot, add:
- 1 cup whole wheat pasta
- 1 tsp Kosher or Himalayan salt
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 2 tsp each of basil, rosemary, parsley
- 2 tbsp onion powder (or 1/2 medium fresh onion)
- 1 tsp garlic powder (or 1 piece of garlic minced)
- 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)
- 1 tsp dehydrated kale
- 1 tsp turmeric powder (why I add turmeric and kale)
- 1/2 cup fresh organic mushrooms (any variety)
If you substitute dehydrated mushrooms use about 1/4 – 1/3 cup and add additional 1 cup filtered water
- 1/2 cup organic bell pepper (any variety, I like the sweetness of the red, yellow and orange)
- 3-4 cups chopped organic spinach (optional)
- 8 oz organic tomato sauce
- 4-5 cups filtered water
Cover and simmer on medium, for 30-45 minutes until most of the water has been absorbed.
This is a great recipe to double if your feeding a crowd or you need a hearty dish for your neighborhood potluck. I add spinach to get a vegetable in my dish. If you don’t like spinach, add another favorite vegetable like broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts or zucchini. Be creative and use what your family loves. Adding vegetables help to stretch this recipe.
This one pot meal is perfect with a side salad and homemade garlic bread. If you have family members who snarl at the thought of a vegetable, follow the recipe as stated but leave out the pasta and pour everything into a food processor. This technique hides the healthy goodness you know is in the meal. Make the pasta noodles in a separate pan. Once they are done pour it back into the large stock pot. Wah-lah! Who doesn’t love to hide the healthy goodness?
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