While picking up just a few groceries yesterday, I found hamburger (80%) for $.99/lb so picked up 5 lbs. Since it is not lean, I will not use it in a meatloaf but instead we had hamburgers last night and I just cooked up the the rest of it this morning. I have bagged up a couple of sandwich bags of cooked meat to add to recipes with just salt and pepper. Made a shepards pie for the freezer and will make a pasta dish for the freezer with spaghetti sauce (from a bottle, adding some of the ground beef), pasta and cheese on top. I have found disposal aluminum containers at the dollar store, 4 for $1 and it is about 7" across, fits two servings perfectly, has a cardboard lid so you can write the contents on top with cooking directions. I made chicken casserole and baked ravioli the last cooking day, so easy to take from the freezer the night before or before going off to work, when I get home I just have to bake it and dinner is done. I am planning on making some meals to take to Danielle for her freezer since she has just started a new year of teaching and I am sure she is overwhelmed.
What to do with Hamburger??
Upside Down Spaghetti (original recipe from Betsey Hyde)
Combine and Spread in Bottom of Casserole Dish
Layer 1:1 8 oz pkg cream cheese
1 8 oz pkg sour cream
Layer 2: Brown: 1 lb hamburger with onion and green pepper (to your liking- as much as you like)
Layer hamburger mixture onto of cream mixture
Layer 3: 1/2 pound cooked spaghetti
Layer 4: 1 32oz jar spaghetti sauce
top with Mozzarella Cheese, sprinkle with Parmesan cheese
Bake at 325 for 1 hour
The upside-down spaghetti can easily be divided between 2 smaller dishes, can be frozen as well. Great dish to have in the freezer for those times that you get a call to bring in a meal to someone!!
1 can cream of corn
1 cup frozen corn
1/2 lb hamburger, cooked & drained
Salt and Pepper to taste
Combine ingredients in bottom of small casserole or glass dish. Top with mashed potatoes (left-over or instant). Sprinkle with cheddar cheese or slices of american cheese. Bake at 350 covered for 30 minutes, uncover, bake for additional 10 -15 minutes to melt cheese.
makes approximately 3 servings, can easily be doubled, just be sure to put it in a container that is the appropriate size.