Friday, April 22, 2016

Stretching Ground Meat - Part 2

I share a couple week ago about how I stretch ground meat using onions & black beans for Mexican spiced meals.

Another of my favorite ways to use just half the amount of ground meat is to cut it with cooked quinoa.  It's filling and full of protein, but it looks funny to my family.  So this method works best for me when I hide it in casseroles.

I start with a pound of beef, an onion, garlic, and a cup of quinoa.

While the quinoa is cooking I brown the beef with onions and crushed garlic.

The quinoa only takes about 15 minutes to cook and has about 2 cups of volume.  I add it to the frying pan.

Then I mix the meat and quinoa.

This gives you 4 cups of meat mixture to work with instead of 2 cups of meat.

When I took these photos I was making a cornbread casserole and because I had so much meat mixture (twice the volume) I just made two of the casseroles up.  I cooked one and froze one for later.

Love, Katie

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