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Old 01-29-2018, 06:24 AM   #1
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Menu planning help!

I need some budget friendly dishes with ground beef, it should be stews and casseroles.

What is cheap in Sweden is root vegetables, onions, beans, potatoes, lentils, rice, tinned tomatoes and frozen vegetables.

Could any one help me?

I am really stuck and we cant eat Pasta bolognese ever Thursday this month, I need a bit of variations.

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Old 01-29-2018, 07:34 AM   #2
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Shepherd's pie.
Meatballs in gravy.
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Old 01-29-2018, 07:46 AM   #3
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Mexican casserole - ground beef cooked with taco seasoning, sautéed onions, a can of tomatoes and thawed frozen corn, with rice cooked with a half cup of salsa to replace some of the water.

Stuffed cabbage casserole. Layer the meat, cabbage and tomato sauce instead of rolling.

Swedish meatballs over mashed potatoes.
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Old 01-29-2018, 09:05 AM   #4
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We have had meatballs a little bit too much lately.

Shepherds pie, yes that could be lovely and Mexican casseroles sounds yummy.

This is good a good start.
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Old 01-29-2018, 09:42 AM   #5
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Roadrunner Chili



Ingredients:

2 Lbs. Roadrunner, cooked and chopped (you can substitue chicken)
1 pound Coyote, ground (you can substitute beef)
2 Tbs cooking oil
1 28oz. can crushed Tomatillos
1 28oz. can Crushed Tomatoes
1 Cup Chicken Broth
1 Cup Green Chiles , chopped
Juice of 1 lime
1 Medium Onion, chopped
1 Bell Pepper, chopped
3 Cloves Garlic, minced
1 Jalapeno Pepper, chopped
¼ Cup Chili Powder
½ Stick of Butter
1 tsp. Crushed Red Pepper
2 tsp. Cumin
1 tsp. Black Pepper
2 tsp Salt
2 Lbs Pinto Beans, cooked
3 Tbs tequila
Fresh cilantro, for garnish

Instructions:

In a 12-quart chili pot, brown the coyote in cooking oil. Add the tomatillos, tomatoes, chicken broth, lime juice and cooked chopped roadrunner to the chili pot and reduce the heat to a simmer.
In a sauté pan, sauté the green chiles, onion, bell pepper, and jalapeno pepper in butter until the onions are translucent. Add the garlic, crushed red pepper, cumin, salt and black pepper and continue to sauté until all the vegetables are soft. Add the sautéd vegetables to the chili pot, then add the chili powder, beans, and tequila. Simmer for 1 hour. Serve in bowls with chopped fresh cilantro as garnish.
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I save that recipe, Sir_Loin_of_Beef. Tomatillo cost between 4- 8 dollar per tin and tequila is 12- 40 dollar , so at the moment that is out of my price range. But I will save it because my brother would love this for his birthday.
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Old 01-29-2018, 11:32 AM   #7
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I think this discussion should start with Andy M.'s ACS recipe!

Slumgullion or American Chop Suey Recipe
American Chop Suey

1 Lb Ground Beef
1 Ea Onion
1 Ea Green Pepper
2 Cl Garlic
3 Tb Tomato Paste
28 Oz Canned Tomato
1/2 Lb Elbow Macaroni

Brown the beef in a sauté pan over medium high heat. Remove it from the pan. Pour off all but two tablespoons of fat.
Sauté the onion, pepper and garlic in the remaining fat until softened.
Add the paste and sauté for an additional 3 minutes.
Add the tomato and the meat to the sautéed vegetables. Simmer for 15-20 minutes.
Prepare the pasta according to package directions.
When the pasta is cooked, drain off the water and mix the pasta with the vegetable and meat mixture. Cook together for 2-3 minutes to allow the flavor of the sauce to cook into the pasta.
Serve with grated cheese.

Also consider some of these ideas.

Spanish rice - https://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/...th-ground-beef

Stir fry or fried rice - https://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/hamburger-stir-fry

Beef stew made with meatballs - https://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/meatball-stew

Hamburger soup - Hamburger Soup I Recipe - Allrecipes.com

I think that you could adapt almost any recipe to use ground beef in some form. If the recipe calls for chunks of beef or chicken substitute meatballs.

Good luck!
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Old 01-30-2018, 06:50 PM   #8
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I saw this thread the other night, but my brain wasn't working already...

Cake here's my thoughts:

Nachos (think Taco Meat atop chips with melted cheese)
Dirty Rice or Puerto Rican Gandule (there's all kinds of ways to sub out stuff)
https://www.hawaiianelectric.com/rec...e/gandule-rice
Stuffed Peppers
Zucchini Boats
Hamburger Steak with canned Mushrooms
Stuffed Cabbage Soup
Ground Beef Gyros in Pitas
and my all time fav - in Hawaii we make Hamburger Curry Stew


In Hawaii we eat our's over rice, so there you go, you'd be HAWAIIAN!!
You could Google search most of these recipes
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Old 01-30-2018, 09:13 PM   #9
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A nice pot of chilli served on top of a baked or mashed potato is alway a favorite of mine. Also I love a good pot of beef & vegi soup. Stir fry the veggies and lentils mix with rice that's always quick and delicious we serve with spiced canned tomato or soy sauce or brown sugar
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Old 01-30-2018, 09:59 PM   #10
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I saw this thread the other night, but my brain wasn't working already...

Cake here's my thoughts:

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and my all time fav - in Hawaii we make Hamburger Curry Stew


In Hawaii we eat our's over rice, so there you go, you'd be HAWAIIAN!!
You could Google search most of these recipes
I showed this to DH and he said, "Ooh, let's have that for dinner tomorrow!"


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Old 01-30-2018, 10:27 PM   #11
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Chili is something that uses the items on your cheap list. Ground beef, tinned tomatoes, onions, beans (pretty much any kind will work), and spices. You can serve chili over rice, too.

A decent Cajun dirty rice is another thing you can make with those ingredients.

An American classic, Sloppy Joe's is another thing that uses those ingredients, and some bread rolls.

Recipes for all of the above are all over the internet, including YouTube videos.

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Old 01-31-2018, 01:05 AM   #12
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I am so tempted to do the Hawaiian Curry dish it looks like Keema Curry but with less spices, I see what the family thinks.

Zucchini boats is such a childhood summer dish for me, I cant afford zucchini right now.

Cajun dirty rice, I do have good recipe and last time I made it was 5 years ago. Might come back again on the menu.

You all have given me so many good ideas that this will last even next month.
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I showed this to DH and he said, "Ooh, let's have that for dinner tomorrow!"

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Very tasty, but more gravy for my liking if you please
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Old 02-06-2018, 06:14 AM   #14
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CP, I noticed in another thread that you are a bread baker. On your next baking day try making a version of ground beef roll-ups for dinner. You can make them with various fillings and if you think ahead you can keep a family size container of filling material in the freezer.

This recipe will give you the basic idea. They are also nice when made with mustard, chopped ham and cheese. If you are in a hurry you can make them with a biscuit style dough instead of a yeast dough.

https://www.pillsbury.com/recipes/ta...b-d75cd03b7ab7

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Finally got around to it ...
Hamburger Curry Stew!

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Very tasty, but more gravy for my liking if you please
Are those peeled/cubed potatoes in the bowl?
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Aunt Bea; all small amounts of left over stew or ground meat or chicken is made into hot pockets or as we say pirogi's and there is a mystery bag in the freezer, you never know what filling you get.
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Are those peeled/cubed potatoes in the bowl?
Sort of... I had about 6 Baby Yellow Dutch Potatoes and their skins are so thin, I just diced them small and held them in a bowl of water, so as not to darken prior to cook time.
This is a very adaptable recipe, you could swap out or in whatever you have on had, like or dislike, your call... cheap and friendly as Rachael Ray says
I figured it cost about ≤ $10USD to make this entire pot.
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Old 02-06-2018, 07:38 PM   #18
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I saw this thread the other night, but my brain wasn't working already...

Cake here's my thoughts:

Nachos (think Taco Meat atop chips with melted cheese)
Dirty Rice or Puerto Rican Gandule (there's all kinds of ways to sub out stuff)
https://www.hawaiianelectric.com/rec...e/gandule-rice
Stuffed Peppers
Zucchini Boats
Hamburger Steak with canned Mushrooms
Stuffed Cabbage Soup
Ground Beef Gyros in Pitas
and my all time fav - in Hawaii we make Hamburger Curry Stew


In Hawaii we eat our's over rice, so there you go, you'd be HAWAIIAN!!
You could Google search most of these recipes
I'd like to add to my list:
Ground Beef Stroganoff
a simple Ground Beef/canned mushrooms and gravy served over rice or mashed potatoes
this one is a winner in our house:
https://mykitcheninthemiddleofthedes...co-pie-my-way/
Impossible Taco Pie
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CP, I'm not sure if you have Biquick in Sweden, but I'm sure that you have the ingredients in house to make your own:
Bisquick® Substitute Recipe - Allrecipes.com

Google search Impossible Pies, there are so many kinds!
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Old 02-07-2018, 12:51 AM   #19
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The tastiest vegetables are ones which have been roasted. I would roast some then add to meat with sauce and put everything over rice.

Preheat oven to very hot - the C equivalent to 415F.

Chop into larger-than-bite-size-pieces onions, carrots, potatoes, and other root vegetables you have on hand. Oil a baking pan, place vegetables in it and spread them out so they are one layer. Roast for 30 minutes. Flip everything to other side and roast 20 minutes more. Vegetables should be cooked through and easily pierced with a fork but still crunchy - not mushy. (Like "al dente" if you were cooking pasta.) If they are not cooked enough, roast 10 minutes more and check again.

While vegetables are roasting, cook hamburger meat. Drain fat, keeping meat in pan. Add tomato paste and spices. Keep warm.

Cook brown rice.

When vegetables are done, put rice on plates, add vegetables, then top with meat in tomato sauce.


Variations: change vegetable selection, use couscous or other grain instead of rice, change spices.
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Kaneohegirlinaz, you are right, this is the land of hardly any baking mixes ( 21 from the famous company that is also bread, gluten free and dumplings). And no I dont buy them, when 5 kilos of flour cost less then one box, it isnt worth the money.

Impossible Pies, I am intrigued, I will look into this,

Should say, I never need to drain fat from my ground meat since I barely get out a 1 tablespoon or even less. Yes I need to add butter to fry it.
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