Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Fab Five #4

Spaghetti...probably the all-time favorite meal in our home.  Brown meat, drain and add sauce.  You can used bottled or make your own.  Then put it in a ziplock bag and freeze.  When you are ready for dinner, just defrost and make pasta.  Voila!

Here is how I make spaghetti sauce for 5 pounds of meat:
3 cans tomato sauce
3 cans diced tomatoes, do not drain
1 small can tomato paste
1 T oregano
1 T garlic
1 T basil
1/2 T marjoram
1 T sugar

The longer it simmers, the better it will be.  Perfect in a crock pot all day.

Fab Five #3

Another super easy way to use ground beef, chili!  Brown the five pounds of ground beef and drain.  Then add 3 cans of beans (I use black or kidney), 3 cans of stewed tomatoes, 4 packages of chili seasoning (I like McCormicks) and 1 large jar of V8 juice.  We eat what we can that night and then I freeze the rest in freezer ziplocks.  Make sure you write on the bag "Chili" with a Sharpie.  I always think that I'll be able to recognize the beans, but I have been surprised more than once.