Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Stretching Ground Meat....

Greetings!... and here's what's Working For Me Wednesday!

Can you see what's in this raw ground beef?

Yes, there's oats and cooked brown rice. I made a huge meatloaf last week (lasted for 2 meals) with 2lbs ground beef, almost 3 cups cooked brown rice, and 1 1/2 to 2 cups of oats. ....No one noticed the super sneaky stretching tactics!...And I got by with cooking ONCE for TWO meals! Yay me! ;-)

But this will work for patties, casseroles, etc. You can also shred various veggies and tuck them in too!
I also used some gelatin, leftover from rendering fat, to make this onion-paprika gravy that was outstandingly yummy!
I told the kids' "The ketchup's for the top and the gravy is for the bottom!" ...So they didn't ask for MORE ketchup...for the middle!


Becky said...

I do this all the time using cracked wheat (you can see how I do it here, but I've never thought of using rice or oats. Thanks for sharing!

Joy said...

Neat! I have always used oats, crackers or bread crumbs, never thought to use leftover brown rice. It could really equal more "looping" meals!
Thanks for the great tip and it looks very yummy!

Donna said...

Becky- Thanks for the extra tip and link!
Cracked wheat would be wonderful!!!

Donna said...

Ah yes Joy- the "looping"...should have made another note about that, lol.