So this isn’t really a recipe, but more like an idea. I’m all about making your own convenience foods, from seasoning blends, to self-prepped packaged frozen vegetables. I also make frozen ground beef and sausage crumbles as quick meal helpers.
To make all-purpose ground beef crumbles, I brown ground beef with salt, pepper, minced garlic, and onion. I drain (but never rinse, like my mom did in the 70’s – – yuck!) I sometimes make taco meat crumbles as well. For the sausage I brown and drain. I put the crumbles on a baking tray, using my silicone baking mat so the crumbles don’t stick. Parchment paper will do too. Freeze the crumbles, and then place in a gallon bag. I use these crumbles in chili, soups, casseroles, quiche, pasta, or on pizza. Because these are flash frozen, just pull out what you need, instead of thawing out larger portions.
Making meal helpers allows to put a healthy dinner on the table each night, without the cost or preservatives. A little more work up front saves money, time, and dishes in the end.