I try to sneak some extra veggies into pretty much everything, in the past I've used frozen chopped spinach but since spinach will hopefully grow in our garden this year, I wanted to try making it with fresh. Don't they look yummy?
- 3 lbs of 93% lean ground beef (I prefer organic, grass-fed)
- 1 package ground turkey (I find it in 20 oz packages by me)
- 11 oz organic baby spinach, chopped
- 2 eggs
- 1-2 cups oatmeal
- 1 chopped onion
- 3 Tablespoons chopped garlic
- salt, pepper, basil and oregano to taste
Mondays in our house are typically pasta night, alternating between cheese raviolis and penne with meatballs. On meatball days I toss the frozen meatballs into my crock pot with marinara sauce (or whatever pasta sauce you like) and leave it on low all day. If the sauce seems to get too dry add a bit of water occasionally. The house smells awesome and all I have to do is boil water for the whole wheat penne!
Remember how I said the meat was buy one get one free? I actually doubled this recipe but when I ran out of containers for my meatballs, I still had enough to make 3 meatloafs! I freeze my meatloaf uncooked, so I didn't take a picture of it. I'll share that recipe too:
- Whatever is left of meatball mix (I probably had 2.5lbs of it)
- 2-4 diced tomatoes or 1-2 cans of chopped tomatoes (I'm trying to use up my inventory of canned tomatoes and move to using fresh or jarred... whole other story)
- 1/2 cup of parmigiana cheese (or more if you like)
I spent $28 on the meat, turkey, spinach and onion ($13 in savings). I probably used $5 worth of supplies I had in my pantry already. Eleven meals for five people for $3 each is pretty good in my opinion. Whole wheat pasta is about $1 a box here and I usually add a veggie as a side to meatloaf, maybe potatoes or rice also bringing each dinner to $5 or less and there is almost always enough left overs for a lunch for my husband. I'm happy!
I'll be linking up to these Monday parties!
Peace be with you,