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Brown your ground beef in the crock pot-yes, really!

This is one of those things that I wish I would have figured out years ago! For some reason I don’t like browning ground beef.  I know it’s not that hard or time-consuming but when it’s 5 pm (often referred to as “the witching hour” at my house) and everyone is hungry, tired and grumpy and your staring at a chunk of frozen, raw ground beef that you have to thaw in the microwave, then brown to even start your dinner…well, let’s just say the temptation to order pizza goes way up!  After I figured out that this road block for me I started browning ground beef in large quantities in an electric skillet as soon as I came home from grocery shopping and freezing the beef but as of the past year or so I moved that up a notch on the simple-ness ladder (Oh, there IS such a ladder in my house!) and have loved it!  I can tell from the collective sighs and “oohs” and “ahh”s in my meal planning classes that I’m not the only one!

Browning your Ground Beef in the Crock Pot

1-Put all or a majority of your ground beef in the crock pot on low with garlic and onions (fresh or dried) and leave it on low for 8 hours or so, stirring and breaking up the meat occasionally.

Put your ground beef in the crock pot when you get home from the store and brown it! That way you can bag it and freeze it and it's ready to go for spaghetti, taco salad, etc. plantomakeitsimple.com
You can put a small amount or much larger amount of fresh or frozen ground beef in the crock pot, like this.

2-You can let the meat cool down a bit and then use a slotted spoon to put the meat in freezer bags and lay them flat in your freezer.  That way when you’re making spaghetti, or my Three Cheese Pasta Bake or taco salad or whatever you can just grab a bag of already browned ground beef and toss it in!

Put your ground beef in the crock pot when you get home from the store and brown it! plantomakeitsimple.com
Break it up a little and stir while it’s browning in the crock pot.
Browned meat, bagged up and ready to freeze for spaghetti, taco salad, etc. plantomakeitsimple.com
Browned, cooled, bagged, labeled and ready to freeze

Note: If you plan to make hamburgers or meatloaf with your ground beef you’ll want to leave enough of the ground beef not cooked and just freeze the portion you need raw in a Ziploc freezer bag.  I like to form the hamburger patties using a measuring cup and freeze them like that so they’re ready to go. Give this a try and let me know how it changes your life for the better!

I have this crock pot and I love it!

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Meal Planning & Grocery Shopping Made Simple class!

I’ve helped a lot of people with their menu planning, grocery shopping and healthy eating needs over the past few years and after many requests and support (thank you!), I’ve decided to finally start teaching a class.  I’m so excited about this!

This class is for all who are interested in:
-Eating Healthier (I focus on “real” unprocessed food)
-Spending less money on groceries (I spend under $250 a month for all groceries for my family of 4!)
-Only grocery shopping once or twice a month (I do one 1 big trip and then 1 smaller one for more milk & produce)
-Planning out a monthly menu that you can use over and over
-Making a master grocery list where you highlight the items as they run out
-Being fed a yummy FREE lunch or dinner (depending on if you choose a morning/afternoon class or evening class)

The class will last 1 1/2 hours.  I will feed you a yummy meal (from the recipes I love and use for you to try out), provide you with lots of delicious, healthy, and simple to make recipes and then I will teach you how to put together your own monthly menu and a master grocery list and provide all of the materials needed. Classes where you learn lots of good information are great but sometimes it’s hard to find the time to ever put that info to use!  This class is hands on so you will leave all ready to start saving money, eating healthier and knowing exactly how to answer the question “what’s for dinner?”  

The cost of the class is $40.  Please bring cash or checks to the class.  Checks should be made out to me, Rachel Biesinger.

When: Thursday, May 29th, 6 to 7:30pm

Where: The lovely Daybreak Community Center, Conference Room B (4544 Harvest Moon Drive, South Jordan, UT-you don’t have to be a Daybreak resident to attend) and I will be posting the dates and times here soon.  **Child care is available at the awesome Child Watch in the building for only $3 an hour!

How do I sign up?: Email me here to register and ask any questions.

Life’s complicated so let’s make a plan so feeding you and your family is simple!