Browning some ground meat, whether it be beef, turkey or pork, is a great first step to any easy weeknight meal. With the addition of various sauces and veggies, an ordinary pack of ground meat can be transformed into a delectable dinner in a snap.
While many rely on the ground meat mainstays like burgers, tacos and meatballs (all equally delicious and dinner-worthy), there are many other great, easy dishes worth trying in a fix.
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We've gathered together some of our favorite recipes that begin with a simple package on ground meat. Read on for our must-try's for this school year, and be sure to let us know how you're browning up your meat in the comments below.
Spicy Peanut Noodles with Ground Pork and Shredded Vegetables - After a quick brown, ground pork is transformed into an Asian-influenced noodle dish.
Little Cheddar Meat Loaves - Almost like a mix between a meatloaf and a meatball, this miniature dinner is yummy and especially fun for kids.
Rotini with Spiced Tomato & Black Olive Meat Sauce - An upgrade to the regular bolognese-type pasta sauce, with added kick from olives and spice.
Neat Meat Turnovers - These turnovers are similar to a stromboli in their meat-stuffed crust nature.
Meat, Bulgur and Rice Dolmades - Bring the feel of Middle Eastern cuisine to your dinner table with these delicious stuffed grape leaves.
Ground Chicken and Sage Stuffed Peppers with Wild Rice - Another stuffed vegetable dish, this time using chicken and peppers.
Louisiana Meat Pie - Juices from the veggies and ground chuck in this dish soak into pastry crust for a crispy, flavor-soaked dinner.
Loose Meat Sandwiches - This loose-meat burger is a mix between a regular hamburger and the beloved sloppy joe sandwich. Kids will love it, but be sure to have extra napkins on hand!