Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Healthy Ground Beef Mix

I am very excited to participate in my first Works for Me Wednesday!

My topic is something I have struggled with, veggies. I just plain don't like the taste of most vegetables. You see, I'm the picky eater. I'm not alone though Jason is just as bad. Becca is the one that will eat, or at least try, almost anything. I figured something had to give I had to find ways to sneak vegetables into my diet. So I came up with my healthy ground beef mix.

First, let's discuss ground beef. Let's face it on it's own it just doesn't taste very good, that's why we add seasoning and sauces. You never see anyone eat ground beef on it's own, but why? After all isn't that what a hamburger is. What about steak? Ground beef can left over steaks ground into it but it still doesn't taste as good. That's because it gets those nice brown bits on it! Every chef will tell you that is where the flavor comes from. Next time you brown your ground beef don't just cook till no longer pink, actually brown it. You will amazed at home much better it tastes!

Ground Beef Mix:
1 lb. Ground Beef
1 (med.) Onion, diced
1 (med.) Carrot, grated (make sure to read to the end to see my grater, it's key)
1 to 2 Stalks of Celery, grated
1/2 to 1 whole Bell Pepper, grated
1 clove Garlic, minced
1/4 cup Quick Cooking Oats, lightly ground (after I measure I crumble with my hand)
Salt and Pepper

Cook ground beef till no longer pink. Add the rest of the ingredients and brown.

Those are 3 of my most hated vegetables but when I grate them up and cook them you can't notice any flavors standing out. And, the carrots add a great sweetness to the mixture. It really helps to stretch your ground beef as well. It is so much more healthy for you as well. I made my mix with 5 pounds of ground beef today and it didn't take any extra time.

One key for me is the grater I use as well. If you use a regular box grater you will notice the vegetables in it and that isn't what it is about to me. This is the grater I use. It makes it small enough to incorporate the vegetables in for nutrition, but no offending tastes stand out. I use that grater on an almost daily basis, I just love it! If you can't get that grater make sure to use a small hole on your box grater.

I'm going to start experimenting with adding lentils, brown rice, and zucchini as well. I'll be sure to let you know how it goes as I go along!

For more great tips be sure to check out Rocks in My Dryer.


  1. I will definitely use this!! Thanks for sharing.

  2. I will try this without the pepper. I love the pepper my wife won't get in the same county as one no matter what kind of grater you use.

  3. I won't either! I absolutely HATE bell peppers, but I can't tell they are in there I promise. If you didn't tell her she wouldn't know the difference.

  4. I will have to try and use this! My kids really aren't veggie fans. What a great tip.

  5. I will be trying this, bookmarked! =)
    Thanks for visiting my blog, I have been struggling with the whole shoes thing too, I love my flipflops!

  6. Very interesting idea. So after you get this mix ready, do you use all of it in place of one pound of hamburger in recipes, or do you stretch it and use it as 2 pounds?

  7. Spinach is also very good to sneak into things. I buy the frozen spinach in a bag and crumble up the frozen leaves into small bits. I've gotten it into soups, pasta and pizza without detection!

  8. i use frozen veggies, which have the nutrients, but not the taste :)

  9. I stretch it into 2 pounds when I make it.

    I can't do spinach. Many have tried to pull that one over on me and I can taste the slightest little bit.

  10. Great post for your first WFMW. All good ideas regarding the beef mix. Thanks.

  11. I'm not a fan of ground beef, but my mom is. Next time I'll try browning it. Thanks for the tip.