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Episode 92: How to Turn Any Ground Meat Into Delicious Dinner

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Listen: Ground meat may not sound sexy, but we know you reach for it every time. We also know that the things you always have on hand are the ones with which you get most bored. No, this isn’t a parable about marriage – ha! – but rather a handy guide to all the many ways you can turn ground chicken, turkey, beef, pork, lamb and sausage into a quick, delicious dinner for your family.

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We don’t eat Hamburger Helper anymore, but we’re both nostalgic for it.

A Helping Hand for Your Hamburger Helper

Truth be told, Stacie resisted this episode for a while. And it was a listener request too! The thing is, ground meat just didn’t sound very exciting. Always an advocate for our fans, Meghan insisted and Stacie stands corrected. What we thought would be a quick and dirty chat, turned into a dynamic conversation about one of the most versatile cuts of animal protein.

From how to improvise dinner using ground meat to a long list of recipe inspiration, we’ve got you covered. With a pound or two (or more!) of ground meat in your fridge or freezer, you’ll always be able to get dinner on the table in a snap.

Links from this week’s episode.

  1. Chili Cheese Dogs

  2. How to Brown Ground Meat

  3. Meghan’s Nacho Recipe

  4. Meghan’s Crispy Tacos

  5. Mapo Tofu

  6. Loose Meat Sandwiches

  7. Kids Try Burgers from 10 States

  8. Meghan’s Sloppy Joes

  9. Shake Shack Hamburger Helper

  10. Beyond Meat

  11. Impossible Burger

  12. Impossible Burger vs Beyond meat

  13. Impossible burger – ground meat nutritional comparison

  14. Impossible Kofta Meatloaf

  15. Pastitsio

  16. How to Make Hot Dish

  17. Yemista (Greek-Style Stuffed Peppers)

  18. Ground Beef Taco Casserole

  19. Empanadas Mendocinas

  20. Beef Empanadas

  21. Cuban Picadillo | Daisy Teaches Picadillo

  22. Grilled Yogurt Flatbreads (that you can top with ground meat + stuff)

  23. Shepherd’s Pie

  24. Meghan’s Butter Burgers

  25. Juicy Lucy Burgers

  26. Weeknight Cabbage Rolls

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