Strategy #2
Pre-Cooked Ground Beef
You will be amazed what you can do in 10 minutes with pre-cooked ground beef or ground turkey.  If you can eliminate
one of the more time consuming steps like this, your dinner prep moves a lot faster, which gets dinner on the table faster.
From tacos and sloppy joes to beef stroganoff, this shortcut opens the door for many 15 minute recipes possibilities

You'll see pre-cooked ground beef or turkey in many of the
60 recipes you'll see in Newsletter 9.

BONUS: We'll give you instructions for "rinsing" the ground beef - which essentially removes most of the fat.  This makes
is possible for ground round to have a nutritional profile similar to ground sirloin!

Although cooked beef and turkey can be used almost interchangeably in most of our recipes, the cooking
method varies slightly.

Cooking Ground Beef in Bulk - the Easy Way
(3 pounds of ground chuck makes about 7 1/2 cups of cooked ground beef)

Add up to 3 pounds of ground beef or chuck to your slow cooker. Break up the beef and add 1/4 cup water (per pound of
beef
).  Cook on HIGH for 2-3 hours or LOW for 4-6 hours. Cooking time will vary depending on how many pounds of beef
you are cooking.

This is optional, but we stir the meat occasionally to help it cook evenly.

Once your meat has fully cooked, drain the meat in a colander then rinse for 1 minute with hot water.  

Label your bags with a Sharpie BEFORE you put in the meat.  It helps to know that roughly 2 1/2 cups of cooked ground
chuck = 1 pound raw.  If using ground beef, you'll yield more like 2 cups per pound (due to the higher fat content lost).

Divide the meat out and store in labelled freezer bags.  If you will be using within 3 days, store in the refrigerator.  Beyond
3 days you can freeze up to 4 months.  

Cooking Ground Turkey in Bulk - the Easy Way
Spray the interior of your slow cooker with non-stick spray.

Add up to 3 pounds of ground turkey to your slow cooker and sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, and
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
(per pound). Break up the strands of turkey slightly and cover.  Cook on LOW heat for 3 hours.

Take the lid off the slow cooker, and gently stir the ground turkey to break it up into bite-sized pieces.

Re-cover the slow cooker, and cook the ground turkey for three to four more hours.

Drain turkey in colander.

Label your bags with a Sharpie BEFORE you put in the meat.  It helps to know that roughly 2 1/2 cups of cooked ground
turkey  = 1 pound raw.  

Divide the turkey out and store in labelled freezer bags.  If you will be using within 3 days, store in the refrigerator.  Beyond
3 days you can freeze up to 4 months.  But we'll be using this ground beef in so many recipes, it won't last that long!

Today's Recipe - Black Bean Chili