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Meat Mix – 2 Ways

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Now, I’m well aware that “meat mix” doesn’t exactly sound impressive, but I’ll explain. We have two different recipes that we use for breakfasts, pre- or post-workout snacks, or really for any occasion we need a little protein. The first is a mix of turkey, apples, and cinnamon. At first this sounds like a strange combination, but turkey and apple sausage is popular, so I think this is relatively similar. The second is a mix of beef, tomato, and mushrooms. It is good on its own, scrambled with eggs, or even as a topping for stuffed peppers, spaghetti squash, or zucchini noodles. It is very versatile. These recipes aren’t set in stone; we’ve adjusted them over the years based on our tastes and what is in the pantry. They just seem to be great things to have in the freezer in case you need something quickly.


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Turkey & Apple Mix


Ingredients:

  • Ground Turkey (1-1.5 pounds)
  • Apples (granny smith or similar), 2 for 1 lb turkey, 3 or 1.5 lbs, diced (peels on)
  • ground cinnamon
  • salt
  • butter or ghee (you can sub other oils, but these taste the best)
  • Freezer containers (1 gallon freezer bag or 2 quart freezer bags)

Directions:

  • Melt the butter or ghee in a pot and cook the turkey until it is almost cooked through. Add salt, but not too much- just to flavor the turkey.
  • Add the diced apples and cook until they soften.
  • Add cinnamon and taste. We usually add lots of cinnamon. If it tastes a little strange it usually needs either a bit more salt or lots more cinnamon. Just test it out.

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(I think this was pre-cinnamon)

  • Cool and freeze in a labelled gallon freezer bag (or two smaller quart freezer bags).

 


Beef, Tomato, & Mushroom Mix


Ingredients:

  • 1-1.5 pound(s) of ground beef
  • sliced mushrooms (I like a whole package)
  • sliced or diced onions (optional- I don’t like these, Dominik does.)
  • 1 can chopped or diced tomatoes (sometimes we toss in extra fresh tomatoes that are about to spoil)
  • Salt, pepper, and smoked paprika
  • Freezer containers (1 gallon freezer bag or 2 quart freezer bags)

Directions:

  • Cook the ground beef in a large pan. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Add the onions and mushrooms and cook until ready.
  • Add the can of tomatoes, more salt and pepper to taste, and lots of smoked paprika. You can add other spices or herbs as you like. Sometimes we add garlic
  • Cool and freeze in a labelled gallon freezer bag (or two smaller quart freezer bags).

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The label should include the date and recipe name. Since both are fully cooked I just noted that it just needs to be thawed and heated on the bag.  Freeze it flat to save space.

 

 

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Be sure to follow food safety guidelines when freezing and thawing food. Ensuring your freezer is at the proper temperature is one of the most important steps in storing food. You can find more information here if you have any questions.

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