Preparing an amazing meal from scratch can be such a satisfying feeling, and when it looks Instagram-worthy, now that’s just a bonus! And hey, there’s even some spin-off benefits that goes along with home cooking and our favourite perk? The plethora of leftovers to enjoy for days to come. We know, sometimes leftovers just don’t hit the same note, so that’s where our friends at Canada Beef come in, showing us how to repurpose their Big Batch Beef recipe. Meal prep like a champ by whipping this up on a Sunday and enjoy the following fun and tasty meal ideas throughout the week. Or better yet portion it in the freezer and you have it for several weeks of delicious meal planning.
1. HAVE A MINI PIZZA PARTY
Calling all meat lovers! There are a ton of delicious and unique ways you can incorporate beef with your pizza. So why not shake things up a bit at home and turn your kitchen into a pizzeria?! Make several mini pizzas and let your family top their own, we’re making ours a beef provolone pizza. And if you’re feeling ambitious, here’s a great pizza dough recipe we know and love!
2. GET GLOBALLY INSPIRED WITH BEEF PICADILLO
This Spanish dish served over rice is the perfect reason to pull out your reserve of Big Batch Beef. It’s perfectly seasoned and is sure to satisfy all your cravings for an internationally inspired dish! You can even use the cool Picadillo filling to make empañadas and calzones and really channel your inner chef!
3. DATE NIGHT LETTUCE WRAPS
Lettuce suggest a way to spice up date night! Excuse the cheesy pun but for real, who doesn’t love a good lettuce wrap? Crispy juicy lettuce wrapped around a warm saucy ground beef filling with a hint of heat. Excuse us while we wipe the drool off our face! Making lettuce wraps together sounds like a pretty fun date night idea to us!
4. INVITE THE WHOLE FAMILY TO COOK STUFFED PEPPERS
This is an easy meal to prepare so why not get the whole family involved? Kids are welcome in the kitchen for this one. Teach them while they’re young and create a delicious meal altogether. Although we’re fairly certain they will probably spend the majority of their time picking away at the yummy stuffing. But we’re all kids at heart so we probably would too!
5. TUESDAYS ARE FOR TACOS AND TEQUILA
We may not have the luxury of meeting our crew at our favourite cantina but we can still celebrate this weekly treasure of a day. Thank goodness for technology and the capability to meet online! Everyone can make Big Batch Beef and fill their tacos just the way they want. It may be a virtual cheers but the tequila cocktails are real, depending on your bartending skills.
6. SET IT AND FORGET IT SHEPHERD’S PIE
An oldie but oh what a goodie! There is no better meal that we can think of that highlights the deliciousness of ground beef. Load it up or dull it down, either way Shepherd’s pie is a hearty favourite. And one of the nice things about it is that it’s zero fuss! Just set it in the slow cooker or oven and let all the flavours come together with sweet sweet time.
7. MIX THINGS UP WITH BREAKFAST FOR DINNER
Is there anything better than being a kid and your parents saying those 5 magical words “how about breakfast for dinner?” (little did we know our parents probably enjoyed it as much as we did!) A great way to elevate breakfast for dinner is with a classic but delicious frittata! The flavour combinations are endless, seriously, check out this Cheeseburger Frittata recipe. There are no rules here! Get totally creative and add your favourite cheeseburger toppings!
8. TAKE A STAB AT MAKING YOUR OWN PASTA
As long as we’re in the kitchen let’s make it fun and adventurous! It’s probably time we step our pasta game up! For not much money you can buy a pasta machine and live out your Italian dreams right at home. Spaghetti Bolognese is a great recipe using that Big Batch Beef you’ve already got in your freezer and the fact that it’s made from scratch sounds pretty dang delicious to us!
So there you have it, a full list of not-so-boring leftovers and some fun ideas using Canada Beef’s Big Batch Beef. We’re not sure about you but we’re definitely inspired to cook up a batch this Sunday and make meals a breeze for the rest of the week