Mushroom Salisbury Steak

Swiss Hamburgers

Using frozen hamburger patties means there is virtually no prep to this easy recipe. Serve Swiss Hamburgers over rice and add a green vegetable for an easy meal.

Tex-Mex Beef Casserole

Planned leftovers helps me to not only reduce waste but speed up prep time on meals using the leftovers. Because the Carne Guisada is already prepared, creating this dish is just a matter of assembling the layers and baking. We almost always have rice in the refrigerator, but if we don’t, it’s easy to cook some in the rice cooker (if you don’t have a rice cooker, you are missing out on the easiest way to make rice—no more burned rice because it cooked too long). The meat is already seasoned, so if you don’t like spicy food, consider using a can of fire-roasted diced tomatoes instead of the tomatoes and green chilies.

Carne Guisada for the Slow Cooker

Carne means meat (but often is used to refer to beef), and guisada means stew. This flavorful Mexican beef stew is perfect for serving over rice or with tortillas. Its wonderful aroma as it simmers in the slow cooker will have you anxiously awaiting dinnertime.

Carne Guisada for the Instant Pot

Carne means meat, but it is often used to refer to specifically to beef, and guisada means stew. This flavorful Mexican beef stew is perfect for serving over rice or with tortillas. Its wonderful aroma as it simmers in the slow cooker will have you anxiously awaiting dinnertime.

Taco Meatloaf

Try this Tex-Mex twist on meatloaf that uses taco seasoning and crushed taco shells. You could add shredded Pepper Jack cheese for an even tastier result!

Beans and Franks

Get kid-friendly with this homemade favorite! Beans and Franks is well-loved by kids far and wide, and this baked version adds a depth of flavor not found in stovetop recipes.

Slow Cooker Beef and Mushrooms

Slow cooker recipes are a great way to make a low stress dinner at home. It shouldn’t take more than 5 minutes to put the ingredients for this flavorful dish into the slow cooker in the morning, and when you get home all you need to do is cook the egg noodles and heat up a side or throw a salad together for a full meal.

Easy Homemade Sloppy Joes

Although it is easy to buy Sloppy Joe sauce in a can, this homemade version is tastier and easy to make. If you are implementing planned leftovers, try using the leftovers on Sloppy Joe Pizza. Menus4Moms is a big advocate of bulking cooking meat for the freezer to make dinnertime prep easier. Instead of cooking one pound of ground beef each time you need it, try buying five pounds at a time and browning it all at once.

Italian Flank Steak

Not only is prep quick and easy for this marinated roast, but it is a good way to plan leftovers and use the remaining meat in a dish like Beef with Broccoli.

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