Easy. Healthy. Those are my two criteria for dinner. Well, and frugal so we don’t go broke, and yummy so that the 8 people I’m cooking for will actually eat it. This dinner fits the bill.
The main players in this dinner are cabbage, carrots, and beef. Cabbage and carrots are two relatively cheap veggies to keep around in your fridge, and for a big family like ours, the cost of groceries is a big consideration. The other plus for these two hearty vegetables is that they last for weeks. They won’t wilt or mold in a few days like some fresh produce tends to do. I try to keep both of these in my refrigerator at all times because they can be used alone as a side dish or used together in this yummy dinner.
This weeknight meal that we call “cabbage, carrots and beef”(so creative!) is one of our family favorites. It’s a quick go-to meal that we usually have all the ingredients for and it only takes about 30 minutes to whip up. It’s also frugal because it only uses 1 lb. of meat for 4-6 servings. It feeds our family of 2 adults, 7 children! Those of us who can tolerate grains eat this served over a big bed of rice, and those who cannot eat rice have it with a side of baked sweet potato. It’s great on its own, so if you’re grain-free, definitely give this a try!
Cabbage, carrots and beef
- 1lb ground beef
- 4 carrots, grated or chopped in a food processor
- 2 onions, diced
- 1-2 t. minced garlic
- 1 head of cabbage, thinly sliced
- 2 t. salt
- 1/2 t. pepper
- 3 t. combo of any of the following: oregano, thyme, basil (I usually do 1 t. of each, but any combo will do)
First, brown your beef in a large skillet over medium high heat. When it’s about half-way browned, add in your onions and garlic and continue cooking until the beef is browned. Now sprinkle in all the seasonings and mix well, and then add in the cabbage and carrots. It will look like way too much cabbage at first, but it cooks down quite a bit! Just keep cooking on medium high until the cabbage is sufficiently tender for your liking. This is about 15 minutes for us. My crew likes it to be very soft (we do live in the south) but I imagine some people would like a little more crunch in their cabbage.
And voila! An easy, weeknight dinner that is frugal, healthy, and filling!