mama’s meat sauce.
I’m totally getting into this whole organic thing.
A lot of people ask me what I do about incorporating organic food into our budget and here’s where I’m at on it:
1. I buy organic as often as I can for the items that we (and especially the kids) eat the most. Applesauce, milk, apples, berries, grapes, lettuce, etc.
2. If I can, I’ll incorporate additional organic foods into the budget. This includes additional fruits and veggies on the organic totem pole, as well as meats like chicken and beef. Especially if they’re on sale.
SO last week I found organic, grass-fed beef for $3.99/pound and I put it to use on this super easy meat sauce which I tossed on pasta. The kids went ga-ga for it. No joke. I’ve never seen anything like it in my life. Emma didn’t seem to care that there were massively large pieces of onions in the sauce which I (quite lazily) chopped.
What about you? What’s your take on incorporating organic into your budget?
Where’s the beef?
It’s right here, with my gargantuan onion pieces.
I harvested the basil from our garden – save some cash by growing your own herbs!
Easy. Breezy. Yummy. Kid-friendly.
Easy Breezy Meat Sauce
(a FFF original – serves 6)
What You’ll Need:
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 small onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 pounds ground beef, turkey or chicken
salt and pepper
1 teaspoon ground thyme
1/4 cup chopped italian parsley
1/4 cup chopped basil
2 (14-ounce) cans diced tomatoes
1/4 cup grated parmesan or asiago cheese
Heat olive oil in large skillet over medium-low heat. Add onion and cook 2 minutes, or until soft and fragrant. Add garlic and stir frequently, cooking 1 minute.
Add ground meat to the onions and cook until brown. Drain most of the excess fat. Add salt, pepper, thyme, parsley and basil. Stir to combine. Add tomatoes with their juice. Stir, reduce heat to low, and cover skillet. Cook for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes. Uncover the skillet and cook an additional 30 minutes. Stir in cheese and serve.
TOTAL: $9.63, or about $1.60 per serving.
283 calories per serving (based on ground beef)
12 grams of fat
36 grams protein
Did you give it a try? Leave me a comment below or head over to Facebook and let me know what you think!