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FAMILY FAVORITES with GROUND BEEF

From one comes many... the convenience of ground beef allows you to make many easy meals and snacks from just a few basic ingredients. Make double or triple the recipe so you always have it ready for those last minute meals.

1 lb LEAN GROUND BEEF
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 medium onion, chopped
1 cup spaghetti sauce
1½ tsp EACH - dried basil and oregano*
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp pepper


* Or substitute Italian Seasoning for basil and oregano.

In a large skillet cook garlic and onion with beef until beef is no longer pink; drain off fat and add spaghetti sauce and seasonings; simmer 5 minutes. Use in following recipes or chill and freeze in bags or containers for individual recipes or servings.

Not So Sloppy Joe's
Add ¼ cup EACH of chopped celery and green pepper to basic mixture. Heat thoroughly and serve over toasted bread or on a bun. Makes 4 to 6 servings.

Italian Topped Potatoes
Microwave 4 baking potatoes. Cut potatoes in a cross and squeeze to open, top with basic or Sloppy Joe mixture (above). Serve with a garden salad or vegetables of your choice.

Easy Pizza Slices
Slice a 14 inch loaf of Italian bread, in half, lengthwise. Top each side with warm Sloppy Joe mixture (above) and ½ cup EACH of shredded mozzarella and cheddar cheese. Place on a baking sheet and broil until cheese melts.

TIP: Instead of Italian bread, the same mixture can be put on a 12 inch pre-baked pizza or flat bread crust. Add your favourite pizza toppings such as green or red pepper, place on a baking sheet; broil until cheese melts.

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