Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Did you know...you can use cracked wheat to...

Stretch your meat!!! Adding cracked wheat adds all the vitamins and fiber in the wheat and also bulks your meat, so you can use less and eat more! The cracked wheat, when cooked with the beef, will absorb the flavor of the ground beef and you won't know it is there! Brown ground beef and drain off the grease. Add 2-3 cups of water and boil for 20-30 minutes until wheat is soft and water is evaporated. Then add your seasonings...no one will know it is there!!! Try this recipe out if you don't believe me!!!

South of the Border Tacos Plus
Make Taco Seasoning from this book or use a prepared packet
1 lb. ground beef
½ C cracked wheat
2-3 C water
whole wheat tortillas

Brown ground beef. Drain off grease. Add water and cracked wheat. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for about 20-30 minutes until wheat is no longer hard or crunchy and water is evaporated. Add 2 T. taco seasoning and ¾ C water and cook until it thickens and water is evaporated. Serve rolled up in whole wheat tortillas.

Variation: Bean and Meat Enchiladas:
Add refried beans to the cooked ground beef/taco mixture. Spoon into a flour tortilla and top with olives and 1 T cheddar cheese. Fold enchiladas and top with sauce and cheese. Cover and bake for 30 minutes.
2 C sour cream,
1 can cream of chicken
1 small can green chilies.

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