Ground beef casserole recipes are popular. Why? It’s because they’re easy to make, usually only dirty one casserole dish, are tasty, filling, and nutritious. Some can even be made in a crock pot. That’s convenient!

Ground beef casserole recipes are some of the best ways of feeding your family if you have a busy life. Casseroles make an elegant presentation when paired with raw vegetable recipes in the same meal. And that’s the secret to making these types of recipes into good healthy foods for your loved ones.

Many of the ground beef casserole recipes concentrate on being good cheap food to feed a hungry family as inexpensively as possible. It’s a noble idea but the reality of the situation is that you must transform these recipes using inexpensive ingredients into good health foods. Otherwise, you will be feeding your loved ones foods that are not good for them. That’s not a good idea.

You do not want to feed things to your family that will be detrimental to them. So you will use the tenets of the Mediterranean diet to make your ground beef casserole recipes into inexpensive healthy recipes you can be proud to serve. Begin your ground beef casserole recipes by using good meats. They may cost more but they are worth it.

Unlike other dishes where you can drain the liquid fat off your ground beef after cooking, many one-dish casseroles will soak up the fat. This unwanted and unhealthy fat may also pool in the bottom of the casserole dish making your food less palatable. If at all possible, pre-cook your beef, drain the fat, and discard it.

Eating beef fat is not good for you so use lean ground meat. The fat content is usually found on packages of ground beef. Be sure to read this and use the leanest meat you can afford.

Healthy chili recipes can also benefit from using leaner grinds of meat. Even when using lean meat, you should drain and discard as much of the fat as possible. This is not only healthier but will help you avoid consuming unwanted and unnecessary calories. That’s a good thing.

A great combination for a mouthwatering casserole combines good meats and good vegetables with a bit of whole grain corn tortilla chips. When buying tortilla chips make sure you read the package to assure it contains whole grain corn. Most tortilla chips are made from whole grain corn, which is a healthier choice than degerminated corn.

The other aspect of tortilla chips you may want to address is the amount of salt they have on them. This is easily remedied by placing the tortilla chips into a brown paper grocery bag, rolling the top down a few turns, then gently shaking the bag back and forth for two minutes.

This causes the excess salt to fall from the chips making them a healthier food choice. Be sure you pick the chips out of the grocery bag and leave the salt in the bottom. Do not pour the chips out of the bag because the salt will slide out with the chips.

It is OK that most of the ingredients in your casserole will be canned and not fresh, raw vegetables. When it is cooking all the raw food enzymes would be destroyed so it is not as important to be concerned about preserving these vital nutrients.

That is why it is a smart idea to serve a raw vegetable plate as an appetizer while the casserole is cooking. It will keep your kids and/or guests out of your hair while you are preparing the meal. The raw vegetables will supply the raw food enzymes they need.

Serve a salad with many different colored vegetables as a side to the casserole. It is important to include a raw vegetable dietary component to any cooked meal. Ground beef casserole recipes are great. Your family and guests will love them. The best reasons to make them regularly is that ground beef casserole recipes are easy to make, tasty, and nutritious if you use the proper ingredients.

Dale Heil, D.C.

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