Beef. It’s what’s for Labor Day #CrockPot meals. #MC #Sponsored

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This weekend is the Labor Day holiday weekend.

What is Labor Day?

Labor Day is a public holiday or day of festivities held in honor of working people, in the US and Canada on the first Monday in September, in many other countries on May 1.

How did you celebrate? I am a huge beef fan. My hubby calls me a ‘meatatarian’. I’m happy to report that I am a part of a Beef Checkoff campaign and I wanted to share my Labor Day weekend meals with you all and give you some tips on how to meal plan so you can spend more time with your loved ones.

What’s the Beef Checkoff?

The Beef Checkoff was established as part of the 1985 Farm Bill. It’s a national marketing and research program funded by America’s cattle farmers and ranchers.

Who directs the Beef Checkoff?

Cattle farmers, ranchers and importers direct the national checkoff program, which uses funds toward research and promotion efforts designed to increase domestic and/or international demand for beef. The Cattlemen’s Beef Board and USDA oversee the collection and spending of these beef checkoff funds.

What’s the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association?

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) is a contractor for the Beef Checkoff and manages research and promotion programs on behalf of America’s farmers and ranchers with oversight from the Cattlemen’s Beef Board and USDA. One of the checkoff programs NCBA manages is the “Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner.” brand.

Beef Checkoff | CrockPot Beef Recipes

We had some very special guests this weekend, so I made sure to meal plan ahead of schedule so that I wouldn’t be trapped in the kitchen all weekend and not have plenty of time to spend with the family while they were visiting. What did I make for our meals? Beef…. It’s what’s for dinner. That’s what. :)

Here’s what I decided to cook and plan ahead.

First off, for most of these, I used my CrockPot trio set up that I bought off Amazon. I wasn’t sure if I’d like this set up, but I use this more often than I ever anticipated.

Beef Checkoff | CrockPot Beef Recipes

Saturday: Lunch
Pulled beef sandwiches

Needed:

  • CrockPot
  • Beef pot roast (the one I bought was on sale for 1/2 price because of the sale by date)
  • 1 bottle of Kraft honey BBQ sauce (or any brand/flavor)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Hamburger buns
  • Sides/Dressings

Directions:

  • Put roast in the crockpot on low for 10 hours the night before with an entire bottle of Kraft Honey BBQ sauce & 1/2 a cup of water. Once this cooked over night, I let it cook down, then put in a container with a lid and put in the fridge. We weren’t planning on eating the pulled beef sandwiches until the next day, and this held together perfectly, saved tons of time so I could enjoy my family that was in out of town & made for a pretty yummy leftover snack throughout the day.

Saturday: Dinner
Taco Buffet

Needed:

  • Pan
  • Ground beef
  • Refried Beans
  • Taco Seasoning
  • Taco shells, tortillas
  • Grated cheese
  • Lettuce
  • Tomatoes
  • Hot Sauce

Directions:

  • I like to cook up about 5 pounds of ground beef at once. What we don’t need right away for the meal, I will freeze in 1/2 lb increments so that I can easily pull out what I need for a quick meal for the kids for those nights that I’m too tired to get in the kitchen and cook a full meal. When I say easy, I mean things like tacos, quesadillas, spaghetti, chili and whatever meals that you may need ground beef for. For this meal, I used about 3 pounds of ground beef, added taco seasoning to it, let it cool, then put it in a gallon size Ziploc bag so I could easily re-heat it when we were ready to create the taco bar. We used different size bowls, set on the table in the dining room, added ingredients in each bowl, used a fork or spoon to scoop out the layers on to the taco or tostada shells, tortillas and everyone could go through the line and make their own plate easily.

Sunday: Lunch
Meatball Sub Sandwiches

Needed:

  • Ground beef
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Spaghetti Sauce
  • Hamburger buns, hot dog buns or regular sandwich bread

Directions:

  • Ball up uncooked ground beef with just a small amount of salt and pepper to taste. Put in the crockpot with spaghetti sauce over them and cook for anywhere from 6-8 hours.

Sunday: Dinner
Spaghetti Pasta Bake

Needed:

  • Ground beef
  • Ground sausage (Italian sausage or breakfast pork sausage)
  • Pasta of your choice
  • Spaghetti Sauce (homemade or jar/canned)
  • Shredded cheese
  • Pepperoni
  • Oregano
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Beef Checkoff | CrockPot Beef Recipes

Directions:

  • Just as you’d make your traditional spaghetti dinner, this has a bit more flavor. Cook your ground beef & ground sausage in a pan, drain, add spaghetti sauce, italian seasonings & pepperoni in the pan. You can also add in a CrockPot on low if you work during the day or have things going on and don’t have time to let this dish simmer. Boil the pasta of your choice and once the sauce mixture simmers, add it all to a baking dish, top with shredded mozzarella cheese, bake at 350 for 15 minutes, let cool, serve, eat, enjoy! You can also make this ahead and freeze. If you do, you’ll have to bake longer. :)

Monday: Lunch
Taco Casserole

Needed:

  • Ground beef
  • Taco Seasoning
  • Enchilada sauce
  • Shredded cheese
  • Flour tortillas
  • Baking dish

Directions:

  • Cook the ground beef on the stovetop, drain once cooked, put back in the pan, stir in a small amount of taco seasoning, pour large can of Old ElPaso mild enchilada sauce, cut up tortillas, place in baking dish, pour over the enchilada/taco beef mixture, stir in baking dish, top with shredded cheese, bake at 350 for 10 minutes, serve, eat, enjoy!

Beef Checkoff | CrockPot Beef Recipes

I learned this trick from a local daycare…. I use my pizza cutter or scissors for so much within my kitchen to cut food like pancakes, waffles, and even these tortillas for this meal.

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Beef Checkoff | CrockPot Beef Recipes

Beef Checkoff | CrockPot Beef Recipes

Beef Checkoff | CrockPot Beef Recipes

Beef Checkoff | CrockPot Beef Recipes

Beef Checkoff | CrockPot Beef Recipes

Monday: Dinner
Grilled Cheeseburgers

Needed:

  • Ground beef
  • Seasonings (whatever seasonings are in your cabinet; that’s what I do!)
  • Hamburger buns
  • Sliced cheese
  • Toppings (ketchup, mayo, mustard, lettuce, tomato, etc.)

Directions:

  • Pat uncooked meat in to burger patties, sprinkle with seasonings, grill outside or on the stove, create your burgers, sit down, eat with the family & enjoy!

Beef Checkoff | CrockPot Beef Recipes

 

There was one more meal, homemade chili, that I had to make. This is something that is so versatile with how it’s eaten.

Homemade Chili

  • Ground beef
  • Homemade pinto & black beans
  • Tomato sauce
  • Tomato paste
  • Chili Powder
  • Either chocolate syrup or a small snack size chocolate bar
  • Water

Would you believe me if I told you that I made all of these ahead of schedule so I was able to spend more quality time with my family? How much time did I spend in the kitchen when the family was here? Maybe 30 minutes, the entire weekend… if that.

Looking for some new recipes and dinner ideas? Be sure to visit BeefItsWhatsForDinner.com for some new, quick and easy beef recipes for your family as well as information about the health benefits of beef and 10 Essential Nutrients found in beef.