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I have a mixture of raw ground beef, fresh spinach, onion, garlic, white rice. It was part of a mixture for stuffed peppers. Any other ideas for it?

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  1. They sound like tasty meatballs. Add more garlic and some oregano and they're Greekish, good with pita and some tzatsiki, together with chopped fresh tomato and cucumber, a little feta.

    1. I would use the leftovers to make some sort of glazed meatballs you can wrap in spinach leaves (instead of lettuce). Or add the spinach to the meat along with all the rest of your stuff, insert a cube of mozzarella cheese and serve with a tomato sauce. You could also make kebabs on lemongrass skewers.

      1. Cook it up and make an omelet or frittata - if you have a little feta, that would be good in there too.

        1. You could make soup out of the mixture. Just brown the mixture in a little oil, add however much broth makes it the consistency you want, maybe a can of petit cut tomatoes, some herbs, black pepper, some diced carrot. Simmer until the rice and veggies are cooked. You may have to add some extra broth because the rice will absorb a lot (unless, of course, the rice was already cooked before you started.)

          You could also make some meatballs with the mixture.

          1. Nice layered with sauteed eggplant (I score, salt, and drain mine first, then flour lightly.) You could sauce it with a tomato sauce spiced with a little garlic, clove, allspice, sprinkle with a little feta or smoked mozzarella, and bake. You could also give the meat the same sauce treatment only give the spicing a chili and cumin twist, and layer it with fusilli or elbow macaroni (good old Texas hash!)And if the rice is cooked, you could incorporate it into scrambled eggs with a little oregano and basil for Joe's Special; throw in some cooked Italian sausage if you have it, but it's fine if you don't.

            1. Looks like a spinach stuffed meat loaf .... add a little cheese to the stuffing

              1. burger patties (beef, onion, cooked rice) topped with garlic spinach (just add rolls)

                1. Nice neutral base.....

                  How about a riff on Mexican albondigas soup?
                  Stuffing for portabella mushrooms
                  Mini meatloaves
                  With some Asian seasoning, for wraps in lettuce cups
                  Burrito filling
                  Mix with black or other beans

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                  1. re: lexuschef

                    +1 to burritos - there are very few things you can't wrap in a tortilla and call a meal.

                    Also: add a little salsa/taco sauce/whatever your spicy tomato-based condiment of choice is, maybe some of those beans lexuschef was talking about, dump it over some romaine, add some cheese and crumbled tortilla chips and call it a taco salad. If you have an avocado, even better. Most of those things go into my taco salad anyway (although I use turkey); the spinach would just be an added nutritional bonus.

                  2. How about manicotti?

                    Cook your mixture first, maybe add some heavy cream & olive oil so it will hang together. Stuff the uncooked manicotti.

                    Heat up a 28 oz can or jar of marinara. Add a cup of water to the marinara. That's for the pasta to absorb. The amount of marinara is based on an 8 oz pack of dry manicotti. Less or more would naturally mean a different quantity of marinara. Personally I like more sauce instead of less...

                    Put a thin layer of hot marinara in the bottom of the baking dish.

                    Put the stuffed pasta on top. Cover with heated sauce. Cover with foil.

                    Bake at 400 for 40 minutes. Take off the foil and bake another 15 minutes or until hot and bubbly. I'd be inclined to put a whole bunch of shredded cheese on top for that last 15 minutes!


                    1. Not sure of the proportions of the mixture....but minus the rice, sounds like most of the makings for Joe's special breakfast dish:


                      So just like mamachef says...if the rice is cooked, maybe just scramble it up with some eggs, top with Parmesan, and call it a quick and easy meal!

                      1. Wrap it in (quick blanched) cabbage leaves, and put it into a large pan with a tomato sauce to cook. I forget what it's called, but it's delicious.

                        1. How about Moroccan stuffed eggplant? Add any or all: ginger, cumin, coriander, parsley or mint.

                          Start by sauteing the dried spices in oil, add your meat mixture with maybe pine nuts or golden raisins. Don't know if you did this for the peppers, but I alway cover the casserole or tent with foil for a bit, with a liquid in the bottom to get the rice going. You can remove the top later to toast the pine nuts.