Anyway, the ground beef pictured above was turned into meatloaves, which were cooked & frozen in slices. (And although I find the name "meatloaf" kind of digusting, I swear it's really good.) That's a whole bunch of easy lunches/dinners. And I have a great meatloaf recipe----I think it came from Gourmet magazine . . . but I cheated with a few things (we don't need ground veal, so I just do ground beef for the full meat amount), so it's "Almost Gourmet" Meatloaf:
2 lbs ground beef (or whatever meat or blend of meats you want)
1/4 cup minced green pepper
3/4 cup minced onion
1/2 cup sliced mushrooms
2 tbl horseradish
1 tsp dijon mustard (or whatever mustard you have)
1/4 cup milk
2 cups fresh breadcrumbs (or whatever breadcrumbs you have in a can)
2.5 tsp salt
4 slices bacon (uncooked. I like to chop up a few more slices of bacon and add them into the mixture, too)
Instructions: Combine everything except for the bacon slices. Knead it all together. Put it into a greased loaf pan and lay the bacon slices on top. Then coat the top with a thin layer of ketchup (on top of the bacon and the whole thing). Bake at 400 for 50 minutes, let cool 10 minutes before serving.
Freezing: After it's totally cooled off (like in the refrigerator for a few hours), slice into, well, slices. I freeze the slices flat, then load them into a gallon sized ziploc bag after they're frozen.
Eating: A dinner would be 1 slice of meatloaf, plus potatoes and 2 types of vegetables---so one meatloaf can really last for a lot of meals. It makes an easy lunch too.