Easy Ground Beef Dinner Idea with carrots and green beans
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Spring Garden Special Recipe

A classic lunch served at school across America, the Spring Garden Special is full of vegetables and ground beef. Serve over mashed potatoes or noodles for a complete meal.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8
Calories: 348kcal


  • 1/2 cup chopped onions
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 28 ounces diced tomatoes (canned, with juice)
  • 16 ounces frozen green beans (thawed)
  • 6 cups julienned carrots
  • 1/2 tablespoon salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon black pepper
  • 8 cups mashed potatoes


  • Saute onions and ground beef in a large saucepan over medium heat until thoroughly cooked. Drain off the fat.
  • Add tomatoes, green beans, julienned carrots and seasonings. Cover and cook 30 minutes over low heat.
  • Serve over mashed potatoes.



*If you like, can steam cook the carrots and green beans until they are tender and add them in at the end of the ground beef simmering in the sauce. 


Calories: 348kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 40mg | Sodium: 583mg | Potassium: 1663mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 16695IU | Vitamin C: 46.5mg | Calcium: 162mg | Iron: 9.9mg