Mark Bittman’s hearty, meaty meals

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Sure, the economy may be turning around, but money remains tight for many families. If you’ve been trying to make your food budget last, take heart: Food writer Mark Bittman is sharing smart tricks for feeding a family of four on half a pound of ground meat. Here are his recipes for stir-fried vegetables with ground chicken, pasta with broccoli raab and sweet Italian sausage, and bulgur pilaf with vermicelli and ground beef.

Best-selling cookbook author Mark Bittman is the creator and author of the popular New York Times weekly column "The Minimalist," and one of the country's best-known and most widely admired food writers. His flagship book, "How to Cook Everything" (John Wiley and Sons, 1998), is currently in its 14th printing and has, in its various formats, sold more than a million copies.