It’s been so hot lately that the idea of making dinner every night isn’t something I look forward to.  When I saw this recipe for a dish I could prepare for days or weeks ahead and freeze for later it intrigued me.

A runzas is a bread pocket filled with ground beef, cabbage, onions, and other seasonings.  You can make your own dough or buy some already prepared.  None of the ingredients in this recipe is expensive and if you’re anything like me saving a buck while making a filling and delicious meal is key!

Here’s what you need:

For the dough
1/4 ounce (1 packet) active dry yeast
1/2 cup warm water, plus 1/2 cup room-temperature water
3/4 cup low-fat milk
1/2 cup vegetable shortening
4 1/2 cups flour, plus more as needed
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
Oil, for greasing the proofing bowl

For the filling
1 1/4 pounds ground beef (80-20)
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
1 large white onion, cut into small dice (2 cups)
1 tablespoon minced garlic
5 cups chopped green cabbage (from 1/2 large head)

Keep the runzas in your freezer until you need them. Pop them in a toaster oven for 30-40 minutes and then serve with a salad, chips and/or fruit.  You can have a night with a nice hot meal that’s easy on your wallet, no fuss, and no mess! The recipe is adapted from recipes by Kay Billingsley and Though you can visit The Washington Post for the full instructions by clicking here now. Enjoy!