Stretch the Meat, Stretch the Dollar

>> Thursday, May 27, 2010

We are all aware that meat is one of the big expenses at the grocery store.  Here are some ways that I have learned to stretch the meat, I'd love to hear any you have to share!

1) Serve it in casseroles, it takes less to satisfy everyone.
2) Use intensely flavored meats, like ham, bacon or sausage in with a starch-potatoes, pasta, or rice.  The flavor goes a long way and you can use less.
3) Plan leftovers into your menu.  If I am roasting a chicken for one meal, you can bet that in a couple of days, there will be Chicken Noodle Soup, or chicken and dumplings. This way, none is wasted.
4) Soups stretch meats.  My Taco Soup feeds us all one and a half times on 1/2 lb. of hamburger.
5) Add beans.  They are such a good-for-you protein, and cheap too!  You can add canned, mashed beans to dishes like Sloppy Joes or Enchiladas, and no one will ever know.
6) Add oatmeal.  Use this one for stretching ground beef in burgers or meatloaf.  Just add the oatmeal to the ground beef while it is raw, about 1/2 c./ lb.  This trick helps keep burgers from shrinking too.
7) Serve bread on the side.  Adults and children alike enjoy bread with a meal, and it is filling.
8) Serve a variety of side dishes.  Everyone's plate should look full when it is loaded.
9) Cut your meat into small pieces when adding it to a casserole or soup, you get meat in more bites of food this way.

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3 comments:

Kim Nordyke Mack May 27, 2010 at 11:16 AM  

I love these ideas! I am so bad at using the leftovers (if there are any) for future meals. I'm going to try the beans or the oatmeal next time!

Natalie May 27, 2010 at 11:53 AM  

I too am loving all the great ideas! Keep em' comin!

AmyJo Denise May 30, 2010 at 2:36 AM  

Great Ideas! I never buy meat because it's so expensive! I utilized this tip tonight! I made white chicken chili (chicken & beans!) It made me so happy to have actual meat...even though it was a little...it went a long way!

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