Thursday, April 11, 2013
Simple Ways to Save: Cut down on Meat
I made some green lentils and rice the other day. I also had half of an andouille sausagein the freezer, so I put it in. Everyone loved them, even though we are NOT lentil fans. I wish I had written the recipe down. It made me realize that it doesn't take much meat at all to flavor a legume recipe and seems to make the rest of the family much more interested in eating the legumes that way. By buying less meat, we save a lot of money. Beans are less expensive and they are healthier. My plan is to figure out a certain amount of meat I want my family to eat in a given week. Then I will buy that much, say a pound for example, and buy any kind of meat as long as it adds up to a pound. For example, 1/8 lb. bacon, 1/8 lb. sausage, 1/4 lb. beef, 1/2 lb chicken. I still get variety and will use it mostly for flavoring. A lot of men like meat in their meals. That's just the way it is. But, this way you can make it a win - win where people get meat and you feed them a bit healthier meals by adding lots of beans! A good recipe is also important.