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Cooking meals with LITTLE TO NO MEAT for a family, need your ideas!

 
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Ok so our grocery budget has been cut in half, and prices keep going up.

I need ideas and recipes for making meat stretch for a family.

We already do soups, stews and chili. Great budget meals!

I've recently added fried rice to the meal rotation, fantastic way to make a lot of food with very little. Plus my kids love it.

You can also stretch a 1lb package of Italian sausage into several meals: take half and mix into pasta sauce for spaghetti, freeze the other half to use for homemade pizza.


Any other ideas from you good folks would be sincerely appreciated!
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Scrambled eggs, pork and beans, and fried potatoes. Try it, you might like it.
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OP, I have never before in my life gone to a food bank other than to DONATE food. Lately, with the advent of COVID(fake) I have been to several mass Second Harvest distributions. I have received hundreds of dollars worth of food over the past four months consisting of canned goods, pasta, chocolate candy, fresh produce, coffee, milk, cheese, butter, meats, beans, breads. I have in my freezer 15 pounds of smoked hickory bacon, a 4 lb. beef roast, a frozen chicken, 3 lbs. of ground beef, a ham steak, and 12 Marie Callender turkey & stuffing pot pies. I also received a half dozen large cans of albacore tuna, and canned chicken. One time I received 6 dozen eggs, so I scrambled them all in a bowl and poured into small baggies and froze them stacked flat. They cook up quite well.

I have since discovered that due to the hardships caused by months of lock downs, most of the other local food banks are also giving out food by the box-full without even caring to investigate ones income level or even ask for ID.

When I receive items that I wouldn't generally eat like canned peas or canned fruit salad, I will add them to my food preps, or if it is perishable I'll just give to a friend.

So please know that this is widely available and could help you stretch your food budget to be able to buy more of the meat you want.
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Yeah if someone is having to nickel and dime things and cut back on meat then they need to find food banks. There is no shame in that. Lots of people are hurting. Especially if you have kids. Get whatever you can and like you said if you can’t use something give it to someone else.
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You may want to cut back on other things before cutting back on meat. Especially for growing kids. Vegans and vegetarians have to take a lot of supplements to keep them going. Even then they can get sick from no animal protein. And too many carbs for adults or inactive children is not a good thing.

Put meat first in your budget. Everything else gets cut back. Get rid of tv. Anything extra. Without your health nothing matters.
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Absolutely untrue and very ignorant.

I haven't eaten any meat since 1992 and no animal products whatsoever since 1997. I'm in the top 98 percentile of health. If you eat whole foods, a plant based diet is the healthiest way to eat.

Animal agriculture is devastating to the environment, as well as horrific for the animals. When I did my masters years ago studying this topic, the profs said it's a matter of when, not if, a meat tax is coming.

It's good to transition away from eating animals now.
Check out nutritionfacts.org for the peer reviewed, medical research. There are also tons of recipes there.
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You may be able to do that but most people can’t and shouldn’t. Especially children.
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Chicken leg quarters are probably the cheapest meat around, and there is so much you can do with them.
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Yup.
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Rice
Frozen vegetables
Mushroom soup

Freeze it
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Beans and rice
Will give you the nutrients
Without meat
Always add mushroom soup
It’s good they’ll like it
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There is a website called pressure luck cooking. He also has a you tube channel by the same name. The categories are meat poultry pasta and rice and soup. There might be some desserts too and if you own an instant pot this site will be perfect for you. The best beef stew I ever tasted is on that site. These recipes will fit your budget and I hope you like them. He also has Russian stuffed cabbages which are very economical to make. The channel also shows how to pressure cook a turkey and then you have meat for turkey tetrazzini and soups and turkey salad. Enjoy 😊
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2 cups brown rice, 1 12.5 oz can chicken/beef, 1 can pinto beans, 1 can kidney beans, 1 can black beans. 60 mins InstaPot & veggies cilantro if you want. Perfect Whole Foods meal under $10 that feeds 4+6 people.
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Instead of spending less money, my solution is to earn more.
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We rarely eat beef and substitute it with turkey for Lasagna, meat loaf, Chili, meat patties, etc..


Ratatouille is delicious made with 1 Eggplant, 3-4 zucchini, 1 onion, tomato sauce with pepper jack cheese. It's a French dish. [link to cookieandkate.com (secure)]

Another favorite is Mac and cheese with a can of tuna fish and frozen peas.

Lintels and black beans in chicken broth with a hand full of coconut is tasty.

Easy Bake Zita / Lazy Lasagna

Preheat 375°

10 oz flat noodle pasta or 2/3 of a box into boiling salted water and stir

Sauce in big pan
2T olive oil
1/2 chopped onion cook 2 min
1 clove garlic crushed
1 lb ground sirloin or turkey
2 1/2 /c sauce (24 oz) Mario Battle’s
1/4 c water in jar

Cook for 10 min

Cheese
Parmesan
1 c ricotta
6 oz part skim mozzarella
Shred mozzarella

Add I c ricotta cheese into noodles first
4q casserole dish

Layer

1/2 c sauce on bottom
1/3 pasta with ricotta
1/3 sauce
1/3 mozzarella
2t parmesan

Do 2 more times

Bake 375° for 20 minutes

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Mung Bean Stew with Kale
Let beans soak for 24 hours

Ingredients. 3 tablespoons olive oil. 1/4 cup onions chopped. 3 garlic cloves minced. 1 cup mung beans optional dry split peas. 7 cups water. 2 cups kale chopped. 1 teaspoon ground turmeric. 1 teaspoon ground cumin.

Ingredients

3 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 cup onions chopped
3 garlic cloves minced
1 cup mung beans optional dry split peas
7 cups water
2 cups kale chopped
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon coriander toasted and grind
salt and pepper

Instructions
In a large pot, heat the olive oil and add the onions. Cook for 3 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for another minute. Add the mung beans, spices, salt and pepper, stir well to combine. Add water, cover and cook until the beans are tender, approximately 35 to 40 minutes. Check the beans after 20 minutes to make sure they have enough water. When the beans are ready, taste and adjust salt and liquid if needed. Add the kale and cook for 5 minutes more. Serve with bread.
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I vote for quiche. It is literally the most perfect food, you can eat it for Breakfast lunch or dinner. You can make the pie crust from scratch. four eggs, 1.5 cups of milk, whatever cheese you have laying around, any veg you have laying around, and any meat (literally, ham, turkey, left over sausage, taco meat, anything). Reheats beautifully. I also learned during quarantine you can sub out really any dairy for the milk: cream, whipping cream, half and half, sour cream, cream cheese, even mayonnaise (still don't quite get this one, but look it up). Anyway, I say quiche.
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Thread: Found this neat Youtube account of a 91 years old woman cooking cheap meals from the depression

This was a good thread.
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Most traditional restaurant Chinese meals don't require much meat...

Fried rice requires several cups of frozen/cold cooked rice, a bit of sesame oil for flavoring, some chopped onion and a couple of scrambled eggs. Add some bits of beef or pork, maybe a few finely chopped shrimp and some soy sauce and you are set. Scallions give some color. Put just about anything in. Lots of recipes on the net.

Can take cheap steak and dice it up finely cook with some cumin and chile powder and make Tacos Al Carbon. Grille the steak bits in a cast iron fry pan. serve with some refried beans and spanish rice and tortillas with lettuce, chopped tomato, onion.

Red beans and rice, cook New Orleans Red Beans from dry down to almost a mush and add a link of Kielbasa or favorite sausage.

Using Brown Rice, organic short-grain, makes most beans into 100% protein. Serve brown rice instead of white and family gets all the nutrients lost when rice is "polished".

Eggs are cheap. Omelettes with diced sandwich ham, onion and slice of cheese are good protein.

Buy bulk rolled oats and add nuts and raisins for breakfast nutrition.

Can use Carnation evaporated milk, mixed w/.75 gal of water and get a gal of milk... Powdered milk is good w/sugar.

Yellow Grits, polenta, is tasty and good w/eggs & sausage or bacon. Cheap and hearty. Good for dinner too!

Peanut butter & honey on toast or with jelly, even maple syrup is a good protein rich breakfast.

Buy large value packs of fresh ground 80% beef and make your hamburger from scratch.

Buy bread at local bread co discount store.

I got 5pks of hamburger and hotdog buns for $5 yesterday. 2doz english muffins and loaf of organic wheat bread was another $5...

Lots of ways to save money on food. Stock up on sale items and build a pantry. Can buy bags of oats, corn, rice, and other grains at Feed Store. Just don't get "treated" stuff which is for farm planting.
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Some of my ideas..

Pea Soup with carrots
Stuffed shells. I buy the box of shells and use ricotta and egg, spices, cheese and stuff and use half for one meal and freeze the rest for another meal
You can sub zuchini and blacks beans and rice, for meat in enchiladas and bake them or freeze
Baked ziti
Veggie pot pies
Stir fried veggies with rice or lo mein
Oven roasted broccoli or cauliflower(use olive oil and sea salt) over angel hair with garlic bread
Tuna in the packets isnt to pricey and remember chunk light actually has less mercury..on romaine lettuce with other veggies and some oil and vinegar
A bag of pepperoni isnt to pricey, use to make antipasta salad with garlic bread on the side
Also pizza dough can make what we call garbage bread with pepperoni, cheese or brocc and cheese..whatever you can stuff in it..
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And goulash. The simplest yet tasty and kid friendly goulash is 1 lb. of hamburger, brown that, boil up some macaroni, add that, and one can of Campbell's Tomato soup (just straight out of the can). One of my favorite foods from childhood.

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This is some good info as well. We do this with leeks, carrots and other food.

Potato soup with leeks and half and half to cool it down is delicious. Just salt and pepper serve with French bread.



10 Vegetables You Can Regrow from Kitchen Scraps to Create a Recurring Harvest

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Ok so our grocery budget has been cut in half, and prices keep going up.

I need ideas and recipes for making meat stretch for a family.

We already do soups, stews and chili. Great budget meals!

I've recently added fried rice to the meal rotation, fantastic way to make a lot of food with very little. Plus my kids love it.

You can also stretch a 1lb package of Italian sausage into several meals: take half and mix into pasta sauce for spaghetti, freeze the other half to use for homemade pizza.


Any other ideas from you good folks would be sincerely appreciated!
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search depression recipes

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good luck to you and your familly
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I vote for quiche. It is literally the most perfect food, you can eat it for Breakfast lunch or dinner. You can make the pie crust from scratch. four eggs, 1.5 cups of milk, whatever cheese you have laying around, any veg you have laying around, and any meat (literally, ham, turkey, left over sausage, taco meat, anything). Reheats beautifully. I also learned during quarantine you can sub out really any dairy for the milk: cream, whipping cream, half and half, sour cream, cream cheese, even mayonnaise (still don't quite get this one, but look it up). Anyway, I say quiche.
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We make crustless Spinach quiche. Be sure to spray the cooking pie dish with oil.
Preheated oven 400° for 40 minutes

8-10 eggs
2 c grated cheese
1 pkg frozen spinach drained
1/4 t cayenne pepper
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Figure out what days/ time your grocery store marks down the meat that didn't sell it'll be ok if you freeze it immediately and you can buy it at 1/2 price.
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Ok so our grocery budget has been cut in half, and prices keep going up.

I need ideas and recipes for making meat stretch for a family.

We already do soups, stews and chili. Great budget meals!

I've recently added fried rice to the meal rotation, fantastic way to make a lot of food with very little. Plus my kids love it.

You can also stretch a 1lb package of Italian sausage into several meals: take half and mix into pasta sauce for spaghetti, freeze the other half to use for homemade pizza.


Any other ideas from you good folks would be sincerely appreciated!
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Ever thought about starting a gofundme page?
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After the Instant Pot, it's about all I use.

Toss whatever you have in there and press a button and in 30 minutes you have the same result (if not better) as 12 hours slow cooking.

I'm cooking 3.5lbs of beef right now. Chicken and rice is also good, meatballs. Enless soups you can make with beans/spices/lentils.

I never was a cook in life and this got me into it. I now cook every single day and quit going out to eat.
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taglitelle alla bolognese.

I think it might be cheap.

Its real. Its a basic dish so its obvious as to it being real.

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Just follow recipe.

I use beef dripping as its cheaper than olive oil but you still use olive oil and butter for pasta.

Nearly 2 cloves of garlic.

2 tablepspoons + of rosemary when you sweat veg and garlic.

I use 100 ml red wine.

Dont even measeure milk just add to wine like described.

Properly fry beef and pork ( seperate )

Broil if it is lean and or add more beef dripping.

Add a bay leaf.

Simmer for 3 hours with a lid on.

All ingredients can be frozen.

Mainly celery. Red wine. Rosemary.

Can also be reheated from semi frozen. Just reheat on a hob stove.

Use dried pasta also.
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As described. Juliene carrot so its finely diced. Celery and onion finely chopped. Celery chopped from juliene.

Im not a desert person but in uk. You can get 200g chocolate bars that for £1 i prefer to cadburys ( cadburys too sweet )

You just have a row of chocolate after meal.
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Id send a shipment if pos.
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Id send a shipment if pos.
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Chick peas masabacha

Boil chick peas, add tahini, soy sauce, cumin, salt.

Eat with bread
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Loaded baked potato,
chick pea dip (crockpot chick peas, mash, add spices kind of like hummus but plainer) and serve with nachos and a dollop of cream cheese in the middle
tator tots with ricos cheese,
scrambled Egg tacos (get quail started)
salmon on rice
beef stew on rice
red beans with beef rice a roni, served with cornbread pancakes
toasted cheese sandwiches with tomato soup
tuna patty (kind of like a salmon patty but use albacore)

Or get friendly with a hunting family. We always have plenty to spare, because my husband helps farmers and others thin the deer annually.
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I made tomato soup. It said to add canneloni beans.

Beans are ideal to thicken. Instead of flour and cream.
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$1 or less packs of corn beef, $1 pack of gravy, toast. SOS
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scrambled eggs with anything and everything.

buy a roasted chicken and create chicken salad.

chili.





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