Meat is an expensive commodity in our home since we only buy the organic variety. Because we only buy it sparingly, I stretch it out to make it last so I only have to buy once a month what most households probably buy for one week.
Here are the top three ways I stretch our meat to last:
- Eat meatless meals more often. Some people start off with a simple commitment to have “Meatless Mondays” in their homes. This is a great way to start and increase from there to lower your grocery bill by having more plant-based meals. Not to mention the increasing evidence for lowered health risks and decrease in disease that keeps arising surrounding plant-based diets.
- Only use half of what the recipe calls for. It’s not necessary to have an entire pound of meat for lasagna, burritos, tacos, hamburgers, etc. Substitute half of the meat with beans, lentils, sweet potatoes, spinach, kale, rice, quinoa, etc. Not only will you be varying your nutrition, but you’ll be able to save the other half of the meat for another meal while bulking up the amount of food you have for the meat you are using for that particular meal.
- Buy in bulk. Even though your initial cost will be high up front, it will be cheaper in the long run to buy your meat in bulk, especially when it’s on sale.
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