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4 Ways to Stretch Your Meat

Meat is getting expensive, but you can still make your meals delicious by stretching the meat! Here are 4 budget-friendly ways to still eat meat.

Meat is starting to become one of my favorite parts of a meal. It’s a wonderful source of protein, which I’m eating a lot more of now. As you’ve probably noticed, though, meat is getting expensive; and it’s just not feasible to add copious amounts of chicken, ground beef, etc., to each dinner, especially if you have a larger family. Instead of giving in to those high prices, try these 4 ways to stretch your meat; your family may not even notice!

Add fillers

I’ve been able to add different things to my meat to make the meal bigger- vegetables, for one! I’ve added shredded carrots and chopped bell peppers to my ground beef/turkey, and it bulks up the meat really nicely. Shredded zucchini would work well, too, and I’m now a big fan of adding a whole bag of coleslaw mix- cabbage and carrots- to my Asian-styled dishes to really make that meal stretch.

Other good ideas are:

Use less/half of what the recipe calls for

If you do it right, you won’t even notice the missing meat. And if you use any of the fillers above, it’ll work even better! This works really well in soups and casseroles because there’s so much going on along with the meat. I like this Slow Cooker Italian Chicken recipe, and I’ll sometimes use just one chicken breast and use a whole bag of egg noodles. It fills up my bowl and it’s still delicious!

Make meat part of the meal, not the star

Meat doesn’t have to be the main course, especially since it’s so easy to fill up on just that. You can add just half a pound of ground beef to spaghetti sauce and still make it serve a large family. Pizza’s another good example; you can use a small amount of pepperoni and sausage, and top the rest of the pizza with vegetables.

Like I said above, soups and casseroles are a good way to make the meat just part of the meal itself.

Go meatless once a week

You can also just skip the meat completely at times, but that doesn’t mean dinner has to be boring or un-filling! Beans and lentils are so cheap and are full of protein, and very versatile. Here are some of my favorite recipes:

What are your favorite ways to save money and stretch meat? Let us know in the comments below!




Friday 30th of June 2023

Tonight I am boiling chopped up chicken tenderloins with a cube of chicken bouillon. I will be adding it to a pan of chicken flavored stuffing and will be adding two vegetables with it...I have two teenagers and an adult besides myself to works.

Also, egg noodles with brown gravy and a couple of vegetables for the sides can give a taste of beef without the beef.

Sometimes just gravy and mashed potatoes with a couple of vegetables will fill us up.

These are my go-to's anyway.😁


Thursday 16th of February 2017

Going meatless once a week is huge for us!! I love playing around with the meals I make and this meal is always a challenge but has never left us hungry.

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