Meal Planning with Less Meat

posted by Andrea | 11/26/2011

If any of you celebrated a traditional American Thanksgiving like we did, you’re probably still completely stuffed from all the turkey you consumed these past few days!

And while I love a great cut of meat as much as the next person, I also realize that using less meat is one of the simplest ways to stretch a small grocery budget.

So if you’re looking for another way to reduce your monthly expenses, head on over to the Plan to Eat blog to see some of my favorite less-meat meals.

With just a few simple alterations to your weekly meal plan, you can enjoy a nice savings on your grocery bill… just in time for some holiday shopping 🙂

What are your best tips for using less meat?

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  1. Jen


    I never serve meat as a whole item. For example, we used to each eat our own chicken breast with some sauce or topping, and a pack of breasts went extremely fast. Now I chop, dice or shred meat items into vegetable mixtures, or just pound breasts thin and serve half.

    No one has noticed a difference.


  2. Nimita


    I never learned how to cook meat. And my husband’s a vegetarian. AND we almost always eat at home. So no meat till we go out to eat, anyway! 🙂

    We buy a tonne of veggies and fruit, so there’s always pressure to finish them before they go bad. We make sure we put them in EVERYTHING we possibly can. I can’t even imagine an omelette without some veg anymore. Every meal of ours has at least 2 vegetables… somewhere… the curry or the lentils or the casserole or even the bread and rice!

    And the best part is, I don’t crave meat anymore. It’s just a nice bonus, now. 🙂


  3. Thrifty Mom in Boise


    I like to plan one meatless meal per week using eggs or beans in place of meat. It is a great budget stretcher and tasty too. Vegetarian chili, lasagna, black bean tacos, omelets, pizza. There are a lot of delicious options if you decide to go completely meatless.