Friday, February 17, 2012

Grocery Savings Tip #17

Tip #17 - Meatless Dinner

Having one meatless meal a week can save you a ton of money! This something most people steer clear of, because they think you have to have meat in every meal. But you can get the same nutrition from other foods and actually increase some things you may lack, like vegetables and grains.

Meat is always the most expensive ingredient in a meal... Imagine the savings of meal planning just one meatless meal a week!

Here are some of my favorites:
  • Grilled Cheese & Tomato Soup
  • Quesadillas
  • Pasta without meat - Alfredo, Spaghetti, etc.
  • Loaded Baked Potatoes
  • Pizza
  • Soups
  • Salad
Sometimes I have a hard time convincing my husband these meals can still be filling for even him! Lol So I feed him some leftovers or make him something extra like a chicken breast. Still cheaper than feeding my entire family meat.

Do you ever have meatless dinners? What are your favorite meatless meals???

Be sure to check out the other tips in this series HERE!


  1. Pasta without meat is common here...a twist is to use pesto and sprinkle with parm cheese. we love it.

  2. In Greece (where I live), and actually in most mediterranean countries, meatless meals are the rule and not the exeption.
    We usually eat one big meal per day (usually lunch) and meat appears only 2-3 times per week, white meat (poultry, etc) included.
    This is a typical week menu:
    Monday: fish with vegetables (real fish, not fishsticks :)
    Tuesday: pasta or rice dish (rice usually cooked with green veggies like spinach)
    Wednesday: legumes (lentils, beans, chickpeas etc)
    Thursday: something with chicken or ground meat
    Friday: in my house it's leftovers day or pasta or
    Saturday: fish
    Sunday: red meat

    things like eggs are eaten as light dinners. Salads tend to appear in every meal esp in summer. Fruits are the go to snack. A lot of uncontrolled snacking is not the norm. Children esp. have only one snack usually between 4-6 in the afternoon and it can be fruits, yogart, a piece of homemade cake or buttered bread w honey.
    Our favorite meatless meals are:
    pumpkin soup with toasted bread, vegetable lasagna, lentil soup, a giant beans greek oven dish, pasta with pesto/tuna sauce and omeletes

  3. I made this recipe (Hearty Black Bean Quesadillas) last night & LOVED it! The leftovers freeze well, too :)

  4. Great tips- One thing I've done is to make homemade 'fast food' to use on busy days. I have a recipe for skillet lasagna from Angela Coffman of that is wonderful! It is pasta and seasonings and and a few other things, layered in a jar, that you just add tomato sauce and cheese to later when you're ready to make it. I've collected a few such recipes and have probably 10 jars in my cabinet ready to make with just one or two ingredients, including a couple of desserts. It's fun to put them together - takes maybe 5 minutes - and even more fun to have dinner ready to go in a flash. And my kids love them. The lasagna one tastes so much like ravioli - it's really, really good!

  5. Yes, we try to go meatless most days in our household. There are so many options! My favorite is veggie chili with black beans, kidney beans, canned tomato, diced onion, green pepper, garlic, jalapeno, etc. We also eat a lot of salads with hearty homemade bread and butter. Lots of soups: my favorites being black bean soup served over rice with lime and also lentil soup. You could do a veggie version of nearly any pasta dish. We like eggplant lasagna or mushroom lasagna. Also, baked rotini with pasta sauce and cheese is very filling. Tortellini soup. During fall and winter, I roast a lot of veggies as a side dish: potatoes, beets, pasnips, sweet potatoes, etc. Homemade pizza with carmelized onions, feta, and olives is really good. Cheese quesadillas or black bean quesadillas with guacamole. Leftovers Omelet with whatever veggies you have on hand. Slow cooker mac and cheese. Portobello Mushrooms stuffed with breadcrumbs, celery, onion, red pepper, thyme, basil and paprika! Yum!

  6. Terri - sounds delish! I'll have to give that a try. I don't think I've ever actually tried pesto! :)

    Dream Catcher - Love, love, love all the info! The US definitely indulges too much! Most people think it is a crime to have a meal with no meat! (I know my husband does. Lol)

    Veronica - DEFINITELY going to be trying that recipe! Thanks!

    Leslie - I think I may have to try that lasagna recipe! Lasagna is normally reserved for special occasions around here since it is so time consuming!

    Anonymous - LOTS of great ideas! You sound like a pro! :) I used to make homemade pizza almost once a week and everyone loved it! I need to start that again! I have the Tortellini soup on my list of recipes to try also!