Many people are under the impression that meat must be a major part of your dinner. Even if you are not strictly vegetarian, this does not always have to be the case. It is a well-known fact that Americans eat more meat than we should, so, save yourself some time, money, and eat a hearty meatless meal.
A great meal to make when you are trying to conserve the meat you do have, or when you do not have any at all, is Red Beans and Rice. The simplest way to do this is to buy the prepackaged Red Beans and Rice by Zatarains. Just boil some water, throw it in, let it simmer and viola. It can be generally be found for under $2.00 a box, so it’s a quick, cheap, meatless meal fix. If you cannot pass up the meat, add the sausage as directed on the box, but this meal is very filling without the meat. Sprinkle some cheese on the top, and you are good to go.
If you are looking for something a little better than a prepackaged meal, try this veggie pasta with cheese dish. Grab some pasta (whole wheat if you are feeling like going all out on the healthy meal), fresh or frozen broccoli, baby carrots, and a few other veggies of your choosing. Cook the pasta and veggies, and toss in some grated parmesan cheese. Even better, make a cheese sauce with your favorite cheese (cheddar or mozzarella works great) by melting some cheese with a bit of milk or cream. Season with garlic, butter, salt and better and pour over the veggies and pasta. Mix well and serve. If you catch the veggies on sale and buy cheap pasta, the whole meal costs about $6.00 and can feed a family quite well. When you are feeling carnivorous, this works great as a side dish for a meal with meat, or with chunks of chicken mixed in like those prepackaged skillet meals.
Usually for breakfast, omelets can also make a great meatless meal for dinner. Throw in cheese and veggies and you have the perfect solution for a meatless dinner. Serve with bread on the side, or make the omelets into sandwiches for a more filling option. For about $6.00, counting 18 eggs, 2 cups shredded cheese, and a bag of frozen broccoli, once again you have a cheap, quick meal fix. If you’re not crazy about the omlete idea, try a quiche. Just grab a pie crust, mix the eggs, cheese and veggies, pour it in and bake it.
Going meatless a night or two a week will not only save you money and meal preparation time, but it can also make you a healthier family. So go ahead and try it! For more suggestions, use your handy search engine!