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Going meatless a few days a week to save $$-any recipe ideas?

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Hi Ladies!  I posted this here under the Frugalistas b/c we think that maybe trying to go meatless a few days a week will not only save us some $$ on the grocery bill, but there will also be some health benefits to this.  My husband loves his meat...I could honestly live without it most of the time so we're compromising.  Has anyone ever tried to go meatless part time and do you have some good recipes/ideas?  Luckily my husband likes salads (so do the kids) and beans so that opens up our menu possibilities.  Please share b/c I need ideas!  Thnx!

by on Nov. 13, 2011 at 3:09 PM
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by on Nov. 14, 2011 at 11:34 AM

I also serve veggie spaghetti at times.  Instead of adding meat to my sauce I dice up veggies like zucchini, yellow squash, onion, sweet peppers, etc.

by on Nov. 14, 2011 at 9:15 PM

Cheese Tortellini with Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto


•·        2 packages of fresh or frozen cheese tortellini

•·        1 tablespoon olive oil

•·        2 cloves garlic or 2 tablespoons minced

•·        1 cup roasted tomatoes chopped

•·        6oz sun-dried tomato pesto sauce or chunky garden variety

•·        1 cup low fat chicken broth

•·        Salt & pepper to taste

•·        ½ cup shredded Romano or parmesan cheese



•1.       Boil tortellini until tender, drain and set aside.

•2.     Heat olive oil in a large skillet on medium heat adding garlic and cook stirring until lightly browned then add roasted tomatoes.

•3.     Stir in pesto sauce and broth bringing to a simmer for 3-5minutes.

•4.     Add tortellini, stir to heat through for about 2 minutes, season to taste with salt and pepper.

•5.     Transfer to a clean serving dish, sprinkle with cheese and enjoy!


Nutritional Information per 1 cup serving: (Makes approx 6)


Calories: 390

Carbohydrates: 38grams

Fiber: 3.5grams

Protein: 11grams

Fat: 19grams

Sodium: 650mg

by on Nov. 14, 2011 at 11:23 PM

You can have pasta with veggies, I will usually throw a bunch of veggies that are good stir fried and then toss in fresh lemon juice along with italian cheeses....Yummy.  

fried rice 

Spaghetti with no meat....:)  

polenta is really good too.

Eggplant lasagna......

It is endless....:)

by on Nov. 15, 2011 at 9:40 AM

We eat very little meat, it is cheaper yes and much healthier. I dont measure a lot of the time. I make stuffed peppers with rice, as some diced onion or cooked carrots. Just a few things added to the rice you like. Throw in an egg and some shredded cheese salt better to tast. I put the peppers in a pot with some water and steam them but you can do them in the oven as well.

by on Nov. 15, 2011 at 7:40 PM
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Another stretching idea

Convience chicken (horrible name, but I can't think of one better than her name for it). Get a value pack of chicken and boil it. Then shred or cut into strips for usage later. I use the left over broth to make chicken and dumplings. I maybe put 1 breast in and it makes a huge pot. Make fajitas another day, puting in some chicken but lots of the other ingredients stretch it a lot too.

by on Mar. 29, 2012 at 10:03 AM
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by on Mar. 29, 2012 at 10:22 AM

We do soup, salad and homemade bread nights frequently! 

by Bronze Member on Mar. 29, 2012 at 11:50 AM

Baked potato night

Baked ziti with no meat

penne vodka

tomato ricotta sauce over ziti or your favorite pasta

Cheese quesadillas


by Adrienne on Mar. 29, 2012 at 11:52 AM

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by on Mar. 29, 2012 at 3:41 PM

Great post! I am doing the same thing and need ideas as well! 

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