Recipes with meat as an ingredient, rather than as the primary

Discussion in 'Budget Board' started by Mickey'snewestfan, Mar 9, 2011.

  1. Mickey'snewestfan

    Mickey'snewestfan DIS Veteran

    Apr 26, 2005
    We like meat in this family, but both for health and budget reasons I'd like to cut back. This week I tried two meals:

    A "cabbage pot" with lots of cabbage, onions, carrots, peas and a small amount of sausage.

    Lentils with bacon, onions, carrots, and zucchini.

    Both were relatively delicious, relatively healthy, and much cheaper than having a slab of meat for dinner.

    What similar recipes can you think of? I'd particularly love to find some with fish or lean unprocessed poultry or meat, rather than more sausage or bacon.

  2. sdzman

    sdzman Kid @ Heart

    Jul 22, 2007
    I make a dish with whole wheat CousCous, peas, carrots and ground turkey. Season well and it's awesome.

    Fried rice. Use brown rice, tons of asian vegetables and you can add shrimp, chicken, lean pork or all of them.
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  4. marcemc

    marcemc I wouldn't be able to handle such fluffliness eith

    Dec 7, 2008
    Picadillos are dishes made with veggies & then just a little bit of meat for flavor.

    You can google the recipes & I am sure you will find tons of them.

    My favorite is "picadillo de papa" (potato) with ground beef.
  5. -Hope-

    -Hope- Always dreaming of adventure...

    Dec 5, 2009
    About two years ago I started using 1/2 pound of hamburger in recipes I'd previously used a pound in- spaghetti, chili, hamburger soup, etc. No one can even taste the difference so I started doing it with chicken as well. I load up our fajitas, alfredos, etc. with vegetables or pasta and use only two pieces of chicken for our family of four.
  6. java

    java <font color=darkorchid>I am embracing the Turkey B

    Jan 18, 2005
    1 steak sliced thin for beef and broccoli

    Last night we had breakfast fried rice, bacon eggs scallions in rice with soy

    I make a pasta sauce with small amounts of bacon,four slices chopped sauted in some olive oil add a can or two of chopped tomatoes sprinkle with cayenne. This is the kids favorite.
  7. DisneyAndRedSox

    DisneyAndRedSox I still call it a WEDWay PeopleMover!

    May 15, 2007
  8. TiffanyK

    TiffanyK DIS Veteran

    Oct 28, 2003
  9. TiffanyK

    TiffanyK DIS Veteran

    Oct 28, 2003
    oops, double posting
  10. MickeyMomOfThree

    MickeyMomOfThree DIS Veteran

    Aug 21, 2008
    Forgive the directions being kind of childish, my DD11 entered this recipe for a school project and rather then typing it all out I copied it. :) It is so good, her favorite and in fact what I am making tonight.

    1 Chicken Breast, Cooked and Shredded*
    1 pound Mushrooms
    2 T Butter
    2 T flour
    2 C Half and Half
    2 Chicken Bouillon Cubes
    1 Bag Egg Noodles
    Garlic Salt to taste
    *My mom always has cooked, shredded chicken breast frozen in small packs in the freezer, they are about a cup worth and she says that is about one breast. She cooks it up when she has time and then freezes it for busy nights. It can thaw and be thrown into a casserole, pasta, tacos, etc in no time making a homemade meal even faster and healthier and cheaper then take out.

    In a large pan, cook down a pound of mushrooms washed and sliced. You don’t cook them in anything, just let them cook down till the water in them cooks out. It will seem like a lot but they cook way down.

    Once they have cooked down and all the water has cooked away put 2 tablespoons of real butter into the pan (butter isn’t great for you, but it’s not that much.) When it melts add 2 tablespoons of flour and mix to coat the mushrooms in a sticky butter-flour mixture.

    Now slowly add 2 cups of half and half. (You can also use cream but they taste about the same, the only difference is cream makes it thicker, but half and half is better for you.) By adding it slow you will get it to thicken up and start the sauce when it mixes with the butter/flour. Let this cook a bit to thicken. While it is cooking put in 2 chicken bouillon cubes and let them cook down till the break apart and stir them in well.

    While it is simmering you need to boil up a bag of egg noodles, we use whole wheat ones.

    Once the noodles are done, you drain them and mix them with the mushroom sauce and the chicken and you season it with garlic sauce to taste. Not too much, but it makes the meal extra tasty.
  11. MEM

    MEM DIS Veteran

    Oct 25, 2001
    With most crockpot recipes I just use half the amount of meat and twice the vegetables.
  12. scrapquitler

    scrapquitler DIS Veteran

    Aug 15, 2007
    You can use most any pasta dish with small amounts of meat (lasagna with a small amount of meat, macaroni with meat in the sauce), soups are a good way to use just a small amount of meat in the meal, also stir fry with lots of veggies, rice and small bits of meat. Or you can do big salads with meat on it (like grilled chicken pieces) to add the protein.

    Pretty much any casserole as well. My Mom always made casseroles with whatever she had around in the house: noodles, rice, potato chunks, some veggies, pieces of meat (usually leftovers, but not always), and often some sort of gravy/broth. The meat was definitely not the main part of the meal because she was always trying to stretch the food budget as much as possible.
  13. Emme

    Emme DIS Veteran

    Jan 19, 2001
    What a great idea for a thread...I am writing some of these down. Thanks!
  14. leadfootlevi

    leadfootlevi DIS Veteran

    Oct 7, 2010
    I use 1/2 pound of ground beef/pork/chicken when I make pasta. I will add cauliflower, broccoli, asparagus, squash, peppers, etc to make up the difference.

    Most casseroles I do the same - 1/2 the meat and extra veggies. A favorite of ours - Shepard's Pie. Yum!
  15. TiffanyK

    TiffanyK DIS Veteran

    Oct 28, 2003
  16. Disney845

    Disney845 I miss my custom tags

    May 30, 2002
    On tuesday night I browned a pound of ground beef, mixed it with taco seasoning, then split the beef in half.

    For dinner that night we had soft tacos with the ground beef, refried beans, salsa, cheese, and sour cream.

    Then yesterday (wed) I mixed the remaining ground beef and refried bean with a can of regular tomato sauce. I boiled some rotini pasta then mixed the drained pasta with the tomato sauce/beef/bean mix in a casserole dish and topped with shredded mexi cheese. When it came out of the oven I sprinkled some crushed tortilla chips on the top and added a bit of sour cream. This made enough for 2 meals, so I am getting three night's dinner out of this one pound of ground beef.

    Another recipe I have made in the past with left over taco beef and refried beans was a stuffed shell recipe I found online (kraft I think). You boiled the jumbo shell pasta, then stuffed it with meat/beans and put it in a backing pan fully covered in salsa with cheese on top.

    Both are quick, easy and yummy.
  17. juliebean

    juliebean Mouseketeer

    Jan 10, 2011
    Great recipes and ideas - I've been in such a dinner rut lately!

    I always use half the meat and a can of black beans for any mexican dish - tacos, taco salad, chicken & black bean enchiladas. Just have to go light on the cheese and sour cream, or it's kind of bad anyway.

    I also buy spiral hams and have one meal and then cube the remainder and freeze it - I use it in hash, corn chowder, split pea soup, omelettes - I swear a couple of pounds will make a dozen meals! Fast, healthy and economical, you can buy the regular ham - but I tend to think the spiral has more flavor and when you are using a small amount, flavor is important.

    We also tend to do a lot of pasta dishes with a half a pound of shrimp and veggies or variations or that - they are always good, somehow!
  18. princessmom29

    princessmom29 DIS Veteran

    Mar 3, 2008
    15 bean soup. I used either leftover chopped ham or a 1/2 lb ground beef in mine, and a pot feeds my family of 3 twice with leftovers for DH's lunch. I used chicken tomato bullion form the mexican section instead of the included seasoning.
  19. buckirj1

    buckirj1 DIS Veteran

    Apr 17, 2008
    White beans mixed with greens and a small amount of diced Canadian bacon or ham.
  20. Emme

    Emme DIS Veteran

    Jan 19, 2001
    Thanks!! Nice site;)

    **I also make a yummy mozzarella and white bean pasta. So delicious and so easy and inexpensive...

    Melt 4 TBS. of butter and I TBS. of Olive Oil. Add 1 clove of minced garlic and saute over low heat. Cook 1 lb. of pasta.
    Add 1 can of rinsed and drained small white beans (they are sweet and mild) to the butter oil and garlic. Cook about 5 minutes over low/med. Before draining pasta carefully add 1 cup of the hot pasta water to the bean mixture. Drain pasta and mix with bean mixture. Add shredded mozzarella (about 8 oz.) and mix thouroughly. It will be stringy and soft.

    Really economical and very tasty!
  21. luvmy3

    luvmy3 <font color=green>When I drink I find its easier t

    Feb 24, 2008
    For recipes that call for 1lb of meat, I will use about 1/2 to 3/4 lbs and then add things like beans, chickpeas, extra veggies, potatoes, pasta.
    Another way to stretch the budget when it comes to meat, is to buy as large portion when its on sale and use it for multiple things. I buy pot roast when its on sale, and cook it to have as regular pot roast one night, shredded up and rolled into tortillas for enchiladas another. If I'm running low on the beef, I just add some refried beans in there.
    I buy large pork roasts on sale and get at least 2-3 meals out of them by throwing them in the crockpot with BBQ sauce and shredding them. Eat it for dinner one night, freeze the leftovers for another night.

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