If you feel like the price of beef has been going up and up, it’s not your imagination. Between drought and increasing costs of feed, beef cattle are selling at higher and higher prices. Shoppers are looking at other meats and types of protein to help the food budget. Beef, it’s what’s NOT for dinner in more homes.
Chicken, turkey, and pork can be made in so many ways that it doesn’t get boring. You can mix ground turkey with ground meat or just use ground turkey in dishes like chili, spaghetti, and tacos. Textured Vegetable Protein, TVP, is a soy product high in protein that can be mixed in with ground beef or used on its own in those kind of dishes too. Fish is a nice change, but my favorite is Tex-Mex. Most of the ingredients are inexpensive, but there is plenty of flavor. Yum! Meatless Mondays are becoming more popular, but having vegetarian dishes twice a week can save even more. We usually don’t have meat for breakfast or lunch, so that saves quite a bit too.
Chicken prices have been fairly low during this winter (2011-2012), but they are expected to rise in 2012. If you see a good sale on chicken you might want to stock the freezer. I’ll be making room in our freezer for this and other meats on sale as much as possible, since meat is one of the most expensive items in the food budget. Other things in the freezer will be showing up on our menus for a while to make room!
Click on any of the labels below this post for recipes and ideas to save on your food bill. Enjoy exploring these tasty, but lower cost options!
Are you eating less beef these days? What are your favorite alternatives?
Update: thanks to Squirrelers for reminding me that tofu is a great source of protein. It’s made from soybeans, as is TVP, and tofu can be used in many ways. It’s great it stir-fry!