experienced cooks have known forever. It’s a secret that allows you to feel blessed by abundance, all the while you reap the savings of a little planning. The secret? Make a big Sunday dinner.
The more side dishes you have the less meat will be eaten. Put out the applesauce, pickles, raw veggies and dip, lettuce wedges, a jar of beets, macaroni and cheese, loaded baked potatoes–whatever will tempt your family that costs less than meat per pound. Consider adding some kind of bread and/or dessert to the meal to round out the feeling of a feast. Let the family work together on this meal to make it an even more memorable tradition. It won’t hurt that the kids can learn some cooking skills at the same time.
- stir fry
Add More Side Dishes!
- egg foo yung
- barbequed pulled meat sandwiches
- soup, stew, chili, etc. (can add gravy from the roast)
- fajitas, quesadillas, enchiladas, burritos, etc.
- pad thai
- wraps and sadwiches with lots of vegetables
- as part of appetizers
- pocket sandwiches with vegetables
- salad toppings or add-ins
- omelettes with vegetables
- toppings for pasta with alfredo sauce and cooked vegetables
- pasta salad
- part of crepe fillings
- fried rice with vegetables and meat
I find this more manageable than the well-known Once-A-Month Cooking. It’s not such an ordeal in my experience. Do whatever works with your schedule, energy levels, and freezer space.
You can’t prevent inflated food prices, but you can learn to outsmart rising meat prices. And nobody needs to feel deprived with all this goodness being served on your table. Enjoy!