I’m sure you have heard about doing Meatless Mondays, but preparing meatless meals isn’t’ just for Mondays!
Meatless meals, vegan, or vegetarian meals or great for many reasons. If you are looking to cut calories or stretch your grocery budget, including more veggies and cutting out meats and fish is a great option.
Meatless and frugal menu options.
Meatless meals are not only beneficial to your health, they are also beneficial to your wallet as well.
We all know that eating more veggies is good for us and when it comes to cost per pound or nutritional value, veggies and beans will outrank meats any day of the week.
Pineapple Fried Rice from Recipes from a Pantry.
Fried rice is my jam! I love that fact that it is so versatile and you can add so many different things to it. This recipe adds a sweet twist with pineapple, YUM!
Raw broccoli salad from Craftify with Love.
One of the great things about salads is that they are so customizable! Also, they tend to be very filling! Things like carrots, broccoli, and onions are generally dirt cheap, so pile them on!
Lentil Tacos from Recipes from a Pantry.
This picture is seriously making me drool! Lentils and other legumes are a great substitute to meat-based meals. They provide a hearty source of protein and a great texture. You won’t even miss the meat in these tacos.
Greek Pasta Salad from You Brew My Tea.
Who says you can’t make a meal out of pasta salad! More commonly accepted as a side dish, if you wanted to keep this meatless, you could add some grilled tofu or another meatless side for a heartier meal.
10-Minute Baked Bean Pasta Sauce from Happy Foods Tube.
Pasta is a great meatless option, it’s filling and CHEAP! When pairing it with a meatless sauce, it can really go the extra mile. It’s also great when making a meal for a crowd.
From Yellow Bliss Road.
This simple and quick recipe will quickly become a family favorite. The baked rather than fried tostada is not only better for you, but you can personalize your toppings to suit even picky eaters.
From Two Peas and Their Pod.
Reinvent your traditional lasagna recipe with spinach and artichoke rather than layers of meat and cheese. You can even get the kids helping with this recipe by letting them roll up the lasagna noodles!
From Sweet Peas and Saffron.
A creamy and savory soup with a kick. This recipe is great for those chilly winter nights when you just need a delicious bowl of soup, or for those brisk Spring afternoons.
From Budget Bytes.
Everything is better with a heaping mound of cheddar cheese on top right? This Cheesy Vegetarian Chili Mac is a great recipe to make for a large family because a few ingredients go a long way!
What is your favorite meatless recipe? Comment below!
Have you ever experienced that moment when you open your fridge and find that there is nothing to eat? That moment when you realize that you don’t get paid for a few days and have been living off of cereal?
We’ve all been there, right?
Frugal meals that don’t suck!
It can feel like a challenge to feed your family good meals when you are living paycheck to paycheck. Although Ramen is always an option, it’s not exactly a healthy go to.
Have you looked at how much sodium is in those things?!
But fear no more!
I have put together a list of hearty and frugal dinners to feed your whole family when you are pinching pennies.
From Cooking Classy.
Soup is a classic go-to for a healthy and hearty family meal. And vegetable is an especially frugal type of soup to make because, in comparison to meat, they are much more affordable.
A vegetable soup is also a great way to get the kids to eat more veggies as you can make a lot in there but still make it flavorful and fun.
From Graceful Little Honey Bee.
When I need a frugal meal in a pinch, I generally turn to Mexican cuisine. It is a great way to pack in a bunch of veggies on the cheap! Plus when you go for dried beans, although there is a little more prep involved, it’s so easy to make a substantial meal for a whole family on a budget.
From Graceful Little Honey Bee.
At roughly $0.55 per serving, you can’t go wrong! These are so simple to make and are great for those days where you don’t have time to cook a full meal. Just pop them into the microwave for a couple minutes and you are good to go!
I like to make 2 sizes, a larger burrito size for the hubby and older kids, and a smaller taco size for the younger kids. There is less wasted food for us that way. You could also pair this with a quick side of frozen veggies (Southwest mix is a go-to for us) for a more complete meal.
From Moneywise Moms.
I absolutely LOVE recipes that can be personalized. With 6 kids, it can be very difficult to find something that everyone likes. This baked potato bar is a great alternative to making tacos. Plus everyone can add whatever they like while also being cheap!
What is your favorite super frugal recipe? Comment below!