I love feeding my family from my budget recipes. So, I was so excited when Heidi asked me to write a guest post about budget recipes! I always try to stretch my dollars, and make substitutions to save money.
Create Your Own Budget Recipe:
- Use beans with your meat. Beans cost less than meat, and they take on the flavor of meat as they cook. You can use half the amount of meat, and use beans for the other half, and your family will probably not notice.
- Use extra vegetables with chicken. When I make my chicken pot pie, I add vegetables as the main ingredient, and then add the chicken. Since I try to grow most of my vegetables, this saves us a good bit of money.
- Use spices liberally. I have found that adding spices to your food allows you to use cheaper cuts of meat, and still have a delicious meal.
- Make things from scratch. There are so many convenience foods, that can be easily made from scratch. For instance, I make my own salsa, cream soups, tomato paste, tomato sauce, and pizza sauce. I can many of these. So, I cook one time, and then I am able to quickly open up my jars making my own convenience foods.
- Have a meatless meal one night a week. You can use beans or mushrooms in place of the meat.
- Grow your own food. I love to grow my organic garden, and try to grow much of the food that we eat.
- Bean Tacos – So quick & easy. You can make these in 15 minutes easily!
- Homemade pizza sauce – So yummy, I could eat it by the spoonful. I make it once or twice a year, and always have this on hand for pizza nights!
- Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies – These are not too healthy, but they are SO good!
Rene gives you tips on how you can save money with budget recipes, canning recipes, homeschooling, and organic gardening. She has been blogging at Budget Saving Mom for almost 3 years. You will find coupons, store deals and coupon match-ups, printable coupons, freebies and more on Budget Saving Mom.