In my coupons and savings post, I mentioned that our grocery bill is, well, excessive. Over $1000 a month! So I’m working to cut it down. Way down.
One way I’m cutting costs is by learning how to lessen the amount of meat we use. Several times a week I serve meals that use meat as a garnish, like stir-fry. I also cook meatless meals at least once a week.
One of my favorite meat-stretching tips is to use rice! Bram, my second born, is a rice fiend. He’d eat rice multiple times a day, every day, if I let him. He loves it so much, I often think we should move to Burma.
Anyway, as I was saying. I’ve learned to stretch meat-heavy meals with rice. Since my son loves rice, we almost always have leftover rice in the fridge. Here are 6 of my favorite ways to stretch meals with rice!
6 Ways To Stretch Meals With Rice
Meatloaf – I substitute pricey breadcrumbs with pre-cooked rice. It mixes well directly into the ground beef.
Tacos – Sure, you can serve rice on the side. However when I do that, my boys skimp on the rice and pile on the meat. So I replace half the ground beef with rice. That way you get a nice, saucy, meat mixture with no choice but to enjoy the rice.
Soup – Rice is delicious in most any soup. Add a cup to “beef up” your soup. It will be more filling and stick to your ribs.
Casseroles – Casseroles don’t have to be made only with noodles. Rice is a great alternative! Especially in a chicken, broccoli and cheese casserole. Mmmm!
Meatballs – Just as with meatloaf, I substitute the breadcrumbs with rice. You can even herb your rice, just like the breadcrumbs for added flavor.
Stuffed Peppers and Cabbage – These recipes usually call for rice anyway, but who says you need meat at all?
Do you use rice to stretch your meals? What are your favorite meals to stretch with rice?