A Grocery Budget With No Room For Meat


Starting a new single life with my grandson has left us with a very limited budget.  There is no room in this budget for meat.

Corners must be cut.

We have become “forced” vegetarians.

We’ve always been health conscious eaters, but our diets did include meat that I purchased from a local farmer. You know, grazed, grass fed, no meds, humanely raised, etc.

I knew this wasn’t going to be an easy task. The 10 year old is extremely picky these days.

I needed dinner ideas.

I found a blog post titled 31 Delicious Meatless Meals from Chocolate-Covered Katie.

That’s A LOT of meals and good odds that I would find something to meet the budget and fill the bottomless pit a.k.a., Elijah.  I tried my hand at 5.

Five Minute Cheesy Baked Pasta Casserole

Any recipe that starts with five minutes has my attention. This was unbelievably easy to prepare. We skipped the faux cheese and used good Parmesan. Elijah LOVED it. I thought it was pretty good too.

Makes the list.

Homemade Panda Express – Orange Cauliflower “Chicken”

Elijah gave it a thumb down. “You know I don’t like cauliflower.” Me: “Since when?” I thought the sauce was awesome but kept thinking how great it would be with chicken.

Cut from the list.

Sweet Potato Burgers

These burgers are delish! I used baked beans as a garnish in lieu of the avocado. Elijah ate two and our “meat and potato” guy guest, went back for seconds.

Makes the list.

Green Noodle Soup

Elijah was not digging this at all, which surprised me because it is a sweet tasting soup and he loves broccoli. He said, “I don’t even like the noodles.” And this kid LOVES noodles. I ate two bowls.

Cut from the list.

Homemade Amy’s Mexican Tamale Pies

The filling was scrumptious. Elijah thought it was pretty good too but then again, he’ll eat cornbread with ketchup.

The recipe for the cornbread topping didn’t come out right, which hugely bummed Elijah out so I had to make a separate loaf. Next time I’ll just follow the regular recipe for cornbread and this will get 5 stars.

Makes the list with cornbread tweak.

Thanks Katie for providing an extensive list of meatless meals to explore. I’ll be pulling from this list as we fumble our way into vegetarianism.

Are you struggling with creating tasty and nutritious meals on a limited budget? What’s working for you? Teach me in the comments below.

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