We’re all looking for ways to cut back on expenses, especially the grocery bill. One way to meal plan for your family is to check your grocery store’s advertisements or call to see what proteins are on special that day or week and plan a meal or two around that main ingredient.
Another way is to learn how to get the most from ingredients that cost less. Robin Miller, author of Robin Rescues Dinner, dishes on how to cut back on your protein budget without sacrificing nutrition and taste. Here are her five money-saving tips!
- Sirloin or top round. Cheaper: Flat iron steak. Tenderize meat by marinating it for two hours before cooking. Save: $3 per dinner for a family of four.
- Pork tenderloin. Cheaper: Pork shoulder. Prepare in a slow cooker to soften. Save $2.
- Lamb chops. Cheaper: Lamb shank – braise or slow roast to break down fibers. Save $3.
- Chicken breast. Cheaper: Whole chicken. Stuff with apples and onions, and oven-roast for added flavor. $2 savings.
- Salmon filet. Cheaper: Salmon steak. Grill on foil to lock in moisture. $5 savings.
- Ready-to-eat-shrimp. Cheaper: Frozen. Thaw and then broil. $5 savings.
Remember, more expensive doesn’t always mean better. So be creative and find some recipes for meals that make the most of your budget. If you’re at the grocery store and not sure which protein to choose, ask the butcher – the good, knowledgeable ones tend to have some great cooking and meat cut advice.